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The Indian Ocean, coastal areas partly forested to savannahs, semi-deserts, mountain forests, fresh water and soda lakes, rivers, glaciers and rainforests provide a huge range of different biotopes and are responsible for the big variety of bird species. Currently more than 1.400 registered species, of which around 100 are migratory birds, occur in East Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. You find little brown birds, very colourful species and majestic vultures and eagles. Parks and sanctuaries have between 300 and over 550 registered bird species. East Africa is a paradise for ornithologists. But also non birders will be fascinated by some of the impressive birds.

Many species are spread all over the continent, but several are endemic and only occur in small ranges. We as the specialists know where to find them.

Pictures are listed in the same order as in most bird books.

Pictures taken by Elvira Wolfer, Sammy Mugo (ornithologist and safariguide) and clients.

 

 

Geierperlhuehner
Helmperlhuhn

 

 

Vulturine guinea fowl (Acryllium vulturinum) can be found in Samburu,
Tsavos and other dry areas South to Mkomazi NP.

Helmeted guinea fowl (Numida meleagris).
Widespread in Africa with different subspecies.

 

 

Crested Guineafowl

Crested Guineafowl (Guttera pucherani) occur in forests from West to East and Southern Africa. Lake Manyara Nationalpark

 

 

 

StonePartridge
Coqui_Frankolin

 

 

Stone Partridge (Ptilopachus petrosus) is hard to find. From East
to West Africa in dry, stony hillsides. Photo Sammy Mugo, Samburu

Coqui francolin (Peliperdix coqui).
Local, but widespread in open savannah.

 

 

Schopffrankolin
ScalyFrancolin

 

 

Crested francolin (Dendroperdix sephaena) searches seeds
on the ground and fly into trees to rest and to call.
Widespread from East to South Africa in lowland bushy land.

Scaly Spurfowl / Francolin (Pternistis squamatus) is found in
bamboo and dense forest from East to West Africa.

 

 

Gelbkehlfrankolin
Rotkehlfrankolin

 

 

Yellow-necked spurfowl (Pternistis leucoscepus)
prefers open bush land in Kenya and Northern Tanzania.

Red-necked spurfowl (Pternistis afer).
Widespread in savannahs with different subspecies.

 

 

Graubrustfrankolin
Jacksonsfrankolin

 

 

Grey-breasted spurfowl (Pternistis rufopictus)
is endemic to Serengeti/Ndutu area.

Jackson’s francolin / spurfowl (Pternistis jacksoni) only
occurs at the Aberdares and Mt. Kenya. Very rare at
Mt. Elgon. They pick and slip of seeds from blades of grass.

 

 

Hildebrandts Francolin

Hildebrandt’s Francolin/Spurfowl (Pternistis hildebranti) thinly distributed in the Great Rift Valley, Masai Mara and Tanzania.

 

 

WhiteSpottedFlufftail

Kapralle

 

 

White-spotted Flufftail (Sarothrura pulchra) can be found in Kakamega
forest and further West. It lives in dense vegetation and is very hard to
photograph. Photo Sammy Mugo, Kakamega Forest

African (water) rail (Rallus caerulescens) lives secretly in vegetation
near standing water from East to Southern Africa.
Photo Sammy Mugo

 

 

Purpurhuhn

African Purple Swamphen or Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio madagascariensis)
occurs in many parts of Africa in swamps and reeds.
Nairobi National park

 

 

AfrBinsenralleKlein_Picco
Mohrenralle

 

 

African Finfoot (Podica senegalnsis) is rare to see despite it is
widespread in Africa. Male, the female is brown. Foto Claudio Comolli, Uganda

Black crake (Amaurornis flavirostris). Widespread
in Africa  near water, but often hiding in plants.

 

 

Common_Moorhen

Kammblesshuhn

 

 

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus meridionalis).
Widespread in Africa near water above 1,500 m. Both
parents raise the chicks.

Red-knobbed coot (Fulica cristata). Widespread on lakes in Africa.
Locally abundant, especially on Lake Naivasha and Nakuru.

 

 

Kronenkranich
Riesentrappe

 

 

Crowned crane (Balearica regulorum gibbericeps) live
like all cranes in fixed pairs. Where food is abundant they
become gregarious. Widespread from East to South Africa.

Kori bustards (Ardeotis kori struthiunculus)
prefer short grass areas.

 

 

Rotschopftrappe
Schwarzbauchtrappe

 

 

Buff Crested bustards (Lophotis (Eupodotis) gindiana) males
have a very special behavior and calls to attract females.
Widespread in East and Northeastern Africa.

Black-bellied bustard (Lissotis m. melanogaster). Prefer wetter
grassland than the very similar Hartlaub’s bustard and are widespread in Africa.

 

 

Hartlaubstrappe
Senegalrappe

 

 

Hartlaub's bustard (Lissotis hartlaubii).
Mainly occurs in dry parts of Kenya and Northern Tanzania.

Northern White-bellied bustard (Eupodotis senegalensis canicollis)
Male. In shrubby grassland in East, West and Central
Africa. The male is more colourful than the female.

 

 

Denhams bustard

Denham’s (Stanley’s) bustard (Neotis denhami) is quite white spread but not often found on open grassland in Africa. Photo Sammy Mugo