Birdlife Checklist

AKALATS

GO-AWAY BIRDS

SANDPIPER

TurdidaeMusophagidaeScolopicadae
Sharpe’s AkalatBare-faced Go-away BirdBroad-billed Sandpiper

ALETHES

GODWITS & GREENSHANKS

Curlew Sandpiper
TurdidaeScolopacidaeGreen Sandpiper
White-chested AletheBar-tailed GodwitMarsh Sandpiper

APALISES

Black-tailed GodwitPectoral Sandpiper
SylvidaeGreenshankSolitary Sandpiper
Bar throated Apalis

GOSHAWKS, GYMNOGENES,

HARRIERS & HAWKS

Terek Sandpiper
Buff-throated ApalisAccipitridaeWood Sandpiper
Chestnut-headed ApalisAfrican GoshawkCommon Sandpiper
Grey ApalisBlack Goshawk

SAW-WINGS

Yellow-breasted ApalisDark Chanting GoshawkHirundinidae

AVOCET

Gabar GoshawkBlack Saw-wing
RecurvirostridaeGymnogeneWhite-headed Saw-wing
AvocetAfrican Marsh Harrier

SCIMITARBILLS

BABBLER

European March HarrierPhoeniculidae
TamaliidaeMantagu’s HarrierScimitarbill
African Hill BabblerPallid Harrier

SECRETARY BIRD

Arrow-marked BabblerAfrican Cuckoo HawkSagittariidae
Spotted Thrush-babblerBat HawkSecretary Bird
White-rumped Babbler

GREBES

SEED-CRACKERS

BARBETS

PodicipidaeEstrillidae
LybiidaeGreat Crested GrebeBlack-bellied Seed-cracker
Acacia Pied BarbetLittle Grebe

SEED-EATERS

Anchieta’s BarbetDabchickFringillidae
Black-backed Barbet

GREENBULS

Black-eared Seed-eater
Black-collared BarbetPycnonotidaeStreaky Seed-eater
Chaplin’s BarbetCabanis’s GreenbulStreaky-headed Seed-eater
Crested BarbetEastern Mountain GreenbulStripe-breasted Seed-eater
Miombo Pied BarbetHoneyguide Greenbul

SHIKRA

Spot-flanked BarbetJoyful GreenbulAccipitridae
Whyte’s BarbetLittle GreenbulShikra
BATISES
Platysteiridae
Yellow-bellied Greenbul

SHOEBILL

Cape Batis

GUINEAFOWL

Numididae

Balaenicipitidae
Chinspot BatisCrested GuineafowlShoebill
Margaret’s BatisHelmeted Guineafowl

BEE-EATERS

GULLS

Laridae

SHOVELERS

Anatidae

MeropidaeGrey-headed GullCape Shoveler
Blue-cheeked Bee-eaterLesser Black-backed GullNorthern Shoveler
Bohm’s Bee-eater

HAMMERKOP

SHRIKES

Southern Carmine Bee-eaterScopidaeLaniidae
European Bee-eaterHammerkopFiscal Shrike
Little Bee-eater

HELMET SHRIKES

Lesser Grey Shrike
Madagascar Bee-eaterPrionopidaeMagpie Shrike
Swallow Tailed Bee-eaterRetz’s Red-billed Helmet ShrikeRed-backed Shrike
White-cheeked Bee-eaterWhite Helmet ShrikeSousa’s Shrike
White Fronted Bee-eater

HERONS

Malaconotidae

BISHOPS

ArdeidaeCrimson-breasted Shrike
PloceidaeBlack-crowned Night Heron

SKIMMER

Black-winged Red BishopBlack-headed HeronRynchopidae
Red BishopGoliath HeronSkimmer
Yellow BishopGreen-backed Heron

SNIPE

Yellow-crowned BishopGrey HeronRostratulidae

BITTERNS

Madagascar Squacco HeronPainted Snipe
ArdeidaePurple HeronScolopacidae
Common BitternRufous-bellied HeronCommon Snipe
Dwarf BitternWhite-backed Night HeronEthiopian Snipe
Little Bittern

HOBBIES

Great Snipe

BLACKCAP

FalconidaeJack Snipe
SylviidaeAfrican Hobby

SPARROWHAWK

BlackcapEuropean HobbyAccipitridae

BOUBOUS, BRUBRUS

& BUSH SHRIKES

HONEYGUIDE

Little Sparrowhawk
MalaconotidaeIndicatoridaeOvambo Sparrowhawk
Fulleborn’s Black BoubouBrown-backed HoneyguideRed-breasted Sparrowhawk
Swamp BoubouEastern Least Honeyguide

SPARROWS

Tropical BoubouGreater HoneyguidePasseridae
BruBruGreen-backed HoneyguideGrey-headed Sparrow
Georgeous Bush ShrikeLesser HoneyguideHouse Sparrow
Grey-headed Bush ShrikeScaly-throated HoneyguideSouthern Grey-headed Sparrow
Many-coloured Bush ShrikeWestern Least Honeyguide
Orange-breasted Bush Shrike

HOOPOES

SPARROW-WEAVERS

BULBULS & BRISTLEBILLS

UpupidaePloceidae Ploceidae
PycnonotidaeHoopoeChestnut-mantled Sparrow Weaver
Black-collared Bulbul

HORNBILLS

White-browed Sparrow Weaver
Common BulbulBucerotidae

SPINETAILS

Grey-olive BulbulAfrican Grey HornbillApodidae
Red-eyed BulbulBradfield’s HornbillBat-like Spinetail
Sombre BulbulCrowned HornbillMottled Spinetail
Terrestrial BulbulPale-billed HornbillSPOONBILL
Yellow -streaked BulbulRed-billed HornbillThreskiornithidae
BristlebillSilvery-cheeked HornbillAfrican Spoonbill

BROADBILLS

Southern Ground Hornbill

STARLINGS

EurylaimidaeSouthern Yellow-billed HornbillSturnidae
African BroadbillTrumpeter HornbillBurchill’s Starling

BUNTINGS

HYLIOTAS

Cape Glossy Starling
EmberizidaeSylviidaeGreater Blue-eared Starling
Cabanis’s BuntingSouthern HyliotaLesser Blue-eared Starling
Cape BuntingYellow-bellied HyliotaRed-winged Starling
Cinnamon-breasted Rock Bunting

IBISES

Sharp-tailed Starling
Golden-breasted BuntingThreskiornithidaeSlender-billed Chestnut-winged Starling
Lark-loke BuntingGlossy IbisSouthern Long-tailed Starling

BUSTARDS

Otididae

Hadeda IbisSplendid Glossy Starling
Black-bellied BustardSacred IbisViolet-backed Starling
Denham’s Bustard

INDIGOBIRDS

Wallers Red-winged Starling
White-bellied BustardVeduidaeWattled Starling

BUTTONQUAILS

Dusky IndigobirdWhite-winged Starling
TurnicidaeGreen Indigobird

STILT

Black-rumped ButtonquailVariable IndigobirdRecurvirostridae
Kurrichane ButtonquailVillage IndigobirdBlack-winged Stilt

BUZZARDS

JACANA

STINT

AccipitridaeJacanidaeScolipacidae
Augur BuzzardAfrican JacanaLittle Stint
Common BuzzardLesser JacanaTemmink’s Stint
Honey Buzzard

KINGFISHERS

STONECHATS

Lizard BuzardAlcedinidaeTuridae

CANARIES

Blue-breasted KingfisherStonechat
FringillidaeBrown-headed Kingfisher

STORK

Black-faced CanaryChestnut-bellied KingfisherCiconiidae
Black-throated CanaryGiant KingfisherAbdim’s Stork
Bully CanaryHalf-collared KingfisherBlack Stork
Cape CanaryMalachite KingfisherMaribou Stork
Yellow CanaryPied KingfisherOpenbill Stork
Yellow-fronted CanaryPygmy KingfisherSaddlebill Stork

CHATS

Senegal KingfisherWooly-necked Stork
TurdidaeShinig Blue KingfisherYellow-billed Stork
Arnot’s ChatStriped Kingfisher

SUNBIRDS

Boulder ChatWhite-bellied KingfisherNectariinidae
Familiar Chat

KITES

Amethyst Sunbird
Mocking ChatAccipitridaeBannerman’s Sunbird
Sooty ChatBlack Shouldered KiteBate’s Sunbird

CISTICOLA

Yellow-billed KiteBronze Sunbird
Sylviidae

KNOTS

Collared Sunbird
Black-lored CisticolaScalopacidaeCoppery Sunbird
Black-tailed CisticolaKnotEastern Double-collared Sunbird
Churring Cisticola

KORHAAN

Greater Double-collared Sunbird
Cloud CisticolaOtdidaeMarico Sunbird
Croaking CisticolaRed-crested KorhaanMiombo Double-collared Sunbird
Desert Cisticola

LARKS

Olive Sunbird
Fan-tailed CisticolaAlaudidaeOrange-tufted Sunbird
Greater Black-backed CisticolaDusky LarkOutstalet’s Whie-bellied Sunbird
Lesser Black-backed CisticolaFlappet larkPurple-banded Sunbird
Pectoral-patch CisticolaAngola LarkRed and blue Sunbird
Rattling CisticolaChestnut-backed Sparrow-lark
Clapper Lark
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Red Faced CisticolaFawn-coloured LarkScarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbird
Rock-lovingFischer’s Sparrow-larkShelley’s Sunbird
CisticolaGrey-backed Sparrow-larkViolet-backed Sunbird
Short-winged CisticolaMonotonous LarkWhite-bellied Sunbird
Singing CisticolaPink-billed LarkYellow-bellied Sunbird
Stout CisticolaRed-capped LarkYellow-tufted Malachite Sunbird
Tinkling CisticolaRufous-naped Lark

SWALLOWS

Trilling Cisticola

LEAFLOVES

Hirundinidae
Wailing CisticolaPycnonotidaeAngola Swallow
Whistling CisticolaYellow-throated LeafloveBlack and rufous Swallow
Wing-snapping Cisticola

LONGCLAWS

Blue Swallow

CITRILS

MotacillidaeEuropean Swallow
FringillidaeFulleborn’s LongclawGreater-striped Swallow
African CitrilGrimwood’s LongclawGrey-rumped Swallow

COOTS & CRAKES

Rosy-breasted LongclawLesser Striped Swallow
RallidaeYellow-throated LongclawMosque Swallow
African Crake

LOURIE

Pearl-breasted Swallow
Baillon’s CrakeMusophagidaeRed-breasted Swallow
Black CrakeGrey LourieRed-rumped Swallow
Corn CrakePurple Crested LourieRed-throated Cliff Swallow
Spotted Crake

LOVEBIRDS

South African Cliff Swallow
Striped CrakePsyttacidaeWhite-throated Swallow
Red-knobbed CootBlack-cheeked LovebirdWire-tailed Swallow

CORDON BLEUS

Lilians Lovebirds

SWIFTS

Estrildidae

MANNIKINS

Apodidae
Red-cheeked Cordon BleuEstrildidaeAfrican Black Swift

CORMORANTS

Bronze MannikinAfrican Palm Swift
PhalacrocoracidaeMagpie MannikinAfrican White-rumped Swift
Reed ComorantRed-backed MannikinAlpine Swift
White-breasted Comorant

MARTIN

Euroipean Swift

COUCALS

HirundinidaeHorus Swift
CuculidaeAfrican Rock MartinLittle Swift
African Black CoucalAfrican Sand MartinMottled Swift
Burchell’s CoucalBanded MartinPallid Swift
Coppery-tailed CoucalEuropean Sand MartinScarce Swift
Green CoucalHouse Martin

TCHAGRAS

Senegal Coucal

MOORHENS

Malaconotidae
White-browed CoucalRallidaeBlack-crowned Tchagra

COURSERS

Common MoorhenBrown-headed Tchagra
GlareolidaeLesser MoorhenMarsh Tchagra
Bronze-winged Courser

MOUSEBIRDS

TEALS

Temmink’s CourserColiidaeAnatidae
Three-banded CourserRed-faced MousebirdCape Teal

CRANES

Speckled MousebirdHottentot teal
Gruidae

NEDDICKY & PARISOMA

Red-billed Teal
Southern Crowned CraneSylviidae

TERN

Wattled CraneNeddickySternidae

CREEPERS

Brown ParisomaCaspian Tern
Certhiidae

NICATORS

Common Tern
Spotted CreeperMalaconotidaeGull-billed Tern

CRIMSONWINGS

White-throated NicatorWhite-winged Black Tern
EstrildidaeYellow-spotted NicatorWhiskered Tern
Red-faced Crimsonwing

NIGHTJAR

THRUSHES

CROMBECS

CaprimulgidaeTurdidae
SylviidaeEuropean NightjarCollared Palm Thrush
Long-billed CrombecFiery-necked NightjarEuropean Rock Thrush
Red-capped CrombecFreckled Rock NightjarGroundscraper Thrush

CROWS

Gaboon NightjarKurricane Thrush
CorvidaeMountain NightjarMiombo Rock Thrush
Black CrowNatal NightjarOlive Thrush
Pied CrowPennant-winged NightjarOrange Thrush

CUCKOOS

Rufous-cheeked NightjarRufous Ant Thrush
Cuculidae

ORIOLE

Thrush-nightingale
African Grey CuckooOriolidaeWest African Thrush
Barred Long-tailed CuckooAfrican Golden Oriole

TITS

Black CuckooEastern Black-headed OrioleParidae
Didric CuckooEuropean Golden OrioleMiombo Grey Tit
Emerald Cuckoo

OSPREY

Rufous-bellied Tit
European Grey CuckooAccipitridaeSouthern Black Tit
Great Spotted CuckooOspreyWhite-winged Black Tit
Jacobin Cuckoo

OWLS

 
Klaas’s CuckooStrigidae
Lesser CuckooAfrican Scops OwlMiombo Grey Tit
Madagascar Lesser CuckooGiant Eagle OwlRufous-bellied Tit
Olive Long-tailed CuckooMarsh OwlSouthern Black Tit
Red-chested CuckooPel’s Fishing OwlWhite-winged Black Tit
Striped Crested CuckooPearl Spotted OwlRemizidae
Thick-billed CuckooSpotted Eagle OwlGrey Penduline Tit

CUCKOO-SHRIKES

White faced Owl

TIT-BABBLERS

CampephagidaeTytonidaeSylviidae
Black Cuckoo-shrikeBarn OwlTit-babbler
Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrikeGrass Owl

TROGONS

White-breasted Cuckoo-shrikeWood OwlTrogonidae

CURLEWS

OWLETS

Bar-tailed Trogon
ScolopacidaeStrigidaeNarina Trogon
CurlewBarred Owlet

TURACOS

DARTER

Pearl-spotted OwletMusophagidae
Anhingidae

OXPECKER

Lady Ross’s Turaco
DarterSturnidaePurple-crested Turaco

DIKKOPS

Red-billed OxpeckerSchalow’s Turaco
BurhinidaeYellow-billed Oxpecker

TURNSTONES

Spotted Dikkop

PARROT

Scolopacidae
Water DikkopPsIttacidaeTurnstone

DOVES & PIGEONS

Brown-Necked Parrot

TWINSPOT

ColumbidaeMeyers ParrotEstrildidae
African Mounring Dove

PELICANS

Green Twinspot
Blue-spotted Wood DovePelicanidaeRed-throated Twinspot
Cape Turtle DovePink-backed PelicanGreen Twinspot
Cinnamon DoveWhite PelicanRed-throated Twinspot
Emerald-spotted Wood Dove

PETRONIAS

VULTURES

Laughing DovePasseridaeAcciptridae
Namaqua DoveYellow-throated PetoniaCape Vulture
Pink-breasted Turtle Dove

PHALAROPES

Hooded Vulture
Red-eyed DoveScolopacidaeLappet-faced Vulture
Tambourine DoveRed-necked PhalaropePalm-nut Vulture
Afep Pigeon

PINTAILS

White-backed Vulture
Bronze-naped PigeonAnatidaeWhite-headed Vulture
Green PigeonPintail

WAGTAILS

Rameron PigeonMotocillidae

DRONGO

PIPITS

African Pied Wagtail
DicruridaeMotacillidaeCape Wagtail
Fork-tailed DrongoBuffy PipitGrey Wagtail
Square-tailed DrongoLittle Tawny PipitMountain Wagtail

DUCKS & GEESE

Long Billed PipitYellow Wagtail
AnatidaePlain-backed Pipit
African Black DuckRed-throated Pipit
Fulvous Whistling DuckRichard’s Pipit
Knob-billed DuckShirt-tailed Pipit
White-backed DuckStriped Pipit
White-faced DuckTree Pipit

WARBLERS

Yellow-billed Duck

PITTAS

Sylviidae
African Pygmy GoosePittidaeAfrican Moustached Warbler
Egyptian GooseAfrican PittaAfrican Yellow Warbler
Spur-winged Goose

PLOVERS

Bamboo Warbler
GarganeyChiradriidaeBleating Bush Warbler

EAGLES

Brown-chested Wattled PloverBroad- tailed Warbler
AccipitridaeBlacksmith PloverCinnamon Bracken Warbler
African Fish EagleCaspian PloverEvergreen Forest Warbler
African Hawk EagleChestnut-banded PloverGarden Warbler
Ayres’s Hawk Eagle Bateleur EagleCrowned PloverGreat Reed Warbler
Black EagleForbe’s PloverGreater Swamp Warbler
Black-breasted SnakeGreater Sand PloverIcterine Warbler
Crowned EagleGrey PloverLaura’s Warbler
Booted EagleKittlitz’s PloverLesser Swamp Warbler
Brown Snake EagleLesser Black Winged PloverLittle Rush Warbler
Lesser Spotted EagleLong-toed PloverMarsh Warbler
Long-crested EagleMongolian PloverMiombo Barred Warbler
Martial EaglePacific Golden PloverMountain Yellow Warbler
Steppe EagleRinged PloverOlive Tree Warbler
Tawny EagleSenegal Wattled PloverPapyrus Yellow Warbler
Whalberg’s EagleThree-banded PloverRed-winged Warbler
Western Banded Snake-eagleWhite-crowned PloverReed Warbler

 EGRETS

White fronted Sand PloverRiver Warbler
 Ardeidae

 POCHARDS

Sedge Warbler
 Black Egret AnatidaeWillow Warbler
 Cattle Egret Southern PochardYellow-throated Warbler
Great White Egret

PRATINCOLES

WATTLE EYES

Little EgretGlareolidaePlatysteiridae
Slaty EgretBlack-winged PratincoleBlack-throated Wattle-eye
Yellow-billed Egret ArdeidaeRock PratincoleChestnut Wattle-eye
Black Egret

PRINIAS

WAXBILLS

Cattle EgretSylviidaeEstriliidae
Great White EgretBlack-chested PriniaBlack-faced Waxbill
Little EgretTawny-flanked PriniaBlack-tailed Grey Waxbill
Slaty EgretWhite-chinned PriniaBlue Waxbill
Yellow-billed Egret Ardeidae

PUFFBACKS

Common Waxbill
Black EgretMalaconotididaeFawn-breasted Waxbill
Cattle EgretSouthern PuffbackOrange-cheeked Waxbill
Great White Egret

PYTILIA

Swee Waxbill
Little EgretEstrildidaeViolet-eared Waxbill
Slaty EgretOrange-winged PytiliaZebra Waxbill
Yellow-billed Egret

QUAIL

WEAVERS

EROMOMELAS

PhasianidaePloceidae
SylviidaeBlue QuailAfrican Masked Weaver
Black-collared EremomelaCommon QuailBaglafecht Weaver
Harlequin QuailBar-winged Weaver
Burnt-necked Eremomela

QUELEA

Bertram’s Weaver
Green-capped EremomelaPloceidaeBocage’s Weaver
Cardinal QueleaCompact Weaver
Yellow-bellied EremomelaRed-billed QueleaDark-backed Weaver
Red-headed QueleaLarge Golden Weaver

FALCONS & KESTRALS

RAILS

Olive-headed Weaver
FalconidaeRallidaeParasitic Weaver
Eastern Red-footed FalconAfrican Water RailRed-billed Buffalo Weaver
Lanner Falcon

RAVENS

Peregine FalconCorvidaeRed-headed Weaver
Red-necked FalconWhite-necked RavenSlender-billed Weaver
Sooty Falcon

REDSHANKS

Southern Brown-throated
Taita FalconScolopacidaeWeaver
Western Red-footed FalconCommon RedshankSpectacled Weaver
Common KestrelSpotted RedshankThick-billed Weaver
Dickinson’s Kestral

ROBINS

Village Weaver
Greater KestrelTurdidaeYellow-backed Weaver
Lesser KestrelBocage’s Robin

WHEATEARS

FINCHES

Cape RobinTurdidae
EstrildidaeCentral Bearded Scrub RobinCapped Wheatear
Black-chinned Quail FinchEastern Bearded Scrub RobinEuropean Wheater
Cut-throat FinchGrey Winged RobinIsabelline Wheatear
Locust FinchHeuglin’s Robin

WHIMBREL

Melba FinchOlive-flanked RobinScolopacidae
Quail FinchRed-capped RobinWhimbrel
Blue-billed FirefinchStarred Robin

WHINCHAT

Brown FirefinchWhite-browed Scrub RobinTurdidae
Jameson’s Firefinch

ROLLERS

Whinchat
Red-billed FirefinchCoraciidae

WHITE-EYE

PloceidaeBroad-billed RollerZosteropidae
Scaly-feathered FinchEuropean RollerYellow White-eye

FINFOOTS

Cinamon Roller

WHITE-THROATS

HeliornithidaeLilac-breasted RollerSylviidae
African FinfootPurple RollerCommon White-throat

FLAMINGOES

Racket-tailed Roller

WHYDAHS

Phoenicopteridae

RUFF

Ploceidae
Greater FlamingoScolipacidaeLong-tailed Whydah
Lesser FlamingoRuffMarsh Whydah

FLUFFTAILS & GALLINULES

SANDERLING

Mountain Marsh Whydah
Rallidae 
ScolopacidaeRed-collared Whydah
Buff-spotted FlufftailSanderlingRed-shouldered Whydah
Long-toed Flufftail

SANDGROUSE

White-winged Whydah
Red-chested FlufftailPteroclididaeYellow-mantled Whydah
Red-tailed FlufftailBurchills’s Sandgrouse

WIDOW

Streaky-breasted FlufftailDouble-banded SandgrouseViduidae
White-spotted FlufftailYellow-throated SandgrouseBroad-tailed Paradise Widow
Lesser GallinuleLong-tailed Paradise Widow
Purple GallinulePin-tailed Widow

FLYCATCHERS

Shaft-tailed Widow
Muscicapidae

WOOD HOOPOES

Ashy FlycatcherPhoeniculidae
Bohms FlycatcherRed-billed Wood Hoopoe
Cassin’s Grey Flycatcher

WOODPECKERS

Collared FlycatcherPicidae
Dusky FlycatcherBearded Woodpecker
Lead-coloured FlycatcherBennett’s Woodpecker
Marico FlycatherBrown-eared Woodpecker
Pallid FlycatcherCardinal Woodpecker
Slaty FlycatcherLittle Spotted Woodpeacker
Sooty FlycatcherOlive Woodpecker
Southern Black Flycatcher

WRYNECKS

Spotted FlycatcherPicidae
Swamp FlycatcherRed-throated Wryneck
Monarchidae

YELLOWLEGS

Blue-Mantled FlycatcherScolopacidae
Livingstone’s FlycatcherLesser Yellowlegs
Paradise Flycatcher
Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher
White-tailed Crested Flycatcher

FRANCOLINS

Phasianidae
Coqui Francolin
Crested Francolin
Hildebrandt’s Francolin
Natal Francolin
Red-billed Francolin
Red-winged Francolin
Red-necked Francolin
Shelley’s Francolin
Swainsons Francolin
White-throated Francolin