Trip Report: Tanzania, January 2 - February 4, 1998

Gonçalo Elias, Portugal;


Jan 2 - Depart Lisbon in the early morning with KLM to Amsterdam and from there to Kilimanjaro, where collected by Neil Baker. Overnight at Kifufu Farm, Sanya Juu.

Jan 3 - Arusha National Park

Jan 4 - Local birding in Kifufu

Jan 5-7 - Tarangire Nat Park

Jan 8 - Local birding in Kifufu including a visit to nearby Lake Magadi

Jan 9 - Depart to Lake Manyara (whole day spent on the journey due to bad road condition)

Jan 10-11 - Lake Manyara Nat Park and surroundings

Jan 12 - Rift valley about 20 km north of Manyara

Jan 13 - Journey northwards along rift valley to Lake Natron (whole day spent on the journey due to bad road condition)

Jan 14-16 Lake Natron southern and eastern shores

Jan 17 - Depart Lake Natron back along rift valley as far as Engaruka, where local soda lake inaccessible. Overnight at Engaruka

Jan 18 - Birding locally and back to Manyara

Jan 19-20 - Lake Manyara Nat Park

Jan 21 - Depart to Serengeti (final destination not reached due to bad road condition)

Jan 22 - Completion of previous day's journey. Birding locally around Ikoma Camp Site

Jan 23 - Serengeti Nat Park

Jan 24 - Depart Serengeti, with stops on the way to enjoy game + birds. Overnight Ngorongoro

Jan 25 - Ngorongoro Crater (western side)

Jan 26 - Ngorongoro Crater (eastern side) and back to Lake Manyara

Jan 27 - Lake Manyara Nat Park

Jan 28 - Return to Kifufu

Jan 29-30 - Local birding at Kifufu

Jan 31-Feb 1 - Usambara Mountains around Mkomazi

Feb 2 - Local birding around Kifufu

Feb 3 - Overnight KLM flight from Kilimanjaro to Amsterdam

Feb 4 - Arrival Lisbon at 11.45 a.m.

List of Bird species seen

The list comprises 350 species, making it impractical to describe the status of all of them in detail. Hence I have not added any comments to the names of common or widespread stuff. For less common or local species I have mentioned the places where they were seen, as well as other details, where relevant.

  1. Ostrich (Struthio camelus)
  2. Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
  3. Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
  4. Long-tailed Cormorant (P. africanus)
  5. Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)
  6. Pink-backed Pelican (P. rufescens)
  7. Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
  8. Great White Egret (E. alba)
  9. Yellow-billed Egret (E. intermedia)
  10. Black Heron (Egretta ardesiaca) - seen on two occasions: Lake Manyara and Rift Valley north of Lake Manyara
  11. Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
  12. Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus) - 1 on western shore of Lake Natron on Jan 16
  13. Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) - Lake Manyara only
  14. Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
  15. Black-headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala)
  16. Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) - several seen at Mkomazi
  17. White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)
  18. Abdim's Stork (Ciconia abdimii) - abundant (10000+) along Rift Valley around Engaruka. Also a few hundred at Ngorongoro Crater
  19. Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta)
  20. Marabou (Leptopilus crumeniferus)
  21. Yellow-billed Stork (Mycteria ibis)
  22. Open-billed Stork (Anastomus lamelligerus) - 1 north of Engaruka and a flock of 35+ around Mkomazi
  23. Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis) - 2 at Lake Manyara on Jan 27
  24. Hadada (Bostrychisa hagedash)
  25. Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopica)
  26. Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
  27. Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor) - abundant at Lake Natron, with smaller numbers in other places
  28. Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) - seen in several lakes in far lower numbers than the previous species
  29. African Spoonbill (Platalea alba)
  30. Fulvous Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna bicolor)
  31. White-faced Whistling-duck (D. viduata)
  32. Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus)
  33. Spur-winged Goose (Plectropterus gambensis)
  34. Knob-billed Duck (Sarkidiornis melanotos)
  35. White-backed Duck (Thalassornis leuconotus) - seen on a small pond close to Kifufu on Feb 4
  36. Cape Teal (Anas capensis)
  37. Red-billed Teal (A. erythrorhynchos)
  38. Hottentot Teal (A. hottentota) - seen on several occasions in small flocks in lakes and ponds
  39. Garganey (A. querquedula) - Lake Manyara northern tip, where seen in reasonable numbers
  40. Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) - 40+ at Lake Natron southern end
  41. Secretary Bird (Sagittarius serpentarius)
  42. Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus)
  43. Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
  44. African Fish-eagle (Haliaaetus vocifer)
  45. Palm-nut Vulture (Gypohierax angolensis) - Tarangire and Mkomazi
  46. Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) - seen on Rift Valley on the way to Natron and also around Lake Natron
  47. Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus) - Serengeti
  48. African Harrier-Hawk (Polyboroides typus) - 1 at Serengeti feeding on Weaver's nests
  49. Bateleur (Terathopius ecaudatus)
  50. Brown Snake-eagle (Circaetus cinereus) - 1 over Kifufu on Jan 8
  51. Short-toed Snake-eagle (Circaetus pectoralis)
  52. African White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus)
  53. Rueppel's Griffon (G. rueppellii)
  54. Lappet-faced Vulture (Aegypius tracheliotus) - Serengeti
  55. White-headed Vulture (Aegypius occipitalis) - Tarangire and Serengeti
  56. Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) - Serengeti only, where fairly common
  57. Montagu's Harrier (Circus pygargus)
  58. African Marsh Harrier (Circus ranivorus) - locally seen at marshes and ponds
  59. Eurasian Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) - more frequently seen than previous species, mainly at ponds and lakes
  60. Gabar Goshawk (Micronisus gabar) - 1 bird at Ikoma Camp, Serengeti
  61. Dark Chanting Goshawk (Melierax metabates)
  62. Eastern Chanting Goshawk (Melierax canorus)
  63. Lizard Buzzard (Kaupifalco monogrammicus) - 1 record from Mkomazi
  64. (Common) Steppe Buzzard (Buteo buteo vulpinus) - seen in good numbers over Kifufu in late January and early February, with isolated records from elsewhere
  65. Augur Buzzard (Buteo rufofuscus)
  66. Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) - possibly also a few Steppe Eagles seen
  67. Wahlberg's Eagle (A. wahlbergi) - Mkomazi and possibly also Rift Valley north of Manyara
  68. Verreaux's Eagle (A. verreauxi) - Tarangire (possibly)
  69. Long-crested Eagle (Lophaetus occipitalis)
  70. Martial Eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus) - 1 imm. at Mkomazi
  71. African Pygmy Falcon (Polihierax semitorquatus)
  72. Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni) - 20+ over the roads north of Serengeti
  73. Northern Hobby (Falco subbuteo) - 7+ hunting near Rhino lodge on the evening of Jan 25
  74. Lanner (Falco biarmicus)
  75. Peregrine (Falco peregrinus) - 1 at Natron on Jan 16
  76. Shelley's Francolin (Francolinus shelleyi) - 1 at Kifufu on Feb 4
  77. Crested Francolin (F. sephaena)
  78. Hildebrandt's Francolin (Francolinus hildebrandti)
  79. Coqui Francolin (F. coqui) - seen only at Tarangire, where common
  80. Red-necked Spurfowl (F. afer)
  81. Grey-breasted Spurfowl (F. rufopictus) - seen only at Serengeti, where fairly common
  82. Yellow-necked Spurfowl (F. leucoscepus)
  83. Common Quail (Coturnix coturnix)
  84. Harlequin Quail (C. delegorguei) - common around Lake Natron, with a few records from other places
  85. Common Button-quail (Turnix sylvatica) - seen on the way back from Natron, where female with tiny chicks crossed the "road"
  86. Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)
  87. Black Crake (Amaurornis flavirostris) - 1 at Manyara
  88. Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
  89. Purple Swamp Hen (Porphyrio porphyrio) - several on Rift Valley north of Manyara
  90. Grey-crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum)
  91. White-bellied Bustard (Eupodotis senegalensis) - seen on the road from Natron to Engaruka
  92. Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori) - seen in two areas: on the way from Engaruka to Natron (and on the way back); and also displaying on the bottom of Ngorongoro Crater
  93. African Jacana (Actophilornis africana) - Lake Manyara, namely at Hippo Pool
  94. Common Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
  95. Eurasian Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)
  96. Water Thicknee (Burhinus vermiculatus) - Lake Manyara and also at lakes in Serengeti
  97. Spotted Thicknee (B. capensis) - Lake Mayara eastern shore only
  98. Temminck's Courser (Cursorius temminckii) - 5+ on Lake Natron southern tip
  99. Two-banded Courser (C. africanus)
  100. Three-banded or Heuglin's Courser (C. cinctus) - Tarangire and Serengeti
  101. Violet-tipped Courser (C. chalcopterus) - 2 at Tarangire and 2 at Natron
  102. Common Pratincole (Glareola pratincola)
  103. Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)
  104. Kittlitz's Plover (Charadrius pecuarius)
  105. Three-banded Plover (C. tricollaris)
  106. Chestnut-banded Plover (C. pallidus) - very common at Lake Natron with smaller numbers elsewhere
  107. Blacksmith Lapwing (Vanellus armatus)
  108. Spur-winged Lapwing (V. spinosus) - usually seen in small numbers at various places, such as Lakes Natron and Manyara
  109. Black-winged Lapwing (V. melanopterus) - 1 at Lake Magadi not far from Kifufu
  110. Crowned Lapwing (V. coronatus)
  111. Little Stint (Calidris minuta)
  112. Curlew Sandpiper (C. ferruginea) - several at Lake Natron
  113. Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)
  114. Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) - 3 at Lake Manyara on Jan 11
  115. Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) - seen only at Lake Natron southern tip
  116. Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)
  117. Greenshank (T. nebularia)
  118. Green Sandpiper (T. ochropus) - usually seen in small numbers, but generally widespread
  119. Wood Sandpiper (T. glareola)
  120. Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
  121. Grey-headed Gull (Larus cirrocephalus) - seen in small numbers at Lakes such as Natron, Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater
  122. White-winged Black Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) - 400 at Lake Natron was the largest count; smaller parties elsewhere
  123. Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybridus) - 3 on rift valley north of Manyara and 1 at Lake Natron
  124. Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica)
  125. Olive Pigeon (Columba arquatrix)
  126. Speckled Pigeon (C. guinea)
  127. Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles exustus) - very common around Lake Natron, with scattered records from other places
  128. Black-faced Sandgrouse (P. decoratus) - numerous at Tarangire, also seen elsewhere (Serengeti, etc.)
  129. Yellow-throated Sandgrouse (P. gutturalis) - mainly seen around Engaruka
  130. African Green Pigeon (Treron calva)
  131. Namaqua Dove (Oena capesis)
  132. Tambourine Dove (Turtur tympanistria)
  133. Emerald-spotted Wood Dove (Turtur chalcospilos)
  134. Red-eyed Dove (Streptopelia semitorquata)
  135. African Mourning Dove (S. decipiens)
  136. Ring-necked Dove (S. capicola)
  137. Dusky Turtle Dove (S. lugens) - seen only on the bottom of Ngorongoro Crater
  138. Laughing Dove (S. senegalensis)
  139. Fischer's Lovebird (Agopornis fischeri) - seen at Lake Manyara only
  140. Yellow-collared Lovebird (A. personata) - seen at Tarangire only
  141. Brown Parrot (Poicephalus meyeri) - seen at Lake Manyara only
  142. African Orange-bellied Parrot (Poicephalus rufiventris) - a few parties around Mkomazi
  143. Bare-faced Go-away Bird (Corythaixoides personata)
  144. White-bellied Go-away Bird (Corythaixoides leucogaster)
  145. Hartlaub's Turaco (Tauraco hartlaubi) - twice recorded at Kifufu
  146. Purple-crested Turaco (Musphaga porphyreolopha) - 1 at Lake Manyara on Jan 27, where regularly recorded (despite all statements to the contrary in the literature)
  147. Black-and-white Cuckoo (Oxylophus jacobinus) - seen on several occasions around Lake Manyara
  148. Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius) - 1 seen at Tarangire
  149. White-browed Coucal (Centropus superciliosus)
  150. Eurasian Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) - 1 red-phased female near Lake Natron on Jan 16
  151. Red-chested Cuckoo (C. solitarius)
  152. Black Cuckoo (C. clamosus) - seen on several occasions around Kifufu, mainly in early February, when often heard
  153. Klaas's Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx klaas)
  154. Diederik Cuckoo (C. caprius)
  155. Barn Owl (Tyto alba) - often heard at Kifufu
  156. Pearl-spotted Owlet (Glaucidium perlatum)
  157. Verreaux's Eagle Owl (Bubo lacteus) - Lake Manyara (by day) and Kifufu (by night)
  158. Slender-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus clarus) - numerous around Lake Natron camp site, where heard and seen every evening; also heard around Manyara
  159. Montane Nightjar (C. poliocephalus) - frequently heard and seen at Kifufu
  160. African Palm Swift (Cypsiurus parvus)
  161. Mottled Swift (Tachymarptis aequatorialis) - several around Lake Natron
  162. African Black Swift (Apus barbatus) - seen only at Mkomazi, with Little Swifts
  163. Nyanza Swift (Apus niansae) - recorded only from Lake Natron
  164. White-rumped Swift (A. caffer)
  165. Little Swift (A. affinis)
  166. Blue-naped Mousebird (Urocolius macrourus)
  167. Speckled Mousebird (Colius striatus)
  168. White-headed Mousebird (C. leucocephalus) - several birds seen near Hedaru (north of Mkomazi)
  169. Grey-headed Kingfisher (Halcyon leucocephala)
  170. Woodland Kingfisher (H. senegalensis)
  171. Striped Kingfisher (H. chelicuti)
  172. African Pygmy Kingfisher (Ceyx picta) - 1 at Manyara
  173. Malachite Kingfisher (Corythornis cristata)
  174. Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)
  175. Narina's Trogon (Apaloderma narina) - 1 at Manyara on Jan 27
  176. Little Bee-eater (Merops pusillus)
  177. Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater (M. oreobates) - several at Kifufu Estate on Feb 4
  178. White-throated Bee-eater (M. albicollis) - common at Lake Natron and locally along Rift Valley north of Manyara
  179. Olive Bee-eater (M. superciliosus) - seen near Mkomazi
  180. Eurasian Bee-eater (M. apiaster) - common around Kifufu
  181. Rufous-crowned Roller (Coracias naevia) - a few bird seen around lake Natron
  182. Eurasian Roller (C. garrulus) - seen in small numbers at several places, mainly along Rift Valley
  183. Lilac-breasted Roller (C. caudata)
  184. Green Wood-hoopoe (Phoeniculus purpureus) - a few records from the Serengeti
  185. Abyssinian Scimitarbill (P. minor) - seen in small numbers around Ikoma Camp, Serengeti
  186. Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
  187. Silvery-cheeked Hornbill (Ceratogymna brevis) - seen at Kifufu and Lake Manyara
  188. Trumpeter Hornbill (C. buccinator) - seen only at Mkomazi, along Pangani River
  189. Crowned Hornbill (Tockus alboterminatus)
  190. African Grey Hornbill (T. nasutus)
  191. Von der Decken's Hornbill (T. deckeni)
  192. Red-billed Hornbill (T. erythrorhynchus)
  193. Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus cafer/leadbeateri)
  194. White-eared Barbet (Stactolaema leucotis) - seen at Kifufu on Feb 4
  195. D'Arnaud's Barbet (Trachyphonus darnaudii)
  196. Usambiro Barbet (Trachyphonus usambiro)
  197. Red-and-yellow Barbet (Trachyphonus erythrocephalus)
  198. Red-fronted Barbet (Tricholaema diademata) - seen only at Serengeti
  199. Black-throated Barbet (T. melanocephala)
  200. Brown-breasted Barbet (Lybius melanopterus) - 3 seen at Kifufu on Feb 4
  201. Nubian Woodpecker (Campethera nubica)
  202. Cardinal Woodpecker (Dendropicos fuscescens)
  203. Bearded Woodpecker (D. namaquus)
  204. Grey Woodpecker (D. goertae)
  205. Short-tailed Lark (Pseudalaemon fremantlii) - recorded at Lake Magadi near Kifufu
  206. Fischer's Sparrowlark (Eremopterix leucopareia)
  207. Flappet Lark (Mirafra rufocinnamomea) - singing frequently around Ikoma Camp, Serengeti
  208. Rufous-naped Lark (Mirafra africana)
  209. Pink-breasted Lark (M. poecilosterna) - a few recorded around Hedaru and Mkomazi
  210. Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
  211. Wire-tailed Swallow (H. smithii)
  212. Mosque Swallow (H. senegalensis) - Tarangire only
  213. Red-rumped Swallow (H. daurica)
  214. Lesser Striped Swallow (H. abyssinica)
  215. Banded Martin (Riparia cincta) - recorded at Lake Natron and Mkomazi
  216. Brown-throated Sand Martin (R. paludicola)
  217. Rock Martin (Hirundo fuligula)
  218. Black Saw-wing (Psalidoprocne pristoptera)
  219. Richard's Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae) (now apparently separated to Grassland Pipit)
  220. Long-billed Pipit (A. similis) - seen at Kifufu
  221. Pangani Long-claw (Macronyx aurantiigula) - recorded at Lake Manyara
  222. Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava)
  223. African Pied Wagtail (Motacilla aguimp)
  224. Black Cuckooshrike (Campephaga flava) - recorded at Kifufu
  225. Common Bulbul (Pycnonotus barbatus)
  226. Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)
  227. Pied Wheatear (O. pleschanka) - fairly common around Lake Natron
  228. Capped Wheatear (O. pileata)
  229. Spotted Morning-thrush (Cichladusa guttata)
  230. Collared Morning-thrush (C. arquata) - twice recorded at Lake Manyara NP
  231. Northern Anteater Chat (Myrmecocichla aethiops) - Serengeti
  232. Sooty Anteater Chat (M. nigra) - Serengeti
  233. Common Stonechat (Saxicola torquata)
  234. Common Rock-thrush (Monticola saxatilis) - a few seen around Lake Natron
  235. White-browed Scrub-robin (Cercotrichas leucophrys)
  236. Olive Thrush (Turdus olivaceus) - seen only at Rhino Lodge, Ngorongoro
  237. Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) - seen and heard in full song at several places (Natron, Rift Valley, Mkomazi)
  238. Moustached Warbler (Melocichla mentalis) - 1 at Arusha NP
  239. Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) - 1 at Serengeti
  240. Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis)
  241. Trilling Cisticola (C. woosnami)
  242. Red-faced Cisticola (C. erythrops)
  243. Hunter's Cisticola (C. hunteri) - seen only at Ngorongoro
  244. Winding Cisticola (C. galactotes)
  245. Tawny-flanked Prinia (Prinia subflava)
  246. Buff-bellied Warbler (Phyllolais pulchella) - 1 near Ikoma Camp, Serengeti
  247. Bar-throated Apalis (Apalis thoracica) - 1 at Ngorongoro
  248. Brown-headed Apalis (A. alticola) - 1 at Ngorongoro
  249. Grey Bush-warbler (Calamonastes simplex) -a few seen around Mkomazi
  250. Common Camaroptera (Camaroptera brachyura)
  251. Red-faced Sylvietta (Sylvietta whytii) - 1 at Tarangire
  252. Northern Sylvietta (S. brachyura) - 1 at Natron Camp Site
  253. Brown Parisoma (Parisoma lugens) - 1 at Ngorongoro
  254. Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) - Serengeti
  255. African Dusky Flycatcher (Muscicapa adusta)
  256. White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher (Melaenornis fischeri)
  257. Pallid Flycatcher (Bradornis pallidus)
  258. Silverbird (B. semipartitus) - common around Ikoma Camp
  259. African Paradise Monarch (Terpsiphone viridis)
  260. Pied Babbler (Turdoides hypoleucos)
  261. African Penduline Tit (Anthoscopus caroli) - seen only near Ikoma Camp, Serengeti
  262. Montane White-eye (Zosterops poliogaster) - Ngorongoro
  263. Variable Sunbird (Nectarinia venusta)
  264. Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird (Anthreptes orientalis) - twice seen around Lake Natron Camp site
  265. Eastern Double-collared Sunbird (Nectarinia mediocris) - common around Rhino Lodge, Ngorongoro
  266. Beautiful Sunbird (N. pulchella)
  267. Olive Sunbird (N. olivacea) - Kifufu only, where seen several times
  268. Marico Sunbird (N. mariquensis) - only seen at Tarangire
  269. Tacazze Sunbird (N. tacazze) - Ngorongoro
  270. Bronze Sunbird (N. kilimensis)
  271. Golden-winged Sunbird (N. reichenowi) - seen along Rift Valley and also at Ngorongoro
  272. Scarlet-chested Sunbird (N. senegalensis)
  273. Amethyst Sunbird (N. amethystina)
  274. Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus) - 1 near Mkomazi
  275. Rosy-patched Bush-shrike (Rhodophoneus cruentus) - recorded at several places along Rift Valley and near Usambara mountains
  276. Brubru (Nilaus afer)
  277. Black-backed Puffback (Dryoscopus cubla)
  278. Brown-crowned Tchagra (Tchagra australis)
  279. Many-coloured Bush-shrike (Malaconotus multicolor) - Kifufu only
  280. Tropical Boubou (Laniarius ferrugineus)
  281. Slate-coloured Boubou (L. funebris)
  282. Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)
  283. Red-tailed Shrike (L. isabellinus) - seen on several occasions around Natron
  284. Magpie-shrike (Corvinella melanoleuca)
  285. Taita Fiscal (Lanius dorsalis)
  286. Grey-backed Fiscal (L. excubitoroides)
  287. Long-tailed Fiscal (L. cabanisi)
  288. Common Fiscal (L. collaris)
  289. White-rumped Helmetshrike (Eurocephalus rueppelli)
  290. Pied Crow (Corvus albus)
  291. White-necked Raven (C. albicollis)
  292. African Rook (Corvus capensis) - seen only at the bottom of Ngorongoro Crater
  293. Red-winged Starling (Onychognathus morio)
  294. Rueppell's Long-tailed Starling (Lamprotornis purpuropterus)
  295. African Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis)
  296. Yellow-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus africanus)
  297. Red-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus)
  298. Hildebrandt's Starling (Spreo hildebrandti) - seen at Lake Manyara and Serengeti
  299. Superb Starling (Spreo superbus)
  300. Violet-backed Starling (Cinnyricinclus leucogaster) - a flock seen at Lake Manyara
  301. Golden-breasted Starling (Cosmopsarus regius) - several around Mkomazi
  302. Ashy Starling (C. unicolor) - seen only at Tarangire, where numerous
  303. Wattled Starling (Creatophora cinerea) - recorded at Lake Natron and Serengeti
  304. Grey-headed Sparrow (Passer griseus)
  305. House Sparrow (P. domesticus) - seen only at Hedaru
  306. Chestnut Sparrow (P. eminibey) - parties seen near Lake Natron and also around Engaruka
  307. Yellow-spotted Petronia (Petronia pyrgita) - recorded once in Rift Valley not far from Engaruka
  308. Speckle-fronted Weaver (Sporopipes frontalis)
  309. White-browed Sparrow-weaver (Plocepasser mahali)
  310. Grey-headed Social Weaver (Pseudonigritta arnaudi) - seen only at Ikoma Camp, Serengeti
  311. Rufous-tailed Weaver (Histurgops ruficauda) - seen in good numbers at Tarangire, on way to Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater
  312. Red-billed Buffalo-weaver (Bubalornis niger)
  313. White-headed Buffalo-weaver (Dinemellia dinemelli)
  314. Black-headed Weaver (Ploceus cucullatus)
  315. Speke's Weaver (Ploceus spekei) - seen on a small pond on the way back to airport on Feb 4 (because of this species we got stuck in the mud and I had to catch a lift back to the airport!)
  316. Taveta Golden Weaver (P. castaneiceps) - Kifufu Estate only
  317. Golden-backed Weaver (P. jacksoni) - Kifufu Estate only
  318. Vitelline Masked Weaver (P. velatus) - Serengeti
  319. Chestnut Weaver (P. rubiginosus) - Rift Valley, not far from Engaruka
  320. Spectacled Weaver (P. ocularis) - Kifufu Estate
  321. Black-necked Weaver (P. nigricollis) - seen on two occasions: Lake Manyara and Ikoma Camp, Serengeti
  322. Baglafecht Weaver (P. baglafecht)
  323. Red-collared Widowbird (Euplectes ardens) - seen at several places within Ngorongoro Conservation area
  324. Fan-tailed Widowbird (E. axillaris)
  325. Southern Red Bishop (E. orix)
  326. Zanzibar Red Bishop (E. nigroventris) - seen only at Mkomazi
  327. Black Bishop (E. gierowii)
  328. Yellow Bishop (E. capensis) - Kifufu estate only
  329. Red-billed Quelea (Quelea quelea)
  330. Cardinal Quelea (Q. cardinalis)
  331. Acacia Paradise Whydah (Vidua paradisaea)
  332. Green-winged Pytilia (Pytilia melba)
  333. Red-billed Firefinch (Lagonosticta senegala)
  334. Village Indigobird (Vidua chalybeata)
  335. Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu (Uraeginthus bengalus)
  336. Blue-capped Cordon-bleu (Uraeginthus cyanocephalus)
  337. Common Waxbill (Estrilda astrild)
  338. Crimson-rumped Waxbill (E. rhodopyga)
  339. Yellow-bellied Waxbill (E. melanotis)
  340. Straw-tailed Whydah (Vidua fischeri)
  341. Pin-tailed Whydah (Vidua macroura)
  342. Steel-blue Whydah (V. hypocherina) - seen only at Serengeti
  343. Bicoloured Mannikin (Lonchura bicolor)
  344. Cut-throat (Amadina fasciata) - recorded several times along Rift Valley
  345. Somali Golden-breasted Bunting (Emberiza poliopleura) - seen only around Hedaru (north of Mkomazi), where apparently common
  346. African Citril (Serinus citrinelloides)
  347. Yellow-fronted Serin (S. mozambicus) - Kifufu Estate only
  348. Yellow-rumped Serin (S. atrogularis)
  349. Brimstone Serin (S. sulphuratus)
  350. Streaky Serin (S. striolatus)

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