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Namibia December 2006 Species List

     

    BIRD SPECIES COMMENT
    Ostrich   Struthio camelus First seen near Spreetshoogte Pass with majority of birds in Etosha.
    Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis Quite common in small numbers on open water.
    Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis Over 100 birds in Walvis Bay on 9th.
    Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus Small numbers regular around Walvis Bay.
    White-breasted Cormorant Phalacrocorax lucidus One individual at Daan Viljoen with thousands around Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.
    Cape Cormorant Phalacrocorax capensis Very common around Walvis Bay.
    Reed Cormorant   Phalacrocorax africanus Single birds at Daan Viljoen and Walvis Bay, but common in Caprivi Strip and Okavango Panhandle.
    Crowned Cormorant Phalacrocorax coronatus Close-ups of several birds near guano platforms between Walvis Bay & Swakopmund.
    African Darter Anhinga rufa Small numbers seen daily in Caprivi Strip and Okavango Panhandle.
    Grey Heron   Ardea cinerea Single bird only, seen at Mile 4 Saltworks near Swakopmund.
    Purple Heron Ardea purpurea 2/3 birds in flight during boat trips from Xaro Lodge on 18th & 19th.
    Great Egret   Egretta alba Occasional birds seen on Okavango near Mahango.
    Slaty Egret Egretta vinaceigula Single bird seen on boat ride up stream of Mahangu S L on 17th.
    Black Heron Egretta ardesiaca Single bird at Rundu Waterworks on 21st.
    Little Egret Egretta garzetta Several birds at Walvis Bay plus occasional sightings in Caprivi Strip and Okavango Panhandle.
    Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis Relatively common in small numbers with occasional large roosts on Okavango.
    Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides Small numbers seen daily in Caprivi Strip and Okavango Panhandle.
    Rufous-bellied Heron Ardeola rufiventris Single birds seen on boat trips from Mahangu S L on 17th & 20th and from Xaro Lodge on 19th.
    Green-backed Heron Butorides striata Small numbers daily on Okavango near Mahangu S L & Xaro Lodge.  
    Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax Birds seen on both visits to Rundu Waterworks and daily in Botswana.
    White-backed Night Heron Gorsachius leuconotus Pairs of birds seen on 17th, 18th & 19th on boat trips on Okavango.
    Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus Single birds in flight on 18th & 19th on boat trips from Xaro Lodge.
    Dwarf Bittern Ixobrychus sturmii Single birds near waterhole at Halali on 14th & Mokuti Lodge on 16th.
    Hamerkop   Scopus umbretta Single bird seen in flight near Windhoek on 7th plus small numbers on Okavango boat trips.
    African Openbill Anastomus lamelligerus Small numbers seen daily in Caprivi Strip and Okavango Panhandle.
    Abdim's Stork Ciconia abdimii Up to 30 birds in fields between Divundu and Rundu on B8 on 21st.
    Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus C15 birds feeding in Mahango G P on 18th.
    Saddle-billed Stork Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis Single bird in flight at Mahangu S L on 20th.
    Marabou Stork Leptoptilos crumeniferus Up to 20 birds soaring over Khomas Hochland on 8th with c5 birds each at Okaukuejo and Halali waterholes on 14th & 15th.
    Hadada Ibis   Bostrychia hagedash Single bird in flight upstream of Xaro Lodge on 19th.
    Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus Single bird at Mahangu S L on 17th plus 5 birds downstream of Xaro Lodge on 18th.
    Greater Flamingo   Phoenicopterus ruber Large numbers daily around Walvis Bay with single bird looking decidedly lost near Okaukuejo on 14th.
    Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor Up to 20 birds with Greater Flamingo at Mile 4 Saltworks near Swakopmund.
    White-faced Duck Dendrocygna viduata Fairly common around Mahangu S L with a few birds at Rundu Waterworks on 21st.
    Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca Seemingly a pair at every pond, lake or waterhole. Seen on 9 days.
    South African Shelduck Tadorna cana Pair near Spreetshoogte Pass on 8th with pairs regular at waterholes in Etosha.
    Spur-winged Goose Plectropterus gambensis Common on Okavango around Mahangu S L and Mahango G P..
    Comb Duck Sarkidiornis melanotos Single bird near Halali on 14th with few birds around Mahangu S L and hundreds of birds near Rundu Waterworks on 21st.
    African Pygmy-goose Nettapus auritus Seen daily in small numbers near Xaro Lodge.
    Cape Teal Anas capensis Seen daily around Swakopmund with a few birds at Rundu Waterworks on 17th.
    Yellow-billed Duck Anas undulata Single bird flying upstream at Mahangu S L on 20th.
    Red-billed Teal Anas erythrorhyncha Small flocks up to c20 birds seen at waterholes in Etosha plus c6 birds from N'Kwazi Lodge on 22nd.
    Hottentot Teal Anas hottentota Small numbers seen on both visits to Rundu Waterworks.
    Cape Shoveler Anas smithii Single bird seen at mouth of River Swakop on 11th.
    Southern Pochard   Netta erythrophthalma Single bird seen on both visits to Rundu Waterworks.
    Osprey   Pandion haliaetus Single bird at Rundu Waterworks on 17th.
    African Cuckoo-hawk   Aviceda cuculoides Single bird in Mahango G P on 18th.
    Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus Small numbers seen almost everywhere except Walvis Bay area. Seen on 12 days.
    Black Kite Milvus migrans Single bird seen perched near Rundu on 22nd.
    Yellow-billed Kite Milvus parasitus Seen daily from 12th near Etosha with hundreds on Waterberg to Windhoek journey on 23rd.
    African Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer Seen daily on Okavango from Mahangu S L and Xaro Lodge.
    African White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus Good numbers around Khomas Hochland on 7th & 8th, in Etosha on 14th & 16th and Mahango G P on 18th.  
    Lappet-faced Vulture   Torgos tracheliotus Birds soaring above Khomas Hochland on 8th plus a pair at a zebra kill on 13th near Okaukuejo with a larger flock at the waterhole on 14th.
    Black-chested Snake Eagle Circaetus pectoralis Single birds seen at Daan Viljoen on 7th, route M63 on 12th and near Okaukuejo on 13th.
    Brown Snake Eagle Circaetus cinereus Single birds seen on route M63 on 12th and shortly after leaving Rundu on 22nd.
    Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus Several birds seen in Etosha on 14th & 15th, Mahango G P on 18th, B8 to Rundu on 21st and Waterberg on 23rd.
    African Marsh Harrier Circus ranivorus Single birds in flight near Xaro Lodge on 18th, 19th & 20th.
    African Harrier-hawk   Polyboroides typus Single birds near Namutoni on 16th and Rundu Waterworks on 21st with a pair at same site on 17th.
    Dark Chanting Goshawk Melierax metabates A few birds seen along B8 from Rundu to Divundu on 17th & 21st.
    Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk Melierax canorus Common in suitable habitats apart from Caprivi Strip and Walvis Bay area. Seen on 11 days.
    Gabar Goshawk   Melierax gabar Birds at Okaukuejo on 13th, near Namutoni on 16th, Waterberg on 23rd and a pair at Rundu Waterworks on 17th.
    African Goshawk Accipiter tachiro Single bird soaring over Drotsky's Cabins on 20th.
    Little Sparrowhawk Accipiter minullus Three birds in flight upriver of Xaro Lodge on 19th and one perched in woods behind the lodge later that day.
    Steppe Buzzard Buteo vulpinus Common in suitable habitats. Seen on 12 days.
    Augur Buzzard Buteo augur Single bird seen between Kuiseb Pass and Walvis Bay on 8th.
    Tawny Eagle   Aquila rapax First seen route M63 on 12th. Several birds seen in Etosha, with one at Mahangu S L on 20th and one on B8 near Rundu on 21st.
    Wahlberg's Eagle Aquila wahlbergi Birds seen on route M63 on 12th, Mahango area on 17th, B8 between Divundu and Rundu on 21st and near Waterberg on 22nd.
    Verreauxs' Eagle Aquila verreauxii Pair seen drifting over Waterberg Plateau Park on 23rd.
    African Hawk-eagle Aquila fasciatus Single bird seen at Halali on 14th.
    Martial Eagle Polemaetus bellicosus Single bird near Namutoni on 15th.
    Secretarybird Sagittarius serpentarius Single bird near Okaukuejo on 13th plus two pairs near Namutoni on 15th.
    Pygmy-falcon Polihierax semitorquatus Single bird at Okaukuejo camp waterhole on 13th.
    Rock Kestrel Falco tinnunculus rupicolus Common around Daan Viljoen, Khomas Hochland and Erongo area.
    Greater Kestrel Falco rupicoloides Birds seen near Solitaire on 8th and Spitzkoppe on 11th. Reasonably common in Etosha.
    Red-necked Falcon Falco chicquera Birds seen on three days in Etosha.
    Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus Single bird at Halali camp waterhole on 14th & 15th
    Eurasian Hobby   Falco subbuteo Single birds at Mahangu S L on 17th and Rundu Waterworks on 21st.
    Lanner Falcon   Falco biarmicus Relatively common in Etosha especailly around Okaukuejo with up to 10 birds seen on 3 days. One bird at Rundu Waterworks on 16th.
    Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus Single bird seen near Namutoni on 15th.
    Crested Francolin Peliperdix sephaena Single bird calling from roadside tree on 15th on road to Andoni Plains near Fischer's Pan.
    Orange River Francolin Scleroptila levaillantoides Party of c5 birds calling at roadside on 8th on C26 out of Windhoek to Khomas Hochland.
    Hartlaub's Francolin Pternistes hartlaubi Pair seen briefly on cliff top at Erongo W L on 12th with several others calling. Birds also heard at Tandala Ridge and Waterberg N P.
    Red-billed Francolin Pternistes adspersus Birds quite common in appropriate habitat, especially at Waterberg. Seen on 8 days.
    Swainson's Spurfowl Pternistes swainsonii Bird seen briefly at Mahango G P on 18th with four on track as we approached Waterberg on 22nd.
    Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris Common in suitable habitat. Seen on at least 9 days in good numbers.
    Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus Pair seen sheltering under a shady tree near Namutoni camp on 15th.
    Wattled Crane Grus carunculatus Pair seen on Okavango floodplains at Mahango G P on 18th.
    African Crake Crecopsis egregia Heard only at Rundu Waterworks on 21st.
    Black Crake Amaurornis flavirostris Quite common in appropriate habitat in Caprivi Strip and Botswana. Seen on 5 days.
    Baillon's Crake Porzana pusilla Single skulking bird seen at Rundu Waterworks on 17th.
    African PurpleSwamphen Porphyrio madagascariensis Birds seen on both viits to Rundu Waterworks.
    Allen's Gallinule Porphyrio alleni Single birds seen on boat trip from Xaro Lodge on 19th and at Rundu Waterworks on 21st.
    Common Moorhen   Gallinula chloropus Common around water especially near Xaro Lodge. Seen on 6 days.
    Lesser Moorhen Gallinula angulata Birds seen near Xaro Lodge on 18th with better views of up to 4 birds at Rundu Waterworks on 21st.
    Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata Birds seen in appropriate habitat on 5 days in Namibia.
    Kori Bustard Ardeotis kori First birds seen at Tandala Ridge on 12th with good numbers seen daily in Etosha.
    Ludwig's Bustard Neotis ludwigii Single male seen near Solitaire on 8th with male and two females near Okaukuejo on 14th.
    Ruppell's Bustard   Eupodotis rueppellii Several birds under shade of trees near Spreetshoogte Pass on 8th.
    Red-crested Korhaan Afrotis ruficrista Birds seen near Erongo W L on 12th, around Okaukuejo on 13th and between Halali and Namutoni on 15th.
    Northern Black Korhaan Afrotis afraoides Seen daily in good numbers in Etosha.
    Lesser Jacana Microparra capensis Single bird from N'Kwazi Lodge on 17th with several birds seen on boat rides from Xaro lodge on 18th & 19th.
    African Jacana Actophilornis africanus Birds seen at Namutoni camp waterhole on 15th and common in appropriate habitat in Caprivi Strip and Botswana.
    Greater Painted-snipe   Rostratula benghalensis Single skulking bird at Rundu Waterworks on 21st.
    Black-winged Stilt   Himantopus himantopus Relatively common around water at Walvis Bay, in Etosha and at Rundu. Seen on 6 days.
    Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta Birds seen daily around Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.
    Water Thick-knee Burhinus vermiculatus Single birds seen at camp waterholes in Okaukuejo and Namutoni with several pairs on Okavango floodplains.
    Spotted Thick-knee   Burhinus capensis Relatively common in Etosha and also seen in Mahango G P on 18th.
    Temminck's Courser Cursorius temminckii Single bird seen on road in Mahango G P on 18th.
    Double-banded Courser Rhinoptilus africanus Relatively common in small numbers in Etosha. Seen on 3 days.
    Bronze-winged Courser Rhinoptilus chalcopterus Pair seen at roadside near Halali on 14th.
    Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola C400 birds on boat ride from Mahangu S L on 17th with less than 20 there on 20th. C20 birds flying past N'Kwazi Lodge on 22nd.
    Rock Pratincole   Glareola nuchalis Single birds seen on river on three occasions near Mahangu S L on 17th & 20th.
    Long-toed Lapwing   Vanellus crassirostris Birds seen daily on river from Mahangu S L and Xaro Lodge.
    Blacksmith Lapwing Vanellus armatus Common everywhere near water. Birds seen on 14 days.
    Crowned Lapwing Vanellus coronatus Mobile flock near Okaukuejo camp waterhole on 13th, with pair near Namutoni on 15th and in Mahango G P on 18th.
    African Wattled Lapwing Vanellus senegallus Several birds seen on river around Mahangu S L and Xaro Lodge.
    American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica Pair roosting and in flight at Walvis Bay on 9th.
    Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola Common around Walvis Bay area.
    Common Ringed Plover   Charadrius hiaticula 2/3 birds at Walvis Bay on 9th.
    Kittlitz's Plover Charadrius pecuarius 3 birds at Walvis Bay on 9th & c20 on dry Swakop riverbed on 10th.
    Three-banded Plover   Charadrius tricollaris Relatively common in appropriate habitat. Seen on 6 days.
    White-fronted Plover   Charadrius marginatus Common around Walvis Bay and Swakopmund with small numbers at Rundu Waterworks.
    Chestnut-banded Plover   Charadrius pallidus Relatively common around Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.
    African Snipe   Gallinago nigripennis Birds seen near Xaro Lodge on 19th and Mahangu Lodge on 20th.
    Bar-tailed Godwit   Limosa lapponica Few birds at Walvis Bay on 9th.
    Whimbrel   Numenius phaeopus Regular around Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.
    Common Redshank Tringa totanus Three birds at Mile 4 Saltworks Swakopmund on 9th.
    Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis Birds seen at Walvis Bay on 9th and Rundu Waterworks on 17th.
    Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia Relatively common around Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, eastern Etosha and Rundu Waterworks.
    Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola Relatively common in small numbers around water except Walvis Bay area. Seen on 9 days.
    Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos Small numbers around water especially Caprivi Strip and Botswana. Seen on 6 days.
    Ruddy Turnstone   Arenaria interpres Relatively common around Walvis Bay area.
    Sanderling Calidris alba Common around Walvis Bay area.
    Little Stint Calidris minuta Small numbers seen around Walvis Bay area.
    Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea Most common wader around Walvis Bay with large numbers daily. 2 birds at Twee Pines waterhole near Namutoni on 15th.
    Ruff Philomachus pugnax Relatively common with few birds at Walvis Bay and largest flock at Rundu Waterworks. Seen on 8 days.
    Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus c30 at Walvis Bay on 9th.
    Cape Gull Larus vetula Common in small numbers around Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.
    Hartlaub's Gull Larus hartlaubii Common in large numbers around Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.
    Caspian Tern Sterna caspia Several birds seen around Walvis Bay on 9th.
    Sandwich Tern   Sterna sandvicensis 2 or 3 birds seen daily around Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.
    Swift Tern (Great Crested) Sterna bergii Common in small numbers around Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.
    Common Tern   Sterna hirundo Common in large numbers around Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.
    Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea Single bird seen at Walvis Bay on 9th.
    Damara Tern Sterna balaenarum Common in small numbers at Walvis Bay and near guano platforms.
    Whiskered Tern   Chlidonias hybrida Flock c30 seen feeding over river near Xaro Lodge on 18th & 19th with single bird at Rundu Waterworks on 21st.
    White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus Small flock at Walvis Bay on 9th.
    African Skimmer Rynchops flavirostris Pair roosting on island downstream from Mahangu S L on 17th.
    Namaqua Sandgrouse Pterocles namaqua Several birds sheltering under shady trees and gathering grit in road near Spreetshoogte Pass on 8th with 3 in flight over Trans Kalahari Highway on 11th.
    Double-banded Sandgrouse Pterocles bicinctus Large numbers coming to drink at Okaukuejo camp waterhole on 13th and several at Namutoni on 15th.
    Rock Dove/Feral Pigeon Columba livia   Small numbers around Windhoek and Walvis Bay.
    Speckled Pigeon Columba guinea Small numbers around Daan Viljoen and Windhoek. Several birds at Erongo W L on 10th & 11th.  
    African Mourning Dove   Streptopelia decipiens Pair at Mahangu S L on 17th.
    Red-eyed Dove Streptopelia semitorquata Common at Mahangu S L and Xaro Lodge.
    Cape Turtle-dove Streptopelia capicola Common in small numbers up to Caprivi Strip. Seen on 9 days.
    Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis Common everywhere.
    Emerald-spotted Wood Dove Turtur chalcospilos Single birds at Drotsky's Cabins on 18th and Xaro Lodge on 20th.
    Namaqua Dove   Oena capensis Pair at Rooibank on 10th and quite common in Etosha, where seen daily. Flock of c30 en route from Halali to Namutoni on 14th.
    African Green Pigeon Treron calvus Birds at Xaro Lodge on 19th and near Mahangu S L on 20th.
    Rosy-faced Lovebird   Agapornis roseicollis Pair at Spitzkoppe on 11th, c20 at Erongo W L on 12th and 4 at Waterberg on 23rd.
    Meyer's Parrot Poicephalus meyeri Several birds around Mahangu S L and Xaro Lodge.
    Rüppell's Parrot Poicephalus rueppellii Up to 6 birds seen on both days at Waterberg Plateau Park.
    Grey Go-away-bird Corythaixoides concolor Common in small numbers in appropriate habitat. Seen on 9 days.
    Jacobin Cuckoo Oxylophus jacobinus Single birds at Namutoni on 15th, Mahangu S L & Mahango G P on 18th, Xaro Lodge on 20th and pair near Waterberg on 22nd.
    Levaillant's Cuckoo Oxylophus levaillantii Single bird seen briefly in flight on route M63 near Outjo on 12th.
    Black Cuckoo   Cuculus clamosus Bird seen briefly in flight in Khomas Hochland on 8th with close-ups of pair at N'Kwazi Lodge on 21st & 22nd.
    Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus Single bird seen on route B8 near Rundu on 21st.
    African Cuckoo Cuculus gularis Single confiding bird in Okaukuejo camp on 13th.
    Diderick Cuckoo Chrysococcyx caprius Birds seen at Okaukuejo on 13th, N'Kwazi Lodge on 17th and daily from Xaro Lodge with 3 together on 20th.
    Black Coucal Centropus grillii Single bird near Mahangu S L on 21st.
    Coppery-tailed Coucal Centropus cupreicaudus Single birds seen regularly around Mahangu S L and Xaro Lodge.
    Senegal Coucal   Centropus senegalensis Birds at Rundu Waterworks, Mahango G P, Xaro Lodge & Waterberg.
    White-browed Coucal Centropus superciliosus Single birds at Rundu Waterworks on 17th and Mahango G P on 18th.
    Barn Owl   Tyto alba Seen in flight at Okaukuejo camp waterhole on 13th, roosting in crags at Halali on 14th & 15th plus a pair roosting in trees at Drotsky's Cabins on 20th.
    African Scops Owl Otus senegalensis Single bird roosting in tree at Halali camp on 14th.
    Southern White-faced Scops Owl Ptilopsis granti Single bird at daytime roost at Halali camp on 14th.
    Spotted Eagle Owl Bubo africanus Pair roosting in low tree near Andersson Gate in Etosha N P on 12th.
    Pel's Fishing Owl Scotopelia peli Pair roosting at Xaro Lodge & also pair upstream from Lodge on 19th.
    African Wood Owl   Strix woodfordii Pair roosting at Xaro Lodge on 19th.
    Pearl-spotted Owlet   Glaucidium perlatum Birds at Erongo W L on 12th, Halali camp on 15th and pair at Waterberg on 22nd & 23rd.
    African Barred Owlet Glaucidium capense Single bird at daytime roost at Xaro Lodge on 19th & 20th.
    Rufous-cheeked Nightjar   Caprimulgus rufigena Birds in flight around floodlit waterhole at Okaukuejo on 12th & 13th.
    Freckled Nightjar   Caprimulgus tristigma Two adults and two juveniles at daytime roost at Erongo W L on 11th.
    African Palm Swift   Cypsiurus parvus Common especially around Windhoek and Etosha. Seen on 7 days.
    Alpine Swift   Tachymarptis melba Single bird at Erongo W L on 12th with numerous birds around plateau at Waterberg on 22nd & 23rd.
    Common Swift Apus apus Good numbers seen almost daily after first at Tandala Ridge on 12th.
    Bradfield's Swift Apus bradfieldi Small numbers around Windhoek on 7th & 8th with many more around Waterberg plateau.
    Little Swift   Apus affinis Common around Windhoek area.
    White-rumped Swift Apus caffer Few birds near Windhoek on 8th & also over Swakop River on 10th.
    White-backed Mousebird Colius colius Pair regular at Tamboti Guest House & also at Rooibank on 10th.
    Red-faced Mousebird Urocolius indicus Birds seen at Xaro Lodge on 20th and Rundu Waterworks on 21st.
    Narina Trogon   Apaloderma narina Single bird at Drotsky's Cabins on 20th.
    Grey-headed Kingfisher   Halcyon leucocephala Single bird at Okaukuejo camp on 13th & on way to Namutoni on 15th.
    Striped Kingfisher   Halcyon chelicuti Single bird near Rundu in roadside woods on B8 on 17th.
    Woodland Kingfisher   Halcyon senegalensis Several birds at Rundu Waterworks on 17th, Xaro Lodge on 18th & 19th and N'Kwazi Lodge on 21st.
    Malachite Kingfisher   Alcedo cristata Quite common on Okavango around Mahangu S L and Xaro Lodge.
    Giant Kingfisher   Megaceryle maxima Single bird at Rundu Waterworks on 17th & Mahangu S L on 20th.
    Pied Kingfisher   Ceryle rudis Common on the Okavango around Mahangu S L and Xaro Lodge. Also at Rundu Waterworks on 21st.
    Swallow-tailed Bee-eater Merops hirundineus Quite common, except Caprivi Strip & Botswana. Seen on 7 days.
    Little Bee-eater Merops pusillus Common on Okavango around Mahangu S L and Xaro Lodge.
    White-fronted Bee-eater Merops bullockoides Seen daily on the Okavango in Botswana.
    Blue-cheeked Bee-eater   Merops persicus Small numbers at Halali, the Caprivi Strip & Okavango Panhandle.
    European Bee-eater Merops apiaster Good numbers at Daan Viljoen, eastern Khomas Hochland and Etosha.
    Southern Carmine Bee-eater Merops nubicoides Numbers increased gradually eastwards along the Caprivi Strip peaking in the Okavango panhandle.
    Purple Roller Coracias naevius Birds seen at Daan Viljoen on 8th, near Halali on 15th, Namutoni on 16th and at Waterberg on 22nd & 23rd.
    Lilac-breasted Roller Coracias caudatus Relatively commom in Windhoek and Mahango areas. Single bird seen at Namutoni on 16th.
    European Roller Coracias garrulus Single bird near Namutoni on 16th.
    Broad-billed Roller Eurystomus glaucurus Birds seen in Mahango G P & Shakawe on 18th & Xaro Lodge on 19th.
    African Hoopoe Upupa africana Common in appropriate habitat, usually single birds. Seen on 7 days.
    Green Woodhoopoe Phoeniculus purpureus

    Small party at Xaro Lodge on 20th & Rundu Waterworks on 21st.

    Common Scimitarbill Rhinopomastus cyanomelas Single bird at Daan Viljoen on 7th with pairs at Khomas Hochland on 8th, Tandala Ridge on 12th and Waterberg on 23rd.
    Bradfield's Hornbill Tockus bradfieldi Single bird at Mahangu Safari Lodge on 21st plus one on road to Waterberg on 22nd.
    African Grey Hornbill Tockus nasutus Common in small numbers except for coastal area. Seen on 13 days.
    Monteiro's Hornbill Tockus monteiri Birds seen at Daan Viljoen on 7th, Khomas Hochland on 8th, Erongo on 12th and several around Waterberg area on 22nd & 23rd.
    Red-billed Hornbill Tockus erythrorhynchus Pairs near Namutoni on 15th, 16th & en route to Waterberg on 22nd.
    Damara Hornbill Tockus damarensis Birds seen around Khomas Hochland on 8th, Spitzkoppe on 11th, Etosha on 12th, 14th, 15th and after leaving Waterberg on 23rd.
    Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill Tockus leucomelas Relatively common in appropriate habitat, especially around Etosha and Windhoek. Birds seen on 7 days.
    Crested Barbet   Trachyphonus vaillantii Birds seen at Xaro Lodge on 19th & 20th.
    Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird Pogoniulus chrysoconus Single bird at Xaro Lodge on 20th.
    Acacia Pied Barbet   Tricholaema leucomelas Birds seen around Spitzkoppe and Erongo W L on 11th, near Okaukuejo on 13th and Waterberg on 23rd.
    Black-collared Barbet   Lybius torquatus Pair at Mahangu S L on 17th and single bird at Drotsky's Cabins on 20th.
    Lesser Honeyguide   Indicator minor Heard only at Xaro Lodge as we were leaving on a boat ride.
    Golden-tailed Woodpecker   Campethera abingoni Pair seen Khomas Hochland on 8th and common around Xaro Lodge.
    Cardinal Woodpecker   Dendropicos fuscescens Single bird at Okaukuejo on 13th.
    Rufous-naped Lark   Mirafra africana Birds seen near Okaukuejo on 13th, near Namutoni on 15th and at Mahangu S L on 21st.
    Sabota Lark   Calendulauda sabota Common in appropriate habitat especially at Daan Viljoen, Khomas Hochland and Etosha, with smaller numbers at Mahango G P.
    Fawn-coloured Lark Mirafra africanoides Birds seen near Namutoni on 16th.
    Dune Lark Certhilauda erythrochlamys Single bird difficult to locate at Rooibank on 10th.
    Dusky Lark   Pinarocorys nigricans Single bird by roadside in Mahango G P on 20th.
    Gray's Lark Ammomanes grayi Pair near Tropic of Capricorn and Gaub Pass on route C14 on 8th.
    Spike-heeled Lark Chersomanes albofasciata Up to five birds each day near Okaukuejo on 13th & 14th.
    Chestnut-backed Sparrow-lark   Eremopterix leucotis Pair near Okaukuejo on 13th.
    Grey-backed Sparrow-lark   Eremopterix verticalis Birds common at Rooibank and around Okaukuejo plus 2 in Khomas Hochland on 8th.
    Red-capped Lark   Calandrella cinerea Several birds on Welwitschia Plains on 10th and around Okaukuejo on 13th & 14th.
    Stark's Lark Spizocorys starki Pairs seen in Khomas Hochland & near Solitaire on 8th, Spitzkoppe on 11th and Okaukuejo on 13th.
    Pink-billed Lark Spizocorys conirostris Pair near Okaukuejo on 13th.
    Brown-throated Martin   Riparia paludicola 6 birds on Okavango near Shakawe on 18th.
    Sand Martin   Riparia riparia Birds at Fischer's Pan on 15th, near Xaro Lodge on 18th and Mahangu S L on 20th.
    Banded Martin   Riparia cincta Birds at Fischer's Pan on 15th and near Xaro Lodge on 18th & 19th.  
    Barn Swallow   Hirundo rustica Common almost everywhere with birds seen on 11 days.
    White-throated Swallow Hirundo albigularis Pair at Rundu Waterworks on 17th & near Mahangu S L on 20th.
    Wire-tailed Swallow   Hirundo smithii Pair seen upriver from Xaro Lodge on 19th.
    Rock Martin   Ptyonoprogne fuligula Common around Windhoek and Waterberg Plateau.
    Common House Martin Delichon urbicum Up to 10 birds at Tandala Ridge on 12th and near Okaukuejo on 14th.
    Greater Striped Swallow Cecropis cucullata Birds near Windhoek and Daan Viljoen on 7th & Waterberg on 23rd.
    Lesser Striped Swallow   Cecropis abyssinica Pair on Okavango near Mahangu S L on 20th & at Waterberg on 23rd.
    Red-breasted Swallow   Cecropis semirufa Pair between Divundu and Rundu on route B8 on 21st.
    Mosque Swallow   Cecropis senegalensis Birds seen near Namutoni on 15th, N'Kwazi Lodge on 16th, Divundu on 17th & 21st and at Mahangu S L on 21st.
    African Pipit   Anthus cinnamomeus Common in small numbers in appropriate habitat around Windhoek, Etosha and Rundu.
    Wood Pipit   Anthus nyassae Single bird in roadside woods on B8 near Rundu on 17th.
    African Pied Wagtail   Motacilla aguimp Several pairs on the Okavango around Mahangu S L and Xaro Lodge.
    Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava Two birds in flood meadows on boat trip from Xaro Lodge on 19th.
    Cape Wagtail Motacilla capensis Birds seen in Daan Viljoen on 7th and Walvis Bay on 9th & 10th.
    Dark-capped Bulbul Pycnonotus tricolor Common in Caprivi Stip through to Xaro Lodge in Botswana.
    African Red-eyed Bulbul   Pycnonotus nigricans Common except for Etosha and Caprivi Strip.
    Yellow-bellied Greenbul   Chlorocichla flaviventris Pair seen in woods at N'Kwazi Lodge on 21st.
    Terrestrial Brownbul   Phyllastrephus terrestris Up to 5 birds at Xaro Lodge and Drotsky's Cabins on 21st.
    Kurrichane Thrush   Turdus libonyanus Single bird seen in woods behind Xaro Lodge on 21st.
    Groundscraper Thrush   Psophocichla litsipsirupa Pair seen in woodland in Khomas Hochland on 8th and common in small numbers around Halali, Namutoni and Waterberg camp sites.
    Short-toed Rock-thrush   Monticola brevipes Birds seen at Daan Viljoen on 7th, Khomas Hochland on 8th and Erongo W L on 11th & 12th.
    (Southern) Anteating-chat Myrmecocichla formicivora Several birds seen Khomas Hochland on 8th, near Okaukuejo on 14th and Fischer's Pan on 15th.
    White-browed Robin-chat   Cossypha heuglini Single bird seen at Mahangu S L on 17th and 20th.
    White-browed Scrub-robin   Cercotrichas leucophrys Single birds seen at Erongo W L and Tandala Ridge on 12th, Mahango G P on 18th & 20th, and Waterberg on 23rd.
    Kalahari Scrub Robin   Cercotrichas paena Single birds seen at Daan Viljoen on 7th and daily in Etosha.
    Herero Chat Namibornis herero Pair singing near Spreetshoogte Pass on 8th.
    African Stonechat Saxicola torquatus Birds seen downstream from Xaro Lodge on 18th & 19th.
    Tractrac Chat   Cercomela tractrac Several birds seen near Solitaire on 8th, Welwitschia Plains on 10th and near Spitzkoppe on 11th.
    Familiar Chat Cercomela familiaris Reasonably common in appropriate habitat between Windhoek and Solitaire and birds also seen at Erongo W L on 12th & Halali on 15th.
    Mountain Wheatear Oenanthe monticola Birds at Daan Viljoen on 7th, Spreetshoogte Pass on 8th & Spitzkoppe on 11th.
    Capped Wheatear Oenanthe pileata Common in Etosha and Khomas Hochland.
    Rattling Cisticola   Cisticola chiniana Birds seen at Daan Viljoen on 7th, Fischer's Pan on 15th and Mahango G P on 18th.
    Luapula Cisticola Cisticola luapula Single birds seen on 3 days around Mahango area.
    Chirping Cisticola Cisticola pipiens Birds near Mahangu S L on 17th and near Xaro Lodge on 18th & 19th.
    Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis Often heard but only 2 birds seen on Welwitschia Plains on 10th.
    Desert Cisticola   Cisticola aridulus Birds seen Khomas Hochland on 8th, near Okaukuejo on 13th and near Namutoni on 15th.
    Tawny-flanked Prinia   Prinia subflava Birds seen in Mahango G P on 18th and near Xaro Lodge on 19th.
    Black-chested Prinia   Prinia flavicans Common at most sites from Windhoek to Etosha. Seen on 7 days.
    Rufous-eared Warbler   Malcorus pectoralis Single bird seen near Okaukuejo on 13th.
    Yellow-breasted Apalis   Apalis flavida Single bird in woodland behind Xaro Lodge on 19th.
    Grey-backed Camaroptera   Camaroptera brevicaudata Birds seen at Erongo W L on 12th, Halali on 15th, Xaro Lodge on 20th and Waterberg on 23rd.
    Barred Wren-warbler Calamonastes fasciolatus Pair at Daan Viljoen on 7th and single bird near Namutoni on 15th.
    Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus Pair seen on both visits to Rundu Waterworks and single bird at Mahangu S L on 20th.
    African Reed-warbler   Acrocephalus baeticatus Single bird seen in reeds by Augeigas Dam at Daan Viljoen on 7th and also downstream of Xaro Lodge on 18th.
    Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus Single birds seen at Xaro Lodge on 19th and Mahangu S L on 20th.
    Greater Swamp-warbler   Acrocephalus rufescens Pair seen downstream of Xaro Lodge on 18th.
    Lesser Swamp-warbler Acrocephalus gracilirostris Birds at Rundu Waterworks on 17th & Xaro Lodge on 18th & 19th.
    Yellow-bellied Eremomela Eremomela icteropygialis Birds at Erongo WL & Tandala Ridge on 12th & Okaukuejo on 13th.
    Burnt-neck Eremomela   Eremomela usticollis 4 birds seen at Waterberg Plateau Park on 23rd.
    Long-billed Crombec   Sylvietta rufescens Single bird seen on B2 on way to Spitzkoppe on 11th with pair at Halali camp on 15th.
    Willow Warbler   Phylloscopus trochilus Pair at Okaukuejo on 13th and Halali on 15th with single bird at Xaro Lodge on 20th.
    Layard's Tit-babbler Parisoma layardi Two males seen at different sites at Spitzkoppe on 11th.
    Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler Parisoma subcaeruleum Several birds seen in appropriate habitat from Daan Viljoen through to Etosha. Seen on 6 days.
    Pale Flycatcher   Bradornis pallidus Single bird seen in roadside woods on B8 near Rundu on 17th.
    Chat Flycatcher   Bradornis infuscatus Relatively common in appropriate habitat around Spreetshoogte Pass, Spitzkoppe, Erongo W L & Okaukuejo.
    Marico Flycatcher   Bradornis mariquensis Common in small numbers from Daan Viljoen through to Etosha with single bird seen near Rundu on 21st. Seen on 6 days.
    Southern Black-flycatcher Melaenornis pammelaina Single bird seen on 22nd at Mururani check-point as we were leaving the Kavango Region.  
    Spotted Flycatcher   Muscicapa striata Single birds seen daily around each of the Etosha camps.
    Ashy Flycatcher   Muscicapa caerulescens Single birds seen at Mahangu S L on 17th, 18th & 21st.
    Pririt Batis   Batis pririt Pair seen at Daan Viljoen on 7th and Erongo W L on 12th.
    White-tailed Shrike Lanioturdus torquatus Birds at Spreetshoogte Pass on 8th & Erongo W L on 11th & 12th.
    African Paradise-flycatcher   Terpsiphone viridis Pair seen at Mahangu S L on 17th & 18th with single birds at Drotsky's Cabins on 20th and Waterberg on 22nd & 23rd.
    Rockrunner Achaetops pycnopygius Single birds seen at roadside on C26 out of Windhoek to Khomas Hochland & near Spreetshoogte Pass on 8th and Erongo W L on 12th.
    Black-faced Babbler   Turdoides melanops Birds seen briefly in flight as we left Namutoni by the Von Lindquist Gate on 16th.
    Hartlaub's Babbler Turdoides hartlaubii Common in Caprivi Strip & Botswana. Numerous sightings on 5 days.
    Southern Pied-babbler Turdoides bicolor Flock of up to 8 birds on 15th & 16th on road to Andoni Plains near Fischer's Pan.
    Arrow-marked Babbler Turdoides jardineii Flock c6 birds at Botswana Border Post, Shakawe on 18th and also at Xaro Lodge on 20th.
    Bare-cheeked Babbler   Turdoides gymnogenys Small flock at Tandala Ridge on 10th and c10 birds just after leaving Halali for Namutoni on 15th.
    Southern Black-tit   Parus niger Pair seen at Mahangu S L on 20th.
    Carp's Tit Parus carpi Pairs at Erongo W L on 12th and at Halali camp on 14th & 15th.
    Ashy Tit   Parus cinerascens Birds seen at Okaukuejo camp on 13th.
    Collared Sunbird   Hedydipna collaris Single birds seen at Xaro Lodge on 19th and Drotsky's Cabins on 20th.
    Scarlet-chested Sunbird   Chalcomitra senegalensis Birds seen at Tamboti Guest House on 7th & 8th, Daan Viljoen on 7th and near Rundu on 17th.
    Marico Sunbird   Cinnyris mariquensis Birds near Namutoni on 16th and Waterberg on 22nd & 23rd.
    Purple-banded Sunbird   Cinnyris bifasciatus Birds seen at Mahangu S L on 17th & 18th.
    White-bellied Sunbird Cinnyris talatala Single bird at Mokuti Lodge on 16th and Waterberg on 23rd.
    Dusky Sunbird Cinnyris fuscus Birds at Spreetshoogte Pass on 8th and Erongo W L on 11th & 12th.
    Orange River White-eye Zosterops pallidus Birds at Rooibank & near the Courtyard Hotel in Walvis Bay on 10th.
    African Golden Oriole Oriolus auratus Single birds seen near Namutoni on 16th and at Xaro Lodge on 19th.
    Black-headed Oriole   Oriolus larvatus Single bird seen in roadside woods on B8 near Rundu on 17th.
    Red-backed Shrike   Lanius collurio Relatively common in appropriate habitat. Seen on 6 days.
    Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor Common in appropriate habitat. Seen on 8 days.
    Common Fiscal   Lanius collaris Birds seen on 5 days between Windhoek & coast and near Okaukuejo.
    Magpie Shrike Corvinella melanoleuca Single birds seen on both visits to Rundu Waterworks and on 4 days around Divundu and along the C48 to Shakawe & Drotsky's Cabins.
    Southern White-crowned Shrike   Eurocephalus anguitimens Small flocks seen on 3 days in and around each of the camps in Etosha.
    Brubru   Nilaus afer Single bird seen in Okaukuejo camp on 13th.
    Black-backed Puffback   Dryoscopus cubla Birds seen in woods around Xaro Lodge on 18th, 19th & 20th and at Waterberg on 23rd.
    Brown-crowned Tchagra Tchagra australis Birds seen Daan Viljoen on 7th, Erongo W L on 11th, Namutoni on 16th, Xaro Lodge on 20th and Waterberg on 23rd.
    Swamp Boubou Laniarius bicolor Relatively common from Rundu through Caprivi Stip to Xaro Lodge. Seen at 7 locations on 5 days.
    Crimson-breasted Shrike Laniarius atrococcineus Birds around Khomas Hochland, Etosha and Mahango areas on 5 days.
    Bokmakierie Telophorus zeylonus Single bird seen at Rooibank on 10th.
    Orange-breasted Bushshrike Telophorus sulfureopectus Single bird seen at Xaro Lodge on 19th.
    White-crested Helmetshrike Prionops plumatus Flock of 7 birds seen en route from Okaukuejo to Halali on 14th.
    Retz's Helmetshrike Prionops retzii Several birds seen in woods behind Xaro Lodge on 20th.
    Fork-tailed Drongo   Dicrurus adsimilis Common in appropriate habitat. Seen on 7 days though probably under-recorded.
    Cape Crow   Corvus capensis Birds near Walvis Bay on Solitaire road on 8th & daily in Etosha.
    Pied Crow Corvus albus C10 birds near Spitzkoppe on 11th & at Okaukuejo on 13th & 14th.
    Cape Starling   Lamprotornis nitens Common everywhere apart from Caprivi Stip and Botswana.
    Greater Blue-eared Starling Lamprotornis chalybaeus Birds seen near Divundu on 17th and in Mahango area on 18th & 21st.
    Meves' Long-tailed Starling Lamprotornis mevesii Quite common in Okavango Panhandle. Seen on 5 days.
    Burchell's Starling Lamprotornis australis Common in Okavango Panhandle & near Waterberg. Seen on 6 days.
    Violet-backed Starling   Cinnyricinclus leucogaster Common in small numbers in appropriate habitat. Seen on 6 days.
    Pale-winged Starling Onychognathus nabouroup Common in appropriate habitat. Seen on 6 days.
    Red-billed Oxpecker Buphagus erythrorhynchus Birds seen at Xaro Lodge on 20th plus single bird between Divundu and Rundu on B8 on 21st.
    Yellow-billed Oxpecker   Buphagus africanus Single bird seen upstream of Xaro Lodge on 19th.
    House Sparrow   Passer domesticus Common in small numbers around Windhoek and Walvis Bay.
    Great Sparrow Passer motitensis Common in small numbers from Daan Viljoen towards coast and in Etosha. Seen on 5 days.
    Cape Sparrow Passer melanurus Several birds seen at Solitaire on 8th, Walvis Bay on 9th, Rooibank on 10th and Spitzkoppe on 11th.
    Southern Grey-headed Sparrow   Passer diffusus Common in appropriate habitat. Seen on 8 days.
    Red-billed Buffalo-weaver   Bubalornis niger Small flocks seen in Halali camp and near Twee Palms waterhole on 15th and at Waterberg on 23rd.
    Scaly-feathered Finch Sporopipes squamifrons Common in Etosha where seen daily.
    White-browed Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser mahali Common in appropriate habitat. Seen on 6 days and probably under-recorded.
    Sociable Weaver   Philetairus socius Large colonies seen in Khomas Hochland and Okaukuejo.
    Lesser Masked Weaver Ploceus intermedius Up to 5 males at nest site in Waterberg Plateau Park camp on 23rd.
    Golden Weaver Ploceus xanthops Several pairs seen around Mahangu S L, Xaro Lodge, Drotsky's Cabins and N'Kwazi Lodge.
    Southern Brown-throated Weaver   Ploceus xanthopterus Birds seen around Xaro Lodge on 18th & 20th.
    Southern Masked-weaver Ploceus velatus Common in appropriate habitat. Seen on 8 days and probably under-recorded.
    Village Weaver Ploceus cucullatus Birds seen regularly around Mahangu S L.
    Chestnut Weaver Ploceus rubiginosus Birds seen at Tandala Ridge on 12th and near Waterberg on 22nd.
    Red-billed Quelea Quelea quelea Birds at Tandala Ridge on 12th & thousands seen daily in Etosha N P.
    Yellow-crowned Bishop   Euplectes afer Flock c30 birds seen at Rundu Waterworks on 21st.
    Southern Red Bishop Euplectes orix C6 birds seen at Rundu Waterworks on 17th.
    Fan-tailed Widowbird   Euplectes axillaris Birds near Mahangu S L on 18th & 21st and near Xaro Lodge on 20th.
    Thick-billed Weaver   Amblyospiza albifrons Single bird seen at Mahango G P on 18th.
    Green-winged Pytilia   Pytilia melba Birds at Erongo W L on 11th & 12th, Tandala Ridge on 12th, Mahango area on 18th and Waterberg on 23rd.
    Brown Firefinch   Lagonosticta nitidula Several birds at Mahangu S L on 18th & 20th & Xaro Lodge on 19th.
    Red-billed Firefinch   Lagonosticta senegala Several birds seen at Rundu Waterworks on 17th, Xaro Lodge on 20th and N'Kwazi Lodge on 21st.
    Blue Waxbill Uraeginthus angolensis Birds first seen at Namutoni on 15th and relatively common at Rundu Waterworks, Mahango area & Waterberg.
    Violet-eared Waxbill   Uraeginthus granatinus Common in appropriate habitat except Caprivi Strip & Botswana. Seen on 6 days.
    Common Waxbill   Estrilda astrild Several birds at Walvis Bay on 9th with pair at Mahangu S L on 21st.
    Black-faced Waxbill   Estrilda erythronotos Birds seen at Khomas Hochland on 8th, Erongo W L on 11th and near Namutoni on 16th.
    African Quailfinch   Ortygospiza atricollis Several birds seen near Mahangu S L on 21st.
    Red-headed Finch   Amadina erythrocephala Flocks c30 at Spreetshoogte Pass on 8th & near Okaukuejo on 13th.
    Village Indigobird   Vidua chalybeata Birds seen at N'Kwazi Lodge on 16th and near Mahangu S L on 21st.
    Shaft-tailed Whydah Vidua regia Common in small numbers in appropriate habitat. Birds seen on 7 days.
    Pin-tailed Whydah Vidua macroura Pair seen at Mahango G P on 18th.
    Long-tailed Paradise-whydah Vidua paradisaea Single birds at Okaukuejo camp on 13th & 14th with at least 4 males in breeding plumage at Mokuti Lodge on 16th.
    Black-throated Canary   Serinus atrogularis Common in appropriate habitat. Seen on 5 days.
    Yellow-fronted Canary   Serinus mozambicus Heard only in woodland near Rundu.
    Yellow Canary   Serinus flaviventris Single bird seen at Rooibank on 10th.
    White-throated Canary   Serinus albogularis Several birds near Spreetshoogte Pass on 8th & Spitzkoppe on 11th.
    Lark-like Bunting   Emberiza impetuani Birds seen at Spreetshoogte Pass on 8th, Spitzkoppe on 11th and Erongo W L on 12th.
    Cinnamon-breasted Bunting   Emberiza tahapisi Birds seen at Erongo W L on 11th & 12th.
    Cape Bunting   Emberiza capensis Birds seen at Spreetshoogte Pass on 8th and Erongo W L on 11th.
    Golden-breasted Bunting   Emberiza flaviventris Birds seen near Okaukuejo on 14th, Halali on 15th and in woodland on B8 near Rundu on 17th.

     

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