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KENYA TARGET BIRDS LIST

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KENYA

Area (SqMi):224,962
# Species:1124
# Excl Vagrants:1068
# Endemics:10
# Near Endemics:37
Species/1000 SqMi:4.7

List of target birds found in the country broken down by locations. Target birds are those found only in restricted areas, are rarely seen anywhere, or are endemic or near endemic. Some species may be more easily seen in other countries. A separate target list can be viewed for each location by clicking its sidebar link.*

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1White-backed DuckThalassornis leuconotusLB,LNAI,MPSS
2Maccoa DuckOxyura maccoaLB,MPSS
3Moorland FrancolinScleroptera psilolaemusMGOS
4Shelley's FrancolinScleroptera shelleyiNNPOS
5Jackson's FrancolinPternistis jacksoniGF,MKUS
6Red-necked FrancolinPternistis aferLV,MMSS
7Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatusLB,MGOS
8Yellow-throated SandgrousePterocles gutturalisMM,NNPUS
9Lichtenstein's SandgrousePterocles lichtensteiniiLBSS
10Denham's BustardNeotis denhamiMMRS
11Great Blue TuracoCorythaeola cristataKFSS
12Schalow's TuracoTauraco schalowiMMSS
13Black-billed TuracoTauraco schuettiiKFRS
14White-crested TuracoTauraco leucolophusKESS
15Eastern Plantain-eaterCrinifer zonurusKE,KF,KIT,LVUS
16Blue-headed CoucalCentropus monachusBG,LV,MKUS
17Senegal CoucalCentropus senegalensisBG,SSSS
18\Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo\Cercococcyx montanusGFRS
19Black-shouldered NightjarCaprimulgus nigriscapularisKERS
20Abyssinian NightjarCaprimulgus poliocephalusMKSS
21Scarce SwiftSchoutedenapus myoptilusMKUS
22White-spotted FlufftailSarothrura pulchraBG,KFRS
23Double-banded CourserSmutsornis africanusMMOS
24Rock PratincoleGlareola nuchalisBG,KE,LVSS
25Rufous-bellied HeronArdeola rufiventrisMMUS
26Olive IbisBostrychia olivaceaMKRS
27Hemprich's HornbillLophoceros hemprichiiLBUS
28Jackson's HornbillTockus jacksoniKE,LBAS
29Black-and-white-casqued HornbillBycanistes subcylindricaKF,MM,SSUS
30Blue-headed Bee-eaterMerops muelleriKFSS
31Blue-breasted Bee-eaterMerops variegatusBGSS
32Yellow-billed BarbetTrachyphonus purpuratusKFSS
33Gray-throated BarbetGymnobucco bonaparteiKF,MMUS
34Yellow-rumped TinkerbirdPogoniulus bilineatusKFUS
35Yellow-fronted TinkerbirdPogoniulus chrysoconusBGOS
36Yellow-spotted BarbetBuccanodon duchailluiKFUS
37Hairy-breasted BarbetTricholaema hirsutaKFOS
38Black-throated BarbetTricholaema melanocephalaOLOUS
39Black-billed BarbetLybius guifsobalitoLVUS
40Cassin's HoneyguideProdotiscus insignisKFOS
41Green-backed HoneyguideProdotiscus zambesiaeLNAIOS
42Least HoneyguideIndicator exilisKFSS
43Thick-billed HoneyguideIndicator conirostrisKFSS
44Rufous-necked WryneckJynx ruficollisKIT,MMUS
45Speckle-breasted WoodpeckerChloropicus poecilolaemusBG,KFRS
46Golden-crowned WoodpeckerChloropicus xantholophusKFSS
47African Gray WoodpeckerChloropicus goertaeLV,SSSS
48Brown-eared WoodpeckerCampethera caroliKFUS
49Buff-spotted WoodpeckerCampethera nivosaKFOS
50Green-backed WoodpeckerCampethera cailliautiiMMOS
51Golden-tailed WoodpeckerCampethera abingoniMMRS
52Fox KestrelFalco alopexKE,LBSS
53Red-headed LovebirdAgapornis pullariusBGSS
54Fischer's LovebirdAgapornis fischeriLNAI,LV,NNPSS
55Yellow-collared LovebirdAgapornis personatusLNAIOS
56Gray ParrotPsittacus erithacusKFRS
57Red-fronted ParrotPoicephalus gulielmiMKUS
58African BroadbillSmithornis capensisKFSS
59Petit's CuckooshrikeCampephaga petitiKFUS
60Red-shouldered CuckooshrikeCampephaga phoeniceaKFRS
61Western Black-headed OrioleOriolus brachyrhynchusKFUS
62Black-tailed OrioleOriolus percivaliGF,MKUS
63Brown-throated Wattle-eyePlatysteira cyaneaKF,MM,SSUS
64Chestnut Wattle-eyePlatysteira castaneaKFSS
65Jameson's Wattle-eyePlatysteira jamesoniKFSS
66Yellow-bellied Wattle-eyePlatysteira concretaKFOS
67Gray-crested HelmetshrikePrionops poliolophusLNKUS
68African Shrike-flycatcherMegabyas flammulatusKFSS
69Pink-footed PuffbackDryoscopus angolensisKFUS
70Luehder's BushshrikeLaniarius luehderiKF,SSUS
71Papyrus GonolekLaniarius mufumbiriLVUS
72Gray-green BushshrikeTelophorus bocageiKF,KITUS
73Black-headed Paradise-FlycatcherTerpsiphone rufiventerKFSS
74Yellow-billed ShrikeLanius corvinaKEUS
75Magpie ShrikeLanius melanoleucaMMOS
76Taita FiscalLanius dorsalisOLOUS
77Somali FiscalLanius somalicusLBOS
78Mackinnon's ShrikeLanius mackinnoniKFSS
79Fan-tailed RavenCorvus rhipidurusKE,LB,SBSUS
80Yellow-bellied HyliotaHyliota flavigasterMMOS
81Dusky Crested-FlycatcherElminia nigromitrataKFSS
82Dusky TitMelaniparus funereusKFUS
83Red-throated TitMelaniparus fringillinusMM,NNPUS
84Williams's LarkMirafra williamsiSBSRS
85Somali Short-toed LarkAlaudala somalicaMM,SBSOS
86Eastern NicatorNicator gularisLNAIRS
87Green CrombecSylvietta virensBGSS
88Moustached Grass-WarblerMelocichla mentalisBG,NNPSS
89Green HyliaHylia prasinaKFSS
90Turner's EremomelaEremomela turneriKFUS
91White-chinned PriniaSchistolais leucopogonBG,KFUS
92Miombo Wren-WarblerCalamonastes undosusMMOS
93Gray Wren-WarblerCalamonastes simplexOLOUS
94Olive-green CamaropteraCamaroptera chloronotaKFUS
95Brown-tailed Apalis**Apalis viridicepsLB,SBSUS
96Buff-throated ApalisApalis rufogularisKFSS
97Black-headed ApalisApalis melanocephalaMKRS
98Karamoja ApalisApalis karamojaeMMRS
99Banded PriniaPrinia bairdiiKFRS
100Red-winged PriniaPrinia erythropteraLVOS
101Black-faced Rufous-WarblerBathmocercus rufusKFSS
102Whistling CisticolaCisticola lateralisBGUS
103Chubb's CisticolaCisticola chubbiKF,SSSS
104Hunter's CisticolaCisticola hunteriKP,MG,MKAS
105Rock-loving CisticolaCisticola aberransMMRS
106Carruthers's CisticolaCisticola carruthersiLVUS
107Levaillant's CisticolaCisticola tinniensKPSS
108Aberdare CisticolaCisticola aberdareKP,MGUS
109Tabora CisticolaCisticola angusticaudaMMRS
110Tiny CisticolaCisticola nanaOLOUS
111Wing-snapping CisticolaCisticola ayresiiKPSS
112Papyrus Yellow-WarblerCalamonastides gracilirostrisLVRS
113Greater Swamp WarblerAcrocephalus rufescensLNAI,LV,SSUS
114Evergreen-forest WarblerBradypterus lopeziGF,MKRS
115/Montane Blue Swallow/Hirundo atrocaeruleaBGSS
116Red-tailed BristlebillBleda syndactylusKFSS
117Shelley's GreenbulArizelocichla masukuensisKFSS
118Joyful GreenbulChlorocichla laetissimaKF,SSUS
119Honeyguide GreenbulBaeopogon indicatorKFOS
120Yellow-throated GreenbulAtimastillas flavicollisBGSS
121Gray GreenbulEurillas gracilisKFOS
122Ansorge's GreenbulEurillas ansorgeiKFUS
123Plain GreenbulEurillas curvirostrisKFSS
124Little GreenbulEurillas virensKFSS
125Toro Olive-GreenbulPhyllastrephus hypochlorisKFOS
126Uganda Woodland-WarblerPhylloscopus budongoensisKFUS
127Banded ParisomaCurruca boehmiOLOUS
128Brown IlladopsisIlladopsis fulvescensKFSS
129Pale-breasted IlladopsisIlladopsis rufipennisKFOS
130Scaly-breasted IlladopsisIlladopsis albipectusKFSS
131Brown BabblerTurdoides plebejusKE,LBUS
132Northern Pied-BabblerTurdoides hypoleucaNNPUS
133Bristle-crowned StarlingOnychognathus salvadoriiLB,SBSUS
134Abbott's StarlingPoeoptera femoralisGF,MKSS
135Stuhlmann's StarlingPoeoptera stuhlmanniKFUS
136Kenrick's StarlingPoeoptera kenrickiMKSS
137Black-bellied StarlingNotopholia coruscaSBSSS
138Hildebrandt's StarlingLamprotornis hildebrandtiMMSS
139Splendid StarlingLamprotornis splendidusSSSS
140Lesser Blue-eared StarlingLamprotornis chloropterusKE,KITSS
141Bronze-tailed StarlingLamprotornis chalcurusKESS
142White-tailed Ant-ThrushNeocossyphus poensisKFOS
143Orange Ground-ThrushGeokichla gurneyiGFSS
144Gambaga FlycatcherMuscicapa gambagaeSBSRS
145Swamp FlycatcherMuscicapa aquaticaLV,SSUS
146Chapin's FlycatcherFraseria lenduKFOS
147Northern Black-FlycatcherMelaenornis edolioidesKFUS
148Brown-backed Scrub-RobinCercotrichas hartlaubiKE,LNK,MMSS
149Blue-shouldered Robin-ChatCossypha cyanocampterKFOS
150Gray-winged Robin-ChatCossypha poliopteraKF,SSOS
151Rueppell's Robin-ChatCossypha semirufaLNAIOS
152Snowy-crowned Robin-ChatCossypha niveicapillaKF,SSOS
153Brown-chested AletheChamaetylas poliocephalaGF,KFUS
154Equatorial AkalatSheppardia aequatorialisKFOS
155Moorland ChatPinarochroa sordidaMKSS
156Sooty ChatMyrmecocichla nigraMMAS
157Familiar ChatOenanthe familiarisMMSS
158Brown-tailed ChatOenanthe scotocercaLB,SBSUS
159Abyssinian WheatearOenanthe lugubrisLBSS
160Green SunbirdAnthreptes rectirostrisKFSS
161Green-throated SunbirdChalcomitra rubescensKF,SSSS
162Malachite SunbirdNectarinia famosaMKSS
163Olive-bellied SunbirdCinnyris chloropygiusBG,KFUS
164Orange-tufted SunbirdCinnyris bouvieriKFRS
165Shining SunbirdCinnyris habessinicusSBSOS
166White-billed Buffalo-WeaverBubalornis albirostrisLBAS
167Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-WeaverPlocepasser superciliosusKEUS
168Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow-WeaverPlocepasser donaldsoniSBSUS
169Red-headed MalimbeMalimbus rubricollisKFSS
170Little WeaverPloceus luteolusLB,SBSUS
171Slender-billed WeaverPloceus pelzelniLVUS
172Golden Palm WeaverPloceus bojeriSBSUS
173Northern Brown-throated WeaverPloceus castanopsLV,SSUS
174Northern Masked-WeaverPloceus taeniopterusLBAS
175Heuglin's Masked-WeaverPloceus heugliniKITOS
176Vieillot's WeaverPloceus nigerrimusKFUS
177Dark-backed Weaver
(Forest Weaver)
Ploceus bicolorKFUS
178Compact WeaverPachyphantes superciliosusBGUS
179Northern Red BishopEuplectes franciscanusLBOS
180Black BishopEuplectes gierowiiBGSS
181Marsh WidowbirdEuplectes hartlaubiBGSS
182Long-tailed WidowbirdEuplectes progneKP,LNK,MKUS
183Zebra WaxbillAmandava subflavaBGOS
184White-breasted NegritaNigrita fusconotusKFUS
185Black-faced WaxbillBrunhilda erythronotosKE,LBSS
186Black-cheeked WaxbillBrunhilda charmosynaKE,LB,SBSSS
187Black-crowned WaxbillEstrilda nonnulaBG,KF,SSUS
188Fawn-breasted WaxbillEstrilda paludicolaBG,KF,MGUS
189Black-rumped WaxbillEstrilda troglodytesBGSS
190<Cut-throat>Amadina fasciataLB,NNP,OLOSS
191Blue-capped CordonbleuUraeginthus cyanocephalusOLOSS
192Red-headed BluebillSpermophaga ruficapillaKFUS
193Orange-winged PytiliaPytilia afraSBSRS
194Brown TwinspotClytospiza monteiriBGSS
195Black-bellied FirefinchLagonosticta raraBGSS
196Bar-breasted FirefinchLagonosticta rufopictaBGUS
197Straw-tailed WhydahVidua fischeriOLOSS
198Parrot-billed SparrowPasser gongonensisLBUS
199Swahili SparrowPasser suahelicusMMSS
200Cape WagtailMotacilla capensisMGUS
201Sharpe's LongclawHemimacronyx sharpeiKP,MGSS
202Pangani LongclawMacronyx aurantiigulaNNPOS
203Papyrus CanaryCrithagra koliensisLVSS
204Reichard's SeedeaterCrithagra reichardiKESS
205Gray-chested BabblerKakamega poliothoraxKFSS

 * 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.

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BIRDING LOCALES

PRESENCE CODES

//Boreal Visitor
\\Austral Visitor
||Transient
##Non-breeding Dispersal
<>Erratic/Irregular
()Breeding Season Only
{}Casual/Vagrant
[]Accidental

LIKELIHOOD CODES

ASAlways Seen
USUsually Seen
SSSometimes Seen
OSOccasionally Seen
RSRarely Seen