Southern Africa

390,757 km²


Afrotropical avifauna
Approximately 680 recorded species

Swynnerton’s Robin (Pete Morris)
Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon (Paul van Giersbergen)
Boulder Chat (Paul van Giersbergen)

Near-endemics (NE)
Boulder Chat

Birds best found in Zimbabwe but occurring more widely (BT), including endemic subspecies (ESS)
Streaky-breasted Flufftail
Stripe-cheeked Greenbul | Stripe-cheeked Bulbul
Roberts’s Warbler | Briar Warbler
Chirinda Apalis (ESS vumbae)
Swynnerton’s Robin

Birds best found in two territories of the ABC region but occurring in more (B2)
Natal Spurfowl
Cinnamon-breasted Tit
Cape Grassbird
Barratt’s Warbler
Gurney’s Sugarbird
Olive Thrush
Lesser Seedcracker
Streaky-headed Seedeater
Cape Canary

Zambezian endemics or near-endemics occurring in Zimbabwe, including ESS
Coppery-tailed Coucal
Slaty Egret
Racket-tailed Roller
Whyte’s Barbet
Dickinson’s Kestrel
Lilian’s Lovebird | Nyasa Lovebird
Cinnamon-breasted Tit (B2)
Miombo Tit
Tinkling Cisticola (ESS vicinior)
Luapula Cisticola
Chirping Cisticola
Stierling’s Wren-Warbler
Hartlaub’s Babbler
Miombo Blue-eared Starling
Meves’s Starling
Boulder Chat (NE)
Kurrichane Thrush
Collared Palm Thrush
Miombo Rock Thrush
Arnot’s Chat | White-headed Black Chat
Eastern Miombo Sunbird
Shelley’s Sunbird
White-bellied Sunbird | White-breasted Sunbird
Red-throated Twinspot | Peters’s Twinspot
Brown Firefinch
Zambezi Indigobird | Green Indigobird
Broad-tailed Paradise Whydah
Black-eared Seedeater

Proposed splits not yet accepted by IOC
Grey-breasted Green Pigeon
Chestnut-breasted Flufftail (BT)
Ngami Owlet
Northern Olive Woodpecker
Grey-headed Parrot
East African Pitta
Four-colored Bushshrike
Anchieta’s Tchagra
Eastern Saw-wing (B2)
African Reed Warbler
Red-backed Mannikin
Spectacled Quailfinch
Three-streaked Bunting

Striped Crake (Adam Riley)
Silvery-cheeked Hornbill (Adam Riley)

Other taxa of interest (see also under Birding Sites), including more ESS
Cape Shoveler
Yellow-billed Duck
Cape Teal
Maccoa Duck
Blue Quail
Swamp Nightjar
Denham’s Bustard
Green Malkoha
Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo
Lesser Cuckoo
Namaqua Sandgrouse
Baillon’s Crake
Great Crested Grebe
Black-necked Grebe | Eared Grebe
Greater Flamingo
Lesser Flamingo
Black-rumped Buttonquail
Spur-winged Lapwing
Caspian Plover
Chestnut-banded Plover
Double-banded Courser
Eurasian Bittern | Great Bittern
Malagasy Pond Heron
Pink-backed Pelican
Cape Vulture | Cape Griffon
Southern Banded Snake Eagle | Fasciated Snake Eagle
African Grass Owl
Cape Eagle-Owl (mackinderi)
Mangrove Kingfisher
Olive Bee-eater | Madagascar Bee-eater
Taita Falcon
Bokmakierie (restrictus)
Southern Boubou (savensis)
Chestnut-fronted Helmetshrike
Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher
Grey Penduline Tit | African Penduline Tit (ESS rankinei)
Cape Penduline Tit | Southern Penduline Tit
Fawn-colored Lark (vincenti)
Melodious Lark | Latakoo Lark
Lowland Tiny Greenbul | Tiny Greenbul
African Red-eyed Bulbul | Black-fronted Bulbul
Red-rumped Swallow
South African Cliff Swallow | South African Swallow
Greater Swamp Warbler
Rufous-winged Cisticola (isodactylus)
Black-headed Apalis
Black-bellied Starling
Plain-backed Sunbird
Cape Sparrow
Great Sparrow | Great Rufous Sparrow
Southern Brown-throated Weaver
Red-headed Quelea
Fan-tailed Widowbird
Locust Finch
Red-headed Finch
Bushveld Pipit | Bush Pipit
Lark-like Bunting

White-tailed Crested Flycatcher (Kevin Ravno)
Striped Flufftail (Kevin Ravno)

National bird
African Fish Eagle | Hungwe | Ikhozi

Miombo woodland, upland marshes, montane forest and grassland, mopane woodland, arid savanna

Eastern Zimbabwe mountains Endemic Bird Area (EBA)
South-east African coast EBA
20 Important Bird Areas

Mukuvisi Woodlands, Haka Game Park, Christon Bank (Mazowe Botanical Reserve) and Gosho Park for Whyte’s Barbet (sowerbyi), Cinnamon-breasted Tit (stenotopicus), Miombo Tit, Stierling’s Wren-Warbler (irwini), Miombo Blue-eared Starling, Boulder Chat, Kurrichane Thrush (libonyana), Miombo Rock Thrush (hylophilus), Eastern Miombo Sunbird (manoensis) and Black-eared Seedeater as well as Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Common Scimitarbill, Striped Kingfisher, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird (extoni), Green-backed Honeybird (zambesiae), Brown-backed Honeybird (regulus), Golden-tailed Woodpecker (abingoni), Cardinal Woodpecker (centralis), Chinspot Batis (palliditergum), Black-backed Puffback (hamatus), Brubru (solivagus), White-crested Helmetshrike (poliocephalus), White-breasted Cuckooshrike, Black Cuckooshrike, Black-headed Oriole (angolensis), African Golden Oriole (notatus), Fork-tailed Drongo (fugax), Grey Penduline Tit (hellmayri), Red-faced Crombec (whytii), Neddicky (dexter), Green-capped Eremomela (scotops), Southern Yellow White-eye (anderssoni), Southern Hyliota (australis), African Spotted Creeper (xylodromus), Violet-backed Starling (verreauxi), White-browed Scrub Robin (zambesiana), Pale Flycatcher (murinus), Southern Black Flycatcher (poliogynus), African Dusky Flycatcher (ESS mesica), Western Violet-backed Sunbird (nyassae), Amethyst Sunbird (kirkii), Yellow-throated Bush Sparrow (flavigula), Red-headed Weaver (rubriceps), Wood Pipit (nyassae), Striped Pipit, Golden-breasted Bunting (kalaharica) and Cabanis’s Bunting (cognominata)
Harare Vleis (Monavale, Marlborough and Komani) for Streaky-breasted Flufftail and Striped Crake as well as Black Coucal, Red-chested Flufftail, African Crake, Lesser Moorhen, African Snipe, Dwarf Bittern, Black-winged Kite, African Marsh Harrier, Marsh Owl, Red-capped Lark, Grey-rumped Swallow, Banded Martin (suahelica), Fan-tailed Grassbird, Levaillant’s Cisticola (tinniens), Croaking Cisticola (natalensis), Zitting Cisticola (terrestris), Pale-crowned Cisticola (cinnamomeus), Wing-snapping Cisticola (ayresii), African Stonechat (stonei), Capped Wheatear, Southern Red Bishop, Yellow Bishop, Yellow-mantled Widowbird, White-winged Widowbird, Red-collared Widowbird, Quailfinch (digressa), Orange-breasted Waxbill, Cuckoo-finch, Cape Longclaw, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Rosy-throated Longclaw, African Pipit (lichenya) and Buffy Pipit (chobiensis)
Harare Suburbs (National Botanic Garden, Sewage Ponds, Greystone Nature Preserve, Cleveland Dam and Rainham Dam) for widespread species including Helmeted Guineafowl, Natal Spurfowl, Swainson’s Spurfowl, Fiery-necked Nightjar, African Palm Swift, Little Swift, White-rumped Swift, Grey Go-away-bird, Purple-crested Turaco, Senegal Coucal, Levaillant’s Cuckoo, Diederik Cuckoo, Klaas’s Cuckoo, Red-chested Cuckoo, Red-eyed Dove, Ring-necked Dove, Laughing Dove, Abdim’s Stork, Western Cattle Egret, African Cuckoo-Hawk, Black-chested Snake Eagle, Bat Hawk, Long-crested Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Lizard Buzzard, Gabar Goshawk, Shikra, Little Sparrowhawk, Ovambo Sparrowhawk, Black Sparrowhawk, Western Barn Owl, Southern White-faced Owl, Spotted Eagle-Owl, Speckled Mousebird (rhodesiae), Red-faced Mousebird, African Hoopoe, Green Wood Hoopoe, African Grey Hornbill, Lilac-breasted Roller, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Little Bee-eater, Crested Barbet, Black-collared Barbet, Lesser Honeyguide, Meyer’s Parrot, Grey-headed Bushshrike, Orange-breasted Bushshrike, Black-crowned Tchagra (orientalis), Tropical Boubou, Southern Fiscal, African Paradise Flycatcher, Pied Crow, Rufous-naped Lark (transvaalensis), Terrestrial Brownbul, Dark-capped Bulbul, Pearl-breasted Swallow, White-throated Swallow, Greater Striped Swallow, Lesser Striped Swallow, Lesser Swamp Warbler (leptorhynchus), Common Reed Warbler (baeticatus), African Yellow Warbler, Little Rush Warbler, Red-faced Cisticola (nyasa), Tawny-flanked Prinia, Bar-throated Apalis (ESS rhodesiae), Grey-backed Camaroptera (transitiva), Arrow-marked Babbler, Groundscraper Thrush, Greater Blue-eared Starling, Red-winged Starling, White-browed Robin-Chat, White-throated Robin-Chat, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, White-bellied Sunbird, Variable Sunbird, Copper Sunbird, Southern Grey-headed Sparrow, Thick-billed Weaver, Spectacled Weaver (suahelicus), Holub’s Golden Weaver, Southern Masked Weaver, Village Weaver, Bronze Mannikin, Common Waxbill, Blue Waxbill, Red-billed Firefinch, Jameson’s Firefinch, Village Indigobird, Purple Indigobird, Pin-tailed Whydah, African Pied Wagtail, Black-throated Canary, Yellow-fronted Canary, Brimstone Canary and Streaky-headed Seedeater, as well as White-faced Whistling Duck, White-backed Duck, Knob-billed Duck, Egyptian Goose, Blue-billed Teal, Red-billed Teal, African Rail, Common Moorhen, Red-knobbed Coot, Allen’s Gallinule, African Swamphen, Black Crake, Little Grebe, Black-winged Stilt, Blacksmith Lapwing, African Wattled Lapwing, Three-banded Plover, African Jacana, Reed Cormorant, African Sacred Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Black-crowned Night Heron, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Black-headed Heron, Hamerkop, Malachite Kingfisher and Pied Kingfisher among other waterbirds
Honde Valley (Aberfoyle, Wamba Dam and Katiyo Tea Estate) for Lesser Seedcracker as well as Red-necked Spurfowl (swynnertoni), Burchell’s Coucal (fasciipygialis), Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Tambourine Dove, African Green Pigeon (delalandii), Buff-spotted Flufftail, Common Buttonquail, Palm-nut Vulture, Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle, African Goshawk, African Wood Owl, Narina Trogon, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, African Pygmy Kingfisher, Half-collared Kingfisher, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, White-eared Barbet, Pallid Honeyguide, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Little Spotted Woodpecker, Red-necked Falcon, Pale Batis, Black-throated Wattle-eye, Black-fronted Bushshrike, Marsh Tchagra (anchietae), Grey Cuckooshrike (caesia), Square-tailed Drongo, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Sombre Greenbul, Black Saw-wing (orientalis), Moustached Grass Warbler, Short-winged Cisticola (isabellinus), Red-winged Prinia, Grey-backed Camaroptera (beirensis), Red-capped Robin-Chat, Collared Sunbird (zuluensis), Dark-backed Weaver, Black-winged Red Bishop, Black-and-white Mannikin (nigriceps), Green Twinspot, Grey Waxbill, Orange-winged Pytilia, Red-throated Twinspot, African Firefinch, Dusky Indigobird, Zambezi Indigobird, Broad-tailed Paradise Whydah and Mountain Wagtail
Nyanga Mountains, Cecil Kop Nature Reserve, Bvumba Highlands (Seldomseen, Bunga Forest Botanical Reserve and Vumba Botanical Garden) and Chimanimani Mountains for Stripe-cheeked Greenbul (milanjensis), Cape Grassbird (excisus), Barratt’s Warbler (priesti), Roberts’s Warbler, Chirinda Apalis (ESS vumbae/chirindensis), Gurney’s Sugarbird (ardens), Olive Thrush (swynnertoni), Swynnerton’s Robin (swynnertoni) and Cape Canary (griseitergum) as well as African Black Duck, Common Quail, Scarce Swift, Mottled Swift (aequatorialis), African Black Swift (oreobates), Livingstone’s Turaco, African Emerald Cuckoo, African Olive Pigeon, Lemon Dove, Striped Flufftail (antonii), Crowned Eagle, Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk, Augur Buzzard, Rock Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Golden-tailed Woodpecker (suahelica), Cape Batis (erythrophthalma), Gorgeous Bushshrike (quartus), Olive Bushshrike (interfluvius), Ashy Tit, Cape Crow, White-necked Raven, White-tailed Crested Flycatcher (swynnertoni), Yellow-streaked Greenbul (flavostriatus), Blue Swallow, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler (alacris), Singing Cisticola (muenzneri), Wailing Cisticola (mashona/oreobates), Bar-throated Apalis (quarta/arnoldi), Yellow-bellied Eremomela (polioxantha), Orange Ground Thrush (disruptans), Grey Tit-Flycatcher (orientalis), African Dusky Flycatcher (subadusta), White-starred Robin (transvaalensis), Cape Robin-Chat (caffra), African Stonechat (promiscuus), Olive Sunbird (sclateri), Bronzy Sunbird (arturi), Malachite Sunbird (famosa), Magpie Mannikin, Yellow-bellied Waxbill (stuartirwini), Red-faced Crimsonwing (australis), Cape Wagtail (capensis) and Cape Bunting (smithersii/plowesi), as well as miombo woodland species including Kurrichane Thrush (tropicalis) and Cabanis’s Bunting (orientalis)
Masoka Camp for African Pitta (longipennis) as well as Pennant-winged Nightjar, Eastern Nicator and Livingstone’s Flycatcher
Mana Pools National Park (NP), Matusadona NP and Lake Kariba for Lilian’s Lovebird, Meves’s Starling, Arnot’s Chat and Shelley’s Sunbird as well as Southern Crested Guineafowl, Crested Francolin (zambesiae), Shelley’s Francolin, Square-tailed Nightjar, Mottled Spinetail, Böhm’s Spinetail, Alpine Swift, Horus Swift, Black-bellied Bustard, White-browed Coucal, Thick-billed Cuckoo, Double-banded Sandgrouse, Mourning Collared Dove, African Green Pigeon (schalowi), Three-banded Courser, Marabou Stork, African Harrier-Hawk, Hooded Vulture, White-backed Vulture, White-headed Vulture, Brown Snake Eagle, Bateleur, Martial Eagle, Tawny Eagle, African Hawk-Eagle, Yellow-billed Kite, African Fish Eagle, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Southern Ground Hornbill, Southern Red-billed Hornbill, Crowned Hornbill, Trumpeter Hornbill, Broad-billed Roller, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Woodland Kingfisher, White-fronted Bee-eater, Southern Carmine Bee-eater, Greater Honeyguide, Bearded Woodpecker, Brown-necked Parrot (suahelicus), Brown-crowned Tchagra (minor), Black-backed Puffback (okavangensis), Brubru (nigritemporalis), Retz’s Helmetshrike (tricolor), Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Lark (hoeschi), Brown-throated Martin, Wire-tailed Swallow, Rattling Cisticola (procerus), Neddicky (muelleri), Desert Cisticola, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Ashy Flycatcher (impavida), Red-billed Oxpecker, Collared Sunbird (zambesiana), Purple-banded Sunbird, White-browed Sparrow-Weaver and Red-billed Quelea, and waterbirds including Spur-winged Goose, Water Thick-knee, White-crowned Lapwing, African Skimmer, Grey-headed Gull, African Openbill, Yellow-billed Stork, Saddle-billed Stork, African Woolly-necked Stork, African Spoonbill, Rufous-bellied Heron, Squacco Heron, Great Egret, Yellow-billed Egret and Goliath Heron
Victoria Falls, Tsowa Island, Zambezi NP and Kazungula Swamps for African Black Swift (hollidayi), Schalow’s Turaco, Coppery-tailed Coucal, Black Stork, Hadada Ibis, Western Banded Snake Eagle, Dark Chanting Goshawk, Dickinson’s Kestrel, African Hobby, Olive Woodpecker (ruwenzori), Brown-crowned Tchagra (damarensis), Swamp Boubou (sticturus), Southern Black Tit (xanthostomus), Grey-backed Sparrow-Lark (khama), Sabota Lark (sabotoides), Banded Martin (xerica), Red-throated Rock Martin, Lesser Swamp Warbler (cunenensis), Croaking Cisticola (holubii), Yellow-bellied Eremomela (helenorae), Hartlaub’s Babbler, Bearded Scrub Robin, Grey Tit-Flycatcher (catoleuca), Collared Palm Thrush, Northern Grey-headed Sparrow, Spectacled Weaver (crocatus), Brown Firefinch, Cape Wagtail (simplicissima) and Plain-backed Pipit, as well as waterbirds including Fulvous Whistling Duck, African Pygmy Goose, African Finfoot, Long-toed Lapwing, Lesser Jacana, Rock Pratincole, African Darter, Little Bittern, Black Heron, Slaty Egret, White-backed Night Heron, Striated Heron and Giant Kingfisher
Hwange NP and Kazuma Pan NP for Bradfield’s Hornbill, Racket-tailed Roller and Tinkling Cisticola (rufilatus) as well as Common Ostrich, Coqui Francolin, Harlequin Quail, Red-billed Spurfowl, Kori Bustard, Red-crested Korhaan, Black Cuckoo, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Burchell’s Sandgrouse, Grey Crowned Crane, Pied Avocet, Kittlitz’s Plover, Temminck’s Courser, Black-winged Pratincole, Collared Pratincole, Whiskered Tern, Great White Pelican, Secretarybird, Pale Chanting Goshawk, African Barred Owlet (ngamiense), African Scops Owl, Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Purple Roller, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Bennett’s Woodpecker, Greater Kestrel, Black-crowned Tchagra (kalahari), Crimson-breasted Shrike, Brubru (brubru), Southern White-crowned Shrike, Dusky Lark, Grey-backed Sparrow-Lark (verticalis), Fawn-colored Lark (africanoides), Rufous-naped Lark (grisescens), Monotonous Lark, Red-breasted Swallow, Rattling Cisticola (smithersi), Neddicky (hallae), Black-chested Prinia (nubilosa), Grey-backed Camaroptera (sharpei), Barred Wren-Warbler, Southern Pied Babbler, Wattled Starling, Burchell’s Starling, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Kalahari Scrub Robin, Red-billed Buffalo Weaver, Yellow-crowned Bishop, Quailfinch (pallida), Violet-eared Waxbill and Shaft-tailed Whydah
Bulawayo (Tshabalala Sanctuary, Hillside Dams, Harry Allen Golf Course, Aiselby Farm Sewage Treatment Works and Khami Dam) for many widespread species as well as Southern Pochard, Rufous-cheeked Nightjar, Jacobin Cuckoo, Speckled Pigeon, Namaqua Dove, Crowned Lapwing, White-breasted Cormorant, Acacia Pied Barbet, Magpie Shrike, Southern Black Tit (ravidus), Sabota Lark (sabota), Yellow-bellied Greenbul, Long-billed Crombec, Burnt-necked Eremomela, Chestnut-vented Warbler, Cape Starling, White-browed Scrub Robin (ovamboensis), Marico Flycatcher, Marico Sunbird, Scaly-feathered Weaver, Lesser Masked Weaver, Black-faced Waxbill, Cut-throat Finch, Green-winged Pytilia, Long-tailed Paradise Whydah and African Pipit (bocagii)
Matobo NP for Boulder Chat as well as Freckled Nightjar, Mottled Swift (ESS gelidus), Verreaux’s Eagle, Lanner Falcon, Banded Martin (cincta), Large Rock Martin (fuligula), Lazy Cisticola (nyika), Mocking Cliff Chat, Familiar Chat and Cinnamon-breasted Bunting, also Cape Batis (ESS kennedyi)
Muturikwi NP and Great Zimbabwe for miombo woodland species and waterbirds, also Black Saw-wing (holomelas) and Swee Waxbill
Driefontein Grasslands for Wattled Crane
Savé Valley Conservancy, Gonarezhou NP (Chipinda Pools, Tamborhata Pan and Chilojo Cliffs), Limpopo-Mwenezi Floodplain and Pans and Selungwe Hills for mopane woodland and arid savanna species and waterbirds as well as Crested Francolin (sephaena), Mottled Spinetail, Böhm’s Spinetail, Burchell’s Coucal (burchellii), Great Spotted Cuckoo, African Cuckoo, African Mourning Dove, Spotted Thick-knee, Senegal Lapwing, White-fronted Plover, Greater Painted-snipe, Bronze-winged Courser, Lappet-faced Vulture, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Speckled Mousebird (integralis), Narina Trogon, Dickinson’s Kestrel, Brown-headed Parrot, African Broadbill, Woodwards’ Batis, Gorgeous Bushshrike (quartus), Brown-crowned Tchagra (australis), Brubru (miombensis), Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Lark (smithii), Sabota Lark (suffusca), Flappet Lark, Large Rock Martin (pretoriae), Mosque Swallow, Lesser Swamp Warbler (gracilirostris), Rattling Cisticola (chiniana), Green-backed Camaroptera (constans), Southern Yellow White-eye (tongensis), Yellow-billed Oxpecker, White-browed Scrub Robin (leucophrys), Pale Flycatcher (divisus), Southern Black Flycatcher (ater), Ashy Flycatcher (vulturna), Collared Palm Thrush and Lemon-breasted Canary
Also Chizarira NP, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area, Antelope Park, Lake Chivero (Kuimba Shiri Bird Park) and Lake Manyame Recreational Park

TIMING (Oct, Jan–Feb)
Best just before the rains when most miombo birds breed (Sep–Nov)
Streaky-breasted Flufftail and indigobirds are best Jan–Feb
Mid-winter (May–Aug) is least productive

RESOURCES (see also South Africa)
Birds of Africa (iOS or Android)
Roberts Bird Guide 2
Sasol eBirds Southern Africa

Field guides
Birds of Greater Southern Africa by Keith Barnes, Terry Stevenson & John Fanshawe (2024)
Sasol Birds of Southern Africa by Ian Sinclair, Phil Hockey, Warwick Tarboton, Niall Perrins, Dominic Rollinson & Peter Ryan (2020)
Hwange Birds: a Guide to the Common Birds of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe by Peter Steyn (1989)

Southern African Bird Sounds by Guy Gibbon

Site guides
Southern African Birdfinder by Callan Cohen, Claire Spottiswoode & Jonathan Rossouw (2006)
Birdwatch Zimbabwe by Derek Solomon & Jacko Williams (1991)
A Birders’ Guide to Zimbabwe by Dave Sargeant (1992)
A Productive Birding Transect from Highland Zimbabwe to Coastal Mozambique by Chris Lotz (2012)

Southern African Bird Atlas Project 2 (SABAP2), a member of the African Bird Atlas Project

Further reading
Roberts – Birds of Southern Africa edited by P A R Hockey, W R J Dean & P G Ryan (2005)
Zimbabwe by Susan L Childes & Peter J Mundy in Important Bird Areas in Africa and Associated Islands: Priority Sites for Conservation edited by Lincoln D C Fishpool & Michael I Evans (2001)
Birds of the Botanic Garden, Harare, Zimbabwe by A J Beasley (1995)
The Birds of Zimbabwe by Michael P Stuart Irwin (1981)
Articles in Honeyguide (Journal of Zimbabwean and Regional Ornithology), The Babbler (Newsletter of BirdLife Zimbabwe), Arnoldia Zimbabwe and Ifa Lemvelo (Journal and Newsletter of the Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe),The Wagtail (Peterhouse Bird Club Newsletter), Bull. ABC, etc.

UNESCO World Heritage List: Mana Pools National Park, Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas and Victoria Falls

Birding Eastern Zimbabwe – 10,000 Birds by James Currie (2012)

Facebook groups
Everyday Birds – Zimbabwe is a non-partisan group to share everyday Zimbabwean birding experiences and to keep birders in the loop with events, Birdlife Zimbabwe outings and other birding occasions


BirdLife Zimbabwe (BLZ), formerly the Ornithological Society of Zimbabwe, is the BirdLife Partner in Zimbabwe

Other bird or conservation organisations active in Zimbabwe include –
Wildlife and Environment Zimbabwe (WEZ)
The Zambezi Society
Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust
Friends of Hwange (FOH)
Conservation & Wildlife Fund (CWF)
Matobo Conservation Society (MCS)
Dambari Wildlife Trust (DWT)
Mat’land Chirpers
BirdLife Youth Club Zimbabwe
Conservation Society of Monavale (COSMO)
Bvumba Highlands Site Support Group (SSG)
Chimanimani SSG
Chinyaure SSG
Chipisa SSG
Markdale SSG
Nyanga SSG
Environment Africa
Biodiversity Foundation for Africa (BFA)
The Malilangwe Trust
The Bhejane Trust
Gonarezhou Conservation Trust/Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS)
African Parks: Matusadona National Park
Peace Parks Foundation: Lower Zambezi-Mana Pools Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA), Kavango Zambezi (KAZA) TFCA, Greater Mapungubwe TFCA and Great Limpopo TFCA
WWF Zimbabwe

The Ornithology Department, Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe has the largest collection of bird skins in Africa

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