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This checklist includes all bird species found in West Coast , 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).

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Country or region: West Coast [map]

Number of species: 409
Number of endemics: 5
Number of introduced species: 6
Date last reviewed: 2018-08-13
Last modified: 2023-05-23
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STRUTHIONIFORMES: Struthionidae

Common OstrichStruthio camelus

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

White-faced Whistling DuckDendrocygna viduataRare/Accidental
Maccoa DuckOxyura maccoa
Egyptian GooseAlopochen aegyptiaca
Common ShelduckTadorna tadornaIntroduced species
South African ShelduckTadorna cana
Southern PochardNetta erythrophthalma
Hottentot TealSpatula hottentota
Cape ShovelerSpatula smithii
African Black DuckAnas sparsa
Yellow-billed DuckAnas undulata
MallardAnas platyrhynchosIntroduced species
Cape TealAnas capensis
Red-billed TealAnas erythrorhyncha
White-backed DuckThalassornis leuconotus
Spur-winged GoosePlectropterus gambensis
Comb DuckSarkidiornis melanotosRare/Accidental

 
GALLIFORMES: Numididae

Helmeted GuineafowlNumida meleagris

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Indian PeafowlPavo cristatusIntroduced species
Common QuailCoturnix coturnix
Cape FrancolinPternistis capensisEndemic
Red-necked SpurfowlPternistis afer
Red-winged FrancolinScleroptila levaillantii
Grey-winged FrancolinScleroptila afraEndemic (country/region)

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Phoenicopteridae

Greater FlamingoPhoenicopterus roseus
Lesser FlamingoPhoeniconaias minor

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis
Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatus
Black-necked GrebePodiceps nigricollis

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Speckled PigeonColumba guinea
African Olive PigeonColumba arquatrix
Lemon DoveAplopelia larvata
Red-eyed DoveStreptopelia semitorquata
Ring-necked DoveStreptopelia capicola
Laughing DoveStreptopelia senegalensis
Tambourine DoveTurtur tympanistria
Namaqua DoveOena capensis

 
PTEROCLIFORMES: Pteroclidae

Namaqua SandgrousePterocles namaqua

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

European NightjarCaprimulgus europaeus
Rufous-cheeked NightjarCaprimulgus rufigena
Fiery-necked NightjarCaprimulgus pectoralis
Freckled NightjarCaprimulgus tristigma

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

African Palm SwiftCypsiurus parvus
Alpine SwiftTachymarptis melba
White-rumped SwiftApus caffer
Horus SwiftApus horus
Little SwiftApus affinis
African SwiftApus barbatus
Common SwiftApus apus

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

White-browed CoucalCentropus superciliosus
Klaas's CuckooChrysococcyx klaas
Diederick CuckooChrysococcyx caprius
Red-chested CuckooCuculus solitarius
Common CuckooCuculus canorusRare/Accidental

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

African RailRallus caerulescens
CorncrakeCrex crex
Black CrakeZapornia flavirostra
Baillon's CrakeZapornia pusilla
Purple SwamphenPorphyrio porphyrio
Common MoorhenGallinula chloropus
Red-knobbed CootFulica cristata

 
GRUIFORMES: Sarothruridae

Red-chested FlufftailSarothrura rufa
Striped FlufftailSarothrura affinis

 
GRUIFORMES: Gruidae

Blue CraneGrus paradisea

 
OTIDIFORMES: Otididae

Vigors's BustardHeterotetrax vigorsii
Kori BustardArdeotis kori
Ludwig's BustardArdeotis ludwigii
Denham's BustardArdeotis denhami
Black BustardAfrotis afraEndemic (country/region)
White-quilled BustardAfrotis afraoides

 
MUSOPHAGIFORMES: Musophagidae

Knysna TuracoTauraco corythaix

 
SPHENISCIFORMES: Spheniscidae

Jackass PenguinSpheniscus demersus

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Oceanitidae

Wilson's Storm-petrelOceanites oceanicus
White-bellied Storm-petrelFregetta grallariaRare/Accidental
Black-bellied Storm-petrelFregetta tropica

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Diomedeidae

Wandering AlbatrossDiomedea exulans
Yellow-nosed AlbatrossThalassarche chlororhynchos
Black-browed AlbatrossThalassarche melanophris
White-capped AlbatrossThalassarche cauta

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Hydrobatidae

European Storm-petrelHydrobates pelagicus
Leach's Storm-petrelHydrobates leucorhous

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Northern Giant PetrelMacronectes halli
Southern Giant PetrelMacronectes giganteus
Southern FulmarFulmarus glacialoides
Cape PetrelDaption capense
Antarctic PrionPachyptila desolata
Soft-plumaged PetrelPterodroma mollis
Great-winged PetrelPterodroma macroptera
White-chinned PetrelProcellaria aequinoctialis
Spectacled PetrelProcellaria conspicillata
Sooty ShearwaterArdenna grisea
Great ShearwaterArdenna gravis
Flesh-footed ShearwaterArdenna carneipes
Scopoli's ShearwaterCalonectris diomedea
Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris borealis

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ciconiidae

Yellow-billed StorkMycteria ibis
Black StorkCiconia nigra
European White StorkCiconia ciconia

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

Great White PelicanPelecanus onocrotalus
Pink-backed PelicanPelecanus rufescensRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Scopidae

HamerkopScopus umbretta

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Little BitternIxobrychus minutus
Black-crowned Night HeronNycticorax nycticorax
Striated HeronButorides striataRare/Accidental
Squacco HeronArdeola ralloidesRare/Accidental
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Grey HeronArdea cinerea
Black-headed HeronArdea melanocephala
Goliath HeronArdea goliath
Purple HeronArdea purpurea
Great EgretArdea alba
Intermediate EgretArdea intermedia
Little Blue HeronEgretta caeruleaRare/Accidental
Little EgretEgretta garzetta

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

African Sacred IbisThreskiornis aethiopicus
African SpoonbillPlatalea alba
Hadada IbisBostrychia hagedash
Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus

 
PELECANIFORMES: Sulidae

Cape GannetMorus capensis
Australasian GannetMorus serratorRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Crowned CormorantMicrocarbo coronatus
Long-tailed CormorantMicrocarbo africanus
Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
Cape CormorantPhalacrocorax capensisEndemic
Bank CormorantPhalacrocorax neglectus

 
PELECANIFORMES: Anhingidae

African DarterAnhinga rufa

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Water Thick-kneeBurhinus vermiculatus
Spotted Thick-kneeBurhinus capensis

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

African OystercatcherHaematopus moquini
Eurasian OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegusRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Pied AvocetRecurvirostra avosetta
Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Grey PloverPluvialis squatarola
Pacific Golden PloverPluvialis fulvaRare/Accidental
American Golden PloverPluvialis dominicaRare/Accidental
Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula
Kittlitz's PloverCharadrius pecuarius
Three-banded PloverCharadrius tricollaris
White-fronted PloverCharadrius marginatus
Chestnut-banded PloverCharadrius pallidus
Lesser Sand PloverCharadrius mongolusRare/Accidental
Greater Sand PloverCharadrius leschenaultiiRare/Accidental
Caspian PloverCharadrius asiaticusRare/Accidental
Blacksmith LapwingVanellus armatus
Black-winged LapwingVanellus melanopterus
Crowned LapwingVanellus coronatus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Rostratulidae

Greater Painted-snipeRostratula benghalensis

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Jacanidae

African JacanaActophilornis africanus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquata
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica
Hudsonian GodwitLimosa haemasticaRare/Accidental
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaRare/Accidental
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Great KnotCalidris tenuirostrisRare/Accidental
Red KnotCalidris canutus
RuffCalidris pugnax
Broad-billed SandpiperCalidris falcinellusRare/Accidental
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea
SanderlingCalidris alba
DunlinCalidris alpinaRare/Accidental
Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdiiRare/Accidental
Little StintCalidris minuta
White-rumped SandpiperCalidris fuscicollisRare/Accidental
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotosRare/Accidental
African SnipeGallinago nigripennis
Terek SandpiperXenus cinereus
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipesRare/Accidental
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Common RedshankTringa totanusRare/Accidental
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilis
Wilson's PhalaropeSteganopus tricolorRare/Accidental
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
Grey PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Turnicidae

Black-rumped ButtonquailTurnix hottentottus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Double-banded CourserRhinoptilus africanus
Burchell's CourserCursorius rufus
Black-winged PratincoleGlareola nordmanniRare/Accidental

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Long-tailed SkuaStercorarius longicaudus
Arctic SkuaStercorarius parasiticus
Pomarine SkuaStercorarius pomarinus
Brown SkuaStercorarius antarcticus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Sabine's GullXema sabini
Gray-hooded GullChroicocephalus cirrocephalus
Hartlaub's GullChroicocephalus hartlaubii
Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcanRare/Accidental
Kelp GullLarus dominicanus
Little TernSternula albifrons
Damara TernSternula balaenarum
Gull-billed TernGelochelidon niloticaRare/Accidental
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybrida
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterus
Black TernChlidonias nigerRare/Accidental
Roseate TernSterna dougallii
Common TernSterna hirundo
Arctic TernSterna paradisaea
Antarctic TernSterna vittata
Lesser Crested TernThalasseus bengalensisRare/Accidental
Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis
Greater Crested TernThalasseus bergii

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Sagittariidae

Secretary-birdSagittarius serpentarius

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Black-winged KiteElanus caeruleus
European Honey BuzzardPernis apivorus
African Harrier HawkPolyboroides typus
Black-chested Snake EagleCircaetus pectoralis
Brown Snake EagleCircaetus cinereus
White-backed VultureGyps africanus
Cape VultureGyps coprotheres
Martial EaglePolemaetus bellicosus
Long-crested EagleLophaetus occipitalis
Verreaux's EagleAquila verreauxii
Booted EagleHieraaetus pennatus
Pale Chanting GoshawkMelierax canorus
Gabar GoshawkMicronisus gabar
Western Marsh HarrierCircus aeruginosusRare/Accidental
African Marsh HarrierCircus ranivorus
Black HarrierCircus maurus
African GoshawkAccipiter tachiro
Little SparrowhawkAccipiter minullus
Rufous-breasted SparrowhawkAccipiter rufiventris
Black SparrowhawkAccipiter melanoleucus
African Fish EagleHaliaeetus vocifer
Black KiteMilvus migrans
Jackal BuzzardButeo rufofuscus
Eurasian BuzzardButeo buteo
Forest BuzzardButeo trizonatus

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

African Grass OwlTyto capensis
Common Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

African Wood OwlStrix woodfordii
Cape Eagle OwlBubo capensis
Spotted Eagle OwlBubo africanus

 
COLIIFORMES: Coliidae

Speckled MousebirdColius striatus
White-backed MousebirdColius colius
Red-faced MousebirdUrocolius indicus

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Bucerotidae

Crowned HornbillTockus alboterminatus

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Upupidae

Common HoopoeUpupa epops

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Phoeniculidae

Green Wood-hoopoePhoeniculus purpureus

 
PICIFORMES: Indicatoridae

Lesser HoneyguideIndicator minor
Scaly-throated HoneyguideIndicator variegatus
Greater HoneyguideIndicator indicator

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Ground WoodpeckerGeocolaptes olivaceus
Cardinal WoodpeckerDendropicos fuscescens
Olive WoodpeckerMesopicos griseocephalus

 
PICIFORMES: Ramphastidae

Acacia Pied BarbetTricholaema leucomelas

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

Blue-cheeked Bee-eaterMerops persicusRare/Accidental
European Bee-eaterMerops apiaster

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

European RollerCoracias garrulus

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

African Malachite KingfisherCorythornis cristatus
Half-collared KingfisherAlcedo semitorquata
Giant KingfisherMegaceryle maxima
Pied KingfisherCeryle rudis
Brown-hooded KingfisherHalcyon albiventris

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Lesser KestrelFalco naumanni
Common KestrelFalco tinnunculus
Greater KestrelFalco rupicoloides
Eurasian HobbyFalco subbuteo
Lanner FalconFalco biarmicus
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Eastern Black-headed OrioleOriolus larvatus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Platysteiridae

Cape BatisBatis capensis
Pririt BatisBatis pririt

 
PASSERIFORMES: Malaconotidae

Black-backed PuffbackDryoscopus cubla
Southern TchagraTchagra tchagra
Olive Bush-shrikeChlorophoneus olivaceus
Southern BoubouLaniarius ferrugineus
BokmakierieTelophorus zeylonus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicruridae

Fork-tailed DrongoDicrurus adsimilis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Red-backed ShrikeLanius collurioRare/Accidental
Southern FiscalLanius collaris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Cape CrowCorvus capensis
White-necked RavenCorvus albicollis
Pied CrowCorvus albus
House CrowCorvus splendensIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Blue-mantled Paradise-flycatcherTrochocercus cyanomelas
African Paradise-flycatcherTerpsiphone viridis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Eupetidae

RockjumperChaetops frenatus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Promeropidae

Cape SugarbirdPromerops cafer

 
PASSERIFORMES: Nectariniidae

Collared SunbirdHedydipna collaris
Orange-breasted SunbirdAnthobaphes violaceaEndemic
Mouse-coloured SunbirdCyanomitra verreauxii
Amethyst SunbirdChalcomitra amethystina
Malachite SunbirdNectarinia famosa
Southern Double-collared SunbirdCinnyris chalybeus
Greater Double-collared SunbirdCinnyris afer
Dusky SunbirdCinnyris fuscus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Ploceidae

Scaly-fronted WeaverSporopipes squamifrons
Red-billed QueleaQuelea quelea
Southern Red BishopEuplectes orix
Yellow BishopEuplectes capensis
Cape WeaverPloceus capensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Red-billed FirefinchLagonosticta senegala
Common WaxbillEstrilda astrild
Swee WaxbillCoccopygia melanotis
Red-headed FinchAmadina erythrocephala
African QuailfinchOrtygospiza fuscocrissa

 
PASSERIFORMES: Viduidae

Pin-tailed WhydahVidua macroura

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticusIntroduced species
Cape SparrowPasser melanurus
Southern Grey-headed SparrowPasser diffusus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Yellow-tufted PipitAnthus crenatus
Plain-backed PipitAnthus leucophrys
African PipitAnthus cinnamomeus
Long-billed PipitAnthus similis
Cape LongclawMacronyx capensis
Cape WagtailMotacilla capensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

Common ChaffinchFringilla coelebsIntroduced species
Forest CanaryCrithagra scotops
Black-throated CanaryCrithagra atrogularis
Yellow CanaryCrithagra flaviventris
Brimstone CanaryCrithagra sulphurata
White-throated CanaryCrithagra albogularis
Streaky-headed CanaryCrithagra gularis
Protea CanaryCrithagra leucopteraEndemic
Cape SiskinCrithagra totta
Black-headed CanarySerinus alario
Cape CanarySerinus canicollis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

Golden-breasted BuntingFringillaria flaviventris
Cape BuntingFringillaria capensis
Lark-like BuntingFringillaria impetuani
Cinnamon-breasted BuntingFringillaria tahapisiRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Stenostiridae

African Fairy-flycatcherStenostira scita

 
PASSERIFORMES: Paridae

Grey TitMelaniparus afer

 
PASSERIFORMES: Remizidae

Cape Penduline TitAnthoscopus minutus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Spike-heeled LarkChersomanes albofasciata
Karoo Long-billed LarkCerthilauda subcoronata
Cape Long-billed LarkCerthilauda curvirostris
Agulhas Long-billed LarkCerthilauda brevirostrisEndemic (country/region)
Black-eared Sparrow LarkEremopterix australis
Grey-backed Sparrow LarkEremopterix verticalis
Sabota LarkCalendulauda sabota
Karoo LarkCalendulauda albescens
Red LarkCalendulauda burraEndemic (country/region)
Cape Clapper LarkMirafra apiata
Eastern Clapper LarkMirafra fasciolataRare/Accidental
Red-capped LarkCalandrella cinerea
Sclater's LarkSpizocorys sclateri
Stark's LarkSpizocorys starki
Large-billed LarkGalerida magnirostris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Macrosphenidae

Long-billed CrombecSylvietta rufescens
Victorin's WarblerCryptillas victoriniEndemic
Cape GrassbirdSphenoeacus afer

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Yellow-bellied EremomelaEremomela icteropygialis
Karoo EremomelaEremomela gregalis
Namaqua WarblerPhragmacia substriata
Bar-throated ApalisApalis thoracica
Grey-backed CamaropteraCamaroptera brachyura
Cinnamon-breasted WarblerEuryptila subcinnamomea
Rufous-eared WarblerMalcorus pectoralis
Grey-backed CisticolaCisticola subruficapilla
Levaillant's CisticolaCisticola tinniens
Piping CisticolaCisticola fulvicapilla
Zitting CisticolaCisticola juncidis
Cloud CisticolaCisticola textrix
Black-chested PriniaPrinia flavicans
Karoo PriniaPrinia maculosa

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

Knysna WarblerBradypterus sylvaticus
Little Rush WarblerBradypterus baboecala

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Common Reed WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceus
Lesser Swamp WarblerAcrocephalus gracilirostris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Black Saw-wingPsalidoprocne pristoptera
Northern House MartinDelichon urbicum
Lesser Striped SwallowCecropis abyssinicaRare/Accidental
Greater Striped SwallowCecropis cucullata
Red-rumped SwallowCecropis dauricaRare/Accidental
White-throated SwallowHirundo albigularis
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Pearl-breasted SwallowHirundo dimidiata
Rock MartinPtyonoprogne fuligula
Banded MartinNeophedina cincta
Plain MartinRiparia paludicola
Sand MartinRiparia riparia

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae

Sombre GreenbulAndropadus importunus
Black-fronted BulbulPycnonotus nigricans
Cape BulbulPycnonotus capensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sylviidae

Layard's WarblerCurruca layardi
Chestnut-vented WarblerCurruca subcoerulea

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Orange River White-eyeZosterops pallidus
Cape White-eyeZosterops virens

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Common StarlingSturnus vulgarisIntroduced species
Wattled StarlingCreatophora cinerea
Pale-winged StarlingOnychognathus nabouroup
Red-winged StarlingOnychognathus morio
African Pied StarlingLamprotornis bicolorEndemic (country/region)
Cape StarlingLamprotornis nitens
Black-bellied StarlingNotopholia corusca

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Karoo Scrub RobinCercotrichas coryphoeus
Eastern Bearded Scrub RobinCercotrichas quadrivirgata
Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striata
African Dusky FlycatcherMuscicapa adusta
Chat FlycatcherBradornis infuscatus
Fiscal FlycatcherSigelus silens
Cape Robin ChatCossypha caffra
Chorister Robin ChatCossypha dichroa
Cape Rock ThrushMonticola rupestrisEndemic (country/region)
Sentinel Rock ThrushMonticola explorator
African StonechatSaxicola torquatus
Sickle-winged ChatEmarginata sinuata
Karoo ChatEmarginata schlegelii
Tractrac ChatEmarginata tractrac
Southern Anteater ChatMyrmecocichla formicivora
Mountain WheatearMyrmecocichla monticola
Capped WheatearOenanthe pileata
Familiar ChatOenanthe familiaris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Olive ThrushTurdus olivaceus
Smith's ThrushTurdus smithi

 

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