Salonga National Park is located in the Congo River Basin and is known as the largest tropical rainforest national park in the country, for this fact, the national park acts as home to the numerous bird life in the forest.

Salonga National Park Is recorded to have over 300 bird species recorded in its perimeters and this makes it an ideal destination for birding safaris in the democratic republic of Congo.

The Salonga National Park is made up of marsh swamps, rivers, plateaus, and rain forests all acting as shelter to the birds and this alone ranks the national park as a great birding destination because these make it easy to spot birds as they carry out their activities in the park.

The birding list in Salonga National Park is wide but below are some of the birds that are most likely to be spotted in the national park to make your birding safaris super exciting and thrilling.

Salonga National Park
Congo peacock

Lists of birds in Salonga National Park


Common Ostrich

Somali Ostrich


White-faced Whistling-Duck

Fulvous Whistling-Duck

White-backed Duck

Greater White-fronted Goose

Blue-winged Goose

Knob-billed Duck

Hartlaub’s Duck

Egyptian Goose

Ruddy Shelduck

South African Shelduck

Common Shelduck

Spur-winged Goose

African Pygmy-Goose

Garganey    Spatula

Blue-billed Teal

Cape Shoveler

Northern Shoveler


Eurasian Wigeon

African Black Duck

Yellow-billed Duck


Cape Teal    Anas capensis

Red-billed Duck

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Southern Pochard

Common Pochard

Ferruginous Duck

Tufted Duck

Maccoa Duck


Helmeted Guineafowl

Vulturine Guineafowl

Eastern Crested Guineafowl

Western Crested Guineafowl

Southern Crested Guineafowl

GALLIFORMES: Odontophoridae

Stone Partridge

Nahan’s Partridge

GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Udzungwa Partridge

Latham’s Francolin

Crested Francolin

Coqui Francolin

White-throated Francolin

Schlegel’s Francolin

Ring-necked Francolin

Red-winged Francolin

Moorland Francolin

Elgon Francolin

Orange River Francolin

Shelley’s Francolin

Whyte’s Francolin

Sand Partridge

Blue Quail

Common Quail

Harlequin Quail

Arabian Partridge

Handsome Spurfowl

Chestnut-naped Spurfowl

Erckel’s Spurfowl

Djibouti Spurfowl

Jackson’s Spurfowl

Red-billed Spurfowl

Natal Spurfowl

Hildebrandt’s Spurfowl

Scaly Spurfowl

Heuglin’s Spurfowl

Clapperton’s Spurfowl

Harwood’s Spurfowl

Swainson’s Spurfowl

Yellow-necked Spurfowl

Gray-breasted Spurfowl

Red-necked Spurfowl


Greater Flamingo

Lesser Flamingo


Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Eared Grebe


Rock Pigeon

Speckled Pigeon

White-collared Pigeon

Somali Pigeon

Afep Pigeon

Rameron Pigeon

Delegorgue’s Pigeon

Bronze-naped Pigeon

White-naped Pigeon

Lemon Dove

European Turtle-Dove

Dusky Turtle-Dove

Eurasian Collared-Dove

African Collared-Dove

White-winged Collared-Dove

Mourning Collared-Dove

Red-eyed Dove

Ring-necked Dove

Vinaceous Dove

Laughing Dove

Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove

Black-billed Wood-Dove

Blue-spotted Wood-Dove

Tambourine Dove

Namaqua Dove

Bruce’s Green-Pigeon

Pemba Green-Pigeon

African Green-Pigeon


European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Wattled Starling

Rosy Starling

Common Myna

Violet-backed Starling

Slender-billed Starling

Neumann’s Starling

Red-winged Starling

Chestnut-winged Starling

Waller’s Starling

Tristram’s Starling

White-billed Starling

Bristle-crowned Starling

Somali Starling

Babbling Starling

White-collared Starling

Magpie Starling

Sharpe’s Starling

Abbott’s Starling

Narrow-tailed Starling

Stuhlmann’s Starling

Kenrick’s Starling

Black-bellied Starling

Purple-headed Starling

Hildebrandt’s Starling

Shelley’s Starling

Burchell’s Starling

Rüppell’s Starling

Long-tailed Glossy Starling

Meves’s Starling

Ashy Starling

Splendid Starling

Golden-breasted Starling

Superb Starling

Chestnut-bellied Starling

African Pied Starling

White-crowned Starling

Fischer’s Starling

Lesser Blue-eared Starling

Sharp-tailed Starling

Greater Blue-eared Starling

Purple Starling

Cape Starling

Bronze-tailed Starling


Rufous Flycatcher-Thrush

Red-tailed Ant-Thrush

White-tailed Ant-Thrush

Spotted Ground-Thrush

Black-eared Ground-Thrush

Gray Ground-Thrush

Oberländer’s Ground-Thrush

Abyssinian Ground-Thrush

Orange Ground-Thrush

Ethiopian Thrush

Groundscraper Thrush

Song Thrush

Abyssinian Thrush

Taita Thrush

Usambara Thrush

Eurasian Blackbird

Somali Thrush

African Bare-eyed Thrush

Kurrichane Thrush

Olive Thrush

African Thrush

Ring Ouzel


African Dusky Flycatcher

Yellow-footed Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher

Gambaga Flycatcher

Swamp Flycatcher

Cassin’s Flycatcher

Böhm’s Flycatcher

Sooty Flycatcher

Dusky-blue Flycatcher

Marico Flycatcher

African Gray Flycatcher

Pale Flycatcher

African Forest-Flycatcher

Gray-throated Tit-Flycatcher

Gray Tit-Flycatcher

Chapin’s Flycatcher

Ashy Flycatcher


Fiscal Flycatcher

Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher

Northern Black-Flycatcher

Southern Black-Flycatcher

White-eyed Slaty-Flycatcher

Abyssinian Slaty-Flycatcher

White-tailed Alethe

Fire-crested Alethe

Forest Scrub-Robin

Brown Scrub-Robin

Bearded Scrub-Robin

Miombo Scrub-Robin

Black Scrub-Robin

Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin

Kalahari Scrub-Robin

Brown-backed Scrub-Robin

Red-backed Scrub-Robin

White-bellied Robin-Chat

Archer’s Robin-Chat

Olive-flanked Robin-Chat

Cape Robin-Chat

White-throated Robin-Chat

Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat

Rüppell’s Robin-Chat

White-browed Robin-Chat

Red-capped Robin-Chat

Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat

White-crowned Robin-Chat

Collared Palm-Thrush

Spotted Morning-Thrush

White-starred Robin

Swynnerton’s Robin

Brown-chested Alethe

Red-throated Alethe

Cholo Alethe

White-chested Alethe

Yellow-breasted Forest Robin

Gray-winged Robin-Chat

Short-tailed Akalat

Bocage’s Akalat

Lowland Akalat

Equatorial Akalat

Sharpe’s Akalat

East Coast Akalat

Usambara Akalat

Iringa Akalat

Rubeho Akalat

White-throated Robin

Thrush Nightingale

Common Nightingale


Red-breasted Flycatcher

Semicollared Flycatcher

European Pied Flycatcher

Collared Flycatcher

Common Redstart

White-winged Redstart

Black Redstart

Little Rock-Thrush

Sentinel Rock-Thrush

Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush

Blue Rock-Thrush

Miombo Rock-Thrush

Cape Rock-Thrush

White-winged Cliff-Chat

Whinchat    Saxicola rubetra

European Stonechat

Siberian Stonechat

African Stonechat

Moorland Chat

Mocking Cliff-Chat

Sooty Chat

Northern Anteater-Chat

Southern Anteater-Chat

Mountain Wheatear

Rüppell’s Chat

Arnot’s Chat

Northern Wheatear

Capped Wheatear

Buff-breasted Wheatear

Rusty-breasted Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Heuglin’s Wheatear

Hooded Wheatear

Desert Wheatear

Western Black-eared Wheatear

Cyprus Wheatear

Eastern Black-eared Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

White-fronted Black-Chat

Somali Wheatear


Familiar Chat

Sombre Rock Chat

Brown-tailed Chat

White-crowned Wheatear

Abyssinian Wheatear

Mourning Wheatear

Kurdish Wheatear

Persian Wheatear

Boulder Chat




Gurney’s Sugarbird

PASSERIFORMES: Modulatricidae



Gray-chested Babbler

PASSERIFORMES: Nectariniidae

Fraser’s Sunbird

Gray-headed Sunbird

Plain-backed Sunbird

Anchieta’s Sunbird

Western Violet-backed Sunbird

Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird

Uluguru Violet-backed Sunbird

Little Green Sunbird

Green Sunbird

Banded Sunbird

Collared Sunbird

Pygmy Sunbird

Nile Valley Sunbird

Amani Sunbird

Reichenbach’s Sunbird

Green-headed Sunbird

Bannerman’s Sunbird

Blue-throated Brown Sunbird

Cameroon Sunbird

Blue-headed Sunbird

Olive Sunbird

Mouse-colored Sunbird

Green-throated Sunbird

Amethyst Sunbird

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

Hunter’s Sunbird

Purple-breasted Sunbird

Tacazze Sunbird

Bronze Sunbird

Malachite Sunbird

Red-tufted Sunbird

Golden-winged Sunbird

Olive-bellied Sunbird

Tiny Sunbird

Western Miombo Sunbird

Eastern Miombo Sunbird

Neergaard’s Sunbird

Stuhlmann’s Sunbird

Prigogine’s Sunbird

Montane Double-collared Sunbird

Northern Double-collared Sunbird

Greater Double-collared Sunbird

Regal Sunbird

Rockefeller’s Sunbird mediocris

Usambara Double-collared Sunbird

Forest Double-collared Sunbird

Moreau’s Sunbird

Loveridge’s Sunbird

Beautiful Sunbird

Marico Sunbird

Shelley’s Sunbird

Red-chested Sunbird

Black-bellied Sunbird

Purple-banded Sunbird

Tsavo Sunbird

Violet-breasted Sunbird

Pemba Sunbird

Orange-tufted Sunbird

Palestine Sunbird

Shining Sunbird

Splendid Sunbird

Johanna’s Sunbird

Superb Sunbird

Rufous-winged Sunbird

Oustalet’s Sunbird

White-breasted Sunbird

Variable Sunbird

Bates’s Sunbird

Copper Sunbird


White-billed Buffalo-Weaver

Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver

White-headed Buffalo-Weaver

Speckle-fronted Weaver

Scaly Weaver

White-browed Sparrow-Weaver

Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver

Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Weaver

Donaldson Smith’s Sparrow-Weaver

Rufous-tailed Weaver

Gray-headed Social-Weaver

Black-capped Social-Weaver

Sociable Weaver

Red-bellied Malimbe

Blue-billed Malimbe

Crested Malimbe

Red-headed Malimbe

Red-headed Weaver

Red Weaver

Bertram’s Weaver

Baglafecht Weaver

Little Weaver

Slender-billed Weaver

Black-necked Weaver

Spectacled Weaver

Black-billed Weaver

Strange Weaver

Bocage’s Weaver

African Golden-Weaver

Holub’s Golden-Weaver

Orange Weaver

Golden Palm Weaver

Taveta Golden-Weaver

Southern Brown-throated Weaver

Northern Brown-throated Weaver

Kilombero Weaver

Ruvu Weaver

Northern Masked-Weaver

Lesser Masked-Weaver

Southern Masked-Weaver

Vitelline Masked-Weaver

Tanganyika Masked-Weaver

Katanga Masked-Weaver

Heuglin’s Masked-Weaver

Rüppell’s Weaver

Speke’s Weaver

Fox’s Weaver

Vieillot’s Black Weaver

Village Weaver

Weyns’s Weaver

Clarke’s Weaver

Salvadori’s Weaver

Black-headed Weaver

Golden-backed Weaver

Chestnut Weaver

Cinnamon Weaver

Golden-naped Weaver

Yellow-mantled Weaver

Maxwell’s Black Weaver

Forest Weaver

Brown-capped Weaver

Olive-headed Weaver

Usambara Weaver

Bar-winged Weaver

Compact Weaver

Cardinal Quelea

Red-headed Quelea

Red-billed Quelea

Northern Red Bishop

Southern Red Bishop

Zanzibar Red Bishop

Black-winged Bishop

Black Bishop

Yellow-crowned Bishop

Fire-fronted Bishop

Yellow Bishop

White-winged Widowbird

Yellow-mantled Widowbird

Red-cowled Widowbird

Red-collared Widowbird

Fan-tailed Widowbird

Marsh Widowbird

Buff-shouldered Widowbird

Long-tailed Widowbird

Jackson’s Widowbird

Grosbeak Weaver


Gray-headed Silverbill

Bronze Mannikin

Magpie Mannikin

Black-and-white Mannikin

African Silverbill

Indian Silverbill

Java Sparrow

White-collared Oliveback

Yellow-bellied Waxbill

Swee Waxbill

Green-backed Twinspot

Shelley’s Crimsonwing

Dusky Crimsonwing

Abyssinian Crimsonwing

Red-faced Crimsonwing

Woodhouse’s Antpecker

Jameson’s Antpecker

White-breasted Nigrita

Chestnut-breasted Nigrita

Gray-headed Nigrita

Pale-fronted Nigrita

Black-faced Waxbill

Black-cheeked Waxbill

Black-tailed Waxbill

Black-crowned Waxbill

Black-headed Waxbill

Kandt’s Waxbill

Orange-cheeked Waxbill

Fawn-breasted Waxbill

Common Waxbill

Black-rumped Waxbill

Crimson-rumped Waxbill




Red-headed Finch

Zebra Waxbill

Purple Grenadier

Violet-eared Waxbill

Southern Cordonbleu

Red-cheeked Cordonbleu

Blue-capped Cordonbleu

Grant’s Bluebill

Red-headed Bluebill

Lesser Seedcracker

Black-bellied Seedcracker

Green-winged Pytilia

Orange-winged Pytilia

Red-winged Pytilia

Red-billed Pytilia

Dybowski’s Twinspot

Dusky Twinspot

Peters’s Twinspot

Pink-throated Twinspot

Brown Twinspot

Red-billed Firefinch

African Firefinch

Jameson’s Firefinch

Black-bellied Firefinch

Bar-breasted Firefinch

Brown Firefinch

Black-faced Firefinch


Pin-tailed Whydah

Sahel Paradise-Whydah

Exclamatory Paradise-Whydah

Broad-tailed Paradise-Whydah

Eastern Paradise-Whydah

Steel-blue Whydah

Straw-tailed Whydah

Shaft-tailed Whydah

Village Indigobird

Wilson’s Indigobird

Quailfinch Indigobird

Jambandu Indigobird

Baka Indigobird

Cameroon Indigobird

Variable Indigobird

Purple Indigobird

Green Indigobird

Parasitic Weaver


House Sparrow

Spanish Sparrow

Somali Sparrow

Kenya Rufous Sparrow

Shelley’s Rufous Sparrow

Kordofan Rufous Sparrow

Cape Sparrow

Northern Gray-headed Sparrow

Swainson’s Sparrow

Parrot-billed Sparrow

Swahili Sparrow

Southern Gray-headed Sparrow

Desert Sparrow     Passer simplex

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Sudan Golden Sparrow

Arabian Golden Sparrow

Chestnut Sparrow Passer

Yellow-spotted Bush Sparrow

Yellow-throated Bush Sparrow

Sahel Bush Sparrow

Pale Rockfinch

White-winged Snowfinch


Cape Wagtail

Mountain Wagtail

Gray Wagtail

Western Yellow Wagtail

Citrine Wagtail

African Pied Wagtail

White Wagtail

African Pipit

Mountain Pipit

Woodland Pipit

Long-billed Pipit

Tawny Pipit

Plain-backed Pipit

Buffy Pipit

Malindi Pipit

Striped Pipit

Tree Pipit    Anthus

Red-throated Pipit

Short-tailed Pipit

Bush Pipit

Sokoke Pipit

Golden Pipit

Sharpe’s Longclaw

Orange-throated Longclaw

Yellow-throated Longclaw

Fülleborn’s Longclaw

Abyssinian Longclaw

Pangani Longclaw

Rosy-throated Longclaw

Grimwood’s Longclaw


Trumpeter Finch

Somali Grosbeak

Oriole Finch

White-rumped Seedeater

Yellow-fronted Canary

African Citril

Western Citril

Southern Citril

Black-faced Canary

Papyrus Canary

Black-throated Canary

Reichenow’s Seedeater

Yellow-rumped Serin

Lemon-breasted Seedeater

White-bellied Canary

Yellow-throated Serin

Salvadori’s Serin

Northern Grosbeak-Canary

Southern Grosbeak-Canary

Brimstone Canary

Yellow Canary

White-throated Canary

Streaky Seedeater

Yellow-browed Seedeater

Thick-billed Seedeater

Tanzania Seedeater

Black-eared Seedeater

West African Seedeater

Streaky-headed Seedeater

Reichard’s Seedeater

Brown-rumped Seedeater

Ankober Serin

Eurasian Linnet

Warsangli Linnet

Yellow-crowned Canary

Ethiopian Siskin


Brown-rumped Bunting

Rock Bunting

Cinereous Bunting

Ortolan Bunting

Cretzschmar’s Bunting

Cabanis’s Bunting

Golden-breasted Bunting

Somali Bunting

Cape Bunting

Lark-like Bunting

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting

Gosling’s Bunting

Striolated Bunting

This concludes the list of birds in Salonga National Park

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