Birds of Chobe NP

The following list is compiled from the Reports section of the Botswana Tickbird web site ( ).  All of the birds on this list have been confirmed as spotted within Chobe.  A special thanks to the folks at Birdwatch Botswana, as they have put us on to this list and are supporting of our goals.  This small Societyof  dedicated watchers seek to popularise birds and birding in Botswana for local people as well as overseas tourists and for the benefit of local people.   The enthusiastic membersare in the major towns of Botswana.  You can also view birds of Botswana on their Flickr site a Birds of Botswana.

National Common Name Alternate Name Scientific Name
Southern Pied Babbler Southern Pied-babbler Turdoides bicolor
Hartlaub’s Babbler Angola Babbler Turdoides hartlaubii
Arrow-marked Babbler Arrow-marked Babbler Turdoides jardineii
Crested Barbet Crested Barbet Trachyphonus vaillantii
Acacia Pied Barbet Pied Barbet Tricholaema leucomelas
Black-collared Barbet Black-collared Barbet Lybius torquatus
Bateleur Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus
Chinspot Batis Chinspot Batis Batis molitor
European Bee-eater European Bee-eater Merops apiaster
White-fronted Bee-eater White-fronted Bee-eater Merops bullockoides
Swallow-tailed Bee-eater Swallow-tailed Bee-eater Merops hirundineus
Southern Carmine Bee-eater Southern Carmine Bee-eater Merops nubicoides
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus
Little Bee-eater Little Bee-eater Merops pusillus
Tropical Boubou Tropical Boubou Laniarius aethiopicus
Swamp Boubou Gabon Boubou Laniarius bicolor
Terrestrial Brownbul Terrestrial Brownbul Phyllastrephus terrestris
Brubru Brubru Nilaus afer
Dark-capped (Common) Bulbul Common Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus (tricolor)
Kori Bustard Kori Bustard Ardeotis kori
Northern Black Korhaan White-quilled Bustard Eupodotis (Afrotis) afraoides
Red-crested Korhaan (Bustard) Red-crested Bustard Eupodotis (Lophotis) ruficrista
Yellow Canary Yellow Canary Serinus (Crithagra) flaviventris
Yellow-fronted Canary Yellow-fronted Canary Serinus (Crithagra) mozambicus
Desert Cisticola Desert Cisticola Cisticola aridulus
Rattling Cisticola Rattling Cisticola Cisticola chiniana
Zitting Cisticola Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis
Reed Cormorant Long-tailed Cormorant Phalacrocorax africanus
White-breasted Cormorant Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo (lucidus)
Coppery-tailed Coucal Coppery-tailed Coucal Centropus cupreicaudus
Senegal Coucal Senegal Coucal Centropus senegalensis
Burchell’s (White-browed) Coucal White-browed Coucal Centropus superciliosus (burchelli)
Three-banded Courser Three-banded Courser Rhinoptilus cinctus
Wattled Crane Wattled Crane Grus (Bugeranus) carunculatus
Pied Crow Pied Crow Corvus albus
African Darter African Darter Anhinga rufa
Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove Emerald-spotted Wood-dove Turtur chalcospilos
Namaqua Dove Namaqua Dove Oena capensis
Laughing Dove Laughing Dove Stigmatopelia (Streptopelia) senegalensis
Cape Turtle-Dove Ring-necked Dove Streptopelia capicola
African Mourning Dove Mourning Collared-dove Streptopelia decipiens
Red-eyed Dove Red-eyed Dove Streptopelia semitorquata
Red-billed Teal Red-billed Duck Anas erythrorhyncha
White-faced Duck White-faced Whistling-duck Dendrocygna viduata
Comb Duck Comb Duck Sarkidiornis melanotos
Martial Eagle Martial Eagle Polemaetus bellicosus
Steppe Eagle Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis
Tawny Eagle Tawny Eagle Aquila rapax
Brown Snake-Eagle Brown Snake-eagle Circaetus cinereus
Black-chested Snake-Eagle Black-chested Snake-Eagle Circaetus pectoralis
African Fish-Eagle African Fish-eagle Haliaeetus vocifer
Cattle Egret Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Great Egret Great Egret Casmerodius albus (Egretta alba)
Little Egret Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Slaty Egret Slaty Egret Egretta vinaceigula
Yellow-billed (Intermediate) Egret Intermediate Egret Mesophoyx (Egretta) intermedia
Crested Francolin Crested Francolin Francolinus (Dendroperdix) sephaena
Red-billed Spurfowl (Francolin) Red-billed Francolin Francolinus (Pternistis) adspersus
Swainson’s Spurfowl Swainson’s Spurfowl Francolinus (Pternistis) swainsonii
Brown Firefinch Brown Firefinch Lagonosticta nitidula
Jameson’s Firefinch Jameson’s Firefinch Lagonosticta rhodopareia
Red-billed Firefinch Red-billed Firefinch Lagonosticta senegala
Scaly-feathered Finch Scaly Weaver Sporopipes squamifrons
Marico Flycatcher Mariqua Flycatcher Bradornis mariquensis
Grey Go-away-bird Grey Go-away-bird Corythaixoides concolor
Spur-winged Goose Spur-winged Goose Plectropterus gambensis
Egyptian Goose Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca
Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk Pale Chanting-goshawk Melierax canorus
Gabar Goshawk Gabar Goshawk Melierax gabar
Little Grebe Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
Grey-headed Gull Grey-headed Gull Larus cirrocephalus
Helmeted Guineafowl Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris
African Harrier-Hawk African Harrier-hawk Polyboroides typus
Hamerkop Hamerkop Scopus umbretta
Grey Heron Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Goliath Heron Goliath Heron Ardea goliath
Purple Heron Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
Squacco Heron Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides
Green-backed Heron Striated Heron Butorides striata
African (Eurasian) Hoopoe Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops (africana)
Southern Ground-Hornbill Southern Ground-hornbill Bucorvus cafer (leadbeateri)
Trumpeter Hornbill Trumpeter Hornbill Bycanistes bucinator
Bradfield’s Hornbill Bradfield’s Hornbill Tockus bradfieldi
Red-billed Hornbill Red-billed Hornbill Tockus erythrorhynchus
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill Tockus leucomelas
African Grey Hornbill African Grey Hornbill Tockus nasutus
Greater Honeyguide Greater Honeyguide Indicator indicator
African Sacred Ibis Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus
Glossy Ibis Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
African Jacana African Jacana Actophilornis africanus
Greater Kestrel Greater Kestrel Falco rupicoloides
Rock Kestrel Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus (rupicolus)
Black Kite Black Kite Milvus migrans
Black-shouldered Kite Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus
Brown-hooded Kingfisher Brown-hooded Kingfisher Halcyon albiventris
Giant Kingfisher Giant Kingfisher Megaceryle maxima (maximus)
Grey-headed Kingfisher Grey-headed Kingfisher Halcyon leucocephala
Malachite Kingfisher Malachite Kingfisher Alcedo cristata
Pied Kingfisher Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis
Woodland Kingfisher Woodland Kingfisher Halcyon senegalensis
African Wattled Lapwing Wattled Lapwing Vanellus senegallus
Blacksmith Lapwing Blacksmith Lapwing Vanellus armatus
Crowned Lapwing Crowned Lapwing Vanellus coronatus
Long-toed Lapwing Long-toed Lapwing Vanellus crassirostris
Red-capped Lark Red-capped Lark Calandrella cinerea
Dusky Lark Dusky Lark Pinarocorys nigricans
Fawn-coloured Lark Fawn-coloured Lark Mirafra (Calendulauda) africanoides
Rufous-naped Lark Rufous-naped Lark Mirafra africana
Flappet Lark Flappet Lark Mirafra rufocinnamomea
Brown-throated Martin Plain Martin Riparia paludicola
Sand Martin Sand Martin Riparia riparia
African Barred Owlet African Barred Owlet Glaucidium capense
Pearl-spotted Owlet Pearl-spotted Owlet Glaucidium perlatum
Osprey Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Common Ostrich Ostrich Struthio camelus
African Golden Oriole African Golden-oriole Oriolus auratus
Yellow-billed Oxpecker Yellow-billed Oxpecker Buphagus africanus
Red-billed Oxpecker Red-billed Oxpecker Buphagus erythrorhynchus
Meyer’s Parrot Meyer’s Parrot Poicephalus meyeri
Great White Pelican Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus
Plain-backed Pipit Plain-backed Pipit Anthus leucophrys
African (Richard’s) Pipit Richard’s Pipit Anthus richardi (cinnamomeus)
Wood (Long-billed) Pipit Long-billed Pipit Anthus similus (nyassae)
Buffy Pipit Buffy Pipit Anthus vaalensis
White-fronted Plover White-fronted Plover Charadrius marginatus
Three-banded Plover Three-banded Plover Charadrius tricollaris
Black-chested Prinia Black-chested Prinia Prinia flavicans
Black-backed Puffback Black-backed Puffback Dryoscopus cubla
Black-winged Pratincole Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni
Yellow-throated Petronia Yellow-throated Petronia Petronia superciliaris
Tawny-flanked Prinia Tawny-flanked Prinia Prinia subflava
Green-winged Pytilia Green-winged Pytilia Pytilia melba
Red-billed Quelea Red-billed Quelea Quelea quelea
Broad-billed Roller Broad-billed Roller Eurystomus glaucurus
Lilac-breasted Roller Lilac-breasted Roller Coracias caudatus
Purple (Rufous-crowned) Roller Rufous-crowned Roller Coracias naevia (naevius)
Double-banded Sandgrouse Double-banded Sandgrouse Pterocles bicinctus
Burchell’s Sandgrouse Burchell’s Sandgrouse Pterocles burchelli
Yellow-throated Sandgrouse Yellow-throated Sandgrouse Pterocles gutturalis
Common Sandpiper Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Wood Sandpiper Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
Common Greenshank Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Marsh Sandpiper Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
Grey-headed Bush-Shrike Grey-headed Bushshrike Malaconotus blanchoti
Orange-breasted Bush-Shrike Sulphur-breasted Bushshrike Malaconotus sulfureopectus
Red-backed Shrike Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio
Lesser Grey Shrike Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor
Magpie Shrike Magpie Shrike Urolestes melanoleucus (Corvinella melanoleuca)
African Skimmer African Skimmer Rynchops flavirostris
Chestnut-backed Sparrowlark Chestnut-backed Sparrow-lark Eremopterix leucotis
Grey-backed Sparrowlark Grey-backed Sparrow-lark Eremopterix verticalis
Southern Grey-headed Sparrow Cape Sparrow Passer diffusus
House Sparrow House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Northern Grey-headed Sparrow Grey-headed Sparrow Passer griseus
African Spoonbill African Spoonbill Platalea alba
Black-winged Stilt Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
Violet-backed Starling Violet-backed Starling Cinnyricinclus leucogaster
Wattled Starling Wattled Starling Creatophora cinerea
Burchell’s Starling Burchell’s Glossy-starling Lamprotornis australis
Greater Blue-eared Starling Greater Blue-eared Glossy-starling Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Meves’s Starling Meves’s Glossy-starling Lamprotornis mevesii
Cape Glossy Starling Red-shouldered Glossy-starling Lamprotornis nitens
Amethyst Sunbird Amethyst Sunbird Nectarinia (Chalcomitra) amethystina
Scarlet-chested Sunbird Scarlet-chested Sunbird Nectarinia (Chalcomitra) senegalensis
Secretarybird Secretarybird Sagittarius serpentarius
African Stonechat Common Stonechat Saxicola torquatus
Common Scimitarbill Common Scimitar-bill Rhinopomastus cyanomelas
Marabou Stork Marabou Stork Leptoptilos crumeniferus
Yellow-billed Stork Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis
White Stork White Stork Ciconia ciconia
African Openbill Stork African Openbill Anastomus lamelligerus
Woolly-necked Stork Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus
Saddle-billed Stork Saddle-billed Stork Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis
Marico Sunbird Mariqua Sunbird Nectarinia (Cinnyris) mariquensis
White-bellied (White-breasted) Sunbird White-breasted Sunbird Nectarinia (Cinnyris) talatala
African Palm-Swift African Palm-swift Cypsiurus parvus
African Black Swift African Swift Apus barbatus
White-rumped Swift White-rumped Swift Apus caffer
Grey-rumped Swallow Grey-rumped Swallow Pseudhirundo griseopyga
Lesser Striped Swallow Lesser Striped-swallow Hirundo abyssinica
Greater Striped Swallow Greater Striped-swallow Hirundo cucullata
Pearl-breasted Swallow Pearl-breasted Swallow Hirundo dimidiata
Barn Swallow Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Wire-tailed Swallow Wire-tailed Swallow Hirundo smithii
Brown-crowned Tchagra Brown-crowned Tchagra Tchagra australis
Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird Pogoniulus chrysoconus
Groundscraper Thrush Groundscraper Thrush Psophocichla litsipsirupa
Hooded Vulture Hooded Vulture Necrosyrtes monachus
White-headed Vulture White-headed Vulture Trigonoceps (Aegypius) occipitalis
White-backed Vulture White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus
Willow Warbler Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus
Blue Waxbill Blue-breasted Cordonbleu Uraeginthus angolensis
Violet-eared Waxbill (Common Grenadier) Common Grenadier Uraeginthus granatinus (Granatina granatina)
White-browed Sparrow-Weaver White-browed Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser mahali
Lesser Masked-Weaver Lesser Masked Weaver Ploceus intermedius
Southern Masked-Weaver Southern Masked-weaver Ploceus velatus
Golden Weaver Holub’s Golden-weaver Ploceus xanthops
Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver Red-billed Buffalo-weaver Bubalornis niger
Fan-tailed Widowbird Fan-tailed Widowbird Euplectes axillaris
Green Wood-Hoopoe Green Woodhoopoe Phoeniculus purpureus
Capped Wheatear Capped Wheatear Oenanthe pileata
Broad-tailed Paradise-Whydah Broad-tailed Paradise-whydah Vidua obtusa
Long-tailed Paradise-Whydah Eastern Paradise-whydah Vidua paradisaea
Shaft-tailed Whydah Queen Whydah Vidua regia
Bearded Woodpecker Bearded Woodpecker Thripias (Dendropicos) namaquus