Birds in Tarangire National Park

Birds in Tarangire National Park. There are a variety of birds in Tarangire National Park that travellers after bird watching in Tanzania can look out for and be amazed at the variety of bird species there are. There are about 549 birds in Tarangire National Park, including 17 of which are globally threatened species.

Below are the different bird in Tarangire National Park that you can look out for while on a Tanzania safari tour in Tarangire National Park.


This includes only the Common Ostrich in Tanzania.


Birds in Tanzania under Anseriformes include the White-faced Whistling Duck, Fulvous Whistling Duck, Maccoa Duck which is an endangered species, Egyptian Goose, Southern Pochard, Garganey, Hottentot Teal, Northern Shoveler, Yellow-billed Duck, Cape Teal, Red-billed Teal, White-backed Duck, Spur-winged Goose, Comb Duck and the African Pygmy Goose.


Birds in Tarangire National Park under the Galliformes include Helmeted Guineafowl, Vulturine Guineafowl and the Crested Guineafowl.

Common Quail, Harlequin Quail, Hildebrandt’s Francolin, Scaly Francolin, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Red-necked Spurfowl, Crested Francolin, Coqui Francolin, Red-winged Francolin and Shelley’s Francolin.


These include the Greater Flamingo and the Lesser Flamingo which is near-threatened.


These include the Little Grebe, and Black-necked Grebe.


These birds in Tarangire National Park include the Speckled Pigeon, African Olive Pigeon, Dusky Turtle Dove, Mourning Collared Dove, Red-eyed Dove, Ring-necked Dove, Laughing Dove, African Green Pigeon, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Tambourine Dove, and Namaqua Dove.


These birds in Tarangire National Park include Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse and Black-faced Sandgrouse.


These birds in Tarangire National Park include the European Nightjar, Donaldson Smith’s Nightjar, Freckled Nightjar, Slender-tailed Nightjar and Mozambique Nightjar.

Birds in Tarangire National Park
European Nightjar


Mottled Spinetailed Swift, Scarce Swift, African Palm Swift, Alpine Swift, Mottled Swift, White-rumped Swift, Horus Swift, Little Swift, Nyanza Swift, African Swift and the Common Swift.


These include White-browed Coucal, African Black Coucal, Jacobin Cuckoo, Levaillant’s Cuckoo, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Klaas’s Cuckoo, African Emerald Cuckoo, Diederick Cuckoo, Red-chested Cuckoo, Black Cuckoo, Common Cuckoo and African Cuckoo.


The Gruiformes in Tarangire National Park include the African Rail, African Crake, Corncrake, Black Crake, Purple Swamphen, Allen’s Gallinule, Common Moorhen, Lesser Moorhen and Red-knobbed Coot.

Also the Grey Crowned Crane which is endangered can be found in Tarangire National Park.


These birds in Tarangire National Park include Black-bellied Bustard, Hartlaub’s Bustard, Kori Bustard which is near-threatened, Denham’s Bustard also near-threatened, Buff-crested Bustard and White-bellied Bustard.


These include the White-bellied Go-away-bird, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Purple-crested Turaco, Schalow’s Turaco and Hartlaub’s Turaco.


These birds in Tarangire National Park include the Marabou, Yellow-billed Stork, African Openbill, Black Stork, Abdim’s Stork, Woolly-necked Stork, European White Stork and Saddle-bill Stork.

All the Great White Pelican and Pink-backed Pelican, Hamerkop, Little Bittern, Dwarf Bittern, Black-crowned Night Heron, Striated Heron, Squacco Heron, Madagascar Pond Heron which is endangered, Rufous-bellied Heron, Cattle Egret, Grey Heron, Black-headed Heron, Goliath Heron, Purple Heron, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Black Heron and the Little Egret, African Sacred Ibis, African Spoonbill, Hadada Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Long-tailed Cormorant, Great Cormorant, and the African Darter can also be found in Tarangire National Park.


Charadriiformes birds in Tarangire National Park include the Water Thick-knee, Spotted Thick-knee, Pied Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Common Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Kittlitz’s Plover, Three-banded Plover, Chestnut-banded Plover, Lesser Sand Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Caspian Plover, Long-toed Lapwing, Blacksmith Lapwing, Spur-winged Lapwing, Senegal Lapwing, Black-winged Lapwing, Crowned Lapwing, African Wattled Lapwing, Greater Painted-snipe, African Jacana, Lesser Jacana, Black-tailed Godwit which is near-threatened, Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper which is near-threatened, Temminck’s Stint which is rare/accidental, Little Stint, Common Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Common Greenshank, Common Redshank, Wood Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope, Common Buttonquail, Double-banded Courser, Heuglin’s Courser, Bronze-winged Courser, Temminck’s Courser, Collared Pratincole, Gray-hooded Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Whiskered Tern, and White-winged Tern.


These birds in Tanzania include the Secretary-bird which is endangered, Osprey, Black-winged Kite, European Honey Buzzard, African Harrier Hawk, Palm-nut Vulture, Egyptian Vulture which is endangered, Bateleur also endangered, Short-toed Eagle which is rare/accidental, Black-chested Snake Eagle, Brown Snake Eagle, Western Banded Snake Eagle, White-headed Vulture which is critically endangered, Hooded Vulture which is also critically endangered, White-backed Vulture and Rüppell’s Vulture both also critically endangered Lappet-faced Vulture which is endangered and Bat Hawk. Crowned Eagle which is near-threatened, Martial Eagle which is endangered, Long-crested Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Tawny Eagle considered vulnerable, Steppe Eagle also endangered, Eastern Imperial Eagle which is vulnerable, Verreaux’s Eagle, African Hawk Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Booted Eagle, Ayres’s Eagle, Lizard Buzzard, Dark Chanting Goshawk, Eastern Chanting Goshawk, Gabar Goshawk, Western Marsh Harrier, African Marsh Harrier, Pallid Harrier which is near-threatened, Montagu’s Harrier, African Goshawk, Shikra, Little Sparrowhawk, Ovambo Sparrowhawk, Black Sparrowhawk, African Fish Eagle, Black Kite, Grasshopper Buzzard, Augur Buzzard, Eurasian Buzzard and the Mountain Buzzard which is near-threatened.


African Grass Owl, Common Barn Owl, Pearl-spotted Owlet, African Barred Owlet, African Scops Owl, Southern White-faced Owl, African Wood Owl, Spotted Eagle Owl and the Verreaux’s Eagle Owl.


Coliiformes birds in Tarangire National Park include the Speckled Mousebird, White-headed Mousebird and Blue-naped Mousebird.


These birds in Tarangire National Park include Southern Ground Hornbill which is vulnerable Crowned Hornbill, African Grey Hornbill, Red-billed Hornbill, Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Von der Decken’s Hornbill, Trumpeter Hornbill, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Common Hoopoe, Green Wood-hoopoe, Common Scimitarbill and the Abyssinian Scimitarbill.


These include the Pallid Honeyguide, Lesser Honeyguide, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Greater Honeyguide, Nubian Woodpecker, Golden-tailed Woodpecker, Green-backed Woodpecker, Cardinal Woodpecker, Bearded Woodpecker, Grey Woodpecker, Crested Barbet, Red-and-yellow Barbet, D’Arnaud’s Barbet, White-eared Barbet, Red-fronted Tinkerbird, Red-fronted Barbet, Spot-flanked Barbet, Black-throated Barbet and White-headed Barbet.


Coraciiformes include the White-fronted Bee-eater, White-throated Bee-eater, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Olive Bee-eater, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, European Bee-eater, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Little Bee-eater, Rufous-crowned Roller, Lilac-breasted Roller, European Roller, Broad-billed Roller, the African Pygmy Kingfisher, African Malachite Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Striped Kingfisher and Woodland Kingfisher.


These include the African Pygmy Falcon, Lesser Kestrel, Common Kestrel, Greater Kestrel, Grey Kestrel, Red-necked Falcon, Amur Falcon, Eleonora’s Falcon, Sooty Falcon which is vulnerable, Eurasian Hobby, African Hobby, Lanner Falcon and the Peregrine Falcon.      


Red-fronted Parrot, Brown-necked Parrot, Brown Parrot, Red-bellied Parrot, the Fischer’s Lovebird which is near-threatened Yellow-collared Lovebird which is endemic.


Passeriformes birds in Tarangire National Park include the African Broadbill, Grey Cuckooshrike, Black Cuckooshrike, Eastern Black-headed Oriole, Eurasian Golden Oriole, African Golden Oriole, Chinspot Batis, Pygmy Batis, White-crested Helmet-shrike, Grey-headed Bush-shrike, Black-backed Puffback, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Black-crowned Tchagra, Brubru, Orange-breasted Bush-shrike, Slate-coloured Boubou, Tropical Boubou, Rosy-patched Bush-shrike, Fork-tailed Drongo, Magpie Shrike, White-rumped Shrike, Red-backed Shrike, Turkestan Shrike, Isabelline Shrike which is rare/accidental, Lesser Grey Shrike, Grey-backed Fiscal, Long-tailed Fiscal, Taita Fiscal, Northern Fiscal, Cape Crow, White-necked Raven, Pied Crow, African Paradise-flycatcher, Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird, Collared Sunbird, Amethyst Sunbird, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Bronzy Sunbird, Malachite Sunbird, Eastern Double-collared Sunbird, Beautiful Sunbird, Mariqua Sunbird, Black-bellied Sunbird, White-bellied Sunbird, Variable Sunbird, Red-billed Buffalo Weaver, White-headed Buffalo Weaver, White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Rufous-tailed Weaver, Speckle-fronted Weaver, Grey-headed Social Weaver, Grosbeak Weaver, Cardinal Quelea, Red-billed Quelea, Yellow-crowned Bishop, Black Bishop, Red-collared Widowbird, Black-winged Bishop, Southern Red Bishop, Yellow Bishop, Fan-tailed Widowbird, White-winged Widowbird, Baglafecht Weaver, Spectacled Weaver, Black-necked Weaver, Taveta Weaver, Lesser Masked Weaver, Vitelline Masked Weaver, Speke’s Weaver, Village Weaver, Golden-backed Weaver, Chestnut Weaver, Olive-headed Weaver which is near-threatened, Red-headed Weaver, Red-billed Firefinch, Jameson’s Firefinch, African Firefinch, Green-winged Pytilia, Purple Grenadier, Blue-breasted Cordon-bleu, Red cheeked Cordon-bleu, Blue-capped Cordon-bleu, Crimson-rumped Waxbill, Common Waxbill, Black-faced Waxbill, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Cut-throat Finch, African Quailfinch, Zebra Waxbill, Bronze Mannikin, Black-and-white Mannikin, Grey-headed Silverbill, African Silverbill, Pin-tailed Whydah, Eastern Paradise Whydah, Steel-blue Whydah, Straw-tailed Whydah, Village Indigobird.  House Sparrow, Kordofan Sparrow, Northern Grey-headed Sparrow, Chestnut Sparrow, Yellow-spotted Bush Sparrow, Bushveld Pipit, Tree Pipit, Richard’s Pipit, African Pipit, Pangani Longclaw, Rosy-breasted Longclaw, Mountain Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, African Wagtail, Oriole Finch, Southern Citril, Reichenow’s Canary, Yellow-fronted Canary, Southern Grosbeak Canary, White-bellied Canary, Streaky Canary, Yellow crowned Canary, Golden-breasted Bunting, Somali Bunting, Cinnamon-breasted Bunting, White-bellied Tit, Red-throated Tit, Grey Penduline Tit, Chestnut-backed Sparrow Lark, Fischer’s Sparrow Lark, Pink-breasted Lark, Fawn-coloured Lark, Rufous-naped Lark, Flappet Lark, White-tailed Lark, Singing Bush Lark, Red-capped Lark, Northern Crombec, Red-faced Crombec, Yellow-bellied Eremomela, Green-capped Eremomela, Bar-throated Apalis, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Black-headed Apalis, Buff-bellied Warbler, Grey Wren Warbler, Grey-backed Camaroptera, Red-faced Cisticola, Singing Cisticola, Trilling Cisticola, Rattling Cisticola, Wailing Cisticola, Winding Cisticola, Stout Cisticola, Croaking Cisticola, Zitting Cisticola, Desert Cisticola, Pectoral-patch Cisticola, Tawny-flanked Prinia, and the Red-faced Prinia.

Olivaceous Warbler, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Upcher’s Warbler, Olive-tree Warbler, Icterine Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Common Reed Warbler, Lesser Swamp Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Grey-rumped Swallow, Black Saw-wing, Northern House Martin, Lesser Striped Swallow, Mosque Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Wire-tailed Swallow, Barn Swallow, Angolan Swallow, Rock Martin, Banded Martin, Plain Martin and the Sand Martin.

Other Passeriformes birds in Tarangire National Park include Yellow-bellied Greenbul, Eastern Mountain Greenbul, Cabanis’s Greenbul, Common Bulbul, Willow Warbler, Eurasian Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Banded Parisoma, Common Whitethroat, Abyssinian White-eye, African Yellow White-eye, Broad-ringed White-eye, Rufous Chatterer, Scaly Chatterer, Black-lored Babbler, Arrow-marked Babbler, Northern Pied Babbler, Red-billed Oxpecker, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Wattled Starling, Red-winged Starling, Hildebrandt’s Starling, Rüppell’s Glossy Starling, Ashy Starling, Golden-breasted Starling, Superb Starling, Fischer’s Starling, Greater Blue-eared Starling and Amethyst Starling.        

Other Passeriformes birds in Tarangire National Park also include the Rufous Scrub Robin, White-browed Scrub Robin, Spotted Flycatcher, Ashy Flycatcher, African Dusky Flycatcher, Grey Tit Flycatcher, Pale Flycatcher, African Grey Flycatcher, White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Southern Black Flycatcher, Silverbird, Cape Robin Chat, White-browed Robin Chat, Collared Palm Thrush, Spotted Palm Thrush, White-throated Irania, Thrush Nightingale, Common Rock Thrush, Whinchat, African Stonechat, Sooty Chat, Northern Anteater Chat, Arnott’s Chat, Northern Wheatear, Capped Wheatear, Isabelline Wheatear, Pied Wheatear, Familiar Chat, Abyssinian Wheatear, Mocking Cliff Chat, Ethiopian Thrush, and the Bare-eyed Thrush.           

Birds in Tarangire National Park are one of the various attractions in Tarangire National Park that travelers can enjoy while on a Tarangire National Park safari. Get in touch with a reputable tour operator to help you pitch an amazing Tanzania birding safari in Tarangire National Park, anytime throughout the year.

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