List Of South Africa Birds

List Of South Africa Birds

Learn more about the list SA birds;

What is a bird?

Birds are a group of warm-blooded vertebrates constituting the class Aves, characterised by feathers, toothless beaked jaws, the laying of hard-shelled eggs, a high metabolic rate, a four-chambered heart, and a strong yet lightweight skeleton.

Common nameBinomialStatus
Rock pigeonColumba liviaIntroduced
Speckled pigeonColumba guinea
Rameron pigeonColumba arquatrix
Delegorgue’s pigeonColumba delegorguei
Lemon doveColumba larvata
European turtle-doveStreptopelia turturVagrant; vulnerable
Mourning collared-doveStreptopelia decipiens
Red-eyed doveStreptopelia semitorquata
Ring-necked doveStreptopelia capicola
Laughing doveStreptopelia senegalensis
Emerald-spotted wood-doveTurtur chalcospilos
Blue-spotted wood-doveTurtur afer
Tambourine doveTurtur tympanistria
Namaqua doveOena capensis
African green-pigeonTreron calvus
What is the most common bird in South Africa?


In sub-Saharan Africa the most common is the white-breasted, which is a freshwater-only bird and can be easily spotted around lakes and rivers across the entire region from west to east and down to South Africa.

Which bird is only found in South Africa?


“Endemic” means the species is found only in South Africa. “SLE endemic” means the species is found only in South Africa and the Kingdoms of Lesotho and Eswatini (formerly Swaziland).

How many different birds are there in South Africa?

Of the approximate 850 recorded bird species in the country, around 725 are resident birds (or, at least, annual visitors). An impressive 50 avian species can only be found in South Africa, giving birders a prime opportunity to spot something very special.


Domestic chicken
30 billion
2Red-billed quelea1.5 billion
3Mourning dove475 million
4American robin310 million
5Common pheasant160-220 million
6Red-winged blackbird210 million
7Chipping sparrow200 million
8Common starling100-199 million
9Common swift95-164 million
10Yellow-rumped warbler130 million

Which bird is native to South Africa?

The blue crane is the national bird of South Africa.