This section will help to identify many of the more common birds people might see when on safari in the region however, there are significant gaps and it does not replace the need for a comprehensive field guide.

 Struthioniformes  Ostriches
 Podicipediformes  Grebes
 Pelecaniformes  Pelicans, Cormorants, Darters
 Ciconiiformes  Herons, Bitterns, Hamerkop, Storks, Ibises, Spoonbills
 Phoenicopteridae  Flamingos
 Anseriformes  Ducks and Geese
 Falconiformes  Secretary Bird, Vultures, Eagles, Hawks, Kites, Buzzards, Osprey, Falcons
 Galliformes  Quail, Francolins, Guineafowl
 Gruiformes  Rails, Coots, Gallinules, Cranes and Bustards
 Charadriiformes  Jacanas, Avocets, Stilts, Thick-knees, Coursers, Pratincoles, Plovers, Sandpipers, Gulls
 Columbiformes  Sandgrouse, Pigeons, Doves
 Psittaciformes  Parrots, Lovebirds
 Musophagiformes  Turacos
 Cuculiformes  Cuckoos, Coucals
 Strigiformes  Owls
 Caprimulgiformes  Nightjars
 Coliiformes  Mousebirds
 Trogoniformes  Trogons
 Coraciiformes  Kingfishers, Bee-eaters, Rollers, Hoopoe, Wood-hoopoes, Hornbills
 Piciformes  Barbets, Tinker-birds, Woodpeckers
 Pipits, Wagtails, Longclaws
 Swallows, Martins
 Babblers, Chatterers, Illadopses
 Thrushes, Chats
 Batises, Wattle-eyes
 Crows, Ravens
 Starlings, Oxpeckers
 Sparrows, Petronias
 Waxbills, Whydahs
 Seedeaters, Canaries