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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











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.




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






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











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














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


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




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








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

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




Little Weaver




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

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







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



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






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.








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