Ngorongoro Crater Bird Checklist : Ngorongoro Crater also known as the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of great bird habitats in Tanzania hosting over 550 bird species including resident and migratory bird species. Birds in Ngorongoro crater include 2 endemics and 8 near endemic species.

Birds in Ngorongoro Crater include the following as listed below
Ostriches: Struthionidae

Common Ostrich

Ducks: Anatidae

Fulvous Whistling-Duck

Egyptian Goose

Spur-winged Goose


Blue-billed Teal

Northern Shoveler

African Black Duck

Yellow-billed Duck

Cape Teal

Red-billed Duck

Southern Pochard

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Yellow-billed Duck

Guineafowl: Numididae

Helmeted Guineafowl
Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies: Phasianidae

Harlequin Quail

Scaly Francolin

Hildebrandt’s Francolin

Flamingos: Phoenicopteridae

Greater Flamingo

Lesser Flamingo

Grebes: Podicipedidae

Little Grebe

Pigeons and Doves: Columbidae

Speckled Pigeon

Rameron Pigeon

Dusky Turtle-Dove

Mourning Collared-Dove

Red-eyed Dove

Ring-necked Dove

Laughing Dove

Namaqua Dove

African Green-Pigeon

Sandgrouse: Pteroclidae

Yellow-throated Sandgrouse

Bustards: Otididae

Kori Bustard

White-bellied Bustard

Black-bellied Bustard

Hartlaub’s Bustard

Turacos: Musophagidae

Schalow’s Turaco

Cuckoos: Cuculidae

White-browed Coucal

Pied Cuckoo

Great Spotted Cuckoo

Klaas’s Cuckoo

African Emerald Cuckoo

Dideric Cuckoo

Nightjars and Allies: Caprimulgidae

Abyssinian Nightjar

Swifts: Apodidae

Common Swift

Nyanza Swift

African Swift

Little Swift

Rails, Gallinules, and Coots: Rallidae

Eurasian Moorhen

Red-knobbed Coot

Black Crake

Cranes: Gruidae

Gray Crowned-Crane

Stilts and Avocets: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged Stilt

Pied Avocet

Plovers and Lapwings: Charadriidae

Long-toed Lapwing

Blacksmith Lapwing

Black-winged Lapwing

Crowned Lapwing

Kittlitz’s Plover

Three-banded Plover

Chestnut-banded Plover

Jacanas: Jacanidae

African Jacan

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African Jacan          

Sandpipers and Allies: Scolopacidae

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Eurasian Curlew


Curlew Sandpiper

Little Stint

Common Snipe

Common Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper

Spotted Redshank

Common Greenshank

Marsh Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper

Pratincoles and Coursers: Glareolidae

Double-banded Courser

Collared Pratincole

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers: Laridae

Gray-hooded Gull

Gull-billed Tern

White-winged Tern

Whiskered Tern

Storks: Ciconiidae

Abdim’s 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

Gray Heron

Black-headed Heron

Purple Heron

Great Egret

Intermediate Egret

Little Egret

Black Heron

Cattle Egret

Squacco Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Ibises and Spoonbills: Threskiornithidae

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Glossy Ibis

African Sacred Ibis

Hadada Ibis

African Spoonbill

Secretary-bird: Sagittariidae


Hawks, Eagles, and Kites: Accipitridae

Black-winged Kite

White-headed Vulture

Lappet-faced Vulture

Hooded Vulture

White-backed Vulture

Rueppell’s Griffon


Brown Snake-Eagle

Martial Eagle

Long-crested Eagle

Lesser Spotted Eagle

Tawny Eagle

Steppe Eagle

Gabar Goshawk

Eurasian Marsh-Harrier

Pallid Harrier

Montagu’s Harrier

Black Kite

Yellow-billed Kite

Common Buzzard

Mountain Buzzard

Augur Buzzard

Owls: Strigidae

Pearl-spotted Owlet

Mousebirds: Coliidae

Speckled Mousebird

Hoopoes: Upupidae

African Hoopoe

Woodhoopoes and Scimitarbills: Phoeniculidae

Green Woodhoopoe

Hornbills: Bucerotidae

African Gray Hornbill

Von der Decken’s Hornbill

Silvery-cheeked Hornbill

Kingfishers: Alcedinidae

Malachite Kingfisher

Woodland Kingfisher

Bee-eaters: Meropidae

Little Bee-eater

Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater

Rollers: Coraciidae

European Roller

Lilac-breasted Roller

African Barbets: Lybiidae

Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird

White-headed Barbet

Honeyguides: Indicatoridae

Green-backed Honeyguide

Pallid Honeyguide

Woodpeckers: Picidae

Cardinal Woodpecker

Bearded Woodpecker

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Bearded Woodpecker

Mountain Gray Woodpecker

Falcons and Caracaras: Falconidae

Lesser Kestrel

Eurasian Kestrel

Greater Kestrel

Lanner Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

Wattle-eyes and Batises: Platysteiridae

Chinspot Batis

Bushshrikes: Malaconotidae

Black-crowned Tchagra

Brown-crowned Tchagra

Tropical Boubou

Drongos: Dicruridae

Fork-tailed Drongo

Monarch Flycatchers: Monarchidae

African Paradise-Flycatcher

Shrikes: Laniidae

Isabelline Shrike

Lesser Gray Shrike

Long-tailed Fiscal

Northern Fiscal

White-rumped Shrike

Crows, Jays, and Magpies: Corvidae

Cape Crow

White-necked Raven

Fairy Flycatchers: Stenostiridae

White-tailed Blue Flycatcher


Larks: Alaudidae

Fischer’s Sparrow-Lark

White-tailed Lark

Rufous-naped Lark

Flappet Lark Red-capped Lark


African Warblers: Macrosphenidae

Red-faced Crombec

Cisticolas and Allies: Cisticolidae

Gray-backed Camaroptera

Buff-bellied Warbler

Bar-throated Apalis

Brown-headed Apalis

Gray-capped Warbler

Red-faced Cisticola

Singing Cisticola

Hunter’s Cisticola

Rattling Cisticola

Wailing Cisticola

Winding Cisticola

Zitting Cisticola

Desert Cisticola

Pectoral-patch Cisticola

Reed Warblers and Allies: Acrocephalidae

Mountain Yellow-Warbler

African Reed Warbler

Lesser Swamp Warbler

Grassbirds and Allies: Locustellidae

Cinnamon Bracken-Warbler

Swallows: Hirundinidae

Plain Martin

Bank Swallow

Banded Martin

Rock Martin

Barn Swallow

Red-rumped Swallow

Mosque Swallow

Common House-Martin

Black Sawwing

Bulbuls: Pycnonotidae

Eastern Mountain Greenbul

Common Bulbul

Leaf Warblers: Phylloscopidae

Willow Warbler

Brown Woodland-Warbler

Sylviid Warblers, Parrotbills, and Allies: Sylviidae

Eurasian Blackcap

African Hill Babbler

Brown Parisoma

White-eyes, Yuhinas, and Allies: Zosteropidae

Pale White-eye

Kilimanjaro White-eye

Laughingthrushes and Allies: Leiothrichidae

Black-lored Babbler

Oxpeckers: Buphagidae

Red-billed Oxpecker

Yellow-billed Oxpecker

Starlings: Sturnidae

Wattled Starling

Red-winged Starling

Waller’s Starling

Kenrick’s Starling

Hildebrandt’s Starling

Superb Starling

Thrushes and Allies: Turdidae

Abyssinian Thrush

Old World Flycatchers: Muscicapidae

African Dusky Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher

African Gray Flycatcher


White-eyed Slaty-Flycatcher

Cape Robin-Chat

Rueppell’s Robin-Chat

White-starred Robin

White-throated Robin


African Stonechat

Moorland Chat

Northern Anteater-Chat

Northern Wheatear

Capped Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Abyssinian Wheatear

Sunbirds and Spiderhunters: Nectariniidae

Amethyst Sunbird

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

Tacazze Sunbird

Bronze Sunbird

Malachite Sunbird

Golden-winged Sunbird

Eastern Double-collared Sunbird

Beautiful Sunbird

Variable Sunbird

Weavers and Allies: Ploceidae

White-headed Buffalo-Weaver

Rufous-tailed Weaver

Baglafecht Weaver

African Golden-Weaver

Holub’s Golden-Weaver

Lesser Masked-Weaver

Vitelline Masked-Weaver

Speke’s Weaver

Red-billed Quelea

Southern Red Bishop

Yellow-crowned Bishop

Yellow Bishop

White-winged Widowbird

Red-collared Widowbird

Fan-tailed Widowbird

Jackson’s Widowbird

Grosbeak Weaver

Waxbills and Allies: Estrildidae

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Bronze Mannikin

Yellow-bellied Waxbill

Common Waxbill

Purple Grenadier

Blue-capped Cordonbleu

Red-billed Firefinch

African Firefinch

Indigobirds: Viduidae

Pin-tailed Whydah

Eastern Paradise-Whydah

Village Indigobird

Old World Sparrows: Passeridae

House Sparrow

Northern Gray-headed Sparrow

Swahili Sparrow

Wagtails and Pipits: Motacillidae

Gray Wagtail

Western Yellow Wagtail

African Pied Wagtail

African Pipit

Long-billed Pipit

Plain-backed Pipit

Tree Pipit

Yellow-throated Longclaw

Rosy-throated Longclaw

Finches, Euphonias, and Allies: Fringillidae

Yellow-fronted Canary

Southern Citril

Southern Grosbeak-Canary

Streaky Seedeater

Thick-billed Seedeater

Yellow-crowned Canary

Old World Buntings: Emberizidae

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting

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