Selous Game Reserve Bird Checklist: Selous was established as a national park in 1922 mostly referred to as Nyerere National Park and located in the Southern region of Tanzania covering a total surface area of about 50,000 square kilometers.

Selous Game Reserve Bird Checklist

Selous Game Reserve is home to over 440 bird species therefore ranking it among the best destinations to visit on your birding safari in the country.

Selous Game Reserve Bird Checklist
Selous Game Reserve Birding

Selous Game Reserve Bird Checklist: some of these birds include;

Ducks: Anatidae

White-faced Whistling-Duck

Fulvous Whistling-Duck

White-backed Duck

Knob-billed Duck

Egyptian Goose

Spur-winged Goose

African Pygmy-Goose

Red-billed Duck

Southern Pochard

Maccoa Duck

Guineafowl: Numididae

Helmeted Guineafowl

Eastern Crested Guineafowl

Southern Crested Guineafowl

Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies: Phasianidae

Crested Francolin

Coqui Francolin

Shelley’s Francolin

Blue Quail

Harlequin Quail

Hildebrandt’s Spurfowl

Red-necked Spurfowl

Flamingos: Phoenicopteridae

Greater Flamingo

Grebes: Podicipedidae

Little Grebe

Pigeons and Doves: Columbidae

Speckled Pigeon

Lemon Dove

Mourning Collared-Dove

Red-eyed Dove

Ring-necked Dove

Laughing Dove

Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove

Blue-spotted Wood-Dove

Tambourine Dove

Namaqua Dove

African Green-Pigeon

Bustards: Otididae

Black-bellied Bustard

Turacos: Musophagidae

Livingstone’s Turaco

Purple-crested Turaco

Gray Go-away-bird

Cuckoos: Cuculidae

Red-chested Cuckoo

Black Cuckoo

Common Cuckoo

African Cuckoo

Lesser Cuckoo

Black Coucal

White-browed Coucal

Green Malkoha

Pied Cuckoo

Levaillant’s Cuckoo

Great Spotted Cuckoo

Thick-billed Cuckoo

Klaas’s Cuckoo

African Emerald Cuckoo

Dideric Cuckoo

Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo

Nightjars and Allies: Caprimulgidae

Pennant-winged Nightjar

Eurasian Nightjar

Fiery-necked Nightjar

Freckled Nightjar

Square-tailed Nightjar

Swifts: Apodidae

Mottled Spinetail

Bat-like Spinetail

|Common Swift|

Little Swift

(Horus Swift)

White-rumped Swift

African Palm Swift

Rails, Gallinules, and Coots: Rallidae

Corn Crake

(African Crake)

Lesser Moorhen

Black Crake

Finfoots: Heliornithidae

African Finfoot

Thick-knees: Burhinidae

Water Thick-knee

Spotted Thick-knee

Stilts and Avocets: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged Stilt

Pied Avocet

Plovers and Lapwings: Charadriidae

Black-bellied Plover

Blacksmith Lapwing

Spur-winged Lapwing

White-headed Lapwing

Senegal Lapwing

Crowned Lapwing

Greater Sand-Plover

Kittlitz’s Plover

Common Ringed Plover

Three-banded Plover

White-fronted Plover

Painted-Snipes: Rostratulidae

Greater Painted-Snipe

Jacanas: Jacanidae

African Jacana

Sandpipers and Allies: Scolopacidae


Curlew Sandpiper

Little Stint

Great Snipe

Common Snipe

Common Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper

Common Greenshank

Marsh Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper

Buttonquail: Turnicidae

Small Buttonquail

Pratincoles and Coursers: Glareolidae

Temminck’s Courser

Bronze-winged Courser

Collared Pratincole

Rock Pratincole

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers: Laridae

Gull-billed Tern

White-winged Tern

Whiskered Tern

African Skimmer

Storks: Ciconiidae

African Openbill

Abdim’s Stork

African Woolly-necked 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

Shoebill: Balaenicipitidae


Hamerkop: Scopidae


Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns: Ardeidae

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

Malagasy Pond-Heron

Rufous-bellied Heron

Striated Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

White-backed Night-Heron

Ibises and Spoonbills: Threskiornithidae

Glossy Ibis

African Sacred Ibis

Hadada Ibis

African Spoonbill

Secretary-bird: Sagittariidae


Osprey: Pandionidae


Hawks, Eagles, and Kites: Accipitridae

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

Fasciated Snake-Eagle

Bat Hawk

Crowned Eagle

Martial Eagle

Long-crested Eagle

Lesser Spotted Eagle

Wahlberg’s Eagle

Booted Eagle

Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle

Tawny Eagle

African Hawk-Eagle

Lizard Buzzard

Dark Chanting-Goshawk

Gabar Goshawk

Eurasian Marsh-Harrier

African Marsh-Harrier

Pallid Harrier

Montagu’s Harrier

African Goshawk


Little Sparrowhawk

Ovambo Sparrowhawk

Black Goshawk

Black Kite

Yellow-billed Kite**

African Fish-Eagle

|Common Buzzard|

Augur Buzzard

Barn-Owls: Tytonidae

Barn Owl

Owls: Strigidae

African Scops-Owl

Southern White-faced Owl

Spotted Eagle-Owl

Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl

Pel’s Fishing-Owl

Pearl-spotted Owlet

African Barred Owlet

African Wood-Owl

Mousebirds: Coliidae

Speckled Mousebird

Blue-naped Mousebird

Trogons: Trogonidae

Narina Trogon

Hoopoes: Upupidae

Eurasian Hoopoe

African Hoopoe

Woodhoopoes and Scimitarbills: Phoeniculidae

Green Woodhoopoe

Common Scimitarbill

Hornbills: Bucerotidae

Southern Ground-Hornbill

Crowned Hornbill

African Gray Hornbill

Pale-billed Hornbill

Northern Red-billed Hornbill

Tanzanian Red-billed Hornbill

Von der Decken’s Hornbill

Silvery-cheeked Hornbill

Trumpeter Hornbill

Kingfishers: Alcedinidae

Half-collared Kingfisher

Malachite Kingfisher

African Pygmy Kingfisher

Gray-headed Kingfisher

Woodland Kingfisher

Mangrove Kingfisher

Brown-hooded Kingfisher

Striped Kingfisher

Giant Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

Bee-eaters: Meropidae

White-fronted Bee-eater

Little Bee-eater

Swallow-tailed Bee-eater

White-throated Bee-eater

Boehm’s Bee-eater

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Madagascar Bee-eater

European Bee-eater

Northern Carmine Bee-eater

Rollers: Coraciidae

European Roller

Lilac-breasted Roller

Racket-tailed Roller

Rufous-crowned Roller

Broad-billed Roller

African Barbets: Lybiidae

Crested Barbet

D’Arnaud’s Barbet

White-eared Barbet

Whyte’s Barbet

Green Tinkerbird

Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird

Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird

Spot-flanked Barbet

Black-collared Barbet

Brown-breasted Barbet

Honeyguides: Indicatoridae

Lesser Honeyguide

Scaly-throated Honeyguide

Greater Honeyguide

Woodpeckers: Picidae

Rufous-necked Wryneck

Cardinal Woodpecker

Bearded Woodpecker

Stierling’s Woodpecker

Olive Woodpecker

Green-backed Woodpecker

Nubian Woodpecker

Bennett’s Woodpecker

Reichenow’s Woodpecker

Golden-tailed Woodpecker

Falcons and Caracaras: Falconidae

Pygmy Falcon

Lesser Kestrel

Rock Kestrel

Gray Kestrel

Dickinson’s Kestrel

Red-necked Falcon

Amur Falcon

Eleonora’s Falcon

Sooty Falcon

Eurasian Hobby

African Hobby

Peregrine Falcon

Parrots: Psittacidae

Brown-necked Parrot

Meyer’s Parrot

Brown-headed Parrot

African and Green Broadbill: Calyptomenidae

African Broadbill

Pittas: Pittidae

African Pitta

Cuckooshrikes: Campephagidae

White-breasted Cuckooshrike

Black Cuckooshrike

Old World Orioles: Oriolidae

Eurasian Golden Oriole

African Golden Oriole

Green-headed Oriole

African Black-headed Oriole

Wattle-eyes and Batises: Platysteiridae

Black-throated Wattle-eye

Short-tailed Batis

Chinspot Batis

Pale Batis

Western Black-headed Batis

Eastern Black-headed Batis

Vangas, Helmetshrikes and Allies: Vangidae

White Helmetshrike

Retz’s Helmetshrike

Chestnut-fronted Helmetshrike

Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher

Bushshrikes: Malaconotidae


Black-backed Puffback

Marsh Tchagra

Black-crowned Tchagra

Brown-crowned Tchagra

Tropical Boubou

Sulphur-breasted Bushshrike

Black-fronted Bushshrike

Four-colored Bushshrike

Gray-headed Bushshrike

Drongos: Dicruridae

Common Square-tailed Drongo

Fork-tailed Drongo

Monarch Flycatchers: Monarchidae

African Crested-Flycatcher

African Paradise-Flycatcher

Shrikes: Laniidae

Red-backed Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Lesser Gray Shrike

Long-tailed Fiscal

Magpie Shrike

Northern Fiscal

Crows, Jays, and Magpies: Corvidae

House Crow

Pied Crow

White-necked Raven

Hyliotas: Hyliotidae

Yellow-bellied Hyliota

Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice: Paridae

White-winged Black-Tit

Rufous-bellied Tit

Penduline-Tits: Remizidae

African Penduline-Tit

Larks: Alaudidae

Dusky Lark

Fischer’s Sparrow-Lark

Rufous-naped Lark

Flappet Lark

Nicators: Nicatoridae

Western Nicator

Eastern Nicator

African Warblers: Macrosphenidae

Red-faced Crombec

Moustached Grass-Warbler

Kretschmer’s Longbill

Cisticolas and Allies: Cisticolidae

Yellow-bellied Eremomela

Greencap Eremomela

Green-backed Camaroptera

Yellow-breasted Apalis

Black-headed Apalis

Tawny-flanked Prinia

Red-winged Prinia

Red-faced Cisticola

Singing Cisticola

Rattling Cisticola

Winding Cisticola

Croaking Cisticola

Piping Cisticola

Siffling Cisticola

Zitting Cisticola

Desert Cisticola

Reed Warblers and Allies: Acrocephalidae

Eastern Olivaceous Warbler

Sedge Warbler

Common Reed Warbler

Great Reed Warbler

Swallows: Hirundinidae

Plain Martin

Bank Swallow

Rock Martin

Barn Swallow

Ethiopian Swallow

Wire-tailed Swallow

Greater Striped Swallow

Lesser Striped Swallow

Mosque Swallow

Common House-Martin

Black Sawwing

Gray-rumped Swallow

Bulbuls: Pycnonotidae

Sombre Greenbul

Yellow-bellied Greenbul

Little Greenbul

Terrestrial Brownbul

Northern Brownbul

Gray-olive Greenbul

Fischer’s Greenbul

Yellow-streaked Greenbul

Tiny Greenbul

Common Bulbul

Leaf Warblers: Phylloscopidae

Willow Warbler

Bush Warblers and Allies: Scotocercidae

Livingstone’s Flycatcher

Sylviid Warblers, Parrotbills, and Allies: Sylviidae

Garden Warbler

Barred Warbler

Greater Whitethroat

White-eyes, Yuhinas, and Allies: Zosteropidae

Southern Yellow White-eye

Laughingthrushes and Allies: Leiothrichidae

Rufous Chatterer

Arrow-marked Babbler

Treecreepers: Certhiidae

African Spotted Creeper

Oxpeckers: Buphagidae

Red-billed Oxpecker

Yellow-billed Oxpecker

Starlings: Sturnidae

Wattled Starling

Violet-backed Starling

Black-bellied Starling

Lesser Blue-eared Starling

Greater Blue-eared Starling

Thrushes and Allies: Turdidae

Red-tailed Ant-Thrush

Orange Ground-Thrush

Kurrichane Thrush

Old World Flycatchers: Muscicapidae

Spotted Flycatcher

Pale Flycatcher

Gray Tit-Flycatcher

Ashy Flycatcher

Southern Black-Flycatcher

White-eyed Slaty-Flycatcher

Bearded Scrub-Robin

Miombo Scrub-Robin

Red-backed Scrub-Robin

White-browed Robin-Chat

Red-capped Robin-Chat

Collared Palm-Thrush

Spotted Morning-Thrush

White-starred Robin

White-chested Alethe

Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush

Miombo Rock-Thrush

Mocking Cliff-Chat

Arnot’s Chat

Northern Wheatear

Capped Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Familiar Chat

Sunbirds and Spiderhunters: Nectariniidae

Western Violet-backed Sunbird

Uluguru Violet-backed Sunbird

Collared Sunbird

Olive Sunbird

Amethyst Sunbird

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

Mariqua Sunbird

Shelley’s Sunbird

Purple-banded Sunbird

Variable Sunbird

Weavers and Allies: Ploceidae

Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver

White-browed Sparrow-Weaver

Gray-headed Social-Weaver

Red-headed Weaver

Spectacled Weaver

African Golden-Weaver

Lesser Masked-Weaver

Southern Masked-Weaver

Vitelline Masked-Weaver

Village Weaver

Forest Weaver

Olive-headed Weaver

Red-headed Quelea

<Red-billed Quelea>

Zanzibar Red Bishop

Black-winged Bishop

Yellow Bishop

White-winged Widowbird

Red-cowled Widowbird

Fan-tailed Widowbird

Grosbeak Weaver

Waxbills and Allies: Estrildidae

Bronze Mannikin

Black-and-white Mannikin

Magpie Mannikin

Zebra Waxbill

Black-tailed Waxbill

Common Waxbill


Southern Cordonbleu

Red-cheeked Cordonbleu

Lesser Seedcracker

Green-winged Pytilia

Orange-winged Pytilia

Peters’s Twinspot

Red-billed Firefinch

African Firefinch

Indigobirds: Viduidae

Pin-tailed Whydah

Broad-tailed Paradise-Whydah

Eastern Paradise-Whydah

Village Indigobird

Variable Indigobird

Parasitic Weaver

Old World Sparrows: Passeridae

Northern Gray-headed Sparrow

Southern Gray-headed Sparrow

Yellow-throated Bush Sparrow

Wagtails and Pipits: Motacillidae

Western Yellow Wagtail

African Pied Wagtail

African Pipit

Woodland Pipit

Buffy Pipit

Bush Pipit

Golden Pipit

Yellow-throated Longclaw

Finches, Euphonias, and Allies: Fringillidae

Yellow-fronted Canary

Black-throated Canary

Reichenow’s Seedeater

Reichard’s Seedeater

Old World Buntings: Emberizidae

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting

Golden-breasted Bunting

Cabanis’s Bunting

This concludes the Selous Game Reserve Bird Checklist.

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