Lake Natron Bird Checklist

Lake Natron Bird Checklist : Lake Natron is located in the Northern region of Tanzania and it is famously known for being a breeding destination of thousands of flamingos. It covers a total surface area of about 1,040 square kilometers and stands at an elevated area of an altitude of around 600 meters above the sea level. Lake Natron has red waters and despite of being a birding destination, it is also a good fishing spot because it hosts fish species like; Alcolapia graham, Oreochromis ndalalani, Alcolapia alcalica, Alcolapia Latilabris and many others. In addition, below is a list of birds to see while exploring around the lakeshores.

Ostriches: Struthionidae

Common Ostrich

Ducks: Anatidae

White-faced Whistling-Duck

Fulvous Whistling-Duck

Knob-billed Duck

Egyptian Goose

Spur-winged Goose

Blue-billed Teal

/Northern Shoveler/

Cape Teal

Red-billed Duck

Guineafowl: Numididae

Helmeted Guineafowl

Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies: Phasianidae

Crested Francolin

Coqui Francolin

Harlequin Quail

Scaly Spurfowl

Hildebrandt’s Spurfowl

Yellow-necked Spurfowl

Flamingos: Phoenicopteridae

Greater Flamingo

<Lesser Flamingo>

Grebes: Podicipedidae

Little Grebe

Pigeons and Doves: Columbidae

Speckled Pigeon

Mourning Collared-Dove

Red-eyed Dove

Ring-necked Dove

Laughing Dove

Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove

Namaqua Dove

Sandgrouse: Pteroclidae

Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse

Black-faced Sandgrouse

Bustards: Otididae

Kori Bustard

White-bellied Bustard

Buff-crested Bustard

Black-bellied Bustard

Turacos: Musophagidae

Bare-faced Go-away-bird

White-bellied Go-away-bird

Cuckoos: Cuculidae

Red-chested Cuckoo

/Common Cuckoo/

African Cuckoo

White-browed Coucal

Klaas’s Cuckoo

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Klaas’s Cuckoo

Nightjars and Allies: Caprimulgidae

Sombre Nightjar

Donaldson-Smith’s Nightjar

Slender-tailed Nightjar

Square-tailed Nightjar

Swifts: Apodidae

Mottled Spinetail

Mottled Swift

|Common Swift|

Nyanza Swift

Little Swift

White-rumped Swift

Cranes: Gruidae

Gray Crowned-Crane

Stilts and Avocets: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged Stilt

Pied Avocet

Plovers and Lapwings: Charadriidae

/Black-bellied Plover/

Blacksmith Lapwing

Spur-winged Lapwing

Black-winged Lapwing

Crowned Lapwing

Wattled Lapwing

/Caspian Plover/

Kittlitz’s Plover

/Common Ringed Plover/

Three-banded Plover

Chestnut-banded Plover

Sandpipers and Allies: Scolopacidae


/Curlew Sandpiper/

/Little Stint/

/Common Snipe/

/Common Sandpiper/

/Green Sandpiper/

/Common Greenshank/

/Marsh Sandpiper/

/Wood Sandpiper/

Buttonquail: Turnicidae

Small Buttonquail

Pratincoles and Coursers: Glareolidae

Temminck’s Courser

Double-banded Courser

Bronze-winged Courser

Collared Pratincole

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers: Laridae

Gray-hooded Gull

/Gull-billed Tern/

/White-winged Tern/

Whiskered Tern

African Skimmer

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African Skimmer

Storks: Ciconiidae

African Openbill

/Abdim’s Stork/

/White 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

Shoebill: Balaenicipitidae


Hamerkop: Scopidae


Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns: Ardeidae

Little Bittern

Gray Heron

Black-headed Heron

Goliath Heron

Great Egret

Intermediate Egret

Little Egret

Cattle Egret

Ibises and Spoonbills: Threskiornithidae

Glossy Ibis

African Sacred Ibis

Hadada Ibis

African Spoonbill

Secretary-bird: Sagittariidae


Hawks, Eagles, and Kites: Accipitridae

African Harrier-Hawk

Egyptian Vulture

Lappet-faced Vulture

White-backed Vulture

Rueppell’s Griffon


Black-chested Snake-Eagle

/Booted Eagle/

Tawny Eagle

/Steppe Eagle/

Verreaux’s Eagle

Dark Chanting-Goshawk

Eastern Chanting-Goshawk

/Eurasian Marsh-Harrier/

African Marsh-Harrier

Montagu’s Harrier

/Black Kite/

Yellow-billed Kite**

African Fish-Eagle

Augur Buzzard

Owls: Strigidae

Pearl-spotted Owlet

Mousebirds: Coliidae

Speckled Mousebird

Blue-naped Mousebird

Hoopoes: Upupidae

/Eurasian Hoopoe/

Woodhoopoes and Scimitarbills: Phoeniculidae

Abyssinian Scimitarbill

Hornbills: Bucerotidae

African Gray Hornbill

Northern Red-billed Hornbill

Von der Decken’s Hornbill

Kingfishers: Alcedinidae

African Pygmy Kingfisher

Gray-headed Kingfisher

Woodland Kingfisher

Brown-hooded Kingfisher

Striped Kingfisher

Bee-eaters: Meropidae

White-fronted Bee-eater

Little Bee-eater

/White-throated Bee-eater/

|European Bee-eater|

Rollers: Coraciidae

/European Roller/

Lilac-breasted Roller

Rufous-crowned Roller

African Barbets: Lybiidae

Red-and-yellow Barbet

D’Arnaud’s Barbet

Red-fronted Barbet

Spot-flanked Barbet

Black-throated Barbet

White-headed Barbet

Woodpeckers: Picidae

Cardinal Woodpecker

Nubian Woodpecker

Falcons and Caracaras: Falconidae

Pygmy Falcon

/Eurasian Kestrel/

Greater Kestrel

Gray Kestrel

Lanner Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

Parrots: Psittaculidae

Fischer’s Lovebird

Cuckooshrikes: Campephagidae

Black Cuckooshrike

Wattle-eyes and Batises: Platysteiridae

Chinspot Batis

Bushshrikes: Malaconotidae

Black-backed Puffback

Black-crowned Tchagra

Brown-crowned Tchagra

Tropical Boubou

Slate-colored Boubou

Rosy-patched Bushshrike

Sulphur-breasted Bushshrike

Drongos: Dicruridae

Fork-tailed Drongo

Monarch Flycatchers: Monarchidae

African Paradise-Flycatcher

Shrikes: Laniidae

/Red-backed Shrike/

/Isabelline Shrike/

|Lesser Gray Shrike|

Gray-backed Fiscal

Long-tailed Fiscal

Taita Fiscal

Northern Fiscal

White-rumped Shrike

Crows, Jays, and Magpies: Corvidae

White-necked Raven

Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice: Paridae

Red-throated Tit

Larks: Alaudidae

<Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Lark>

Fischer’s Sparrow-Lark

White-tailed Lark

Rufous-naped Lark

<Short-tailed Lark>

African Warblers: Macrosphenidae

Northern Crombec

Red-faced Crombec

Cisticolas and Allies: Cisticolidae

Yellow-bellied Eremomela

Gray Wren-Warbler

Green-backed Camaroptera

Rattling Cisticola

Ashy Cisticola

Zitting Cisticola

Reed Warblers and Allies: Acrocephalidae

/Great Reed Warbler/

Swallows: Hirundinidae

Banded Martin

Rock Martin

/Barn Swallow/

Wire-tailed Swallow

Lesser Striped Swallow

/Common House-Martin/

Bulbuls: Pycnonotidae

Northern Brownbul

Common Bulbul

Sylviid Warblers, Parrotbills, and Allies: Sylviidae

Banded Parisoma

White-eyes, Yuhinas, and Allies: Zosteropidae

Pale White-eye

Laughingthrushes and Allies: Leiothrichidae

Rufous Chatterer

Scaly Chatterer

Black-lored Babbler

Northern Pied-Babbler

Oxpeckers: Buphagidae

Red-billed Oxpecker

Starlings: Sturnidae

Wattled Starling

Violet-backed Starling

Red-winged Starling

Hildebrandt’s Starling

Rueppell’s Starling

Superb Starling

Greater Blue-eared Starling

Thrushes and Allies: Turdidae

Abyssinian Thrush

Old World Flycatchers: Muscicapidae

|Spotted Flycatcher|

African Gray Flycatcher

Pale Flycatcher

Southern Black-Flycatcher

Red-backed Scrub-Robin

Cape Robin-Chat

Rueppell’s Robin-Chat

White-browed Robin-Chat

Collared Palm-Thrush

Spotted Morning-Thrush

/Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush/

Mocking Cliff-Chat

Northern Anteater-Chat

/Northern Wheatear/

Capped Wheatear

/Isabelline Wheatear/

/Pied Wheatear/

Familiar Chat

Abyssinian Wheatear

Sunbirds and Spiderhunters: Nectariniidae

Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird

Collared Sunbird

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

Beautiful Sunbird

Variable Sunbird

Weavers and Allies: Ploceidae

White-headed Buffalo-Weaver

Speckle-fronted Weaver

White-browed Sparrow-Weaver

Lesser Masked-Weaver

<Chestnut Weaver>

<Cardinal Quelea>

<Red-billed Quelea>

Southern Red Bishop

Yellow Bishop

Yellow-mantled Widowbird

Waxbills and Allies: Estrildidae

Black-and-white Mannikin

African Silverbill


Purple Grenadier

Red-cheeked Cordonbleu

Blue-capped Cordonbleu

Red-billed Firefinch

Indigobirds: Viduidae

Pin-tailed Whydah

Eastern Paradise-Whydah

Steel-blue Whydah

Straw-tailed Whydah

Village Indigobird

Old World Sparrows: Passeridae

House Sparrow

Kenya Rufous Sparrow

Northern Gray-headed Sparrow

Swahili Sparrow

Chestnut Sparrow

Wagtails and Pipits: Motacillidae

African Pied Wagtail

African Pipit

Plain-backed Pipit

Yellow-throated Longclaw

Pangani Longclaw

Finches, Euphonias, and Allies: Fringillidae

Yellow-fronted Canary

White-bellied Canary

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