Working for birds in Africa

African checklist - Sources and Basis

The primary basis of this list is:

BoA – Birds of Africa vols 1-7 (1982-2004) (edited by one or more of C.H. Fry, E.K. Urban, G.S. Keith, L. Brown & K. Newman). Academic Press, London.

Lists Scientific, English and French names, full details of Range and Status, and a list of recognised races which have occurred in the area covered, with brief notes of range of each. Covers the mainland of the African continent and immediate islands (including North Africa) but none of the offshore islands.

For those species occurring outside the range of BoA the basis is:

CMT -- Clements J. M. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World, 6th Edition, Cornell University Press

Also the corrections and updates noted on the web up to and including version 6.4 ( have been incorporated (corrections and updates dated July 2007, October 2007, November 2008 and December 2009). Lists Scientific and English names and a list of recognised races with very brief notes on Range.

The following other publications have also been researched and the differences between the preferred names and those names used in them are noted:

DFW -- Dowsett R.J. & Forbes-Watson A.D. 1993. Checklist of birds of the Afrotropical and Malagasy regions. Tauraco Press, Liège.

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Lists Scientific, English and French names of species and includes a table noting countries in which recorded. There are a few additional notes, e.g. which forms are included, but these are not comprehensive. Covers Africa south of the Sahara Desert and includes Madagascar, Seychelles, Comoros and Mascarenes. (It also includes an area of southern Arabia (primarily Yemen) which DFW consider as in the Afrotropical Region.)

ROB – Hockey, P.A.R., Dean W.R.J. & Ryan P.G. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th Edition. John Voelcker Bird Book Fund.

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Roberts VII is now incorporated fully whereas, for previous versions of this ABC list, I only had sight of their species list available on the web. In several cases the book notes a total number of races they accept for Africa (or the world) which is different from the number noted here. As the book usually only notes specifically those which occur in southern Africa (although sometimes there is some more explanation of those occurring outside of this area) it is not always clear which others in the list are accepted or not. Hence there are some notes such as 'ROB only has 5 races in Africa' whereas the ABC list has 4 or 6 (or other numbers) and I am not sure which ones are included. Lists Scientific, English (and Afrikaans) names. Covers all of southern Africa: Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique south of the Zambezi River and all to the south.

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