The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

List of South African Birds

OVER 850 SPECIES OF BIRDS HAVE BEEN RECORDED IN SOUTH AFRICA MAKING IT A GREAT PLACE TO GO BIRD-WATCHING. BELOW IS A LIST OF THE SPECIES THAT HAVE BEEN DOCUMENTED ON BLUEGNU

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A

Pied Avocet

Avocet, Pied (Recurvirostra avosetta)

B

Little Bee-eater

Babbler, Arrow-marked (Turdoides jardineii)

Barbet, Black-collared (Lybius torquatus)

Barbet, Crested (Trachyphonus vaillantii)

Barbet, White-eared (Stactolaema leucotis)

Bateleur (Terathopius ecaudatus)

Batis, Chinspot (Batis molitor)

Bee-eater, European (Merops apiaster)

Bee-eater, Little (Merops pusillus)

Bee-eater, White-fronted (Merops bullockoides)

Bishop, Southern Red (Euplectes orix)

Bokmakierie (Telophorus zeylonus)

Boubou, Southern (Laniarius ferrugineus)

Bulbul, African Red-eyed (Pycnonotus nigricans)

Bulbul, Dark-capped (Pycnonotus barbatus)

Bunting, Cinnamon-breasted (Emberiza tahapisi)

Bunting, Golden-breasted (Emberiza flaviventris)

Bush-shrike, Grey-headed (Malaconotus blanchoti)

Bustard, Kori (Ardeotis kori)

Buzzard, Jackal (Buteo rufofuscus)

Buzzard, Steppe (Buteo vulpinus)

C

Black Crake

Canary, Yellow-fronted (Serinus mozambicus)

Chat, Ant-eating (Myrmecocichla formicivora)

Cisticola, Levaillant's (Cisticola tinneins)

Cliff-Chat, Mocking (Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventris)

Coot, Red-knobbed (Fulica cristata)

Cormorant, Reed (Microcarbo africanus)

Cormorant, White-breasted (Phalacrocorax lucidus)

Coucal, Burchells (Centropus burchellii)

Courser, Temminck's (Cursorius temminckii)

Crake, Black (Amaurornis flavirostra)

Crane, Blue (Anthropoides paradiseus)

Crane, Grey Crowned (Balearica regulorum)

Crane, Wattled (Grus carunculata)

Crombec, Long-billed (Sylvietta rufescens)

Crow, Pied (Corvus albus)

Cuckoo, Diderick (Chrysococcyx caprius)

Cuckoo, Klaas's (Chrysococcyx caprius)

Cuckooshrike, Grey (Coracina caesia)

D

Fork-tailed Drongo

Darter, African (Anhinga rufa)

Dove, African Mourning (Streptopelia decipiens)

Dove, Cape Turtle (Streptopelia capicola)

Dove, Emerald-spotted Wood (Turtur chalcospilos)

Dove, Laughing (Spilopelia senegalensis)

Dove, Namaqua (Oena capensis)

Dove, Red-eyed (Streptopelia semitorquata)

Dove, Tembourine (Turtur tympanistria)

Drongo, Fork-tailed (Dicrurus adsimilis)

Drongo, Square-tailed (Dicrurus ludwigii)

Duck, African Black (Anas sparsa)

Duck, Maccoa (Oxyura maccoa)

Duck, White-faced (Dendrocygna viduata)

Duck, Yellow-billed (Anas undulata)

E

Cattle Egret

Eagle, African Fish (Haliaeetus vocifer)

Eagle, Long-crested (Lophaetus occipitalis)

Eagle, Lesser Spotted (Clanga pomarina)

Eagle, Martial (Polemaetus bellicosus)

Eagle, Steppe (Aquila nipalensis)

Eagle, Tawny (Aquila rapax)

Eagle, Verreaux's (Aquila verreauxii)

Eagle-Owl, Cape (Bubo capensis)

Eagle-Owl, Spotted (Bubo africanus)

Egret, Cattle (Bubulcus ibis)

Egret, Great (Egretta alba)

Egret, Little (Egretta garzetta)

F

Fiscal Flycatcher

Falcon, Lanner (Falco biarmicus)

Firefinch, Red-billed (Lagonosticta senegala)

Fiscal, Common (Lanius collaris)

Flamingo, Greater (Phoenicopterus roseus)

Flycatcher, African Dusky (Muscicapa adusta)

Flycatcher, Fiscal (Sigelus silens)

Flycatcher, Southern Black (Melaenornis pammelaina)

Flycatcher, Spotted (Muscicapa striata)

Francolin, Crested (Dendroperdix sephaena)

G

Egyptian Goose

Go-away-bird, Grey (Corythaixoides concolor)

Goose, Egyptian (Alopochen aegyptiacus)

Goose, Spur-winged (Plectropterus gambensis)

Goshawk, African (Accipiter tachiro)

Goshawk, Gabar (Micronisus gabar)

Goshawk, Southern Pale Chanting (Melierax canorus)

Grebe, Little (Tachybaptus ruficollis)

Greenbul, Sombre (Andropadus importunus)

Greenbul, Yellow-bellied (Chlorocichla flaviventris)

Greenshank, Common (Tringa nebularia)

Guineafowl, Crested (Guttera edouardi)

Guineafowl, Helmeted (Plectropterus gambensis)

Gull, Kelp (Larus dominicanus)

H

Grey Heron

Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta)

Harrier-Hawk, African (Polyboroides typus)

Heron, Black (Egretta ardesiaca)

Heron, Black-headed (Ardea melanocephala)

Heron, Green-backed (Butorides striatus)

Heron, Grey (Ardea cinerea)

Heron, Purple (Ardea purpurea)

Honeyguide, Lesser (Indicator minor)

Hoopoe, African (Upapa africana)

Hornbill, African Grey (Tockus nasutus)

Hornbill, Crowned (Tockus alboterminatus)

Hornbill, Red-billed (Tockus rufirostris)

Hornbill, Southern Ground (Bucorvus leadbeateri)

Hornbill, Southern Yellow-billed (Tockus leucomelas)

Hornbill, Trumpeter (Bycanistes bucinator )

I

Sacred Ibis

Ibis, Glossy (Plegadis falcinellus)

Ibis, Hadeda (Bostrychia hagedash)

Ibis, Sacred (Threskiornis aethiopicus)

Ibis, Southern Bald (Geronticus calvus)

J

K

Black-shouldered Kite

Kestrel, Greater (Falco rupicoloides)

Kingfisher, Giant (Ceryle maxima)

Kingfisher, Brown-hooded (Halcyon albiventris)

Kingfisher, Malachite (Alcedo cristata)

Kingfisher, Pied (Ceryle rudis)

Kingfisher, Woodland (Halcyon senegalensis)

Kite, Black-shouldered (Elanus caeruleus)

Kite, Yellow-billed (Milvus aegyptius parasitus)

Korhaan, Red-crested (Lophotis ruficrista)

Korhaan, Southern Black (Eupodotis afra)

L

Crowned Lapwing

Lapwing, African Wattled (Vanellus senegallus)

Lapwing, Blacksmith (Vanellus armatus)

Lapwing, Black-winged (Charadrius tricollaris)

Lapwing, Crowned (Vanellus coronatus)

Lark, Rufous-naped (Mirafra africana)

Lark, Sabota (Calendulauda sabota)

Longclaw, Cape (Macronyx capensis)

Longclaw, Yellow-throated (Macronyx croceus)

M

Common Moorhen

Mannikin, Bronze (Lonchura cucullata)

Mannikin, Red-backed (Lonchura nigriceps)

Marsh-Harrier, African (Circus ranivorus)

Martin, Banded (Riparia cincta)

Masked-Weaver, Lesser (Ploceus intermedius)

Masked-Weaver, Southern (Ploceus velatus)

Moorhen, Common (Acridotheres tristus)

Mousebird, Red-faced (Urocolius indicus)

Mousebird, Speckled (Colius striatus)

Mousebird, White-backed (Colius colius)

Mousebirds

Myna, Common (Acridotheres tristis)

N

O

Red-billed Oxpecker

Oriole, Black-headed (Oriolus larvatus)

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Ostrich, Common (Struthio camelus)

Owl, African Scops (Otus senegalensis)

Owl, Barn (Tyto alba)

Owl, Marsh (Asio capensis)

Owl, Pearl-spotted (Glaucidium perlatum)

Oxpecker, Red-billed (Buphagus erythrorhynchus)

Oystercatcher, African Black (Haematopus moquini)

P

African Penguin

Paradise-Flycatcher, African (Terpsiphone viridis)

Parakeet, Rose-ringed (Psittacula krameri)

Parrot, Brown-headed (Poicephalus cryptoxanthus)

Pelican, Pink-backed (Pelecanus rufescens)

Penguin, African (Spheniscus demersus)

Pigeon, African Olive- (Columba arquatrix)

Pigeon, Rameron (Columba arquatrix)

Pigeon, Speckled (Columba guinea)

Pipit, African (Anthus cinnamomeus)

Plover, Three-banded (Charadrius tricollaris)

Prinia, Tawny-flanked (Prinia subflava)

Puffback, Black-backed (Dryoscopus cubla)

Pytilia, Green-winged (Pytilia melba)

Q

Red-billed Quelea

Quelea, Red-billed (Quelea quelea)

R

Lilac-breasted Roller

Raven, White-necked (Corvus albicollis)

Robin, Kalahari Scrub (Cercotrichas paena)

Robin, White-browed Scrub (Cercotrichas leucophrys)

Robin-Chat, Cape (Cossypha caffra)

Robin-Chat, Red-capped (Cossypha natalensis)

Robin-Chat, White-browed (Cossypha heuglini)

Robin-Chat, White-throated (Cossypha humeralis)

Roller, European (Coracias garrulus)

Roller, Lilac-breasted (Coracias caudatus)

Roller, Purple (Coracias naevius)

S

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

Sandgrouse, Burchell's (Pterocles burchelli)

Sandgrouse, Double-banded (Pterocles bicinctus)

Sandgrouse, Namaqua (Pterocles namaqua)

Secretarybird (Sagittarius serpentarius)

Shelduck, South African (Tadorna cana)

Shikra (Accipiter badius)

Shoveler, Cape (Anas smithii)

Shrike, Crimson-breasted (Laniarius atrococcineus)

Shrike, Magpie (Urolestes melanoleucus)

Shrike, Red-backed (Lanius collurio)

Shrike, Southern White-crowned (Eurocephalus anguitimens)

Snake Eagle, Black-chested (Circaetus pectoralis)

Snake Eagle, Brown (Circaetus cinereus)

Sparrow, Cape (Passer melanurus)

Sparrow, House (Passer domesticus)

Sparrow, Southern Grey-headed (Passer diffusus)

Sparrowhawk, Black (Accipiter melanoleucus)

Sparrowhawk, Little (Accipiter minullus)

Spoonbill, African (Platalea alba)

Spurfowl, Natal (Pternistis natalensis)

Spurfowl, Swainson's (Pternistis swainsonii)

Starling, Black-bellied (Lamprotornis corruscus)

Starling, Burchell's (Lamprotornis australis)

Starling, Cape Glossy (Lamprotornis nitens)

Starling, Greater Blue-eared (Lamprotornis chalybaeus)

Starling, Pied (Spreo bicolor)

Starling, Red-winged (Onychognathus morio)

Starling, Wattled (Creatophora cinerea)

Stonechat, African (Saxicola torquatus)

Stork, Black (Ciconia nigra)

Stork, Marabou (Leptoptilos crumeniferus)

Stork, Saddlebilled (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis)

Stork, White (Ciconia ciconia)

Stork, Woolly-necked (Ciconia episcopus)

Stork, Yellow-billed (Mycteria ibis)

Sugarbird, Gurney's (Promerops gurneyi)

Sunbird, Amethyst (Nectarinia amethystina)

Sunbird, Collared (Hedydipna collaris)

Sunbird, Grey (Cyanomitra veroxii)

Sunbird, Marico (Cinnyris mariquensis)

Sunbird, Olive (Cyanomitra olivacea)

Sunbird, Scarlet-chested (Chalcomitra senegalensis)

Sunbird, White-bellied (Cinnyris talatala)

Swallow, Barn (Hirundo rustica)

Swallow, Lesser Striped (Hirundo abyssinica)

Swallow, Red-breasted (Cecropis semirufa)

Swallow, White-throated (Hirundo albigularis)

Swift, African-Palm (Cypsiurus parvus)

Swift, Little (Apus affinis)

T

Olive Thrush

Teal, Red-billed (Anas erythrorhyncha)

Tern, Swift (Sterna bergii)

Tern, Whiskered (Chlidonias hybrida)

Thick-knee, Spotted (Burhinus capensis)

Thrush, Groundscraper (Psophocichla litsitsirupa)

Thrush, Olive (Turdus olivaceus)

Tit, Southern Black (Parus niger)

Trogon, Narina (Apaloderma narina)

Turaco, Knysna (Tauraco corythaix)

Turaco, Purple-crested (Tauraco porphyreolophus)

U

V

White-headed Vulture

Vulture, Cape (Gyps coprotheres)

Vulture, White-backed (Gyps africanus)

Vulture, White-headed (Trigonoceps occipitalis)

W

African Pied Wagtail

Wagtail, African Pied (Motacilla aguimp)

Wagtail, Cape (Motacilla capensis)

Waxbill, Blue (Uraeginthus angolensis)

Waxbill, Common (Estrilda astrild)

Waxbill, Violet-eared (Granatina granatina)

Weaver, Sociable (Philetairus socius)

Weaver, Spectacled (Ploceus ocularis)

Weaver, Thick-billed (Amblyospiza albifrons)

Weaver, Village (Ploceus cucullatus)

Weaver, Yellow (Ploceus subaureus)

Weavers

Wheatear, Mountain (Oenanthe monticola)

White-eye, Cape (Zosterops pallidus)

Whydah, Long-tailed Paradise (Vidua paradisaea)

Whydah, Pin-tailed (Vidua macroura)

Whydah, Shaft-tailed (Vidua regia)

Widow, Fan-tailed (Euplectes axillaris)

Widowbird, Long-tailed (Euplectes progne)

Widowbird, White-winged (Euplectes albonotatus)

Wood-hoopoe, Green (Phoeniculus purpureus)

Woodpecker, Bennett's (Campethera bennettii)

Woodpecker, Cardinal (Dendropicos fuscescens)

Woodpecker, Golden-tailed (Campethera abingoni)

Wryneck, Redthroated (Jynx ruficollis)

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