Recently spotted near Selous Impala: a Malagasy (Humblot’s) Heron - Ardea humbloti -
this was the first record ever in Africa, let alone Tanzania!
It is even rare in Madagascar where it comes from and is listed as an endangered species on the IUCN red list.

Impala camp offers an activity focused on birds and bird lovers. Thanks to the unique environment of the Selous which give us both land and water we provide a “boat and walk activity”. This activity can be varied according to the seasons or to the request of the guests. In the cold months we would like to take you on a full day of activities: in the morning out on boat safaris focused on the water/riverine birds. After a lunch in the bush a walk in the surrounding areas.
In the hottest months we will start with an early morning walk and after a full breakfast in the bush a boat safari up to lunch time.

Checklist of Bird sightings from Lake Manze Camp

More Selous Bird Images




Long-tailed Cormorant Phalacrocorax africanus


Long-tailed cormorant
photo by Steven Brynes



Darter Anhinga rufa




Pink-backed Pelican Pelecanus rufescens

White Pelican Pelecanus ornocrotalus


White Pelicans

Herons, Egrets & Bitterns


Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

Grey Heron

Goliath Heron Ardea goliath

Goliath Heron

Black-headed Heron Ardea melanocephala


Common Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides

Common Squacco Heron

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

Malagasy (Humblot’s) Heron Ardea humbloti

this heron was sighted by Haikki Kainulainen, who took this photo at bird island in Selous, whilst staying at Selous Impala camp - on 10th March 2009

It was seen once in 2007, and again by others in 2009 and 2010

Humbodt's Heron

Green-backed Heron Butorides striatus


Great White Egret Egretta alba

Great White Egret

Black Heron Egretta ardesiaca

Black Heron

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

Little Egret

Yellow-billed Egret Egretta intermedia


White-backed Night Heron Gorsachius leuconotus

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Hamerkop Scopus umbretta





Open-billed Stork Anastomus lamelligerus

Open-billed stork
photo by Steven Brynes

Open billed stork with egrets

White Stork Ciconia ciconia


Abdim’s Stork Ciconiaabdimii


Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus


Saddle-billed Stork Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis

Saddle-billed Storks

Marabou Leptoptilos crumeniferus

Marabou Stork

Yellow-billed Stork Mycgteria ibis


Yellow-billed storkYellow-billed Stork

photo on lhs by Steven Brynes

Ibises & Spoonbills


Hadada Ibis Bostrychia hagedash

Hadada Ibis

Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus


Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopica

Sacred Ibis

Sacred Ibises

African Spoonbill Platalea alba

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African Spoonbill

Ducks & Geese


Fulvus Whistling Duck Dendrocygna bicolor

Fulvus Whistling Duck

White-faced Whistling Duck Dendrocygna viduata

White-faced Whistling Ducks

Red-billed Teal Anas erythrorhynchus


Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiacus

Egyptian Goose

Knob-billed Duck Sarkidiornis melanotos


White-backed Duck Thalassornis leuconotus



Vultures, Eagles, Hawks, Kites, Buzzards & Osprey


Palm-nut Vulture Gyphohierax angolensis

Palmnut vulture
photo by Steven Brynes

African White-backed Vulture Byps africanus

African White-backed Vulture

Ruppell’s Vulture Gyps rueppellii


Hooded Vulture Neophron monachus

Hooded Vultures

White-headed Vulture Trigonoceps occipitalis

Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotus

Eurasian Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus


African Harrier Hawk - Gymnogene Polyboroides radiatus


Brown Snake Eagle Circaetus cinereus

photo by Steven Brynes

Bateleur Terathopius ecaudaus

  Bateleur (juvenile)
Juvenile Bateleur - pic on lhs by Steve Brynes

Common Buzzard Buteo buteo

Lizard Buzzard Kaupifalco monogrammicus

Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina

Verraux Eagle Aquila Verreauxii

Tawny Eagle Aquila rapax


African Hawk Eagle Hieraaetus spilogaster


Long-crested Eagle Lophaetus occipitalis


Dark Chanting Goshawk elierax metabates


Martial Eagle Polemaetus bellicosus


African Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer

African Fish Eagle

Black Kite Milvus migrans


Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus


Osprey Pandion halieaetus

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Osprey in flight


Grey Kestrel Falco ardosiaeceus
African Pigmy Falcon Polyhierax semitarquatus
African Hobby Falco Cuvieri

Red-necked Falcon Falco chicquera

Red-necked Falcon

Dickinson ’s Kestrel Falco dickinsoni

Dickinson's Kestrel
photo by Steven Brynes

Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni



Quails & Francolins

Crested Francolin Francolinus sephaena

Red necked Spurfowl Francolinus afer




Crested Guinea Fowl Guttera pucherani

Helmeted Guinea Fowl Numida meleagris



Rails, Coots & Gallinules


Black Crake Limnocorax flavirostra





Black-bellied Bustard Eupodotis melanogaster


Black-bellied Bustard m



African Jacana Actophilornis africanus

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Avocets & Stilts


Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus

Black-winged Stilt

Pied Avocet Avosetta avosetta





Water Thick-knee Burhinus vermiculatus



Coursers & Pratincoles


Temminck’s Courser Cursorius temminckii


Collared pratincole Glareola pratincola


Violet-tipped Courser Rhinoptilus cinctus





Black-faced Sandgrouse (female) Pterocles decoratus

Black-faced Sandgrouse (female)



Kittlitz’s Sandplover Charadrius pecuarius


Three-banded Plover Charadrius tricollis


Blacksmith Plover Vanellus armatus


Crowned Plover Vanellus coronatus


Spur-winged Plover Vanellus spinosus

Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula

Black-winged Lapwing Vanellus melanopterus


White-crowned Lapwing Vanellus albeceps


White-crowned Lapwing

Sandpipers, Phalaropes & Snipes

Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
Marsh Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper Actilis hypoleucos


Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola

Wood Sandpiper

Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia

Common Greenshank
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea

Little Stint Calidris minuta


Ruff Philomachus pugnax

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African Skimmer Rynchops flavirostris


African Skimmer

Pigeons & Doves


Namaqua Dove Oena capensis


Ring-necked Dove Streptopelia capicola

Ring-necked Dove

Red-eyed Dove Streptopelia semitorquala


Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis


Emerald-spotted Wood Dove Turtur chalcospilos

Emerald-spotted Wood Dove

African Green Pigeon Treron calva



Parrots & Lovebirds

Brown Parrot Poicephalus meveri

Brown-headed Parrot Poicephalus cryptoxanthus





Grey Go-away Bird Corythaixoides concolor


Livingstone’s Turaco Tauraco livingstonii


Purple-crested Turaco Tauraco porphyreolophus



Cuckoos & Coucals


Diederik Cuckoo Chrysococcyx caprius

Diederik Cuckoo

Klaas’ Cuckoo Chysococcyx klaas


Black and white Cuckoo Clamator jacobinus


Levaillant’s Cuckoo Clamator levaillantii

Black Cuckoo Cuculus clamosus

Red-chested Cuckoo Cuculus solitarius


Burchell’s Coucal Centropus burchelli


White-browed Coucal Centrophus superciliosus

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Barn Owls


Barn Owl Tyto alba



Eagle Owls


Verreaux’s Eagle Owl Bubo lacteus




African Barred Owlet Glaucicium perlatum
African Barred Owlet

Pearl-spotted Owlet Glaucicium perlatum


Pel’s Fishing Owl Scotopelia peli




Square-tailed Nightjar Caprimulgus fossii

Eurasian Nightjar Caprimulgus euopaeus



Swifts & Spinetails


Palm Swift Cypsiurus parvus





Speckled Mousebird Coleus sriatus





Giant Kingfisher Ceryle maxima

Giant Kingfisher
photo by Steven Brynes
Giant Kingfisher f
Giant Kingfisher (female)

Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis

Pied Kingfisher  Pied kingfisher

photo by Steven Brynes

Malachite Kingfisher Alcedo cristata

Malachite Kingfisher

Malachite Kingfisher

Brown-hooded Kingfisher Halcyon albiventris

Brown-hooded Kingfisher  brown-hooded kingfisher
rhs photo by Steven Brynes
Grey-headed Kingfisher
Grey-headed Kingfisher

Woodland Kingfisher Halcyon senegalensis

Striped Kingfisher Halcyon chelicuti

African Pygmy Kingfisher Ispidina picta



Green and Cinnamon Bee-eaters


White-throated Bee-eater Merops albicollis

White-throated Bee-eater

Bohm’s Bee-eater Merops boehmi

Bohm’s Bee-eater

Little Bee-eater Merops pusillus


Little Bee-eater

Large Migrant Bee-eaters

European Bee-eater Merops apiaster

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus


Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Photo kindly shared by Amanda Allan

Red-Throated Bee-eaters


White-fronted Bee-eater Merops bullockoides


White-fronted bee-eater
photo by Steven Brynes
White-fronted Bee-eater

Carmine Bee-eaters


Northern Carmine Bee-eater Merops nubicus


Northern Carmine Bee-eater

Carmine Bee-eater



Lilac-breasted Roller Coracias caudata

Lilac-breasted Roller

Lilac-breasted Roller

European Roller Coracias garrulus

Racket-tailed Roller Coracias spatulata

Broad-billed Roller Eurystomus glaucurus

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Broad-billed Roller

Wood-Hoopoes & Scimitarbills


Common Scimitarbill Phoeniculus cyanomelas

Common Scimitarbill

Green Wood Hoopoe Phoeniculus purpureus





African Hoopoe Upupa africana


African Hoopoe
photo by Steven Brynes


Trumpeter Hornbill Bycanistes bucinator


Crowned Hornbill Tockus alboterminatus


Van der Deckens Hornbill Tockus deckeni

Van der Decken Hornbill (male)

Van der Decken Hornbill (female)

African Grey Hornbill Tockus nasutus


Southern Ground Hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri


Southern ground hornbill
photo by Steven Brynes

Bush Barbets


Spotted-flanked Barbet Tricholaema lacrymosa



Woodland and Forest Barbets


Brown-Breasted Barbet Lybius melanopterus

Brown-Breasted Barbet

Crested Barbet Trachyphonus vaillantii


Crested barbet
photo by Steven Brynes



Lesser Honeyguide Indicator minor


Greater Honeyguide Indicator indicator



Woodland Woodpeckers


Golden-tailed Woodpecker Campethera abingoni


Speckle-throated Woodpecker Campethera scriptoricauda


Speckle-throated Woodpecker

Small Woodpeckers


Cardinal Woodpecker Dendropicos fuscenscens


Stripe-faced Woodpeckers


Bearded Woodpecker Thripias namaquus

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Swallows & Martins


Common House Martin Delichon urbica


Lesser Striped Swallow Hirundo abyssinica

Lesser Striped Swallow

Wire-tailed Swallow Hirundo smithii


Wire-tailed Swallow

Pipits, Wagtails & Longclaws


Yellow-throated Longclaw Macronyx croceus


African Pied Wagtail Motacilla aguimp


Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava


Golden Pipit Timetothylacus tenellus





Black Cuckoo Shrike Campephaga flava





Common Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus


Common Bulbul



Zanzibar Sombre Greenbul Andropadus importunus


Zanzibar Sombre Greenbul

Thrushes & Chats

Cliff Chat Myrmecocichla cinnamomeiventris

White-browed Scrub Robin Erythropygia signata

White-browed Scrub Robin
Collared Palm Thrush Cichladusa arquata
Collared Palm Thrush

Spotted Morning Thrush Cichladusa guttata


White-headed Black Chat Thamnolaea arnoti





Yellow-breasted Apalis Apalis flavida


Olivaceous Warbler Hippolais pallida


Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus



Bush and Woodland Crombecs


Red-faced Crombec Sylvietta whytii

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Red-faced Crombec



Yellow-bellied Eremomela Eremomela icteropygialis



Batises & Wattle-eyes


Black-headed Batis Batis minor

Black-headed Batis f
Black-headed Batis (female with chicks)

Grey-headed Batis Batis orientalis


Black-throated Wattleye Platysteira peltata



Grey and Brown Flycatcher


Spotted Flycatcher Muscicaoa striata


Spotted Flycatcher

Paradise Flycatchers


African Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone viridis


African Paradise Flycatcher

Paradise Flycatcher
Paradise Flycatcher nesting at Manze camp



Collared Sunbird Hedydipna collaris

Collared Sunbird

Mariko Sunbird Cinnyris mariquensis

Mariko Sunbird

Scarlet-chested Sunbird Chalcomitra senegalensis




Yellow White-eye Zosterops senegalensis





African Golden Oriole Oriolus auratus


Black-headed Oriole Oriolus larvatus





Common Fiscal Lanius collaris

Common fiscal shrike
photo by Steven Brynes
Long-tailed Fiscal Lanius cabanisi

Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio





Black-backed Puffback Dryoscopus cubla

Black-backed Puffback

Tropical Boubou Laniarius aethiopicus


Sulphur-breasted Bush Shrike Malaconotus sulphure

Sulphur-breasted Bush Shrike

Black-headed Tchagra Tchagra senegala





Retz’s Helmet Shrike Prionops retzii

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Fork-tailed Drongo Dicrurus adsimilis



Crows & Ravens


Indian House Crow Corvus splendens





Red-billed Oxpecker Buphagus eryrthrorhynchus




Violet-backed Starling Cinnyricinclus leucogaster
Southern Blue-eared Starling Lamprotornis elisabeth
Southern Blue-eared Starling

Wattled Starling Creatophora cinerea




House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Grey Headed Sparrow Passer griseus





Red-headed Weaver Anaplectes rubriceps

Red-billed Buffalo Weaver Bubalornis niger

Black-headed Weaver Ploceus cucullatus

Black-headed Weaver

Lesser Masked Weaver Ploceus intermedius


Spectacled Weaver Ploeceus ocularis


African Golden Weaver Ploceus subaureus

African Golden Weaver

White-browed Sparrow Weaver Plocepasser mahali

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Red Bishops


Zanzibar Red Bishop Euplectes nigroventis





Red-billed Quelea Quelea quelea



Pytilia and Cordon Bleus

Green-winged Pytilia Pytilia melba
Green-winged Pytilia

Southern Cordon Bleu Uraeginthus angolensis


Southern Cordon Bleu


Red-Billed Firefinch Lagonosticta senegala
Red-Billed Firefinch
Red-Billed Firefinch Lagonosticta senegala (m)
Red-billed Firefinch
Red-billed Firefinch Lagonosticta senegala (f)



Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild


Common Waxbill

Whydahs, Indigobirds


Village Indigobird Hypochera chalybeata


Pin-tailed Whydah Vidua macroura


Broad-tailed Paradise Whydah Vidua obtusa


Broad-tailed Paadise Whydah
photo by Steven Brynes

Seedeaters & Canaries


Yellow-rumped Seedeater Serinus richenovyi



Golden Bunting


African Golden-breasted Bunting Emberiza flaviventris



Serious Twitchers are most welcome to contact the webmaster at: sales@adventurecamps.co.tz
if any errors are noted. Any information or photos that can be added to this list would be most gratefully received.
Special thanks to Micol Farina, David Liebst, Richard Jones, Pietro Luraschi and Gillie Zanacchi for the photos.

Checklist of all birds in Selous from 2003

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