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Birds at Explore Gorongosa

There are a little over 400 birds that are found in the Gorongosa National Park region (last count was 412!)

The following are some of the birds that are commonly seen and heard in, above, and around our camp at Explore Gorongosa and should be relatively easy to spot, listen to, and appreciate, even for the least likely birders amongst our guests!
 
1.      REED CORMORANT
2.      HAMERKOP
3.      GOLIATH HERON
4.      GREY HERON
5.      GREAT WHITE EGRET
6.      LITTLE EGRET
7.      CATTLE EGRET
8.      GREEN-BACKED HERON
9.      HADEDA IBIS
10.    MARABOU STORK
11.    SADDLE-BILLED STORK
12.    AFRICAN OPENBILL
13.    WOOLLY-NECKED STORK
14.    YELLOW-BILLED STORK
15.    YELLOW-BILLED KITE
16.    AFRICAN FISH EAGLE
17.    PALM-NUT VULTURE
18.    HOODED VULTURE
19.    WHITE-BACKED VULTURE
20.    WHITE-HEADED VULTURE
21.    BROWN SNAKE-EAGLE
22.    BATELEUR
23.    LIZARD BUZZARD
24.    GABAR GOSHAWK
25.    LONG-CRESTED EAGLE
26.    HELMETED GUINEAFOWL
27.    RED-NECKED SPURFOWL
28.    RED-CHESTED FLUFFTAIL
29.    BLACK CRAKE
30.    WATER THICK-KNEE
31.    BLACKSMITH LAPWING
32.    RED-EYED DOVE
33.    AFRICAN MOURNING DOVE
34.    CAPE TURTLE DOVE
35.    LAUGHING DOVE
36.    AFRICAN GREEN PIGEON
37.    EMERALD-SPOTTED WOOD-DOVE
38.    BROWN-HEADED PARROT
39.    PURPLE-CRESTED TURACO
40.    GREY GO-AWAY-BIRD
41.    DIDERICK CUCKOO
42.    KLAAS’S CUCKOO
43.    RED-CHESTED CUCKOO
44.    BURCHELL’S COUCAL
45.    BARN OWL
46.    AFRICAN WOOD OWL
47.    PEL’S FISHING OWL 
48.    VERREAUX’S EAGLE OWL
49.    SPOTTED EAGLE OWL
50.    FIERY-NECKED NIGHTJAR
51.    SQUARE-TAILED (MOZAMBIQUE) NIGHTJAR
52.    AFRICAN PALM SWIFT
53.    SPECKLED MOUSEBIRD
54.    RED-FACED MOUSEBIRD
55.    NARINA TROGON
56.    AFRICAN HOOPOE
57.    GREEN WOOD-HOOPOE
58.    COMMON SCIMITARBILL
59.    HALF-COLLARED KINGFISHER
60.    MALACHITE KINGFISHER
61.    GREY-HEADED KINGFISHER
62.    WOODLAND KINGFISHER
63.    BROWN-HOODED KINGFISHER
64.    STRIPED KINGFISHER
65.    GIANT KINGFISHER
66.    PIED KINGFISHER
67.    BROAD-BILLED ROLLER
68.    LILAC-BREASTED ROLLER
69.    SOUTHERN CARMINE BEE-EATER
70.    LITTLE BEE-EATER
71.    EUROPEAN BEE-EATER
72.    SOUTHERN GROUND HORNBILL
73.    CROWNED HORNBILL
74.    AFRICAN GREY HORNBILL
75.    TRUMPETER HORNBILL
76.    YELLOW-FRONTED TINKERBIRD
77.    BLACK-COLLARED BARBET
78.    GREATER HONEYGUIDE
79.    GOLDEN-TAILED WOODPECKER
80.    CARDINAL WOODPECKER
81.    BEARDED WOODPECKER
82.    BARN SWALLOW
83.    WIRE-TAILED SWALLOW
84.    LESSER STRIPED SWALLOW
85.    YELLOW-THROATED LONGCLAW
86.    WHITE-BREASTED CUCKOOSHRKE
87.    FORK-TAILED DRONGO
88.    B LACK-HEADED ORIOLE
89.    PIED CROW
90.    SOUTHERN BLACK TIT
91.    ARROW-MARKED BABBLER
92.    DARK-CAPPED BULBUL
93.    YELLOW-STREAKED GREENBUL
94.    YELLOW-BELLIED GREENBUL
95.    TERRESTRIAL BROWNBUL
96.    SOMBRE GREENBUL
97.    KURRICHANE THRUSH
98.    RED-CAPPED ROBIN-CHAT
99.    WHITE-BROWED ROBIN-CHAT
100.    COLLARED PALM-THRUSH
101.    BEARDED SCRUB-ROBIN
102.    RED-FACED CISTICOLA
103.    RATTLING CISTICOLA
104.    ZITTING CISTICOLA
105.    YELLOW-BREASTED APALIS
106.    TAWNY-FLANKED PRINIA
107.    LONG-BILLED CROMBEC
108.    GREEN-BACKED CAMAROPTERA
109.    GREY-BACKED CAMAROPTERA
110.    PALE FLYCATCHER
111.    SOUTHERN BLACK FLYCATCHER
112.    ASHY FLYCATCHER
113.    GREY TIT-FLYCATCHER
114.    AFRICAN PARADISE-FLYCATCHER
115.    CHINSPOT BATIS
116.    PALE BATIS
117.    BLACK-THROATED WATTLE-EYE
118.    RED-BACKED SHRIKE
119.    BLACK-BACKED PUFFBACK
120.    BROWN-CROWNED TCHAGRA
121.    BLACK-CROWNED TCHAGRA
122.    TROPICAL BOUBOU
123.    BRUBRU
124.    ORANGE-BREASTED BUSH-SHRIKE
125.    GREY-HEADED BUSH-SHRIKE
126.    WHITE HELMET-SHRIKE
127.    RETZ’S HELMET-SHRIKE
128.    CHESTNUT-FRONTED HELMET-SHRIKE
129.    VIOLET-BACKED STARLING
130.    AMETHYST SUNBIRD
131.    SCARLET-CHESTED SUNBIRD
132.    COLLARED SUNBIRD
133.    WHITE-BELLIED SUNBIRD
134.    PURPLE-BANDED SUNBIRD
135.    AFRICAN YELLOW WHITE-EYE
136.    SOUTHERN BROWN-THROATED WEAVER
137.    SPECTACLED WEAVER
138.    RED-BILLED QUELEA
139.    GREEN-WINGED PYTILIA
140.    RED-THROATED TWINSPOT
141.    AFRICAN FIREFINCH
142.    JAMESON’S FIREFINCH
143.    BRONZE MANNIKIN
144.    BLUE WAXBILL
145.    COMMON WAXBILL
146.    YELLOW-FRONTED CANARY
 


Apart from those birds we see in and around our camp, the following are birds that are also found in the Gorongosa region either as residents or as migrants:
 
(Note: those birds marked with an asterisk (*) are to be found on Mount Gorongosa)

1.      LITTLE GREBE
2.      WHITE-BREASTED CORMORANT
3.      AFRICAN DARTER
4.      PURPLE HERON
5.      BLACK-HEADED HERON
6.      YELLOW-BILLED EGRET
7.      BLACK HERON
8.      RUFOUS-BELLIED HERON
9.      SQUACCO HERON
10.    WHITE-BACKED NIGHT-HERON
11.    BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
12.    DWARF BITTERN
13.    GREATER FLAMINGO
14.    LESSER FLAMINGO
15.    AFRICAN SPOONBILL
16.    AFRICAN SACRED IBIS
17.    GLOSSY IBIS
18.    GREAT WHITE PELICAN
19.    PINK-BACKED PELICAN
20.    WHITE STORK
21.    ABDIM’S STORK
22.    FULVOUS DUCK
23.    WHITE-FACED DUCK
24.    EGYPTIAN GOOSE
25.    SPUR-WINGED GOOSE
26.    COMB DUCK
27.    HOTTENTOT TEAL
28.    RED-BILLED TEAL
29.    OSPREY
30.    BLACK-CHESTED SNAKE-EAGLE
31.    SOUTHERN BANDED SNAKE-EAGLE
32.    BAT HAWK
33.    MARSH-HARRIER
34.    AFRICAN HARRIER HAWK
35.    AFRICAN CUCKOO HAWK
36.    DARK CHANTING GOSHAWK
37.    BLACK SPARROWHAWK
38.    AFRICAN GOSHAWK
39.    SHIKRA
40.    LITTLE SPARROWHAWK
41.    EUROPEAN HONEY BUZZARD
42.    LESSER SPOTTED EAGLE
43.    STEPPE EAGLE
44.    TAWNY EAGLE
45.    WAHLBERG’S EAGLE
46.    AFRICAN HAWK-EAGLE
47.    AFRICAN CROWNED EAGLE
48.    MARTIAL EAGLE
49.    RED-NECKED FALCON
50.    DICKINSON’S KESTREL
51.    EURASIAN HOBBY
52.    LANNER FALCON
53.    PEREGRINE FALCON
54.    CRESTED GUINEAFOWL
55.    COQUI FRANCOLIN
56.    CRESTED FRANCOLIN
57.    HARLEQUIN QUAIL
58.    KURRICHANE BUTTONQUAIL
59.    AFRICAN CRAKE
60.    SPOTTED CRAKE
61.    AFRICAN PURPLE SWAMPHEN
62.    ALLEN’S GALLINULE
63.    COMMON MOORHEN
64.    LESSER MOORHEN
65.    RED-KNOBBED COOT
66.    GREY CROWNED CRANE
67.    BLACK-BELLIED BUSTARD
68.    RED-CRESTED KORHAAN
69.    AFRICAN JACANA
70.    LESSER JACANA
71.    COLLARED PRATINCOLE
72.    ROCK PRATINCOLE
73.    TEMMINCK’S COURSER
74.    BRONZE-WINGED COURSER
75.    KITTLITZ’S PLOVER
76.    WHITE-FRONTED PLOVER
77.    COMMON RINGED PLOVER
78.    THREE-BANDED PLOVER
79.    LONG-TOED LAPWING
80.    WHITE-HEADED LAPWING
81.    AFRICAN WATTLED LAPWING
82.    SENEGAL LAPWING
83.    GREATER PAINTED SNIPE
84.    AFRICAN SNIPE
85.    BLACK-WINGED STILT
86.    MARSH SANDPIPER
87.    COMMON GREENSHANK
88.    RUFF
89.    GREEN SANDPIPER
90.    WOOD SANDPIPER
91.    COMMON SANDPIPER
92.    CURLEW SANDPIPER
93.    LITTLE STINT
94.    GREY-HEADED GULL
95.    AFRICAN SKIMMER
96.    WHITE-WINGED TERN
97.    LEMON DOVE *
98.    EASTERN BRONZE-NAPED PIGEON *
99.    BLUE-SPOTTED WOOD-DOVE
100.    TAMBOURINE DOVE *
101.    NAMAQUA DOVE
102.    GREY-HEADED (CAPE) PARROT
103.    LIVINGSTONE’S TURACO *
104.    AFRICAN EMERALD CUCKOO
105.    JACOBIN CUCKOO
106.    LEVAILLANT’S CUCKOO
107.    BLACK CUCKOO
108.    AFRICAN CUCKOO
109.    COMMON CUCKOO
110.    BLACK COUCAL
111.    GREEN MALKOHA
112.    AFRICAN GRASS OWL
113.    MARSH OWL
114.    AFRICAN SCOPS OWL
115.    SOUTHERN WHITE-FACED SCOPS OWL
116.    PEARL-SPOTTED OWLET
117.    BARRED OWLET
118.    EURASIAN NIGHTJAR
119.    FRECKLED NIGHTJAR
120.    PENNANT-WINGED NIGHTJAR
121.    LITTLE SWIFT
122.    HORUS SWIFT
123.    WHITE-RUMPED SWIFT
124.    MOTTLED SPINETAIL
125.    BOHM’S SPINETAIL
126.    MOTTLED SWIFT
127.    COMMON SWIFT
128.    AFRICAN PYGMY KINGFISHER
129.    EUROPEAN ROLLER
130.    RACKET-TAILED ROLLER
131.    PURPLE ROLLER
132.    SWALLOW-TAILED BEE-EATER
133.    WHITE-FRONTED BEE-EATER
134.    BLUE-CHEEKED BEE-EATER
135.    MADAGASCAR BEE-EATER
136.    SOUTHERN RED-BILLED HORNBILL
137.    SILVERY-CHEEKED HORNBILL
138.    YELLOW-RUMPED TINKERBIRD
139.    CRESTED BARBET
140.    SCALY-THROATED HONEYGUIDE
141.    LESSER HONEYGUIDE
142.    GREEN-BACKED HONEYBIRD
143.    BENNETT’S WOODPECKER
144.    GREEN-BACKED WOODPECKER
145.    AFRICAN PITTA
146.    AFRICAN BROADBILL
147.    RUFOUS-NAPED LARK
148.    FLAPPET LARK
149.    DUSKY LARK
150.    BROWN-THROATED MARTIN
151.    MASCARENE MARTIN
152.    BLACK SAW-WING *
153.    EASTERN SAW-WING *
154.    WHITE-THROATED SWALLOW
155.    BLUE SWALLOW *
156.    RED-BREASTED SWALLOW
157.    MOSQUE SWALLOW
158.    GREY-RUMPED SWALLOW
159.    COMMON HOUSE MARTIN
160.    AFRICAN PIED WAGTAIL
161.    MOUNTAIN WAGTAIL
162.    YELLOW WAGTAIL
163.    AFRICAN PIPIT
164.    BLACK CUCKOOSHRIKE
165.    GREY CUCKOOSHRIKE *
166.    SQUARE-TAILED DRONGO
167.    AFRICAN GOLDEN ORIOLE
168.    EURASIAN GOLDEN ORIOLE
169.    GREEN-HEADED ORIOLE *
170.    WHITE-NECKED RAVEN
171.    GREY PENDULINE-TIT
172.    STRIPE-CHEEKED GREENBUL
173.    EASTERN NICATOR
174.    WHITE-CHESTED ALETHE
175.    EAST-COAST AKALAT
176.    WHITE STARRED ROBIN
177.    SWYNNERTON’S ROBIN *
178.    WHITE-BROWED SCRUB-ROBIN
179.    COMMON STONECHAT
180.    CAPPED WHEATEAR
181.    MOUSTACHED GRASS WARBLER *
182.    LITTLE RUSH WARBLER
183.    BROAD-TAILED WARBLER
184.    SEDGE WARBLER
185.    AFRICAN REED-WARBLER
186.    MARSH-WARBLER
187.    GREAT REED-WARBLER
188.    LESSER SWAMP-WARBLER
189.    DARK-CAPPED YELLOW WARBLER
190.    WILLOW WARBLER
191.    YELLOW-THROATED WOODLAND-WARBLER *
192.    GARDEN WARBLER
193.    SINGING CISTICOLA
194.    NEDDICKY
195.    SHORT-WINGED CISTICOLA
196.    WAILING CISTICOLA *
197.    CROAKING CISTICOLA
198.    BAR-THROATED APALIS
199.    CHIRINDA APALIS *
200.    GREEN-CAPPED EREMOMELA
201.    RED-FACED CROMBEC
202.    STIERLING’S WREN-WARBLER
203.    SOUTHERN HYLIOTA
204.    BLACK-AND-WHITE (VANGA) FLYCATCHER
205.    SPOTTED FLYCATCHER
206.    AFRICAN DUSKY FLYCATCHER
207.    BLUE-MANTLED CRESTED FLYCATCHER *
208.    LIVINGSTONE’S FLYCATCHER
209.    WOODWARD’S BATIS
210.    ANCHIETA’S (MARSH) TCHAGRA
211.    GORGEOUS BUSH-SHRIKE
212.    BLACK-FRONTED BUSH-SHRIKE
213.    BLACK-BELLIED STARLING
214.    GREATER BLUE-EARED STARLING
215.    MIOMBO BLUE-EARED STARLING
216.    WATTLED STARLING
217.    RED-BILLED OXPECKER
218.    PLAIN-BACKED SUNBIRD
219.    VARIABLE SUNBIRD
220.    MIOMBO DOUBLE-COLLARED SUNBIRD *
221.    HOUSE SPARROW
222.    SOUTHERN GREY-HEADED SPARROW
223.    YELLOW-THROATED PETRONIA
224.    YELLOW WEAVER
225.    VILLAGE WEAVER
226.    SOUTHERN MASKED WEAVER
227.    LESSER MASKED WEAVER
228.    DARK-BACKED WEAVER
229.    THICK-BILLED WEAVER
230.    RED-HEADED WEAVER
231.    SOUTHERN RED BISHOP
232.    BLACK-WINGED BISHOP
233.    YELLOW BISHOP
234.    RED-COLLARED WIDOWBIRD
235.    FAN-TAILED WIDOWBIRD
236.    WHITE-WINGED WIDOWBIRD
237.    ORANGE-WINGED PYTILIA
238.    RED-BILLED FIREFINCH
239.    LESSER SEEDCRACKER
240.    RED-BACKED MANNIKIN
241.    MAGPIE MANNIKIN
242.    ORANGE-BREASTED WAXBILL
243.    GREY WAXBILL
244.    VILLAGE INDIGOBIRD
245.    PIN-TAILED WHYDAH
246.    EASTERN PARADISE-WHYDAH
247.    BROAD-TAILED PARADISE-WHYDAH
248.    BRIMSTONE CANARY
249.    LEMON-BREASTED CANARY
250.    BLACK-EARED SEED-EATER
251.    CINNAMON-BREASTED BUNTING
252.    CABANIS’S BUNTING
253.    GOLDEN-BREASTED BUNTING


 
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