Birds in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Birds in Maasai Mara national reserve 

Birds in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Birds in Maasai Mara National Reserve: Maasai Mara national reserve is a famous safari destination in Kenya and an excellent destination for Kenya birding tours, Maasai Maras national reserve is located in the south west region of Narok country 224 kilometers east of Nairobi. Maasai Mara national reserve covers an area of 1500 square kilometers and it is an extension of the Serengeti ecosystem adjoining with Serengeti national park. 

Maasai Mara national reserve is recognized as an Important Birding Area (IBA) and an exceptional habitat for birds hosting over 470 bird species including endemic species, migrant species, near endemic species and resident species. 

Maasai Mara national reserve is a wonderland for bird watching safaris and while on a Kenya birding safari expect to the following bird species as the grouped according to species

Common Ostrich  
White-faced Whistling-Duck
Fulvous Whistling-Duck
Knob-billed Duck
Egyptian Goose
Spur-winged Goose
Hottentot Teal
Northern Shoveler
African Black Duck
Yellow-billed Duck
Red-billed Duck
Northern Pintail
Eurasian Teal
Helmeted Guineafowl
Crested Guineafowl
Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies 
Blue Quail
Harlequin Quail
Scaly Francolin
Hildebrandt’s Francolin
Yellow-necked Francolin
Red-necked Francolin
Crested Francolin
Coqui Francolin
Red-winged Francolin
Greater Flamingo
Lesser Flamingo
Little Grebe  
Pigeons and Doves 
Speckled Pigeon
Rameron Pigeon
Lemon Dove
Dusky Turtle-Dove
Red-eyed Dove
Ring-necked Dove
Laughing Dove
Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove
Blue-spotted Wood-Dove
Tambourine Dove
Namaqua Dove
African Green-Pigeon
Yellow-throated Sandgrouse
Black-faced Sandgrouse
Kori Bustard
Denham’s Bustard
White-bellied Bustard
Black-bellied Bustard
Schalow’s Turaco
Hartlaub’s Turaco
Ross’s Turaco
Bare-faced Go-away-bird
Eastern Plantain-eater
Red-chested Cuckoo
Black Cuckoo
/Common Cuckoo/
African Cuckoo
Black Coucal
Blue-headed Coucal
White-browed Coucal
Green Malkoha
Pied Cuckoo
Levaillant’s Cuckoo
/Great Spotted Cuckoo/
Klaas’s Cuckoo
African Emerald Cuckoo
Dideric Cuckoo
Nightjars and Allies 
Pennant-winged Nightjar
Eurasian Nightjar
Sombre Nightjar
Swamp Nightjar
Plain Nightjar
Freckled Nightjar
Slender-tailed Nightjar
Square-tailed Nightjar
Alpine Swift
Common Swift
Nyanza Swift
Little Swift
Horus Swift
White-rumped Swift
Rails, Gallinules, and Coots 
African Rail
Corn Crake
African Crake
Spotted Crake
Lesser Moorhen
Eurasian Moorhen
Red-knobbed Coot
Allen’s Gallinule
Black Crake
Baillon’s Crake
Buff-spotted Flufftail  
African Finfoot  
Gray Crowned-Crane  
Water Thick-knee
Spotted Thick-knee
Stilts and Avocets
  Black-winged Stilt
  Pied Avocet
Plovers and Lapwings 
Black-bellied Plover
Long-toed Lapwing
Blacksmith Lapwing
Spur-winged Lapwing
Senegal Lapwing
Black-winged Lapwing
Crowned Lapwing
Wattled Lapwing
Lesser Sand-Plover
Caspian Plover
Kittlitz’s Plover
Common Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover
Three-banded Plover
Greater Painted-Snipe  
African Jacana  
Sandpipers and Allies 
Eurasian Curlew
Black-tailed Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Curlew Sandpiper
Temminck’s Stint
Little Stint
Great Snipe
Common Snipe
African Snipe
Common Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
Spotted Redshank
Common Greenshank
Marsh Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Small Buttonquail
Pratincoles and Coursers 
Temminck’s Courser
Double-banded Courser
Three-banded Courser
Bronze-winged Courser
Collared Pratincole
Black-winged Pratincole
Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers 
Gray-hooded Gull
Gull-billed Tern
Whiskered Tern
African Openbill
Black Stork
Abdim’s Stork
Woolly-necked Stork
White Stork
Saddle-billed Stork
Marabou Stork
Yellow-billed Stork
African Darter  
Cormorants and Shags 
Long-tailed Cormorant  
Great White Pelican  
Pink-backed Pelican  
Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns 
Little Bittern
Dwarf Bittern
Gray Heron
Black-headed Heron
Goliath Heron
Purple Heron
Great Egret
Intermediate Egret
Little Egret
Black Heron
Cattle Egret
Squacco Heron
Madagascar Pond-Heron
Rufous-bellied Heron
Striated Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
White-backed Night-Heron
Ibises and Spoonbills 
Glossy Ibis
African Sacred Ibis
Hadada Ibis
African Spoonbill
Hawks, Eagles, and Kites 
Black-winged Kite
African Harrier-Hawk
Palm-nut Vulture
Egyptian Vulture
European Honey-buzzard
African Cuckoo-Hawk
White-headed Vulture
Lappet-faced Vulture
Hooded Vulture
White-backed Vulture
Rueppell’s Griffon
Black-chested Snake-Eagle
Brown Snake-Eagle
Banded Snake-Eagle
Bat Hawk
Crowned Eagle
Martial Eagle
Long-crested Eagle
Lesser Spotted Eagle
Greater Spotted Eagle
Wahlberg’s Eagle
Booted Eagle
Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle
Tawny Eagle
Steppe Eagle
Imperial Eagle
Verreaux’s Eagle
African Hawk-Eagle
Lizard Buzzard
Dark Chanting-Goshawk
Eastern Chanting-Goshawk
Gabar Goshawk
Grasshopper Buzzard
African Marsh-Harrier
Pallid Harrier
Montagu’s Harrier
African Goshawk
Little Sparrowhawk
Ovambo Sparrowhawk
Black Goshawk
Black Kite
African Fish-Eagle
Common Buzzar
Long-legged Buzzard
Augur Buzzard
  African Grass-Owl  
  Barn Owl  
African Scops-Owl  
Spotted Eagle-Owl
Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl
Pel’s Fishing-Owl
Pearl-spotted Owlet
African Wood-Owl
Marsh Owl
  Speckled Mousebird  
  Blue-naped Mousebird  
  Narina Trogon  
  African Hoopoe  
Woodhoopoes and Scimitarbills 
Green Woodhoopoe
White-headed Woodhoopoe
Common Scimitarbill
Abyssinian Scimitarbill
Southern Ground-Hornbill
Crowned Hornbill
African Gray Hornbill
Von der Decken’s Hornbill
Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill
Trumpeter Hornbill
Malachite Kingfisher
African Pygmy-Kingfisher
Gray-headed Kingfisher
Woodland Kingfisher
Striped Kingfisher  
  Giant Kingfisher  
  Pied Kingfisher  
White-fronted Bee-eater
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
European Roller
Abyssinian Roller
Lilac-breasted Roller
Rufous-crowned Roller
Broad-billed Roller
African Barbets 
D’Arnaud’s Barbet
Usambiro Barbet
Gray-throated Barbet
Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird
Red-fronted Tinkerbird
Red-fronted Barbet
Spot-flanked Barbet
White-headed Barbet
Double-toothed Barbet
Wahlberg’s Honeyguide  
Pallid Honeyguide  
Lesser Honeyguide  
Scaly-throated Honeyguide  
Greater Honeyguide  
Rufous-necked Wryneck
Cardinal Woodpecker
Bearded Woodpecker
Brown-backed Woodpecker
African Gray Woodpecker
Tullberg’s Woodpecker
Green-backed Woodpecker
Nubian Woodpecker
Golden-tailed Woodpecker
Falcons and Caracaras 
Pygmy Falcon
Lesser Kestrel
Eurasian Kestrel
Greater Kestrel
Gray Kestrel
Amur Falcon
Eleonora’s Falcon
Sooty Falcon
Eurasian Hobby
African Hobby
Lanner Falcon
Saker Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
  Meyer’s Parrot  
  African Pitta  
  Gray Cuckooshrike  
  Black Cuckooshrike  
  Purple-throated Cuckooshrike  
Old World Orioles 
  Eurasian Golden Oriole  
  African Golden Oriole  
Wattle-eyes and Batises 
  Brown-throated Wattle-eye  
  Chinspot Batis  
Vangas, Helmetshrikes and Allies 
Gray-crested Helmetshrike  
Black-backed Puffback
Marsh Tchagra
Black-crowned Tchagra
Brown-crowned Tchagra
Tropical Boubou
Black-headed Gonolek
Slate-colored Boubou
Sulphur-breasted Bushshrike
Black-fronted Bushshrike
Gray-headed Bushshrike
  Fork-tailed Drongo  
Monarch Flycatchers 
  African Paradise-Flycatcher  
  Red-backed Shrike
  Isabelline Shrike
  Lesser Gray Shrike
  Gray-backed Fiscal
  Taita Fiscal
  Northern Fiscal  
  Woodchat Shrike  
  Magpie Shrike  
  White-rumped Shrike  
Crows, Jays, and Magpies 
  Pied Crow  
  White-necked Raven  
  Yellow-bellied Hyliota  
Fairy Flycatchers 
  African Blue Flycatcher  
Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice 
  White-bellied Tit  
  Red-throated Tit  
  African Penduline-Tit  
  Fischer’s Sparrow-Lark
  Foxy Lark
  Singing Bushlark
  White-tailed Lark
  Rufous-naped Lark
  Flappet Lark
  Red-capped Lark
  Somali Short-toed Lark
African Warblers 
  Red-faced Crombec  
  Moustached Grass-Warbler  
Cisticolas and Allies 
Yellow-bellied Eremomela
White-chinned Prinia
Miombo Wren-Warbler
Gray-backed Camaroptera**
Buff-bellied Warbler
Black-throated Apalis
Yellow-breasted Apalis
Gray Apalis
Karamoja Apalis
Tawny-flanked Prinia
Gray-capped Warbler
Red-faced Cisticola
Trilling Cisticola
Rock-loving Cisticola
Rattling Cisticola
Winding Cisticola**
Stout Cisticola
Croaking Cisticola
Tabora Cisticola
Siffling Cisticola
Zitting Cisticola
Desert Cisticola
Black-backed Cisticola
Pectoral-patch Cisticola
Reed Warblers and Allies 
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler
African Yellow-Warbler
Olive-tree Warbler
Icterine Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Marsh Warbler
Eurasian Reed Warbler
African Reed Warbler
Lesser Swamp Warbler
Great Reed Warbler
Grassbirds and Allies 
  Fan-tailed Grassbird  
  Little Rush-Warbler  
  Slender-billed Greenbul
  Yellow-whiskered Greenbul
  Cabanis’s Greenbul
  Common Bulbul
Leaf Warblers 
  Wood Warbler  
  Willow Warbler  
  Common Chiffchaff  
Sylviid Warblers, Parrotbills, and Allies 
  African Hill Babbler
  Eurasian Blackcap
  Garden Warbler
  Barred Warbler
  Banded Parisoma  
  Brown Parisoma  
  Greater Whitethroat  
White-eyes, Yuhinas, and Allies 
  African Yellow White-eye  
Laughingthrushes and Allies 
  Black-lored Babbler  
  Arrow-marked Babbler  
  Red-billed Oxpecker  
  Yellow-billed Oxpecker  
Wattled Starling
Violet-backed Starling
Red-winged Starling
Sharpe’s Starling
Hildebrandt’s Starling
Rueppell’s Starling
Superb Starling
Greater Blue-eared Starling
Thrushes and Allies 
  Abyssinian Thrush  
  African Thrush  
Old World Flycatchers
African Dusky Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher
African Gray Flycatcher
Pale Flycatcher
Ashy Flycatcher
Northern Black-Flycatcher
Brown-backed Scrub-Robin
Red-backed Scrub-Robin
Cape Robin-Chat
White-browed Robin-Chat
Red-capped Robin-Chat
White-throated Robin
Thrush Nightingale
Common Nightingale
Semicollared Flycatcher
Common Redstart
Little Rock-Thrush
African Stonechat
Mocking Cliff-Chat
Sooty Chat
Northern Anteater-Chat
Northern Wheatear
Capped Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear
Pied Wheatear
Familiar Chat
Sunbirds and Spiderhunters 
Collared Sunbird
Green-headed Sunbird
Olive Sunbird
Amethyst Sunbird
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Bronze Sunbird
Malachite Sunbird
Golden-winged Sunbird
Northern Double-collared Sunbird
Beautiful Sunbird
Mariqua Sunbird
Red-chested Sunbird
Purple-banded Sunbird  
  Variable Sunbird  
Weavers and Allies 
Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver
White-headed Buffalo-Weaver
Speckle-fronted Weaver
White-browed Sparrow-Weaver
Rufous-tailed Weaver
Gray-headed Social-Weaver
Red-headed Weaver
Baglafecht Weaver
Little Weaver
Black-necked Weaver
Spectacled Weaver
Holub’s Golden-Weaver
Lesser Masked-Weaver
Vitelline Masked-Weaver
Speke’s Weaver
Village Weaver
Brown-capped Weaver
Cardinal Quelea
Red-billed Quelea
Southern Red Bishop
Yellow Bishop
White-winged Widowbird
Yellow-mantled Widowbird
Red-collared Widowbird
Fan-tailed Widowbird
Jackson’s Widowbird
Grosbeak Weaver
Waxbills and Allies 
Gray-headed Negrita
Yellow-bellied Waxbill
Green-backed Twinspot
Crimson-rumped Waxbill
Common Waxbill
Black-faced Waxbill
Red-cheeked Cordonbleu
Purple Grenadier
Green-winged Pytilia
Red-billed Firefinch
African Firefinch
Zebra Waxbill
Gray-headed Silverbill
Bronze Mannikin
Black-and-white Mannikin
Pin-tailed Whydah
Straw-tailed Whydah
Village Indigobird
Parasitic Weaver
Old World Sparrows 
House Sparrow
Kenya Rufous Sparrow
Northern Gray-headed Sparrow
Swahili Sparrow
Chestnut Sparrow
Yellow-spotted Bush Sparrow
Wagtails and Pipits  
  Cape Wagtail
  Mountain Wagtail
  Gray Wagtail
  Western Yellow Wagtail
  African Pied Wagtail
  African Pipit
  Long-billed Pipit
  Plain-backed Pipit
  Red-throated Pipit/
  Bush Pipit  
  Yellow-throated Longclaw  
  Pangani Longclaw  
  Rosy-throated Longclaw  
Finches, Euphonias, and Allies: Fringillidae
  Yellow-fronted Canary  
  African Citril  
  Reichenow’s Seedeater  
  White-bellied Canary  
  Southern Grosbeak-Canary  
  Brimstone Canary  
  Streaky Seedeater  
  Thick-billed Seedeater  
Old World Buntings 
  Cinnamon-breasted Bunting  
  Golden-breasted Bunting
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