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Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ruanda are some of the best birding countries due to the various habitats. The Indian Ocean, coastal areas partly forested to savannahs, semi-deserts, deserts, mountain forests, alpine/moorland, 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 occur in East Africa. Among them are around 100 migratory birds from Eurasia, others are Intra African migrants but many are permanent residents. 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 in many regions, but several are endemic and only occur in small ranges.
We as the specialists know where to find them.

Species are listed according to families. The book “Birds of Africa South of the Sahara” served as guideline.

Pictures taken by Elvira Wolfer, Lorenzo Barelli (Photographer and birding tour leader) and clients

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palmweber
Holub'sGolden

 

 

 

Golden palm weaver (Ploceus bojeri).
Coast and Tana River.

Holub’s Golden Weaver (Ploceus xanthops) occurs in
cultivated areas and forest edges in higher altitudes.

 

 

 

Goldweber2
Orange Weaver

 

 

Eastern Golden Weaver (Ploceus subaureus aureoflavus).
Common at coasts in Kenya and Tanzania as well as lower
altitude up to Central Kenya.

Orange Weaver (Ploceus aurantius) Westafrica to Uganda in wetland areas. 
Photo Marina Meger, Entebbe

 

 

 

Taveta Weaver

 

Noerdlicher_Braunkehlweber

 

 

 

Taveta Weaver (Ploceus castaneiceps) is only
found in Taita / Amboseli region. Photo Lorenzo Barelli

 

Northern Brown-throated Weaver (Ploceus castanops).
In papyrus around Lake Victoria. Homa Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brillenweber_Maennchen
Textorweber

 

 

 

Spectacled weaver (Ploceus ocularis suahelicus).
Females lack the black patch under the bill. Widespread.

Black-headed or Village Weaver (Ploceus cucullatus nigriceps).
Local but widespread. Highly gregarious when breeding photo below

 

 

 

Spekesweber_Nester

 

 

 

Maskenweber

 

Maskenweber_weibchen

 

 

 

Vitelline Masked weaver (Ploceus vitelinus uluensis).
Breeding males. Widespread East to West Africa.

 

Vitelline Masked weaver (Ploceus
vitelinus uluensis). Breeding female.

 

 

 

Noerdlicher_Maskenweber
Heuglin's Weaver

 

 

 

Northern masked weaver (Ploceus t. taeniopterus).
Lake Baringo and Turkana area near water.

Heuglin’s masked weaver (Ploceus heuglini) occurs in Western Kenya.
Female. Photo Lorenzo Barelli

 

 

 

Cabanisweber
Spekesweber

 

 

 

Lesser Masked weaver (Ploceus i. intermedius).
Local in savanna and bushland, widespread.

Spekes weaver (Ploceus spekei).
Southern Kenya to Northwestern Tanzania.

 

 

 

Little Weaver
Schlankschnabelweber

 

 

 

Little Weaver (Ploceus luteolus) is found in Acacia
areas from Northern Kenya to Westafrica.

Slender-billed weaver (Ploceus pelzelni).
Lake Victoria region.

 

 

 

Reichenow_Weber
Reichenow_Weber_weibchen

 

 

Baglafecht Weaver (Ploceus baglafecht reichenowi). The amount of
black on and around the head depends on the sex and the age.
This can easily lead to confusion. Locally in Highlands. Adult male.

Baglaflecht weaver, adult female.

 

 

 

Clarke's Weaver

 

Clarke’s Weaver (Ploceus golandi) is only found in Arabuko Sokoke Forest. Status: endangered. Photo Lorenzo Barelli

 

 

 

Dark-backed Weaver

 

Brown-capped Weaver

 

 

 

Dark-backed Weaver (Ploceus bicolor) is along the coast, Tana River
 and Mt. Elgon region at home. Photo Lorenzo Barelli, Arabuko Sokoke Forest

 

Brown-capped Weaver (Ploceus insignis) is found in montane
forests from Central Kenya and further West. Photo Lorenzo Barelli

 

 

Schwarznackenweber
Ploceus ngricollis nigricollis

 

 

Black-necked Weaver (Ploceus nigricollis melanoxanthus).
Widespread but uncommon in Ethiopia, Eastern Kenya
and Tanzania in pairs in dry bush.

Black-necked Weaver (Ploceus nigricollis nigricollis) is found
from Western Kenya to Westafrica. Photo Marina Meger, Uganda

 

 

 

Black-billed Weaver

 

Jacksonsweber

 

 

 

Black-billed Weaver (Ploceus melanogaster) is found
in forests in Western Kenya and further West. Photo Lorenzo Barelli

 

Jackson’s golden-backed weaver (Ploceus jacksoni). Locally common
in acacia woodland near water. North Tanzania to Westkenya.

 

 

 

Maronenweber
ChestnutWeaver_nonbreeding

 

 

 

Chestnut weaver (Ploceus r. rubiginosus).Highly gregarious when breeding in dry bush land. Seasonal. Left in breeding plumage, right non-breeding.

 

 

 

Yellow backed weaver

Vieillots black weaver

 

 

 

Uganda Yellow-backed or Black-headed Weaver (Ploceus melanocephaus
dimidiatus). Confined to swamps and reedbeds from Western Kenya to
Westafrica. Photo Marina Meger, Uganda

Vieillot’s Black Weaver (Ploceus nigerrimus) is found in forested
areas from Western Kenya to Westafrica. Photo Marina Meger, Uganda