Bird List

A SUPERB SELECTION

From the moment the day wakes until the sun has made her departure, birdsong can be heard across the Maasai Mara. Due to the wide variety of habitats more than 470 bird species have been recorded inside the reserve; from the oversized ostrich to the superb starling.

Below is a complete list of birds, resident and migrant, that can be found in the Maasai Mara. Click on the name to find out more about that bird on Wikipedia.

Maasai Mara Bird Checklist

Common Ostrich Struthio camelus

Little Grebe Tachybaptus capensis

Long-tailed (Reed) Cormorant Phalacrocorax africanus
African Darter Anhinga rufa

Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus
Dwarf Bittern Ixobrychus sturmii
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycitorax
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Common Squacco-Heron Ardeola ralloides
Rufous-bellied Heron Ardeola rufiventris
Striated (Green-backed) Heron Butorides striatus
Intermediate (Yellow-billed) Egret Mesophoyx intermedia
Great (White) Egret Casmerodius albus
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
Goliath Heron Ardea goliath
Black-headed Heron Ardea melanocephala

Hamerkop Scopus umbretta

White Stork Ciconia ciconia
Black Stork Ciconia nigra
Abdim’s (White Bellied) Stork Ciconia abdimii
Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus
Saddle-billed Stork Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis
Marabou Stork Leptopilos crumeniferus
African Openbill Stork Anastomus lamelligerus
Yellow-billed Stork Mycteris ibis

Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus
Hadeda Ibis Bostrychia hagedash
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
African Spoonbill Platalea alba

White-faced Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna viduata
Spur-winged Goose Plectropterus gambensis
Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiacus
Comb (Knob-billed) Duck Sarkidiornis melanotus
Northern Pintail Anas acuta
Red-billed Teal Anas erythrorhyncha
Hottentot Teal Anas bottentota

Secretarybird Sagittaruis serpentaruis

African White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus
Rüppell’s Vulture Gyps rueppellii
Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotus
White-headed Vulture Trigonoceps occipitalis
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus
Hooded Vulture Necrosyrtes monachus

African Fish-Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer
Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina
Tawny Eagle Aquila rapax
Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis
Wahlberg’s Eagle Aquila wahlbergi
Verreaux’s Eagle Aquila verreauxii
African Hawk-Eagle Hieraaetus spilogaster
Booted Eagle Hieraatus pennatus
Long-crested Eagle Lophaetus occipitalis
Martial Eagle Polemaetus bellicosus
Crowned-Eagle Stephanoaetus coronatus
Black-chested Snake-Eagle Circaetus pectoralis
Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus
Brown Snake-Eagle Circaetus cinerus
Western Banded Snake-Eagle Circaetus cinerascens
Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus
Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus
Black Kite Milvus migrans
European Honey-Buzzard Pernis apivorus
African Cuckoo-Hawk Aviceda cuculoides
Bat Hawk Macheiramphus alcinus
African Harrier-Hawk Polyboroides typus
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus
Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargus
African Marsh Harrier Circu ranivorus
Eurasian Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus
Gabar Goshawk Micronisus gabar
African Goshawk Accipiter tachiro
Little Sparrowhawk Accipiter minullus
Black Sparrowhawk Accipiter melanoleucus
Lizard Buzzard Kaupifalco monogrammicus
Common Buzzard Buteo buteo
Augur Buzzard Buteo auger

Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo
Grey Kestrel Falco ardosiaceus
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculatus
Amur Falcon Falco amurensis

Common Quail Coturnix coturnix
Harlequin Quail Coturnix delegorguei
Common Buttonquail Turnix sylvatica
Coqui Francolin Francolinus coqui
Shelley’s Francolin Scleroptila shelleyi
Scaly Francolin Francolinus squamatus
Red-necked Spurfowl Francolinus afer
Crested Francolin Dendroperdix sephaena
Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris

African Rail Rallus caerulescens
African Crake Crex egregia
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana
Baillon’s Crake Porzana pusilla
Corn Crake Crex crex
Black Crake Amauronis flavirostris
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
African Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio

Grey Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum
Kori Bustard Ardeotis kori
White-bellied Bustard Eupodotis senegalensis
Black-bellied Bustard Eupodotis melanogaster

African Jacana Actophilornis africanus
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus

Water Thick-knee Burhinus vermiculatus
Spotted Thick-knee Burhinus capensis

Three-banded Courser Rhinoptilus cinctus
Temminck’s Courser Cursorius temmincki

Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
Kittlitz’s Plover Charadrius pecuarius
Three-banded Plover Charadrius tricollaris
Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus
Blacksmith Lapwing Vanellus spinosus
Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus
Senegal Lapwing Vanellus lugubris
Black-winged Lapwing Vanellus melanopterus
Crowned Lapwing Vanellus coronatus
African Wattled Lapwing Vanellus crassirostris
Greater Painted Snipe Rostratula benghalensis

Little Stint Calidris minuta
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
Ruff Philomachus pugnax
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus
Common Redshank Tringa totanus
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos

Gull-billed Tern Sterna nilotica
White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus

African Green Pigeon Treron calva
Tambourine Dove Turtur tympanistria
Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove Turtur chalcospilos
Blue-spotted Wood-Dove Turtur afer
Namaqua Dove Oena capensis
African Olive Pigeon Columba arquatrix
Speckled (Rock) Pigeon Columba guinea
Red-eyed Dove Streptopelia semitorquata
Ring-necked Dove Streptopelia capicola
Dusky Turtle Dove Streptopelia lugens
Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis

Meyer’s Parrot Poicephalus meyeri

Ross’s Turaco Musophaga rossae
Schalow’s Turaco Tauraco schalowi
Bare-faced Go-away-bird Corythaixoides personata
Eastern Grey Plantain-eater Crinifer zonurus

Jacobin Cuckoo Oxylophus jacobinus
Levaillant’s Cuckoo Oxylophus levaillantii
Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius
Black Cuckoo Cuculus clamosus
Red-chested Cuckoo Cuculus solitarius
Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus
African Cuckoo Cuculus gularis
African Emerald Cuckoo Chrysococcyx cypreus
Klaas’s Cuckoo Chrysococcyx klaas
Diderick Cuckoo Chrysococcyx caprius
White-browed Coucal Centropus superciliosus
Black Coucal Centropus grillii

Barn Owl Tyto alba
Spotted Eagle-Owl Bubo africanus
Verreaux’s Eagle Owl Bubo lacteus
Pel’s Fishing Owl Scotopelia peli
Pearl-spotted Owlet Glaucidium perlatum
African Wood-Owl Strix woodfordii
Marsh Owl Asio capensis

Montane Nightjar Caprimulgus poliocephalus
Eurasian Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus
Square-tailed Nightjar Caprimulgus clarus
Dusky Nightjar Caprimulgus fraenatus
Swamp Nightjar Caprimulgus natalensis
Pennant-winged Nightjar Macrodipterys vexillarius

African Palm Swift Apus parvus
Common Swift Apus apus
African Black Swift Apus barbatus
Horus Swift Apus horus
Nyanza Swift Apus niansae
Mottled Swift Apus aequatorialis
Alpine Swift Apus melba
White-rumped Swift Apus caffer
Little Swift Apus affinis

Speckled Mousebird Colius Striatus
Blue-naped Mousebird Urocolius macrourus

Narina Trogon Apaloderma narina

Grey-headed Kingfisher Halcyon leucocephala
Woodland Kingfisher Halcyon senegalensis
Striped Kingfisher Halcyon chelicuti
Malachite Kingfisher Alcedo cristata
African Pygmy Kingfisher Ispidina picta
Giant Kingfisher Megaceryle maxima
Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis

European Bee-eater Merops apiaster
White-throated Bee-eater Merops albicollis
White-fronted Bee-eater Merops bullockoides
Little Bee-eater Merops pusillus
Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater Merops oreobates

European Roller Coracias garrulus
Lilac-breasted Roller Coracias caudata
Broad-billed Roller Eurystomus glaucurus

African Hoopoe Upupa africana
Green Wood Hoopoe Phoeniculus purpureus
Common Scimitarbill Rhinopomastus cyanomelas
Abyssinian Scimitarbill Rhinopomastus cabanisi

Southern Ground Hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri
Von der Decken’s Hornbill Tockus deckeni
Crowned Hornbill Tockus alboterminatus
African Grey Hornbill Tockus nasutus
Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill Bycanistes brevis

Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird Pogoniulus bilineatus
Red-fronted Tinkerbird Tricholaema diademata
Spot-flanked Barbet Tricholaema diademata
White-headed Barbet Lubius leucocephalus
Double-toothed Barbet Lubius bidentatus
Usambiro Barbet Trachyphonus usambiro

Scaly-throated Honeyguide Indicator variegatus
Greater Honeyguide Indicator indicator
Lesser Honeyguide Indicator minor

Rufous-necked Wryneck Jynx ruficollis
Nubian Woodpecker Campethera nubica
Golden-tailed Woodpecker Campethera abingoni
Cardinal Woodpecker Dendropicos fuscescens
Bearded Woodpecker Dendropicos namaquus
Grey Woodpecker Dendropicos goertae

White-tailed Lark Mirafra albicauda
Rufous-naped Lark Mirafra africana
Flappet Lark Mirafra rufocinnamomea
Fawn-coloured Lark Mirafra africanoides
Red-capped Lark Calandrella cinerea
Fischer’s Sparrow-Lark Eremopterix leucopareia

Banded Martin Riparia cincta
Brown-throated Sand Martin Riparia paludicola
Common House Martin Delichon urbica
Grey-rumped Swallow Pseudhirundo griseopyga