Tanazanian Birds 10-21 Jan 2005

Note: We used mostly "Birds of East Africa" by Stevenson and Fanshawe, and follow their taxonomy. Page numbers are to this book. We also used "Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania" by Zimmerman et al. Both are good, and each was better at one time or another. This page contains most of the decent photos I was able to get during the two weeks, but being mostly limited to shooting from the vehicle meant few shots of smaller brush or canopy birds.

  Common Ostrich p.2

  Cattle Egret p.20

Common Squacco Heron p.20

  Hammerkop p.26

White Stork p.26

  Yellow-billed Stork p.26

Abdim's Stork p.28
Sometimes found in huge migrating flocks.

Marabou Stork p.30

  Greater Flamingo p.34

  Spur-winged Goose p.36

White-faced Whistling-Duck p.38

Red-billed Teal p.40

Hottentot Teal p.40

Cape Teal p.40

Black Kite p.48

Secretary Bird p.48

White-headed Vulture p.52

African White-backed Vulture p.54
(also Ruppell's Griffon Vulture in right image)

  Ruppell's Griffon Vulture p.54

Lappet-faced Vulture p.54

Vultures at kills

Black-chested Snake-Eagle p.56

  Eastern Chanting Goshawk p.60

Dark Chanting Goshawk p.60

  Tawny Eagle p.72

Bateleur p.78

Long-crested Eagle p.78

  Martial Eagle p.80

Lesser Kestrel p.82

Gray Kestrel p.84

  Pygmy Falcon p.84

Coqui Francolin p.98
The image at right is very appropriate because this species seems to be always calling.

  Hildebrandt's Francolin p.98

Crested Francolin p.100

Yellow-necked Spurfowl p.100

  Red-necked Spurfowl p.100

Gray-crowned Crane p.112

Kori Bustard p.114

White-bellied Bustard p.116

Black-bellied Bustard p.116

Hartlaub's Bustard p.116

Black-winged Stilt p.118

Spotted Thick-knee p.120

  Water Thick-knee p.120

Two-banded Courser p.122

Heuglin's Courser p.122

  Violet-tipped Courser p.122

Blacksmith Lapwing p.126

Spur-winged Lapwing p.126

Black-winged Lapwing p.128

Chestnut-banded Plover p.130

  Three-banded Plover p.130

Ruff p.134

Many more shots of Ruff and other species of shorebirds at:


Wood Sandpiper p.136

Green Sandpiper p.136

Marsh Sandpiper p.138

Spotted Redshank p.138

Black-faced Sandgrouse p.164

Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse p.164

  Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove p.170

African Mourning Dove p.172

Fischer's Lovebird p.180

Yellow-collared Lovebird p.180

White-bellied Go-away-bird p.186

  Great Spotted Cuckoo p.188

African Cuckoo p.190

White-browed Coucal p.196

Black Coucal p.196

Marsh Owl p.198

Verreaux's Eagle-Owl p.202

Nightjars p.206

These are both from Ndutu, and are probably both Slender-tailed but still working on it.

Speckled Mousebird p.220

Pied Kingfisher p.222

Gray-headed Kingfisher p.222

Woodland Kingfisher p.224

Little Bee-eater p.228

Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater p.228

Lilac-breasted Roller p.236

European Roller p.236

African Hoopoe p.240

  Red-billed Hornbill p.242

Von der Decken's Hornbill p.242

Crowned Hornbill p.244

  Silvery-cheeked Hornbill p.248

Southern Ground-hornbill p.250

Usambiro Barbet p.262

  Red-and-yellow Barbet p.262

Rufous-naped Lark p.280

Fischer's Sparrow-Lark p.288

African Pied Wagtail p.298

Yellow-throated Longclaw p.302

  Rosy-breasted Longclaw p.302

Grassland Pipit p.304

Plain-backed Pipit p.306

Schalow's Wheatear p.346

  Spotted Morning-Thrush p.354

Collared Palm-Thrush p.354

This bird was way out of range at Ndutu

  Winding Cisticola p.388

White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher p.408

Pale Flycatcher p.412

  Silverbird p.424

Scarlet-chested Sunbird p.456

Gray-backed Fiscal p.464

  Isabelline Shrike p.466

Magpie Shrike p.466

  Black-crowned Tchagra p.474

Northern White-crowned Shrike p.480

Ashy Starling p.490

  Ruppell's Long-tailed Starling p.496

Superb Starling p.500

Hildebrandt's Starling p.500

  Chestnut Sparrow p.502

  Rufous-tailed Weaver p.506

  Gray-capped Social-Weaver p.508

  Weaver nests

  Southern Red Bishop p.536

  Blue-capped Cordon-Bleu p.548

  Eastern Paradise-Whydah p.560

Note- If you are interested in the date or location of a particular bird, the file name of each image contains the date, which can be cross-checked against the itinerary on the main page.

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