The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Birds of Kruger National Park

Afrikaans name: Voels van Krugerwildtuin

Kruger National Park has a list of over 500 species of birds including this list.

Kruger National Park is a must visit destination for birders! It has two main advantages. Firstly, it has a total list of over 500 species that have been recorded over the years and, secondly, there are a number of field guides that are dedicated to the birds to be found in the park.

An extra advantage is that the camp sites are some of the best places to do some birding. If one wanders around a camp, an hour or so after sunrise, one is sure to see a wide variety of bushveld birds. One of the main reasons for this is that the camp sites are well-stocked with a variety of trees, shrubs and flowers which attract the birds.

Each camp site is a bit different to the others and attract a slightly different range of birds. I have good memories of good birding in Skukuza and Berg-en-dal, both of which attract a wide variety of species, Satara for owls and Punda Maria for some birds which are either not found further south or are more common in the north.

The various picnic sites are also quite good for birding and it well worth stopping at them, not only to stretch your legs, but to see what birds are around.

Common Ostrich

Crested Francolin

Natal Spurfowl

Swainson's Spurfowl

Crested Guineafowl

Helmeted Guineafowl

White-faced Duck

Maccoa Duck

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Egyptian Goose

Spur-winged Goose

African Black Duck

Yellow-billed Duck

Cape Shoveler

Red-billed Teal

Lesser Honeyguide

Red-throated Wryneck

Bennett's Woodpecker

Black-collared Barbet

Crested Barbet

Red-billed Hornbill

Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill

Crowned Hornbill

African Grey Hornbill

Trumpeter Hornbill

Southern Ground-Hornbill

African Hoopoe

Narina Trogon

European Roller

Lilac-breasted Roller

Malachite Kingfisher

Woodland Kingfisher

Brown-hooded Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

White-fronted Bee-eater

Little Bee-eater

Speckled Mousebird

Red-faced Mousebird

Diderick Cuckoo

Burchell's Coucal

Brown-headed Parrot

Purple-crested Turaco

Grey Go-away-bird

African Scops-Owl

Spotted Eagle-Owl

Pearl-spotted Owlet

Marsh Owl

Speckled Pigeon

Laughing Dove

African Mourning Dove

Cape Turtle-Dove

Red-eyed Dove

Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove

Tambourine Dove

Red-crested Korhaan

Grey Crowned Crane

Black Crake

Common Moorhen

Red-knobbed Coot

Double-banded Sandgrouse

Spotted Thick-knee

Pied Avocet

Three-banded Plover

Blacksmith Lapwing

African Wattled Lapwing

Crowned Lapwing

Whiskered Tern

Black-shouldered Kite

Black Kite

African Fish-Eagle

White-backed Vulture

White-headed Vulture

Black-chested Snake-Eagle

African Marsh-Harrier

African Harrier-Hawk

African Goshawk

Little Sparrowhawk

Black Sparrowhawk

Steppe Buzzard

Jackal Buzzard

Tawny Eagle

Martial Eagle

Long-crested Eagle


Greater Kestrel

Lanner Falcon

Little Grebe

African Darter

Reed Cormorant

White-breasted Cormorant

Black Heron

Little Egret

Great Egret

Grey Heron

Black-headed Heron

Purple Heron

Cattle Egret


Greater Flamingo

Hadeda Ibis

African Sacred Ibis

African Spoonbill

Pink-backed Pelican

Yellow-billed Stork

Black Stork

Woolly-necked Stork

White Stork

Saddle-billed Stork

Marabou Stork

Black-headed Oriole

Fork-tailed Drongo

African Paradise-Flycatcher

Black-backed Puffback

Southern Boubou

Crimson-breasted Shrike

Chinspot Batis

Pied Crow

White-necked Raven

Red-backed Shrike

Common Fiscal

Magpie Shrike

Grey Cuckooshrike

Southern Black Tit

Barn Swallow

Dark-capped Bulbul

Sombre Greenbul

Yellow-bellied Greenbul

Long-billed Crombec

Arrow-marked Babbler

Cape White-eye

Rufous-naped Lark

Groundscraper Thrush

Southern Black Flycatcher

Fiscal Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher

African Dusky Flycatcher

White-browed Robin-Chat

Red-capped Robin-Chat

White-browed Scrub-Robin

African Stonechat

Mocking Cliff-Chat

Red-winged Starling

Black-bellied Starling

Cape Glossy Starling

Greater Blue-eared Starling

Burchell's Starling

Red-billed Oxpecker

Amethyst Sunbird

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

Collared Sunbird

White-bellied Sunbird

Marico Sunbird

Lesser Masked-Weaver

Spectacled Weaver

Yellow Weaver

Southern Masked-Weaver

Village Weaver

Red-billed Quelea

Southern Red Bishop

Fan-tailed Widowbird

White-winged Widowbird

Thick-billed Weaver

Common Waxbill

Violet-eared Waxbill

Blue Waxbill

Green-winged Pytilia

Bronze Mannikin

Red-backed Mannikin

Pin-tailed Whydah

Long-tailed Paradise-Whydah

Shaft-tailed Whydah

House Sparrow

Southern Grey-headed Sparrow

African Pied Wagtail

Cape Wagtail

Yellow-throated Longclaw

Yellow-fronted Canary

Golden-breasted Bunting

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