The definitive guide to Southern Africa’s Little Brown Jobs

Almost a quarter of Southern Africa’s bird species, and half of its endemics, are known by birdwatchers as LBJs or Little Brown Jobs.

All birders experience some degree of trepidation when confronted by Ornithologicum nightmariensis. Consequently this potentially confusing group of birds is shunned by virtually all beginners and many experienced observers as well.

However, LBJs include some of the region’s most spectacular, thrilling, interesting, sought-after and memorable birds.

In this eagerly anticipated book, four years in the making, talented author and artist Faansie Peacock shares his passion for and knowledge of LBJs. CHAMBERLAIN’s LBJs will not only help you to confidently identify LBJs in the field, but also to understand and enjoy these remarkable birds.


  • Includes more than 230 species of LBJs
  • Over 1500 superb original colour paintings by the author
  • Innovative design to facilitate identification
  • Thumbnail illustrations of the bird in its typical habitat and as it really appears in the field
  • Juveniles or immatures are shown in virtually all species
  • Depictions of important subspecies
  • In-flight illustrations, from above and below
  • Detailed, multi-colour distribution maps compiled from the latest bird atlas data
  • Distribution maps show subspecies and abundance levels
  • Fascinating insights into LBJ biology, classification and names
  • Useful tips and techniques to help you find and identify LBJs