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
 Passeriformes  
 Alaudidae
 Larks
 Motacillidae
 Pipits, Wagtails, Longclaws
 Hirundinidae
 Swallows, Martins
 Pycononotidae
 Bulbuls
 Timaliidae
 Babblers, Chatterers, Illadopses
 Turdidae
 Thrushes, Chats
 Muscicapidae
 Flycatchers
 Platysteiridae
 Batises, Wattle-eyes
 Sylviidae
 Warblers
 Paridae
 Tits
 Zosteropidae
 White-eyes
 Oriolidae
 Orioles
 Laniidae
 Shrikes
 Malaconotidae
 Bush-shrikes
 Dicruridae
 Drongos
 Corvidae
 Crows, Ravens
 Sturnidae
 Starlings, Oxpeckers
 Nectariniidae
 Sunbirds
 Passeridae
 Sparrows, Petronias
 Ploceidae
 Weavers
 Estrildidae
 Waxbills, Whydahs
 Fringillidae
 Seedeaters, Canaries
 Emberizidae
 Buntings