African Birds

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In order to help regular readers, I have noted the date of posting or most recent update for each species.

In December 2014, I changed the taxonomic order for the Non-Passerines to that used by the HBW and Birdlife international Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, Volume 1 and in January 2016 I did the same for the Passerines. I have also adopted both the English and scientific names used by that publication.

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Ostriches - Struthionidae:
Somali Ostrich (Struthio molybdophanes) October 2016

Guineafowl - Numididae:
Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris) February 2014

New World Quails - Odontophoridae:
Stone Partridge (Ptilopachus petrosus) August 2011

Partridges, Pheasants & Grouse - Phasianidae:
Double-spurred Francolin (Pternistis bicalcaratus) November 2013
Clapperton's Francolin (Pternistis clappertoni) July 2016
Harwood's Francolin (Pternistis harwoodi) July 2016
Yellow-necked Francolin (Pternistis leucoscepus) July 2016
Chestnut-naped Francolin (Pternistis castaneicollis) July 2016
White-throated Francolin (Peliperdix albogularis) November 2013

Ducks, Geese, Swans - Anatidae:
White-faced Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna viduata) January 2013
Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea) January 2017
Spur-winged Goose (Plectopterus gambensis) July 2011
African Pygmy-goose (Nettapus auritus) February 2014
Hartlaub's Duck (Pteronetta hartlaubii) August 2011
Hottentot Teal (Spatula hottentota) October 2016

Grebes - Podicipedidae:
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) September 2011
Madagascar Grebe (Tachybaptus pelzelnii) January 2017

Pigeons - Columbidae:
Speckled Pigeon (Columba guinea) October 2012
Western Bronze-naped Pigeon (Columba iriditorques) October 2012
Dusky Turtle-dove (Streptopelia lugens) October 2016
African Collared-dove (Streptopelia roseogrisea) October 2016
White-winged Collared-dove (Streptopelia reichenowi) October 2016
Mourning Collared-dove (Streptopelia decipiens) October 2016
Red-eyed Dove (Streptopelia semitorquata) September 2011
Vinaceous Dove (Streptopelia vinacea) September 2011
Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis) September 2011
Black-billed Wood-dove (Turtur abyssinicus) December 2011
Blue-spotted Wood-dove (Turtur afer) December 2011
Bruce's Green-pigeon (Treron waalia) October 2011
African Green-pigeon (Treron calvus) October 2011

Sandgrouse - Pteroclidae:
Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles exustus) July 2016
Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse (Pterocles lichtensteinii) July 2016

Nightjars - Caprimulgidae:
Long-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus climacurus) July 2012
Standard-winged Nightjar (Caprimulgus longipennis) December 2013

Swifts - Apodidae:
Black Spinetail (Telacanthura melanopygia) October 2011
Sabine's Spinetail (Rhaphidura sabini) February 2014
Cassin's Spinetail (Neafrapus cassini) February 2014
African Palm-swift (Cypsiurus parvus) November 2012

Cuckoos - Cuculidae:
Senegal Coucal (Centropus senegalensis) August 2012
Blue-headed Coucal (Centropus monachus) August 2012
Chattering Yellowbill (Ceuthmochares aereus) August 2012
Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius) October 2012
Klaas's Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx klaas) September 2012
African Emerald Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx cupreus) September 2012
Red-chested Cuckoo (Cuculus solitarius) November 2012
African Cuckoo (Cuculus gularis) November 2012

Finfoots - Heliornithidae:
African Finfoot (Podica senegalensis) July 2011

Rails, Gallinules, Coots - Rallidae:
Rouget's Rail (Rougetius rougetii) July 2016
Black Crake (Zapornia flavirostra) March 2012

Bustards - Otididae:
Black-bellied Bustard (Lissotis melanogaster) December 2013

Turacos - Musophagidae:
Western Plantain-eater (Crinifer piscator) November 2012
White-cheeked Turaco (Tauraco leucotis) January 2017
Ruspoli's Turaco (Tauraco ruspolii) January 2017
Yellow-billed Turaco (Tauraco macrorhynchus) October 2011

Storks - Ciconiidae:
African Woollyneck (Ciconia microscelis) September 2012

Ibises, Spoonbills - Threskiornithidae:
African Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus) March 2017
Madagascar Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis bernieri) March 2017
Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash) June 2012

Herons - Ardeidae:
Green-backed Heron (Butorides striata) July 2012
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus Ibis) July 2012
Black-headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala) June 2012
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) June 2012
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia) January 2013

Hamerkop - Scopidae:
Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta) August 2011

Cormorants - Phalacrocoracidae:
Long-tailed Cormorant (Microcarbo africanus) July 2011

Thick-knees - Burhinidae:
Senegal Thick-knee (Burhinus senegalensis) July 2012
Spotted Thick-knee (Burhinus capensis) July 2012

Egyptian Plover - Pluvianidae:
Egyptian Plover (Pluvianus aegyptius) July 2011

Plovers - Charadriidae:
Forbes's Plover (Charadrius forbesi) August 2012
Spur-winged Lapwing (Vanellus spinosus) December 2011
White-headed Lapwing (Vanellus albiceps) December 2011
Wattled Lapwing (Vanellus senegallus) December 2011

Painted-snipes - Rostratulidae:
Greater Painted-snipe (Rostratula benghalensis) July 2016

Jacanas:
African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus) February 2012

Coursers & Pratincoles - Glareolidae:
Three-banded Courser (Rhinoptilus cinctus) July 2016
Rock Pratincole (Glareola nuchalis) November 2013

Gulls & Terns - Laridae:
Common Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) October 2016

Barn Owls - Tytonidae:
Barn Owl (Tyto alba) December 2011

Owls - Strigidae:
Pearl-spotted Owlet (Glaucidium perlatum) November 2013
Northern White-faced Owl (Ptilopsis leucotis) July 2016
African Wood-owl (Strix woodfordii) October 2016
Greyish Eagle-owl (Bubo cinerascens) June 2012
Fraser's Eagle-owl (Bubo poensis) June 2012
Akun Eagle-owl (Bubo leucostictus) June 2012

Kites, Hawks & Eagles - Accipitridae:
Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) January 2013
African Cuckoo-hawk (Aviceda cuculoides) June 2012
African Harrier-hawk (Polyboroides typus) May 2016
Palm-nut Vulture (Gypohierax angolensis) November 2013
Bateleur (Terathopius ecaudatus) October 2011
Beaudouin's Snake-eagle (Circaetus beaudouini) September 2012
White-headed Vulture (Trigonoceps occipitalis) October 2011
Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus) February 2014
White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus) November 2013
Lappet-faced Vulture (Torgos tracheliotos) March 2017
Martial Eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus) April 2016
Lizard Buzzard (Kaupifalco monogrammicus) December 2013
Dark Chanting-goshawk (Melierax metabates) January 2014
African Goshawk (Accipiter tachiro) February 2012
Red-legged Sparrowhawk (Accipiter erythropus) February 2012
Long-tailed Hawk (Urotriorchis macrourus) December 2011
Black Kite (Milvus migrans) January 2014
Grasshopper Buzzard (Butastur rufipennis) July 2012
Red-necked Buzzard (Buteo auguralis) July 2012

Hornbills - Bucerotidae:
African Grey Hornbill (Lophoceros nasutus) March 2017
West African Pied Hornbill (Lophoceros semifasciatus) October 2011
Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus flavirostris) March 2017
Von der Decken's Hornbill (Tockus deckeni) March 2017
Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus erythrorhynchus) March 2017
Western Little Hornbill (Horizocerus hartlaubi) October 2011
Black-casqued Hornbill (Ceratogymna atrata) August 2012
Western Piping Hornbill (Bycanistes fistulator) July 2012

Wood-hoopoes - Phoeniculidae:
Green Woodhoopoe (Phoeniculus purpureus) July 2011
White-headed Woodhoopoe (Phoeniculus bollei) July 2011
Black Scimitarbill (Rhinopomastus aterrimus) July 2016

Bee-eaters - Meropidae:
Red-throated Bee-eater (Merops bulocki) January 2014
White-throated Bee-eater (Merops albicollis) January 2014
Northern Carmine Bee-eater (Merops nubicus) January 2014
Swallow-tailed Bee-eater (Merops hirundineus) January 2014
Little Bee-eater (Merops pusillus) January 2014
Black Bee-eater (Merops gularis) January 2014
Blue-moustached Bee-eater (Merops mentalis) January 2014

Rollers - Coraciidae:
Purple Roller (Coracias naevius) October 2012
Abyssinian Roller (Coracias abyssinicus) October 2012
Blue-bellied Roller (Coracias cyanogaster) October 2012
Blue-throated Roller (Eurystomus gularis) February 2013
Broad-billed Roller (Eurystomus glaucurus) February 2013

Kingfishers - Alcedinidae:
African Pygmy-kingfisher (Ispidina picta) August 2012
White-bellied Kingfisher (Corythornis leucogaster) March 2012
Malachite Kingfisher (Corythornis cristatus) March 2012
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher (Halcyon badia) November 2013
Grey-headed Kingfisher (Halcyon leucocephala) November 2013
Striped Kingfisher (Halcyon chelicuti) November 2013
Woodland Kingfisher (Halcyon senegalensis) November 2013

African Barbets - Lybiidae:
Red-and-yellow Barbet (Trachyphonus erythrocephalus) March 2017
Yellow-breasted Barbet (Trachyphonus margaritatus) March 2017
D'Arnaud's Barbet (Trachyphonus darnaudii) March 2017
Yellow-spotted Barbet (Buccanodon duchaillui) July 2012
Speckled Tinkerbird (Pogoniulus scolopaceus) July 2011
Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird (Pogoniulus bilineatus) July 2011
Red-fronted Tinkerbird (Pogoniulus pusillus) April 2016
Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird (Pogoniulus chrysoconus) July 2011
Red-fronted Barbet (Tricholaema diademata) March 2017
Hairy-breasted Barbet (Tricholaema hirsuta) October 2011
Vieillot's Barbet (Lybius vieilloti) December 2013
Double-toothed Barbet (Pogonornis bidentatus) April 2016
Bearded Barbet (Pogonornis dubius) December 2013

Honeyguides - Indicatoridae:
Cassin's Honeybird (Prodotiscus insignis) July 2011
Greater Honeyguide (Indicator indicator) December 2013

Woodpeckers - Picidae:
African Piculet (Verreauxia africana) August 2011
Cardinal Woodpecker (Dendropicos fuscescens) January 2013
Fire-bellied Woodpecker (Dendropicos pyrrhogaster) January 2013
Brown-backed Woodpecker (Dendropicos obsoletus) January 2013

Falcons - Falconidae:
African Pygmy-falcon (Polihierax semitorquatus) April 2016
Fox Kestrel (Falco alopex) November 2013
Grey Kestrel (Falco ardosiaceus) November 2013
Red-necked Falcon (Falco chicquera) November 2013
African Hobby (Falco cuvierii) November 2013

Parrots - Psittacidae:
Red-fronted Parrot (Poicephalus gulielmi) March 2014
Yellow-fronted Parrot (Poicephalus flavifrons) April 2016
Red-bellied Parrot (Poicephalus rufiventris) April 2016
Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) August 2011

PASSERINES:

Orioles - Oriolidae:
Western Black-headed Oriole (Oriolus brachyrhynchus) July 2011
African Golden Oriole (Oriolus auratus) July 2011

Cuckooshrikes - Campephagidae:
Red-shouldered Cuckooshrike (Campephaga phoenicea) July 2012

Vangas and allies - Vangidae:
White-crested Helmetshrike (Prionops plumatus) May 2016
Red-billed Helmetshrike (Prionops caniceps) July 2011

Batises and Wattle-eyes - Platysteiridae:
Senegal Batis (Batis senegalensis) June 2012
Chestnut Wattle-eye (Dyaphorophyia castanea) January 2013
Brown-throated Wattle-eye (Platysteira cyanea) July 2011

Bush-shrikes - Malaconotidae:
Black-crowned Tchagra (Tchagra senegalus) January 2017
Brubru (Nilaus afer) February 2014
Orange-breasted Bush-shrike (Chlorophoneus sulfureopectus) September 2012
Yellow-crowned Gonolek (Laniarius barbarus) December 2013
Rosy-patched Bush-shrike (Rhodophoneus cruentus) January 2017

Drongos - Dicruridae:
Fork-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis) January 2013
Velvet-mantled Drongo (Dicrurus modestus) January 2013

Monarch-flycatchers - Monarchidae:
Madagascar Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone mutata) January 2017
African Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone viridis) January 2017

Shrikes - Laniidae:
Yellow-billed Shrike (Corvinalle corvina) November 2012

Crows - Coridae:
Piapiac (Ptilostomus afer) August 2011
Pied Crow (Corvus albus) November 2012

Picathartes - Picathartidae:
White-necked Picathartes (Picathartes gymnocephalus) July 2011

Hyliotas - Hyliotidae:
Yellow-bellied Hyliota (Hyliota flavigaster) December 2013
Violet-backed Hyliota (Hyliota violacea) December 2013

Fairy Flycatcher and allies - Stenostiridae:
African blue-flycatcher (Elminia longicauda) January 2013

Larks - Alaudidae:
Sun Lark (Galerida modesta) November 2013

Crombecs and allies - Macrosphenidae:
Red-faced Crombec (Sylvietta whytii) January 2017
Lemon-bellied Crombec (Sylvietta denti) September 2011

Cisticolas and allies - Cisticolidae:
Senegal Eremomela (Eremomela pusilla) January 2013
Yellow-breasted Apalis (Apalis flavida) May 2012
Sharpe's Apalis (Apalis sharpii) May 2012
Yellow-browed Camaroptera (Camaroptera superciliaris) July 2012
Oriole Warbler (Hypergerus atriceps) December 2013
Whistling Cisticola (Cisticola lateralis) September 2012
Lazy Cisticola (Cisticola aberrans) September 2012
Winding Cisticola (Cisticola marginatus) September 2012
Short-winged Cisticola (Cisticola brachypterus) September 2012
Tawny-flanked Prinia (Prinia subflava) May 2016
Red-winged Prinia (Prinia erythroptera) December 2013

Tetrakas - Bernieridae:
Thamnornis (Thamnornis chloropetoides) January 2017

Swallows and Martins - Hirundinidae:
Black Saw-wing (Psalidoprocne pristoptera) May 2016
Lesser Striped Swallow (Cecropis abyssinica) August 2012
Rufous-chested Swallow (Cecropis semirufa) May 2015
Mosque Swallow (Cecropis senegalensis) August 2012
Wire-tailed Swallow (Hirundo smithii) October 2015
White-bibbed Swallow (Hirundo nigrita) October 2015
Red-chested Swallow (Hirundo lucida) October 2015
Ethiopian Swallow (Hirundo aethiopica) October 2015
Pied-winged Swallow (Hirundo leucosoma) October 2015
African Plain Martin (Riparia paludicola) July 2016

Bulbuls - Pycnonotidae:
Slender-billed Greenbul (Stelgidillas gracilirostris) March 2012
Honeyguide Greenbul (Baeopogon indicator) June 2012
Simple Greenbul (Chlorocichla simplex) September 2012
Plain Greenbul (Eurillas curvirostris) March 2012
Red-tailed Greenbul (Criniger calurus) November 2012
Common Bulbul (Pycnonotus barbatus) July 2016

Bush-warblers - Scotocercidae:
Tit-hylia (Pholidornis rushiae) July 2011

Nuthatches - Sittidae:
Spotted Creeper (Salpornis spilonotus) July 2016

Oxpeckers - Buphagidae:
Yellow-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus africanus) July 2012

Starlings - Sturnidae:
Chestnut-winged Starling (Onychognathus fulgidus) July 2011
Magpie Starling (Speculipastor bicolor) October 2016
Narrow-tailed Starling (Poeoptera lugubris) July 2011
Long-tailed Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis caudatus) December 2013
Splendid Starling (Lamprotornis splendidus) December 2013
Chestnut-bellied Starling (Lamprotornis pulcher) December 2013
Bronze-tailed Starling (Lamprotornis chalcurus) December 2013
Violet-backed Starling (Cinnyricinclus leucogaster) September 2012

Thrushes - Turdidae:
Ethiopian Thrush (Psophocichla simensis) July 2016

Old World Flycatchers and Chats - Muscicapidae:
Swamp Flycatcher (Muscicapa aquatica) February 2014
Cassin's Flycatcher (Muscicapa cassini) February 2014
Dusky-blue Flycatcher (Bradornis comitatus) February 2014
Pale Flycatcher (Agricola pallidus) January 2014
Northern Black-flycatcher (Melaenornis edolioides) January 2014
Snowy-crowned Robin Chat (Cossypha niveicapilla) November 2012
White-winged Cliff-chat (Monticola semirufus) January 2017
Moorland Chat (Pinarochroa sordida) April 2016
Mocking Cliff-chat (Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventris) January 2017
Familiar Chat (Oenanthe familiaris) August 2012

Sunbirds - Nectariniidae:
Mouse-brown Sunbird (Anthreptes gabonicus) May 2012
Western Violet-backed Sunbird (Anthreptes longuemarei) May 2012
Collared Sunbird (Hedydipna collaris) December 2013
Green-headed Sunbird (Cyanomitra verticalis) November 2012
Scarlet-chested Sunbird (Chalcomitra senegalensis) August 2012
Olive-bellied Sunbird (Cinnyris chloropygius) September 2012
Beautiful Sunbird (Cinnyris pulchellus) September 2012
Splendid Sunbird (Cinnyris coccinigastrus) September 2012
Copper Sunbird (Cinnyris cupreus) September 2012

Weavers - Plocidae:
White-browed Sparrow-weaver (Plocepasser mahali) April 2016
Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver (Plocepasser superciliosus) July 2011
Speckle-fronted Weaver (Sporopipes frontalis) October 2016
Grey-capped Social-weaver (Pseudonigrita arnaudi) July 2016
Black-capped Social-weaver (Pseudonigrita cabanisi) July 2016
Thick-billed Weaver (Amblyospiza albifrons) March 2012
Red-headed Quelea (Quelea erythrops) August 2011
Red-billed Quelea (Quelea quelea) July 2016
Black-winged Bishop (Euplectes hordeaceus) February 2013
Northern Red Bishop (Euplectes franciscanus) February 2013
Yellow-mantled Widowbird (Euplectes macroura) February 2013
Baglafecht Weaver (Ploceus baglafecht) April 2016
Little Weaver (Ploceus luteolus) July 2011
Spectacled Weaver (Ploceus ocularis) April 2016
Black-necked Weaver (Ploceus nigricollis) July 2011
Orange Weaver (Ploceus aurantius) July 2011
Vitelline Masked Weaver (Ploceus vitellinus) April 2016
Speke's Weaver (Ploceus spekei) April 2016
Village Weaver (Ploceus cucullatus) July 2011
Vieillot's Black Weaver (Ploceus nigerrimus) July 2011
Black-headed Weaver (Ploceus melanocephalus) July 2011
Yellow-mantled Weaver (Ploceus tricolor) July 2011
Maxwell's Black Weaver (Ploceus albinucha) July 2011
Red-vented Malimbe (Malimbus scutatus) December 2013
Red-headed Malimbe (Malimbus rubricollis) December 2013

Waxbills - Estrildidae:
Black-bellied Firefinch (Lagonosticta rara) December 2013
Bar-breasted Firefinch (Lagonosticta rufopicta) December 2013
Red-billed Firefinch (Lagonosticta senegala) December 2013
Grey Firefinch (Lagonosticta nigricollis) December 2013
Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu (Uraeginthus bengalus) December 2011
Western Bluebill (Spermophaga haematina) February 2014
Black-rumped Waxbill (Estrilda troglodytes) October 2015
Chestnut-breasted Nigrita (Nigrita bicolor) February 2014
Grey-headed Nigrita (Nigrita canicapillus) February 2014
Zebra Waxbill (Amandava subflava) September 2011
Black-and-white Mannikin (Spermestes bicolor) September 2011
Magpie Mannikin (Spermestes fringilloides) September 2011

Whydahs and Indigobirds - Viduidae:
Pin-tailed Whydah (Vidua macroura) February 2012

Old World Sparrows - Passeridae:
Northern Grey-headed Sparrow (Passer griseus) July 2011

Pipits and Wagtails - Motacillidae:
Yellow-throated Longclaw (Macronyx croceus) December 2013
African Pied Wagtail (Motacilla aguimp) January 2014

Finches - Fringillidae:
Abyssinian Citril (Crithagra citrinelloides) July 2016
Reichenow's Seedeater (Crithagra reichenowi) July 2016
Yellow-throated Seedeater (Crithagra flavigula) July 2016
Salvadori's Seedeater (Crithagra xantholaema) July 2016
Yellow-fronted Canary (Crithagra mozambica) August 2011
Northern Grosbeak-canary (Crithagra donaldsoni) July 2016
White-bellied Canary (Crithagra dorsostriata) July 2016
Brown-rumped Seedeater (Crithagra tristriata) July 2016
Streaky Seedeater (Crithagra striolatus) July 2016
Yellow-crowned Canary (Serinus flavivertex) July 2016
Ethiopian Siskin (Serinus nigriceps) July 2016
Brown-rumped Bunting (Emberiza affinis) October 2015
Cinnamon-breasted Bunting (Emberiza tahapisi) January 2013


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