List of African birds

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This list of African birds is a listing of all the bird species known from the continent of Africa.

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The taxonomy of this list adheres to James Clements' Birds of the World: A Checklist, and reflects all changes to that work until July, 2005. Taxonomic changes are on-going. As more research is gathered from studies of distribution, behavior, and DNA, the order and number of families and species may change. Furthermore, different approaches to ornithological nomenclature have led to concurrent systems of classification (see Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy).

The area covered by this list is the same as the Africa region defined by the American Birding Association's listing rules.[1] It includes Socotra in the Arabian Sea, São Tomé and Annobon in the Gulf of Guinea, and the Canary Islands, but excludes Madeira. The region does not include Madagascar or the Comoro Islands.

Penguins[edit]

Order: Sphenisciformes. Family: Spheniscidae

Loons[edit]

Order: Gaviiformes. Family: Gaviidae

Grebes[edit]

Order: Podicipediformes. Family: Podicipedidae

Albatrosses[edit]

Order: Procellariiformes. Family: Diomedeidae

Storm petrels[edit]

Order: Procellariiformes. Family: Hydrobatidae

Tropicbirds[edit]

Order: Pelecaniformes. Family: Phaethontidae

Pelicans[edit]

Order: Pelecaniformes. Family: Pelecanidae

Gannets and boobies[edit]

Order: Pelecaniformes. Family: Sulidae

Cormorants[edit]

Order: Pelecaniformes. Family: Phalacrocoracidae

Darter[edit]

Order: Pelecaniformes. Family: Anhingidae

Frigatebirds[edit]

Order: Pelecaniformes. Family: Fregatidae

Herons, egrets, and bitterns[edit]

The Black Heron is endemic to Africa and Madagascar

Order: Ciconiiformes. Family: Ardeidae

Hamerkop[edit]

Order: Ciconiiformes. Family: Scopidae

Storks[edit]

Order: Ciconiiformes. Family: Ciconiidae

Shoebill[edit]

Order: Ciconiiformes. Family: Balaenicipitidae

Ibises and spoonbills[edit]

Order: Ciconiiformes. Family: Threskiornithidae

Flamingos[edit]

Order: Phoenicopteriformes. Family: Phoenicopteridae

Ducks, geese, and swans[edit]

Hartlaub's Duck occurs only in the forest regions

Order: Anseriformes. Family: Anatidae

Osprey[edit]

Order: Falconiformes. Family: Pandionidae

Hawks, eagles and kites[edit]

Wahlberg's Eagle is an intra-African migrant

Order: Falconiformes. Family: Accipitridae

Secretary-bird[edit]

Order: Falconiformes. Family: Sagittariidae

Falcons[edit]

Order: Falconiformes. Family: Falconidae

Pheasants and partridges[edit]

Order: Galliformes. Family: Phasianidae

Guineafowl[edit]

Order: Galliformes. Family: Numididae

Buttonquails[edit]

Order: Gruiformes. Family: Turnicidae

Cranes[edit]

Order: Gruiformes. Family: Gruidae

Crakes, gallinules, and coots[edit]

Order: Gruiformes. Family: Rallidae

Finfoot[edit]

Order: Gruiformes. Family: Heliornithidae

Bustards[edit]

Black-bellied Bustard is the most widespread bustard species in Africa

Order: Gruiformes. Family: Otididae

Jacanas[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Jacanidae

Painted Snipe[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Rostratulidae

Crab Plover[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Dromadidae

Oystercatchers[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Haematopodidae

Avocets and stilts[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Recurvirostridae

Thick-knees[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Burhinidae

Pratincoles and coursers[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Glareolidae

Lapwings and plovers[edit]

The vulnerable Sociable Lapwing winters in north east Africa

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Charadriidae

Sandpipers[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Scolopacidae

Sheathbill[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Chionididae

Skuas and jaegers[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Stercorariidae

Gulls[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Laridae

Terns[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Sternidae

Skimmer[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Rynchopidae

Auks, murres, and puffins[edit]

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Alcidae

Sandgrouse[edit]

Order: Pterocliformes. Family: Pteroclididae

Pigeons and doves[edit]

Adamawa Turtle Dove, localised resident of west central Africa

Order: Columbiformes. Family: Columbidae

Parrots[edit]

Order: Psittaciformes. Family: Psittacidae

Turacos[edit]

Order: Cuculiformes. Family: Musophagidae

Cuckoos[edit]

Order: Cuculiformes. Family: Cuculidae

Barn-Owls[edit]

Order: Strigiformes. Family: Tytonidae

Owls[edit]

Order: Strigiformes. Family: Strigidae

Nightjars[edit]

Order: Caprimulgiformes. Family: Caprimulgidae

Swifts[edit]

Order: Apodiformes. Family: Apodidae

Mousebirds[edit]

Order: Coliiformes. Family: Coliidae

Trogons[edit]

Order: Trogoniformes. Family: Trogonidae

Kingfishers[edit]

Order: Coraciiformes. Family: Alcedinidae, Halcyonidae, Cerylidae

Bee-eaters[edit]

Order: Coraciiformes. Family: Meropidae

Rollers[edit]

Order: Coraciiformes. Family: Coraciidae

Hoopoe[edit]

Order: Coraciiformes. Family: Upupidae

Woodhoopoes[edit]

Order: Coraciiformes. Family: Phoeniculidae

Hornbills[edit]

Order: Coraciiformes. Family: Bucerotidae

Barbets[edit]

Order: Piciformes. Family: Capitonidae

Honeyguides[edit]

Order: Piciformes. Family: Indicatoridae

Woodpeckers and allies[edit]

Order: Piciformes. Family: Picidae

Broadbills[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Eurylaimidae

Pitta (bird)[edit]

Order: Family:

Larks[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Alaudidae

Swallows[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Hirundinidae

Wagtails and pipits[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Motacillidae

Cuckoo-shrikes[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Campephagidae

Bulbuls[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Pycnonotidae

Kinglets[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Regulidae

Waxwing[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Bombycillidae

Hypocolius[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Hypocoliidae

Dipper[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Cinclidae

Wren[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Troglodytidae

Accentors[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Prunellidae

Thrushes[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Turdidae

Cisticolas and allies[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Cisticolidae

Old World warblers[edit]

The Fan-tailed Grassbird occurs in the moist uplands of central and eastern Africa.

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Sylviidae

Old World flycatchers[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Muscicapidae

Wattle-eyes[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Platysteiridae

Monarch flycatchers[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Monarchidae

Rockfowl[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Picathartidae

Babblers[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Timaliidae

Parrotbill[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Paradoxornithidae

Long-tailed tit[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Aegithalidae

Tits[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Paridae

Nuthatches[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Sittidae

Wallcreeper[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Tichodromidae

Creepers[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Certhiidae

Penduline tits[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Remizidae

Sunbirds[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Nectarinidae

White-eyes[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Zosteropidae

Sugarbirds[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Promeropidae

Old World orioles[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Oriolidae

Shrikes[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Laniidae

Bushshrikes[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Malaconotidae

Helmetshrikes[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Prionopidae

Drongos[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Dicruridae

Crows, jays, and magpies[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Corvidae

Starlings[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Sturnidae

Old World sparrows[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Passeridae

Weaver[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Ploceidae

Waxbills[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Estrildidae

Indigobirds[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Viduidae

Finches[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Fringillidae

Buntings[edit]

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Emberizidae

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Description of the ABA Listing Areas and Regions from the American Birding Association.