Tanzania safari 2007 - birds


Some birds seen in Northern Tanzania in November 2007

Even with my own personal safari guide, birds were not a priority. Every time I spotted something interesting, I had politely to ask the driver to stop. The guide was apparently not accustomed to guests interersted in feathered creatures, and did not stop for any birds except ostriches.

Several of the poor-quality photos shown here were merely posted for my own sake, to remember the bird diversity in the region and which species I managed to get photos of. I had a Nikon D70 camera with a 300 mm lens. The camera broke when going to Tarangire, so I missed many photo opportunities the last days. On later safari trips I always brought 2 camera bodies, and recommend everyone to do the same.



Hooded Vulture, Serengeti NP


Black Kite, Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Kori Bustard, Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Crowned Lapwing, Tarangire NP


Black-bellied Bustard, Serengeti NP


White-bellied Bustard, Serengeti NP


Hamerkop, Tarangire NP


Speckled Pigeon, Manyara


Von der Decken's Hornbill, male, Tarangire NP

Von der Decken's Hornbill, female, Tarangire NP


Yellow-billed Stork, Lake Manyara NP


Ostrich pair, Serengeti NP


Southern Ground Hornbill, Serengeti NP


Grey Crowned Crane, Ngorongoro Conservation Area


African Fish Eagle, Lake Manyara NP


Grey-headed Kingfisher, Lake Manyara NP


African White-backed Vulture, Serengeti NP


Many species in one tree: Lappet-faced Vulture, Rueppell's Griffon Vulture, African White-backed Vulture, Hooded Vulture and Tawny Eagle, Tarangire NP


African Open-billed Stork, Tarangire NP


Black-headed Heron and Sacred Ibis, Serengeti NP


Bateleur Eagle, Tarangire NP


Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Serengeti NP


Saddel-billed Stork, Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Secretary Bird, Ngorongoro Crater


White-bellied Go-away-bird, Tarangire NP


Red and Yellow Barbet, Tarangire NP


Lake Natron


Lake Natron


Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor), Lake Magadi, Ngorongoro Conservation Area



Lake Natron is the main breeding area for the Lesser Flamingo. An impressive 1.5-2.5 million Lesser Flamingo (Near Threatened) depend on this single lake during the breeding season – that’s 75% of the world’s population

Black-winged Stilt, Serengeti NP


Black-winged Stilt, Serengeti NP


Little Stint, Serengeti NP


Little Stint, Serengeti NP


Red-billed Teal, Serengeti NP


Black-chested Snake Eagle, Serengeti NP


Fishers Lovebird, Lake Manyara NP


Magpie Shrike, Serengeti NP


Superb Starling, Serengeti NP


Red-cheeked Cordonbleu, Serengeti NP


Black-winged Kite, Serengeti NP


Rufous-tailed Weaver, Ngorongoro Crater


Glossy Ibis, Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Long-tailed Cormorant, Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Speke's Weaver, Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Common Moorhen, Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Hadada Ibis, Serengeti NP


Helmeted Guineafowl, Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Southern Fiscal, Serengeti NP


Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Serengeti NP


Thought this might be a Steppe Eagle due to the gape, but it could be just another Tawny Eagle, Serengeti NP


White-headed Buffalo Weaver, Tarangire NP


Lilac-breasted Roller, Tarangire NP


Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Tarangire NP


Red-billed Hornbill, Tarangire NP


Probably a sleeping Tawny Eagle, Tarangire NP


Water Thick-knee, Tarangire NP


Green Sandpiper, Tarangire NP


House Crow


Egyptian Goose, Ngorongoro Conservation Area


Wire-tailed Swallow, Lake Eyasi


Silvery-cheecked Hornbill, Lake Manyara NP


Great White Pelican, Lake Manyara NP


Yellow-billed Stork and Great White Pelican, Lake Manyara NP


Red-billed Firefinch


Malachite Kingfisher


Hildebrant's Starling, Tarangire NP


Marabou Stork, Manyara


Ashy Starling, Tarangire NP


Little Bee-eater, Lake Manyara NP


African Wattled Lapwing, Serengeti NP


White-browed Coucal, Tarangire NP


Northern White-crowned Shrike, Serengeti NP


Black-crowned Night-heron, Ngorongoro Conservation Area


  Number Species Latin name 
  1 African Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer
  2 African Grey Hornbill Tockus nasutus
  3 African Hawk-eagle Aquila (Hieraaetus) spilogaster
  4 African Hoopoe Upupa africana
  5 African Jacana Actophilornis africanus
  6 African Malachite Kingfisher Corythornis cristatus
  7 African Open-billed Stork Anastomus lamelligerus
  8 African Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus
  9 African Spoonbill Platalea alba
  10 African Wattled Lapwing Vanellus senegallus
  11 African White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus
  12 Amur fFalcon Falco amurensis
  13 Ashy Starling Lamprotornis unicolor
  14 Baglafecht Weaver Ploceus baglafecht
  15 Bare-faced Go-away-bird Corythaixoides personatus
  16 Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus
  17 Black Crake Zapornia flavirostra
  18 Black Egret Egretta ardesiaca
  19 Black Kite Milvus migrans
  20 Black Stork Ciconia nigra
  21 Black-bellied Bustard Lissotis melanogaster
  22 Black-chested Snake-eagle Circaetus pectoralis
  23 Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  24 Black-faced Sandgrouse Pterocles decoratus
  25 Black-headed Heron Ardea melanocephala
  26 Black-headed Weaver Ploceus melanocephalus
  27 Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus
  28 Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
  29 Blacksmith Lapwing Vanellus armatus
  30 Blue-capped Cordonblue Uraeginthus cyanocephalus
  31 Broad-billed Roller Eurystomus glaucurus
  32 Brown Snake-eagle Circaetus cinereus
  33 Cape Crow Corvus capensis
  34 Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  35 Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles exustus
  36 Common Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus
  37 Common Fiscal Lanius collaris
  38 Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
  39 Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  40 Common Ostrich Struthio camelus
  41 Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
  42 Coqui francolin Peliperdix coqui
  43 Crested francolin Dendroperdix sephaena
  44 Crowned lapwing Vanellus coronatus
  45 Dark-chanting goshawk Melierax metabates
  46 Egyptian goose Alopochen aegyptiaca
  47 Emerald-spotted wood-dove Turtur chalcospilos
  48 Fisher's lovebird Agapornis fischeri
  49 Fork-tailed drongo Dicrurus adsimilis
  50 Glossy ibis Plegadis falcinellus
  51 Great cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
  52 Great egret Ardea alba
  53 Great white pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus
  54 Greater blue-eared starling Lamprotornis chalybaeus
  55 Greater flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus
  56 Green wood-hoopoe Phoeniculus purpureus
  57 Grey heron Ardea cinerea
  58 Grey-crested helmet-shrike Prionops poliolophus
  59 Grey-crowned crane Balearica regulorum
  60 Grey-headed gull Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus
  61 Hadada ibis Bostrychia hagedash
  62 Hamerkop Scopus umbretta
  63 Helmeted guineafowl Numida meleagris
  64 Hildebrandt's starling Lamprotornis hildebrandti
  65 Hooded vulture Necrosyrtes monachus
  66 House crow Corvus splendens
  67 Kori bustard Ardeotis kori
  68 Lappet-faceed vulture Torgos tracheliotos
  69 Lesser black-backed gull Larus fuscus
  70 Lesser flamingo Phoeniconaias minor
  71 Lilac-breasted roller Coracias caudatus
  72 Little bee-eater Merops pusillus
  73 Little egret Egretta garzetta
  74 Little stint Calidris minuta
  75 Long-tailed cormorant Phalacrocorax africanus
  76 Magpie shrike Urolestes melanoleucus
  77 Marabou stork Leptoptilos crumenifer
  78 Montagu's harrier Circus pygargus
  79 Northern House Martin Delichon urbicum
  80 Northern white-crowned shrike Eurocephalus rueppelli
  81 Pied crow Corvus albus
  82 Red and yellow barbet Trachyphonus erythrocephalus
  83 Red-billed firefinch Lagonosticta senegala
  84 Red-billed hornbill Tockus erythrorhynchus
  85 Red-billed teal Anas erythrorhyncha
  86 Red-cheeked cordon-blue Uraeginthus bengalus
  87 Red-knobbed coot Fulica cristata
  88 Ring-necked dove Streptopelia capicola
  89 Rufous sparrow Passer rufocinctus
  90 Rufous-tailed weaver Histurgops ruficauda
  91 Ruppell's griffon vulture Gyps rueppelli
  92 Saddle-billed stork Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis
  93 Secretary bird Sagittarius serpentarius
  94 Silvery-cheeked hornbill Bycanistes brevis
  95 Southern ground-hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri
  96 Speckled pigeon Columba guinea
  97 Specled mousebird Colius striatus
  98 Speke's weaver Ploceus spekei
  99 Spotted morning trush Cichladusa guttata
  100 Spotted thick-knee Burhinus capensis
  101 Steppe eagle Aquila nipalensis
  102 Striated heron Butorides striata
  103 Superb starling Lamprotornis superbus
  104 Swahili sparrow Passer suahelicus
  105 Tawny eagle Aquila rapax
  106 Vitelline masked weaver Ploceus vitellinus
  107 Von der Decken's hornbill Tockus deckeni
  108 Water thick-knee Burhinus vermiculatus
  109 Whiskered tern Chlidonias hybrida
  110 White-bellied bustard Eupodotis senegalensis
  111 White-bellied go-away-bird? Criniferoides leucogaster
  112 White-browed coucal Centropus superciliosus
  113 White-headed buffalo weaver Dinemellia dinemelli
  114 White-headed vulture Trigonoceps occipitalis
  115 Wire-tailed Swallow Hirundo smithii
  116 Wood sandpiper Tringa glareola
  117 Woodland Kingfisher Halcyon senegalensis
  118 Yellow-billed Oxpecker Buphagus africanus
  119 Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis
  120 Yellow-necked Spurfowl Pternistis leucoscepus