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CHECKLIST OF SELOUS BIRDS

 


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

 

Cormorants

 

Long-tailed Cormorant Phalacrocorax africanus

 

Long-tailed cormorant
photo by Steven Brynes

Darters

 

Darter Anhinga rufa

 

 

Pelicans

 
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

 

Hamerkop Scopus umbretta

 

 

Storks

 

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
  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

Falcons

 
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

 

 

Guineafowl

 
Crested Guinea Fowl Guttera pucherani
 

Helmeted Guinea Fowl Numida meleagris

 

 

Rails, Coots & Gallinules

 

Black Crake Limnocorax flavirostra

 

 

Bustards

 

Black-bellied Bustard Eupodotis melanogaster

 

Black-bellied Bustard m

Jacanas

 

African Jacana Actophilornis africanus

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Jacana

Avocets & Stilts

 

Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus

Black-winged Stilt

Pied Avocet Avosetta avosetta

 

 

Thick-knees

 

Water Thick-knee Burhinus vermiculatus

 

 

Coursers & Pratincoles

 

Temminck’s Courser Cursorius temminckii

 

Collared pratincole Glareola pratincola

 

Violet-tipped Courser Rhinoptilus cinctus

 

 

Sandgrouse

 

Black-faced Sandgrouse (female) Pterocles decoratus

Black-faced Sandgrouse (female)

Plovers

 

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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Skimmers

 

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

 

 

Turacos

 

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

 

 

Owlets

 
African Barred Owlet Glaucicium perlatum
African Barred Owlet

Pearl-spotted Owlet Glaucicium perlatum

 

Pel’s Fishing Owl Scotopelia peli

 

 

Nightjars

 
Square-tailed Nightjar Caprimulgus fossii
 

Eurasian Nightjar Caprimulgus euopaeus

 

 

Swifts & Spinetails

 

Palm Swift Cypsiurus parvus

 

 

Mousebirds

 

Speckled Mousebird Coleus sriatus

 

 

Kingfishers

 

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

Rollers

 

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

 

 

Hoopoe

 

African Hoopoe Upupa africana

 

African Hoopoe
photo by Steven Brynes

Hornbills

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

Honeyguides

 

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

 

 

Cuckoo-shrikes

 

Black Cuckoo Shrike Campephaga flava

 

 

Bulbuls

 

Common Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus

 

Common Bulbul

Greenbul

 

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

 

 

Warblers

 

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

Eremomelas

 

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

Sunbirds

 

Collared Sunbird Hedydipna collaris

Collared Sunbird

Mariko Sunbird Cinnyris mariquensis

Mariko Sunbird

Scarlet-chested Sunbird Chalcomitra senegalensis

 

White-eyes

 

Yellow White-eye Zosterops senegalensis

 

 

Oriolidae

 

African Golden Oriole Oriolus auratus

 

Black-headed Oriole Oriolus larvatus

 

 

Shrikes

 

Common Fiscal Lanius collaris

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

Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio

 

 

Bush-shrikes

 

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

 

 

Helmet-shrikes

 

Retz’s Helmet Shrike Prionops retzii

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Drongos

 

Fork-tailed Drongo Dicrurus adsimilis

 

 

Crows & Ravens

 

Indian House Crow Corvus splendens

 

 

Oxpeckers

 

Red-billed Oxpecker Buphagus eryrthrorhynchus

 

 

Starlings

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

Wattled Starling Creatophora cinerea

 

 

Sparrows

 
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
 

Grey Headed Sparrow Passer griseus

 

 

Weavers

 

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

 

 

Queleas

 

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

Firefinches

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

Waxbills

 

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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