Birdlife Checklist

AKALATS

GO-AWAY BIRDS

SANDPIPER

Turdidae Musophagidae Scolopicadae
Sharpe’s Akalat Bare-faced Go-away Bird Broad-billed Sandpiper

ALETHES

GODWITS & GREENSHANKS

Curlew Sandpiper
Turdidae Scolopacidae Green Sandpiper
White-chested Alethe Bar-tailed Godwit Marsh Sandpiper

APALISES

Black-tailed Godwit Pectoral Sandpiper
Sylvidae Greenshank Solitary Sandpiper
Bar throated Apalis

GOSHAWKS, GYMNOGENES,

HARRIERS & HAWKS

Terek Sandpiper
Buff-throated Apalis Accipitridae Wood Sandpiper
Chestnut-headed Apalis African Goshawk Common Sandpiper
Grey Apalis Black Goshawk

SAW-WINGS

Yellow-breasted Apalis Dark Chanting Goshawk Hirundinidae

AVOCET

Gabar Goshawk Black Saw-wing
Recurvirostridae Gymnogene White-headed Saw-wing
Avocet African Marsh Harrier

SCIMITARBILLS

BABBLER

European March Harrier Phoeniculidae
Tamaliidae Mantagu’s Harrier Scimitarbill
African Hill Babbler Pallid Harrier

SECRETARY BIRD

Arrow-marked Babbler African Cuckoo Hawk Sagittariidae
Spotted Thrush-babbler Bat Hawk Secretary Bird
White-rumped Babbler

GREBES

SEED-CRACKERS

BARBETS

Podicipidae Estrillidae
Lybiidae Great Crested Grebe Black-bellied Seed-cracker
Acacia Pied Barbet Little Grebe

SEED-EATERS

Anchieta’s Barbet Dabchick Fringillidae
Black-backed Barbet

GREENBULS

Black-eared Seed-eater
Black-collared Barbet Pycnonotidae Streaky Seed-eater
Chaplin’s Barbet Cabanis’s Greenbul Streaky-headed Seed-eater
Crested Barbet Eastern Mountain Greenbul Stripe-breasted Seed-eater
Miombo Pied Barbet Honeyguide Greenbul

SHIKRA

Spot-flanked Barbet Joyful Greenbul Accipitridae
Whyte’s Barbet Little Greenbul Shikra
BATISES
Platysteiridae
Yellow-bellied Greenbul

SHOEBILL

Cape Batis

GUINEAFOWL

Numididae

Balaenicipitidae
Chinspot Batis Crested Guineafowl Shoebill
Margaret’s Batis Helmeted Guineafowl

BEE-EATERS

GULLS

Laridae

SHOVELERS

Anatidae

Meropidae Grey-headed Gull Cape Shoveler
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Lesser Black-backed Gull Northern Shoveler
Bohm’s Bee-eater

HAMMERKOP

SHRIKES

Southern Carmine Bee-eater Scopidae Laniidae
European Bee-eater Hammerkop Fiscal Shrike
Little Bee-eater

HELMET SHRIKES

Lesser Grey Shrike
Madagascar Bee-eater Prionopidae Magpie Shrike
Swallow Tailed Bee-eater Retz’s Red-billed Helmet Shrike Red-backed Shrike
White-cheeked Bee-eater White Helmet Shrike Sousa’s Shrike
White Fronted Bee-eater

HERONS

Malaconotidae

BISHOPS

Ardeidae Crimson-breasted Shrike
Ploceidae Black-crowned Night Heron

SKIMMER

Black-winged Red Bishop Black-headed Heron Rynchopidae
Red Bishop Goliath Heron Skimmer
Yellow Bishop Green-backed Heron

SNIPE

Yellow-crowned Bishop Grey Heron Rostratulidae

BITTERNS

Madagascar Squacco Heron Painted Snipe
Ardeidae Purple Heron Scolopacidae
Common Bittern Rufous-bellied Heron Common Snipe
Dwarf Bittern White-backed Night Heron Ethiopian Snipe
Little Bittern

HOBBIES

Great Snipe

BLACKCAP

Falconidae Jack Snipe
Sylviidae African Hobby

SPARROWHAWK

Blackcap European Hobby Accipitridae

BOUBOUS, BRUBRUS

& BUSH SHRIKES

HONEYGUIDE

Little Sparrowhawk
Malaconotidae Indicatoridae Ovambo Sparrowhawk
Fulleborn’s Black Boubou Brown-backed Honeyguide Red-breasted Sparrowhawk
Swamp Boubou Eastern Least Honeyguide

SPARROWS

Tropical Boubou Greater Honeyguide Passeridae
BruBru Green-backed Honeyguide Grey-headed Sparrow
Georgeous Bush Shrike Lesser Honeyguide House Sparrow
Grey-headed Bush Shrike Scaly-throated Honeyguide Southern Grey-headed Sparrow
Many-coloured Bush Shrike Western Least Honeyguide
Orange-breasted Bush Shrike

HOOPOES

SPARROW-WEAVERS

BULBULS & BRISTLEBILLS

Upupidae Ploceidae Ploceidae
Pycnonotidae Hoopoe Chestnut-mantled Sparrow Weaver
Black-collared Bulbul

HORNBILLS

White-browed Sparrow Weaver
Common Bulbul Bucerotidae

SPINETAILS

Grey-olive Bulbul African Grey Hornbill Apodidae
Red-eyed Bulbul Bradfield’s Hornbill Bat-like Spinetail
Sombre Bulbul Crowned Hornbill Mottled Spinetail
Terrestrial Bulbul Pale-billed Hornbill SPOONBILL
Yellow -streaked Bulbul Red-billed Hornbill Threskiornithidae
Bristlebill Silvery-cheeked Hornbill African Spoonbill

BROADBILLS

Southern Ground Hornbill

STARLINGS

Eurylaimidae Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill Sturnidae
African Broadbill Trumpeter Hornbill Burchill’s Starling

BUNTINGS

HYLIOTAS

Cape Glossy Starling
Emberizidae Sylviidae Greater Blue-eared Starling
Cabanis’s Bunting Southern Hyliota Lesser Blue-eared Starling
Cape Bunting Yellow-bellied Hyliota Red-winged Starling
Cinnamon-breasted Rock Bunting

IBISES

Sharp-tailed Starling
Golden-breasted Bunting Threskiornithidae Slender-billed Chestnut-winged Starling
Lark-loke Bunting Glossy Ibis Southern Long-tailed Starling

BUSTARDS

Otididae

Hadeda Ibis Splendid Glossy Starling
Black-bellied Bustard Sacred Ibis Violet-backed Starling
Denham’s Bustard

INDIGOBIRDS

Wallers Red-winged Starling
White-bellied Bustard Veduidae Wattled Starling

BUTTONQUAILS

Dusky Indigobird White-winged Starling
Turnicidae Green Indigobird

STILT

Black-rumped Buttonquail Variable Indigobird Recurvirostridae
Kurrichane Buttonquail Village Indigobird Black-winged Stilt

BUZZARDS

JACANA

STINT

Accipitridae Jacanidae Scolipacidae
Augur Buzzard African Jacana Little Stint
Common Buzzard Lesser Jacana Temmink’s Stint
Honey Buzzard

KINGFISHERS

STONECHATS

Lizard Buzard Alcedinidae Turidae

CANARIES

Blue-breasted Kingfisher Stonechat
Fringillidae Brown-headed Kingfisher

STORK

Black-faced Canary Chestnut-bellied Kingfisher Ciconiidae
Black-throated Canary Giant Kingfisher Abdim’s Stork
Bully Canary Half-collared Kingfisher Black Stork
Cape Canary Malachite Kingfisher Maribou Stork
Yellow Canary Pied Kingfisher Openbill Stork
Yellow-fronted Canary Pygmy Kingfisher Saddlebill Stork

CHATS

Senegal Kingfisher Wooly-necked Stork
Turdidae Shinig Blue Kingfisher Yellow-billed Stork
Arnot’s Chat Striped Kingfisher

SUNBIRDS

Boulder Chat White-bellied Kingfisher Nectariinidae
Familiar Chat

KITES

Amethyst Sunbird
Mocking Chat Accipitridae Bannerman’s Sunbird
Sooty Chat Black Shouldered Kite Bate’s Sunbird

CISTICOLA

Yellow-billed Kite Bronze Sunbird
Sylviidae

KNOTS

Collared Sunbird
Black-lored Cisticola Scalopacidae Coppery Sunbird
Black-tailed Cisticola Knot Eastern Double-collared Sunbird
Churring Cisticola

KORHAAN

Greater Double-collared Sunbird
Cloud Cisticola Otdidae Marico Sunbird
Croaking Cisticola Red-crested Korhaan Miombo Double-collared Sunbird
Desert Cisticola

LARKS

Olive Sunbird
Fan-tailed Cisticola Alaudidae Orange-tufted Sunbird
Greater Black-backed Cisticola Dusky Lark Outstalet’s Whie-bellied Sunbird
Lesser Black-backed Cisticola Flappet lark Purple-banded Sunbird
Pectoral-patch Cisticola Angola Lark Red and blue Sunbird
Rattling Cisticola Chestnut-backed Sparrow-lark
Clapper Lark
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Red Faced Cisticola Fawn-coloured Lark Scarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbird
Rock-loving Fischer’s Sparrow-lark Shelley’s Sunbird
Cisticola Grey-backed Sparrow-lark Violet-backed Sunbird
Short-winged Cisticola Monotonous Lark White-bellied Sunbird
Singing Cisticola Pink-billed Lark Yellow-bellied Sunbird
Stout Cisticola Red-capped Lark Yellow-tufted Malachite Sunbird
Tinkling Cisticola Rufous-naped Lark

SWALLOWS

Trilling Cisticola

LEAFLOVES

Hirundinidae
Wailing Cisticola Pycnonotidae Angola Swallow
Whistling Cisticola Yellow-throated Leaflove Black and rufous Swallow
Wing-snapping Cisticola

LONGCLAWS

Blue Swallow

CITRILS

Motacillidae European Swallow
Fringillidae Fulleborn’s Longclaw Greater-striped Swallow
African Citril Grimwood’s Longclaw Grey-rumped Swallow

COOTS & CRAKES

Rosy-breasted Longclaw Lesser Striped Swallow
Rallidae Yellow-throated Longclaw Mosque Swallow
African Crake

LOURIE

Pearl-breasted Swallow
Baillon’s Crake Musophagidae Red-breasted Swallow
Black Crake Grey Lourie Red-rumped Swallow
Corn Crake Purple Crested Lourie Red-throated Cliff Swallow
Spotted Crake

LOVEBIRDS

South African Cliff Swallow
Striped Crake Psyttacidae White-throated Swallow
Red-knobbed Coot Black-cheeked Lovebird Wire-tailed Swallow

CORDON BLEUS

Lilians Lovebirds

SWIFTS

Estrildidae

MANNIKINS

Apodidae
Red-cheeked Cordon Bleu Estrildidae African Black Swift

CORMORANTS

Bronze Mannikin African Palm Swift
Phalacrocoracidae Magpie Mannikin African White-rumped Swift
Reed Comorant Red-backed Mannikin Alpine Swift
White-breasted Comorant

MARTIN

Euroipean Swift

COUCALS

Hirundinidae Horus Swift
Cuculidae African Rock Martin Little Swift
African Black Coucal African Sand Martin Mottled Swift
Burchell’s Coucal Banded Martin Pallid Swift
Coppery-tailed Coucal European Sand Martin Scarce Swift
Green Coucal House Martin

TCHAGRAS

Senegal Coucal

MOORHENS

Malaconotidae
White-browed Coucal Rallidae Black-crowned Tchagra

COURSERS

Common Moorhen Brown-headed Tchagra
Glareolidae Lesser Moorhen Marsh Tchagra
Bronze-winged Courser

MOUSEBIRDS

TEALS

Temmink’s Courser Coliidae Anatidae
Three-banded Courser Red-faced Mousebird Cape Teal

CRANES

Speckled Mousebird Hottentot teal
Gruidae

NEDDICKY & PARISOMA

Red-billed Teal
Southern Crowned Crane Sylviidae

TERN

Wattled Crane Neddicky Sternidae

CREEPERS

Brown Parisoma Caspian Tern
Certhiidae

NICATORS

Common Tern
Spotted Creeper Malaconotidae Gull-billed Tern

CRIMSONWINGS

White-throated Nicator White-winged Black Tern
Estrildidae Yellow-spotted Nicator Whiskered Tern
Red-faced Crimsonwing

NIGHTJAR

THRUSHES

CROMBECS

Caprimulgidae Turdidae
Sylviidae European Nightjar Collared Palm Thrush
Long-billed Crombec Fiery-necked Nightjar European Rock Thrush
Red-capped Crombec Freckled Rock Nightjar Groundscraper Thrush

CROWS

Gaboon Nightjar Kurricane Thrush
Corvidae Mountain Nightjar Miombo Rock Thrush
Black Crow Natal Nightjar Olive Thrush
Pied Crow Pennant-winged Nightjar Orange Thrush

CUCKOOS

Rufous-cheeked Nightjar Rufous Ant Thrush
Cuculidae

ORIOLE

Thrush-nightingale
African Grey Cuckoo Oriolidae West African Thrush
Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo African Golden Oriole

TITS

Black Cuckoo Eastern Black-headed Oriole Paridae
Didric Cuckoo European Golden Oriole Miombo Grey Tit
Emerald Cuckoo

OSPREY

Rufous-bellied Tit
European Grey Cuckoo Accipitridae Southern Black Tit
Great Spotted Cuckoo Osprey White-winged Black Tit
Jacobin Cuckoo

OWLS

 
Klaas’s Cuckoo Strigidae
Lesser Cuckoo African Scops Owl Miombo Grey Tit
Madagascar Lesser Cuckoo Giant Eagle Owl Rufous-bellied Tit
Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo Marsh Owl Southern Black Tit
Red-chested Cuckoo Pel’s Fishing Owl White-winged Black Tit
Striped Crested Cuckoo Pearl Spotted Owl Remizidae
Thick-billed Cuckoo Spotted Eagle Owl Grey Penduline Tit

CUCKOO-SHRIKES

White faced Owl

TIT-BABBLERS

Campephagidae Tytonidae Sylviidae
Black Cuckoo-shrike Barn Owl Tit-babbler
Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike Grass Owl

TROGONS

White-breasted Cuckoo-shrike Wood Owl Trogonidae

CURLEWS

OWLETS

Bar-tailed Trogon
Scolopacidae Strigidae Narina Trogon
Curlew Barred Owlet

TURACOS

DARTER

Pearl-spotted Owlet Musophagidae
Anhingidae

OXPECKER

Lady Ross’s Turaco
Darter Sturnidae Purple-crested Turaco

DIKKOPS

Red-billed Oxpecker Schalow’s Turaco
Burhinidae Yellow-billed Oxpecker

TURNSTONES

Spotted Dikkop

PARROT

Scolopacidae
Water Dikkop PsIttacidae Turnstone

DOVES & PIGEONS

Brown-Necked Parrot

TWINSPOT

Columbidae Meyers Parrot Estrildidae
African Mounring Dove

PELICANS

Green Twinspot
Blue-spotted Wood Dove Pelicanidae Red-throated Twinspot
Cape Turtle Dove Pink-backed Pelican Green Twinspot
Cinnamon Dove White Pelican Red-throated Twinspot
Emerald-spotted Wood Dove

PETRONIAS

VULTURES

Laughing Dove Passeridae Acciptridae
Namaqua Dove Yellow-throated Petonia Cape Vulture
Pink-breasted Turtle Dove

PHALAROPES

Hooded Vulture
Red-eyed Dove Scolopacidae Lappet-faced Vulture
Tambourine Dove Red-necked Phalarope Palm-nut Vulture
Afep Pigeon

PINTAILS

White-backed Vulture
Bronze-naped Pigeon Anatidae White-headed Vulture
Green Pigeon Pintail

WAGTAILS

Rameron Pigeon Motocillidae

DRONGO

PIPITS

African Pied Wagtail
Dicruridae Motacillidae Cape Wagtail
Fork-tailed Drongo Buffy Pipit Grey Wagtail
Square-tailed Drongo Little Tawny Pipit Mountain Wagtail

DUCKS & GEESE

Long Billed Pipit Yellow Wagtail
Anatidae Plain-backed Pipit
African Black Duck Red-throated Pipit
Fulvous Whistling Duck Richard’s Pipit
Knob-billed Duck Shirt-tailed Pipit
White-backed Duck Striped Pipit
White-faced Duck Tree Pipit

WARBLERS

Yellow-billed Duck

PITTAS

Sylviidae
African Pygmy Goose Pittidae African Moustached Warbler
Egyptian Goose African Pitta African Yellow Warbler
Spur-winged Goose

PLOVERS

Bamboo Warbler
Garganey Chiradriidae Bleating Bush Warbler

EAGLES

Brown-chested Wattled Plover Broad- tailed Warbler
Accipitridae Blacksmith Plover Cinnamon Bracken Warbler
African Fish Eagle Caspian Plover Evergreen Forest Warbler
African Hawk Eagle Chestnut-banded Plover Garden Warbler
Ayres’s Hawk Eagle Bateleur Eagle Crowned Plover Great Reed Warbler
Black Eagle Forbe’s Plover Greater Swamp Warbler
Black-breasted Snake Greater Sand Plover Icterine Warbler
Crowned Eagle Grey Plover Laura’s Warbler
Booted Eagle Kittlitz’s Plover Lesser Swamp Warbler
Brown Snake Eagle Lesser Black Winged Plover Little Rush Warbler
Lesser Spotted Eagle Long-toed Plover Marsh Warbler
Long-crested Eagle Mongolian Plover Miombo Barred Warbler
Martial Eagle Pacific Golden Plover Mountain Yellow Warbler
Steppe Eagle Ringed Plover Olive Tree Warbler
Tawny Eagle Senegal Wattled Plover Papyrus Yellow Warbler
Whalberg’s Eagle Three-banded Plover Red-winged Warbler
Western Banded Snake-eagle White-crowned Plover Reed Warbler

 EGRETS

White fronted Sand Plover River Warbler
 Ardeidae

 POCHARDS

Sedge Warbler
 Black Egret  Anatidae Willow Warbler
 Cattle Egret  Southern Pochard Yellow-throated Warbler
Great White Egret

PRATINCOLES

WATTLE EYES

Little Egret Glareolidae Platysteiridae
Slaty Egret Black-winged Pratincole Black-throated Wattle-eye
Yellow-billed Egret Ardeidae Rock Pratincole Chestnut Wattle-eye
Black Egret

PRINIAS

WAXBILLS

Cattle Egret Sylviidae Estriliidae
Great White Egret Black-chested Prinia Black-faced Waxbill
Little Egret Tawny-flanked Prinia Black-tailed Grey Waxbill
Slaty Egret White-chinned Prinia Blue Waxbill
Yellow-billed Egret Ardeidae

PUFFBACKS

Common Waxbill
Black Egret Malaconotididae Fawn-breasted Waxbill
Cattle Egret Southern Puffback Orange-cheeked Waxbill
Great White Egret

PYTILIA

Swee Waxbill
Little Egret Estrildidae Violet-eared Waxbill
Slaty Egret Orange-winged Pytilia Zebra Waxbill
Yellow-billed Egret

QUAIL

WEAVERS

EROMOMELAS

Phasianidae Ploceidae
Sylviidae Blue Quail African Masked Weaver
Black-collared Eremomela Common Quail Baglafecht Weaver
Harlequin Quail Bar-winged Weaver
Burnt-necked Eremomela

QUELEA

Bertram’s Weaver
Green-capped Eremomela Ploceidae Bocage’s Weaver
Cardinal Quelea Compact Weaver
Yellow-bellied Eremomela Red-billed Quelea Dark-backed Weaver
Red-headed Quelea Large Golden Weaver

FALCONS & KESTRALS

RAILS

Olive-headed Weaver
Falconidae Rallidae Parasitic Weaver
Eastern Red-footed Falcon African Water Rail Red-billed Buffalo Weaver
Lanner Falcon

RAVENS

Peregine Falcon Corvidae Red-headed Weaver
Red-necked Falcon White-necked Raven Slender-billed Weaver
Sooty Falcon

REDSHANKS

Southern Brown-throated
Taita Falcon Scolopacidae Weaver
Western Red-footed Falcon Common Redshank Spectacled Weaver
Common Kestrel Spotted Redshank Thick-billed Weaver
Dickinson’s Kestral

ROBINS

Village Weaver
Greater Kestrel Turdidae Yellow-backed Weaver
Lesser Kestrel Bocage’s Robin

WHEATEARS

FINCHES

Cape Robin Turdidae
Estrildidae Central Bearded Scrub Robin Capped Wheatear
Black-chinned Quail Finch Eastern Bearded Scrub Robin European Wheater
Cut-throat Finch Grey Winged Robin Isabelline Wheatear
Locust Finch Heuglin’s Robin

WHIMBREL

Melba Finch Olive-flanked Robin Scolopacidae
Quail Finch Red-capped Robin Whimbrel
Blue-billed Firefinch Starred Robin

WHINCHAT

Brown Firefinch White-browed Scrub Robin Turdidae
Jameson’s Firefinch

ROLLERS

Whinchat
Red-billed Firefinch Coraciidae

WHITE-EYE

Ploceidae Broad-billed Roller Zosteropidae
Scaly-feathered Finch European Roller Yellow White-eye

FINFOOTS

Cinamon Roller

WHITE-THROATS

Heliornithidae Lilac-breasted Roller Sylviidae
African Finfoot Purple Roller Common White-throat

FLAMINGOES

Racket-tailed Roller

WHYDAHS

Phoenicopteridae

RUFF

Ploceidae
Greater Flamingo Scolipacidae Long-tailed Whydah
Lesser Flamingo Ruff Marsh Whydah

FLUFFTAILS & GALLINULES

SANDERLING

Mountain Marsh Whydah
Rallidae 
Scolopacidae Red-collared Whydah
Buff-spotted Flufftail Sanderling Red-shouldered Whydah
Long-toed Flufftail

SANDGROUSE

White-winged Whydah
Red-chested Flufftail Pteroclididae Yellow-mantled Whydah
Red-tailed Flufftail Burchills’s Sandgrouse

WIDOW

Streaky-breasted Flufftail Double-banded Sandgrouse Viduidae
White-spotted Flufftail Yellow-throated Sandgrouse Broad-tailed Paradise Widow
Lesser Gallinule Long-tailed Paradise Widow
Purple Gallinule Pin-tailed Widow

FLYCATCHERS

Shaft-tailed Widow
Muscicapidae

WOOD HOOPOES

Ashy Flycatcher Phoeniculidae
Bohms Flycatcher Red-billed Wood Hoopoe
Cassin’s Grey Flycatcher

WOODPECKERS

Collared Flycatcher Picidae
Dusky Flycatcher Bearded Woodpecker
Lead-coloured Flycatcher Bennett’s Woodpecker
Marico Flycather Brown-eared Woodpecker
Pallid Flycatcher Cardinal Woodpecker
Slaty Flycatcher Little Spotted Woodpeacker
Sooty Flycatcher Olive Woodpecker
Southern Black Flycatcher

WRYNECKS

Spotted Flycatcher Picidae
Swamp Flycatcher Red-throated Wryneck
Monarchidae

YELLOWLEGS

Blue-Mantled Flycatcher Scolopacidae
Livingstone’s Flycatcher Lesser 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