Mkomazi National Park Bird Checklist : Mkomazi national park is located in the Northeastern part of Tanzania in Lushoto district. This national park was first gazette as a game reserve in 1951 and later it was officially established as a national park in 2006 with the main purpose of protecting all the wildlife animals and birds in the country. Mkomazi national park shares boarders with other countries like Kenya and it covers a total surface area of about 3,234 square kilometers and under the management of Tanzania National park Authority who have a major role of protecting all the national parks in the country. In addition, this national park is seen as a good birding destination because it harbours around 400 birds, which all mentioned in the list below;

Ostriches: Struthionidae

Common Ostrich

Ducks: Anatidae

White-faced Whistling-Duck

Fulvous Whistling-Duck

Knob-billed Duck

Egyptian Goose

Spur-winged Goose

Blue-billed Teal

Red-billed Duck

Guineafowl: Numididae

Helmeted Guineafowl

Vulturine Guineafowl

Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies: Phasianidae

Crested Francolin

Shelley’s Francolin

(Common Quail)

Harlequin Quail

Hildebrandt’s Spurfowl

Yellow-necked Spurfowl

Flamingos: Phoenicopteridae

<Lesser Flamingo>

Grebes: Podicipedidae

Little Grebe

Pigeons and Doves: Columbidae

Rock Pigeon

Speckled Pigeon

Mourning Collared-Dove

Red-eyed Dove

Ring-necked Dove

Laughing Dove

Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove

Blue-spotted Wood-Dove

Tambourine Dove

Namaqua Dove

African Green-Pigeon

Sandgrouse: Pteroclidae

Black-faced Sandgrouse

Bustards: Otididae

Kori Bustard

White-bellied Bustard

Buff-crested Bustard

Black-bellied Bustard

Hartlaub’s Bustard

Turacos: Musophagidae

White-bellied Go-away-bird

Cuckoos: Cuculidae

Red-chested Cuckoo

/Common Cuckoo/

African Cuckoo

White-browed Coucal

Pied Cuckoo

Levaillant’s Cuckoo

/Great Spotted Cuckoo/

Klaas’s Cuckoo

Dideric Cuckoo

Nightjars and Allies: Caprimulgidae

/Eurasian Nightjar/

Sombre Nightjar

/Plain Nightjar/

Slender-tailed Nightjar

Square-tailed Nightjar

Swifts: Apodidae

Alpine Swift

Mottled Swift

|Common Swift|

African Swift

Little Swift

White-rumped Swift

African Palm Swift

Rails, Gallinules, and Coots: Rallidae

|Corn Crake|

Lesser Moorhen

Eurasian Moorhen

Black Crake

Thick-knees: Burhinidae

Water Thick-knee

Spotted Thick-knee

Stilts and Avocets: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged Stilt

Plovers and Lapwings: Charadriidae

Blacksmith Lapwing

Spur-winged Lapwing

Crowned Lapwing

Three-banded Plover

Jacanas: Jacanidae

African Jacana

Sandpipers and Allies: Scolopacidae

/Common Sandpiper/

/Green Sandpiper/

/Marsh Sandpiper/

/Wood Sandpiper/

Buttonquail: Turnicidae

Small Buttonquail

Pratincoles and Coursers: Glareolidae

Temminck’s Courser

Three-banded Courser

Collared Pratincole

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers: Laridae

/White-winged Tern/

Whiskered Tern

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Whiskered Tern

Storks: Ciconiidae

African Openbill

/Abdim’s Stork/

African Woolly-necked Stork

/White Stork/

Saddle-billed Stork

Cormorants and Shags: Phalacrocoracidae

Great Cormorant

Pelicans: Pelecanidae

Pink-backed Pelican

Shoebill: Balaenicipitidae


Hamerkop: Scopidae


Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns: Ardeidae

Dwarf Bittern

Gray Heron

Black-headed Heron

Goliath Heron

Great Egret

Intermediate Egret

Little Egret

Cattle Egret

Striated Heron

Ibises and Spoonbills: Threskiornithidae

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

African Cuckoo-Hawk

Lappet-faced Vulture

Hooded Vulture

White-backed Vulture

Rueppell’s Griffon


Black-chested Snake-Eagle

Brown Snake-Eagle

Crowned Eagle

Martial Eagle

Long-crested Eagle

/Lesser Spotted Eagle/

Wahlberg’s Eagle

/Booted Eagle/

Tawny Eagle

/Steppe Eagle/

Verreaux’s Eagle

African Hawk-Eagle

Lizard Buzzard

Eastern Chanting-Goshawk

Gabar Goshawk

/Grasshopper Buzzard/

/Eurasian Marsh-Harrier/

African Marsh-Harrier

Montagu’s Harrier

African Goshawk


Little Sparrowhawk

Black Goshawk

/Black Kite/

|Common Buzzard|

Mountain Buzzard

Augur Buzzard

Barn-Owls: Tytonidae

Barn Owl

Owls: Strigidae

African Scops-Owl

Spotted Eagle-Owl

Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl

Pearl-spotted Owlet

African Wood-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

Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill

Von der Decken’s Hornbill

Silvery-cheeked Hornbill

Trumpeter Hornbill

Kingfishers: Alcedinidae

Malachite Kingfisher

African Pygmy Kingfisher

Gray-headed Kingfisher

Brown-hooded Kingfisher

Striped Kingfisher

Giant Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

Bee-eaters: Meropidae

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/

Rollers: Coraciidae

/European Roller/

Lilac-breasted Roller

Rufous-crowned Roller

Broad-billed Roller

African Barbets: Lybiidae

Red-and-yellow Barbet

D’Arnaud’s Barbet

White-eared Barbet

Red-fronted Tinkerbird

Red-fronted Barbet

Spot-flanked Barbet

Black-throated Barbet

White-headed Barbet

Brown-breasted Barbet

Honeyguides: Indicatoridae

Wahlberg’s Honeyguide

Pallid Honeyguide

Lesser Honeyguide

Greater Honeyguide

Woodpeckers: Picidae

Cardinal Woodpecker

Nubian Woodpecker

Falcons and Caracaras: Falconidae

Pygmy Falcon

/Eurasian Kestrel/

|Amur Falcon|

/Eurasian Hobby/

Lanner Falcon

Parrots: Psittacidae

Red-bellied Parrot

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

Western Black-headed Batis

Eastern Black-headed Batis

Pygmy Batis

Vangas, Helmetshrikes and Allies: Vangidae

White Helmetshrike

Bushshrikes: Malaconotidae


Pringle’s Puffback

Black-backed Puffback

Black-crowned Tchagra

Brown-crowned Tchagra

Three-streaked Tchagra

Tropical Boubou

Slate-colored Boubou

Rosy-patched Bushshrike

Sulphur-breasted Bushshrike

Gray-headed Bushshrike

Drongos: Dicruridae

Fork-tailed Drongo

Monarch Flycatchers: Monarchidae

African Paradise-Flycatcher

Shrikes: Laniidae

/Red-backed Shrike/

/Isabelline Shrike/

|Lesser Gray Shrike|

Long-tailed Fiscal

Taita Fiscal

Northern Fiscal

White-rumped Shrike

Crows, Jays, and Magpies: Corvidae

House Crow

Pied Crow

White-necked Raven

Penduline-Tits: Remizidae

Mouse-colored Penduline-Tit

Larks: Alaudidae

<Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Lark>

Fischer’s Sparrow-Lark

Pink-breasted Lark

Horsfield’s Bushlark

White-tailed Lark

Friedmann’s Lark

Red-winged Lark

Rufous-naped Lark

Flappet Lark

Nicators: Nicatoridae

Eastern Nicator

African Warblers: Macrosphenidae

Northern Crombec

Red-faced Crombec

Cisticolas and Allies: Cisticolidae

Gray Wren-Warbler

Green-backed Camaroptera

Buff-bellied Warbler

Yellow-breasted Apalis

Brown-headed Apalis

Tawny-flanked Prinia

Red-fronted Warbler

Singing Cisticola

Trilling Cisticola

Rattling Cisticola

Ashy Cisticola

Winding Cisticola

Croaking Cisticola

Siffling Cisticola

Tiny Cisticola

Zitting Cisticola

Desert Cisticola

Reed Warblers and Allies: Acrocephalidae

/Eastern Olivaceous Warbler/

Mountain Yellow-Warbler

/Upcher’s Warbler/

Lesser Swamp Warbler

Swallows: Hirundinidae

Plain Martin

Banded Martin

Rock Martin

/Barn Swallow/

Wire-tailed Swallow

Red-rumped Swallow

Lesser Striped Swallow

/Common House-Martin/

Black Sawwing

Bulbuls: Pycnonotidae

Sombre Greenbul

Yellow-bellied Greenbul

Northern Brownbul

Common Bulbul

Leaf Warblers: Phylloscopidae

/Willow Warbler/

Sylviid Warblers, Parrotbills, and Allies: Sylviidae

/Garden Warbler/

Banded Parisoma

/Greater Whitethroat/

White-eyes, Yuhinas, and Allies: Zosteropidae

Pale White-eye

Southern Yellow White-eye

Laughingthrushes and Allies: Leiothrichidae

Rufous Chatterer

Scaly Chatterer

Northern Pied-Babbler

Oxpeckers: Buphagidae

Red-billed Oxpecker

Yellow-billed Oxpecker

Starlings: Sturnidae

Wattled Starling

Violet-backed Starling

Red-winged Starling

Hildebrandt’s Starling

<Shelley’s Starling>

Golden-breasted Starling

Superb Starling

Fischer’s Starling

Greater Blue-eared Starling

Thrushes and Allies: Turdidae

African Bare-eyed Thrush

Old World Flycatchers: Muscicapidae

African Dusky Flycatcher

|Spotted Flycatcher|

African Gray Flycatcher

Pale Flycatcher

Gray Tit-Flycatcher

Southern Black-Flycatcher

Red-backed Scrub-Robin

Rueppell’s Robin-Chat

White-browed Robin-Chat

Red-capped Robin-Chat

Spotted Morning-Thrush

|Thrush Nightingale|

/Common Nightingale/

/Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush/


African Stonechat

Mocking Cliff-Chat

/Northern Wheatear/

/Isabelline Wheatear/

/Pied Wheatear/

Sunbirds and Spiderhunters: Nectariniidae

Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird

Collared Sunbird

Olive Sunbird

Amethyst Sunbird

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

Hunter’s Sunbird

Eastern Double-collared Sunbird

Beautiful Sunbird

Mariqua Sunbird

Black-bellied Sunbird

Purple-banded Sunbird

Tsavo Sunbird

Variable Sunbird

Weavers and Allies: Ploceidae

Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver

White-headed Buffalo-Weaver

White-browed Sparrow-Weaver

Red-headed Weaver

Baglafecht Weaver

Black-necked Weaver

Spectacled Weaver

African Golden-Weaver

Taveta Golden-Weaver

Lesser Masked-Weaver

Vitelline Masked-Weaver

Village Weaver

<Golden-backed Weaver>

<Chestnut Weaver>

<Cardinal Quelea>

<Red-billed Quelea>

Southern Red Bishop

Zanzibar Red Bishop

Black-winged Bishop

<Yellow-crowned Bishop>

<Fire-fronted Bishop>

Yellow Bishop

White-winged Widowbird

Fan-tailed Widowbird

Grosbeak Weaver

Waxbills and Allies: Estrildidae

Black-and-white Mannikin

African Silverbill

Zebra Waxbill

Black-faced Waxbill

Common Waxbill

Crimson-rumped Waxbill


Purple Grenadier

Southern Cordonbleu

Gray-headed Silverbill

Red-cheeked Cordonbleu

Blue-capped Cordonbleu

Green-winged Pytilia

Peters’s Twinspot

Red-billed Firefinch

African Firefinch

Jameson’s Firefinch

Indigobirds: Viduidae

Pin-tailed 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

Yellow-spotted Bush Sparrow

Wagtails and Pipits: Motacillidae

African Pied Wagtail

African Pipit

Golden Pipit

Yellow-throated Longclaw

Pangani Longclaw

Finches, Euphonias, and Allies: Fringillidae

Southern Citril

Reichenow’s Seedeater

White-bellied Canary

Southern Grosbeak-Canary

Old World Buntings: Emberizidae

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting

Somali Bunting

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