FGASA 21 Day Bird Guide Course

The candidate must have a minimum of a Field Guide Skills Program to qualify for the course.

What you can expect:

This 3-week FGASA Bird Guide course is aimed at you the existing guide who is aspiring to achieve exceptional knowledge and understanding of birds. We aim to unfold the fascinating life of birds by discovering a whole new world that opens up to birds as a result of flight, the power of song and the diverse adaptations which made birds so successful.

The course consists of a balanced proportion of theoretical data projection lectures, workbook time, research tasks, study time, practical excursions and structured assessments. This course will captivate you!

Qualification includes:

  • Birding Guide Skills Program
  • Birding Slide and Sound Assessment
  • Bird Guide Assessment

Subjects and outcomes included in this Birding Specialist section of the course include:

• Evolution of Birds
• Bird Anatomy and Physiology
• Zoo-geography
• Adaptations to the environment and Bird Identification
• Classification of Birds
• Feeding and Breeding Behavior and adaptations
• Nesting Behavior, Nest types, and materials
• Chick development and care for young
• Bird Conservation
• Migration and navigation
• Bird names explained

Most of the days on the course will start with the dawn chorus somewhere in the middle of nature. You might find yourself on Ulovane’s beautiful walking trail through pristine thickets vegetation or on the Land Rover exploring Amakhala Game Reserve in search of some of the area’s elusive bird species first thing in the morning.

Some of the area’s special Bird species you can expect to find include:

• African Finfoot
• Knysna Woodpecker
• White-backed Night Heron
• Striped Flufftail
• Denham’s Bustard
• Red-necked Spurfowl
• Black Harrier
• Knysna Turaco
• Cape Eagle Owl
• Olive Woodpecker
• Red-fronted Tinkerbird
• Grey Cuckooshrike
• Yellow- throated woodland warbler
• Southern Black tit
• Karoo Scrub-Robin
• Karoo Prinia
• Grey Sunbird

Learners who join the course can choose to specialize in birds occurring in one or more of the following biomes (vegetation types):

  • Arid
  • Albany thicket
  • Savanna
  • Forest
  • Marine
  • Karoo
  • Fynbos

The Assessment of the Birding Specialist qualification will include the following:
• Birding Specialist workbook completion. The workbook will be marked and a minimum of 75% is needed to successfully complete this part of the Assessment.
• Specialist Tasks completion.
• Theoretical Examinations during the course as well as a summative examination at the end of the course. The pass rate for any of the examinations is 75%.
• Sound Identification Assessment for specific biomes chosen by the learner.
• Slideshow Bird Identification Assessment for specific biomes chosen by the learner.
• An open-book Bird Identification Assessment to identify very difficult examples.

Also included:

  • Accommodation for the duration of the course
  • All Meals for the duration of the course
  • Uniform Provided
  • External Field Trips
  • All FGASA Fees (assessment, exam, subscription, registration, moderation, manuals, workbooks, logbooks, prescribed literature, and certification) for the duration of the course
  • Formal and Practical Tuition for all the subjects
  • Organising all your FGASA liaison for you


  • 28 November – 18 December 2016
  • 13 March – 02 April 2017
  • 05 June – 25 June 2017
  • 04 September – 24 September 2017
  • 27 November – 19 December 2017


To apply, download the Application Form, or fill out the Online Application Form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Application Form


– Applicants are required to have a Matric certificate or equivalent High/Senior School education, to be able to qualify for the above mentioned course.