Birds of Masai Mara  : Masai Mara national reserve is a bird – watchers with over 470 bird species to spot, birds in Maasai Mara include 47 species of birds of prey. Birds in the reserve include

  • Savannah birds that range from the world’s largest bird – the ostrich to teeny tiny sunbirds which are hard to spot most especially with the naked eye.
  • Water birds which are easily seen around Mara River, the most commonly seen water birds in Masai Mara include the Giant Kingfisher, tiny pygmy kingfisher, the colorful Ross’s Turace and the Schalow’s Turaco. These birds are easily seen on the forest lining the river.

Below is the list of birds including endemic bird species to Kenya and the near-endemic bird species common to the region of Masai Mara.

Birds of Masai Mara
Nyanza Swift
  Common Ostrich  
  White-faced Whistling-Duck
  Fulvous Whistling-Duck
  Knob-billed Duck
  Egyptian Goose
  Spur-winged Goose
  Hottentot Teal
  Northern Shoveler
  African Black Duck
  Yellow-billed Duck
  Red-billed Duck
  Northern Pintail
  Eurasian Teal
  Helmeted Guineafowl
  Crested Guineafowl
  Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies
  Blue Quail
  Harlequin Quail
  Scaly Francolin
  Hildebrandt’s Francolin
  Yellow-necked Francolin
  Red-necked Francolin
  Crested Francolin
  Coqui Francolin
  Red-winged Francolin
  Greater Flamingo
  Lesser Flamingo
  Little Grebe  
  Pigeons and Doves
  Speckled Pigeon
  Rameron Pigeon
  Lemon Dove
  Dusky Turtle-Dove
  Red-eyed Dove
  Ring-necked Dove
  Laughing Dove
  Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove
  Blue-spotted Wood-Dove
  Tambourine Dove
  Namaqua Dove
  African Green-Pigeon
  Yellow-throated Sandgrouse
  Black-faced Sandgrouse
  Kori Bustard
  Denham’s Bustard
  White-bellied Bustard
  Black-bellied Bustard
  Schalow’s Turaco
  Hartlaub’s Turaco
  Ross’s Turaco
  Bare-faced Go-away-bird
  Eastern Plantain-eater
  Red-chested Cuckoo
  Black Cuckoo
  /Common Cuckoo/
  African Cuckoo
  Black Coucal
  Blue-headed Coucal
  White-browed Coucal
  Green Malkoha
  Pied Cuckoo
  Levaillant’s Cuckoo
  /Great Spotted Cuckoo/
  Klaas’s Cuckoo
  African Emerald Cuckoo
  Dideric Cuckoo
  Nightjars and Allies
  Pennant-winged Nightjar
  Eurasian Nightjar
  Sombre Nightjar
  Swamp Nightjar
  Plain Nightjar
  Freckled Nightjar
  Slender-tailed Nightjar
  Square-tailed Nightjar
  Alpine Swift
  Common Swift
  Nyanza Swift
  Little Swift
  Horus Swift
  White-rumped Swift
  Rails, Gallinules, and Coots
  African Rail
  Corn Crake
  African Crake
  Spotted Crake
  Lesser Moorhen
  Eurasian Moorhen
  Red-knobbed Coot
  Allen’s Gallinule
  Black Crake
  Baillon’s Crake
  Buff-spotted Flufftail  
  African Finfoot  
  Gray Crowned-Crane  
  Water Thick-knee
  Spotted Thick-knee
  Stilts and Avocets
    Black-winged Stilt
    Pied Avocet
  Plovers and Lapwings
  Black-bellied Plover
  Long-toed Lapwing
  Blacksmith Lapwing
  Spur-winged Lapwing
  Senegal Lapwing
  Black-winged Lapwing
  Crowned Lapwing
  Wattled Lapwing
  Lesser Sand-Plover
  Caspian Plover
  Kittlitz’s Plover
  Common Ringed Plover
  Little Ringed Plover
  Three-banded Plover
  Greater Painted-Snipe  
  African Jacana  
  Sandpipers and Allies
  Eurasian Curlew
  Black-tailed Godwit
  Ruddy Turnstone
  Curlew Sandpiper
  Temminck’s Stint
  Little Stint
  Great Snipe
  Common Snipe
  African Snipe
  Common Sandpiper
  Green Sandpiper
  Spotted Redshank
  Common Greenshank
  Marsh Sandpiper
  Wood Sandpiper
  Small Buttonquail
  Pratincoles and Coursers
  Temminck’s Courser
  Double-banded Courser
  Three-banded Courser
  Bronze-winged Courser
  Collared Pratincole
  Black-winged Pratincole
  Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers
  Gray-hooded Gull
  Gull-billed Tern
  Whiskered Tern
  African Openbill
  Black Stork
  Abdim’s Stork
  Woolly-necked Stork
  White Stork
  Saddle-billed Stork
  Marabou Stork
  Yellow-billed Stork
  African Darter  
  Cormorants and Shags
  Long-tailed Cormorant  
  Great White Pelican  
  Pink-backed Pelican  
  Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns
  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
  Madagascar Pond-Heron
  Rufous-bellied Heron
  Striated Heron
  Black-crowned Night-Heron
  White-backed Night-Heron
  Ibises and Spoonbills
  Glossy Ibis
  African Sacred Ibis
  Hadada Ibis
  African Spoonbill
  Hawks, Eagles, and Kites
  Black-winged Kite
  African Harrier-Hawk
  Palm-nut Vulture
  Egyptian Vulture
  European Honey-buzzard
  African Cuckoo-Hawk
  White-headed Vulture
  Lappet-faced Vulture
  Hooded Vulture
  White-backed Vulture
  Rueppell’s Griffon
  Black-chested Snake-Eagle
  Brown Snake-Eagle
  Banded Snake-Eagle
  Bat Hawk
  Crowned Eagle
  Martial Eagle
  Long-crested Eagle
  Lesser Spotted Eagle
  Greater Spotted Eagle
  Wahlberg’s Eagle
  Booted Eagle
  Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle
  Tawny Eagle
  Steppe Eagle
  Imperial Eagle
  Verreaux’s Eagle
  African Hawk-Eagle
  Lizard Buzzard
  Dark Chanting-Goshawk
  Eastern Chanting-Goshawk
  Gabar Goshawk
  Grasshopper Buzzard
  African Marsh-Harrier
  Pallid Harrier
  Montagu’s Harrier
  African Goshawk
  Little Sparrowhawk
  Ovambo Sparrowhawk
  Black Goshawk
  Black Kite
  African Fish-Eagle
  Common Buzzar
  Long-legged Buzzard
  Augur Buzzard
    African Grass-Owl  
    Barn Owl  
  African Scops-Owl  
  Spotted Eagle-Owl
  Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl
  Pel’s Fishing-Owl
  Pearl-spotted Owlet
  African Wood-Owl
  Marsh Owl
  Speckled Mousebird  
  Blue-naped Mousebird  
  Narina Trogon  
  African Hoopoe  
Woodhoopoes and Scimitarbills
Green Woodhoopoe
White-headed Woodhoopoe
Common Scimitarbill
Abyssinian Scimitarbill
Southern Ground-Hornbill
Crowned Hornbill
African Gray Hornbill
Von der Decken’s Hornbill
Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill
Trumpeter Hornbill
Malachite Kingfisher
African Pygmy-Kingfisher
Gray-headed Kingfisher
Woodland Kingfisher
Striped Kingfisher  
  Giant Kingfisher  
  Pied Kingfisher  
White-fronted Bee-eater
Little Bee-eater
Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater
White-throated Bee-eater
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Madagascar Bee-eater
European Bee-eater
Northern Carmine Bee-eater
European Roller
Abyssinian Roller
Lilac-breasted Roller
Rufous-crowned Roller
Broad-billed Roller
African Barbets
D’Arnaud’s Barbet
Usambiro Barbet
Gray-throated Barbet
Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird
Red-fronted Tinkerbird
Red-fronted Barbet
Spot-flanked Barbet
White-headed Barbet
Double-toothed Barbet
Wahlberg’s Honeyguide  
Pallid Honeyguide  
Lesser Honeyguide  
Scaly-throated Honeyguide  
Greater Honeyguide  
Rufous-necked Wryneck
Cardinal Woodpecker
Bearded Woodpecker
Brown-backed Woodpecker
African Gray Woodpecker
Tullberg’s Woodpecker
Green-backed Woodpecker
Nubian Woodpecker
Golden-tailed Woodpecker
Falcons and Caracaras
Pygmy Falcon
Lesser Kestrel
Eurasian Kestrel
Greater Kestrel
Gray Kestrel
Amur Falcon
Eleonora’s Falcon
Sooty Falcon
Eurasian Hobby
African Hobby
Lanner Falcon
Saker Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
  Meyer’s Parrot  
  African Pitta  
  Gray Cuckooshrike  
  Black Cuckooshrike  
  Purple-throated Cuckooshrike  
Old World Orioles
  Eurasian Golden Oriole  
  African Golden Oriole  
Wattle-eyes and Batises
  Brown-throated Wattle-eye  
  Chinspot Batis  
Vangas, Helmetshrikes and Allies
Gray-crested Helmetshrike  
Black-backed Puffback
Marsh Tchagra
Black-crowned Tchagra
Brown-crowned Tchagra
Tropical Boubou
Black-headed Gonolek
Slate-colored Boubou
Sulphur-breasted Bushshrike
Black-fronted Bushshrike
Gray-headed Bushshrike
  Fork-tailed Drongo  
Monarch Flycatchers
  African Paradise-Flycatcher  
  Red-backed Shrike
  Isabelline Shrike
  Lesser Gray Shrike
  Gray-backed Fiscal
  Taita Fiscal
  Northern Fiscal  
  Woodchat Shrike  
  Magpie Shrike  
  White-rumped Shrike  
Crows, Jays, and Magpies
  Pied Crow  
  White-necked Raven  
  Yellow-bellied Hyliota  
Fairy Flycatchers
  African Blue Flycatcher  
Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice
  White-bellied Tit  
  Red-throated Tit  
  African Penduline-Tit  
  Fischer’s Sparrow-Lark
  Foxy Lark
  Singing Bushlark
  White-tailed Lark
  Rufous-naped Lark
  Flappet Lark
  Red-capped Lark
  Somali Short-toed Lark
African Warblers
  Red-faced Crombec  
  Moustached Grass-Warbler  
Cisticolas and Allies
Yellow-bellied Eremomela
White-chinned Prinia
Miombo Wren-Warbler
Gray-backed Camaroptera**
Buff-bellied Warbler
Black-throated Apalis
Yellow-breasted Apalis
Gray Apalis
Karamoja Apalis
Tawny-flanked Prinia
Gray-capped Warbler
Red-faced Cisticola
Trilling Cisticola
Rock-loving Cisticola
Rattling Cisticola
Winding Cisticola**
Stout Cisticola
Croaking Cisticola
Tabora Cisticola
Siffling Cisticola
Zitting Cisticola
Desert Cisticola
Black-backed Cisticola
Pectoral-patch Cisticola
Reed Warblers and Allies
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler
African Yellow-Warbler
Olive-tree Warbler
Icterine Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Marsh Warbler
Eurasian Reed Warbler
African Reed Warbler
Lesser Swamp Warbler
Great Reed Warbler
Grassbirds and Allies
  Fan-tailed Grassbird  
  Little Rush-Warbler  
  Slender-billed Greenbul
  Yellow-whiskered Greenbul
  Cabanis’s Greenbul
  Common Bulbul
Leaf Warblers
  Wood Warbler  
  Willow Warbler  
  Common Chiffchaff  
Sylviid Warblers, Parrotbills, and Allies
  African Hill Babbler
  Eurasian Blackcap
  Garden Warbler
  Barred Warbler
  Banded Parisoma  
  Brown Parisoma  
  Greater Whitethroat  
White-eyes, Yuhinas, and Allies
  African Yellow White-eye  
Laughingthrushes and Allies
  Black-lored Babbler  
  Arrow-marked Babbler  
  Red-billed Oxpecker  
  Yellow-billed Oxpecker  
Wattled Starling
Violet-backed Starling
Red-winged Starling
Sharpe’s Starling
Hildebrandt’s Starling
Rueppell’s Starling
Superb Starling
Greater Blue-eared Starling
Thrushes and Allies
  Abyssinian Thrush  
  African Thrush  
Old World Flycatchers
  African Dusky Flycatcher
  Spotted Flycatcher
  African Gray Flycatcher
  Pale Flycatcher
  Ashy Flycatcher
  Northern Black-Flycatcher
  Brown-backed Scrub-Robin
  Red-backed Scrub-Robin
  Cape Robin-Chat
  White-browed Robin-Chat
  Red-capped Robin-Chat
  White-throated Robin
  Thrush Nightingale
  Common Nightingale
  Semicollared Flycatcher
  Common Redstart
  Little Rock-Thrush
  African Stonechat
  Mocking Cliff-Chat
  Sooty Chat
  Northern Anteater-Chat
  Northern Wheatear
  Capped Wheatear
  Isabelline Wheatear
  Pied Wheatear
  Familiar Chat
  Sunbirds and Spiderhunters
  Collared Sunbird
  Green-headed Sunbird
  Olive Sunbird
  Amethyst Sunbird
  Scarlet-chested Sunbird
  Bronze Sunbird
  Malachite Sunbird
  Golden-winged Sunbird
  Northern Double-collared Sunbird
  Beautiful Sunbird
  Mariqua Sunbird
  Red-chested Sunbird
  Purple-banded Sunbird  
    Variable Sunbird  
  Weavers and Allies
  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
  Little Weaver
  Black-necked Weaver
  Spectacled Weaver
  Holub’s Golden-Weaver
  Lesser Masked-Weaver
  Vitelline Masked-Weaver
  Speke’s Weaver
  Village Weaver
  Brown-capped Weaver
  Cardinal Quelea
  Red-billed Quelea
  Southern Red Bishop
  Yellow Bishop
  White-winged Widowbird
  Yellow-mantled Widowbird
  Red-collared Widowbird
  Fan-tailed Widowbird
  Jackson’s Widowbird
  Grosbeak Weaver
  Waxbills and Allies
  Gray-headed Negrita
  Yellow-bellied Waxbill
  Green-backed Twinspot
  Crimson-rumped Waxbill
  Common Waxbill
  Black-faced Waxbill
  Red-cheeked Cordonbleu
  Purple Grenadier
  Green-winged Pytilia
  Red-billed Firefinch
  African Firefinch
  Zebra Waxbill
  Gray-headed Silverbill
  Bronze Mannikin
  Black-and-white Mannikin
  Pin-tailed Whydah
  Straw-tailed Whydah
  Village Indigobird
  Parasitic Weaver
  Old World Sparrows, Birds of Maasai Mara
  House Sparrow
  Kenya Rufous Sparrow
  Northern Gray-headed Sparrow
  Swahili Sparrow
  Chestnut Sparrow
  Yellow-spotted Bush Sparrow
  Wagtails and Pipits 
    Cape Wagtail
    Mountain Wagtail
    Gray Wagtail
    Western Yellow Wagtail
    African Pied Wagtail
    African Pipit
    Long-billed Pipit
    Plain-backed Pipit
    Red-throated Pipit/
    Bush Pipit  
    Yellow-throated Longclaw  
    Pangani Longclaw  
    Rosy-throated Longclaw  
  Finches, Euphonias, and Allies: Fringillidae
    Yellow-fronted Canary  
    African Citril  
    Reichenow’s Seedeater  
    White-bellied Canary  
    Southern Grosbeak-Canary  
    Brimstone Canary  
    Streaky Seedeater  
    Thick-billed Seedeater  
  Old World Buntings , Birds of Masai Mara
    Cinnamon-breasted Bunting  
    Golden-breasted Bunting

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