Beginner's Guide to Birds of Botswana

This superb little book is available from the Gaborone shop or the office at a price of P50 each.  Pictures of about two hundred of the most common birds in Botswana are shown together with short descriptions in Setswana and English.


The Babbler has been published biannually since 1980, and reports on scientific data and information collected on birds in Botswana. Full members of BirdLife Botswana receive copies of the Babbler. Please contact BirdLife Botswana for further information or E-mail:
Note: Back copies are available at P20 per copy.
Index of Authors, titles and which issue they appeared in from 1981 to 2008

Printing of the Babbler is sponsored by Remi and Wendy Borello


Familiar Chat

Familiar Chat is the quarterly newsletter of BirdLife Botswana. It is distributed to all members. It contains articles and interesting features by BLB members as well as the calendar for the next quarter and committee member details. All members are welcome to submit articles. Please contact BirdLife Botswana or E-mail:

Current Issues

Printing of the Familiar Chat is sponsored by

telephone: +267-3952698

Conservation Newsletter "Birds and People"

BirdLife Botswana is rapidly transforming itself from a social bird-watching club to a scientifically-based, professional bird conservation agency, and the advent of this newsletter is in keeping with that trend. The newsletter picks up on the interest generated by a modest, four-page BirdLife Botswana handout entitled “BOTSWANA BIRDS CONSERVATION“, that was sent out three years ago; as a result of this, we now have a substantial and growing network of field birders who contribute regular information to BirdLife Botswana’s bird database, and who play a role in monitoring and conserving birds in their areas.

The primary purpose of this newsletter therefore, is to provide feedback to people in the network; the subscription fee is in the hard currency of information! Please feel free to pass your copy on to someone else who you know would like to play an active role in bird monitoring and conservation. Download the conservation newsletter here in .pdf format

Current issues


BLB Books and Pamphlets

BirdLife Botswana has produced several publications which are available from the BLB office, local book stores or by contacting the committee members at

S.J. Tyler & W. Borello (1998) Birds of the Gaborone area and where to find them. Botswana Bird Club, Gaborone, Botswana. ISBN 99912-0-266-8

S.J. Tyler (2001) A review of waterbird counts in Botswana, 1991-2000. Babbler Special Supplement No. 1. BirdLife Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana. ISSN 1012-2974

Other books not published by BLB, but with contributions by BBC/BLB members and concerning Botswana include the following:

  • Penry, H. (1994) Bird Atlas of Botswana. The University of Natal Press, Pietermaritzberg, RSA. ISBN 0-86980-895-8
  • Newman, K. (1989) Birds of Botswana. Southern Books, RSA. ISBN 1-86812-194-1
  • Borello, W.D. and Borello, R.M. (1997) Birds of Botswana: An annotated working bibliography 1835-1995. Halfway House: Russel Friedman. ISBN 1-85709-109-2

Recommended bird guides for Botswana

  • Sinclair, I., Hockey, P. and Tarboton, W. (2002) SASOL Birds of Southern Africa. Struik Publishers, Cape Town, RSA. ISBN 1-86872-721-1
  • Newman, K. (2002) Newman's Birds of Southern Africa. Struik Publishers, Cape Town, RSA. ISBN 1-86872-735-1
  • Perlo, B., van (1999) Collins Illustrated Checklist: Birds of Southern Africa. HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd., London, UK. ISBN 0-00-220117-8
  • MacLean, G.L. (1993) Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town, RSA. ISBN 0-620-17583-4

Annual General Meeting - minutes

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Familiar Chat

BLB Conservation and Birds & People


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