Uganda and Kenya Birds 3-18 Jan 2009

Note: We used mostly "Birds of East Africa" by Stevenson and Fanshawe, and follow their taxonomy. Page numbers are to this book. This page contains most of the decent photos I was able to get during the three weeks, but I included a few that aren't as good because the bird was so interesting. We had about 400 species of birds, but I only got photos of the ones here. Good reason to go back!

Common Ostrich p.2

Somali Ostrich p.2

Great White Pelican p.14

  Pink-backed Pelican p.14

Great Cormorant p.16

  Long-tailed Cormorant p.16

African Finfoot p.16

Goliath Heron p.24

  Purple Heron p.24

  Black-headed Heron p.24

Hammerkop p.26

Yellow-billed Stork p.26

Woolly-necked Stork p.28

  Saddle-billed Stork p.30

Shoebill p.30

Sacred Ibis p.32

  Hadada Ibis p.32

African Spoonbill p.34

  Egyptian Goose p.36

Yellow-billed Duck p.42

Secretary Bird p.48

African Fish Eagle p.50

Lizard Buzzard p.60

Shikra p.62

  Wahlberg's Eagle p.72

Long-crested Eagle p.78

Martial Eagle p.80

This is a BIG eagle...

Helmeted Guineafowl p.92

  Yellow-necked Spurfowl p.100

  Black Crake p.108

African Jacana p.110

Grey Crowned Crane p.112

Black-bellied Bustard p.116

Greater Painted-Snipe p.116

We had poor light this day, but it was a great bird...


Spotted Thick-knee p.120

Spur-winged Lapwing p.126

Long toed Lapwing p.126

African Wattled Lapwing p.126

Crowned Lapwing p.128

Note the chick in the right hand image.


Senegal Lapwing p.128

Three-banded Plover p.130

Common Sandpiper p.136

Wood Sandpiper p.136


Many other species of shorebirds at:


  Grey-headed Gull p.150

African Skimmer p.160

  Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse p.164

Yellow-throated Sandgrouse p.164

  African Green-Pigeon p.166

  Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove p.170

Namaqua Dove p.170

Great Blue Turaco p.182

Ross's Turaco p.182

Eastern Grey Plantain-Eater p.186

White-bellied Go-away-bird p.186

With a point-and-shoot...

Levaillant's Cuckoo p.188

White-browed Coucal p.196

  African Wood Owl p.198

  Pearl-spotted Owlet p.204

Speckled Mousebird p.220

Pied Kingfisher p.222

As you can see at the bottom, they will use anything that provides a good perch...

Grey-headed Kingfisher p.222

  Giant Kingfisher p.222

  Woodland Kingfisher p.224

Malachite Kingfisher p.226

African Pygmy Kingfisher p.226

Little Bee-eater p.228

Blue-breasted Bee-eater p.228

  White-throated Bee-eater p.230

Madagascar Bee-eater p.232

Lilac-breasted Roller p.236

Red-billed Hornbill p.242

  Crowned Hornbill p.244

Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill p.248

Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird p.252

Red-fronted Tinkerbird p.256

  Double-toothed Barbet p.260

  d/Arnaud's Barbet p.262

  Yellow-billed Barbet p.262

Nubian Woodpecker p.272

Rufous-naped Lark p.280

  Red-winged Lark p.280

Fawn-coloured Lark p.282

  Sand Martin (Bank Swallow) p.290

  Wire-tailed Swallow p.294

  Yellow-throated Longclaw p.302

  Grassland Pipit p.304

Plain-backed Pipit p.306

Common Bulbul p.312

  Slender-billed Greenbul p.312

  African Thrush p.336

Sooty Chat p.344

Rattling Cisticola p.386

  Trilling Cisticola p.392

African Dusky Flycatcher p.414

Swamp Flycatcher p.414

Cassin's Grey Flycatcher p.416

  Brown-throated Wattle-eye p.422

  White-tailed Blue-flycatcher p.428

Yellow White-eye p.440

Green Sunbird p.450

  Taita Fiscal p.462

  Long-tailed Fiscal p.462

Grey-backed Fiscal p.464

  Black-headed Gonolek p.468

Poor photo of a stunning bird.

  Northern White-crowned Shrike p.480

White-crested Helmet-shrike p.480

  Fork-tailed Drongo p.482

Yellow-billed Oxpecker p.488

Note the very top of the legs on the giraffes at lower right... those dark blobs are oxpeckers trying to stay out of the rain.

I'm not certain of the ID of the one at top right.

Red-billed Oxpecker p.488

  Greater Blue-eared Starling p.494

Ruppell's Long-tailed Starling p.496

Superb Starling p.500

Wattled Starling p.500

White-browed Sparrow-Weaver p.506

  White-headed Buffalo-Weaver p.508

  Slender-billed Weaver p.516

  Vieillot's BlackWeaver p.524

Grey-headed Negrofinch p.538

Red-cheeked Cordon-Bleu p.548

  Pin-tailed Whydah p.560

African Citril p.566

For more African birds, from Tanzania, click on the photo at left.


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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