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This checklist includes all bird species found in Nkhotakota Game Reserve , 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, version 2023. 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).

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Country or region: Nkhotakota Game Reserve [map]

Number of species: 289
Number of introduced species: 1
Date last reviewed: 2021-07-05
Last modified: 2024-03-18
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ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

White-faced Whistling-DuckDendrocygna viduata
Fulvous Whistling-DuckDendrocygna bicolor
White-backed DuckThalassornis leuconotus
Spur-winged GoosePlectropterus gambensis

 
GALLIFORMES: Numididae

Helmeted GuineafowlNumida meleagris
Southern Crested GuineafowlGuttera edouardi

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Hildebrandt's SpurfowlPternistis hildebrandti
Red-necked SpurfowlPternistis afer

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rameron PigeonColumba arquatrix
Dusky Turtle-DoveStreptopelia lugens
Red-eyed DoveStreptopelia semitorquata
Ring-necked DoveStreptopelia capicola
Emerald-spotted Wood-DoveTurtur chalcospilos
Blue-spotted Wood-DoveTurtur afer
Tambourine DoveTurtur tympanistria
African Green-PigeonTreron calvus

 
OTIDIFORMES: Otididae

Black-bellied BustardLissotis melanogaster

 
MUSOPHAGIFORMES: Musophagidae

Schalow's TuracoTauraco schalowi
Purple-crested TuracoGallirex porphyreolophus
Gray Go-away-birdCrinifer concolor

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Senegal CoucalCentropus senegalensis
White-browed CoucalCentropus superciliosus
Green MalkohaCeuthmochares australis
Great Spotted CuckooClamator glandarius
Pied CuckooClamator jacobinus
Dideric CuckooChrysococcyx caprius
Klaas's CuckooChrysococcyx klaas
African Emerald CuckooChrysococcyx cupreus
Red-chested CuckooCuculus solitarius
Common CuckooCuculus canorus

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Pennant-winged NightjarCaprimulgus vexillarius
Fiery-necked NightjarCaprimulgus pectoralis
Square-tailed NightjarCaprimulgus fossii

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

Common SwiftApus apus
African SwiftApus barbatus
Little SwiftApus affinis
White-rumped SwiftApus caffer
African Palm SwiftCypsiurus parvus

 
GRUIFORMES: Heliornithidae

African FinfootPodica senegalensis

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Water Thick-kneeBurhinus vermiculatus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Three-banded PloverCharadrius tricollaris
Spur-winged LapwingVanellus spinosus
Wattled LapwingVanellus senegallus
Kittlitz's PloverAnarhynchus pecuarius

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Jacanidae

Lesser JacanaMicroparra capensis
African JacanaActophilornis africanus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

African SnipeGallinago nigripennis
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Green SandpiperTringa ochropus
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Temminck's CourserCursorius temminckii
Collared PratincoleGlareola pratincola

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Gray-hooded GullChroicocephalus cirrocephalus

 
CICONIIFORMES: Ciconiidae

African OpenbillAnastomus lamelligerus
African Woolly-necked StorkCiconia microscelis
Saddle-billed StorkEphippiorhynchus senegalensis
Yellow-billed StorkMycteria ibis

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Long-tailed CormorantMicrocarbo africanus
Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo

 
PELECANIFORMES: Scopidae

HamerkopScopus umbretta

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Black-crowned Night HeronNycticorax nycticorax
Black HeronEgretta ardesiaca
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
White-backed Night HeronCalherodius leuconotus
Striated HeronButorides striata
Squacco HeronArdeola ralloides
Western Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Great EgretArdea alba
Yellow-billed EgretArdea brachyrhyncha
Gray HeronArdea cinerea
Purple HeronArdea purpurea
Black-headed HeronArdea melanocephala

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
African Sacred IbisThreskiornis aethiopicus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Black-winged KiteElanus caeruleus
Palm-nut VultureGypohierax angolensis
European Honey-buzzardPernis apivorus
African Cuckoo-HawkAviceda cuculoides
Hooded VultureNecrosyrtes monachus
White-backed VultureGyps africanus
BateleurTerathopius ecaudatus
Black-chested Snake-EagleCircaetus pectoralis
Brown Snake-EagleCircaetus cinereus
Bat HawkMacheiramphus alcinus
Martial EaglePolemaetus bellicosus
Wahlberg's EagleHieraaetus wahlbergi
Booted EagleHieraaetus pennatus
Ayres's Hawk-EagleHieraaetus ayresii
African Hawk-EagleAquila spilogaster
Lizard BuzzardKaupifalco monogrammicus
Dark Chanting-GoshawkMelierax metabates
African Marsh HarrierCircus ranivorus
African GoshawkAccipiter tachiro
Ovambo SparrowhawkAccipiter ovampensis
Black GoshawkAccipiter melanoleucus
Black KiteMilvus migrans
African Fish-EagleIcthyophaga vocifer
Common BuzzardButeo buteo
Augur BuzzardButeo augur

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Pel's Fishing-OwlScotopelia peli
Pearl-spotted OwletGlaucidium perlatum
African Barred OwletGlaucidium capense

 
COLIIFORMES: Coliidae

Speckled MousebirdColius striatus

 
TROGONIFORMES: Trogonidae

Narina TrogonApaloderma narina
Bar-tailed TrogonApaloderma vittatum

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Upupidae

Eurasian HoopoeUpupa epops

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Phoeniculidae

Green WoodhoopoePhoeniculus purpureus
Common ScimitarbillRhinopomastus cyanomelas

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Bucorvidae

Southern Ground-HornbillBucorvus leadbeateri

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Bucerotidae

Crowned HornbillLophoceros alboterminatus
African Gray HornbillLophoceros nasutus
Pale-billed HornbillLophoceros pallidirostris
Trumpeter HornbillBycanistes bucinator

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Half-collared KingfisherAlcedo semitorquata
Malachite KingfisherCorythornis cristatus
Gray-headed KingfisherHalcyon leucocephala
Woodland KingfisherHalcyon senegalensis
Brown-hooded KingfisherHalcyon albiventris
Striped KingfisherHalcyon chelicuti
Giant KingfisherMegaceryle maxima
Pied KingfisherCeryle rudis

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

White-fronted Bee-eaterMerops bullockoides
Little Bee-eaterMerops pusillus
Swallow-tailed Bee-eaterMerops hirundineus
Böhm's Bee-eaterMerops boehmi
Blue-cheeked Bee-eaterMerops persicus
Madagascar Bee-eaterMerops superciliosus
European Bee-eaterMerops apiaster
Southern Carmine Bee-eaterMerops nubicoides

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

Lilac-breasted RollerCoracias caudatus
Broad-billed RollerEurystomus glaucurus

 
PICIFORMES: Lybiidae

Yellow-rumped TinkerbirdPogoniulus bilineatus
Yellow-fronted TinkerbirdPogoniulus chrysoconus
Black-collared BarbetLybius torquatus

 
PICIFORMES: Indicatoridae

Green-backed HoneyguideProdotiscus zambesiae
Wahlberg's HoneyguideProdotiscus regulus
Pallid HoneyguideIndicator meliphilus
Lesser HoneyguideIndicator minor
Greater HoneyguideIndicator indicator

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Bearded WoodpeckerChloropicus namaquus
Cardinal WoodpeckerDendropicos fuscescens
Green-backed WoodpeckerCampethera maculosa
Bennett's WoodpeckerCampethera bennettii
Golden-tailed WoodpeckerCampethera abingoni

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Dickinson's KestrelFalco dickinsoni
Amur FalconFalco amurensis
Eurasian HobbyFalco subbuteo
Lanner FalconFalco biarmicus
Taita FalconFalco fasciinucha

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittacidae

Brown-necked ParrotPoicephalus fuscicollis
Meyer's ParrotPoicephalus meyeri

 
PASSERIFORMES: Calyptomenidae

African BroadbillSmithornis capensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Campephagidae

White-breasted CuckooshrikeCoracina pectoralis
Black CuckooshrikeCampephaga flava

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Eurasian Golden OrioleOriolus oriolus
African Golden OrioleOriolus auratus
African Black-headed OrioleOriolus larvatus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Platysteiridae

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

 
PASSERIFORMES: Vangidae

White HelmetshrikePrionops plumatus
Retz's HelmetshrikePrionops retzii

 
PASSERIFORMES: Malaconotidae

BrubruNilaus afer
Black-backed PuffbackDryoscopus cubla
Marsh TchagraBocagia minuta
Black-crowned TchagraTchagra senegalus
Brown-crowned TchagraTchagra australis
Tropical BoubouLaniarius major
Sulphur-breasted BushshrikeTelophorus sulfureopectus
Gray-headed BushshrikeMalaconotus blanchoti

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicruridae

Fork-tailed DrongoDicrurus adsimilis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

African Paradise-FlycatcherTerpsiphone viridis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Red-backed ShrikeLanius collurio
Northern FiscalLanius humeralis
Souza's ShrikeLanius souzae

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Pied CrowCorvus albus
White-necked RavenCorvus albicollis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hyliotidae

Yellow-bellied HyliotaHyliota flavigaster
Southern HyliotaHyliota australis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Paridae

Rufous-bellied TitMelaniparus rufiventris
Miombo TitMelaniparus griseiventris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Remizidae

African Penduline-TitAnthoscopus caroli

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Chestnut-backed Sparrow-LarkEremopterix leucotis
Flappet LarkMirafra rufocinnamomea

 
PASSERIFORMES: Nicatoridae

Eastern NicatorNicator gularis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Macrosphenidae

Red-capped CrombecSylvietta ruficapilla
Moustached Grass-WarblerMelocichla mentalis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Yellow-bellied EremomelaEremomela icteropygialis
Greencap EremomelaEremomela scotops
Miombo Wren-WarblerCalamonastes undosus
Stierling's Wren-WarblerCalamonastes stierlingi
Green-backed CamaropteraCamaroptera brachyura
Yellow-breasted ApalisApalis flavida
Chapin's ApalisApalis chapini
Tawny-flanked PriniaPrinia subflava
Red-faced CisticolaCisticola erythrops
Rufous-winged CisticolaCisticola galactotes
Piping CisticolaCisticola fulvicapilla

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Lesser Swamp WarblerAcrocephalus gracilirostris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Black SawwingPsalidoprocne pristoptera
Banded MartinNeophedina cincta
Rock MartinPtyonoprogne fuligula
Pearl-breasted SwallowHirundo dimidiata
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Wire-tailed SwallowHirundo smithii
Western House-MartinDelichon urbicum
Red-rumped SwallowCecropis daurica
Lesser Striped SwallowCecropis abyssinica
Mosque SwallowCecropis senegalensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae

Yellow-bellied GreenbulChlorocichla flaviventris
Little GreenbulEurillas virens
Yellow-streaked GreenbulPhyllastrephus flavostriatus
Terrestrial BrownbulPhyllastrephus terrestris
Common BulbulPycnonotus barbatus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Southern Yellow White-eyeZosterops anderssoni

 
PASSERIFORMES: Leiothrichidae

Arrow-marked BabblerTurdoides jardineii

 
PASSERIFORMES: Certhiidae

African Spotted CreeperSalpornis salvadori

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Violet-backed StarlingCinnyricinclus leucogaster
Lesser Blue-eared StarlingLamprotornis chloropterus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Kurrichane ThrushTurdus libonyana

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

African Dusky FlycatcherMuscicapa adusta
Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striata
Pale FlycatcherAgricola pallidus
Gray Tit-FlycatcherFraseria plumbea
Ashy FlycatcherFraseria caerulescens
Southern Black-FlycatcherMelaenornis pammelaina
Miombo Scrub-RobinCercotrichas barbata
Red-backed Scrub-RobinCercotrichas leucophrys
White-browed Robin-ChatCossypha heuglini
Red-capped Robin-ChatCossypha natalensis
Collared Palm-ThrushCichladusa arquata
White-starred RobinPogonocichla stellata
Collared FlycatcherFicedula albicollis
Arnot's ChatMyrmecocichla arnotti
Familiar ChatOenanthe familiaris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Nectariniidae

Anchieta's SunbirdAnthreptes anchietae
Western Violet-backed SunbirdAnthreptes longuemarei
Collared SunbirdHedydipna collaris
Olive SunbirdCyanomitra olivacea
Amethyst SunbirdChalcomitra amethystina
Scarlet-chested SunbirdChalcomitra senegalensis
Malachite SunbirdNectarinia famosa
Eastern Miombo SunbirdCinnyris manoensis
Purple-banded SunbirdCinnyris bifasciatus
White-breasted SunbirdCinnyris talatala
Variable SunbirdCinnyris venustus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Ploceidae

Red-headed WeaverAnaplectes rubriceps
Spectacled WeaverPloceus ocularis
African Golden-WeaverPloceus subaureus
Southern Brown-throated WeaverPloceus xanthopterus
Lesser Masked-WeaverPloceus intermedius
Village WeaverPloceus cucullatus
Red-billed QueleaQuelea quelea
Black-winged BishopEuplectes hordeaceus
Yellow BishopEuplectes capensis
Red-collared WidowbirdEuplectes ardens
Fan-tailed WidowbirdEuplectes axillaris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Bronze MannikinSpermestes cucullata
Black-and-white MannikinSpermestes bicolor
Green-backed TwinspotMandingoa nitidula
Common WaxbillEstrilda astrild
Cut-throatAmadina fasciata
Zebra WaxbillAmandava subflava
Southern CordonbleuUraeginthus angolensis
Orange-winged PytiliaPytilia afra
Peters's TwinspotHypargos niveoguttatus
Red-billed FirefinchLagonosticta senegala
Jameson's FirefinchLagonosticta rhodopareia

 
PASSERIFORMES: Viduidae

Pin-tailed WhydahVidua macroura
Broad-tailed Paradise-WhydahVidua obtusa
Eastern Paradise-WhydahVidua paradisaea

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticusIntroduced species
Southern Gray-headed SparrowPasser diffusus
Yellow-throated Bush SparrowGymnoris superciliaris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Mountain WagtailMotacilla clara
African Pied WagtailMotacilla aguimp
African PipitAnthus cinnamomeus
Striped PipitAnthus lineiventris
Tree PipitAnthus trivialis
Yellow-throated LongclawMacronyx croceus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

Yellow-fronted CanaryCrithagra mozambica
Black-eared SeedeaterCrithagra mennelli

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

Cabanis's BuntingEmberiza cabanisi
Golden-breasted BuntingEmberiza flaviventris
Cinnamon-breasted BuntingEmberiza tahapisi

 

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