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NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK

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Area (m):11,700
Altitude (m):1540-1780
# Species*:291
# Excl Vagrants*:291
# Endemics*:2
# Near Endemics*:7
Species/100 m*:2.5
*Based on partial or incomplete data.
Habitat: Grassland, riverine woodland, bush, thickets, gorges, dry forest

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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Ostriches: Struthionidae

1Common OstrichStruthio camelus

 
Ducks: Anatidae

2Egyptian GooseAlopochen aegyptiaca
3Spur-winged GoosePlectropterus gambensis
4Red-billed DuckAnas erythrorhyncha

 
Guineafowl: Numididae

5Helmeted GuineafowlNumida meleagris

 
Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies: Phasianidae

6Hildebrandt's FrancolinPternistis hildebrandti
7Yellow-necked FrancolinPternistis leucoscepus
8Shelley's FrancolinScleroptera shelleyi

 
Grebes: Podicipedidae

9Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis

 
Pigeons and Doves: Columbidae

10Mourning Collared-DoveStreptopelia decipiens
11Red-eyed DoveStreptopelia semitorquata
12Ring-necked DoveStreptopelia capicola
13Laughing DoveStreptopelia senegalensis
14Emerald-spotted Wood-DoveTurtur chalcospilos
15Tambourine DoveTurtur tympanistria
16Namaqua DoveOena capensis

 
Bustards: Otididae

17Kori BustardArdeotis kori

 
Sandgrouse: Pteroclidae

18Yellow-throated SandgrousePterocles gutturalis

 
Bustards: Otididae

19White-bellied BustardEupodotis senegalensis
20Black-bellied BustardLissotis melanogaster
21Hartlaub's BustardLissotis hartlaubii

 
Turacos: Musophagidae

22Hartlaub's TuracoTauraco hartlaubi
23White-bellied Go-away-birdCorythaixoides leucogaster

 
Cuckoos: Cuculidae

24Red-chested CuckooCuculus solitarius
25/Common Cuckoo/Cuculus canorus
26White-browed CoucalCentropus superciliosus
27/Great Spotted Cuckoo/Clamator glandarius
28African Emerald CuckooChrysococcyx cupreus
29Dideric CuckooChrysococcyx caprius

 
Nightjars and Allies: Caprimulgidae

30/Eurasian Nightjar/Caprimulgus europaeus

 
Swifts: Apodidae

31Little SwiftApus affinis
32/Horus Swift/Apus horus
33African Palm-SwiftCypsiurus parvus

 
Rails, Gallinules, and Coots: Rallidae

34African RailRallus caerulescens
35African SwamphenPorphyrio madagascariensis
36Black CrakeZapornia flavirostra

 
Cranes: Gruidae

37Gray Crowned-CraneBalearica regulorum

 
Thick-knees: Burhinidae

38Spotted Thick-kneeBurhinus capensis

 
Plovers and Lapwings: Charadriidae

39Blacksmith LapwingVanellus armatus
40Spur-winged LapwingVanellus spinosus
41Black-winged LapwingVanellus melanopterus
42Crowned LapwingVanellus coronatus
43Kittlitz's PloverCharadrius pecuarius
44Three-banded PloverCharadrius tricollaris

 
Sandpipers and Allies: Scolopacidae

45/Temminck's Stint/Calidris temminckii
46/Common Sandpiper/Actitis hypoleucos
47/Green Sandpiper/Tringa ochropus
48/Common Greenshank/Tringa nebularia
49/Marsh Sandpiper/Tringa stagnatilis
50/Wood Sandpiper/Tringa glareola

 
Storks: Ciconiidae

51Saddle-billed StorkEphippiorhynchus senegalensis
52Marabou StorkLeptoptilos crumenifer
53Yellow-billed StorkMycteria ibis

 
Cormorants and Shags: Phalacrocoracidae

54Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo

 
Hamerkop: Scopidae

55HamerkopScopus umbretta

 
Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns: Ardeidae

56Gray HeronArdea cinerea
57Black-headed HeronArdea melanocephala
58Purple HeronArdea purpurea
59Little EgretEgretta garzetta
60Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
61Squacco HeronArdeola ralloides
62Striated HeronButorides striata
63Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax

 
Ibises and Spoonbills: Threskiornithidae

64Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
65African Sacred IbisThreskiornis aethiopicus
66Hadada IbisBostrychia hagedash
67/Eurasian Spoonbill/Platalea leucorodia
68African SpoonbillPlatalea alba

 
Secretary-bird: Sagittariidae

69SecretarybirdSagittarius serpentarius

 
Hawks, Eagles, and Kites: Accipitridae

70Black-winged KiteElanus caeruleus
71African Harrier-HawkPolyboroides typus
72/European Honey-buzzard/Pernis apivorus
73White-headed VultureTrigonoceps occipitalis
74Lappet-faced VultureTorgos tracheliotos
75Hooded VultureNecrosyrtes monachus
76White-backed VultureGyps africanus
77Rueppell's GriffonGyps rueppelli
78BateleurTerathopius ecaudatus
79Crowned EagleStephanoaetus coronatus
80Martial EaglePolemaetus bellicosus
81Long-crested EagleLophaetus occipitalis
82Wahlberg's EagleHieraaetus wahlbergi
83/Booted Eagle/Hieraaetus pennatus
84Ayres's Hawk-EagleHieraaetus ayresii
85Tawny EagleAquila rapax
86/Steppe Eagle/Aquila nipalensis
87Dark Chanting-GoshawkMelierax metabates
88Eastern Chanting-GoshawkMelierax poliopterus
89/Grasshopper Buzzard/Butastur rufipennis
90/Pallid Harrier/Circus macrourus
91Little SparrowhawkAccipiter minullus
92Black GoshawkAccipiter melanoleucus
93/Black Kite/Milvus migrans
94Yellow-billed Kite**Milvus aegyptius
95African Fish-EagleHaliaeetus vocifer
96|Common Buzzard|Buteo buteo
97Augur BuzzardButeo augur

 
Mousebirds: Coliidae

98Speckled MousebirdColius striatus
99Blue-naped MousebirdUrocolius macrourus

 
Hornbills: Bucerotidae

100African Gray HornbillLophoceros nasutus

 
Kingfishers: Alcedinidae

101Malachite KingfisherCorythornis cristatus
102African Pygmy-KingfisherIspidina picta
103Gray-headed KingfisherHalcyon leucocephala
104Brown-hooded KingfisherHalcyon albiventris
105Striped KingfisherHalcyon chelicuti
106Pied KingfisherCeryle rudis

 
Bee-eaters: Meropidae

107Little Bee-eaterMerops pusillus
108Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaterMerops oreobates
109/White-throated Bee-eater/Merops albicollis
110|European Bee-eater|Merops apiaster
111/Northern Carmine Bee-eater/Merops nubicus

 
Rollers: Coraciidae

112/European Roller/Coracias garrulus
113Lilac-breasted RollerCoracias caudatus

 
African Barbets: Lybiidae

114Red-and-yellow BarbetTrachyphonus erythrocephalus
115Yellow-rumped TinkerbirdPogoniulus bilineatus
116Red-fronted TinkerbirdPogoniulus pusillus
117Red-fronted BarbetTricholaema diademata
118Black-throated BarbetTricholaema melanocephala
119White-headed BarbetLybius leucocephalus

 
Honeyguides: Indicatoridae

120Green-backed HoneyguideProdotiscus zambesiae
121Wahlberg's HoneyguideProdotiscus regulus

 
Woodpeckers: Picidae

122Cardinal WoodpeckerChloropicus fuscescens
123Nubian WoodpeckerCampethera nubica

 
Falcons and Caracaras: Falconidae

124Pygmy FalconPolihierax semitorquatus
125/Lesser Kestrel/Falco naumanni
126/Eurasian Kestrel/Falco tinnunculus
127Gray KestrelFalco ardosiaceus
128|Amur Falcon|Falco amurensis
129|Eleonora's Falcon|Falco eleonorae
130|Sooty Falcon|Falco concolor

 
Parrots: Psittaculidae

131Fischer's LovebirdAgapornis fischeri

 
Cuckooshrikes: Campephagidae

132Black CuckooshrikeCampephaga flava

 
Old World Orioles: Oriolidae

133/Eurasian Golden Oriole/Oriolus oriolus
134(African Golden Oriole)Oriolus auratus

 
Wattle-eyes and Batises: Platysteiridae

135Chinspot BatisBatis molitor

 
Bushshrikes: Malaconotidae

136BrubruNilaus afer
137Black-backed PuffbackDryoscopus cubla
138Brown-crowned TchagraTchagra australis
139Tropical BoubouLaniarius major
140Slate-colored BoubouLaniarius funebris
141Sulphur-breasted BushshrikeTelophorus sulfureopectus
142Black-fronted BushshrikeTelophorus nigrifrons

 
Drongos: Dicruridae

143Fork-tailed DrongoDicrurus adsimilis

 
Monarch Flycatchers: Monarchidae

144African Paradise-FlycatcherTerpsiphone viridis

 
Shrikes: Laniidae

145/Red-backed Shrike/Lanius collurio
146/Isabelline Shrike/Lanius isabellinus
147|Lesser Gray Shrike|Lanius minor
148Long-tailed FiscalLanius cabanisi
149Taita FiscalLanius dorsalis
150Northern FiscalLanius humeralis

 
Crows, Jays, and Magpies: Corvidae

151Pied CrowCorvus albus

 
Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice: Paridae

152White-bellied TitMelaniparus albiventris
153Red-throated TitMelaniparus fringillinus

 
Larks: Alaudidae

154Fischer's Sparrow-LarkEremopterix leucopareia
155Foxy LarkCalendulauda alopex
156Red-winged LarkMirafra hypermetra
157Rufous-naped LarkMirafra africana
158Red-capped LarkCalandrella cinerea

 
African Warblers: Macrosphenidae

159Northern CrombecSylvietta brachyura
160Red-faced CrombecSylvietta whytii
161Moustached Grass-WarblerMelocichla mentalis

 
Cisticolas and Allies: Cisticolidae

162Gray-backed Camaroptera**Camaroptera brevicaudata
163Yellow-breasted ApalisApalis flavida
164Tawny-flanked PriniaPrinia subflava
165Red-fronted WarblerPrinia rufifrons
166Gray-capped WarblerEminia lepida
167Singing CisticolaCisticola cantans
168Rattling CisticolaCisticola chiniana
169Winding Cisticola**Cisticola marginatus
170Stout CisticolaCisticola robustus
171Croaking CisticolaCisticola natalensis
172Siffling CisticolaCisticola brachypterus
173Tiny CisticolaCisticola nana
174Zitting CisticolaCisticola juncidis
175Desert CisticolaCisticola aridulus
176Wing-snapping CisticolaCisticola ayresii

 
Reed Warblers and Allies: Acrocephalidae

177/Eastern Olivaceous Warbler/Iduna pallida
178African Yellow-WarblerIduna natalensis
179|Olive-tree Warbler|Hippolais olivetorum
180/Marsh Warbler/Acrocephalus palustris
181Lesser Swamp WarblerAcrocephalus gracilirostris

 
Swallows: Hirundinidae

182Plain MartinRiparia paludicola
183/Bank Swallow/Riparia riparia
184Banded MartinRiparia cincta
185Rock MartinPtyonoprogne fuligula
186/Barn Swallow/Hirundo rustica
187Angola SwallowHirundo angolensis
188Wire-tailed SwallowHirundo smithii
189Red-rumped SwallowCecropis daurica
190Lesser Striped SwallowCecropis abyssinica
191Mosque SwallowCecropis senegalensis
192/Common House-Martin/Delichon urbicum
193Black SawwingPsalidoprocne pristoptera
194Gray-rumped SwallowPseudhirundo griseopyga

 
Bulbuls: Pycnonotidae

195Yellow-bellied GreenbulChlorocichla flaviventris
196Common BulbulPycnonotus barbatus

 
Leaf Warblers: Phylloscopidae

197/Willow Warbler/Phylloscopus trochilus

 
Sylviid Warblers, Parrotbills, and Allies: Sylviidae

198/Eurasian Blackcap/Sylvia atricapilla
199/Garden Warbler/Sylvia borin
200Brown ParisomaSylvia lugens
201/Greater Whitethroat/Sylvia communis

 
White-eyes, Yuhinas, and Allies: Zosteropidae

202Pale White-eyeZosterops abyssinicus
203Kikuyu White-eyeZosterops kikuyuensis

 
Laughingthrushes and Allies: Leiothrichidae

204Scaly ChattererTurdoides aylmeri
205Black-lored BabblerTurdoides sharpei
206Northern Pied-BabblerTurdoides hypoleuca

 
Oxpeckers: Buphagidae

207Red-billed OxpeckerBuphagus erythrorynchus
208Yellow-billed OxpeckerBuphagus africanus

 
Starlings: Sturnidae

209Wattled StarlingCreatophora cinerea
210Hildebrandt's StarlingLamprotornis hildebrandti
211Rueppell's StarlingLamprotornis purpuroptera
212Superb StarlingLamprotornis superbus
213Greater Blue-eared StarlingLamprotornis chalybaeus

 
Thrushes and Allies: Turdidae

214Abyssinian ThrushTurdus abyssinicus

 
Old World Flycatchers: Muscicapidae

215African Dusky FlycatcherMuscicapa adusta
216|Spotted Flycatcher|Muscicapa striata
217African Gray FlycatcherBradornis microrhynchus
218Southern Black-FlycatcherMelaenornis pammelaina
219White-eyed Slaty-FlycatcherMelaenornis fischeri
220Red-backed Scrub-RobinCercotrichas leucophrys
221Cape Robin-ChatCossypha caffra
222Rueppell's Robin-ChatCossypha semirufa
223White-browed Robin-ChatCossypha heuglini
224Spotted Morning-ThrushCichladusa guttata
225|Thrush Nightingale|Luscinia luscinia
226/Common Nightingale/Luscinia megarhynchos
227/Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush/Monticola saxatilis
228/Whinchat/Saxicola rubetra
229/Northern Wheatear/Oenanthe oenanthe
230/Isabelline Wheatear/Oenanthe isabellina

 
Sunbirds and Spiderhunters: Nectariniidae

231Collared SunbirdHedydipna collaris
232Amethyst SunbirdChalcomitra amethystina
233Scarlet-chested SunbirdChalcomitra senegalensis
234Tacazze SunbirdNectarinia tacazze
235Bronze SunbirdNectarinia kilimensis
236Eastern Double-collared SunbirdCinnyris mediocris
237Beautiful SunbirdCinnyris pulchellus
238Red-chested SunbirdCinnyris erythrocercus
239Purple-banded SunbirdCinnyris bifasciatus
240Variable SunbirdCinnyris venustus

 
Weavers and Allies: Ploceidae

241White-browed Sparrow-WeaverPlocepasser mahali
242Gray-headed Social-WeaverPseudonigrita arnaudi
243Baglafecht WeaverPloceus baglafecht
244Black-necked WeaverPloceus nigricollis
245Holub's Golden-WeaverPloceus xanthops
246Lesser Masked-WeaverPloceus intermedius
247Vitelline Masked-WeaverPloceus vitellinus
248Speke's WeaverPloceus spekei
249<Chestnut Weaver>Ploceus rubiginosus
250<Cardinal Quelea>Quelea cardinalis
251<Red-billed Quelea>Quelea quelea
252<Yellow-crowned Bishop>Euplectes afer
253Yellow BishopEuplectes capensis
254White-winged WidowbirdEuplectes albonotatus
255Red-collared WidowbirdEuplectes ardens
256Jackson's WidowbirdEuplectes jacksoni
257Grosbeak WeaverAmblyospiza albifrons

 
Waxbills and Allies: Estrildidae

258Common WaxbillEstrilda astrild
259Black-faced WaxbillEstrilda erythronotos
260Red-cheeked CordonbleuUraeginthus bengalus
261Blue-capped CordonbleuUraeginthus cyanocephalus
262Purple GrenadierGranatina ianthinogaster
263Red-billed FirefinchLagonosticta senegala
264African FirefinchLagonosticta rubricata
265<Cut-throat>Amadina fasciata
266Gray-headed SilverbillOdontospiza griseicapilla
267Bronze MannikinSpermestes cucullata
268Black-and-white MannikinSpermestes bicolor
269African SilverbillEuodice cantans

 
Indigobirds: Viduidae

270Pin-tailed WhydahVidua macroura
271Parasitic WeaverAnomalospiza imberbis

 
Old World Sparrows: Passeridae

272House SparrowPasser domesticus
273Kenya Rufous SparrowPasser rufocinctus
274Northern Gray-headed SparrowPasser griseus
275Parrot-billed SparrowPasser gongonensis
276Chestnut SparrowPasser eminibey
277Yellow-spotted Bush SparrowGymnornis pyrgita

 
Wagtails and Pipits: Motacillidae

278/Gray Wagtail/Motacilla cinerea
279/Western Yellow Wagtail/Motacilla flava
280African Pied WagtailMotacilla aguimp
281Sharpe's LongclawHemimacronyx sharpei
282Yellow-throated LongclawMacronyx croceus
283Pangani LongclawMacronyx aurantiigula
284Rosy-throated LongclawMacronyx ameliae

 
Finches, Euphonias, and Allies: Fringillidae

285Yellow-fronted CanaryCrithagra mozambicus
286Reichenow's SeedeaterCrithagra reichenowi
287Brimstone CanaryCrithagra sulphuratus
288Streaky SeedeaterCrithagra striolatus
289Yellow-crowned CanarySerinus flavivertex

 
Old World Buntings: Emberizidae

290Cinnamon-breasted BuntingEmberiza tahapisi
291Golden-breasted BuntingEmberiza flaviventris

 * 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.