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This checklist includes all bird species found in Africa , 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 Howard and Moore 4th edition (incl. corrigenda vol.1-2). 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 Birdlife Data Zone (species).

Bird Checklists of the World is part of Avibase and Bird links to the World, which are designed and maintained by Denis Lepage, and hosted by Birds Canada, which is a co-partner of Birdlife International.

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Country or region: Africa [map]

Description: including African Islands

Number of species: 2561
Number of endemics: 1
Number of globally threatened species: 236
Number of extinct species: 11
Number of introduced species: 17
Last modified: 2022-12-29
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Common Ostrich (Struthio camelus)

photo ©Nicola Destefano - Wildlife Photography
(0 votes)

Somali Ostrich (Struthio molybdophanes)

photo ©Glen Tepke
(31 votes)

White-faced Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna viduata)

photo ©naturgucker.de
(0 votes)

Fulvous Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna bicolor)

photo ©rivera.diego47
(0 votes)

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)

photo ©Keith Carlson
(31 votes)

Maccoa Duck (Oxyura maccoa)

photo ©notjes1966
(0 votes)

White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala)

photo ©Sergey Yeliseev
(32 votes)

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)

photo ©naturgucker.de
(0 votes)

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)

photo ©Service Dolphin
(0 votes)

Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus)

photo ©All Things Nature
(0 votes)

Brent Goose (Branta bernicla)

photo ©naturgucker.de
(0 votes)

Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis) Rare

photo ©notjes1966
(0 votes)

Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis)

photo ©_alcedo_
(0 votes)

Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens)

photo ©R-Gasman
(0 votes)

Bar-headed Goose (Anser indicus)

photo ©Mobile Lynn
(0 votes)

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

photo ©birding.dk
(40 votes)

Bean Goose (Anser fabalis)

photo ©Oleg Nomad
(0 votes)

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)

photo ©evimeyer
(38 votes)

Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus)

photo ©Radovan Václav
(0 votes)

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) Rare

photo ©sfdonald
(0 votes)

Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) Rare

photo ©laser-tomas
(31 votes)

Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca)

photo ©Lathers
(41 votes)

Common Scoter (Melanitta nigra)

photo ©grebberg
(0 votes)

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) Rare

photo ©Frode Jacobsen
(0 votes)

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

photo ©birding4ever
(61 votes)

Smew (Mergellus albellus)

photo ©Oleg Nomad
(0 votes)


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