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Lesotho

This checklist includes all bird species found in Lesotho , based on the best information available at this time. It is based on a wide variety of sources that I collated over many years. I am pleased to offer these checklists as a service to birdwatchers. If you find any error, please do not hesitate to .

The taxonomic order and nomenclature follows Clements 6th edition (updated 2014). If you prefer to view the list based on a different authority, click on one of the list available below. Globally threatened species (status in red) were identified by Birdlife International in Threatened Birds of the World (Birds to Watch 3).

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Country or region: Lesotho
Number of species: 360
Number of globally threatened species: 13
Number of introduced species: 4
See also: http://www.africanbirdclub.org/countries/checklists/

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

White-faced Whistling-DuckDendrocygna viduata
Fulvous Whistling-DuckDendrocygna bicolorRare/Accidental
White-backed DuckThalassornis leuconotus
Comb DuckSarkidiornis melanotosRare/Accidental
Egyptian GooseAlopochen aegyptiaca
South African ShelduckTadorna cana
Spur-winged GoosePlectropterus gambensis
African Pygmy-GooseNettapus auritus
African Black DuckAnas sparsa
Yellow-billed DuckAnas undulata
Cape ShovelerAnas smithii
Red-billed DuckAnas erythrorhyncha
Hottentot TealAnas hottentotaRare/Accidental
Cape TealAnas capensisRare/Accidental
Southern PochardNetta erythrophthalma
Maccoa DuckOxyura maccoaNear-threatened

 
GALLIFORMES: Numididae

Helmeted GuineafowlNumida meleagris

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Red-winged FrancolinFrancolinus levaillantii
Gray-winged FrancolinFrancolinus africanus
Orange River FrancolinFrancolinus levaillantoides
Swainson's FrancolinFrancolinus swainsonii
Common QuailCoturnix coturnix
Harlequin QuailCoturnix delegorgueiRare/Accidental

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis
Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatusRare/Accidental
Eared GrebePodiceps nigricollis

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Phoenicopteridae

Greater FlamingoPhoenicopterus roseus
Lesser FlamingoPhoenicopterus minorNear-threatened

 
CICONIIFORMES: Ciconiidae

Black StorkCiconia nigra
Abdim's StorkCiconia abdimii
White StorkCiconia ciconia
Yellow-billed StorkMycteria ibis

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
Long-tailed CormorantPhalacrocorax africanus

 
SULIFORMES: Anhingidae

African DarterAnhinga rufa

 
PELECANIFORMES: Scopidae

HamerkopScopus umbretta

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Great BitternBotaurus stellaris
Little BitternIxobrychus minutusRare/Accidental
Gray HeronArdea cinerea
Black-headed HeronArdea melanocephala
Goliath HeronArdea goliath
Purple HeronArdea purpurea
Great EgretArdea albaRare/Accidental
Intermediate EgretMesophoyx intermediaRare/Accidental
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Squacco HeronArdeola ralloidesRare/Accidental
Rufous-bellied HeronArdeola rufiventris
Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellusRare/Accidental
Sacred IbisThreskiornis aethiopicus
Bald IbisGeronticus calvusRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Hadada IbisBostrychia hagedash
African SpoonbillPlatalea alba

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Sagittariidae

Secretary-birdSagittarius serpentariusVulnerable

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Black-shouldered KiteElanus caeruleus
African Harrier-HawkPolyboroides typus
Palm-nut VultureGypohierax angolensisRare/Accidental
LammergeierGypaetus barbatusNear-threatened
Egyptian VultureNeophron percnopterusRare/Accidental Endangered
European Honey-buzzardPernis apivorus
Cape GriffonGyps coprotheresVulnerable
BateleurTerathopius ecaudatusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Black-breasted Snake-EagleCircaetus pectoralisRare/Accidental
Booted EagleHieraaetus pennatus
Tawny EagleAquila rapaxRare/Accidental
Verreaux's EagleAquila verreauxii
African Hawk-EagleAquila spilogaster
Pale Chanting-GoshawkMelierax canorusRare/Accidental
Gabar GoshawkMicronisus gabarRare/Accidental
African Marsh-HarrierCircus ranivorus
Black HarrierCircus maurusVulnerable
Pallid HarrierCircus macrourusRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Montagu's HarrierCircus pygargus
African GoshawkAccipiter tachiro
ShikraAccipiter badiusRare/Accidental
Little SparrowhawkAccipiter minullusRare/Accidental
Rufous-chested SparrowhawkAccipiter rufiventris
Black GoshawkAccipiter melanoleucusRare/Accidental
Black KiteMilvus migrans
African Fish-EagleHaliaeetus vocifer
Common BuzzardButeo buteo
Jackal BuzzardButeo rufofuscus

 
OTIDIFORMES: Otididae

Kori BustardArdeotis koriNear-threatened
Ludwig's BustardNeotis ludwigiiEndangered
Denham's BustardNeotis denhamiRare/Accidental Near-threatened
White-bellied BustardEupodotis senegalensis
Blue BustardEupodotis caerulescensNear-threatened
Karoo BustardEupodotis vigorsii
Black BustardEupodotis afraVulnerable
White-quilled BustardEupodotis afraoides

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Corn CrakeCrex crexRare/Accidental
African RailRallus caerulescens
African CrakeCrecopsis egregia
Baillon's CrakePorzana pusilla
Spotted CrakePorzana porzana
Purple SwamphenPorphyrio porphyrioRare/Accidental
Allen's GallinulePorphyrio alleni
Eurasian MoorhenGallinula chloropus
Lesser MoorhenGallinula angulata
Red-knobbed CootFulica cristata

 
GRUIFORMES: Sarothruridae

Red-chested FlufftailSarothrura rufaRare/Accidental
Striped FlufftailSarothrura affinis

 
GRUIFORMES: Gruidae

Gray Crowned-CraneBalearica regulorumRare/Accidental Endangered
Blue CraneAnthropoides paradiseusRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Wattled CraneBugeranus carunculatusRare/Accidental Vulnerable

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Spotted Thick-kneeBurhinus capensis

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus
Pied AvocetRecurvirostra avosettaRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
Blacksmith LapwingVanellus armatus
Black-winged LapwingVanellus melanopterus
Crowned LapwingVanellus coronatusRare/Accidental
Wattled LapwingVanellus senegallus
Kittlitz's PloverCharadrius pecuarius
Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticulaRare/Accidental
Three-banded PloverCharadrius tricollaris

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Rostratulidae

Greater Painted-SnipeRostratula benghalensis

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Jacanidae

African JacanaActophilornis africanus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilisRare/Accidental
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquataRare/Accidental Near-threatened
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpresRare/Accidental
RuffCalidris pugnax
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferrugineaRare/Accidental
Little StintCalidris minuta
African SnipeGallinago nigripennis

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Turnicidae

Small ButtonquailTurnix sylvaticusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Burchell's CourserCursorius rufus
Temminck's CourserCursorius temminckii
Double-banded CourserSmutsornis africanus
Collared PratincoleGlareola pratincolaRare/Accidental
Black-winged PratincoleGlareola nordmanniNear-threatened

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Gray-hooded GullChroicocephalus cirrocephalusRare/Accidental
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterusRare/Accidental
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybridaRare/Accidental

 
PTEROCLIFORMES: Pteroclidae

Namaqua SandgrousePterocles namaquaRare/Accidental

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba liviaIntroduced species
Speckled PigeonColumba guinea
Rameron PigeonColumba arquatrix
Red-eyed DoveStreptopelia semitorquata
Ring-necked DoveStreptopelia capicola
Laughing DoveStreptopelia senegalensis
Namaqua DoveOena capensis

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Pied CuckooClamator jacobinus
Great Spotted CuckooClamator glandarius
Red-chested CuckooCuculus solitarius
Black CuckooCuculus clamosusRare/Accidental
Common CuckooCuculus canorusRare/Accidental
Klaas's CuckooChrysococcyx klaas
Dideric CuckooChrysococcyx caprius
White-browed CoucalCentropus superciliosus

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

African Grass-OwlTyto capensis
Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

European Scops-OwlOtus scops
African Scops-OwlOtus senegalensisRare/Accidental
Cape Eagle-OwlBubo capensisRare/Accidental
Spotted Eagle-OwlBubo africanus
Verreaux's Eagle-OwlBubo lacteusExtirpated
Marsh OwlAsio capensis

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Eurasian NightjarCaprimulgus europaeusRare/Accidental
Freckled NightjarCaprimulgus tristigma
Square-tailed NightjarCaprimulgus fossiiRare/Accidental

 
APODIFORMES: Apodidae

Alpine SwiftApus melba
Common SwiftApus apus
African SwiftApus barbatus
Little SwiftApus affinis
Horus SwiftApus horus
White-rumped SwiftApus caffer

 
COLIIFORMES: Coliidae

Speckled MousebirdColius striatus
White-backed MousebirdColius coliusRare/Accidental
Red-faced MousebirdUrocolius indicus

 
TROGONIFORMES: Trogonidae

Narina TrogonApaloderma narina

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Malachite KingfisherCorythornis cristatus
Giant KingfisherMegaceryle maxima
Pied KingfisherCeryle rudis

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

European Bee-eaterMerops apiaster

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

European RollerCoracias garrulusNear-threatened
Lilac-breasted RollerCoracias caudatus

 
CORACIIFORMES: Upupidae

Eurasian HoopoeUpupa epops

 
PICIFORMES: Lybiidae

Crested BarbetTrachyphonus vaillantii
Red-fronted TinkerbirdPogoniulus pusillus
Pied BarbetTricholaema leucomelas
Black-collared BarbetLybius torquatusRare/Accidental

 
PICIFORMES: Indicatoridae

Wahlberg's HoneyguideProdotiscus regulus
Lesser HoneyguideIndicator minorRare/Accidental

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Rufous-necked WryneckJynx ruficollisRare/Accidental
Ground WoodpeckerGeocolaptes olivaceus
Cardinal WoodpeckerDendropicos fuscescens

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Lesser KestrelFalco naumanni
Eurasian KestrelFalco tinnunculus
Greater KestrelFalco rupicoloides
Red-footed FalconFalco vespertinusNear-threatened
Amur FalconFalco amurensis
Eurasian HobbyFalco subbuteoRare/Accidental
Lanner FalconFalco biarmicus
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Platysteiridae

Cape BatisBatis capensis
Chinspot BatisBatis molitor

 
PASSERIFORMES: Malaconotidae

Black-backed PuffbackDryoscopus cublaRare/Accidental
Southern BoubouLaniarius ferrugineus
BokmakierieTelophorus zeylonus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Red-backed ShrikeLanius collurio
Lesser Gray ShrikeLanius minorRare/Accidental
Southern FiscalLanius collaris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Eurasian Golden OrioleOriolus oriolus
African Black-headed OrioleOriolus larvatusRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicruridae

Fork-tailed DrongoDicrurus adsimilis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

African Paradise-FlycatcherTerpsiphone viridis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Cape CrowCorvus capensis
Pied CrowCorvus albus
White-necked RavenCorvus albicollis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Chaetopidae

Cape RockjumperChaetops frenatus
Drakensberg RockjumperChaetops aurantius

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Rufous-naped LarkMirafra africana
Cape Clapper LarkMirafra apiata
Rudd's LarkHeteromirafra ruddiRare/Accidental Vulnerable
Spike-heeled LarkChersomanes albofasciataRare/Accidental
Eastern Long-billed LarkCerthilauda semitorquata
Chestnut-backed Sparrow-LarkEremopterix leucotis
Gray-backed Sparrow-LarkEremopterix verticalisRare/Accidental
Red-capped LarkCalandrella cinerea
Pink-billed LarkSpizocorys conirostrisRare/Accidental
Large-billed LarkGalerida magnirostris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Plain MartinRiparia paludicola
Bank SwallowRiparia ripariaRare/Accidental
Banded MartinRiparia cincta
Rock MartinPtyonoprogne fuligula
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
White-throated SwallowHirundo albigularis
Pearl-breasted SwallowHirundo dimidiata
Montane Blue SwallowHirundo atrocaeruleaVulnerable
Greater Striped-SwallowCecropis cucullata
Lesser Striped-SwallowCecropis abyssinica
Rufous-chested SwallowCecropis semirufaRare/Accidental
South African SwallowPetrochelidon spiloderaRare/Accidental
Common House-MartinDelichon urbicum
Black SawwingPsalidoprocne pristopteraRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Stenostiridae

Fairy FlycatcherStenostira scita

 
PASSERIFORMES: Paridae

Ashy TitMelaniparus cinerascens
Gray TitMelaniparus afer

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae

Common BulbulPycnonotus barbatus
Black-fronted BulbulPycnonotus nigricans

 
PASSERIFORMES: Macrosphenidae

Cape CrombecSylvietta rufescensRare/Accidental
Cape GrassbirdSphenoeacus afer

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

African Yellow-WarblerIduna natalensis
Sedge WarblerAcrocephalus schoenobaenus
Eurasian Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceus
African Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus baeticatus
Lesser Swamp-WarblerAcrocephalus gracilirostris
Great Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus arundinaceus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

Barratt's WarblerBradypterus barratti
Little Rush-WarblerBradypterus baboecala

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Bar-throated ApalisApalis thoracicaRare/Accidental
Rock-loving CisticolaCisticola aberrans
Wailing CisticolaCisticola lais
Levaillant's CisticolaCisticola tinniens
Piping CisticolaCisticola fulvicapilla
Zitting CisticolaCisticola juncidis
Desert CisticolaCisticola aridulus
Cloud CisticolaCisticola textrix
Wing-snapping CisticolaCisticola ayresii
Tawny-flanked PriniaPrinia subflavaRare/Accidental
Black-chested PriniaPrinia flavicansRare/Accidental
Karoo PriniaPrinia maculosa
Drakensberg PriniaPrinia hypoxantha
Namaqua PriniaPrinia substriataRare/Accidental
Yellow-bellied EremomelaEremomela icteropygialis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sylviidae

Bush BlackcapSylvia nigricapillaNear-threatened
Garden WarblerSylvia borinRare/Accidental
Layard's WarblerSylvia layardi
Rufous-vented WarblerSylvia subcaeruleaRare/Accidental
Greater WhitethroatSylvia communisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Cape White-eyeZosterops capensis
Orange River White-eyeZosterops pallidus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Promeropidae

Gurney's SugarbirdPromerops gurneyi

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Fiscal FlycatcherSigelus silensRare/Accidental
Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striata
Dusky-brown FlycatcherMuscicapa adustaRare/Accidental
Karoo Scrub-RobinCercotrichas coryphaeusRare/Accidental
Cape Robin-ChatCossypha caffra
Sentinel Rock-ThrushMonticola explorator
Cape Rock-ThrushMonticola rupestris
African StonechatSaxicola torquatus
Buff-streaked BushchatSaxicola bifasciatusRare/Accidental
Southern Anteater-ChatMyrmecocichla formicivoraRare/Accidental
Mocking Cliff-ChatThamnolaea cinnamomeiventrisRare/Accidental
Sicklewing ChatCercomela sinuata
Familiar ChatCercomela familiaris
Mountain WheatearOenanthe monticola
Capped WheatearOenanthe pileata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Kurrichane ThrushTurdus libonyanaRare/Accidental
Olive ThrushTurdus olivaceus
Karoo ThrushTurdus smithi

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Common MynaAcridotheres tristisIntroduced species
European StarlingSturnus vulgarisIntroduced species
Wattled StarlingCreatophora cinerea
Cape Glossy-StarlingLamprotornis nitens
Violet-backed StarlingCinnyricinclus leucogasterRare/Accidental
African Pied StarlingSpreo bicolor
Red-winged StarlingOnychognathus morio
Pale-winged StarlingOnychognathus nabouroup

 
PASSERIFORMES: Nectariniidae

Amethyst SunbirdChalcomitra amethystina
Malachite SunbirdNectarinia famosa
Greater Double-collared SunbirdCinnyris afer

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Cape WagtailMotacilla capensis
Mountain WagtailMotacilla clara
African Pied WagtailMotacilla aguimpRare/Accidental
African PipitAnthus cinnamomeus
Mountain PipitAnthus hoeschi
Long-billed PipitAnthus similis
Plain-backed PipitAnthus leucophrysRare/Accidental
Buffy PipitAnthus vaalensis
Yellow-tufted PipitAnthus crenatus
Yellow-breasted PipitHemimacronyx chlorisVulnerable
Orange-throated LongclawMacronyx capensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

Lark-like BuntingEmberiza impetuaniRare/Accidental
Cinnamon-breasted BuntingEmberiza tahapisi
Cape BuntingEmberiza capensis
Golden-breasted BuntingEmberiza flaviventrisRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

Drakensberg SiskinPseudochloroptila symonsi
Black-headed CanaryAlario alario
Cape CanarySerinus canicollis
Yellow-fronted CanarySerinus mozambicusRare/Accidental
Black-throated CanarySerinus atrogularis
Brimstone CanarySerinus sulphuratusRare/Accidental
Yellow CanarySerinus flaviventris
White-throated CanarySerinus albogularis
Streaky-headed SeedeaterSerinus gularis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticusIntroduced species
Great Rufous SparrowPasser motitensis
Cape SparrowPasser melanurus
Southern Gray-headed SparrowPasser diffusus
Yellow-throated PetroniaPetronia superciliaris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Ploceidae

White-browed Sparrow-WeaverPlocepasser mahaliRare/Accidental
Spectacled WeaverPloceus ocularisRare/Accidental
Cape WeaverPloceus capensis
Southern Masked-WeaverPloceus velatus
Village WeaverPloceus cucullatus
Red-billed QueleaQuelea quelea
Southern Red BishopEuplectes orix
Yellow-crowned BishopEuplectes afer
Yellow BishopEuplectes capensis
White-winged WidowbirdEuplectes albonotatus
Red-collared WidowbirdEuplectes ardens
Fan-tailed WidowbirdEuplectes axillarisRare/Accidental
Long-tailed WidowbirdEuplectes progne

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Swee WaxbillCoccopygia melanotisRare/Accidental
Common WaxbillEstrilda astrild
Red-billed FirefinchLagonosticta senegalaRare/Accidental
Red-headed FinchAmadina erythrocephala
Zebra WaxbillSporaeginthus subflavus
African QuailfinchOrtygospiza fuscocrissa

 
PASSERIFORMES: Viduidae

Pin-tailed WhydahVidua macroura
Village IndigobirdVidua chalybeata
Parasitic WeaverAnomalospiza imberbis

 

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