Snoozed and losed? Then I’ve got some good news for you! After much deliberation, I have decided to do a reprint of my book, Chamberlain’s LBJs. As of January 2016, the book is once again available in print (as well as in a downloadable eBook version). You can order your copy right now by clicking above.

Almost a quarter of Southern Africa’s bird species, and half of its endemics, are known by birders as LBJs or Little Brown Jobs. All birders experience some degree of trepidation when confronted by Ornithologicum nightmariensis (the scientific name of the LBJ). 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. LBJs 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.

Which birds are considered LBJs? Well, that depends on your level of experience, but typically, LBJs would include larks, pipits, cisticolas, warblers and ‘brown’ seed-eaters such as female widowbirds and weavers. In fact, the book includes more than 230 species of birds (about a quarter of southern Africa’s total number of species). You can read more about the book, and check out some preview pages here.

The book includes more than 1500 of my paintings. You can see a video of the painting process, as well as read some reviews and learn more about the background of the book, here or by navigating using the main menu at the top of the page.

  • 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
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