Bird identification links

List to online guides to the identification of southern African birds

Size differences in some terns. Front, left to right: Common Tern, Swift Tern, Sandwich Tern


Generally the species in these ID guides are southern African species only:

Brown eagles – video – Johann Knobel & Niel CilliĆ©, BLSA
Accipiters – video – Better Birding Webinar
Buzzards – video – Better Birding Webinar
Honey Buzzards – video – Better Birding Webinar

Waders 101 – video – Better Birding Webinar
Rare waders – video – Better Birding Webinar

Terns – online guide – Faansie Peacock
Seabirds at sea – video1 video2 video3 – Better Birding Webinar

Nightjars – online guide – Faansie Peacock

Warblers (in hand) – online pdf – Kobie Raijmakers
Cloud-scraper cisticolas – online pdf – Hugh Chittenden

Weavers (in hand) – list of links – Birds4Africa



Dieter is a qualified Bird Ringer and trainer, registered bird guide, and Weaver expert. Dieter is able to act as a bird guide for day trips in Cape Town, and is able to customise birds tours in South Africa and beyond.