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This checklist includes all bird species found in Gaborone , 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 2018. 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: Gaborone [map]

Number of species: 318
Number of globally threatened species: 7
Number of introduced species: 2
Last modified: 2018-12-29
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STRUTHIONIFORMES: Struthionidae

Common OstrichStruthio camelus

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

White-faced Whistling-DuckDendrocygna viduata
Fulvous Whistling-DuckDendrocygna bicolor
White-backed DuckThalassornis leuconotus
Knob-billed DuckSarkidiornis melanotos
Egyptian GooseAlopochen aegyptiaca
South African ShelduckTadorna cana
Spur-winged GoosePlectropterus gambensis
Hottentot TealSpatula hottentota
Cape ShovelerSpatula smithii
Yellow-billed DuckAnas undulata
Cape TealAnas capensis
Red-billed DuckAnas erythrorhyncha
Southern PochardNetta erythrophthalma
Maccoa DuckOxyura maccoaVulnerable

 
GALLIFORMES: Numididae

Helmeted GuineafowlNumida meleagris

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Red-billed FrancolinPternistis adspersus
Natal FrancolinPternistis natalensis
Swainson's FrancolinPternistis swainsonii
Crested FrancolinDendroperdix sephaena
Coqui FrancolinPeliperdix coqui

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Phoenicopteridae

Greater FlamingoPhoenicopterus roseus
Lesser FlamingoPhoeniconaias minorNear-threatened

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis
Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatus
Eared GrebePodiceps nigricollis

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Speckled PigeonColumba guinea
Red-eyed DoveStreptopelia semitorquata
Ring-necked DoveStreptopelia capicola
Laughing DoveStreptopelia senegalensis
Emerald-spotted Wood-DoveTurtur chalcospilos
Namaqua DoveOena capensis

 
PTEROCLIFORMES: Pteroclidae

Double-banded SandgrousePterocles bicinctus

 
OTIDIFORMES: Otididae

Red-crested BustardEupodotis ruficrista

 
MUSOPHAGIFORMES: Musophagidae

Gray Go-away-birdCorythaixoides concolor

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

White-browed CoucalCentropus superciliosus
Great Spotted CuckooClamator glandarius
Pied CuckooClamator jacobinus
Dideric CuckooChrysococcyx caprius
Klaas's CuckooChrysococcyx klaas
Common CuckooCuculus canorus

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Rufous-cheeked NightjarCaprimulgus rufigena
Freckled NightjarCaprimulgus tristigma

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

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

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Eurasian MoorhenGallinula chloropus
Lesser MoorhenGallinula angulata
Red-knobbed CootFulica cristata
African SwamphenPorphyrio madagascariensis
Black CrakeZapornia flavirostra

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Water Thick-kneeBurhinus vermiculatus
Spotted Thick-kneeBurhinus capensis

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus
Pied AvocetRecurvirostra avosetta

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
Blacksmith LapwingVanellus armatus
Crowned LapwingVanellus coronatus
Caspian PloverCharadrius asiaticus
Kittlitz's PloverCharadrius pecuarius
Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula
Three-banded PloverCharadrius tricollaris
Chestnut-banded PloverCharadrius pallidusNear-threatened

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Rostratulidae

Greater Painted-SnipeRostratula benghalensis

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Jacanidae

African JacanaActophilornis africanus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

RuffCalidris pugnax
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferrugineaNear-threatened
Little StintCalidris minuta
African SnipeGallinago nigripennis
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Green SandpiperTringa ochropusRare/Accidental
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilis
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Turnicidae

Small ButtonquailTurnix sylvaticus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Temminck's CourserCursorius temminckii

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Gray-hooded GullChroicocephalus cirrocephalus
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterus
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybrida

 
CICONIIFORMES: Ciconiidae

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

 
SULIFORMES: Anhingidae

African DarterAnhinga rufa

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Long-tailed CormorantMicrocarbo africanus
Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo

 
PELECANIFORMES: Scopidae

HamerkopScopus umbretta

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Little BitternIxobrychus minutus
Gray HeronArdea cinerea
Black-headed HeronArdea melanocephala
Goliath HeronArdea goliath
Purple HeronArdea purpurea
Great EgretArdea alba
Intermediate EgretArdea intermedia
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Slaty EgretEgretta vinaceigulaVulnerable
Black HeronEgretta ardesiaca
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Squacco HeronArdeola ralloides
Striated HeronButorides striata
Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

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

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Black-winged KiteElanus caeruleus
African Harrier-HawkPolyboroides typus
European Honey-buzzardPernis apivorusRare/Accidental
Lappet-faced VultureTorgos tracheliotosEndangered
White-backed VultureGyps africanusCritically endangered
Cape GriffonGyps coprotheresEndangered
Black-breasted Snake-EagleCircaetus pectoralis
Martial EaglePolemaetus bellicosusVulnerable
Wahlberg's EagleHieraaetus wahlbergi
Tawny EagleAquila rapaxVulnerable
Verreaux's EagleAquila verreauxii
Pale Chanting-GoshawkMelierax canorus
Gabar GoshawkMicronisus gabar
ShikraAccipiter badius
Ovambo SparrowhawkAccipiter ovampensis
Black KiteMilvus migrans
African Fish-EagleHaliaeetus vocifer
Common BuzzardButeo buteo

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Pearl-spotted OwletGlaucidium perlatum
Marsh OwlAsio capensis

 
COLIIFORMES: Coliidae

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

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Upupidae

Eurasian HoopoeUpupa epops

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Phoeniculidae

Green WoodhoopoePhoeniculus purpureus
Common ScimitarbillRhinopomastus cyanomelas

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Bucerotidae

African Gray HornbillLophoceros nasutus
Southern Yellow-billed HornbillTockus leucomelas
Southern Red-billed HornbillTockus rufirostris

 
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

Little Bee-eaterMerops pusillus
Swallow-tailed Bee-eaterMerops hirundineus
Blue-cheeked Bee-eaterMerops persicus
European Bee-eaterMerops apiaster
Southern Carmine Bee-eaterMerops nubicoides

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

Lilac-breasted RollerCoracias caudatus
Rufous-crowned RollerCoracias naevius

 
PICIFORMES: Lybiidae

Crested BarbetTrachyphonus vaillantii
Yellow-fronted TinkerbirdPogoniulus chrysoconus
Pied BarbetTricholaema leucomelas
Black-collared BarbetLybius torquatus

 
PICIFORMES: Indicatoridae

Lesser HoneyguideIndicator minor
Greater HoneyguideIndicator indicator

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Cardinal WoodpeckerChloropicus fuscescens
Bearded WoodpeckerChloropicus namaquus
Bennett's WoodpeckerCampethera bennettii
Golden-tailed WoodpeckerCampethera abingoni

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Rock KestrelFalco rupicolus
Greater KestrelFalco rupicoloides
Lanner FalconFalco biarmicus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Platysteiridae

Chinspot BatisBatis molitor

 
PASSERIFORMES: Malaconotidae

BrubruNilaus afer
Black-backed PuffbackDryoscopus cubla
Black-crowned TchagraTchagra senegalus
Brown-crowned TchagraTchagra australis
Tropical BoubouLaniarius major
Southern BoubouLaniarius ferrugineus
Crimson-breasted GonolekLaniarius atrococcineus
Sulphur-breasted BushshrikeTelophorus sulfureopectus
Gray-headed BushshrikeMalaconotus blanchoti

 
PASSERIFORMES: Campephagidae

Black CuckooshrikeCampephaga flava

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Red-backed ShrikeLanius collurio
Lesser Gray ShrikeLanius minor
Southern FiscalLanius collaris
Magpie ShrikeCorvinella melanoleuca
White-crowned ShrikeEurocephalus anguitimens

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Eurasian Golden OrioleOriolus oriolus
African Black-headed OrioleOriolus larvatus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicruridae

Fork-tailed DrongoDicrurus adsimilis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

African Paradise-FlycatcherTerpsiphone viridis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Cape CrowCorvus capensis
Pied CrowCorvus albus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Short-clawed LarkCerthilauda chuana
Dusky LarkPinarocorys nigricans
Chestnut-backed Sparrow-LarkEremopterix leucotis
Gray-backed Sparrow-LarkEremopterix verticalis
Sabota LarkCalendulauda sabota
Eastern Clapper LarkMirafra fasciolata
Rufous-naped LarkMirafra africana
Monotonous LarkMirafra passerina
Red-capped LarkCalandrella cinerea

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Plain MartinRiparia paludicola
Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
Rock MartinPtyonoprogne fuligula
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
White-throated SwallowHirundo albigularis
Pearl-breasted SwallowHirundo dimidiata
Greater Striped SwallowCecropis cucullata
Lesser Striped SwallowCecropis abyssinica
Rufous-chested SwallowCecropis semirufa
South African SwallowPetrochelidon spilodera
Common House-MartinDelichon urbicum

 
PASSERIFORMES: Stenostiridae

Fairy FlycatcherStenostira scita

 
PASSERIFORMES: Paridae

Southern Black-TitMelaniparus niger
Ashy TitMelaniparus cinerascens

 
PASSERIFORMES: Remizidae

Southern Penduline-TitAnthoscopus minutus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae

Common BulbulPycnonotus barbatus
Black-fronted BulbulPycnonotus nigricans

 
PASSERIFORMES: Macrosphenidae

Cape CrombecSylvietta rufescens

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Icterine WarblerHippolais icterina
Sedge WarblerAcrocephalus schoenobaenus
African Reed WarblerAcrocephalus baeticatus
Lesser Swamp WarblerAcrocephalus gracilirostris
Greater Swamp WarblerAcrocephalus rufescens
Great Reed WarblerAcrocephalus arundinaceus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Yellow-bellied EremomelaEremomela icteropygialis
Burnt-neck EremomelaEremomela usticollis
Barred Wren-WarblerCalamonastes fasciolatus
Green-backed CamaropteraCamaroptera brachyura
Bar-throated ApalisApalis thoracica
Tawny-flanked PriniaPrinia subflava
Black-chested PriniaPrinia flavicans
Rattling CisticolaCisticola chiniana
Tinkling CisticolaCisticola rufilatus
Piping CisticolaCisticola fulvicapilla
Zitting CisticolaCisticola juncidis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sylviidae

Garden WarblerSylvia borin
Rufous-vented WarblerSylvia subcaerulea

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Cape White-eyeZosterops virens

 
PASSERIFORMES: Leiothrichidae

Southern Pied-BabblerTurdoides bicolor
Arrow-marked BabblerTurdoides jardineii

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striata
Mariqua FlycatcherBradornis mariquensis
Pale FlycatcherAgricola pallidus
Chat FlycatcherAgricola infuscatus
Fiscal FlycatcherMelaenornis silens
Southern Black-FlycatcherMelaenornis pammelaina
Kalahari Scrub-RobinCercotrichas paena
Red-backed Scrub-RobinCercotrichas leucophrys
White-throated Robin-ChatCossypha humeralis
Short-toed Rock-ThrushMonticola brevipes
African StonechatSaxicola torquatus
Southern Anteater-ChatMyrmecocichla formicivora
Mocking Cliff-ChatThamnolaea cinnamomeiventris
Familiar ChatCercomela familiaris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Groundscraper ThrushPsophocichla litsitsirupa
Kurrichane ThrushTurdus libonyana
Karoo ThrushTurdus smithi

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Wattled StarlingCreatophora cinerea
Common MynaAcridotheres tristisIntroduced species
Violet-backed StarlingCinnyricinclus leucogaster
Red-winged StarlingOnychognathus morio
Burchell's StarlingLamprotornis australis
Meves's StarlingLamprotornis mevesii
Greater Blue-eared StarlingLamprotornis chalybaeus
Cape StarlingLamprotornis nitens

 
PASSERIFORMES: Buphagidae

Red-billed OxpeckerBuphagus erythrorhynchus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Nectariniidae

Amethyst SunbirdChalcomitra amethystina
Mariqua SunbirdCinnyris mariquensis
White-breasted SunbirdCinnyris talatala

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Cape WagtailMotacilla capensis
Western Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava
African Pied WagtailMotacilla aguimp
African PipitAnthus cinnamomeus
Long-billed PipitAnthus similis
Plain-backed PipitAnthus leucophrys
Buffy PipitAnthus vaalensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

Yellow-fronted CanaryCrithagra mozambica
Black-throated CanaryCrithagra atrogularis
Yellow CanaryCrithagra flaviventris
Streaky-headed SeedeaterCrithagra gularis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

Golden-breasted BuntingEmberiza flaviventris
Cape BuntingEmberiza capensis
Lark-like BuntingEmberiza impetuani
Cinnamon-breasted BuntingEmberiza tahapisi

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

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

 
PASSERIFORMES: Ploceidae

Red-billed Buffalo-WeaverBubalornis niger
Scaly WeaverSporopipes squamifrons
White-browed Sparrow-WeaverPlocepasser mahali
Red-headed WeaverAnaplectes rubriceps
Lesser Masked-WeaverPloceus intermedius
Southern Masked-WeaverPloceus velatus
Village WeaverPloceus cucullatus
Red-billed QueleaQuelea quelea
Southern Red BishopEuplectes orix
Yellow-crowned BishopEuplectes afer
White-winged WidowbirdEuplectes albonotatus
Long-tailed WidowbirdEuplectes progne

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Common WaxbillEstrilda astrild
Black-faced WaxbillEstrilda erythronotos
Southern CordonbleuUraeginthus angolensis
Violet-eared WaxbillGranatina granatina
Green-winged PytiliaPytilia melba
Red-billed FirefinchLagonosticta senegala
Jameson's FirefinchLagonosticta rhodopareia
Cut-throatAmadina fasciata
Red-headed FinchAmadina erythrocephala
Zebra WaxbillSporaeginthus subflavus
African QuailfinchOrtygospiza fuscocrissa
Bronze MannikinSpermestes cucullata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Viduidae

Pin-tailed WhydahVidua macroura
Eastern Paradise-WhydahVidua paradisaea
Shaft-tailed WhydahVidua regia
Village IndigobirdVidua chalybeata
Purple IndigobirdVidua purpurascens

 

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