Colours Used in Roberts 7th to Identify Birds

Table showing colours to use for searching for unidentified birds

There are well over 900 species of birds in Southern Africa many of which are endemic to the region. Southern Africa is defined as the region south of the rivers Cunene and Zambezi.

The Cunene River flows from the Angola highlands south to the border with Namibia before flowing west along the Namibian and Angolan borders until it reaches the Atlantic. The Zambezi is the fourth-longest river in Africa, and the largest that enters Indian Ocean. The Zambezi is 2,574 km (1,600 mile) long. Its source is in Zambia and the Zambesi flows through Angola, along the border of Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe before reaching the Indian Ocean in Mozambique.

The birds of Southern Africa are present in such great variety because of a number of influencing factors ...

Eye Bill Back Back Head Head Throat Throat Legs
black black black grey, brown black grey azure pink black
blue blackish brown blackish brown grey, olive blackish brown grey, black black pink, red black, grey
brown blue black, blue grey, pink black, blue, white grey, brown black, brown purple black, red
brown, red blue, grey black, brown grey, white black, brown grey, olive black, grey purple, black blue
chestnut brown black, grey maroon black, grey grey, pink black, purple red blue, green
cream carmine black, purple mauve black, purple grey, white black, red reddish brown blue, grey
crimson crimson black, white olive black, red mauve, pink black, white red, brown blue, pink
green green blue olive, brown black, white olive blue scarlet brown
grey greenish black blue, black olive, green blue olive, brown blue-green umber brown, pink
hazel greenish yellow blue, green olive, grey blue-green olive, green blue, black violet crimson
orange grey blue, grey orange, yellow blue, black olive, grey blue, green white green
red grey, black blue, purple pink blue, chestnut orange blue, grey white grey
red brown grey, green bronze, green pink, red blue, green pink brown white, black grey, black
reddish brown grey, white bronze, pink purple blue, grey pink, red brown, black white, brown grey, pink
red, brown ivory brown purple, black blue, purple purple brown, white white, chestnut grey, white
sepia mauve brownish green purple, brown bronze purple, blue chestnut white, grey olive
white olive brown, black purplish-black bronze, green purple, brown chrome yellow orange
white, yellow orange brown, blue red brown red cinnamon   orange, yellow
yellow pink brown, grey red, brown brown, grey red, brown cream   pink
  pink, black chestnut red, olive brown, white red, pink green   pink, brown
  purple cinnamon scarlet chestnut scarlet green, black   purple
  red copper umber cinnamon silver, grey grey   purplish red
  scarlet cream velvet cream umber grey, black   red
  white green violet golden, rufous velvet grey, brown   red, pink
  yellow green, olive white green white grey, white   white
    green, yellow white, black greenish blue white, black grey, yellow   yellow
    grey yellow green, black white, brown lilac   yellowish pink
    grey, black yellow, brown green, brown white, grey mauve   yellow, green
    grey, blue yellow, green green, olive yellow orange