I am sad (and on the other hand very happy) to announce that all the print copies of the book have now been sold. While I do not have any immediate plans to do a reprint, you are welcome to
email me if you want to place your name on a waiting list; should a reprint or second edition
become available you will be first to know!

Fortunately, you are still able to buy the eBook version of the book in PDF format. South Africans who wish to pay via EFT (preferred) are welcome to do so directly through me, while international buyers paying via credit card or PayPal can obtain the book through various online retailers. See the instructions on the left for more details.

The eBook is in ePDF format, and not ePub. You will require Adobe Reader, Adobe Digital Editions or similar (freely available) software to browse the eBook. Due to the complicated layout of the book, I decided not to produce the book in ePub format; therefore, one is not able to change font sizes etc. However, you should be able to highlight, select text, add notes and perform various other actions using the Adobe software. Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries.

Please support a struggling ornithologist / author / artist by NOT MAKING ILLEGAL COPIES of the eBook! I worked hard on it for four years, and I think it is very reasonably priced. Copyright of this work, including text, images, maps and all other material is retained by Faansie Peacock (me).

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any comments or queries, or for further information. Click here for contact details.



This is very quick and easy and is the preferred method of purchase if you have a South African bank account (international bank account transfers are possible, but you will require details such as the bank address, swift code etc. and the bank costs may be excessive).

STEP 1: Deposit R195 into the account below.

STEP 2: Email me with your proof of payment, and I will give you a direct download link.

STEP 3: Go to the link and download/save the pdf file (about 60MB in size). You are welcome to copy it for your own different devices or computers, but please don't copy it for friends - I need
the money for producing the next book!

IF PAYING WITH CREDIT CARD OR PAYPAL: International buyers may find it more convenient to pay for the book using such methods. As I cannot currently process credit card payments, I would recommend that you look for the book online, e.g. at


Account: DS Peacock
Bank: ABSA
Branch: Moreleta Park
Branch Code: 632005
Swift Code: ABSAZAJJ
Account Number: 9168330330
Account Type: SAVINGS

Regrettably, payments by credit card or PayPal are not currently accepted. If you would like to pay in this manner, I would recommend buying the eBook through