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# Species*:294
# Excl Vagrants*:294
# Endemics*:1
# Near Endemics*:10
*Based on partial or incomplete data.
Habitat: Marine, arid scrub, desert

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

2|White-faced Whistling-Duck|Dendrocygna viduata
3|Fulvous Whistling-Duck|Dendrocygna bicolor
4White-backed DuckThalassornis leuconotus
5(Egyptian Goose)Alopochen aegyptiaca
6(South African Shelduck)Tadorna cana
7|Hottentot Teal|Spatula hottentota
8Cape ShovelerSpatula smithii
9|Yellow-billed Duck|Anas undulata
10Cape TealAnas capensis
11(Red-billed Duck)Anas erythrorhyncha
12(Southern Pochard)Netta erythrophthalma
13Maccoa DuckOxyura maccoa

 
Guineafowl: Numididae

14Helmeted GuineafowlNumida meleagris

 
Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies: Phasianidae

15(Harlequin Quail)Coturnix delegorguei
16Red-billed FrancolinPternistis adspersus

 
Flamingos: Phoenicopteridae

17Greater FlamingoPhoenicopterus roseus
18(Lesser Flamingo)Phoenicoparrus minor

 
Grebes: Podicipedidae

19Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis
20Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatus
21Eared GrebePodiceps nigricollis

 
Pigeons and Doves: Columbidae

22Rock PigeonColumba livia
23Speckled PigeonColumba guinea
24Ring-necked DoveStreptopelia capicola
25Laughing DoveStreptopelia senegalensis
26Namaqua DoveOena capensis

 
Sandgrouse: Pteroclidae

27Namaqua SandgrousePterocles namaqua
28Double-banded SandgrousePterocles bicinctus

 
Bustards: Otididae

29Kori BustardArdeotis kori
30Ludwig's BustardNeotis ludwigii
31Rueppell's BustardEupodotis rueppelii

 
Turacos: Musophagidae

32Gray Go-away-birdCorythaixoides concolor

 
Cuckoos: Cuculidae

33(Dideric Cuckoo)Chrysococcyx caprius

 
Swifts: Apodidae

34|Alpine Swift|Apus melba
35/Common Swift/Apus apus
36African SwiftApus barbatus
37Bradfield's SwiftApus bradfieldi
38Little SwiftApus affinis
39White-rumped SwiftApus caffer
40African Palm-SwiftCypsiurus parvus

 
Rails, Gallinules, and Coots: Rallidae

41|African Crake|Crex egregia
42Spotted CrakePorzana porzana
43(Lesser Moorhen)Gallinula angulata
44Eurasian MoorhenGallinula chloropus
45Red-knobbed CootFulica cristata
46African SwamphenPorphyrio madagascariensis
47Black CrakeZapornia flavirostra

 
Thick-knees: Burhinidae

48Spotted Thick-kneeBurhinus capensis

 
Stilts and Avocets: Recurvirostridae

49Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus
50Pied AvocetRecurvirostra avosetta

 
Oystercatchers: Haematopodidae

51/Eurasian Oystercatcher/Haematopus ostralegus
52African OystercatcherHaematopus moquini

 
Plovers and Lapwings: Charadriidae

53/Black-bellied Plover/Pluvialis squatarola
54Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulva
55Blacksmith LapwingVanellus armatus
56White-headed LapwingVanellus albiceps
57Crowned LapwingVanellus coronatus
58Wattled LapwingVanellus senegallus
59/Lesser Sand-Plover/Charadrius mongolus
60/Greater Sand-Plover/Charadrius leschenaultii
61/Caspian Plover/Charadrius asiaticus
62Kittlitz's PloverCharadrius pecuarius
63/Common Ringed Plover/Charadrius hiaticula
64Three-banded PloverCharadrius tricollaris
65White-fronted PloverCharadrius marginatus
66Chestnut-banded PloverCharadrius pallidus

 
Painted-Snipes: Rostratulidae

67Greater Painted-SnipeRostratula benghalensis

 
Jacanas: Jacanidae

68African JacanaActophilornis africanus

 
Sandpipers and Allies: Scolopacidae

69/Whimbrel/Numenius phaeopus
70Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquata
71/Bar-tailed Godwit/Limosa lapponica
72Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosa
73/Ruddy Turnstone/Arenaria interpres
74/Red Knot/Calidris canutus
75/Ruff/Calidris pugnax
76/Broad-billed Sandpiper/Calidris falcinellus
77/Curlew Sandpiper/Calidris ferruginea
78/Sanderling/Calidris alba
79/Little Stint/Calidris minuta
80Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
81/Terek Sandpiper/Xenus cinereus
82African SnipeGallinago nigripennis
83Wilson's PhalaropePhalaropus tricolor
84/Red-necked Phalarope/Phalaropus lobatus
85/Red Phalarope/Phalaropus fulicarius
86/Common Sandpiper/Actitis hypoleucos
87Green SandpiperTringa ochropus
88/Common Greenshank/Tringa nebularia
89/Marsh Sandpiper/Tringa stagnatilis
90/Wood Sandpiper/Tringa glareola
91Common RedshankTringa totanus

 
Buttonquail: Turnicidae

92Small ButtonquailTurnix sylvaticus

 
Pratincoles and Coursers: Glareolidae

93Burchell's CourserCursorius rufus
94Double-banded CourserSmutsornis africanus

 
Skuas and Jaegers: Stercorariidae

95Brown SkuaStercorarius antarcticus
96/Pomarine Jaeger/Stercorarius pomarinus
97/Parasitic Jaeger/Stercorarius parasiticus
98Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudus

 
Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers: Laridae

99|Sabine's Gull|Xema sabini
100Gray-hooded GullChroicocephalus cirrocephalus
101Hartlaub's GullChroicocephalus hartlaubii
102Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
103Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcan
104Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
105Kelp GullLarus dominicanus
106Little TernSternula albifrons
107(Damara Tern)Sternula balaenarum
108Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
109/Black Tern/Chlidonias niger
110/White-winged Tern/Chlidonias leucopterus
111Whiskered TernChlidonias hybrida
112/Common Tern/Sterna hirundo
113|Arctic Tern|Sterna paradisaea
114Great Crested TernThalasseus bergii
115/Sandwich Tern/Thalasseus sandvicensis

 
Penguins: Spheniscidae

116African PenguinSpheniscus demersus

 
Albatrosses: Diomedeidae

117#Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross#Thalassarche chlororhynchos
118#Gray-headed Albatross#Thalassarche chrysostoma
119#Black-browed Albatross#Thalassarche melanophris

 
Southern Storm-Petrels: Oceanitidae

120#Wilson's Storm-Petrel#Oceanites oceanicus

 
Northern Storm-Petrels: Hydrobatidae

121/European Storm-Petrel/Hydrobates pelagicus

 
Shearwaters and Petrels: Procellariidae

122#Southern Giant-Petrel#Macronectes giganteus
123Antarctic PetrelThalassoica antarctica
124#Cape Petrel#Daption capense
125#White-chinned Petrel#Procellaria aequinoctialis
126#Cory's Shearwater#Calonectris borealis
127#Sooty Shearwater#Ardenna griseus

 
Storks: Ciconiidae

128Black StorkCiconia nigra
129/White Stork/Ciconia ciconia

 
Boobies and Gannets: Sulidae

130(Cape Gannet)Morus capensis

 
Anhingas: Anhingidae

131African DarterAnhinga rufa

 
Cormorants and Shags: Phalacrocoracidae

132Long-tailed CormorantMicrocarbo africanus
133Crowned CormorantMicrocarbo coronatus
134Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
135Cape CormorantPhalacrocorax capensis
136Bank CormorantPhalacrocorax neglectus

 
Pelicans: Pelecanidae

137(Great White Pelican)Pelecanus onocrotalus
138#Pink-backed Pelican#Pelecanus rufescens

 
Hamerkop: Scopidae

139HamerkopScopus umbretta

 
Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns: Ardeidae

140Little BitternIxobrychus minutus
141(Dwarf Bittern)Ixobrychus sturmii
142Gray HeronArdea cinerea
143Black-headed HeronArdea melanocephala
144Purple HeronArdea purpurea
145Great EgretArdea alba
146Intermediate EgretArdea intermedia
147Little EgretEgretta garzetta
148|Black Heron|Egretta ardesiaca
149(Cattle Egret)Bubulcus ibis
150Squacco HeronArdeola ralloides
151Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax

 
Ibises and Spoonbills: Threskiornithidae

152(Glossy Ibis)Plegadis falcinellus
153Hadada IbisBostrychia hagedash
154African SpoonbillPlatalea alba

 
Secretary-bird: Sagittariidae

155SecretarybirdSagittarius serpentarius

 
Hawks, Eagles, and Kites: Accipitridae

156Black-winged KiteElanus caeruleus
157Palm-nut VultureGypohierax angolensis
158Lappet-faced VultureTorgos tracheliotos
159White-backed VultureGyps africanus
160Black-chested Snake-EagleCircaetus pectoralis
161Martial EaglePolemaetus bellicosus
162Booted EagleHieraaetus pennatus
163Tawny EagleAquila rapax
164/Steppe Eagle/Aquila nipalensis
165Verreaux's EagleAquila verreauxii
166Pale Chanting-GoshawkMelierax canorus
167Gabar GoshawkMicronisus gabar
168African Marsh-HarrierCircus ranivorus
169Black HarrierCircus maurus
170Black KiteMilvus migrans
171African Fish-EagleHaliaeetus vocifer
172Augur BuzzardButeo augur
173Jackal BuzzardButeo rufofuscus

 
Barn-Owls: Tytonidae

174Barn OwlTyto alba

 
Owls: Strigidae

175Southern White-faced OwlPtilopsis granti
176Cape Eagle-OwlBubo capensis
177Spotted Eagle-OwlBubo africanus
178Verreaux's Eagle-OwlBubo lacteus
179Pearl-spotted OwletGlaucidium perlatum
180Marsh OwlAsio capensis

 
Mousebirds: Coliidae

181White-backed MousebirdColius colius
182Red-faced MousebirdUrocolius indicus

 
Hoopoes: Upupidae

183African Hoopoe**Upupa africana

 
Woodhoopoes and Scimitarbills: Phoeniculidae

184Green WoodhoopoePhoeniculus purpureus
185Common ScimitarbillRhinopomastus cyanomelas

 
Hornbills: Bucerotidae

186African Gray HornbillLophoceros nasutus
187Monteiro's HornbillTockus monteiri
188Southern Yellow-billed HornbillTockus leucomelas

 
Kingfishers: Alcedinidae

189Malachite KingfisherCorythornis cristatus
190Pied KingfisherCeryle rudis

 
Bee-eaters: Meropidae

191Swallow-tailed Bee-eaterMerops hirundineus

 
African Barbets: Lybiidae

192Pied BarbetTricholaema leucomelas

 
Woodpeckers: Picidae

193Cardinal WoodpeckerChloropicus fuscescens
194Bearded WoodpeckerChloropicus namaquus
195Golden-tailed WoodpeckerCampethera abingoni

 
Falcons and Caracaras: Falconidae

196Pygmy FalconPolihierax semitorquatus
197/Lesser Kestrel/Falco naumanni
198Greater KestrelFalco rupicoloides
199Red-necked FalconFalco chicquera
200/Eurasian Hobby/Falco subbuteo
201Lanner FalconFalco biarmicus
202Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
Parrots: Psittaculidae

203Rosy-faced LovebirdAgapornis roseicollis

 
Parrots: Psittacidae

204<Rueppell's Parrot>Poicephalus rueppellii

 
Cuckooshrikes: Campephagidae

205|Black Cuckooshrike|Campephaga flava

 
Old World Orioles: Oriolidae

206/Eurasian Golden Oriole/Oriolus oriolus

 
Wattle-eyes and Batises: Platysteiridae

207Pririt BatisBatis pririt

 
Bushshrikes: Malaconotidae

208BrubruNilaus afer
209Brown-crowned TchagraTchagra australis
210Crimson-breasted GonolekLaniarius atrococcineus
211BokmakierieTelophorus zeylonus

 
Drongos: Dicruridae

212Fork-tailed DrongoDicrurus adsimilis

 
Shrikes: Laniidae

213/Red-backed Shrike/Lanius collurio
214Southern FiscalLanius collaris

 
Crows, Jays, and Magpies: Corvidae

215Cape CrowCorvus capensis
216Pied CrowCorvus albus

 
Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice: Paridae

217Ashy TitMelaniparus cinerascens

 
Larks: Alaudidae

218Gray's LarkAmmomanopsis grayi
219Karoo Long-billed LarkCerthilauda subcoronata
220Gray-backed Sparrow-LarkEremopterix verticalis
221Sabota LarkCalendulauda sabota
222Dune LarkCalendulauda erythrochlamys
223Red-capped LarkCalandrella cinerea
224Stark's LarkSpizocorys starki

 
African Warblers: Macrosphenidae

225Cape CrombecSylvietta rufescens

 
Cisticolas and Allies: Cisticolidae

226Yellow-bellied EremomelaEremomela icteropygialis
227Yellow-rumped EremomelaEremomela gregalis
228Tawny-flanked PriniaPrinia subflava
229Black-chested PriniaPrinia flavicans
230Rufous-eared WarblerMalcorus pectoralis
231Red-headed CisticolaCisticola subruficapilla
232Zitting CisticolaCisticola juncidis
233Desert CisticolaCisticola aridulus

 
Reed Warblers and Allies: Acrocephalidae

234/Icterine Warbler/Hippolais icterina
235/Sedge Warbler/Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
236(African Reed Warbler)Acrocephalus baeticatus
237Lesser Swamp WarblerAcrocephalus gracilirostris

 
Swallows: Hirundinidae

238Plain MartinRiparia paludicola
239/Bank Swallow/Riparia riparia
240|Banded Martin|Riparia cincta
241Rock MartinPtyonoprogne fuligula
242/Barn Swallow/Hirundo rustica
243|White-throated Swallow|Hirundo albigularis
244Pearl-breasted SwallowHirundo dimidiata
245(Greater Striped Swallow)Cecropis cucullata
246|South African Swallow|Petrochelidon spilodera
247/Common House-Martin/Delichon urbicum

 
Bulbuls: Pycnonotidae

248Black-fronted BulbulPycnonotus nigricans

 
Leaf Warblers: Phylloscopidae

249/Willow Warbler/Phylloscopus trochilus

 
Sylviid Warblers, Parrotbills, and Allies: Sylviidae

250/Garden Warbler/Sylvia borin
251Rufous-vented WarblerSylvia subcaerulea

 
White-eyes, Yuhinas, and Allies: Zosteropidae

252Orange River White-eyeZosterops pallidus

 
Starlings: Sturnidae

253(Wattled Starling)Creatophora cinerea
254(Violet-backed Starling)Cinnyricinclus leucogaster
255Pale-winged StarlingOnychognathus nabouroup
256Cape StarlingLamprotornis nitens

 
Old World Flycatchers: Muscicapidae

257/Spotted Flycatcher/Muscicapa striata
258Mariqua FlycatcherBradornis mariquensis
259Chat FlycatcherAgricola infuscatus
260Herero ChatMelaenornis herero
261Kalahari Scrub-RobinCercotrichas paena
262Karoo ChatEmarginata schlegelii
263Tractrac ChatEmarginata tractrac
264Southern Anteater-ChatMyrmecocichla formicivora
265Mountain WheatearMyrmecocichla monticola
266Capped WheatearOenanthe pileata
267Familiar ChatOenanthe familiaris

 
Sunbirds and Spiderhunters: Nectariniidae

268Scarlet-chested SunbirdChalcomitra senegalensis
269White-breasted SunbirdCinnyris talatala
270Dusky SunbirdCinnyris fuscus

 
Weavers and Allies: Ploceidae

271<Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver>Bubalornis niger
272Scaly WeaverSporopipes squamifrons
273White-browed Sparrow-WeaverPlocepasser mahali
274Sociable WeaverPhiletairus socius
275Southern Masked-WeaverPloceus velatus
276(Red-billed Quelea)Quelea quelea
277Southern Red BishopEuplectes orix

 
Waxbills and Allies: Estrildidae

278Common WaxbillEstrilda astrild
279Black-faced WaxbillEstrilda erythronotos
280Red-headed FinchAmadina erythrocephala

 
Indigobirds: Viduidae

281Shaft-tailed WhydahVidua regia

 
Old World Sparrows: Passeridae

282House SparrowPasser domesticus
283Great Rufous SparrowPasser motitensis
284Cape SparrowPasser melanurus
285Southern Gray-headed SparrowPasser diffusus

 
Wagtails and Pipits: Motacillidae

286Cape WagtailMotacilla capensis
287/Western Yellow Wagtail/Motacilla flava
288Long-billed PipitAnthus similis

 
Finches, Euphonias, and Allies: Fringillidae

289Black-throated CanaryCrithagra atrogularis
290Yellow CanaryCrithagra flaviventris
291White-throated CanaryCrithagra albogularis

 
Old World Buntings: Emberizidae

292Lark-like BuntingEmberiza impetuani
293Cinnamon-breasted BuntingEmberiza tahapisi
294Cape BuntingEmberiza capensis

 * 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.

OTHER LOCALES

PRESENCE CODES

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