This is a report on my visit to Southern Africa this autumn. This was my third visit to the region, I visited Zimbabwe in 1993 and Cape Town/Zimbabwe in 1996. On this trip the first part was an overland tour of Namibia with Kumuka, this was on a MAN truck and there were twelve passengers. This meant that birding was done where we stopped and that some of the classic Namibian sites and endemics were missed. I did, however, thoroughly enjoy the trip and was very happy with the birds (and mammals) I could see. The overland ended with two days in Chobe NP in Botswana and two days at Victoria Falls. My wife, Lillian, and I then spent a week in Zimbabwe at Christon Bank near Harare with Lillian's sister, her husband and our nephew. They kindly lent us their car so we could go to Kariba for three days.
We flew by KLM-UK from Edinburgh to Amsterdam, then by KLM to Johannesburg where we connected to a British Airways flight to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. With sterling being so strong we found prices rather cheap.
The first birds of the trip were at Jo'burg airport where we saw Pied Crow and Sacred Ibis from the shuttle bus taking us to the terminal. The time in Windhoek was spent changing money and getting acclimatised to the country. I didn't do much birding but the common Pale-winged Starlings were my first lifer of the trip. Windhoek is very different from Harare with relatively traffic-free, clean streets. We visited the Alte Feste museum and ate some excellent meals. The exchange rate was £1 = $Nam10, and a bottle of Windhoek Lager cost $Nam5.50 in the pub attached to the hotel we stayed in. On 29 September we left Windhoek for the long drive south. We stopped for lunch at a truck stop outside of town where my second lifer obligingly flew overhead, a Greater Kestrel.
We camped overnight here at the largest lake in Namibia. While pitching the tent I was stung in the head by a large black wasp after walking underneath it's nest. This did not prevent me from going on my first birdwalk of the trip around the campsite before dusk. Birds were plentiful in the campsite, although the lake only seemed to have a few birds on it. South African Cliff Swallow and Mountain Chat were lifers. A large tern flew over the lake which I identified as a Caspian Tern but the field guide map suggested these are scarce this far inland. There were large numbers of Rock Hyrax around the campsite boundary wall, and I flushed a female Greater Kudu and her calf from a valley on the landward side of the campsite.
We camped at these hot springs at the end of the Fish River Canyon, and here I managed to get some birding done in the late afternoon around the camp site and the tall reeds by the river. This was not as productive as Hardap Dam but I did see lifers in Sickle-winged Chat and Dusky Sunbird. A third lifer, Pale Chanting Goshawk, was the common roadside raptor on the journey south. Greater Kestrels and a Martial Eagle were also seen from the road.
We walked down to the bottom of the Fish River Canyon in the cool of the morning. This is falsely claimed to be the second biggest canyon in the World but it is undoubtedly a spectacular gash in the desert and well worth seeing. We climbed down 500m then had to return. I managed to see a few birds on the way down and back up including more Dusky Sunbirds, the ubiquitous Pale-winged Starling and Cape Bunting. We returned in the evening to watch the sunset as clouds of Alpine Swifts came into roost on the cliffs. We were camping at Hobas, and I saw a few birds here.
We stopped at this castle built by a German colonialist before the First World War for lunch. I walked around the grounds to see what birds I could see. This was quite productive, despite it being midday with Chat Flycatcher and Sabota Lark being lifers. A third lifer was added at Solitaire where we passed a flock of Grey-backed Finch-larks just outside of the settlement.
We camped here at the edge of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. On the road in we had seen the first wild Ostriches of the trip, a Secretarybird, and we had flushed three Ludwig's Korhaans from the side of the road. We stopped to look at a huge Sociable Weaver's nest which had signs that Pygmy Falcons were in residence but I failed to see this species on the trip. The 2nd was Trevor, the driver's birthday, and the evening was spent enjoying a few Windhoek Exports. That night some magnificent Gemsbok Oryxes galloped through the campsite. The common bird in the campsite was the Scaly-feathered Finch.
In the morning we drove into the dunes to watch the sunrise over Dune 45. When I got off the truck I saw a large, gull-like bird fly towards me. It was dark above with a white patch on the primaries, its breast and belly were whitish with the breast bisected by a yellow band. The diamond shaped tail had two spines projecting out from its centre. I was thinking of Coursers and Korhaans, and it took me a little time to realise that this was an Arctic Skua. Is it unusual for Arctic Skuas to be seen inland in Southern Africa?
That evening was spent within the Namib-Naukluft National Park at a campsite at the base of a granite hill called Bloedkoppie. Here there were dozens of Ruppell's Korhaans in the desert, some unidentified Sandgrouse which I flushed and a small, very pale lark which I identified as Gray's Lark.
We spent two nights in this seaside town. I didn't make it to the saltworks and couldn't do a lot of birding as we had to do our laundry as well as socialising. The laundry is opposite the Hansa brewery and has its own bar and casino too. On 5 October I went out on a boat to fish. Everything was going well, we were catching lots of fish, and I had seen Wilson's Storm-petrel when my "socialising" caught up with me, and I was seasick for the first time in my life. That evening I couldn't find the key to our chalet and had to cancel a planned walk to the Swakop Estuary. Nearby, Hartlaub's Gulls and White Pelicans were scavenging for scraps as the fishing boats were cleaning out their catches.
We left Swakopmund this morning and drove north to the seal sanctuary at Cape Cross. There were thousands of Cape Fur Seals here as well as huge numbers of birds offshore. The sand showed that jackals came to the beach at night as their tracks were everywhere. The smell was pretty powerful, and the seals made quite a noise; one female was giving birth while we were there. From Cape Cross we drove across country to Ojitotongwe Lodge, a ranch where they were working to conserve Cheetahs. There were some tame Cheetahs which enjoyed being scratched on the top of their heads. One female Cheetah decided to lie over my legs to be petted, and she purred like the blue-and-white house cat which is sitting on my desk as I type this. There were nine wild Cheetahs in an enclosure next to the campsite. One of our hosts, Kobus, explained that they had been caught on ranches where they were preying on livestock. The family that owns this ranch hopes to fence all 7,000 hectares off and stock it with Springbok to create a Cheetah sanctuary. That evening there was more socialising at the well stocked bar run by Mario and Kobus.
The truck left the ranch after saying goodbye to the Cheetahs and being introduced to a male Suricate. Most people looked a bit delicate after the previous night's refreshments. As we left the ranch we saw three Kori Bustards by the side of the road and a pair of Spotted Sandgrouse. From here we headed to the famous Etosha National Park where we were staying our first night at Oukuajeko. We camped under a tree with a huge Sociable Weaver's nest, and the residents joined us to tidy up our crumbs at lunch. There was no evidence that Pygmy Falcons used this nest. We had a quiet game drive that afternoon but we did see more Kori Bustards as well as Red-crested and Northern Black (White-quilled) Korhaans and a flock of Namaqua Sandgrouse at a waterhole. That night we watched eight Black Rhinos at the floodlit waterhole, one of the highlights of the trip, and one female was with a young calf. Giraffes, Elephants, Black-backed Jackal and Gemsbok were also seen.
This morning we left Oukuajeko for a game drive which turned out to be the best game drive I've ever been on. Apart from the abundant Common Zebra, Giraffe, Springbok, Gemsbok, Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest and Greater Kudu we saw 2 young male Lions on their own only a few metres from the truck. We then saw a Black Rhino before going to a waterhole where there was a pride of Lions, including a litter of cubs. Our next overnight stay was at Halali camp which also had a floodlit waterhole. We went on an evening game drive but this was less productive than this morning.
Another game drive in the morning, going on to Naumatoni where we spent midday. This was greener than the other camps, and there were Pied Babblers and Red-billed Buffalo Weavers around the lawns. I also saw a small, Merlin-like falcon chasing the Cape Glossy Starlings into the verandahs of some buildings. This was a Red-necked Falcon, and seeing this almost made up for not seeing any Pygmy Falcons. An afternoon game drive was rather unproductive, and that evening we set off for a campsite at Tsumeb where some locals partying kept a lot of us awake. I didn't like Celine Dion's music to start with, but after hearing "Think Twice" so many times in one night I have began to really hate it.
We drove from Tsumeb via Grootfontein to the N'Kwazi campsite beside the Kavango River at Rundu. Here Namaqua Doves were plentiful and White-rumped Babblers foraged around the braais. On the river I saw African Finfoot and Cape Clawless Otters. We had a boat trip on the river, then a late night in the bar. When we left Grootfontein we crossed a veterinary line, and the landscape changed from the sparsely populated, arid ranching country of most of Namibia to a densely populated countryside of subsistence farmers in grass huts.
I got up at dawn and walked through the riverine forest of the campsite. Birds were everywhere, from the unfamiliar Pygmy Geese and Coppery-tailed Coucals by the river to more familiar Willow Warblers and Whitethroats in the woodland. We left Rundu to enter the Caprivi strip and travel on to Popa Falls. Here the Kavango goes through a series of rapids and through riverine woodland. Here highlights were a Giant Kingfisher which let us get within a few metres, Carmine Bee-eaters and lots of Green-backed Herons. A large, broad-winged raptor was soaring above the river with distinctive red barred underwing coverts and a barred tail, a Cuckoo Hawk. That evening I watched the river looking for Rock Pratincoles, seeing plenty of birds as I stood by the bank. Eventually a Rock Pratincole flew in from the north, and I went back to camp happy. This was our last night in Namibia, and a few of us went with the driver of another truck to see the night sky.
Today is Lillian's birthday, so the truck was decorated with balloons, and everyone sang "Happy Birthday" all day. We were going into Botswana today, so stopped for lunch after a visit to Katima Mulilo. When we stopped, the local kids came to watch us and joined in singing "Happy Birthday" to Lillian. Trevor made a mask from the paper plates with clowns on them and took some sweets to the children, giving the mask to the smallest child. From here we went onto the Ngoma where we crossed into Botswana, through Chobe National Park to Kasane where we camped in the Chobe Safari Lodge. The camp was shared with Vervet Monkeys, Warthogs and Banded Mongooses.
We got up just after dawn and set out on a game drive into the National Park. Elephants were everywhere, and close to the river we saw some more Lions but these were distant. Helmeted Guinea-Fowl were especially abundant, and we also saw Hamerkop and Fish Eagle but few other birds. The drivers were in touch with each other by radio, and soon we joined a few other vehicles for good views of a pair of courting Lions. They spared our blushes by resting all the time we were watching them. As we drove back to camp we saw three Sable Antelope drinking at a pool, but they were worried by the vehicle and trotted off into the bush.
That afternoon we went on a cruise along the Chobe River. This was perfect birding, I could enjoy a Castle lager between getting really close to Hippo, Elephants and Fish Eagles. The Elephants were mostly males and, unlike the Lions this morning, did not spare any blushes, drawing a few ribald comments from the girls. We could see Waterbuck, Impala and Puku on the shore but only got distant views of Buffalo. The birding was terrific, especially the herons, and we saw numerous Green-backed, Rufous-bellied, Squacco and Grey Herons as well as Goliath Herons, Great Egret, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Black Egret and a single Great Bittern which flew across the river over the boat. This was the first Bittern I'd seen outside the UK. Other more familiar species seen were Stonechat and Osprey. If you're ever in Kasane I really recommend this boat trip.
We crossed from Botswana into Zimbabwe at Kazungula then headed through the Zambezi National Park to Victoria Falls. I had been here in 1993 and decided to give the Falls a miss. Instead we went to the craft fair, running the gauntlet of the Nyaminyami sellers. We were staying at the Municipal Campsite, and the common birds here were Black-eyed Bulbul, Blue Waxbill and Red-winged Starling. I saw the Pied Crows mobbing an accipiter and through my bins was able to id it as a Little Banded Goshawk, better known throughout Southern Africa as a Shikra. That night we went to the Boma Restaurant where I tried a Mopane Worm for the first and last time, and an Ndebele fortune teller told me I would be rich and live to see my grandchildren even if I was in for some bad luck. Well for $Z20.00 (45p) he was never going to tell me any winning lottery numbers!
Today Lillian and I went canoeing on the Zambezi. Our guides were Quentino and Peter, and there were eight in the party, two French, two Americans and four Scots. The two French guys and ourselves were booked for the whole day, and this was well worth it; we had to cross into Zambia to start our trip. This time we avoided Hippos but we could canoe close to a herd of Elephants, and we saw various birds including Bee-eaters, Kingfishers, Plovers and a Rock Pratincole. The day ended with a Mosi Lager and a drive through the Mosi o Tunya Game Park where we saw five White Rhinos as well as a non-reticulated Giraffe. This was the last night of the tour, and we all went out for a meal before trooping down to the local nightclub. Bed by 3.00am.
We caught the early morning flight from Victoria Falls to Harare. After yesterday’s canoe exertions I was suffering from heat exhaustion and, of course, that had absolutely nothing to do with the amount of Zambezi I had consumed.
Wendy, Gordon and Calum (Sis in-law, husband and nephew) couldn't come to Kariba so they lent us their car. We had a beautiful lodge in the Charara Safari Area, where Elephants raided the dustbins at night, and Hippos grazed on the lawn. The Lake is far higher than it was in 1993, and the waterbirds were close to our verandah. The bush was teeming with small birds, and I spent the early mornings trying to id them. On the second day we went on a lake cruise but this was rather quiet. We returned to Harare on the 20 October.
First day back in Harare was spent shopping. I was tagged along to amuse Calum and keep him away from the porcelain. The next day I was released into the Chriton Bank Nature Reserve and spent a good couple of hours exploring the miombo woodland in the company of Broad-billed Rollers, Bearded Woodpeckers, Black-collared Barbets, African Golden Orioles and Red-chested Cuckoo. I watched flocks of European Bee-eaters then African Hawk-Eagles and Wahlberg's Eagles overhead while the Fork-tailed Drongos put on their own air defence. It couldn't last, and I was soon found and taken back. On our last day we went out to a famous viewpoint over the Mazoe Valley where we saw Whyte's Barbet in the burnt bush and watched an Augur Buzzard hovering in the wind.
That afternoon we left Africa and returned to a cold, windy and wet Edinburgh. In all, I had seen around 240 species, and if I'd bothered to look harder at Sunbirds and LBJs I would probably have seen a few more. As it was I saw around fifty new birds and had any number of memorable experiences. Thanks to everyone on SABIRDNET who gave me information. If you want a list of mammals seen please e-mail me.
Species Scientific Name Sites Ostrich Struthio camelus Common in Etosha & Namib-Naukluft Wilson's Storm-petrel Oceanites oceanicus Swakopmund Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus Swakopmund Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus Hardap Dam, Swakopmund Cape Gannet Morus capensis Swakopmund Great (White-breasted) Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo Swakopmund and Northern Wetlands Cape Cormorant Phalacrocorax capensis Swakopmund Bank Cormorant Phalacrocorax neglectus Swakopmund Long-tailed Cormorant Phalacrocorax africanus Widespread African Darter Anhinga africana Northern rivers Green-backed Heron Butorides striatus Rundu, Popa Falls, Chobe Rufous-bellied Heron Butorides rufiventris Chobe Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris Chobe Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides Chobe, Fotheringill Island Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis Widespread Little Egret Egretta garzetta Chobe Black Egret Egretta ardesiaca Chobe, Charara Great Egret Egretta alba Hardap Dam, Chobe Black-headed Heron Ardea melanocephala Harare Grey heron Ardea cinerea Northern wetlands Goliath Heron Ardea goliath Chobe, Charara, Fotheringill Island Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopica Johannesburg Airport, Kariba Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis Chobe Marabou Stork Leptoptilos crumeniferus Chobe, Charara Hamerkop Scopus umbretta Chobe Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber Swakopmund White-faced Duck Dendrocygna viduata Charara Spur-winged Goose Plectropterus gambensis Charara Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptius Widespread on wetlands Pygmy Goose Nettapus auritus Rundu Red-billed Teal Anas erythrorhyncha Etosha Secretarybird Sagittarius serpentarius Namib-Naukluft Osprey Pandion haliaetus Chobe White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus Etosha Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotus Etosha Yellow-billed Kite Milvus migrans parasitus Etosha & common in Zimbabwe Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caerulescens around Harare Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus Etosha & Kariba African Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer Northern wetlands & Christon Bank African Cuckoo-hawk Aviceda cuculoides Popa Falls Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus Chobe Gabar Goshawk Micronisus gabar Etosha Pale Chanting Goshawk Melierax canorus Common in Namibia Little Banded Goshawk (Shikra) Accipiter badius Victoria Falls Augur Buzzard Buteo augur Christon Bank African Hawk-Eagle Hieraaetus fasciatus Christon Bank Tawny Eagle Aquila rapax Etosha Wahlberg's Eagle Aquila wahlbergi Kariba, Christon Bank Martial Eagle Polemaetus bellicosus One seen on road between Ketmanshoop & Ai-Ais Greater Kestrel Falco rupicoloides singles seen Windhoek & Ai-Ais Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus Hardap Dam Red-necked Falcon Falco chicquera Etosha Helmeted Guinea-Fowl Numida meleagris Common Swainson's Francolin Francolinus swainsonii Etosha, Charara Coqui Francolin Francolinus coqui Charara Natal Francolin Francolinus natalensis Christon Bank Ruppell's Korhaan Eupodotis rueppellii common at Bloedkoppie Red-crested Korhaan Eupodotis ruficrista Etosha Northern Black Korhaan Eupodotis afraoides Etosha Ludwig's Bustard Neotis ludwigii 3 flushed from road between Hobas & Sessreim Kori Bustard Ardeotis kori Ojitotongwe, Etosha, Chobe African Finfoot Podica senegalensis Rundu Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio Etosha Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus Etosha African Jacana Actophilornis africanus Northern wetlands Water Dikkop Burhinus vermiculatus Fotheringill Island Rock Pratincole Glareola nuchalis Popa Falls, Zambezi National Park Collared (Red-winged) Pratincole Glareola pratincola Chobe, Charara, Kariba Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus Etosha and the northern wetlands Blacksmith Plover Vanellus armatus Widespread Long-toed Plover Vanellus crassirostris Chobe, Zambezi NP Crowned Plover Vanellus coronatus Etosha Kittlitz's Plover Charadrius pecuarius Chobe, Fotheringill Island Little Stint Calidris minutus Etosha, Kariba Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia Etosha Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis Etosha Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola Charara, Fotheringill Island Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleuca Widespread Ruff Philomachus pugnax Chobe, Fotherungill Island Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres Swakopmund, Cape Cross Arctic Skua Stercorarius parasiticus One adult seen Dune 45, Namib-Naukluft Hartlaub's Gull Larus hartlaubi Swakopmund Grey-headed Gull Larus cirrocephalus Widespread on freshwater, also Swakopmund Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus Swakopmund Caspian tern Sterna caspia Hardap Dam Common Tern Sterna hirundo Swakopmund White-winged Black Tern Chlidonias leucopterus Kariba African Skimmer Rhynchops flavirostris northern wetlands Spotted Sandgrouse Pterocles burchelli Ojitotongwe Namaqua Sandgrouse Pterocles namaqua Etosha Double-banded Sandgrouse Pterocles bicinctus Etosha Feral Pigeon Columba livia Common in association with people Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis Common and widespread Cape Turtle Dove Streptopelia capicola Common and widespread Green-spotted Dove Turtur chalcospilos Rundu Namaqua Dove Oena capensis Common Red-chested Cuckoo Cuculus solitarius Christon Bank Coppery-tailed Coucal Centropus cupreicaudus Rundu, Popa Falls, Chobe White-browed Coucal Centropus superciliosus Charara African Palm Swift Cypsiurus parvus Common and widespread Alpine Swift Apus melba Fish River Canyon Bradfield's Swift Apus bradfieldi Etosha African Black Swift Apus barbatus Chobe Horus Swift Apus horus Charara White-rumped Swift Apus caffer Charara Little Swift Apus affinis Common and widespread Rufous cheeked Nightjar Caprimulgus rufigena Etosha White-backed Mousebird Colius colius Common in southern Namibia Red-faced Mousebird Colius indicus Chobe Grey Lourie Corythaixoides concolor Widespread Livingstone's Lourie Tauraco livingstonii Popa Falls Purple-crested Lourie Tauraco porphyreolophus Christon Bank Lilac-breasted Roller Coracias caudata Chobe & Zimbabwe Broad-billed Roller Eurystomus glaucurus Christon Bank Little Bee-eater Merops pusillus Rundu, Chobe European Bee-eater Merops apiaster Christon Bank Southern Carmine Bee-eater Merops nubicoides Popa Falls, Chobe White-fronted Bee-eater Merops bullockoides Popa Falls, Chobe Grey-hooded Kingfisher Halcyon leucocephala Mosi o Tunya Game Park Malachite Kingfisher Alcedo cristata Zambezi NP Giant Kingfisher Megaceryle maxima Popa Falls Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis Northern wetlands Hoopoe Upupa epops Etosha Red-billed Woodhoopoe Phoeniculus purpureus Charara Red-billed Hornbill Tockus erythrorhynchus Tsumeb and northern Zimbabwe Yellow-billed Hornbill Tockus flavirostris Widespread Grey Hornbill Tockus nasutus Christon Bank Crested Barbet Trachyphonus vaillantii Chobe, Zambezi NP Black-collared Barbet Lybius torquatus Charara & Christon Bank Whyte's Barbet Stactolaema whytii Christon Bank Cardinal Woodpecker Dendropicos fuscescens Duiseb Castle Bearded Woodpecker Thripias namaquus Christon Bank Sharp-billed Honeyguide Prodotiscus regulus Charara Greater Honeyguide Indicator indicator Christon Bank Sabota Lark Mirafra sabota Duiseb Castle Stark's Lark Alauda starki Etosha Gray's Lark Ammomanes grayii Bloedkoppie Grey-backed Finch-Lark Eremopterix verticalis Solitaire, Etosha Chestnut-backed Finch-lark Eremopterix leucotis Fotheringill Island Brown-throated Martin Riparia paludicola Rundu, Charara Rock Martin Hirundo fuligula Common and widespread Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica Etosha Lesser Striped Swallow Hirundo abyssinica Charara Wire-tailed Swallow Hirundo smithii Widespread South African Cliff Swallow Hirundo spilodera Hardap Dam Long-billed Pipit Anthus adsimilis Windhoek, Etosha African Pied Wagtail Motacilla aguimp Popa Falls, Chobe Cape Wagtail Motacilla capensis Ai-Ais, Fish River Canyon Fork-tailed Drongo Dicrurus adsimilis Common & widespread Red-eyed Bulbul Pycnonotus nigricans Common and widespread in Namibia Black-eyed (Common) Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus common from Rundu eastwards Southern Black Tit Parus niger Rundu Southern Pied Babbler Turdoides bicolor Etosha White-rumped Babbler Turdoides leucopygius Rundu Mountain Chat Oenanthe monticola Common in southern Namibia Sickle-winged Chat Cercomela sinuata Ai-ais, Fish River Canyon, Hobas Tractrac Chat Cercomela tractrac Sessreim & Bloedkoppie Familiar Chat Cercomela familiaris Swakopmund, Christon Bank Heuglin's Robin Cossypha heuglini Chobe Natal Robin Cossypha natalensis Zambezi NP Karoo Robin Erythropygia coryphaeus Hardap Dam, Hobas Kalahari Robin Erythropygia paena Etosha Boulder Chat Pinarornis plumosus Christon Bank (African) Stonechat Saxicola torquata Chobe Groundscraper Thrush Turdus litsipsirupa Etosha, Chobe Olive Thrush Turdus olivaceus Ai-Ais Kurrichane Thrush Turdus libonyanus Christon Bank Cape Reed Warbler Acrocephalus gracilirostris Ai-Ais African Sedge Warbler Bradypterus baboecala Rundu Grey-backed Bleating Warbler Camaroptera brevicaudata Rundu Stierling's Warbler Camaroptera stierlingi Christon Bank Yellow-bellied Eremomela Eremomela icteropygialis Hardap Dam Burnt-necked Eremomela Eremomela usticollis Ai-Ais Bar-throated Apalis Apalis thoracica Christon Bank Yellow-breasted Apalis Apalis flavida Rundu Black-chested Prinia Prinia flavicans Etosha Tawny-flanked Prinia Prinia subflava Charara & Christon Bank Tit-Babbler Parisoma subcaeruleum Duiseb Castle, Etosha Whitethroat Sylvia communis Rundu Neddicky Cisticola fulvicapilla Charara Christon Bank Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus Rundu Chat Flycatcher Melaenornis infuscatus Duiseb Castle, Etosha Marico Flycatcher Melaenornis mariquensis Etosha Blue-grey Flycatcher Melaenornis caerulescens Kariba Southern Black Flycatcher Melaenornis pammelaina Christon Bank Chinspot Batis Batis molitor Charara African Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone viridis Charara & Christon Bank Grey Penduline Tit Anthoscopus caroli Rundu Fiscal Shrike Lanius collaris Common Puffback Dryoscopus cubla Rundu, Charara, Christon Bank Swamp Boubou Laniarius bicolor Rundu, Popa Falls Tropical Boubou Laniarius aethiopicus Chobe Crimson Boubou Laniarius atrococcineus Etosha Three-streaked Tchagra Tchagra australis Rundu Black-crowned Tchagra Tchagra senegala Charara White Helmet-shrike Prionops plumatus Charara & Christon Bank Black-headed Oriole Oriolus larvatus Zambezi NP African Golden Oriole Oriolus auratus Christon Bank Pale-winged Starling Onychognathus nabouroup Common in southern Namibia Red-winged Starling Onychognathus morio Victoria Falls Wattled Starling Creatophora cinerea Chobe Plum-coloured Starling Cinnyricinclus leucogaster Charara Cape Glossy Starling Lamprotornis nitens Common Greater Blue-eared Starling Lamprotornis chalybaeus Chobe Burchell's Glossy Starling Lamprotornis australis Popa Falls Long-tailed Glossy Starling Lamprotornis mevesii Charara Pied Crow Corvus albus Common Black Crow Corvus capensis Common in Namibia Dusky Sunbird Nectarinia fusca Black Sunbird Nectarinia amethystina Christon Bank Dusky Sunbird Nectarinia fusca Common in southern Namibia White-bellied Sunbird Nectarinia talatala Charara Miombo Sunbird Nectarinia manoensis Christon Bank Violet-backed Sunbird Anthreptes longuemarei Christon Bank Cape White-eye Zosterops pallidus Ai-Ais Yellow White-eyes Zosterops senegalus Christon Bank House Sparrow Passer domesticus Common in towns and villages Great Sparrow Passer motitensis Hardap Dam, Sessreim area, Bloedkoppie Grey-headed Sparrow Passer griseus Etosha, Charara Cape Sparrow Passer melanurus Hobas, Seissreim White-browed Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser mahali Common and widespread Masked Weaver Ploceus velatus Common and widespread Spotted-backed Weaver Ploceus cucullatus Charara, Kariba Golden Weaver Ploceus xanthops Chobe Spectacled Weaver Ploceus ocularis Charara Red-billed Buffalo Weaver Bubalornis niger Etosha Red-headed Weaver Anaplectes rubriceps Rundu, Charara, Kariba Sociable Weaver Philetairus socius Central Namibia Scaly-feathered Finch Sporopipes squamifrons Sessreim & Namib Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild Swakopmund Blue Waxbill Uraeginthus angolensis Common Melba Finch Pytilia melba Charara Golden-backed Pytilia Pytilia afra Charara Red-billed Firefinch Lagonosticta senegala Victoria Falls, Charara Brown Firefinch Lagonosticta nitidula Popa Falls, Chobe Bronze Mannikin Spermestes cucullatus Christon Bank White-winged Widow Euplectes albonotatus Rundu Yellow-eyed Canary Serinus mozambicus Christon Bank Yellow Canary Serinus flaviventris Common and widespread in Namibia Black-throated Canary Serinus atrogularis Etosha White-throated Canary Serinus albogularis Etosha Streaky-headed Canary Serinus gularis Christon Bank Bully Canary Serinus sulphuratus Chobe Cape Bunting Emberiza capensis Fish River Canyon
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