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KENYA TARGET BIRDS LIST

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KENYA

Area (SqMi):224,962
# Species:1121
# Excl Vagrants:1066
# Endemics:10
# Near Endemics:39
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
3Elgon FrancolinScleroptera elgonensisMGOS
4Shelley's FrancolinScleroptera shelleyiNNPOS
5Jackson's SpurfowlPternistis jacksoniGF,MKUS
6Red-necked SpurfowlPternistis 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
19Montane NightjarCaprimulgus poliocephalusMKSS
20Scarce SwiftSchoutedenapus myoptilusMKUS
21White-spotted FlufftailSarothrura pulchraBG,KFRS
22Double-banded CourserSmutsornis africanusMMOS
23Rock PratincoleGlareola nuchalisBG,KE,LVSS
24Rufous-bellied HeronArdeola rufiventrisMMUS
25Olive IbisBostrychia olivaceaMKRS
26Hemprich's HornbillLophoceros hemprichiiLBUS
27Jackson's HornbillTockus jacksoniKE,LBAS
28Black-and-white-casqued HornbillBycanistes subcylindricaKF,MM,SSUS
29Blue-headed Bee-eaterMerops muelleriKFSS
30Blue-breasted Bee-eaterMerops variegatusBGSS
31Yellow-billed BarbetTrachyphonus purpuratusKFSS
32Gray-throated BarbetGymnobucco bonaparteiKF,MMUS
33Yellow-rumped TinkerbirdPogoniulus bilineatusKFUS
34Yellow-fronted TinkerbirdPogoniulus chrysoconusBGOS
35Yellow-spotted BarbetBuccanodon duchailluiKFUS
36Hairy-breasted BarbetTricholaema hirsutaKFOS
37Black-throated BarbetTricholaema melanocephalaOLOUS
38Black-billed BarbetLybius guifsobalitoLVUS
39Cassin's HoneyguideProdotiscus insignisKFOS
40Green-backed HoneyguideProdotiscus zambesiaeLNAIOS
41Least HoneyguideIndicator exilisKFSS
42Rufous-necked WryneckJynx ruficollisKIT,MMUS
43Speckle-breasted WoodpeckerChloropicus poecilolaemusBG,KFRS
44Golden-crowned WoodpeckerChloropicus xantholophusKFSS
45African Gray WoodpeckerChloropicus goertaeLV,SSSS
46Brown-eared WoodpeckerCampethera caroliKFUS
47Buff-spotted WoodpeckerCampethera nivosaKFOS
48Green-backed WoodpeckerCampethera cailliautiiMMOS
49Golden-tailed WoodpeckerCampethera abingoniMMRS
50Fox KestrelFalco alopexKE,LBSS
51Red-headed LovebirdAgapornis pullariusBGSS
52Fischer's LovebirdAgapornis fischeriLNAI,LV,NNPSS
53Yellow-collared LovebirdAgapornis personatusLNAIOS
54Gray ParrotPsittacus erithacusKFRS
55Red-fronted ParrotPoicephalus gulielmiMKUS
56African BroadbillSmithornis capensisKFSS
57Petit's CuckooshrikeCampephaga petitiKFUS
58Red-shouldered CuckooshrikeCampephaga phoeniceaKFRS
59Western Black-headed OrioleOriolus brachyrhynchusKFUS
60Black-tailed OrioleOriolus percivaliGF,MKUS
61Brown-throated Wattle-eyePlatysteira cyaneaKF,MM,SSUS
62Chestnut Wattle-eyePlatysteira castaneaKFSS
63Jameson's Wattle-eyePlatysteira jamesoniKFSS
64Yellow-bellied Wattle-eyePlatysteira concretaKFOS
65Gray-crested HelmetshrikePrionops poliolophusLNKUS
66African Shrike-flycatcherMegabyas flammulatusKFSS
67Pink-footed PuffbackDryoscopus angolensisKFUS
68Luehder's BushshrikeLaniarius luehderiKF,SSUS
69Papyrus GonolekLaniarius mufumbiriLVUS
70Gray-green BushshrikeTelophorus bocageiKF,KITUS
71Black-headed Paradise-FlycatcherTerpsiphone rufiventerKFSS
72Yellow-billed ShrikeLanius corvinaKEUS
73Magpie ShrikeLanius melanoleucaMMOS
74Taita FiscalLanius dorsalisOLOUS
75Somali FiscalLanius somalicusLBOS
76Mackinnon's ShrikeLanius mackinnoniKFSS
77Fan-tailed RavenCorvus rhipidurusKE,LB,SBSUS
78Yellow-bellied HyliotaHyliota flavigasterMMOS
79Dusky Crested-FlycatcherElminia nigromitrataKFSS
80Dusky TitMelaniparus funereusKFUS
81Red-throated TitMelaniparus fringillinusMM,NNPUS
82Williams's LarkMirafra williamsiSBSRS
83Somali Short-toed LarkAlaudala somalicaMM,SBSOS
84Eastern NicatorNicator gularisLNAIRS
85Green CrombecSylvietta virensBGSS
86Moustached Grass-WarblerMelocichla mentalisBG,NNPSS
87Green HyliaHylia prasinaKFSS
88Turner's EremomelaEremomela turneriKFUS
89White-chinned PriniaSchistolais leucopogonBG,KFUS
90Miombo Wren-WarblerCalamonastes undosusMMOS
91Gray Wren-WarblerCalamonastes simplexOLOUS
92Olive-green CamaropteraCamaroptera chloronotaKFUS
93Brown-tailed Apalis**Apalis viridicepsLB,SBSUS
94Buff-throated ApalisApalis rufogularisKFSS
95Black-headed ApalisApalis melanocephalaMKRS
96Karamoja ApalisApalis karamojaeMMRS
97Banded PriniaPrinia bairdiiKFRS
98Red-winged PriniaPrinia erythropteraLVOS
99Black-faced Rufous-WarblerBathmocercus rufusKFSS
100Whistling CisticolaCisticola lateralisBGUS
101Chubb's CisticolaCisticola chubbiKF,SSSS
102Hunter's CisticolaCisticola hunteriKP,MG,MKAS
103Rock-loving CisticolaCisticola aberransMMRS
104Carruthers's CisticolaCisticola carruthersiLVUS
105Levaillant's CisticolaCisticola tinniensKPSS
106Aberdare CisticolaCisticola aberdareKP,MGUS
107Tabora CisticolaCisticola angusticaudaMMRS
108Tiny CisticolaCisticola nanaOLOUS
109Wing-snapping CisticolaCisticola ayresiiKPSS
110Papyrus Yellow-WarblerCalamonastides gracilirostrisLVRS
111Greater Swamp WarblerAcrocephalus rufescensLNAI,LV,SSUS
112Evergreen-forest WarblerBradypterus lopeziGF,MKRS
113/Montane Blue Swallow/Hirundo atrocaeruleaBGSS
114Red-tailed BristlebillBleda syndactylusKFSS
115Shelley's GreenbulArizelocichla masukuensisKFSS
116Joyful GreenbulChlorocichla laetissimaKF,SSUS
117Honeyguide GreenbulBaeopogon indicatorKFOS
118Yellow-throated GreenbulAtimastillas flavicollisBGSS
119Gray GreenbulEurillas gracilisKFOS
120Ansorge's GreenbulEurillas ansorgeiKFUS
121Plain GreenbulEurillas curvirostrisKFSS
122Little GreenbulEurillas virensKFSS
123Toro Olive-GreenbulPhyllastrephus hypochlorisKFOS
124Uganda Woodland-WarblerPhylloscopus budongoensisKFUS
125Banded ParisomaCurruca boehmiOLOUS
126Brown IlladopsisIlladopsis fulvescensKFSS
127Pale-breasted IlladopsisIlladopsis rufipennisKFOS
128Scaly-breasted IlladopsisIlladopsis albipectusKFSS
129Brown BabblerTurdoides plebejusKE,LBUS
130Northern Pied-BabblerTurdoides hypoleucaNNPUS
131Bristle-crowned StarlingOnychognathus salvadoriiLB,SBSUS
132Abbott's StarlingPoeoptera femoralisGF,MKSS
133Stuhlmann's StarlingPoeoptera stuhlmanniKFUS
134Kenrick's StarlingPoeoptera kenrickiMKSS
135Black-bellied StarlingNotopholia coruscaSBSSS
136Hildebrandt's StarlingLamprotornis hildebrandtiMMSS
137Splendid StarlingLamprotornis splendidusSSSS
138Lesser Blue-eared StarlingLamprotornis chloropterusKE,KITSS
139Bronze-tailed StarlingLamprotornis chalcurusKESS
140White-tailed Ant-ThrushNeocossyphus poensisKFOS
141Orange Ground-ThrushGeokichla gurneyiGFSS
142Gambaga FlycatcherMuscicapa gambagaeSBSRS
143Swamp FlycatcherMuscicapa aquaticaLV,SSUS
144Chapin's FlycatcherFraseria lenduKFOS
145Northern Black-FlycatcherMelaenornis edolioidesKFUS
146Brown-backed Scrub-RobinCercotrichas hartlaubiKE,LNK,MMSS
147Blue-shouldered Robin-ChatCossypha cyanocampterKFOS
148Rueppell's Robin-ChatCossypha semirufaLNAIOS
149Snowy-crowned Robin-ChatCossypha niveicapillaKF,SSOS
150Brown-chested AletheChamaetylas poliocephalaGF,KFUS
151Gray-winged Robin-ChatSheppardia poliopteraKF,SSOS
152Equatorial AkalatSheppardia aequatorialisKFOS
153Moorland ChatPinarochroa sordidaMKSS
154Sooty ChatMyrmecocichla nigraMMAS
155Familiar ChatOenanthe familiarisMMSS
156Brown-tailed ChatOenanthe scotocercaLB,SBSUS
157Abyssinian WheatearOenanthe lugubrisLBSS
158Green SunbirdAnthreptes rectirostrisKFSS
159Green-throated SunbirdChalcomitra rubescensKF,SSSS
160Malachite SunbirdNectarinia famosaMKSS
161Olive-bellied SunbirdCinnyris chloropygiusBG,KFUS
162Orange-tufted SunbirdCinnyris bouvieriKFRS
163Shining SunbirdCinnyris habessinicusSBSOS
164White-billed Buffalo-WeaverBubalornis albirostrisLBAS
165Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-WeaverPlocepasser superciliosusKEUS
166Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow-WeaverPlocepasser donaldsoniSBSUS
167Red-headed MalimbeMalimbus rubricollisKFSS
168Little WeaverPloceus luteolusLB,SBSUS
169Slender-billed WeaverPloceus pelzelniLVUS
170Golden Palm WeaverPloceus bojeriSBSUS
171Northern Brown-throated WeaverPloceus castanopsLV,SSUS
172Northern Masked-WeaverPloceus taeniopterusLBAS
173Heuglin's Masked-WeaverPloceus heugliniKITOS
174Vieillot's Black WeaverPloceus nigerrimusKFUS
175Dark-backed Weaver
(Forest Weaver)
Ploceus bicolorKFUS
176Compact WeaverPachyphantes superciliosusBGUS
177Northern Red BishopEuplectes franciscanusLBOS
178Black BishopEuplectes gierowiiBGSS
179Marsh WidowbirdEuplectes hartlaubiBGSS
180Long-tailed WidowbirdEuplectes progneKP,LNK,MKUS
181Zebra WaxbillAmandava subflavaBGOS
182White-breasted NegritaNigrita fusconotusKFUS
183Black-faced WaxbillBrunhilda erythronotosKE,LBSS
184Black-cheeked WaxbillBrunhilda charmosynaKE,LB,SBSSS
185Black-crowned WaxbillEstrilda nonnulaBG,KF,SSUS
186Fawn-breasted WaxbillEstrilda paludicolaBG,KF,MGUS
187Black-rumped WaxbillEstrilda troglodytesBGSS
188<Cut-throat>Amadina fasciataLB,NNP,OLOSS
189Blue-capped CordonbleuUraeginthus cyanocephalusOLOSS
190Red-headed BluebillSpermophaga ruficapillaKFUS
191Orange-winged PytiliaPytilia afraSBSRS
192Brown TwinspotClytospiza monteiriBGSS
193Black-bellied FirefinchLagonosticta raraBGSS
194Bar-breasted FirefinchLagonosticta rufopictaBGUS
195Straw-tailed WhydahVidua fischeriOLOSS
196Parrot-billed SparrowPasser gongonensisLBUS
197Swahili SparrowPasser suahelicusMMSS
198Cape WagtailMotacilla capensisMGUS
199Sharpe's LongclawMacronyx sharpeiKP,MGSS
200Pangani LongclawMacronyx aurantiigulaNNPOS
201Papyrus CanaryCrithagra koliensisLVSS
202Reichard's SeedeaterCrithagra reichardiKESS
203Gray-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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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