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LAKE VICTORIA & KISUMU

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Altitude (m):1200
# Species*:231
# Excl Vagrants*:230
# Endemics*:0
# Near Endemics*:0
*Based on partial or incomplete data.
Habitat: Freshwater lake, swamp, cultivated

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.*

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Ducks: Anatidae

1White-faced Whistling-DuckDendrocygna viduata
2Fulvous Whistling-DuckDendrocygna bicolor
3Knob-billed DuckSarkidiornis melanotos
4Egyptian GooseAlopochen aegyptiaca
5\Southern Pochard\Netta erythrophthalma

 
Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies: Phasianidae

6Red-necked FrancolinPternistis afer

 
Pigeons and Doves: Columbidae

7Speckled PigeonColumba guinea
8Mourning Collared-DoveStreptopelia decipiens
9Red-eyed DoveStreptopelia semitorquata
10Ring-necked DoveStreptopelia capicola
11Laughing DoveStreptopelia senegalensis
12Emerald-spotted Wood-DoveTurtur chalcospilos
13Blue-spotted Wood-DoveTurtur afer
14Tambourine DoveTurtur tympanistria
15Namaqua DoveOena capensis
16African Green-PigeonTreron calvus

 
Turacos: Musophagidae

17Eastern Plantain-eaterCrinifer zonurus

 
Cuckoos: Cuculidae

18/Common Cuckoo/Cuculus canorus
19Blue-headed CoucalCentropus monachus
20White-browed CoucalCentropus superciliosus
21/Great Spotted Cuckoo/Clamator glandarius
22Dideric CuckooChrysococcyx caprius

 
Nightjars and Allies: Caprimulgidae

23/Eurasian Nightjar/Caprimulgus europaeus

 
Swifts: Apodidae

24|Common Swift|Apus apus
25Nyanza SwiftApus niansae
26Little SwiftApus affinis
27African Palm-SwiftCypsiurus parvus

 
Rails, Gallinules, and Coots: Rallidae

28African CrakeCrex egregia
29Eurasian MoorhenGallinula chloropus
30African SwamphenPorphyrio madagascariensis
31Black CrakeZapornia flavirostra

 
Cranes: Gruidae

32Gray Crowned-CraneBalearica regulorum

 
Thick-knees: Burhinidae

33Water Thick-kneeBurhinus vermiculatus
34/Eurasian Thick-knee/Burhinus oedicnemus

 
Stilts and Avocets: Recurvirostridae

35Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus

 
Plovers and Lapwings: Charadriidae

36Long-toed LapwingVanellus crassirostris
37Spur-winged LapwingVanellus spinosus
38/Common Ringed Plover/Charadrius hiaticula
39/Little Ringed Plover/Charadrius dubius

 
Jacanas: Jacanidae

40African JacanaActophilornis africanus

 
Sandpipers and Allies: Scolopacidae

41/Whimbrel/Numenius phaeopus
42/Black-tailed Godwit/Limosa limosa
43/Ruff/Calidris pugnax
44/Curlew Sandpiper/Calidris ferruginea
45/Temminck's Stint/Calidris temminckii
46/Little Stint/Calidris minuta
47/Great Snipe/Gallinago media
48/Common Snipe/Gallinago gallinago
49/Common Sandpiper/Actitis hypoleucos
50/Green Sandpiper/Tringa ochropus
51/Spotted Redshank/Tringa erythropus
52/Common Greenshank/Tringa nebularia
53/Marsh Sandpiper/Tringa stagnatilis
54/Wood Sandpiper/Tringa glareola

 
Pratincoles and Coursers: Glareolidae

55Rock PratincoleGlareola nuchalis

 
Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers: Laridae

56Gray-hooded GullChroicocephalus cirrocephalus
57/Black-headed Gull/Chroicocephalus ridibundus
58Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
59/Gull-billed Tern/Gelochelidon nilotica
60/White-winged Tern/Chlidonias leucopterus
61Whiskered TernChlidonias hybrida

 
Storks: Ciconiidae

62African OpenbillAnastomus lamelligerus
63#Abdim's Stork#Ciconia abdimii
64/White Stork/Ciconia ciconia
65Marabou StorkLeptoptilos crumenifer
66Yellow-billed StorkMycteria ibis

 
Cormorants and Shags: Phalacrocoracidae

67Long-tailed CormorantMicrocarbo africanus
68Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo

 
Pelicans: Pelecanidae

69Great White PelicanPelecanus onocrotalus
70Pink-backed PelicanPelecanus rufescens

 
Hamerkop: Scopidae

71HamerkopScopus umbretta

 
Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns: Ardeidae

72Little BitternIxobrychus minutus
73Gray HeronArdea cinerea
74Black-headed HeronArdea melanocephala
75Goliath HeronArdea goliath
76Purple HeronArdea purpurea
77Great EgretArdea alba
78Intermediate EgretArdea intermedia
79Little EgretEgretta garzetta
80Black HeronEgretta ardesiaca
81Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
82Squacco HeronArdeola ralloides
83\Madagascar Pond-Heron\Ardeola idae
84Striated HeronButorides striata
85Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax

 
Ibises and Spoonbills: Threskiornithidae

86Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
87African Sacred IbisThreskiornis aethiopicus
88Hadada IbisBostrychia hagedash
89African SpoonbillPlatalea alba

 
Osprey: Pandionidae

90/Osprey/Pandion haliaetus

 
Hawks, Eagles, and Kites: Accipitridae

91Black-winged KiteElanus caeruleus
92African Harrier-HawkPolyboroides typus
93Palm-nut VultureGypohierax angolensis
94/European Honey-buzzard/Pernis apivorus
95Banded Snake-EagleCircaetus cinerascens
96Long-crested EagleLophaetus occipitalis
97/Lesser Spotted Eagle/Clanga pomarina
98/Eurasian Marsh-Harrier/Circus aeruginosus
99African Marsh-HarrierCircus ranivorus
100/Pallid Harrier/Circus macrourus
101African GoshawkAccipiter tachiro
102ShikraAccipiter badius
103Black GoshawkAccipiter melanoleucus
104/Black Kite/Milvus migrans
105Yellow-billed Kite**Milvus aegyptius
106African Fish-EagleHaliaeetus vocifer

 
Owls: Strigidae

107Marsh OwlAsio capensis

 
Mousebirds: Coliidae

108Speckled MousebirdColius striatus

 
Kingfishers: Alcedinidae

109Malachite KingfisherCorythornis cristatus
110African Pygmy-KingfisherIspidina picta
111Gray-headed KingfisherHalcyon leucocephala
112Woodland KingfisherHalcyon senegalensis
113Pied KingfisherCeryle rudis

 
Bee-eaters: Meropidae

114White-fronted Bee-eaterMerops bullockoides
115Little Bee-eaterMerops pusillus
116Blue-breasted Bee-eaterMerops variegatus
117/White-throated Bee-eater/Merops albicollis
118/Blue-cheeked Bee-eater/Merops persicus
119\Madagascar Bee-eater\Merops superciliosus
120|European Bee-eater|Merops apiaster

 
African Barbets: Lybiidae

121Yellow-fronted TinkerbirdPogoniulus chrysoconus
122Spot-flanked BarbetTricholaema lacrymosa
123Black-billed BarbetLybius guifsobalito
124Double-toothed BarbetLybius bidentatus

 
Woodpeckers: Picidae

125/Eurasian Wryneck/Jynx torquilla
126African Gray WoodpeckerChloropicus goertae
127Nubian WoodpeckerCampethera nubica

 
Falcons and Caracaras: Falconidae

128/Lesser Kestrel/Falco naumanni
129/Eurasian Kestrel/Falco tinnunculus
130Gray KestrelFalco ardosiaceus
131|Amur Falcon|Falco amurensis
132|Eleonora's Falcon|Falco eleonorae
133|Sooty Falcon|Falco concolor
134/Eurasian Hobby/Falco subbuteo

 
Parrots: Psittaculidae

135Red-headed LovebirdAgapornis pullarius
136Fischer's LovebirdAgapornis fischeri

 
Parrots: Psittacidae

137Meyer's ParrotPoicephalus meyeri

 
Old World Orioles: Oriolidae

138/Eurasian Golden Oriole/Oriolus oriolus

 
Bushshrikes: Malaconotidae

139Black-headed GonolekLaniarius erythrogaster
140Papyrus GonolekLaniarius mufumbiri

 
Drongos: Dicruridae

141Fork-tailed DrongoDicrurus adsimilis

 
Monarch Flycatchers: Monarchidae

142African Paradise-FlycatcherTerpsiphone viridis

 
Shrikes: Laniidae

143/Red-backed Shrike/Lanius collurio
144/Isabelline Shrike/Lanius isabellinus
145|Lesser Gray Shrike|Lanius minor
146Gray-backed FiscalLanius excubitoroides
147Northern FiscalLanius humeralis
148/Woodchat Shrike/Lanius senator

 
Crows, Jays, and Magpies: Corvidae

149Pied CrowCorvus albus

 
Fairy Flycatchers: Stenostiridae

150African Blue FlycatcherElminia longicauda

 
Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice: Paridae

151White-bellied TitMelaniparus albiventris

 
Cisticolas and Allies: Cisticolidae

152Gray-backed Camaroptera**Camaroptera brevicaudata
153Red-winged PriniaPrinia erythroptera
154Gray-capped WarblerEminia lepida
155Red-faced CisticolaCisticola erythrops
156Singing CisticolaCisticola cantans
157Winding Cisticola**Cisticola marginatus
158Carruthers's CisticolaCisticola carruthersi
159Siffling CisticolaCisticola brachypterus

 
Reed Warblers and Allies: Acrocephalidae

160Papyrus Yellow-WarblerCalamonastides gracilirostris
161/Eastern Olivaceous Warbler/Iduna pallida
162/Sedge Warbler/Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
163/Eurasian Reed Warbler/Acrocephalus scirpaceus
164Lesser Swamp WarblerAcrocephalus gracilirostris
165Greater Swamp WarblerAcrocephalus rufescens

 
Grassbirds and Allies: Locustellidae

166White-winged Swamp WarblerBradypterus carpalis

 
Swallows: Hirundinidae

167Plain MartinRiparia paludicola
168/Bank Swallow/Riparia riparia
169/Barn Swallow/Hirundo rustica
170Angola SwallowHirundo angolensis
171Wire-tailed SwallowHirundo smithii
172Lesser Striped SwallowCecropis abyssinica
173/Common House-Martin/Delichon urbicum
174White-headed SawwingPsalidoprocne albiceps

 
Bulbuls: Pycnonotidae

175Yellow-throated GreenbulAtimastillas flavicollis
176Common BulbulPycnonotus barbatus

 
Leaf Warblers: Phylloscopidae

177/Willow Warbler/Phylloscopus trochilus

 
Sylviid Warblers, Parrotbills, and Allies: Sylviidae

178/Eurasian Blackcap/Sylvia atricapilla
179/Garden Warbler/Sylvia borin

 
Laughingthrushes and Allies: Leiothrichidae

180Black-lored BabblerTurdoides sharpei
181Brown BabblerTurdoides plebejus

 
Oxpeckers: Buphagidae

182Red-billed OxpeckerBuphagus erythrorynchus

 
Starlings: Sturnidae

183Rueppell's StarlingLamprotornis purpuroptera

 
Thrushes and Allies: Turdidae

184African ThrushTurdus pelios

 
Old World Flycatchers: Muscicapidae

185|Spotted Flycatcher|Muscicapa striata
186Swamp FlycatcherMuscicapa aquatica
187Northern Black-FlycatcherMelaenornis edolioides
188White-browed Robin-ChatCossypha heuglini
189/Common Redstart/Phoenicurus phoenicurus
190/Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush/Monticola saxatilis
191/Whinchat/Saxicola rubetra
192/Northern Wheatear/Oenanthe oenanthe

 
Sunbirds and Spiderhunters: Nectariniidae

193Collared SunbirdHedydipna collaris
194Scarlet-chested SunbirdChalcomitra senegalensis
195Bronze SunbirdNectarinia kilimensis
196Beautiful SunbirdCinnyris pulchellus
197Red-chested SunbirdCinnyris erythrocercus
198Copper SunbirdCinnyris cupreus

 
Weavers and Allies: Ploceidae

199White-browed Sparrow-WeaverPlocepasser mahali
200Baglafecht WeaverPloceus baglafecht
201Slender-billed WeaverPloceus pelzelni
202Spectacled WeaverPloceus ocularis
203Holub's Golden-WeaverPloceus xanthops
204Northern Brown-throated WeaverPloceus castanops
205Village WeaverPloceus cucullatus
206Black-headed WeaverPloceus melanocephalus
207<Golden-backed Weaver>Ploceus jacksoni
208Southern Red BishopEuplectes orix
209Black-winged BishopEuplectes hordeaceus
210<Fire-fronted Bishop>Euplectes diadematus
211White-winged WidowbirdEuplectes albonotatus
212Fan-tailed WidowbirdEuplectes axillaris

 
Waxbills and Allies: Estrildidae

213Common WaxbillEstrilda astrild
214Red-headed BluebillSpermophaga ruficapilla
215Red-cheeked CordonbleuUraeginthus bengalus
216Purple GrenadierGranatina ianthinogaster
217Red-billed FirefinchLagonosticta senegala
218Bronze MannikinSpermestes cucullata
219Black-and-white MannikinSpermestes bicolor

 
Indigobirds: Viduidae

220Pin-tailed WhydahVidua macroura
221Village IndigobirdVidua chalybeata

 
Old World Sparrows: Passeridae

222House SparrowPasser domesticus
223Northern Gray-headed SparrowPasser griseus

 
Wagtails and Pipits: Motacillidae

224/Western Yellow Wagtail/Motacilla flava
225African Pied WagtailMotacilla aguimp
226/White Wagtail/Motacilla alba
227/Red-throated Pipit/Anthus cervinus

 
Finches, Euphonias, and Allies: Fringillidae

228Yellow-fronted CanaryCrithagra mozambicus
229African CitrilCrithagra citrinelloides
230Papyrus CanaryCrithagra koliensis
231Reichenow's SeedeaterCrithagra reichenowi

 * Nomenclature and taxonomic affinities are based on Clements 6th Edition published 2007 with updates through September 2014 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.