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Zanzibar

This checklist includes all bird species found in Zanzibar , 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: Zanzibar
Number of species: 268
Number of globally threatened species: 6
Number of introduced species: 9
See also: http://www.allaboutzanzibar.com/indepth/ecology/02-landecology/id-02-03-birdlist.htm

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

White-faced Whistling-DuckDendrocygna viduata
Fulvous Whistling-DuckDendrocygna bicolor
White-backed DuckThalassornis leuconotus
African Pygmy-GooseNettapus auritus
Red-billed DuckAnas erythrorhyncha

 
GALLIFORMES: Numididae

Helmeted GuineafowlNumida meleagris
Crested GuineafowlGuttera pucherani

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Crested FrancolinFrancolinus sephaenaExtirpated
Harlequin QuailCoturnix delegorguei
Blue QuailCoturnix adansonii

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Phoenicopteridae

Greater FlamingoPhoenicopterus roseus

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Wedge-tailed ShearwaterPuffinus pacificusRare/Accidental

 
CICONIIFORMES: Ciconiidae

African OpenbillAnastomus lamelligerus
Woolly-necked StorkCiconia episcopus
Yellow-billed StorkMycteria ibis

 
SULIFORMES: Fregatidae

Great FrigatebirdFregata minor
Lesser FrigatebirdFregata ariel

 
SULIFORMES: Sulidae

Masked BoobySula dactylatra
Red-footed BoobySula sulaRare/Accidental
Cape GannetMorus capensisVulnerable

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Long-tailed CormorantPhalacrocorax africanus

 
SULIFORMES: Anhingidae

African DarterAnhinga rufa

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Little BitternIxobrychus minutus
Gray HeronArdea cinerea
Black-headed HeronArdea melanocephala
Purple HeronArdea purpurea
Great EgretArdea alba
Intermediate EgretMesophoyx intermedia
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Western Reef-HeronEgretta gularis
Black HeronEgretta ardesiaca
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Squacco HeronArdeola ralloides
Madagascar Pond-HeronArdeola idaeEndangered
Striated HeronButorides striata
Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
White-backed Night-HeronGorsachius leuconotus

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Sacred IbisThreskiornis aethiopicus
Hadada IbisBostrychia hagedash

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Black-shouldered KiteElanus caeruleus
African Harrier-HawkPolyboroides typus
Palm-nut VultureGypohierax angolensis
Black-breasted Snake-EagleCircaetus pectoralis
Banded Snake-EagleCircaetus cinerascens
Bat HawkMacheiramphus alcinus
Lesser Spotted EagleClanga pomarina
Tawny EagleAquila rapax
Steppe EagleAquila nipalensis
Gabar GoshawkMicronisus gabar
Montagu's HarrierCircus pygargus
African GoshawkAccipiter tachiro
ShikraAccipiter badius
Black GoshawkAccipiter melanoleucus
Black KiteMilvus migrans
African Fish-EagleHaliaeetus vocifer

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Black CrakeAmaurornis flavirostra
Purple SwamphenPorphyrio porphyrio
Allen's GallinulePorphyrio alleni
Eurasian MoorhenGallinula chloropus

 
GRUIFORMES: Sarothruridae

Buff-spotted FlufftailSarothrura elegans
Red-chested FlufftailSarothrura rufa

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Water Thick-kneeBurhinus vermiculatus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

Eurasian OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
Senegal LapwingVanellus lugubris
Lesser Sand-PloverCharadrius mongolus
Greater Sand-PloverCharadrius leschenaultii
Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius
White-fronted PloverCharadrius marginatus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Rostratulidae

Greater Painted-SnipeRostratula benghalensis

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Jacanidae

African JacanaActophilornis africanus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Terek SandpiperXenus cinereus
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Green SandpiperTringa ochropus
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilis
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquataNear-threatened
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
RuffCalidris pugnax
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea
SanderlingCalidris alba
Little StintCalidris minuta
Great SnipeGallinago mediaNear-threatened

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Turnicidae

Small ButtonquailTurnix sylvaticus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Dromadidae

Crab PloverDromas ardeola

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Pomarine JaegerStercorarius pomarinusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Gray-hooded GullChroicocephalus cirrocephalus
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
Sooty GullIchthyaetus hemprichii
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
Brown NoddyAnous stolidus
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
Little TernSternula albifronsRare/Accidental
Saunders's TernSternula saundersi
Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterus
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybrida
Roseate TernSterna dougallii
Black-naped TernSterna sumatranaRare/Accidental
Common TernSterna hirundo
White-cheeked TernSterna repressa
Great Crested TernThalasseus bergii
Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis
Lesser Crested TernThalasseus bengalensis

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba liviaIntroduced species
Delegorgue's PigeonColumba delegorguei
Red-eyed DoveStreptopelia semitorquata
Ring-necked DoveStreptopelia capicola
Laughing DoveStreptopelia senegalensisIntroduced species
Emerald-spotted Wood-DoveTurtur chalcospilos
Blue-spotted Wood-DoveTurtur afer
Tambourine DoveTurtur tympanistria
Namaqua DoveOena capensisIntroduced species
African Green-PigeonTreron calvus

 
CUCULIFORMES: Musophagidae

Fischer's TuracoTauraco fischeriNear-threatened

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Levaillant's CuckooClamator levaillantii
Madagascar CuckooCuculus rochii
Dideric CuckooChrysococcyx caprius
YellowbillCeuthmochares aereus
White-browed CoucalCentropus superciliosus

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Pemba Scops-OwlOtus pembaensisVulnerable
Moheli Scops-OwlOtus moheliensisCritically endangered
African Barred OwletGlaucidium capense
African Wood-OwlStrix woodfordii

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Square-tailed NightjarCaprimulgus fossii

 
APODIFORMES: Apodidae

Mottled SpinetailTelacanthura ussheri
Bat-like SpinetailNeafrapus boehmi
Little SwiftApus affinis
White-rumped SwiftApus caffer
African Palm-SwiftCypsiurus parvus

 
COLIIFORMES: Coliidae

Speckled MousebirdColius striatusExtirpated

 
TROGONIFORMES: Trogonidae

Narina TrogonApaloderma narina

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Malachite KingfisherCorythornis cristatus
African Pygmy-KingfisherIspidina picta
Gray-headed KingfisherHalcyon leucocephala
Mangrove KingfisherHalcyon senegaloides
Striped KingfisherHalcyon chelicuti
Pied KingfisherCeryle rudis

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

Swallow-tailed Bee-eaterMerops hirundineus
Blue-cheeked Bee-eaterMerops persicus
Madagascar Bee-eaterMerops superciliosus

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

European RollerCoracias garrulusNear-threatened
Lilac-breasted RollerCoracias caudatus
Broad-billed RollerEurystomus glaucurus

 
CORACIIFORMES: Phoeniculidae

Green WoodhoopoePhoeniculus purpureus
Common Scimitar-billRhinopomastus cyanomelas
Abyssinian Scimitar-billRhinopomastus minor

 
CORACIIFORMES: Bucorvidae

Southern Ground-HornbillBucorvus leadbeateriVulnerable

 
CORACIIFORMES: Bucerotidae

Crowned HornbillTockus alboterminatus

 
PICIFORMES: Lybiidae

Green TinkerbirdPogoniulus simplex
Yellow-rumped TinkerbirdPogoniulus bilineatus
White-headed BarbetLybius leucocephalus

 
PICIFORMES: Indicatoridae

Lesser HoneyguideIndicator minor

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Golden-tailed WoodpeckerCampethera abingoni
Green-backed WoodpeckerCampethera cailliautii
Cardinal WoodpeckerDendropicos fuscescens

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Gray KestrelFalco ardosiaceus
Dickinson's KestrelFalco dickinsoni
Amur FalconFalco amurensis

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Rose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameriIntroduced species
Gray-headed LovebirdAgapornis canusIntroduced species
Fischer's LovebirdAgapornis fischeriNear-threatened
Yellow-collared LovebirdAgapornis personatusEndemic (country/region)

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittacidae

Brown-headed ParrotPoicephalus cryptoxanthus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Platysteiridae

Black-throated Wattle-eyePlatysteira peltata
Chinspot BatisBatis molitor
Pale BatisBatis soror
Black-headed BatisBatis minor

 
PASSERIFORMES: Malaconotidae

Black-backed PuffbackDryoscopus cubla
Brown-crowned TchagraTchagra australis
Luehder's BushshrikeLaniarius luehderi
Zanzibar BoubouLaniarius sublacteus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Campephagidae

Black CuckooshrikeCampephaga flava

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Red-tailed ShrikeLanius phoenicuroides
Isabelline ShrikeLanius isabellinus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Eurasian Golden OrioleOriolus oriolus
African Golden OrioleOriolus auratus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicruridae

Fork-tailed DrongoDicrurus adsimilis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

African Crested-FlycatcherTrochocercus cyanomelas
African Paradise-FlycatcherTerpsiphone viridis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

House CrowCorvus splendensIntroduced species
Pied CrowCorvus albus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Nicatoridae

Western NicatorNicator chloris
Eastern NicatorNicator gularis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Mascarene MartinPhedina borbonica
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Wire-tailed SwallowHirundo smithii
Red-rumped SwallowCecropis daurica
Lesser Striped-SwallowCecropis abyssinica
Mosque SwallowCecropis senegalensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae

Sombre GreenbulAndropadus importunus
Little GreenbulEurillas virens
Common BulbulPycnonotus barbatus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Olive-tree WarblerHippolais olivetorum
Eurasian Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceus
African Reed-WarblerAcrocephalus baeticatus
Lesser Swamp-WarblerAcrocephalus gracilirostris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

Little Rush-WarblerBradypterus baboecala
Eurasian River WarblerLocustella fluviatilis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Yellow-breasted ApalisApalis flavida
Green-backed CamaropteraCamaroptera brachyura
Zitting CisticolaCisticola juncidis
Greencap EremomelaEremomela scotops

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

African Yellow White-eyeZosterops senegalensisEndemic (country/region)

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pellorneidae

Pale-breasted IlladopsisIlladopsis rufipennis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Pale FlycatcherBradornis pallidus
Grayish FlycatcherBradornis microrhynchus
Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striata
Ashy FlycatcherMuscicapa caerulescens
Bearded Scrub-RobinCercotrichas quadrivirgata
Miombo Scrub-RobinCercotrichas barbata
Red-capped Robin-ChatCossypha natalensis
East Coast AkalatSheppardia gunningiNear-threatened
Rufous-tailed Rock-ThrushMonticola saxatilis
Northern WheatearOenanthe oenanthe
Capped WheatearOenanthe pileata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Red-tailed Ant-ThrushNeocossyphus rufus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Wattled StarlingCreatophora cinerea
Black-bellied Glossy-StarlingLamprotornis corruscus
Violet-backed StarlingCinnyricinclus leucogaster

 
PASSERIFORMES: Nectariniidae

Collared SunbirdHedydipna collaris
Eastern Olive SunbirdCyanomitra olivacea
Western Olive SunbirdCyanomitra obscura
Mouse-colored SunbirdCyanomitra veroxii
Amethyst SunbirdChalcomitra amethystina
Scarlet-chested SunbirdChalcomitra senegalensis
Purple-banded SunbirdCinnyris bifasciatus
Pemba SunbirdCinnyris pembaeEndemic (country/region)

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Western Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava
African Pied WagtailMotacilla aguimp
African PipitAnthus cinnamomeus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

Yellow-fronted CanarySerinus mozambicus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticusIntroduced species
Northern Gray-headed SparrowPasser griseus
Southern Gray-headed SparrowPasser diffusus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Ploceidae

Rufous-tailed WeaverHisturgops ruficauda
Spectacled WeaverPloceus ocularis
African Golden-WeaverPloceus subaureus
Village WeaverPloceus cucullatus
Forest WeaverPloceus bicolor
Zanzibar Red BishopEuplectes nigroventris
Black-winged BishopEuplectes hordeaceus
Fan-tailed WidowbirdEuplectes axillaris
Grosbeak WeaverAmblyospiza albifrons

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Green-backed TwinspotMandingoa nitidula
Common WaxbillEstrilda astrild
Southern CordonbleuUraeginthus angolensisIntroduced species
Blue-capped CordonbleuUraeginthus cyanocephalus
Purple GrenadierGranatina ianthinogaster
Green-winged PytiliaPytilia melba
Orange-winged PytiliaPytilia afra
Zebra WaxbillSporaeginthus subflavus
Bronze MannikinSpermestes cucullata
Black-and-white MannikinSpermestes bicolor
Magpie MannikinSpermestes fringilloides
Java SparrowLonchura oryzivoraIntroduced species Vulnerable

 
PASSERIFORMES: Viduidae

Pin-tailed WhydahVidua macroura
Parasitic WeaverAnomalospiza imberbis

 

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