Tanzania 2016 - Bird checklist

       
 

As counted so far, I saw 184 species of birds in Tanzania. These are listed below. In total, I saw many more species, of course. But as I am no birder, I did not focus on the smaller ones encountered (SBB = small brown birds). The ones listed here where either easily identified in the field or identified from photos taken for documentation. The safari guide helped me with some of these species from Northern Tanzania. Unfortunately, he could (also) mainly identify the larger and more distinct birds. Although he was better with birds than many of my previous safari guides, who would only stop for ostriches, bustards, hornbills and the occational raptors.

T = Tarangire, S = Serengeti, N = Ngorongoro, B = Bagamoyo (coast, including Sadaani NP)

 

 

 

 

Number

 

Species

 

Latin name

 

Location

 

1 Common Ostrich Struthio camelus S, N
2 Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca T, S, N
3 Hottentot Teal Spatula hottentota N
4 Red-billed Teal Anas erythrorhyncha N
5 Spur-winged Goose Plectropterus gambensis N
6 Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris T, S, N
7 Yellow-necked Spurfowl Pternistis leucoscepus T
8 Grey-breasted Spurfowl Pternistis rufopictus S
9 Red-necked Spurfowl Pternistis afer T, S
10 Crested Francolin Dendroperdix sephaena T
11 Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor N
12 Rock Dove Columba livia Arusha
13 Emerald-spotted Wood Dove Turtur chalcospilos S
14 Blue-spotted Wood Dove Turtur afer B
15 Ring-necked Dove Streptopelia capicola T, S, N, B
16 Red-eyed Dove Streptopelia semitorquata B
17 Namaqua Dove Oena capensis T
18 Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis S
19 Black-faced Sandgrouse Pterocles decoratus S
20 Yellow-throated Sandgrouse Pterocles gutturalis T
21 Mozambique Nightjar Caprimulgus fossii S
22 White-browed Coucal Centropus superciliosus T, B
23 Klaas's Cuckoo Chrysococcyx klaas B
24 Black Crake Zapornia flavirostra S, N
25 Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus N
26 Grey Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum N
27 Black-bellied Bustard Lissotis melanogaster S
28 Buff-crested Bustard Lophotis gindiana S
29 White-bellied Bustard Eupodotis senegalensis T
30 Kori Bustard Ardeotis kori T, S, N
31 Bare-faced Go-away-bird Corythaixoides personatus T
32 Marabou Stork Leptoptilos crumenifer S, N
33 Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis N, B
34 African Openbill Anastomus lamelligerus B
35 Abdim's Stork Ciconia abdimii S, N
36 European White Stork Ciconia ciconia N
37 Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus B
38 Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus N
39 Pink-backed Pelican Pelecanus rufescens S
40 Hamerkop Scopus umbretta

T, S, B

41 Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax N
42 Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides S
43 Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis S, N
44 Grey Heron Ardea cinerea B
45 Black-headed Heron Ardea melanocephala S
46 Goliath Heron Ardea goliath S
47 Great Egret Ardea alba B
48 Little Egret Egretta garzetta B
49 Dimorphic Egret  Egretta dimorpha B
50 Western Reef Egret Egretta gularis B
51 African Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus N
52 African Spoonbill Platalea alba T
53 Hadada Ibis Bostrychia hagedash S, B
54 Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus T
55 Long-tailed Cormorant Microcarbo africanus N, B
56 Water Thick-knee Burhinus vermiculatus T, B
57 Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus S, N
58 Blacksmith Lapwing Vanellus armatus T, S, N
59 Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus S
60 Crowned Lapwing Vanellus coronatus B
61 Senegal Lapwing Vanellus lugubris S
62 Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola B
63 White-fronted Plover Charadrius marginatus B
64 Three-banded Plover Charadrius tricollaris B
65 Greater Sand Plover Charadrius leschenaultii B
66 African Jacana Actophilornis africanus N
67 Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus B
68 Ruff Calidris pugnax T, S, B
69 Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea B
70 Sanderling Calidris alba T
71 Little Stint Calidris minuta T, S
72 Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago T, B
73 Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus B
74 Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos S
75 Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola T, S
76 Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis T, S
77 Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia B
78 Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus S
79 Crab-plover Dromas ardeola B
80 Double-banded Courser Rhinoptilus africanus T
81 Gray-hooded Gull Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus S
82 Sooty Gull Ichthyaetus hemprichii B
83 Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus B
84 Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica B
85 Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia B
86 Lesser Crested Tern Thalasseus bengalensis B
87 Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii B
88 Common Tern Sterna hirundo B
  Saunder's Tern Sternula saundersi B
89 Secretary-bird Sagittarius serpentarius S
90 Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus S
91 African Harrier Hawk Polyboroides typus B
92 Palm-nut Vulture Gypohierax angolensis B
93 Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus T, S
94 Black-chested Snake Eagle Circaetus pectoralis N
95 Brown Snake Eagle Circaetus cinereus T
96 White-headed Vulture Trigonoceps occipitalis S
97 White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus T, S
98 Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotos T, S
99 Tawny Eagle Aquila rapax T, S, N
100 Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis S
101 African Hawk Eagle Aquila spilogaster T
102 Dark Chanting Goshawk Melierax metabates S
103 Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus S
104 Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus S
105 African Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer B
106 Black Kite Milvus migrans N, B
107 Augur Buzzard Buteo augur N
108 African Pygmy Falcon Polihierax semitorquatus S
109 Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni S
110 Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus S
111 Greater Kestrel Falco rupicoloides S
112 Speckled Mousebird Colius striatus B
113 Southern Ground Hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri T, S
114 African Grey Hornbill Tockus nasutus B
115 Red-billed Hornbill Tockus erythrorhynchus T
116 Common Scimitarbill Rhinopomastus cyanomelas B
117 Nubian Woodpecker Campethera nubica T
118 D'Arnaud's Barbet Trachyphonus darnaudii S
119 Brown-breasted Barbet Pogonornis melanopterus B
120 Northern Carmine Bee-eater Merops nubicus B
121 Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus B
122 European Bee-eater Merops apiaster B
123 Little Bee-eater Merops pusillus T, S, N, B
124 Lilac-breasted Roller Coracias caudatus T, S
125 European Roller Coracias garrulus S
126 Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis B
127 Grey-headed Kingfisher Halcyon leucocephala B
128 Fischer's Lovebird Agapornis fischeri T
129 Little Swift Apus affinis S
130 African Palm Swift Cypsiurus parvus S
131 Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica S
132 Wire-tailed Swallow Hirundo smithii S
133 African Grey Flycatcher Bradornis microrhynchus S
134 Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata B
135 African Dusky Flycatcher Muscicapa adusta N
136 Black-crowned Tchagra Tchagra senegalus B
137 White-rumped Shrike Eurocephalus ruppelli T
138 Magpie Shrike Urolestes melanoleucus T, S
139 Brubru Nilaus afer S
140 Southern Fiscal Lanius collaris T, S
141 Slate-coloured Boubou Laniarius funebris S
142 Fork-tailed Drongo Dicrurus adsimilis B
143 Scarlet-chested Sunbird Chalcomitra senegalensis B
144 Mariqua Sunbird Cinnyris mariquensis T
145 Purple-banded Sunbird Cinnyris bifasciatus B
146 Collared Sunbird Hedydipna collaris Karatu
147 Mouse-coloured Sunbird Cyanomitra verreauxii B
148 Amethyst Sunbird Chalcomitra amethystina B
149 Pied Crow Corvus albus T, B
150 House Crow Corvus splendens B
151 Fan-tailed Widowbird Euplectes axillaris N
152 Red-billed Buffalo Weaver Bubalornis niger T
153 White-headed Buffalo Weaver Dinemellia dinemelli T, S
154 Rufous-tailed Weaver Histurgops ruficauda N
155 Spectacled Weaver Ploceus ocularis B
156 Speke's Weaver Ploceus spekei N
157 Vitelline Masked Weaver Ploceus vitellinus N
158 Baglafecht Weaver Ploceus baglafecht Karatu
159 Village Weaver Ploceus cucullatus S
160 Red-billed Firefinch Lagonosticta senegala N, B
161 Blue-breasted Cordon-bleu Uraeginthus angolensis B
162 Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu Uraeginthus bengalus B
163 Bronze Mannikin Spermestes cucullata B
164 Kenya Sparrow  Passer rufocinctus N
165 Northern Grey-headed Sparrow Passer griseus B
166 Swahili sparrow  Passer suahelicus S
167 House Sparrow Passer domesticus Karatu
168 African Pipit Anthus cinnamomeus S, N
169 African Wagtail Motacilla aguimp B
170 Common Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus S, B
171 Sombre Greenbul Andropadus importunus B
172 Yellow-billed Oxpecker Buphagus africanus N
173 Red-billed Oxpecker Buphagus erythrorhynchus T, S, N
174 Ashy Starling Lamprotornis unicolor T
175 Superb Starling Lamprotornis superbus T, S, N
176 Black-bellied Starling Notopholia corusca B
177 Rüppell's Glossy Starling Lamprotornis purpuroptera S
178 Hildebrandt's Starling Lamprotornis hildebrandti S
179 Eastern Black-headed Oriole Oriolus larvatus B
180 Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus B
181 White-browed Robin Chat Cossypha heuglini S
182 Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe N
183 Rufous Chatterer Argya rubiginosa S
184 White-bellied Canary Crithagra dorsostriata S, B
185 Spotted Palm Thrush Cichladusa guttata N