↑ETHIOPIA">
ETHIOPIA↑

TARGETS">
SPECIALTIES

SULULTA PLAINS

ETHIOPIA
LOCALE

# Species:353
# Excl Vagrants:353
# Endemics:8
# Near Endemics:16

BIRD CHECKLIST

The table below lists species recorded at this locale but does not indicate frequency of occurrence there. It does indicate whether each species is globally threatened or endangered according to the IUCN and also whether it is migratory, very rare, or accidental in the country. The list is based on available data and may be incomplete.*

color codes

 
Ducks: Anatidae

1White-faced Whistling-DuckDendrocygna viduata
2/Fulvous Whistling-Duck/Dendrocygna bicolor
3Blue-winged GooseCyanochen cyanoptera
4/Knob-billed Duck/Sarkidiornis melanotos
5Egyptian GooseAlopochen aegyptiaca
6Spur-winged GoosePlectropterus gambensis
7/Garganey/Spatula querquedula
8/Blue-billed Teal/Spatula hottentota
9/Northern Shoveler/Spatula clypeata
10/Eurasian Wigeon/Mareca penelope
11African Black DuckAnas sparsa
12Yellow-billed DuckAnas undulata
13Red-billed DuckAnas erythrorhyncha
14/Northern Pintail/Anas acuta
15/Eurasian Teal/Anas crecca
16/Tufted Duck/Aythya fuligula
17Maccoa DuckOxyura maccoa

 
Guineafowl: Numididae

18Helmeted GuineafowlNumida meleagris

 
Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies: Phasianidae

19Moorland FrancolinScleroptera psilolaemus
20Common QuailCoturnix coturnix
21Erckel's SpurfowlPternistis erckelii
22Harwood's SpurfowlPternistis harwoodi

 
Flamingos: Phoenicopteridae

23/Greater Flamingo/Phoenicopterus roseus
24/Lesser Flamingo/Phoenicoparrus minor

 
Grebes: Podicipedidae

25Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis
26Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatus

 
Pigeons and Doves: Columbidae

27Rock PigeonColumba livia
28Speckled PigeonColumba guinea
29White-collared PigeonColumba albitorques
30Rameron PigeonColumba arquatrix
31/European Turtle-Dove/Streptopelia turtur
32Dusky Turtle-DoveStreptopelia lugens
33African Collared-DoveStreptopelia roseogrisea
34Red-eyed DoveStreptopelia semitorquata
35Ring-necked DoveStreptopelia capicola
36Laughing DoveSpilopelia senegalensis
37Namaqua DoveOena capensis

 
Turacos: Musophagidae

38White-cheeked TuracoTauraco leucotis

 
Cuckoos: Cuculidae

39Klaas's CuckooChrysococcyx klaas

 
Nightjars and Allies: Caprimulgidae

40Montane NightjarCaprimulgus poliocephalus

 
Swifts: Apodidae

41Alpine SwiftApus melba
42Mottled SwiftApus aequatorialis
43/Common Swift/Apus apus
44Nyanza SwiftApus niansae
45Little SwiftApus affinis
46(White-rumped Swift)Apus caffer
47African Palm SwiftCypsiurus parvus

 
Rails, Gallinules, and Coots: Rallidae

48Rouget's RailRougetius rougetii
49Eurasian MoorhenGallinula chloropus
50Red-knobbed CootFulica cristata

 
Cranes: Gruidae

51Black Crowned-CraneBalearica pavonina
52Wattled CraneBugeranus carunculatus
53/Common Crane/Grus grus

 
Thick-knees: Burhinidae

54Senegal Thick-kneeBurhinus senegalensis
55Spotted Thick-kneeBurhinus capensis

 
Stilts and Avocets: Recurvirostridae

56/Black-winged Stilt/Himantopus himantopus
57/Pied Avocet/Recurvirostra avosetta

 
Plovers and Lapwings: Charadriidae

58/Black-bellied Plover/Pluvialis squatarola
59Spur-winged LapwingVanellus spinosus
60Black-winged LapwingVanellus melanopterus
61Crowned LapwingVanellus coronatus
62Wattled LapwingVanellus senegallus
63Spot-breasted LapwingVanellus melanocephalus
64/Kentish Plover/Charadrius alexandrinus
65/Common Ringed Plover/Charadrius hiaticula
66/Little Ringed Plover/Charadrius dubius
67Three-banded PloverCharadrius tricollaris

 
Jacanas: Jacanidae

68African JacanaActophilornis africanus

 
Sandpipers and Allies: Scolopacidae

69/Black-tailed Godwit/Limosa limosa
70/Ruff/Calidris pugnax
71/Temminck's Stint/Calidris temminckii
72SanderlingCalidris alba
73/Dunlin/Calidris alpina
74/Little Stint/Calidris minuta
75Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
76/Common Snipe/Gallinago gallinago
77African SnipeGallinago nigripennis
78/Red-necked Phalarope/Phalaropus lobatus
79Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius
80/Common Sandpiper/Actitis hypoleucos
81/Green Sandpiper/Tringa ochropus
82/Spotted Redshank/Tringa erythropus
83/Common Greenshank/Tringa nebularia
84/Marsh Sandpiper/Tringa stagnatilis
85/Wood Sandpiper/Tringa glareola
86/Common Redshank/Tringa totanus

 
Pratincoles and Coursers: Glareolidae

87Three-banded CourserRhinoptilus cinctus
88/Collared Pratincole/Glareola pratincola

 
Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers: Laridae

89/Gray-hooded Gull/Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus
90/Black-headed Gull/Chroicocephalus ridibundus
91/Gull-billed Tern/Gelochelidon nilotica
92/Black Tern/Chlidonias niger
93/White-winged Tern/Chlidonias leucopterus
94Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis

 
Storks: Ciconiidae

95African OpenbillAnastomus lamelligerus
96/Black Stork/Ciconia nigra
97Abdim's StorkCiconia abdimii
98/White Stork/Ciconia ciconia
99Marabou StorkLeptoptilos crumenifer
100Yellow-billed StorkMycteria ibis

 
Cormorants and Shags: Phalacrocoracidae

101Long-tailed CormorantMicrocarbo africanus
102Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo

 
Pelicans: Pelecanidae

103Great White PelicanPelecanus onocrotalus
104Pink-backed PelicanPelecanus rufescens

 
Shoebill: Balaenicipitidae

105ShoebillBalaeniceps rex

 
Hamerkop: Scopidae

106HamerkopScopus umbretta

 
Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns: Ardeidae

107/Gray Heron/Ardea cinerea
108Black-headed HeronArdea melanocephala
109Goliath HeronArdea goliath
110Purple HeronArdea purpurea
111Great EgretArdea alba
112Intermediate EgretArdea intermedia
113Little EgretEgretta garzetta
114Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
115Squacco HeronArdeola ralloides

 
Ibises and Spoonbills: Threskiornithidae

116/Glossy Ibis/Plegadis falcinellus
117African Sacred IbisThreskiornis aethiopicus
118Hadada IbisBostrychia hagedash
119Wattled IbisBostrychia carunculata
120African SpoonbillPlatalea alba

 
Secretary-bird: Sagittariidae

121SecretarybirdSagittarius serpentarius

 
Hawks, Eagles, and Kites: Accipitridae

122Black-winged KiteElanus caeruleus
123African Harrier-HawkPolyboroides typus
124Bearded VultureGypaetus barbatus
125Egyptian VultureNeophron percnopterus
126White-headed VultureTrigonoceps occipitalis
127Lappet-faced VultureTorgos tracheliotos
128Hooded VultureNecrosyrtes monachus
129White-backed VultureGyps africanus
130Rueppell's GriffonGyps rueppelli
131BateleurTerathopius ecaudatus
132Black-chested Snake-EagleCircaetus pectoralis
133Brown Snake-EagleCircaetus cinereus
134Long-crested EagleLophaetus occipitalis
135/Greater Spotted Eagle/Clanga clanga
136/Wahlberg's Eagle/Hieraaetus wahlbergi
137/Booted Eagle/Hieraaetus pennatus
138Tawny EagleAquila rapax
139/Steppe Eagle/Aquila nipalensis
140/Imperial Eagle/Aquila heliaca
141Verreaux's EagleAquila verreauxii
142Dark Chanting-GoshawkMelierax metabates
143Eastern Chanting-GoshawkMelierax poliopterus
144Gabar GoshawkMicronisus gabar
145/Eurasian Marsh-Harrier/Circus aeruginosus
146/Pallid Harrier/Circus macrourus
147/Montagu's Harrier/Circus pygargus
148African GoshawkAccipiter tachiro
149ShikraAccipiter badius
150Little SparrowhawkAccipiter minullus
151/Eurasian Sparrowhawk/Accipiter nisus
152Black GoshawkAccipiter melanoleucus
153/Black Kite/Milvus migrans
154Yellow-billed Kite**Milvus aegyptius
155African Fish-EagleHaliaeetus vocifer
156/Common Buzzard/Buteo buteo
157/Long-legged Buzzard/Buteo rufinus
158Augur BuzzardButeo augur

 
Mousebirds: Coliidae

159Speckled MousebirdColius striatus
160Blue-naped MousebirdUrocolius macrourus

 
Hoopoes: Upupidae

161Eurasian HoopoeUpupa epops

 
Hornbills: Bucerotidae

162Abyssinian Ground-HornbillBucorvus abyssinicus
163Hemprich's HornbillLophoceros hemprichii
164African Gray HornbillLophoceros nasutus
165Northern Red-billed HornbillTockus erythrorhynchus
166Silvery-cheeked HornbillBycanistes brevis

 
Kingfishers: Alcedinidae

167Half-collared KingfisherAlcedo semitorquata
168Malachite KingfisherCorythornis cristatus
169African Pygmy KingfisherIspidina picta
170Pied KingfisherCeryle rudis

 
Bee-eaters: Meropidae

171Little Bee-eaterMerops pusillus
172Ethiopian Bee-eaterMerops lafresnayii
173(Madagascar Bee-eater)Merops superciliosus
174/European Bee-eater/Merops apiaster
175Northern Carmine Bee-eaterMerops nubicus

 
African Barbets: Lybiidae

176Yellow-breasted BarbetTrachyphonus margaritatus
177Red-fronted TinkerbirdPogoniulus pusillus
178Banded BarbetLybius undatus

 
Honeyguides: Indicatoridae

179Greater HoneyguideIndicator indicator

 
Falcons and Caracaras: Falconidae

180/Lesser Kestrel/Falco naumanni
181Eurasian KestrelFalco tinnunculus
182African HobbyFalco cuvierii
183Lanner FalconFalco biarmicus
184Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
Parrots: Psittaculidae

185Black-winged LovebirdAgapornis taranta

 
Old World Orioles: Oriolidae

186Ethiopian Black-headed OrioleOriolus monacha

 
Bushshrikes: Malaconotidae

187Black-crowned TchagraTchagra senegalus
188Ethiopian BoubouLaniarius aethiopicus

 
Drongos: Dicruridae

189Fork-tailed DrongoDicrurus adsimilis

 
Monarch Flycatchers: Monarchidae

190African Paradise-FlycatcherTerpsiphone viridis

 
Shrikes: Laniidae

191/Red-tailed Shrike/Lanius phoenicuroides
192/Isabelline Shrike/Lanius isabellinus
193Great Gray ShrikeLanius excubitor
194Gray-backed FiscalLanius excubitoroides
195Taita FiscalLanius dorsalis
196Somali FiscalLanius somalicus
197Northern FiscalLanius humeralis
198/Woodchat Shrike/Lanius senator
199White-rumped ShrikeEurocephalus ruppelli

 
Crows, Jays, and Magpies: Corvidae

200Cape CrowCorvus capensis
201Pied CrowCorvus albus
202Somali CrowCorvus edithae
203Fan-tailed RavenCorvus rhipidurus
204Thick-billed RavenCorvus crassirostris

 
Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice: Paridae

205White-backed Black-TitMelaniparus leuconotus

 
Larks: Alaudidae

206Chestnut-backed Sparrow-LarkEremopterix leucotis
207Horsfield's BushlarkMirafra javanica
208Red-winged LarkMirafra hypermetra
209Blanford's LarkCalandrella blanfordi
210Somali Short-toed LarkAlaudala somalica
211Thekla's LarkGalerida theklae

 
African Warblers: Macrosphenidae

212Northern CrombecSylvietta brachyura
213Red-faced CrombecSylvietta whytii

 
Cisticolas and Allies: Cisticolidae

214Green-backed CamaropteraCamaroptera brachyura
215Tawny-flanked PriniaPrinia subflava
216Red-faced CisticolaCisticola erythrops
217Singing CisticolaCisticola cantans
218Boran CisticolaCisticola bodessa
219Rattling CisticolaCisticola chiniana
220Ashy CisticolaCisticola cinereolus
221Ethiopian CisticolaCisticola lugubris
222Winding CisticolaCisticola marginatus
223Stout CisticolaCisticola robustus
224Foxy CisticolaCisticola troglodytes
225Tiny CisticolaCisticola nana
226Zitting CisticolaCisticola juncidis
227Desert CisticolaCisticola aridulus
228Pectoral-patch CisticolaCisticola brunnescens

 
Reed Warblers and Allies: Acrocephalidae

229/Eastern Olivaceous Warbler/Iduna pallida

 
Swallows: Hirundinidae

230Plain MartinRiparia paludicola
231/Bank Swallow/Riparia riparia
232Banded MartinNeophedina cincta
233Rock MartinPtyonoprogne fuligula
234/Barn Swallow/Hirundo rustica
235Red-chested SwallowHirundo lucida
236Ethiopian SwallowHirundo aethiopica
237Wire-tailed SwallowHirundo smithii
238Red-rumped SwallowCecropis daurica
239Lesser Striped SwallowCecropis abyssinica
240Mosque SwallowCecropis senegalensis
241/Common House-Martin/Delichon urbicum
242Black SawwingPsalidoprocne pristoptera
243Gray-rumped SwallowPseudhirundo griseopyga

 
Bulbuls: Pycnonotidae

244Common BulbulPycnonotus barbatus

 
Leaf Warblers: Phylloscopidae

245|Willow Warbler|Phylloscopus trochilus
246/Common Chiffchaff/Phylloscopus collybita
247Brown Woodland-WarblerPhylloscopus umbrovirens

 
Sylviid Warblers, Parrotbills, and Allies: Sylviidae

248/Eurasian Blackcap/Sylvia atricapilla
249Banded ParisomaCurruca boehmi
250/Lesser Whitethroat/Curruca curruca
251Brown ParisomaCurruca lugens

 
White-eyes, Yuhinas, and Allies: Zosteropidae

252Abyssinian White-eyeZosterops abyssinicus
253Heuglin's White-eyeZosterops poliogastrus

 
Laughingthrushes and Allies: Leiothrichidae

254White-rumped BabblerTurdoides leucopygia

 
Oxpeckers: Buphagidae

255Red-billed OxpeckerBuphagus erythrorynchus

 
Starlings: Sturnidae

256Slender-billed StarlingOnychognathus tenuirostris
257Red-winged StarlingOnychognathus morio
258White-billed StarlingOnychognathus albirostris
259Somali StarlingOnychognathus blythii
260Superb StarlingLamprotornis superbus
261Lesser Blue-eared StarlingLamprotornis chloropterus
262Greater Blue-eared StarlingLamprotornis chalybaeus

 
Thrushes and Allies: Turdidae

263Abyssinian Ground-ThrushGeokichla piaggiae
264Ethiopian ThrushTurdus simensis
265Abyssinian ThrushTurdus abyssinicus
266African ThrushTurdus pelios

 
Old World Flycatchers: Muscicapidae

267African Dusky FlycatcherMuscicapa adusta
268|Spotted Flycatcher|Muscicapa striata
269SilverbirdMelaenornis semipartitus
270Abyssinian Slaty-FlycatcherMelaenornis chocolatinus
271Rueppell's Robin-ChatCossypha semirufa
272White-browed Robin-ChatCossypha heuglini
273Little Rock-ThrushMonticola rufocinereus
274/Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush/Monticola saxatilis
275/Blue Rock-Thrush/Monticola solitarius
276/Whinchat/Saxicola rubetra
277/Siberian Stonechat/Saxicola maurus
278African StonechatSaxicola torquatus
279Moorland ChatPinarochroa sordida
280Mocking Cliff-ChatThamnolaea cinnamomeiventris
281White-winged Cliff-ChatThamnolaea semirufa
282Rueppell's ChatMyrmecocichla melaena
283/Northern Wheatear/Oenanthe oenanthe
284Rusty-breasted WheatearOenanthe frenata
285/Isabelline Wheatear/Oenanthe isabellina
286Eastern Black-eared WheatearOenanthe melanoleuca
287/Pied Wheatear/Oenanthe pleschanka
288BlackstartOenanthe melanura
289Familiar ChatOenanthe familiaris
290Abyssinian WheatearOenanthe lugubris

 
Sunbirds and Spiderhunters: Nectariniidae

291Scarlet-chested SunbirdChalcomitra senegalensis
292Tacazze SunbirdNectarinia tacazze
293Malachite SunbirdNectarinia famosa
294Beautiful SunbirdCinnyris pulchellus
295Mariqua SunbirdCinnyris mariquensis
296Shining SunbirdCinnyris habessinicus
297Variable SunbirdCinnyris venustus

 
Weavers and Allies: Ploceidae

298Speckle-fronted WeaverSporopipes frontalis
299Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-WeaverPlocepasser superciliosus
300Gray-headed Social-WeaverPseudonigrita arnaudi
301Black-capped Social-WeaverPseudonigrita cabanisi
302Red-headed WeaverAnaplectes rubriceps
303Baglafecht WeaverPloceus baglafecht
304Spectacled WeaverPloceus ocularis
305Northern Masked-WeaverPloceus taeniopterus
306Village WeaverPloceus cucullatus
307Red-billed QueleaQuelea quelea
308Northern Red BishopEuplectes franciscanus
309Black-winged BishopEuplectes hordeaceus
310Yellow-crowned BishopEuplectes afer
311Yellow BishopEuplectes capensis
312White-winged WidowbirdEuplectes albonotatus
313Yellow-mantled WidowbirdEuplectes macroura
314Red-cowled WidowbirdEuplectes laticauda
315Fan-tailed WidowbirdEuplectes axillaris

 
Waxbills and Allies: Estrildidae

316Bronze MannikinSpermestes cucullata
317African SilverbillEuodice cantans
318Yellow-bellied WaxbillCoccopygia quartinia
319Common WaxbillEstrilda astrild
320Crimson-rumped WaxbillEstrilda rhodopyga
321QuailfinchOrtygospiza atricollis
322Cut-throatAmadina fasciata
323Red-cheeked CordonbleuUraeginthus bengalus
324Red-billed FirefinchLagonosticta senegala
325African FirefinchLagonosticta rubricata

 
Indigobirds: Viduidae

326Pin-tailed WhydahVidua macroura
327Eastern Paradise-WhydahVidua paradisaea
328Village IndigobirdVidua chalybeata

 
Old World Sparrows: Passeridae

329Northern Gray-headed SparrowPasser griseus
330Swainson's SparrowPasser swainsonii
331Yellow-spotted Bush SparrowGymnornis pyrgita
332Sahel Bush SparrowGymnornis dentata

 
Wagtails and Pipits: Motacillidae

333Mountain WagtailMotacilla clara
334/Gray Wagtail/Motacilla cinerea
335/Western Yellow Wagtail/Motacilla flava
336African Pied WagtailMotacilla aguimp
337/White Wagtail/Motacilla alba
338African PipitAnthus cinnamomeus
339Long-billed PipitAnthus similis
340/Tawny Pipit/Anthus campestris
341Plain-backed PipitAnthus leucophrys
342/Tree Pipit/Anthus trivialis
343/Red-throated Pipit/Anthus cervinus
344Abyssinian LongclawMacronyx flavicollis

 
Finches, Euphonias, and Allies: Fringillidae

345Yellow-fronted CanaryCrithagra mozambicus
346African CitrilCrithagra citrinelloides
347Streaky SeedeaterCrithagra striolatus
348Reichard's SeedeaterCrithagra reichardi
349Brown-rumped SeedeaterCrithagra tristriatus
350Yellow-crowned CanarySerinus flavivertex
351Ethiopian SiskinSerinus nigriceps

 
Old World Buntings: Emberizidae

352/Ortolan Bunting/Emberiza hortulana
353Cinnamon-breasted BuntingEmberiza tahapisi

 

 *Nomenclature and taxonomic affinities are based on Clements 6th Edition published 2007 with updates through 2021 maintained by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, which relies largely on the AOU and SACC nomenclature committees. IUCN status may reflect splits not currently recognized by Clements.
**Species not accepted by Clements, AOU, or SACC that we recognize based on the IOC, field observations along with geographical separation, consensus opinions of field guide authors, and other sources. These species are potential splits in future Clements updates.

OTHER LOCALES

PRESENCE CODES

CodeDescription##
//Boreal Visitor82
\\Austral Visitor0
||Transient2
##Non-breeding Dispersal0
<>Erratic/Irregular0
()Breeding Season Only2
{}Casual/Vagrant3
[]Accidental1

STATUS CODES

CodeDescription##
NTNear Threatened9
VVulnerable9
ENEndangered6
CRCritically Endangered4

Species counts in code tables depend on completeness of the data. For some countries or locales, data may not include all species or information on species presence may be incomplete.