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South African Birds

South African birds, a bird lover’s paradise, boasting a diverse range of avian species that can be found nowhere else in the world. From majestic eagles to flamboyant sunbirds, this country is home to a fascinating array of birdlife. Whether you are an avid birder or simply a nature enthusiast, South Africa offers a unique opportunity to observe and appreciate the beauty of these feathered creatures. With over 850 bird species recorded and about 725 resident birds, including 70 endemic species. An impressive 50 avian species can only be found in South Africa, giving birders a prime opportunity to spot something extraordinary. South Africa is a birding destination that is not to be missed. In this blog, we will be exploring all the birds found in South Africa, listed alphabetically with their scientific name. So sit back, relax, and let’s dive into the wonderful world of South African birds!

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Below is an alphabetical list of South African Birds

Alphabetical Name Scientific Name
Albatross, Amsterdam Diomedea amsterdamensis
Albatross, Atlantic Yellow-nosed Thalassarche chlororhynchos
Albatross, Black-browed Thalassarche melanophris
Albatross, Buller’s Thalassarche bulleri
Albatross, Chatham Thalassarche eremita
Albatross, Grey-headed Thalassarche chrysostoma
Albatross, Indian Yellow-nosed Thalassarche carteri
Albatross, Laysan Phoebastria immutabilis
Albatross, Light-mantled Phoebetria palpebrata
Albatross, Northern Royal Diomedea sanfordi
Albatross, Salvin’s Thalassarche salvini
Albatross, Shy Thalassarche cauta
Albatross, Sooty Phoebetria fusca
Albatross, Southern Royal Diomedea epomophora
Albatross, Tristan Diomedea dabbenena
Albatross, Wandering Diomedea exulans
Apalis, Bar-throated Apalis thoracica
Apalis, Rudd’s Apalis ruddi
Apalis, Yellow-breasted Apalis flavida
Avocet, Pied Recurvirostra avosetta
Babbler, Arrow-marked Turdoides jardineii
Babbler, Southern Pied Turdoides bicolor
Barbet, Acacia Pied Tricholaema leucomelas
Barbet, Black-collared Lybius torquatus
Barbet, Crested Trachyphonus vaillantii
Barbet, Green Stactolaema olivacea
Barbet, White-eared Stactolaema leucotis
Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus
Batis, Cape Batis capensis
Batis, Chinspot Batis molitor
Batis, Pririt Batis pririt
Batis, Woodwards’ Batis fratrum
Bee-eater, Blue-cheeked Merops persicus
Bee-eater, European Merops apiaster
Bee-eater, Little Merops pusillus
Bee-eater, Olive Merops superciliosus
Bee-eater, Southern Carmine Merops nubicoides
Bee-eater, Swallow-tailed Merops hirundineus
Bee-eater, White-fronted Merops bullockoides
Bee-eater, White-throated Merops albicollis
Bishop, Southern Red Euplectes orix
Bishop, Yellow Euplectes capensis
Bishop, Yellow-crowned Euplectes afer
Bittern, Dwarf Ixobrychus sturmii
Bittern, Eurasian Botaurus stellaris
Bittern, Little Ixobrychus minutus
Blackcap, Bush Sylvia nigricapillus
Blackcap, Eurasian Sylvia atricapilla
Bokmakierie Telophorus zeylonus
Booby, Brown Sula leucogaster
Booby, Masked Sula dactylatra
Booby, Red-footed Sula sula
Boubou, Southern Laniarius ferrugineus
Boubou, Tropical Laniarius major
Broadbill, African Smithornis capensis
Brownbul, Terrestrial Phyllastrephus terrestris
Brubru Nilaus afer
Bulbul, African Red-eyed Pycnonotus nigricans
Bulbul, Cape Pycnonotus capensis
Bulbul, Dark-capped Pycnonotus tricolor
Bunting, Cape Emberiza capensis
Bunting, Cinnamon-breasted Emberiza tahapisi
Bunting, Golden-breasted Emberiza flaviventris
Bunting, Lark-like Emberiza impetuani
Bush-shrike, Black-fronted Chlorophoneus nigrifrons
Bush-shrike, Gorgeous Telophorus viridis
Bush-shrike, Grey-headed Malaconotus blanchoti
Bush-shrike, Olive Chlorophoneus olivaceus
Bush-shrike, Orange-breasted Chlorophoneus sulfureopectus
Bustard, Black-bellied Lissotis melanogaster
Bustard, Denham’s Neotis denhami
Bustard, Kori Ardeotis kori
Bustard, Ludwig’s Neotis ludwigii
Buttonquail, Black-rumped Turnix nanus
Buttonquail, Common (Kurrichane) Turnix sylvaticus
Buttonquail, Fynbos Turnix hottentottus
Buzzard, Common (Steppe ) Buteo buteo
Buzzard, Crested Honey  Pernis ptilorhynchus
Buzzard, European Honey Pernis apivorus
Buzzard, Forest Buteo trizonatus
Buzzard, Jackal Buteo rufofuscus
Buzzard, Lizard Kaupifalco monogrammicus
Buzzard, Red-necked Buteo auguralis
Camaroptera, Green-backed Camaroptera brachyura
Camaroptera, Grey-backed Camaroptera brevicaudata
Canary, Black-headed Serinus alario
Canary, Black-throated Crithagra atrogularis
Canary, Brimstone Crithagra sulphurata
Canary, Cape Serinus canicollis
Canary, Forest Crithagra scotops
Canary, Lemon-breasted Crithagra citrinipectus
Canary, White-throated Crithagra albogularis
Canary, Yellow Crithagra flaviventris
Canary, Yellow-fronted Crithagra mozambica
Chaffinch, Common Fringilla coelebs
Chat, Ant-eating Myrmecocichla formicivora
Chat, Arnot’s Myrmecocichla arnotti
Chat, Boulder Pinarornis plumosus
Chat, Buff-streaked Campicoloides bifasciatus
Chat, Familiar Oenanthe familiaris
Chat, Karoo Emarginata schlegelii
Chat, Mocking Cliff Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventris
Chat, Sickle-winged Emarginata sinuata
Chat, Tractrac Emarginata tractrac
Cisticola, Cloud Cisticola textrix
Cisticola, Croaking Cisticola natalensis
Cisticola, Desert Cisticola aridulus
Cisticola, Grey-backed Cisticola subruficapilla
Cisticola, Lazy Cisticola aberrans
Cisticola, Levaillant’s Cisticola tinniens
Cisticola, Pale-crowned Cisticola cinnamomeus
Cisticola, Rattling Cisticola chiniana
Cisticola, Red-faced Cisticola erythrops
Cisticola, Rufous-winged Cisticola galactotes
Cisticola, Tinkling Cisticola rufilatus
Cisticola, Wailing Cisticola lais
Cisticola, Wing-snapping Cisticola ayresii
Cisticola, Zitting Cisticola juncidis
Coot, Red-knobbed Fulica cristata
Cormorant, Bank Phalacrocorax neglectus
Cormorant, Cape Phalacrocorax capensis
Cormorant, Crowned Microcarbo coronatus
Cormorant, Reed Microcarbo africanus
Cormorant, White-breasted Phalacrocorax lucidus
Coucal, Black Centropus grillii
Coucal, Burchell’s Centropus burchellii
Coucal, Senegal Centropus senegalensis
Courser, Bronze-winged Rhinoptilus chalcopterus
Courser, Burchell’s Cursorius rufus
Courser, Double-banded Rhinoptilus africanus
Courser, Temminck’s Cursorius temminckii
Courser, Three-banded Rhinoptilus cinctus
Crake, African Crecopsis egregia
Crake, Baillon’s Zapornia pusilla
Crake, Black Zapornia flavirostra
Crake, Corn Crex crex
Crake, Little Zapornia parva
Crake, Spotted Porzana porzana
Crake, Striped Aenigmatolimnas marginalis
Crane, Blue Grus paradisea
Crane, Grey Crowned Balearica regulorum
Crane, Wattled Grus carunculata
Creeper, African Spotted Salpornis salvadori
Crombec, Long-billed Sylvietta rufescens
Crow, Cape Corvus capensis
Crow, House Corvus splendens
Crow, Pied Corvus albus
Cuckoo, African Cuculus gularis
Cuckoo, African Emerald Chrysococcyx cupreus
Cuckoo, Barred Long-tailed Cercococcyx montanus
Cuckoo, Black Cuculus clamosus
Cuckoo, Common Cuculus canorus
Cuckoo, Diederik Chrysococcyx caprius
Cuckoo, Great Spotted Clamator glandarius
Cuckoo, Jacobin Clamator jacobinus
Cuckoo, Klaas’s Chrysococcyx klaas
Cuckoo, Lesser Cuculus poliocephalus
Cuckoo, Levaillant’s Clamator levaillantii
Cuckoo, Madagascan Cuculus rochii
Cuckoo, Red-chested Cuculus solitarius
Cuckoo, Thick-billed Pachycoccyx audeberti
Cuckooshrike, Black Campephaga flava
Cuckooshrike, Grey Ceblepyris caesius
Cuckooshrike, White-breasted Ceblepyris pectoralis
Curlew, Eurasian Numenius arquata
Darter, African Anhinga rufa
Dove, African Mourning (Mourning Collared) Streptopelia decipiens
Dove, Blue-spotted Wood Turtur afer
Dove, Cape Turtle (Ring-necked) Streptopelia capicola
Dove, Emerald-spotted Wood Turtur chalcospilos
Dove, European Turtle Streptopelia turtur
Dove, Laughing Spilopelia senegalensis
Dove, Lemon Columba larvata
Dove, Namaqua Oena capensis
Dove, Red-eyed Streptopelia semitorquata
Dove, Rock Columba livia
Dove, Tambourine Turtur tympanistria
Dowitcher, Asian Limnodromus semipalmatus
Drongo, Fork-tailed Dicrurus adsimilis
Drongo, Common Square-tailed Dicrurus ludwigii
Duck, African Black Anas sparsa
Duck, Fulvous Whistling Dendrocygna bicolor
Duck, Knob-billed Sarkidiornis melanotos
Duck, Maccoa Oxyura maccoa
Duck, White-backed Thalassornis leuconotus
Duck, White-faced  Whistling Dendrocygna viduata
Duck, Yellow-billed Anas undulata
Dunlin Calidris alpina
Eagle, African Fish Haliaeetus vocifer
Eagle, African Hawk Aquila spilogaster
Eagle, Ayres’s Hawk Hieraaetus ayresii
Eagle, Black-chested Snake Circaetus pectoralis
Eagle, Booted Hieraaetus pennatus
Eagle, Brown Snake Circaetus cinereus
Eagle, Crowned Stephanoaetus coronatus
Eagle, Lesser Spotted Clanga pomarina
Eagle, Long-crested Lophaetus occipitalis
Eagle, Martial Polemaetus bellicosus
Eagle, Southern Banded Snake Circaetus fasciolatus
Eagle, Steppe Aquila nipalensis
Eagle, Tawny Aquila rapax
Eagle, Verreaux’s Aquila verreauxii
Eagle, Wahlberg’s Hieraaetus wahlbergi
Egret, Great Ardea alba
Egret, Little Egretta garzetta
Egret, Slaty Egretta vinaceigula
Egret, Snowy Egretta thula
Egret, Western Cattle Bubulcus ibis
Egret, Yellow-billed (Intermediate) Ardea intermedia
Eremomela, Burnt-necked Eremomela usticollis
Eremomela, Green-capped Eremomela scotops
Eremomela, Karoo Eremomela gregalis
Eremomela, Yellow-bellied Eremomela icteropygialis
Falcon, Amur Falco amurensis
Falcon, Eleonora’s Falco eleonorae
Falcon, Lanner Falco biarmicus
Falcon, Peregrine Falco peregrinus
Falcon, Pygmy Polihierax semitorquatus
Falcon, Red-footed Falco vespertinus
Falcon, Red-necked Falco chicquera
Falcon, Sooty Falco concolor
Falcon, Taita Falco fasciinucha
Finch, Cuckoo Anomalospiza imberbis
Finch, Cut-throat Amadina fasciata
Finch, Red-headed Amadina erythrocephala
Finch (Weaver), Scaly-feathered Sporopipes squamifrons
Finfoot, African Podica senegalensis
Firefinch, African Lagonosticta rubricata
Firefinch, Jameson’s Lagonosticta rhodopareia
Firefinch, Red-billed Lagonosticta senegala
Fiscal, Southern (Common) Lanius collaris
Flamingo, Greater Phoenicopterus roseus
Flamingo, Lesser Phoeniconaias minor
Flufftail, Buff-spotted Sarothrura elegans
Flufftail, Red-chested Sarothrura rufa
Flufftail, Streaky-breasted Sarothrura boehmi
Flufftail, Striped Sarothrura affinis
Flufftail, White-winged Sarothrura ayresi
Flycatcher, African Dusky Muscicapa adusta
Flycatcher, African Paradise Terpsiphone viridis
Flycatcher, Ashy Muscicapa caerulescens
Flycatcher, Black-and-white (Vanga) Bias musicus
Flycatcher, Blue-mantled Crested Trochocercus cyanomelas
Flycatcher, Chat Melaenornis infuscatus
Flycatcher, Collared Ficedula albicollis
Flycatcher, European Pied Ficedula hypoleuca
Flycatcher, Fairy Stenostira scita
Flycatcher, Fiscal Melaenornis silens
Flycatcher, Grey Tit- Myioparus plumbeus
Flycatcher, Livingstone’s Erythrocercus livingstonei
Flycatcher, Marico Melaenornis mariquensis
Flycatcher, Pale Melaenornis pallidus
Flycatcher, Southern Black Melaenornis pammelaina
Flycatcher, Spotted Muscicapa striata
Francolin, Coqui Campocolinus coqui
Francolin, Crested Ortygornis sephaena
Francolin, Grey-winged Scleroptila afra
Francolin, Orange River Scleroptila gutturalis
Francolin, Red-winged Scleroptila levaillantii
Francolin, Shelley’s Scleroptila shelleyi
Frigatebird, Great Fregata minor
Frigatebird, Lesser Fregata ariel
Fulmar, Southern Fulmarus glacialoides
Gallinule, Allen’s Porphyrio alleni
Gallinule, (American) Purple Porphyrio martinica
Gannet, Australasian Morus serrator
Gannet, Cape Morus capensis
Garganey Spatula querquedula
Go-away-bird, Grey Crinifer concolor
Godwit, Bar-tailed Limosa lapponica
Godwit, Black-tailed Limosa limosa
Godwit, Hudsonian Limosa haemastica
Goose, African Pygmy Nettapus auritus
Goose, Egyptian Alopochen aegyptiaca
Goose, Spur-winged Plectropterus gambensis
Goshawk, African Accipiter tachiro
Goshawk, Dark Chanting Melierax metabates
Goshawk, Gabar Micronisus gabar
Goshawk, Pale Chanting Melierax canorus
Grassbird, Cape Sphenoeacus afer
Grebe, Black-necked Podiceps nigricollis
Grebe, Great Crested Podiceps cristatus
Grebe, Little Tachybaptus ruficollis
Greenbul, Sombre Andropadus importunus
Greenbul, Yellow-bellied Chlorocichla flaviventris
Greenbul, Yellow-streaked Phyllastrephus flavostriatus
Greenshank, Common Tringa nebularia
Guineafowl, Crested Guttera pucherani
Guineafowl, Helmeted Numida meleagris
Gull, (Common) Black-headed Larus canus
Gull, Franklin’s Leucophaeus pipixcan
Gull, Grey-headed Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus
Gull, Hartlaub’s Chroicocephalus hartlaubii
Gull, Kelp Larus dominicanus
Gull, Laughing Leucophaeus atricilla
Gull, Lesser Black-backed Larus fuscus
Gull, Sabine’s Xema sabini
Gull, Slender-billed Chroicocephalus genei
Gull, Sooty  Ichthyaetus hemprichii
Hamerkop Scopus umbretta
Harrier, African Marsh Circus ranivorus
Harrier, Black Circus maurus
Harrier, Montagu’s Circus pygargus
Harrier, Pallid Circus macrourus
Harrier, Western Marsh Circus aeruginosus
Hawk, African Cuckoo Aviceda cuculoides
Hawk, African Harrier- Polyboroides typus
Hawk, Bat Macheiramphus alcinus
Helmet-shrike, Chestnut-fronted Prionops scopifrons
Helmet-shrike, Retz’s Prionops retzii
Helmet-shrike, White-crested Prionops plumatus
Heron, Black Egretta ardesiaca
Heron, Black-crowned Night Nycticorax nycticorax
Heron, Black-headed Ardea melanocephala
Heron, Goliath Ardea goliath
Heron, Green-backed (Striated) Butorides striata
Heron, Grey Ardea cinerea
Heron, Little Blue Egretta caerulea
Heron, Malagasy Pond Ardeola idae
Heron, Purple Ardea purpurea
Heron, Rufous-bellied Ardeola rufiventris
Heron, Squacco Ardeola ralloides
Heron, White-backed Night Gorsachius leuconotus
Hobby, African Falco cuvierii
Hobby, Eurasian Falco subbuteo
Honeybird, Brown-backed Prodotiscus regulus
Honeyguide, Greater Indicator indicator
Honeyguide, Lesser Indicator minor
Honeyguide, Scaly-throated Indicator variegatus
Hoopoe, African Upupa africana
Hornbill, African Grey Lophoceros nasutus
Hornbill, Crowned Lophoceros alboterminatus
Hornbill, Southern Ground- Bucorvus leadbeateri
Hornbill, Southern Red-billed Tockus rufirostris
Hornbill, Southern Yellow-billed Tockus leucomelas
Hornbill, Trumpeter Bycanistes bucinator
Hyliota, Southern Hyliota australis
Ibis, African Sacred Threskiornis aethiopicus
Ibis, Glossy Plegadis falcinellus
Ibis, Hadeda (Hadada) Bostrychia hagedash
Ibis, Southern Bald Geronticus calvus
Indigobird, Dusky Vidua funerea
Indigobird, Purple Vidua purpurascens
Indigobird, Village Vidua chalybeata
Jacana, African Actophilornis africanus
Jacana, Lesser Microparra capensis
Jaeger, Long-tailed Stercorarius longicaudus
Jaeger, Parasitic Stercorarius parasiticus
Jaeger, Pomarine Stercorarius pomarinus
Kestrel, Dickinson’s Falco dickinsoni
Kestrel, Greater Falco rupicoloides
Kestrel, Lesser Falco naumanni
Kestrel, Rock Falco rupicolus
Kingfisher, African Pygmy Ispidina picta
Kingfisher, Brown-hooded Halcyon albiventris
Kingfisher, Giant Megaceryle maxima
Kingfisher, Grey-headed Halcyon leucocephala
Kingfisher, Half-collared Alcedo semitorquata
Kingfisher, Malachite Corythornis cristatus
Kingfisher, Mangrove Halcyon senegaloides
Kingfisher, Pied Ceryle rudis
Kingfisher, Striped Halcyon chelicuti
Kingfisher, Woodland Halcyon senegalensis
Kite, Black Milvus migrans
Kite, Black-winged Elanus caeruleus
Kite, Yellow-billed Milvus aegyptius
Kittiwake, Black-legged Rissa tridactyla
Knot, Great Calidris tenuirostris
Knot, Red Calidris canutus
Korhaan, Blue Eupodotis caerulescens
Korhaan, Karoo Eupodotis vigorsii
Korhaan, Northern Black Afrotis afraoides
Korhaan, Red-crested Lophotis ruficrista
Korhaan, Southern Black Afrotis afra
Korhaan (Bustard), White-bellied Eupodotis senegalensis
Lapwing, African Wattled Vanellus senegallus
Lapwing, Black-winged Vanellus melanopterus
Lapwing, Blacksmith Vanellus armatus
Lapwing, Crowned Vanellus coronatus
Lapwing, Long-toed Vanellus crassirostris
Lapwing, Senegal Vanellus lugubris
Lapwing, Spur-winged Vanellus spinosus
Lapwing, White-crowned Vanellus albiceps
Lark, Agulhas Long-billed Certhilauda brevirostris
Lark, Barlow’s Calendulauda barlowi
Lark, Black-eared Sparrow- Eremopterix australis
Lark, Botha’s Spizocorys fringillaris
Lark, Cape Clapper Mirafra apiata
Lark, Cape Long-billed Certhilauda curvirostris
Lark, Chestnut-backed Sparrow- Eremopterix leucotis
Lark, Dusky Pinarocorys nigricans
Lark, Eastern Clapper Mirafra fasciolata
Lark, Eastern Long-billed Certhilauda semitorquata
Lark, Fawn-coloured Calendulauda africanoides
Lark, Flappet Mirafra rufocinnamomea
Lark, Grey-backed Sparrow Eremopterix verticalis
Lark, Karoo Calendulauda albescens
Lark, Karoo Long-billed Certhilauda subcoronata
Lark, Large-billed Galerida magnirostris
Lark, Melodious Mirafra cheniana
Lark, Monotonous Mirafra passerina
Lark, Pink-billed Spizocorys conirostris
Lark, Red Calendulauda burra
Lark, Red-capped Calandrella cinerea
Lark, Rudd’s Heteromirafra ruddi
Lark, Rufous-naped Mirafra africana
Lark, Sabota Calendulauda sabota
Lark, Sclater’s Spizocorys sclateri
Lark, Short-clawed Certhilauda chuana
Lark, Spike-heeled Chersomanes albofasciata
Lark, Stark’s Spizocorys starki
Longclaw, Cape Macronyx capensis
Longclaw, Rosy-throated Macronyx ameliae
Longclaw, Yellow-throated Macronyx croceus
Lovebird, Rosy-faced Agapornis roseicollis
Malkoha, Green Ceuthmochares australis
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Mannikin, Bronze Spermestes cucullata
Mannikin, Magpie Spermestes fringilloides
Mannikin, Red-backed Spermestes nigriceps
Martin, Banded Neophedina cincta
Martin, Brown-throated Riparia paludicola
Martin, Common House Delichon urbicum
Martin, Rock Ptyonoprogne fuligula
Martin, Sand Riparia riparia
Moorhen, Common Gallinula chloropus
Moorhen, Lesser Paragallinula angulata
Mousebird, Red-faced Urocolius indicus
Mousebird, Speckled Colius striatus
Mousebird, White-backed Colius colius
Myna, Common Acridotheres tristis
Neddicky Cisticola fulvicapilla
Nicator, Eastern Nicator gularis
Nightingale, Thrush Luscinia luscinia
Nightjar, European Caprimulgus europaeus
Nightjar, Fiery-necked Caprimulgus pectoralis
Nightjar, Freckled Caprimulgus tristigma
Nightjar, Pennant-winged Caprimulgus vexillarius
Nightjar, Rufous-cheeked Caprimulgus rufigena
Nightjar, Square-tailed Caprimulgus fossii
Nightjar, Swamp Caprimulgus natalensis
Noddy, Brown Anous stolidus
Noddy, Lesser Anous tenuirostris
Openbill, African Anastomus lamelligerus
Oriole, African Golden Oriolus auratus
Oriole, Black-headed Oriolus larvatus
Oriole, Eurasian Golden Oriolus oriolus
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Ostrich, Common Struthio camelus
Owl, African Grass Tyto capensis
Owl, African Scops Otus senegalensis
Owl, African Wood Strix woodfordii
Owl, Cape Eagle- Bubo capensis
Owl, Marsh Asio capensis
Owl, Pel’s Fishing Scotopelia peli
Owl, Southern White-faced Ptilopsis granti
Owl, Spotted Eagle- Bubo africanus
Owl, Verreaux’s Eagle- Bubo lacteus
Owl, Western Barn Tyto alba
Owlet, African Barred Glaucidium capense
Owlet, Pearl-spotted Glaucidium perlatum
Oxpecker, Red-billed Buphagus erythrorynchus
Oxpecker, Yellow-billed Buphagus africanus
Oystercatcher, African (Black) Haematopus moquini
Oystercatcher, Eurasian Haematopus ostralegus
Painted-snipe, Greater Rostratula benghalensis
Parakeet, Rose-ringed Psittacula krameri
Parrot, Brown-headed Poicephalus cryptoxanthus
Parrot, Cape Poicephalus robustus
Parrot, Grey-headed (Brown-necked) Poicephalus fuscicollis
Parrot, Meyer’s Poicephalus meyeri
Partridge, Chukar Alectoris chukar
Peafowl, Indian Pavo cristatus
Pelican, Great White Pelecanus onocrotalus
Pelican, Pink-backed Pelecanus rufescens
Penduline-tit, Cape Remiz consobrinus
Penduline-tit, Grey Anthoscopus caroli
Penguin, African Spheniscus demersus
Penguin, King Aptenodytes patagonicus
Penguin, Macaroni Eudyptes chrysolophus
Penguin, Northern Rockhopper Eudyptes moseleyi
Penguin, Southern Rockhopper Eudyptes chrysocome
Petrel, Antarctic Thalassoica antarctica
Petrel, Atlantic Pterodroma incerta
Petrel, Barau’s Pterodroma baraui
Petrel, Black-bellied  Storm Fregetta tropica
Petrel, Blue Halobaena caerulea
Petrel, European Storm Hydrobates pelagicus
Petrel, Great-winged Pterodroma macroptera
Petrel, Grey Procellaria cinerea
Petrel, Grey-backed Storm Garrodia nereis
Petrel, Kerguelen Aphrodroma brevirostris
Petrel, Leach’s Storm Hydrobates leucorhous
Petrel, Matsudaira’s Storm Hydrobates matsudairae
Petrel, Northern Giant Macronectes halli
Petrel, Pintado (Cape) Daption capense
Petrel, Soft-plumaged Pterodroma mollis
Petrel, Southern Giant Macronectes giganteus
Petrel, Spectacled Procellaria conspicillata
Petrel, Tahiti Pseudobulweria rostrata
Petrel, White-bellied Storm Fregetta grallaria
Petrel, White-chinned Procellaria aequinoctialis
Petrel, White-faced Storm Pelagodroma marina
Petrel, White-headed Pterodroma lessonii
Petrel, Wilson’s Storm Oceanites oceanicus
Petronia, Yellow-throated Gymnoris superciliaris
Phalarope, Red Phalaropus fulicarius
Phalarope, Red-necked Phalaropus lobatus
Phalarope, Wilson’s Phalaropus tricolor
Pigeon, African Green Treron calvus
Pigeon, African Olive Columba arquatrix
Pigeon, Eastern Bronze-naped Columba delegorguei
Pigeon, Speckled Columba guinea
Pintail, Northern Anas acuta
Pipit, African Anthus cinnamomeus
Pipit, African Rock Anthus crenatus
Pipit, Buffy Anthus vaalensis
Pipit, Bushveld Anthus caffer
Pipit, Golden Tmetothylacus tenellus
Pipit, Nicholson’s Anthus nicholsoni
Pipit, Mountain Anthus hoeschi
Pipit, Plain-backed Anthus leucophrys
Pipit, Red-throated Anthus cervinus
Pipit, Short-tailed Anthus brachyurus
Pipit, Striped Anthus lineiventris
Pipit, Tree Anthus trivialis
Pipit, Yellow-breasted Anthus chloris
Pitta, African Pitta angolensis
Plover, American Golden Pluvialis dominica
Plover, Caspian Charadrius asiaticus
Plover, Chestnut-banded Charadrius pallidus
Plover, Common Ringed Charadrius hiaticula
Plover, Crab- Dromas ardeola
Plover, Greater Sand Charadrius leschenaultii
Plover, Grey Pluvialis squatarola
Plover, Kittlitz’s Charadrius pecuarius
Plover, Lesser Sand Charadrius mongolus
Plover, Little Ringed Charadrius dubius
Plover, Pacific Golden Pluvialis fulva
Plover, Three-banded Charadrius tricollaris
Plover, White-fronted Charadrius marginatus
Pochard, Southern Netta erythrophthalma
Pratincole, Black-winged Glareola nordmanni
Pratincole, Collared Glareola pratincola
Pratincole, Madagascar Glareola ocularis
Pratincole, Rock Glareola nuchalis
Prinia, Black-chested Prinia flavicans
Prinia, Drakensberg Prinia hypoxantha
Prinia, Karoo Prinia maculosa
Prinia, Tawny-flanked Prinia subflava
Prion, Antarctic Pachyptila desolata
Prion, Broad-billed Pachyptila vittata
Prion, Fairy Pachyptila turtur
Prion, Salvin’s Pachyptila salvini
Prion, Slender-billed Pachyptila belcheri
Puffback, Black-backed Dryoscopus cubla
Pytilia, Green-winged Pytilia melba
Pytilia, Orange-winged Pytilia afra
Quail-finch, African Ortygospiza atricollis
Quail, Blue Gallirex porphyreolophus
Quail, Common Coturnix coturnix
Quail, Harlequin Coturnix delegorguei
Quelea, Red-billed Quelea quelea
Quelea, Red-headed Quelea erythrops
Rail, African Rallus caerulescens
Raven, White-necked Corvus albicollis
Redshank, Common Tringa totanus
Redshank, Spotted Tringa erythropus
Redstart, Common Phoenicurus phoenicurus
Robin-chat, Cape Cossypha caffra
Robin-chat, Chorister Cossypha dichroa
Robin-chat, Red-capped Cossypha natalensis
Robin-chat, White-browed Cossypha heuglini
Robin-chat, White-throated Cossypha humeralis
Robin, Bearded Scrub Cercotrichas quadrivirgata
Robin, Brown Scrub Cercotrichas signata
Robin, Kalahari Scrub Cercotrichas paena
Robin, Karoo Scrub Cercotrichas coryphoeus
Robin, Rufous-tailed Scrub Cercotrichas galactotes
Robin, White-browed Scrub Cercotrichas leucophrys
Robin, White-starred Pogonocichla stellata
Robin, White-throated Irania gutturalis
Rockjumper, Cape Chaetops frenatus
Rockjumper, Drakensberg Chaetops aurantius
Roller, Broad-billed Eurystomus glaucurus
Roller, European Coracias garrulus
Roller, Lilac-breasted Coracias caudatus
Roller, Purple Coracias naevius
Roller, Racket-tailed Coracias spatulatus
Ruff Calidris pugnax
Sanderling Calidris alba
Sandgrouse, Burchell’s Pterocles burchelli
Sandgrouse, Double-banded Pterocles bicinctus
Sandgrouse, Namaqua Pterocles namaqua
Sandgrouse, Yellow-throated Pterocles gutturalis
Sandpiper, Baird’s Calidris bairdii
Sandpiper, Broad-billed Calidris falcinellus
Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Calidris subruficollis
Sandpiper, Common Actitis hypoleucos
Sandpiper, Curlew Calidris ferruginea
Sandpiper, Green Tringa ochropus
Sandpiper, Marsh Tringa stagnatilis
Sandpiper, Pectoral Calidris melanotos
Sandpiper, Terek Xenus cinereus
Sandpiper, White-rumped Calidris fuscicollis
Sandpiper, Wood Tringa glareola
Saw-wing, Black Psalidoprocne pristoptera
Scimitarbill, Common Rhinopomastus cyanomelas
Secretarybird Sagittarius serpentarius
Canary (Seedeater), Protea Crithagra leucoptera
Seedeater, Streaky-headed Crithagra gularis
Shearwater, Cory’s Calonectris borealis
Shearwater, Flesh-footed Ardenna carneipes
Shearwater, Great Ardenna gravis
Shearwater, Little Puffinus assimilis
Shearwater, Manx Puffinus puffinus
Shearwater, Sooty Ardenna grisea
Shearwater, Streaked Calonectris leucomelas
Shearwater, Subantarctic Puffinus elegans
Shearwater, Tropical Puffinus bailloni
Shearwater, Wedge-tailed Ardenna pacifica
Sheathbill, Snowy (Greater) Chionis albus
Shelduck, South African Tadorna cana
Shikra Accipiter badius
Shoveler, Cape Spatula smithii
Shrike, Crimson-breasted Laniarius atrococcineus
Shrike, Lesser Grey Lanius minor
Shrike, Magpie Urolestes melanoleucus
Shrike, Red-backed Lanius collurio
Shrike, Southern White-crowned Eurocephalus anguitimens
Siskin, Cape Crithagra totta
Siskin, Drakensberg Crithagra symonsi
Skimmer, African Rynchops flavirostris
Skimmer, Black Rynchops niger
Skua, South Polar Stercorarius maccormicki
Skua, Subantarctic (Brown) Stercorarius antarcticus
Snipe, African Gallinago nigripennis
Snipe, Great Gallinago media
Sparrow-weaver, White-browed Plocepasser mahali
Sparrow, Cape Passer melanurus
Sparrow, Great Passer motitensis
Sparrow, House Passer domesticus
Sparrow, Southern Grey-headed Passer diffusus
Sparrowhawk, Black Accipiter melanoleucus
Sparrowhawk, Little Accipiter minullus
Sparrowhawk, Ovambo Accipiter ovampensis
Sparrowhawk, Rufous-breasted Accipiter rufiventris
Spinetail, Böhm’s Neafrapus boehmi
Spinetail, Mottled Telacanthura ussheri
Spoonbill, African Platalea alba
Spurfowl, Cape Pternistis capensis
Spurfowl, Natal Pternistis natalensis
Spurfowl, Red-billed Pternistis adspersus
Spurfowl, Red-necked Pternistis afer
Spurfowl, Swainson’s Pternistis swainsonii
Starling, Black-bellied Notopholia corusca
Starling, Burchell’s Lamprotornis australis
Starling, Cape Glossy (Cape) Lamprotornis nitens
Starling, Common Sturnus vulgaris
Starling, Greater Blue-eared Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Starling, Meves’s Lamprotornis mevesii
Starling, Miombo Blue-eared Lamprotornis elisabeth
Starling, Pale-winged Onychognathus nabouroup
Starling, Pied Lamprotornis bicolor
Starling, Red-winged Onychognathus morio
Starling, Rosy Pastor roseus
Starling, Violet-backed Cinnyricinclus leucogaster
Starling, Wattled Creatophora cinerea
Stilt, Black-winged Himantopus himantopus
Stint, Little Calidris minuta
Stint, Long-toed Calidris subminuta
Stint, Red-necked Calidris ruficollis
Stint, Temminck’s Calidris temminckii
Stonechat, African Saxicola torquatus
Stork, Abdim’s Ciconia abdimii
Stork, Black Ciconia nigra
Stork, Marabou Leptoptilos crumenifer
Stork, Saddle-billed Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis
Stork, White Ciconia ciconia
Stork, Woolly-necked Ciconia episcopus
Stork, Yellow-billed Mycteria ibis
Sugarbird, Cape Promerops cafer
Sugarbird, Gurney’s Promerops gurneyi
Sunbird, Amethyst Chalcomitra amethystina
Sunbird, Collared Hedydipna collaris
Sunbird, Dusky Cinnyris fuscus
Sunbird, Greater Double-collared Cinnyris afer
Sunbird, Grey Cyanomitra veroxii
Sunbird, Malachite Nectarinia famosa
Sunbird, Marico Cinnyris mariquensis
Sunbird, Neergaard’s Cinnyris neergaardi
Sunbird, Olive Cyanomitra olivacea
Sunbird, Orange-breasted Anthobaphes violacea
Sunbird, Plain-backed Anthreptes reichenowi
Sunbird, Purple-banded Cinnyris bifasciatus
Sunbird, Scarlet-chested Chalcomitra senegalensis
Sunbird, Southern Double-collared Cinnyris chalybeus
Sunbird, Variable Cinnyris venustus
Sunbird, White-bellied Cinnyris talatala
Swallow, Barn Hirundo rustica
Swallow, Blue Hirundo atrocaerulea
Swallow, Greater Striped Cecropis cucullata
Swallow, Grey-rumped Pseudhirundo griseopyga
Swallow, Lesser Striped Cecropis abyssinica
Swallow, Mosque Cecropis senegalensis
Swallow, Pearl-breasted Hirundo dimidiata
Swallow, Red-breasted Cecropis semirufa
Swallow, Red-rumped Cecropis daurica
Swallow, South African Cliff Petrochelidon spilodera
Swallow, White-throated Hirundo albigularis
Swallow, Wire-tailed Hirundo smithii
Swamphen, African (Purple) Porphyrio madagascariensis
Swan, Mute Cygnus olor
Swift, African Black Apus barbatus
Swift, African Palm Cypsiurus parvus
Swift, Alpine Tachymarptis melba
Swift, Bradfield’s Apus bradfieldi
Swift, Common Apus apus
Swift, Horus Apus horus
Swift, Little Apus affinis
Swift, White-rumped Apus caffer
Tchagra, Black-crowned Tchagra senegalus
Tchagra, Brown-crowned Tchagra australis
Tchagra, Southern Tchagra tchagra
Teal, Cape Anas capensis
Teal, Blue-billed Spatula hottentota
Teal, Red-billed Anas erythrorhyncha
Tern, Antarctic Sterna vittata
Tern, Arctic Sterna paradisaea
Tern, Black Chlidonias niger
Tern, Black-naped Sterna sumatrana
Tern, Bridled Onychoprion anaethetus
Tern, Caspian Hydroprogne caspia
Tern, Common Sterna hirundo
Tern, Damara Sternula balaenarum
Tern, Elegant Thalasseus elegans
Tern, Gull-billed Gelochelidon nilotica
Tern, Lesser Crested Thalasseus bengalensis
Tern, Little Sternula albifrons
Tern, Roseate Sterna dougallii
Tern, Sandwich Thalasseus sandvicensis
Tern, Sooty Onychoprion fuscatus
Tern, Swift  (Greater Crested) Thalasseus bergii
Tern, Whiskered Chlidonias hybrida
Tern, White Gygis alba
Tern, White-cheeked Sterna repressa
Tern, White-winged Chlidonias leucopterus
Thick-knee, Spotted Burhinus capensis
Thick-knee, Water Burhinus vermiculatus
Thrush, Cape Rock Monticola rupestris
Thrush, Collared  Palm Cichladusa arquata
Thrush, Groundscraper Turdus litsitsirupa
Thrush, Karoo Turdus smithi
Thrush, Kurrichane Turdus libonyana
Thrush, Olive Turdus olivaceus
Thrush, Orange Ground Geokichla gurneyi
Thrush, Sentinel  Rock Monticola explorator
Thrush, Short-toed  Rock Monticola brevipes
Thrush, Spotted Ground Geokichla guttata
Tinkerbird, Red-fronted Pogoniulus pusillus
Tinkerbird, Yellow-fronted Pogoniulus chrysoconus
Tinkerbird, Yellow-rumped Pogoniulus bilineatus
Tit-Babbler (Warbler), Chestnut-vented Curruca subcoerulea
Tit-Babbler (Warbler), Layard’s Curruca layardi
Tit, Ashy Melaniparus cinerascens
Tit, Grey Melaniparus afer
Tit, Southern Black Melaniparus niger
Trogon, Narina Apaloderma narina
Tropicbird, Red-billed Phaethon aethereus
Tropicbird, Red-tailed Phaethon rubricauda
Tropicbird, White-tailed Phaethon lepturus
Turaco, Knysna Tauraco corythaix
Turaco, Livingstone’s Tauraco livingstonii
Turaco, Purple-crested Tauraco porphyreolophus
Turnstone, Ruddy Arenaria interpres
Twinspot, Green Mandingoa nitidula
Twinspot, Pink-throated Hypargos margaritatus
Twinspot, Red-throated Hypargos niveoguttatus
Vulture, Bearded Gypaetus barbatus
Vulture, Cape Gyps coprotheres
Vulture, Egyptian Neophron percnopterus
Vulture, Hooded Necrosyrtes monachus
Vulture, Lappet-faced Torgos tracheliotos
Vulture, Palm-nut Gypohierax angolensis
Vulture, Rüppell’s Gyps rueppelli
Vulture, White-backed Gyps africanus
Vulture, White-headed Trigonoceps occipitalis
Wagtail, African Pied Motacilla aguimp
Wagtail, Cape Motacilla capensis
Wagtail, Citrine Motacilla citreola
Wagtail, Grey Motacilla cinerea
Wagtail, Mountain Motacilla clara
Wagtail, Western Yellow Motacilla flava
Wagtail, White Motacilla alba
Warbler, Barratt’s Bradypterus barratti
Warbler, Barred Wren- Calamonastes fasciolatus
Warbler, Basra Reed Acrocephalus griseldis
Warbler, Broad-tailed (Fan-tailed Grassbird) Schoenicola platyurus
Warbler, Cinnamon-breasted Euryptila subcinnamomea
Warbler, Common Reed Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Warbler, Dark-capped (African) Yellow Iduna natalensis
Warbler, Garden Sylvia borin
Warbler, Great Reed Acrocephalus arundinaceus
Warbler, Icterine Hippolais icterina
Warbler, Knysna Bradypterus sylvaticus
Warbler, Lesser Swamp Acrocephalus gracilirostris
Warbler, Little Rush Bradypterus baboecala
Warbler, Marsh Acrocephalus palustris
Warbler, Namaqua Phragmacia substriata
Warbler, Olive-tree Hippolais olivetorum
Warbler, River Locustella fluviatilis
Warbler, Rufous-eared Malcorus pectoralis
Warbler, Sedge Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Warbler, Stierling’s Wren- Calamonastes stierlingi
Warbler, Upcher’s Hippolais languida
Warbler, Victorin’s Cryptillas victorini
Warbler, Willow Phylloscopus trochilus
Warbler, Wood Phylloscopus sibilatrix
Warbler, Yellow-throated Woodland Phylloscopus ruficapilla
Wattle-eye, Black-throated Platysteira peltata
Waxbill, Black-faced Brunhilda erythronotos
Waxbill, Blue Glaucestrilda perreini
Waxbill, Common Estrilda astrild
Waxbill, Grey Estrilda perreini
Waxbill, Orange-breasted Amandava subflava
Waxbill, Swee Coccopygia melanotis
Waxbill, Violet-eared Granatina granatina
Weaver, African (Holub’s) Golden Ploceus xanthops
Weaver, Cape Ploceus capensis
Weaver, Chestnut Ploceus rubiginosus
Weaver, Dark-backed Ploceus bicolor
Weaver, Lesser Masked Ploceus intermedius
Weaver, Red-billed Buffalo Bubalornis niger
Weaver, Red-headed Anaplectes rubriceps
Weaver, Sociable Philetairus socius
Weaver, Southern Brown-throated Ploceus xanthopterus
Weaver, Southern Masked Ploceus velatus
Weaver, Spectacled Ploceus ocularis
Weaver, Thick-billed Amblyospiza albifrons
Weaver, Village Ploceus cucullatus
Weaver, Yellow (Eastern Golden) Ploceus subaureus
Wheatear, Capped Oenanthe pileata
Wheatear, Mountain Myrmecocichla monticola
Wheatear, Northern Oenanthe oenanthe
Wheatear, Pied Oenanthe pleschanka
Whimbrel, Eurasian Numenius phaeopus
Whinchat Saxicola rubetra
White-eye, Southern Yellow Zosterops anderssoni
White-eye, Cape Zosterops virens
White-eye, Orange River Zosterops pallidus
Whitethroat, Common Curruca communis
Whitehroat, Lesser Curruca curruca
Whydah, Broad-tailed Paradise Vidua obtusa
Whydah, Long-tailed Paradise Vidua paradisaea
Whydah, Pin-tailed Vidua macroura
Whydah, Shaft-tailed Vidua regia
Widowbird, Fan-tailed Euplectes axillaris
Widowbird, Long-tailed Euplectes progne
Widowbird, Red-collared Euplectes ardens
Widowbird, White-winged Euplectes albonotatus
Wood-hoopoe, Green Phoeniculus purpureus
Woodpecker, Bearded Chloropicus namaquus
Woodpecker, Bennett’s Campethera bennettii
Woodpecker, Cardinal Dendropicos fuscescens
Woodpecker, Golden-tailed Campethera abingoni
Woodpecker, Ground Geocolaptes olivaceus
Woodpecker, Knysna Campethera notata
Woodpecker, Olive Dendropicos griseocephalus
Wryneck, Red-throated Jynx ruficollis
Yellowlegs, Lesser Tringa flavipes

South African Birds

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