Arusha National Park Bird Checklist

Arusha National Park Bird Checklist

Arusha National Park Bird Checklist : For an avid birder on a Tanzania safari, especially on a Tanzania birding safari, Arusha National Park is the perfect starting point for your birding adventure. Arusha National Park should be on every bird watcher’s Tanzania birding itinerary. With over 400 bird species recorded, Arusha National Park is one of the best places in Tanzania to see water birds like flamingos, pelicans, little grebe, dicks, and more which can easily be seen in Momella Lake. Continue reading this article to get acquainted to our Arusha national park bird checklist

Arusha National Park is a perfect all year round bird watching destination in Tanzania, with the months of November to April having more migratory birds from Europe and north Africa, with the resident birds being in their breeding plumage; bird watching in Arusha National Park is at its best then. Below is our Arusha national park bird checklist

Common Ostrich

White-faced Whistling Duck

Fulvous Whistling Duck

Maccoa Duck

Egyptian Goose

Southern Pochard

Tufted Duck


Hottentot Teal

Northern Shoveler

African Black Duck

Yellow-billed Duck

Cape Teal

Red-billed Teal

Northern Pintail

Common Teal

White-backed Duck

Spur-winged Goose

Comb Duck

Helmeted Guineafowl

Vulturine Guineafowl

Crested Guineafowl

Common Quail

Hildebrandt’s Francolin

Scaly Francolin

Yellow-necked Spurfowl

Grey-breasted Spurfowl Endemic (country/region)

Red-necked Spurfowl

Crested Francolin

Coqui Francolin

Shelley’s Francolin

Greater Flamingo

Lesser Flamingo

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Lesser Flamingo

Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Black-necked Grebe

Speckled Pigeon

African Olive Pigeon

Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon

Lemon Dove

Dusky Turtle Dove

Mourning Collared Dove

Red-eyed Dove

Ring-necked Dove

Laughing Dove

African Green Pigeon

Emerald-spotted Wood Dove

Blue-spotted Wood Dove

Tambourine Dove

Namaqua Dove

Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse

Yellow-throated Sandgrouse

Black-faced Sandgrouse

European Nightjar

Sombre Nightjar

Montane Nightjar

Slender-tailed Nightjar

Mozambique Nightjar

Mottled Spinetailed Swift

Scarce Swift

African Palm Swift

Alpine Swift

Mottled Swift

White-rumped Swift

Horus Swift

Little Swift

Nyanza Swift

African Swift

Common Swift

White-browed Coucal

African Black Coucal


Jacobin Cuckoo

Levaillant’s Cuckoo

Great Spotted Cuckoo

Klaas’s Cuckoo

African Emerald Cuckoo

Diederick Cuckoo

Red-chested Cuckoo

Black Cuckoo

Common Cuckoo

African Cuckoo

African Rail


Black Crake

Purple Swamphen

Allen’s Gallinule

Common Moorhen

Lesser Moorhen

Red-knobbed Coot

Red-chested Flufftail

Grey Crowned Crane

Black-bellied Bustard

Hartlaub’s Bustard

Kori Bustard

Buff-crested Bustard

White-bellied Bustard

White-bellied Go-away-bird

Bare-faced Go-away-bird

Purple-crested Turaco

Schalow’s Turaco

Hartlaub’s Turaco


Yellow-billed Stork

African Openbill

Black Stork

Abdim’s Stork

Woolly-necked Stork

European White Stork

Saddle-bill Stork

Great White Pelican

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Great White Pelican

Pink-backed Pelican


Little Bittern

Dwarf Bittern

White-backed Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Striated Heron

Squacco Heron

Madagascar Pond Heron

Cattle Egret

Grey Heron

Black-headed Heron

Goliath Heron

Purple Heron

Great Egret

Intermediate Egret

Black Heron

Little Egret

African Sacred Ibis

African Spoonbill

Hadada Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Long-tailed Cormorant

Great Cormorant

African Darter

Water Thick-knee

Spotted Thick-knee

Pied Avocet

Black-winged Stilt

Grey Plover

Common Ringed Plover

Little Ringed Plover

Kittlitz’s Plover

Three-banded Plover

Chestnut-banded Plover

Lesser Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Long-toed Lapwing

Blacksmith Lapwing

Spur-winged Lapwing

Senegal Lapwing

Black-winged Lapwing

Crowned Lapwing

African Wattled Lapwing

Greater Painted-snipe

African Jacana

Lesser Jacana


Eurasian Curlew

Black-tailed Godwit


Curlew Sandpiper

Temminck’s Stint Rare/Accidental

Little Stint

African Snipe

Common Snipe

Common Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper

Spotted Redshank

Common Greenshank

Common Redshank

Wood Sandpiper

Marsh Sandpiper

Common Buttonquail

Double-banded Courser

Temminck’s Courser

Collared Pratincole

African Skimmer

Black-headed Gull

Gray-hooded Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull Rare/Accidental

Gull-billed Tern

Whiskered Tern

White-winged Tern



Black-winged Kite

European Honey Buzzard

Oriental Honey Buzzard Rare/Accidental

African Cuckoo Hawk

African Harrier Hawk

Palm-nut Vulture

Bearded Vulture

Egyptian Vulture


Short-toed Eagle Rare/Accidental

Black-chested Snake Eagle

Brown Snake Eagle

Western Banded Snake Eagle

White-headed Vulture

Hooded Vulture

White-backed Vulture

Rüppell’s Vulture

Lappet-faced Vulture

Bat Hawk

Crowned Eagle

Martial Eagle

Long-crested Eagle

Lesser Spotted Eagle

Tawny Eagle

Steppe Eagle

Verreaux’s Eagle

African Hawk Eagle

Wahlberg’s Eagle

Booted Eagle

Ayres’s Eagle

Lizard Buzzard

Dark Chanting Goshawk

Eastern Chanting Goshawk

Gabar Goshawk

Western Marsh Harrier

African Marsh Harrier

Pallid Harrier

Montagu’s Harrier

African Goshawk


Little Sparrowhawk

Ovambo Sparrowhawk

Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk

Black Sparrowhawk

African Fish Eagle

Black Kite

Grasshopper Buzzard

Augur Buzzard

Eurasian Buzzard

Mountain Buzzard

Common Barn Owl

Pearl-spotted Owlet

Marsh Owl

African Wood Owl

Spotted Eagle Owl

Verreaux’s Eagle Owl

Speckled Mousebird

White-headed Mousebird

Blue-naped Mousebird

Narina’s Trogon

Bar-tailed Trogon

Southern Ground Hornbill

Crowned Hornbill

African Grey Hornbill

Red-billed Hornbill

Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill

Von der Decken’s Hornbill

Trumpeter Hornbill

Silvery-cheeked Hornbill

Common Hoopoe

Green Wood-hoopoe

White-headed Wood-hoopoe

Common Scimitarbill

Abyssinian Scimitarbill

Green-backed Honeybird

Wahlberg’s Honeybird

Pallid Honeyguide

Lesser Honeyguide

Scaly-throated Honeyguide

Greater Honeyguide

Nubian Woodpecker

Golden-tailed Woodpecker

Cardinal Woodpecker

Bearded Woodpecker

Grey Woodpecker

Olive Woodpecker

Red-and-yellow Barbet

D’Arnaud’s Barbet

White-eared Barbet

Moustached Green Tinkerbird

Red-fronted Tinkerbird

Red-fronted Barbet

Spot-flanked Barbet

Black-throated Barbet

White-headed Barbet

Brown-breasted Barbet

White-fronted Bee-eater

White-throated Bee-eater

Olive Bee-eater

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

European Bee-eater

Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater

Little Bee-eater

Rufous-crowned Roller

Lilac-breasted Roller

European Roller

Broad-billed Roller

African Pygmy Kingfisher

African Malachite Kingfisher

Half-collared Kingfisher

Giant Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

Grey-headed Kingfisher

Brown-hooded Kingfisher

Striped Kingfisher

Woodland Kingfisher

African Pygmy Falcon

Lesser Kestrel

Common Kestrel

Greater Kestrel

Grey Kestrel

Red-necked Falcon

Amur Falcon

Sooty Falcon

Eurasian Hobby

African Hobby

Lanner Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

Red-fronted Parrot

Brown Parrot

Red-bellied Parrot

Fischer’s Lovebird

Yellow-collared Lovebird Endemic (country/region)

African Broadbill

Grey Cuckooshrike

Black Cuckooshrike

Purple-throated Cuckooshrike

Eastern Black-headed Oriole

Eurasian Golden Oriole

African Golden Oriole

Forest Batis

Chinspot Batis

Pygmy Batis

Brown-throated Wattle-eye

Black-throated Wattle-eye

White-crested Helmet-shrike

Retz’s Helmet-shrike

Grey-headed Bush-shrike

Black-backed Puffback

Brown-crowned Tchagra

Black-crowned Tchagra


Black-fronted Bush-shrike

Orange-breasted Bush-shrike

Slate-coloured Boubou

Tropical Boubou

Rosy-patched Bush-shrike

Fork-tailed Drongo

Magpie Shrike

White-rumped Shrike

Red-backed Shrike

Turkestan Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Lesser Grey Shrike

Grey-backed Fiscal

Long-tailed Fiscal

Taita Fiscal

Northern Fiscal

Cape Crow

White-necked Raven

Pied Crow

Blue-mantled Paradise-flycatcher

African Paradise-flycatcher

Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird

Collared Sunbird

Green-headed Sunbird

Olive Sunbird

Amethyst Sunbird

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

Tacazze Sunbird

Bronzy Sunbird

Malachite Sunbird

Scarlet-tufted Sunbird

Golden-winged Sunbird

Eastern Double-collared Sunbird

Beautiful Sunbird

Mariqua Sunbird

Variable Sunbird

Red-billed Buffalo Weaver

White-headed Buffalo Weaver

White-browed Sparrow Weaver

Rufous-tailed Weaver Endemic (country/region)

Speckle-fronted Weaver

Grey-headed Social Weaver

Grosbeak Weaver

Cardinal Quelea

Red-billed Quelea

Yellow-crowned Bishop

Black Bishop

Red-collared Widowbird

Black-winged Bishop

Southern Red Bishop

Yellow Bishop

Yellow-mantled Widowbird

Fan-tailed Widowbird

White-winged Widowbird

Jackson’s Widowbird

Baglafecht Weaver

Little Weaver

Spectacled Weaver

Black-necked Weaver

African Golden Weaver

Holub’s Weaver

Taveta Weaver

Lesser Masked Weaver

Vitelline Masked Weaver

Speke’s Weaver

Village Weaver

Golden-backed Weaver

Chestnut Weaver

Red-headed Weaver

Red-billed Firefinch

Jameson’s Firefinch

African Firefinch

Green-winged Pytilia

Peters’s Twinspot

Purple Grenadier

Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu

Blue-capped Cordon-bleu

Crimson-rumped Waxbill

Common Waxbill

Black-faced Waxbill

Green-backed Twinspot

Red-faced Crimson-wing

Ethiopian Crimson-wing

Yellow-bellied Waxbill

Grey-headed Negrofinch

Cut-throat Finch

African Quailfinch

Zebra Waxbill

Bronze Mannikin

Black-and-white Mannikin

Grey-headed Silverbill

African Silverbill

Pin-tailed Whydah

Eastern Paradise Whydah

Steel-blue Whydah

Straw-tailed Whydah

Dusky Indigobird

Village Indigobird

Parasitic Weaver

House Sparrow Introduced species

Kordofan Sparrow

Northern Grey-headed Sparrow

Chestnut Sparrow

Yellow-spotted Bush Sparrow

Bushveld Pipit

Tree Pipit

Red-throated Pipit

Striped Pipit

Richard’s Pipit

Plain-backed Pipit

African Pipit

Long-billed Pipit

Yellow-throated Longclaw

Pangani Longclaw

Rosy-breasted Longclaw

Golden Pipit

Mountain Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

African Wagtail

Grey Wagtail

White Wagtail

Oriole Finch

Southern Citril

Reichenow’s Canary

Yellow-fronted Canary

Southern Grosbeak Canary

White-bellied Canary

Brimstone Canary

Streaky Canary

Thick-billed Canary

Yellow-crowned Canary

Golden-breasted Bunting

Somali Bunting

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting

Blue-and-white Crested-flycatcher

White-bellied Tit

Red-throated Tit

Mouse-coloured Penduline Tit

Grey Penduline Tit

Eastern Nicator

Fischer’s Sparrow Lark

Fawn-coloured Lark

Rufous-naped Lark

Red-winged Lark

Flappet Lark

White-tailed Lark

Singing Bush Lark

Somali Short-toed Lark

Red-capped Lark

Short-tailed Lark

Northern Crombec

Red-faced Crombec

Moustached Grass Warbler

Yellow-bellied Eremomela

Bar-throated Apalis

Yellow-breasted Apalis

Black-headed Apalis

Grey Apalis

Buff-bellied Warbler

Grey Wren Warbler

Grey-backed Camaroptera

Grey-capped Warbler

Red-faced Cisticola

Singing Cisticola

Trilling Cisticola

Hunter’s Cisticola Introduced species

Rattling Cisticola

Ashy Cisticola

Winding Cisticola

Stout Cisticola

Croaking Cisticola

Tiny Cisticola

Short-winged Cisticola

Long-tailed Cisticola

Zitting Cisticola

Pectoral-patch Cisticola

Tawny-flanked Prinia

Red-faced Prinia

Fan-tailed Grassbird

Little Rush Warbler

Evergreen-forest Warbler

Bracken Warbler

Olivaceous Warbler

Dark-capped Yellow Warbler

Mountain Yellow Warbler

Olive-tree Warbler

Icterine Warbler

Sedge Warbler

Marsh Warbler

Common Reed Warbler

Lesser Swamp Warbler

Great Reed Warbler

Grey-rumped Swallow

White-headed Saw-wing

Black Saw-wing

Northern House Martin

Lesser Striped Swallow

Mosque Swallow

Red-rumped Swallow

Wire-tailed Swallow

Barn Swallow

Rock Martin

Banded Martin

Plain Martin

Sand Martin

Sombre Greenbul

Yellow-bellied Greenbul

Stripe-cheeked Greenbul

Eastern Mountain Greenbul

Little Greenbul

Northern Brownbul

Grey-olive Greenbul

Cabanis’s Greenbul

Yellow-streaked Greenbul

Common Bulbul

Willow Warbler

Brown Woodland Warbler

Eurasian Blackcap

Garden Warbler

African Hill Babbler

Banded Parisoma

Brown Parisoma

Common Whitethroat

Abyssinian White-eye

African Yellow White-eye

Broad-ringed White-eye

Rufous Chatterer

Black-lored Babbler

Arrow-marked Babbler

Northern Pied Babbler

Red-billed Oxpecker

Yellow-billed Oxpecker

Wattled Starling

Red-winged Starling

Waller’s Starling

Sharpe’s Starling

Kenrick’s Starling

Abbott’s Starling

Hildebrandt’s Starling

Rüppell’s Glossy Starling

Ashy Starling

Superb Starling

Fischer’s Starling

Greater Blue-eared Starling

Amethyst Starling

White-browed Scrub Robin

Spotted Flycatcher

Ashy Flycatcher

African Dusky Flycatcher

Pale Flycatcher

African Grey Flycatcher

White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher

Southern Black Flycatcher


Cape Robin Chat

White-browed Robin Chat

Rüppell’s Robin Chat

Red-capped Robin Chat

White-starred Robin

Collared Palm Thrush

Spotted Palm Thrush

Thrush Nightingale

Common Nightingale

Little Rock Thrush

Common Rock Thrush


African Stonechat

Moorland Chat

Northern Anteater Chat

Northern Wheatear

Capped Wheatear

Isabelline Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Familiar Chat

Abyssinian Wheatear

Mocking Cliff Chat

Ethiopian Thrush

Bare-eyed Thrush

In summary, the above article entails bird spices that can be spotted at arusha national park as per our Arusha National Park Bird Checklist