Altitude (m):0-40
# Species:205
# Excl Vagrants:205
# Endemics:1
# Near Endemics:9
Habitat: Marine, arid scrub, riverine


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

2(Egyptian Goose)Alopochen aegyptiaca
3(South African Shelduck)Tadorna cana
4|Blue-billed Teal|Spatula hottentota
5Cape ShovelerSpatula smithii
6Cape TealAnas capensis
7(Red-billed Duck)Anas erythrorhyncha
8(Southern Pochard)Netta erythrophthalma
9Maccoa DuckOxyura maccoa

Guineafowl: Numididae

10Helmeted GuineafowlNumida meleagris

Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies: Phasianidae

11Red-billed SpurfowlPternistis adspersus

Flamingos: Phoenicopteridae

12Greater FlamingoPhoenicopterus roseus
13(Lesser Flamingo)Phoenicoparrus minor

Grebes: Podicipedidae

14Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis
15Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatus
16Eared GrebePodiceps nigricollis

Pigeons and Doves: Columbidae

17Rock PigeonColumba livia
18Speckled PigeonColumba guinea
19Ring-necked DoveStreptopelia capicola
20Laughing DoveSpilopelia senegalensis
21Namaqua DoveOena capensis

Sandgrouse: Pteroclidae

22Namaqua SandgrousePterocles namaqua
23Double-banded SandgrousePterocles bicinctus

Bustards: Otididae

24Ludwig's BustardNeotis ludwigii
25Rueppell's BustardHeterotetrax rueppelii
26White-quilled BustardAfrotis afraoides

Turacos: Musophagidae

27Gray Go-away-birdCrinifer concolor

Cuckoos: Cuculidae

28(Great Spotted Cuckoo)Clamator glandarius
29(Dideric Cuckoo)Chrysococcyx caprius

Swifts: Apodidae

30|Alpine Swift|Tachymarptis melba
31Bradfield's SwiftApus bradfieldi
32Little SwiftApus affinis
33White-rumped SwiftApus caffer
34African Palm SwiftCypsiurus parvus

Rails, Gallinules, and Coots: Rallidae

35Eurasian MoorhenGallinula chloropus
36Red-knobbed CootFulica cristata
37African SwamphenPorphyrio madagascariensis

Stilts and Avocets: Recurvirostridae

38Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus
39Pied AvocetRecurvirostra avosetta

Oystercatchers: Haematopodidae

40/Eurasian Oystercatcher/Haematopus ostralegus
41African OystercatcherHaematopus moquini

Plovers and Lapwings: Charadriidae

42/Black-bellied Plover/Pluvialis squatarola
43/Common Ringed Plover/Charadrius hiaticula
44Three-banded PloverCharadrius tricollaris
45Blacksmith LapwingVanellus armatus
46Kittlitz's PloverAnarhynchus pecuarius
47Chestnut-banded PloverAnarhynchus pallidus
48White-fronted PloverAnarhynchus marginatus

Sandpipers and Allies: Scolopacidae

49/Whimbrel/Numenius phaeopus
50Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquata
51/Bar-tailed Godwit/Limosa lapponica
52/Red Phalarope/Phalaropus fulicarius
53/Red-necked Phalarope/Phalaropus lobatus
54/Terek Sandpiper/Xenus cinereus
55/Common Sandpiper/Actitis hypoleucos
56/Marsh Sandpiper/Tringa stagnatilis
57/Wood Sandpiper/Tringa glareola
58Common RedshankTringa totanus
59/Common Greenshank/Tringa nebularia
60/Ruddy Turnstone/Arenaria interpres
61/Red Knot/Calidris canutus
62/Ruff/Calidris pugnax
63/Curlew Sandpiper/Calidris ferruginea
64/Sanderling/Calidris alba
65/Little Stint/Calidris minuta

Pratincoles and Coursers: Glareolidae

66Double-banded CourserSmutsornis africanus
67Burchell's CourserCursorius rufus

Skuas and Jaegers: Stercorariidae

68Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudus
69/Parasitic Jaeger/Stercorarius parasiticus
70/Pomarine Jaeger/Stercorarius pomarinus
71Brown SkuaStercorarius antarcticus

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers: Laridae

72|Sabine's Gull|Xema sabini
73Gray-hooded GullChroicocephalus cirrocephalus
74Hartlaub's GullChroicocephalus hartlaubii
75Kelp GullLarus dominicanus
76(Damara Tern)Sternula balaenarum
77Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
78Whiskered TernChlidonias hybrida
79/Black Tern/Chlidonias niger
80/White-winged Tern/Chlidonias leucopterus
81/Common Tern/Sterna hirundo
82/Sandwich Tern/Thalasseus sandvicensis
83Great Crested TernThalasseus bergii

Penguins: Spheniscidae

84African PenguinSpheniscus demersus

Albatrosses: Diomedeidae

85#Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross#Thalassarche chlororhynchos
86#Black-browed Albatross#Thalassarche melanophris

Southern Storm-Petrels: Oceanitidae

87#Wilson's Storm-Petrel#Oceanites oceanicus

Northern Storm-Petrels: Hydrobatidae

88/European Storm-Petrel/Hydrobates pelagicus

Shearwaters and Petrels: Procellariidae

89#White-chinned Petrel#Procellaria aequinoctialis
90#Cory's Shearwater#Calonectris diomedea
91#Sooty Shearwater#Ardenna griseus

Boobies and Gannets: Sulidae

92(Cape Gannet)Morus capensis

Cormorants and Shags: Phalacrocoracidae

93Long-tailed CormorantMicrocarbo africanus
94Crowned CormorantMicrocarbo coronatus
95Bank CormorantPhalacrocorax neglectus
96Cape CormorantPhalacrocorax capensis
97Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo

Pelicans: Pelecanidae

98(Great White Pelican)Pelecanus onocrotalus

Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns: Ardeidae

99Little EgretEgretta garzetta
100(Western Cattle Egret)Bubulcus ibis
101Great EgretArdea alba
102Yellow-billed EgretArdea brachyrhyncha
103Gray HeronArdea cinerea
104Purple HeronArdea purpurea

Ibises and Spoonbills: Threskiornithidae

105Hadada IbisBostrychia hagedash

Hawks, Eagles, and Kites: Accipitridae

106Black-winged KiteElanus caeruleus
107Lappet-faced VultureTorgos tracheliotos
108Black-chested Snake-EagleCircaetus pectoralis
109Tawny EagleAquila rapax
110Pale Chanting-GoshawkMelierax canorus
111/Common Buzzard/Buteo buteo
112Augur BuzzardButeo augur

Owls: Strigidae

113Spotted Eagle-OwlBubo africanus
114Pearl-spotted OwletGlaucidium perlatum

Mousebirds: Coliidae

115White-backed MousebirdColius colius
116Red-faced MousebirdUrocolius indicus

Hoopoes: Upupidae

117African Hoopoe**Upupa africana

Woodhoopoes and Scimitarbills: Phoeniculidae

118Common ScimitarbillRhinopomastus cyanomelas

Hornbills: Bucerotidae

119African Gray HornbillLophoceros nasutus
120Monteiro's HornbillTockus monteiri
121Damara Red-billed HornbillTockus damarensis
122Southern Yellow-billed HornbillTockus leucomelas

Bee-eaters: Meropidae

123Swallow-tailed Bee-eaterMerops hirundineus

Rollers: Coraciidae

124(Rufous-crowned Roller)Coracias naevius

African Barbets: Lybiidae

125Pied BarbetTricholaema leucomelas

Woodpeckers: Picidae

126Cardinal WoodpeckerDendropicos fuscescens

Falcons and Caracaras: Falconidae

127Pygmy FalconPolihierax semitorquatus
128Rock KestrelFalco rupicolus
129Greater KestrelFalco rupicoloides
130Lanner FalconFalco biarmicus
131Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

Parrots: Psittaculidae

132Rosy-faced LovebirdAgapornis roseicollis

Wattle-eyes and Batises: Platysteiridae

133White-tailed ShrikeLanioturdus torquatus
134Pririt BatisBatis pririt

Bushshrikes: Malaconotidae

135BrubruNilaus afer
136Black-backed PuffbackDryoscopus cubla
137Crimson-breasted GonolekLaniarius atrococcineus
138BokmakierieTelophorus zeylonus

Drongos: Dicruridae

139Fork-tailed DrongoDicrurus adsimilis

Monarch Flycatchers: Monarchidae

140(African Paradise-Flycatcher)Terpsiphone viridis

Shrikes: Laniidae

141/Lesser Gray Shrike/Lanius minor
142Southern FiscalLanius collaris

Crows, Jays, and Magpies: Corvidae

143Cape CrowCorvus capensis
144Pied CrowCorvus albus

Larks: Alaudidae

145Gray's LarkAmmomanopsis grayi
146Karoo Long-billed LarkCerthilauda subcoronata
147Gray-backed Sparrow-LarkEremopterix verticalis
148Sabota LarkCalendulauda sabota
149Dune LarkCalendulauda erythrochlamys
150Red-capped LarkCalandrella cinerea
151Stark's LarkSpizocorys starki

African Warblers: Macrosphenidae

152Cape CrombecSylvietta rufescens

Cisticolas and Allies: Cisticolidae

153Yellow-bellied EremomelaEremomela icteropygialis
154Black-chested PriniaPrinia flavicans
155Rufous-eared WarblerMalcorus pectoralis
156Zitting CisticolaCisticola juncidis
157Desert CisticolaCisticola aridulus

Reed Warblers and Allies: Acrocephalidae

158/Common Reed Warbler/Acrocephalus scirpaceus

Swallows: Hirundinidae

159/Bank Swallow/Riparia riparia
160Rock MartinPtyonoprogne fuligula
161/Barn Swallow/Hirundo rustica
162/Western House-Martin/Delichon urbicum
163(Greater Striped Swallow)Cecropis cucullata
164|South African Swallow|Petrochelidon spilodera

Bulbuls: Pycnonotidae

165Black-fronted BulbulPycnonotus nigricans

Leaf Warblers: Phylloscopidae

166/Willow Warbler/Phylloscopus trochilus

Sylviid Warblers, Parrotbills, and Allies: Sylviidae

167Chestnut-vented WarblerCurruca subcaerulea

White-eyes, Yuhinas, and Allies: Zosteropidae

168Orange River White-eyeZosterops pallidus

Starlings: Sturnidae

169(Violet-backed Starling)Cinnyricinclus leucogaster
170Pale-winged StarlingOnychognathus nabouroup
171Burchell's StarlingLamprotornis australis
172Cape StarlingLamprotornis nitens

Thrushes and Allies: Turdidae

173Groundscraper ThrushTurdus litsitsirupa

Old World Flycatchers: Muscicapidae

174/Spotted Flycatcher/Muscicapa striata
175Marico FlycatcherBradornis mariquensis
176Chat FlycatcherAgricola infuscatus
177Kalahari Scrub-RobinCercotrichas paena
178Short-toed Rock-ThrushMonticola brevipes
179Karoo ChatEmarginata schlegelii
180Tractrac ChatEmarginata tractrac
181Southern Anteater-ChatMyrmecocichla formicivora
182Mountain WheatearMyrmecocichla monticola
183Familiar ChatOenanthe familiaris

Sunbirds and Spiderhunters: Nectariniidae

184Scarlet-chested SunbirdChalcomitra senegalensis
185Marico SunbirdCinnyris mariquensis
186Dusky SunbirdCinnyris fuscus

Weavers and Allies: Ploceidae

187&Red-billed Buffalo-WeaverlBubalornis niger
188White-browed Sparrow-WeaverPlocepasser mahali
189Sociable WeaverPhiletairus socius
190Lesser Masked-WeaverPloceus intermedius
191Southern Masked-WeaverPloceus velatus
192(Red-billed Quelea)Quelea quelea

Waxbills and Allies: Estrildidae

193Black-faced WaxbillBrunhilda erythronotos
194Common WaxbillEstrilda astrild
195Red-headed FinchAmadina erythrocephala

Indigobirds: Viduidae

196Shaft-tailed WhydahVidua regia

Old World Sparrows: Passeridae

197House SparrowPasser domesticus
198Great Rufous SparrowPasser motitensis
199Cape SparrowPasser melanurus
200Southern Gray-headed SparrowPasser diffusus

Wagtails and Pipits: Motacillidae

201Cape WagtailMotacilla capensis
202African PipitAnthus cinnamomeus

Finches, Euphonias, and Allies: Fringillidae

203Yellow CanaryCrithagra flaviventris
204White-throated CanaryCrithagra albogularis

Old World Buntings: Emberizidae

205Lark-like BuntingEmberiza impetuani


 *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.



//Boreal Visitor33
\\Austral Visitor0
##Non-breeding Dispersal6
()Breeding Season Only16


NTNear Threatened6
CRCritically Endangered0

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.