Selous Game Reserve Bird Checklist

  Selous Game Reserve Bird Checklist : Selous Game reserve which is also referred to as Nyerere National park is located in the Southern region of Tanzania covering a total surface area of about 50,000 square kilometers. In addition, it was first designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1882 because of its wildlife diversity and beautiful nature then later, it was established as a national park in 1922. More so, Selous game reserve is a home to over 440 bird species therefore ranking it among best destinations to visit on your Tanzania birding safari in the country. In addition, some of these birds include the following below;

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Ducks: Anatidae

White-faced Whistling-Duck       

Fulvous Whistling-Duck 

White-backed Duck       

Knob-billed Duck            

Egyptian Goose

Spur-winged Goose       

<African Pygmy-Goose>

Red-billed Duck

\Southern Pochard\       

Maccoa Duck    


Guineafowl: Numididae

Helmeted Guineafowl   

Eastern Crested Guineafowl       

Southern Crested Guineafowl    


Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies: Phasianidae

Crested Francolin           

Coqui Francolin

Shelley’s Francolin         

<Blue Quail>     

Harlequin Quail

Hildebrandt’s Spurfowl  

Red-necked Spurfowl    


Flamingos: Phoenicopteridae

Greater Flamingo           


Grebes: Podicipedidae

Little Grebe       


Pigeons and Doves: Columbidae

Speckled Pigeon             

Lemon Dove     

Mourning Collared-Dove            

Red-eyed Dove 

Ring-necked Dove          

Laughing Dove  

Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove     

Blue-spotted Wood-Dove           

Tambourine Dove          

Namaqua Dove

African Green-Pigeon    


Bustards: Otididae

Black-bellied Bustard     


Turacos: Musophagidae

Livingstone’s Turaco      

Purple-crested Turaco   

Gray Go-away-bird         


Cuckoos: Cuculidae

Red-chested Cuckoo      

Black Cuckoo     

/Common Cuckoo/        

African Cuckoo 

/Lesser Cuckoo/

Black Coucal     

White-browed Coucal   

Green Malkoha

Pied Cuckoo      

Levaillant’s Cuckoo         

/Great Spotted Cuckoo/

Thick-billed Cuckoo        

Klaas’s Cuckoo  

African Emerald Cuckoo

Dideric Cuckoo 

\Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo\      


Nightjars and Allies: Caprimulgidae

Pennant-winged Nightjar            

/Eurasian Nightjar/        

Fiery-necked Nightjar    

Freckled Nightjar           

Square-tailed Nightjar   


Swifts: Apodidae

Mottled Spinetail           

Bat-like Spinetail            

|Common Swift|           

Little Swift         

(Horus Swift)    

White-rumped Swift      

African Palm Swift         

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African Palm Swift

Rails, Gallinules, and Coots: Rallidae

|Corn Crake|    

(African Crake)  

Lesser Moorhen             

Black Crake       


Finfoots: Heliornithidae

African Finfoot  


Thick-knees: Burhinidae

Water Thick-knee           

Spotted Thick-knee        


Stilts and Avocets: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged Stilt          

Pied Avocet       


Plovers and Lapwings: Charadriidae

/Black-bellied Plover/    

Blacksmith Lapwing       

Spur-winged Lapwing    

White-headed Lapwing 

Senegal Lapwing            

Crowned Lapwing          

/Greater Sand-Plover/   

Kittlitz’s Plover  

/Common Ringed Plover/           

Three-banded Plover     

White-fronted Plover    


Painted-Snipes: Rostratulidae

<Greater Painted-Snipe>             


Jacanas: Jacanidae

African Jacana  


Sandpipers and Allies: Scolopacidae


/Curlew Sandpiper/       

/Little Stint/      

/Great Snipe/    

/Common Snipe/           

/Common Sandpiper/    

/Green Sandpiper/         

/Common Greenshank/ 

/Marsh Sandpiper/        

/Wood Sandpiper/         


Buttonquail: Turnicidae

Small Buttonquail          


Pratincoles and Coursers: Glareolidae

Temminck’s Courser      

Bronze-winged Courser 

Collared Pratincole        

Rock Pratincole 


Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers: Laridae

/Gull-billed Tern/           

/White-winged Tern/     

Whiskered Tern

African Skimmer            


Storks: Ciconiidae

African Openbill

/Abdim’s Stork/

African Woolly-necked Stork      

/White Stork/   

Saddle-billed Stork         

Marabou Stork 

Yellow-billed Stork         


Anhingas: Anhingidae

African Darter   


Cormorants and Shags: Phalacrocoracidae

Long-tailed Cormorant  

Great Cormorant            


Pelicans: Pelecanidae

Great White Pelican       

Pink-backed Pelican       


Shoebill: Balaenicipitidae



Hamerkop: Scopidae



Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns: Ardeidae

Little Bittern      

Dwarf Bittern    

Gray Heron       

Black-headed Heron      

Goliath Heron   

Purple Heron    

Great Egret       

Intermediate Egret        

Little Egret        

Black Heron      

Cattle Egret       

Squacco Heron 

\Malagasy Pond-Heron\

Rufous-bellied Heron    

Striated Heron  

Black-crowned Night-Heron       

White-backed Night-Heron         


Ibises and Spoonbills: Threskiornithidae

Glossy Ibis         

African Sacred Ibis         

Hadada Ibis       

African Spoonbill            


Secretary-bird: Sagittariidae



Osprey: Pandionidae



Hawks, Eagles, and Kites: Accipitridae

Black-winged Kite          

African Harrier-Hawk     

Palm-nut Vulture           

Egyptian Vulture            

/European Honey-buzzard/         

African Cuckoo-Hawk    

White-headed Vulture  

Lappet-faced Vulture     

Hooded Vulture

White-backed Vulture   

Rueppell’s Griffon          


Black-chested Snake-Eagle          

Brown Snake-Eagle        

Fasciated Snake-Eagle   

Bat Hawk          

Crowned Eagle 

Martial Eagle    

Long-crested Eagle        

/Lesser Spotted Eagle/  

Wahlberg’s Eagle           

/Booted Eagle/ 

Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle        

Tawny Eagle      

African Hawk-Eagle        

Lizard Buzzard  

Dark Chanting-Goshawk

Gabar Goshawk

/Eurasian Marsh-Harrier/           

African Marsh-Harrier   

/Pallid Harrier/ 

Montagu’s Harrier         

African Goshawk            


Little Sparrowhawk        

Ovambo Sparrowhawk  

Black Goshawk 

/Black Kite/       

Yellow-billed Kite**       

African Fish-Eagle          

|Common Buzzard|       

Augur Buzzard  


Barn-Owls: Tytonidae

Barn Owl           


Owls: Strigidae

African Scops-Owl          

Southern White-faced Owl         

Spotted Eagle-Owl         

Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl    

Pel’s Fishing-Owl            

Pearl-spotted Owlet      

African Barred Owlet     

African Wood-Owl         


Mousebirds: Coliidae

Speckled Mousebird      

Blue-naped Mousebird  


Trogons: Trogonidae

Narina Trogon   


Hoopoes: Upupidae

/Eurasian Hoopoe/        

African Hoopoe**          


Woodhoopoes and Scimitarbills: Phoeniculidae

Green Woodhoopoe      

Common Scimitarbill     


Hornbills: Bucerotidae

Southern Ground-Hornbill          

Crowned Hornbill          

African Gray Hornbill     

Pale-billed Hornbill        

Northern Red-billed Hornbill      

Tanzanian Red-billed Hornbill     

Von der Decken’s Hornbill          

Silvery-cheeked Hornbill

Trumpeter Hornbill        


Kingfishers: Alcedinidae

Half-collared Kingfisher 

Malachite Kingfisher      

African Pygmy Kingfisher            

Gray-headed Kingfisher 

Woodland Kingfisher     

Mangrove Kingfisher     

Brown-hooded Kingfisher           

Striped Kingfisher          

Giant Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher 


Bee-eaters: Meropidae

White-fronted Bee-eater            

Little Bee-eater 

Swallow-tailed Bee-eater            

/White-throated Bee-eater/       

Boehm’s Bee-eater        

/Blue-cheeked Bee-eater/          

\Madagascar Bee-eater\             

|European Bee-eater|   

/Northern Carmine Bee-eater/  


Rollers: Coraciidae

/European Roller/          

Lilac-breasted Roller      

Racket-tailed Roller        

Rufous-crowned Roller  

Broad-billed Roller         


African Barbets: Lybiidae

Crested Barbet 

D’Arnaud’s Barbet         

White-eared Barbet       

Whyte’s Barbet

Green Tinkerbird            

Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird          

Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird           

Spot-flanked Barbet       

Black-collared Barbet    

Brown-breasted Barbet 


Honeyguides: Indicatoridae

Lesser Honeyguide         

Scaly-throated Honeyguide        

Greater Honeyguide      


Woodpeckers: Picidae

Rufous-necked Wryneck

Cardinal Woodpecker    

Bearded Woodpecker    

Stierling’s Woodpecker  

Olive Woodpecker          

Green-backed Woodpecker        

Nubian Woodpecker      

Bennett’s Woodpecker  

Reichenow’s Woodpecker           

Golden-tailed Woodpecker         


Falcons and Caracaras: Falconidae

Pygmy Falcon   

/Lesser Kestrel/

Rock Kestrel      

Gray Kestrel      

Dickinson’s Kestrel         

Red-necked Falcon        

|Amur Falcon| 

|Eleonora’s Falcon|       

|Sooty Falcon| 

/Eurasian Hobby/           

African Hobby   

Peregrine Falcon            


Parrots: Psittacidae

Brown-necked Parrot    

Meyer’s Parrot 

Brown-headed Parrot    


African and Green Broadbill: Calyptomenidae

African Broadbill            


Pittas: Pittidae

African Pitta      


Cuckooshrikes: Campephagidae

White-breasted Cuckooshrike     

Black Cuckooshrike        


Old World Orioles: Oriolidae

/Eurasian Golden Oriole/            

#African Golden Oriole#

Green-headed Oriole    

African Black-headed Oriole       


Wattle-eyes and Batises: Platysteiridae

Black-throated Wattle-eye          

Short-tailed Batis           

Chinspot Batis  

Pale Batis          

Western Black-headed Batis       

Eastern Black-headed Batis        


Vangas, Helmetshrikes and Allies: Vangidae

White Helmetshrike       

Retz’s Helmetshrike       

Chestnut-fronted Helmetshrike  

Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher            


Bushshrikes: Malaconotidae


Black-backed Puffback   

Marsh Tchagra  

Black-crowned Tchagra 

Brown-crowned Tchagra             

Tropical Boubou             

Sulphur-breasted Bushshrike      

Black-fronted Bushshrike            

Four-colored Bushshrike

Gray-headed Bushshrike             


Drongos: Dicruridae

Common Square-tailed Drongo 

Fork-tailed Drongo         


Monarch Flycatchers: Monarchidae

African Crested-Flycatcher          

African Paradise-Flycatcher        


Shrikes: Laniidae

/Red-backed Shrike/      

/Isabelline Shrike/          

|Lesser Gray Shrike|      

Long-tailed Fiscal           

Magpie Shrike   

Northern Fiscal 


Crows, Jays, and Magpies: Corvidae

House Crow      

Pied Crow         

White-necked Raven     


Hyliotas: Hyliotidae

Yellow-bellied Hyliota    


Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice: Paridae

White-winged Black-Tit 

Rufous-bellied Tit          


Penduline-Tits: Remizidae

African Penduline-Tit     


Larks: Alaudidae

Dusky Lark        

Fischer’s Sparrow-Lark  

Rufous-naped Lark        

Flappet Lark      


Nicators: Nicatoridae

Western Nicator             

Eastern Nicator 


African Warblers: Macrosphenidae

Red-faced Crombec       

Moustached Grass-Warbler        

Kretschmer’s Longbill    


Cisticolas and Allies: Cisticolidae

Yellow-bellied Eremomela          

Greencap Eremomela    

Green-backed Camaroptera       

Yellow-breasted Apalis  

Black-headed Apalis      

Tawny-flanked Prinia     

Red-winged Prinia         

Red-faced Cisticola        

Singing Cisticola

Rattling Cisticola            

Winding Cisticola           

Croaking Cisticola          

Piping Cisticola 

Siffling Cisticola

Zitting Cisticola 

Desert Cisticola


Reed Warblers and Allies: Acrocephalidae

/Eastern Olivaceous Warbler/    

/Sedge Warbler/            

/Common Reed Warbler/           

/Great Reed Warbler/   


Swallows: Hirundinidae

Plain Martin      

/Bank Swallow/

Rock Martin      

/Barn Swallow/

Ethiopian Swallow         

Wire-tailed Swallow      

\Greater Striped Swallow\          

Lesser Striped Swallow 

Mosque Swallow           

/Common House-Martin/           

Black Sawwing  

Gray-rumped Swallow   


Bulbuls: Pycnonotidae

Sombre Greenbul           

Yellow-bellied Greenbul

Little Greenbul  

Terrestrial Brownbul      

Northern Brownbul       

Gray-olive Greenbul       

Fischer’s Greenbul         

Yellow-streaked Greenbul           

Tiny Greenbul   

Common Bulbul


Leaf Warblers: Phylloscopidae

/Willow Warbler/           


Bush Warblers and Allies: Scotocercidae

Livingstone’s Flycatcher


Sylviid Warblers, Parrotbills, and Allies: Sylviidae

/Garden Warbler/          

/Barred Warbler/           

/Greater Whitethroat/  


White-eyes, Yuhinas, and Allies: Zosteropidae

Southern Yellow White-eye        


Laughingthrushes and Allies: Leiothrichidae

Rufous Chatterer            

Arrow-marked Babbler  


Treecreepers: Certhiidae

African Spotted Creeper


Oxpeckers: Buphagidae

Red-billed Oxpecker      

Yellow-billed Oxpecker  


Starlings: Sturnidae

Wattled Starling

Violet-backed Starling   

Black-bellied Starling     

Lesser Blue-eared Starling          

Greater Blue-eared Starling        


Thrushes and Allies: Turdidae

Red-tailed Ant-Thrush   

Orange Ground-Thrush  

Kurrichane Thrush         


Old World Flycatchers: Muscicapidae

|Spotted Flycatcher|     

Pale Flycatcher 

Gray Tit-Flycatcher         

Ashy Flycatcher

Southern Black-Flycatcher          

White-eyed Slaty-Flycatcher       

Bearded Scrub-Robin     

Miombo Scrub-Robin     

Red-backed Scrub-Robin             

White-browed Robin-Chat          

Red-capped Robin-Chat

Collared Palm-Thrush    

Spotted Morning-Thrush             

White-starred Robin      

White-chested Alethe   

/Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush/       

Miombo Rock-Thrush    

Mocking Cliff-Chat         

Arnot’s Chat     

/Northern Wheatear/    

Capped Wheatear          

/Pied Wheatear/            

Familiar Chat    


Sunbirds and Spiderhunters: Nectariniidae

Western Violet-backed Sunbird  

Uluguru Violet-backed Sunbird  

Collared Sunbird            

Olive Sunbird    

Amethyst Sunbird          

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

Mariqua Sunbird            

Shelley’s Sunbird            

Purple-banded Sunbird 

Variable Sunbird             


Weavers and Allies: Ploceidae

Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver          

White-browed Sparrow-Weaver

Gray-headed Social-Weaver       

Red-headed Weaver      

Spectacled Weaver        

African Golden-Weaver 

Lesser Masked-Weaver  

Southern Masked-Weaver          

Vitelline Masked-Weaver            

Village Weaver  

Forest Weaver  

Olive-headed Weaver    

Red-headed Quelea       

<Red-billed Quelea>      

Zanzibar Red Bishop      

Black-winged Bishop     

Yellow Bishop   

White-winged Widowbird          

Red-cowled Widowbird 

Fan-tailed Widowbird    

Grosbeak Weaver          


Waxbills and Allies: Estrildidae

Bronze Mannikin            

Black-and-white Mannikin          

Magpie Mannikin           

Zebra Waxbill   

Black-tailed Waxbill       

Common Waxbill           


Southern Cordonbleu    

Red-cheeked Cordonbleu            

Lesser Seedcracker         

Green-winged Pytilia     

Orange-winged Pytilia   

Peters’s Twinspot           

Red-billed Firefinch        

African Firefinch             


Indigobirds: Viduidae

Pin-tailed Whydah         

Broad-tailed Paradise-Whydah   

Eastern Paradise-Whydah           

Village Indigobird           

Variable Indigobird        

Parasitic Weaver            


Old World Sparrows: Passeridae

Northern Gray-headed Sparrow

Southern Gray-headed Sparrow

Yellow-throated Bush Sparrow   


Wagtails and Pipits: Motacillidae

/Western Yellow Wagtail/           

African Pied Wagtail      

African Pipit      

Woodland Pipit

Buffy Pipit         

Bush Pipit         

Golden Pipit     

Yellow-throated Longclaw          


Finches, Euphonias, and Allies: Fringillidae

Yellow-fronted Canary   

Black-throated Canary   

Reichenow’s Seedeater 

Reichard’s Seedeater     


Old World Buntings: Emberizidae

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting      

Golden-breasted Bunting           

Cabanis’s Bunting          


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