Bird Checklist of Tarangire National Park : Tarangire national park is among the most rewarding Tanzania safari destinations in Tanzania renowned for its incredibly stunning landscape and abundant wildlife including some of the largest herds of elephants.

Among the abundant fauna inhabiting in Tarangire national park, there is a total of over 500 bird species which make the park to be recognized among the Important Birding Areas in Tanzania and a haven to birders. Tarangire national park has a range of habitats including swamps dotted around Tarangire River and savannah plains, swamps around Tarangire river act as breeding area for the water birds  and the savannah plains are breeding areas for dry bird species such as the pied babbler, the vulturine guineafowl among others.

Bird checklist in Tarangire national park include

 Ostriches: Struthionidae

Common Ostrich

Ducks: Anatidae

White-faced Whistling-Duck

Fulvous Whistling-Duck

White-backed Duck

Knob-billed Duck

Egyptian Goose

Spur-winged Goose

African Pygmy-Goose

Bird Checklist of Tarangire National Park
African Pygmy-Goose


Blue-billed Teal

Northern Shoveler

Yellow-billed Duck

Cape Teal

Red-billed Duck

Northern Pintail

Southern Pochard

Guineafowl: Numididae

Helmeted Guineafowl

Crested Guineafowl

Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies: Phasianidae

Crested Francolin

Coqui Francolin

Shelley’s Francolin

Blue Quail

Harlequin Quail

Hildebrandt’s Francolin

Yellow-necked Francolin

Red-necked Francolin

Flamingos: Phoenicopteridae

Greater Flamingo

Lesser Flamingo

Grebes: Podicipedidae

Little Grebe

Eared Grebe

Pigeons and Doves: Columbidae

Speckled Pigeon

Dusky Turtle-Dove

Mourning Collared-Dove

Red-eyed Dove

Ring-necked Dove

Laughing Dove

Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove

Blue-spotted Wood-Dove

Namaqua Dove

African Green-Pigeon

Sandgrouse: Pteroclidae

Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse

Yellow-throated Sandgrouse

Black-faced Sandgrouse

Bustards: Otididae

Kori Bustard

White-bellied Bustard

Buff-crested Bustard

Black-bellied Bustard

Hartlaub’s Bustard

Turacos: Musophagidae

Purple-crested Turaco

Bare-faced Go-away-bird

White-bellied Go-away-bird

Cuckoos: Cuculidae

Red-chested Cuckoo

Black Cuckoo

Common Cuckoo

African Cuckoo

Black Coucal

White-browed Coucal

Pied Cuckoo

Levaillant’s Cuckoo

Great Spotted Cuckoo

Klaas’s Cuckoo

African Emerald Cuckoo

Dideric Cuckoo

Nightjars and Allies: Caprimulgidae

Pennant-winged Nightjar

Eurasian Nightjar

Donaldson-Smith’s Nightjar

Fiery-necked Nightjar

Abyssinian Nightjar

Plain Nightjar

Freckled Nightjar

Slender-tailed Nightjar

Square-tailed Nightjar

Swifts: Apodidae

Mottled Spinetail

Scarce Swift

Alpine Swift

Mottled Swift

Common Swift

Nyanza Swift

African Swift

Little Swift

Horus Swift

White-rumped Swift

African Palm-Swift

Rails, Gallinules, and Coots: Rallidae

African Rail

Corn Crake

African Crake

Lesser Moorhen

Eurasian Moorhen

Red-knobbed Coot

Allen’s Gallinule

African Swamphen

Black Crake

Cranes: Gruidae

93       Gray Crowned-Crane

Thick-knees: Burhinidae

Water Thick-knee

Spotted Thick-knee

Stilts and Avocets: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged Stilt

Pied Avocet

Bird Checklist of Tarangire National Park
Pied Avocet

Plovers and Lapwings: Charadriidae

Long-toed Lapwing

Blacksmith Lapwing

Spur-winged Lapwing

Senegal Lapwing

Black-winged Lapwing

Crowned Lapwing

Caspian Plover

Kittlitz’s Plover

Common Ringed Plover

Little Ringed Plove

Three-banded Plover

Chestnut-banded Plover

Painted-Snipes: Rostratulidae

Greater Painted-Snipe

Jacanas: Jacanidae

Lesser Jacana

African Jacana

Sandpipers and Allies: Scolopacidae

Black-tailed Godwit


Curlew Sandpiper

Temminck’s Stint

Little Stint

Common Snipe

African Snipe

Common Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper

Spotted Redshank

Common Greenshank

Marsh Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper

Buttonquail: Turnicidae

Small Buttonquail


Pratincoles and Coursers: Glareolidae

Temminck’s Courser

Double-banded Courser

Three-banded Courser

Bronze-winged Courser

Collared Pratincole

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers: Laridae

Gray-hooded Gull

Gull-billed Tern

White-winged Tern

Whiskered Tern

African Skimmer

Storks: Ciconiidae

African Openbill

Black Stork

Abdim’s Stork

Woolly-necked Stork

White Stork

Saddle-billed Stork

Marabou Stork

Yellow-billed Stork

Anhingas: Anhingidae

African Darter

Cormorants and Shags: Phalacrocoracidae

Long-tailed Cormorant

Great Cormorant

Pelicans: Pelecanidae

Great White Pelican

Pink-backed Pelican

Hamerkop: Scopidae


Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns: Ardeidae

Little Bittern

Dwarf Bittern

Gray Heron

Black-headed Heron

Goliath Heron

Purple Heron

Great Egret

Intermediate Egret

Little Egret

Black Heron

Cattle Egret

Squacco Heron

Rufous-bellied Heron

Striated Heron

Ibises and Spoonbills: Threskiornithidae, Bird Checklist of Tarangire National Park

Glossy Ibis

African Sacred Ibis

Hadada Ibis

African Spoonbill

Secretary-bird: Sagittariidae


Hawks, Eagles, and Kites: Accipitridae

Black-winged Kite

African Harrier-Hawk

Palm-nut Vulture

Egyptian Vulture

White-headed Vulture

Lappet-faced Vulture

Hooded Vulture

White-backed Vulture

Rueppell’s Griffon


Black-chested Snake-Eagle

Brown Snake-Eagle

Bat Hawk

Crowned Eagle

Martial Eagle

Long-crested Eagle

Lesser Spotted Eagle

Wahlberg’s Eagle

Booted Eagle

Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle

Tawny Eagle

Steppe Eagle

Verreaux’s Eagle

African Hawk-Eagle

Lizard Buzzard

Dark Chanting-Goshawk

Eastern Chanting-Goshawk

Gabar Goshawk

African Marsh-Harrier

Pallid Harrier

Montagu’s Harrier

African Goshawk


Little Sparrowhawk

Ovambo Sparrowhawk

Black Kite/

Yellow-billed Kite**

African Fish-Eagle

Common Buzzard

Augur Buzzard

Barn-Owls: Tytonidae

Barn Owl

Owls: Strigidae

African Scops-Owl

Southern White-faced Owl

Spotted Eagle-Owl

Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl

Pearl-spotted Owlet

African Wood-Owl

Marsh Owl

Mousebirds: Coliidae

Speckled Mousebird

White-headed Mousebird

Blue-naped Mousebird

Hoopoes: Upupidae

Eurasian Hoopoe

African Hoopoe

Woodhoopoes and Scimitarbills: Phoeniculidae

Green Woodhoopoe

Common Scimitarbill

Abyssinian Scimitarbill

Hornbills: Bucerotidae

Southern Ground-Hornbill

Crowned Hornbill

African Gray Hornbill

Northern Red-billed Hornbill

Von der Decken’s Hornbill

Kingfishers: Alcedinidae

Malachite Kingfisher

African Pygmy Kingfisher

Gray-headed Kingfisher

Woodland Kingfisher

Brown-hooded Kingfisher

Striped Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

Bee-eaters: Meropidae

Little Bee-eater

White-throated Bee-eater

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Madagascar Bee-eater

European Bee-eater

Rollers: Coraciidae

European Roller

Lilac-breasted Roller

Rufous-crowned Roller

Broad-billed Roller

Bird Checklist of Tarangire National Park
Broad-billed Roller

African Barbets: Lybiidae

Crested Barbet

Red-and-yellow Barbet

D’Arnaud’s Barbet

Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird

Red-fronted Tinkerbird

Red-fronted Barbet

Spot-flanked Barbet

Black-throated Barbet

White-headed Barbet

Honeyguides: Indicatoridae

Wahlberg’s Honeyguide

Pallid Honeyguide

Lesser Honeyguide

Scaly-throated Honeyguide

Greater Honeyguide

Woodpeckers: Picidae

Cardinal Woodpecker

Bearded Woodpecker

Mountain Gray Woodpecker

Green-backed Woodpecker

Nubian Woodpecker

Golden-tailed Woodpecker

Falcons and Caracaras: Falconidae

Pygmy Falcon

Lesser Kestrel

Eurasian Kestrel

Greater Kestrel

Gray Kestrel

Dickinson’s Kestrel

Red-necked Falcon

Red-footed Falcon

Amur Falcon

Eleonora’s Falcon

Sooty Falcon

Eurasian Hobby

African Hobby

Lanner Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

Parrots: Psittaculidae

Fischer’s Lovebird

Yellow-collared Lovebird

Parrots: Psittacidae

Meyer’s Parrot

Red-bellied Parrot

African and Green Broadbill: Calyptomenidae

African Broadbill

Cuckooshrikes: Campephagidae

Black Cuckooshrike

Old World Orioles: Oriolidae

Eurasian Golden Oriole

African Golden Oriole

African Black-headed Oriole

Wattle-eyes and Batises: Platysteiridae

Chinspot Batis

Vangas, Helmetshrikes and Allies: Vangidae

White Helmetshrike

Bushshrikes: Malaconotidae


Black-backed Puffback

Black-crowned Tchagra

Brown-crowned Tchagra

Tropical Boubou

Slate-colored Boubou

Rosy-patched Bushshrike

Sulphur-breasted Bushshrike

Gray-headed Bushshrike

Drongos: Dicruridae

Fork-tailed Drongo

Shrikes: Laniidae

Red-backed Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Lesser Gray Shrike

Long-tailed Fiscal

Magpie Shrike

Taita Fiscal

Northern Fiscal

White-rumped Shrike

Crows, Jays, and Magpies: Corvidae

Pied Crow

White-necked Raven

Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice: Paridae

White-bellied Tit

Red-throated Tit

Penduline-Tits: Remizidae

Mouse-colored Penduline-Tit

African Penduline-Tit

Larks: Alaudidae

Fischer’s Sparrow-Lark

Pink-breasted Lark

Foxy Lark

Singing Bushlark

White-tailed Lark

Rufous-naped Lark

Flappet Lark

Short-tailed Lark

Nicators: Nicatoridae

Eastern Nicator

African Warblers: Macrosphenidae

Northern Crombec

Red-faced Crombec

Cisticolas and Allies: Cisticolidae

Yellow-bellied Eremomela

Miombo Wren-Warbler

Gray Wren-Warbler

Gray-backed Camaroptera**

Buff-bellied Warbler

Yellow-breasted Apalis

Tawny-flanked Prinia

Red-winged Prinia

Red-fronted Warbler

Red-faced Cisticola

Trilling Cisticola

Rock-loving Cisticola

Rattling Cisticola

Winding Cisticola

Croaking Cisticola

Tabora Cisticola

Siffling Cisticola

Tiny Cisticola

Zitting Cisticola

Desert Cisticola

Reed Warblers and Allies: Acrocephalidae

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler

Upcher’s Warbler

Olive-tree Warbler

Icterine Warbler

Sedge Warbler

African Reed Warbler

Lesser Swamp Warbler

Great Reed Warbler

Swallows: Hirundinidae

Plain Martin

Bank Swallow

Banded Martin

Rock Martin

Barn Swallow

Wire-tailed Swallow

Red-rumped Swallow

Lesser Striped Swallow

Mosque Swallow

Common House-Martin

White-headed Sawwing

Black Sawwing

Gray-rumped Swallow

Bulbuls: Pycnonotidae

Yellow-bellied Greenbul

Common Bulbul

Leaf Warblers: Phylloscopidae

Willow Warbler

Sylviid Warblers, Parrotbills, and Allies: Sylviidae

Eurasian Blackcap

Garden Warbler

Banded Parisoma

Greater Whitethroat

White-eyes, Yuhinas, and Allies: Zosteropidae

Pale White-eye

Northern Yellow White-eye

Laughingthrushes and Allies: Leiothrichidae

Rufous Chatterer

Arrow-marked Babbler

Black-lored Babbler

Northern Pied-Babbler

Oxpeckers: Buphagidae

Red-billed Oxpecker

Yellow-billed Oxpecker

Wattled Starling

Violet-backed Starling

Red-winged Starling

Hildebrandt’s Starling

Ashy Starling

Superb Starling

Greater Blue-eared Starling

Old World Flycatchers: Muscicapidae

African Dusky Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher

African Gray Flycatcher

Pale Flycatcher

Ashy Flycatcher


Southern Black-Flycatcher

Red-backed Scrub-Robin

White-browed Robin-Chat

Red-capped Robin-Chat

Spotted Morning-Thrush

White-throated Robin

Common Nightingale

Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush

Mocking Cliff-Chat

Northern Wheatear

Capped Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Familiar Chat

Abyssinian Wheatear

Sunbirds and Spiderhunters: Nectariniidae

Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird

Collared Sunbird

Olive Sunbird

Amethyst Sunbird

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

Beautiful Sunbird

Mariqua Sunbird

Variable Sunbird

Weavers and Allies: Ploceidae

Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver

White-headed Buffalo-Weaver

Speckle-fronted Weaver

White-browed Sparrow-Weaver

Rufous-tailed Weaver

Gray-headed Social-Weaver

Red-headed Weaver

Baglafecht Weaver

Black-necked Weaver

Holub’s Golden-Weaver

Vitelline Masked-Weaver

Speke’s Weaver

Village Weaver

Golden-backed Weaver

Chestnut Weaver

Cardinal Quelea

Red-headed Quelea

Red-billed Quelea

Southern Red Bishop

Black-winged Bishop

Black Bishop

Yellow-crowned Bishop

Yellow Bishop

White-winged Widowbird

Fan-tailed Widowbird

Waxbills and Allies: Estrildidae

Bronze Mannikin

African Silverbill

Zebra Waxbill

Black-faced Waxbill

Common Waxbill

Crimson-rumped Waxbill



Purple Grenadier

Gray-headed Silverbill

Red-cheeked Cordonbleu

Blue-capped Cordonbleu

Green-winged Pytilia

Red-billed Firefinch

African Firefinch

Jameson’s Firefinch

Indigobirds: Viduidae

Pin-tailed Whydah

Broad-tailed Paradise-Whydah

Eastern Paradise-Whydah

Steel-blue Whydah

Straw-tailed Whydah

Village Indigobird

Variable Indigobird

Old World Sparrows: Passeridae

House Sparrow

Kenya Rufous Sparrow

Northern Gray-headed Sparrow

Parrot-billed Sparrow

Swahili Sparrow

Chestnut Sparrow

Yellow-spotted Bush Sparrow

Wagtails and Pipits: Motacillidae, Bird Checklist of Tarangire National Park

Western Yellow Wagtail

African Pied Wagtail

White Wagtail

African Pipit

Long-billed Pipit

Tawny Pipit

Striped Pipit

Tree Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Golden Pipit

Pangani Longclaw

Finches, Euphonias, and Allies: Fringillidae

Yellow-fronted Canary

Reichenow’s Seedeater

White-bellied Canary

Southern Grosbeak-Canary

Brimstone Canary

Old World Buntings: Emberizidae

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting

Golden-breasted Bunting

Somali Bunting

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