Trip Report: Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe September 27 - October 24, 1998

David Kelly, Prestonpans, East Lothian, United Kingdom;

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.

Windhoek 27-29 September 1998

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.

Hardap Dam 29 September 1998.

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.

Ai-Ais 30 September 1998

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.

Fish River Canyon and Hobas 1 October 1998

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.

Duiseb Castle 2 October 1998

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.

Sessreim 2 & 3 October 1998

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.

Swakopmund 4-6 October 1998

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.

Cape Cross & Ojitotongwe 6 October 1998

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.

Oukuajeko Camp Etosha National Park 7 October 1998

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.

Halali Camp Etosha National Park 8 October 1998

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.

Naumatoni Camp, Etosha National Park 9 October 1998

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.

Rundu 10 October 1998

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.

Popa Falls 11 October 1998

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.

Chobe 12 October 1998

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.

Chobe 13 October 1998

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.

Victoria Falls 14 October 1998

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!

Victoria Falls 15 October 1998

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.

Hangover to Harare 16 October 1998

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.

Kariba 17-20 October 1998

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.

Harare 21-23 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.

List of birds seen

Species                           Scientific Name               Sites

Ostrich                           Struthio camelus              Common in Etosha & 
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 
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, 
Hartlaub's Gull                   Larus hartlaubi               Swakopmund 
Grey-headed Gull                  Larus cirrocephalus           Widespread on freshwater, also 
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, 
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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This page served with permission of the author by Urs Geiser;; November 4, 1998; updated July 1, 1999