Roberts Birds of Southern Africa VII (PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean & PG Ryan)
The bible of birding for years. Roberts VII is a total "upgrade" from previous versions. It is now a birding reference work and not a field guide. Detailed descriptions of each species will most probably answer all your birding related questions that you might have.
This is an old favorite of many birders. Kenneth Newman has through his books introduced a lot of birders to this fantastic hobby. The biggest asset of this book is the quality of the sketches.
The Larger Illustrated Guide to Birds of Southern Africa (Ian Sinclair & Phil Hockey)
This is the newest version of this series and was published in 2005. It contains all the newest species splits and new names. A wonderful book and most probably the most up-to-date field guide.
Roberts Bird Guide - (Guy Upfold & Hugh Chittenden)
Pipits of Southern Africa (Faansie Peacock)
I cannot describe the purpose of this book better than the author himself - "The main objective of this book is to present an up-to-date identification manual to distinguish between the sixteen defferent specie of pipits that occur in Southern Africa. Essientially this book is a coalition between personal field experience and field notes, comments by other observers and a review and critical analysis of all available reference material pertaining to southern African pipits". A wonderful book with tons of information about this mysterious group of birds!! For more information visit http://www.pipits.co.za/.
Raptor Identification guide for Southern Africa (Ulrich Oberprieler and Burger Cillië)
Raptors can be extremely difficult to identify. This book will guide you through all the pitfalls in identifying this group of birds. You will find the general description of the different groups especially helpful. The book also contains beautiful photographs which greatly augment the text about each species. Also available in Afrikaans.
The Bird Guide of Southern Africa (Ulrich Oberprieler & Burger Cillie)
I must admit I am not a great fan of photographic field guides. But even so this must be the best of those available. Really great photos and tons of information. Please note that seabirds and the really rare and vagrant species are not included.
A guide to the Nest and Eggs of Southern African Birds (Warwick Tarbotan)
Ornithology for Africa(Gordon Lindsay Maclean)
Although this book was written as a text book for Ornithology students, it is not too technical and the chapters on Food and Feeding, Migration and Navigation, Bird behaviour and Breeding biology are extremely interesting and will provide you with a fresh insight into the wonderful and varied world of birds.
Birds the inside story (Rael and Helene Loon)
I enjoyed this book tremendously. It covers a range of topics about birds and their behaviour with tons of interesting facts. It is written in an easy style with tons of photos.
Southern African Birdfinder (Callan Cohen, Claire Spottiswood and Jonathan Rossouw)
On the cover the following is printed - "Where to find 1400 bird species in southern Africa and Madagascar". So if you want to know where you can find that rare bird - this is the book you need!