List of birds of Angola

List of birds of Angola

This is a list of the bird species recorded in Angola. The avifauna of Angola includes a total of 983 species, of which 14 are endemic, 1 has been introduced by humans, and 4 are rare or accidental. 20 species are globally threatened.

This list's taxonomic treatment (designation and sequence of orders, families, and species) and nomenclature (common and scientific names) follow the conventions of Clements's 5th edition. The family accounts at the beginning of each heading reflects this taxonomy, as do the species counts found in each family account. Introduced and accidental species are included in the total counts for Angola.

The following tags have been used to highlight certain relevant categories. It must be noted that not all species fall into one of these categories. Those that do not are commonly occurring, native species.

* (A) Accidental A species that rarely or accidentally occurs in Angola.
* (E) Endemic A species endemic to Angola.
* (I) Introduced A species introduced to Angola as a consequence, direct or indirect, of human actions.



Order: StruthioniformesFamily: Struthionidae

The Ostrich is a flightless bird native to Africa. It is the largest living species of bird. It is distinctive in its appearance, with a long neck and legs and the ability to run at high speeds.

*Ostrich " _la. Struthio camelus"


Order: SphenisciformesFamily: Spheniscidae

The penguins are a group of aquatic, flightless birds living almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere. Most penguins feed on krill, fish, squid, and other forms of sealife caught while swimming underwater. There are 17 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Angola.

*Jackass Penguin " _la. Spheniscus demersus"


Order: PodicipediformesFamily: Podicipedidae

Grebes are small to medium-large sized freshwater diving birds. They have lobed toes, and are excellent swimmers and divers. However, they have their feet placed far back on the body, making them quite ungainly on land. There are 20 species worldwide and 3 species which occur in Angola.

*Little Grebe " _la. Tachybaptus ruficollis"
*Great Crested Grebe " _la. Podiceps cristatus"
*Eared Grebe " _la. Podiceps nigricollis"


Order: ProcellariiformesFamily: Diomedeidae

The albatrosses are among the largest of flying birds, and the great albatrosses from the genus Diomedea have the largest wingspans of any extant birds. There are 21 species worldwide and 5 species which occur in Angola.

*Wandering Albatross " _la. Diomedea exulans"
*Grey-headed Albatross " _la. Thalassarche chrysostoma"
*Black-browed Albatross " _la. Thalassarche melanophris"
*Shy Albatross " _la. Thalassarche cauta"
*Yellow-nosed Albatross " _la. Thalassarche chlororhynchos"

hearwaters and Petrels

Order: ProcellariiformesFamily: Procellariidae

The procellariids are the main group of medium-sized 'true petrels', characterised by united nostrils with a medium septum, and a long outer functional primary. There are 75 species worldwide and 12 species which occur in Angola.

*Antarctic Giant Petrel " _la. Macronectes giganteus"
*Hall's Giant Petrel " _la. Macronectes halli"
*Southern Fulmar " _la. Fulmarus glacialoides"
*Cape Petrel " _la. Daption capense"
*Great-winged Petrel " _la. Pterodroma macroptera"
*Soft-plumaged Petrel " _la. Pterodroma mollis"
*Antarctic Prion " _la. Pachyptila desolata"
*White-chinned Petrel " _la. Procellaria aequinoctialis"
*Cory's Shearwater " _la. Calonectris diomedea"
*Greater Shearwater " _la. Puffinus gravis"
*Sooty Shearwater " _la. Puffinus griseus"
*Manx Shearwater " _la. Puffinus puffinus"


Order: ProcellariiformesFamily: Hydrobatidae

The storm-petrels are relatives of the petrels, and are the smallest of sea-birds. They feed on planktonic crustaceans and small fish picked from the surface, typically while hovering. The flight is fluttering and sometimes bat-like. There are 21 species worldwide and 3 species which occur in Angola.

*Wilson's Storm-petrel " _la. Oceanites oceanicus"
*European Storm-petrel " _la. Hydrobates pelagicus"
*Leach's Storm-petrel " _la. Oceanodroma leucorhoa"


Order: PelecaniformesFamily: Pelecanidae

Pelicans are large water birds with a distinctive pouch under the beak. As with other members of the order Pelecaniformes, they have webbed feet with four toes. There are 8 species worldwide and 2 species which occur in Angola.

*Great White Pelican " _la. Pelecanus onocrotalus"
*Pink-backed Pelican " _la. Pelecanus rufescens"

Boobies and Gannets

Order: PelecaniformesFamily: Sulidae

The sulids comprise the gannets and boobies. Both groups comprise medium-to-large coastal sea-birds that plunge-dive for fish. There are 9 species worldwide and 3 species which occur in Angola.

*Northern Gannet " _la. Morus bassanus"
*Cape Gannet " _la. Morus capensis"
*Brown Booby " _la. Sula leucogaster"


Order: PelecaniformesFamily: Phalacrocoracidae

The Phalacrocoracidae is a family of medium-to-large coastal, fish-eating sea-birds that includes cormorants and shags. Plumage colouration varies with the majority having mainly dark plumage, some species being black and white, and a few being colourful. There are 38 species worldwide and 4 species which occur in Angola.

*Great Cormorant " _la. Phalacrocorax carbo"
*Cape Cormorant " _la. Phalacrocorax capensis"
*Long-tailed Cormorant " _la. Phalacrocorax africanus"
*Crowned Cormorant " _la. Phalacrocorax coronatus"


Order: PelecaniformesFamily: Anhingidae

Darters are frequently referred to as "snake-birds" because of their long thin neck, which gives a snake-like appearance when they swim with their bodies submerged.The males have black and dark brown plumage, an erectile crest on the nape and a larger bill than the female. The females have a much paler plumage especially on the neck and underparts. The darters have completely webbed feet, and their legs are short and set far back on the body. Their plumage is somewhat permeable, like that of cormorants, and they spread their wings to dry after diving. There are 4 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Angola.

*Darter " _la. Anhinga melanogaster"


Order: PelecaniformesFamily: Fregatidae

Frigatebirds are large sea-birds usually found over tropical oceans. They are large, black and white or completely black, with long wings and deeply-forked tails. The males have inflatable coloured throat pouches. They do not swim or walk, and cannot take off from a flat surface. Having the largest wingspan to body weight ratio of any bird, they are essentially aerial, able to stay aloft for more than a week. There are 5 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Angola.

*Ascension Island Frigatebird " _la. Fregata aquila"

Bitterns, Herons and Egrets

Order: CiconiiformesFamily: Ardeidae

The family Ardeidae contains the bitterns, herons and egrets. Herons and egrets are medium to large sized wading birds with long necks and legs. Bitterns tend to be shorter necked and more wary. Unlike other long-necked birds suck as storks, ibises and spoonbills, members of Ardeidae fly with their necks retracted. There are 61 species worldwide and 19 species which occur in Angola.

*Grey Heron " _la. Ardea cinerea"
*Black-headed Heron " _la. Ardea melanocephala"
*Goliath Heron " _la. Ardea goliath"
*Purple Heron " _la. Ardea purpurea"
*Great Egret " _la. Ardea alba"
*Slaty Egret " _la. Egretta vinaceigula"
*Black Heron " _la. Egretta ardesiaca"
*Intermediate Egret " _la. Egretta intermedia"
*Little Egret " _la. Egretta garzetta"
*Squacco Heron " _la. Ardeola ralloides"
*Madagascar Pond Heron " _la. Ardeola idae"
*Rufous-bellied Heron " _la. Ardeola rufiventris"
*Cattle Egret " _la. Bubulcus ibis"
*Striated Heron " _la. Butorides striata"
*Black-crowned Night Heron " _la. Nycticorax nycticorax"
*White-backed Night Heron " _la. Gorsachius leuconotus"
*White-crested Bittern " _la. Tigriornis leucolophus"
*Dwarf Bittern " _la. Ixobrychus sturmii"
*Great Bittern " _la. Botaurus stellaris"


Order: CiconiiformesFamily: Scopidae

The Hammerkop is a medium-sized bird with a long shaggy crest. The shape of its head with a curved bill and crest at the back is reminiscent of a hammer, hence its name. Its plumage is a drab brown all over.

*Hamerkop " _la. Scopus umbretta"


Order: CiconiiformesFamily: Ciconiidae

Storks are large, long-legged, long-necked, wading birds with long, stout bills. Storks are mute; bill-clattering is an important mode of stork communication at the nest. Their nests can be large and may be reused for many years. Many species are migratory. There are 19 species worldwide and 8 species which occur in Angola.

*Yellow-billed Stork " _la. Mycteria ibis"
*African Openbill " _la. Anastomus lamelligerus"
*Black Stork " _la. Ciconia nigra"
*Abdim's Stork " _la. Ciconia abdimii"
*Woolly-necked Stork " _la. Ciconia episcopus"
*White Stork " _la. Ciconia ciconia"
*Saddle-billed Stork " _la. Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis"
*Marabou Stork " _la. Leptoptilos crumeniferus"


Order: CiconiiformesFamily: Balaenicipididae

The Shoebill is a large bird related to the storks. It derives its name from its massive shoe-shaped bill.

*Shoebill " _la. Balaeniceps rex"

Ibises and Spoonbills

Order: CiconiiformesFamily: Threskiornithidae

The Threskiornithidae is a family of large terrestrial and wading birds which includes the ibises and spoonbills. They have long, broad wings with 11 primary and about 20 secondary feathers. They are strong fliers and despite their size and weight, very capable soarers. There are 36 species worldwide and 5 species which occur in Angola.

*Sacred Ibis " _la. Threskiornis aethiopicus"
*Spot-breasted Ibis " _la. Bostrychia rara"
*Hadada Ibis " _la. Bostrychia hagedash"
*Glossy Ibis " _la. Plegadis falcinellus"
*African Spoonbill " _la. Platalea alba"


Order: PhoenicopteriformesFamily: Phoenicopteridae

Flamingos are gregarious wading birds, usually 1-1.5 m high, found in both the Western and Eastern Hemispheres. They are more numerous in the latter. Flamingos filter-feed on shellfish and algae. Their oddly-shaped beaks are specially adapted to separate mud and silt from the food they consume, and are uniquely used upside-down. There are 6 species worldwide and 2 species which occur in Angola.

*Greater Flamingo " _la. Phoenicopterus roseus"
*Lesser Flamingo " _la. Phoenicopterus minor"

Ducks, Geese and Swans

Order: AnseriformesFamily: Anatidae

The family Anatidae includes the ducks and most duck-like waterfowl, such as geese and swans. These are birds that are modified for an aquatic existence with webbed feet, flattened bills and feathers that are excellent at shedding water due to an oily coating. There are 131 species worldwide and 17 species which occur in Angola.

*Fulvous Whistling-Duck " _la. Dendrocygna bicolor"
*White-faced Whistling-Duck " _la. Dendrocygna viduata"
*White-backed Duck " _la. Thalassornis leuconotus"
*Egyptian Goose " _la. Alopochen aegyptiacus"
*Spur-winged Goose " _la. Plectropterus gambensis"
*Comb Duck " _la. Sarkidiornis melanotos"
*Hartlaub's Duck " _la. Pteronetta hartlaubii"
*African Pygmy-goose " _la. Nettapus auritus"
*African Black Duck " _la. Anas sparsa"
*Cape Teal " _la. Anas capensis"
*Yellow-billed Duck " _la. Anas undulata"
*Red-billed Duck " _la. Anas erythrorhyncha"
*Hottentot Teal " _la. Anas hottentota"
*Cape Shoveler " _la. Anas smithii"
*Northern Shoveler " _la. Anas clypeata"
*Southern Pochard " _la. Netta erythrophthalma"
*Maccoa Duck " _la. Oxyura maccoa"


Order: FalconiformesFamily: Pandionidae

The Pandionidae family contains only one species, the Osprey. The Osprey is a medium large raptor which is a specialist fish-eater with a worldwide distribution.

*Osprey " _la. Pandion haliaetus"

Hawks, Kites and Eagles

Order: FalconiformesFamily: Accipitridae

Accipitridae is a family of birds of prey and include hawks, eagles, kites, harriers and Old World vultures. These birds have powerful hooked beaks for tearing flesh from their prey, strong legs, powerful talons, and keen eyesight. There are 233 species worldwide and 51 species which occur in Angola.

*African Cuckoo-Hawk " _la. Aviceda cuculoides"
*European Honey-buzzard " _la. Pernis apivorus"
*Bat Hawk " _la. Macheiramphus alcinus"
*Black-shouldered Kite " _la. Elanus caeruleus"
*Black Kite " _la. Milvus migrans"
*African Fish-Eagle " _la. Haliaeetus vocifer"
*Palm-nut Vulture " _la. Gypohierax angolensis"
*Hooded Vulture " _la. Necrosyrtes monachus"
*Egyptian Vulture " _la. Neophron percnopterus"
*White-backed Vulture " _la. Gyps africanus"
*Lappet-faced Vulture " _la. Torgos tracheliotus"
*White-headed Vulture " _la. Trigonoceps occipitalis"
*Black-breasted Snake-Eagle " _la. Circaetus pectoralis"
*Brown Snake-Eagle " _la. Circaetus cinereus"
*Banded Snake-Eagle " _la. Circaetus cinerascens"
*Bateleur " _la. Terathopius ecaudatus"
*Congo Serpent-Eagle " _la. Dryotriorchis spectabilis"
*Western Marsh-Harrier " _la. Circus aeruginosus"
*African Marsh-Harrier " _la. Circus ranivorus"
*Pallid Harrier " _la. Circus macrourus"
*Montagu's Harrier " _la. Circus pygargus"
*African Harrier-Hawk " _la. Polyboroides typus"
*Lizard Buzzard " _la. Kaupifalco monogrammicus"
*Dark Chanting-Goshawk " _la. Melierax metabates"
*Pale Chanting-Goshawk " _la. Melierax canorus"
*Gabar Goshawk " _la. Micronisus gabar"
*Red-chested Goshawk " _la. Accipiter toussenelii"
*African Goshawk " _la. Accipiter tachiro"
*Chestnut-flanked Sparrowhawk " _la. Accipiter castanilius"
*Shikra " _la. Accipiter badius"
*Red-thighed Sparrowhawk " _la. Accipiter erythropus"
*Little Sparrowhawk " _la. Accipiter minullus"
*Ovampo Sparrowhawk " _la. Accipiter ovampensis"
*Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk " _la. Accipiter rufiventris"
*Black Goshawk " _la. Accipiter melanoleucus"
*Long-tailed Hawk " _la. Urotriorchis macrourus"
*Eurasian Buzzard " _la. Buteo buteo"
*Red-necked Buzzard " _la. Buteo auguralis"
*Augur Buzzard " _la. Buteo augur"
*Lesser Spotted Eagle " _la. Aquila pomarina"
*Tawny Eagle " _la. Aquila rapax"
*Steppe Eagle " _la. Aquila nipalensis"
*Wahlberg's Eagle " _la. Aquila wahlbergi"
*Verreaux's Eagle " _la. Aquila verreauxii"
*African Hawk-Eagle " _la. Aquila spilogaster"
*Booted Eagle " _la. Aquila pennatus"
*Ayres's Hawk-Eagle " _la. Aquila ayresii"
*Martial Eagle " _la. Polemaetus bellicosus"
*Long-crested Eagle " _la. Lophaetus occipitalis"
*Cassin's Hawk-Eagle " _la. Spizaetus africanus"
*Crowned Hawk-Eagle " _la. Stephanoaetus coronatus"


Order: FalconiformesFamily: Sagittariidae

The Secretary-bird is a bird of prey in the order Falconiformes but is easily distinguished from other raptors by it long crane-like legs.

*Secretary-bird " _la. Sagittarius serpentarius"

Caracaras and Falcons

Order: FalconiformesFamily: Falconidae

Falconidae is a family of diurnal birds of prey. They differ from hawks, eagles, and kites in that they kill with their beaks instead of their feet. There are 62 species worldwide and 13 species which occur in Angola.

*Pygmy Falcon " _la. Polihierax semitorquatus"
*Lesser Kestrel " _la. Falco naumanni"
*Eurasian Kestrel " _la. Falco tinnunculus"
*Greater Kestrel " _la. Falco rupicoloides"
*Grey Kestrel " _la. Falco ardosiaceus"
*Dickinson's Kestrel " _la. Falco dickinsoni"
*Red-necked Falcon " _la. Falco chicquera"
*Red-footed Falcon " _la. Falco vespertinus"
*Amur Falcon " _la. Falco amurensis"
*Eurasian Hobby " _la. Falco subbuteo"
*African Hobby " _la. Falco cuvierii"
*Lanner Falcon " _la. Falco biarmicus"
*Peregrine Falcon " _la. Falco peregrinus"

Pheasants and Partridges

Order: GalliformesFamily: Phasianidae

The Phasianidae are a family of terrestrial birds which consists of quails, partridges, snowcocks, francolins, spurfowls, tragopans, monals, pheasants, peafowls and jungle fowls. In general, they are plump (although they may vary in size) and have broad, relatively short wings. There are 156 species worldwide and 17 species which occur in Angola.

*Coqui Francolin " _la. Francolinus coqui"
*White-throated Francolin " _la. Francolinus albogularis"
*Forest Francolin " _la. Francolinus lathami"
*Crested Francolin " _la. Francolinus sephaena"
*Finsch's Francolin " _la. Francolinus finschi"
*Red-winged Francolin " _la. Francolinus levaillantii"
*Orange River Francolin " _la. Francolinus levaillantoides"
*Scaly Francolin " _la. Francolinus squamatus"
*Grey-striped Francolin " _la. Francolinus griseostriatus" (E)
*Hartlaub's Francolin " _la. Francolinus hartlaubi"
*Red-billed Francolin " _la. Francolinus adspersus"
*Red-necked Francolin " _la. Francolinus afer"
*Swainson's Francolin " _la. Francolinus swainsonii"
*Swierstra's Francolin " _la. Francolinus swierstrai" (E)
*Common Quail " _la. Coturnix coturnix"
*Harlequin Quail " _la. Coturnix delegorguei"
*Blue Quail " _la. Coturnix adansonii"


Order: GalliformesFamily: Numididae

Guineafowl are a group of African, seed-eating, ground-nesting birds that resemble partridges, but with featherless heads and spangled grey plumage. There are 6 species worldwide and 4 species which occur in Angola.

*Black Guineafowl " _la. Agelastes niger"
*Helmeted Guineafowl " _la. Numida meleagris"
*Plumed Guineafowl " _la. Guttera plumifera"
*Crested Guineafowl " _la. Guttera pucherani"


Order: GruiformesFamily: Turnicidae

The buttonquails are small, drab, running birds which resemble the true quails.The female is the brighter of the sexes, and initiates courtship. The male incubates the eggs and tends the young. There are 16 species worldwide and 2 species which occur in Angola.

*Small Buttonquail " _la. Turnix sylvatica"
*Hottentot Buttonquail " _la. Turnix hottentotta"


Order: GruiformesFamily: Gruidae

Cranes are large, long-legged and long-necked birds. Unlike the similar-looking but unrelated herons, cranes fly with necks outstretched, not pulled back. Most have elaborate and noisy courting displays or "dances". There are 15 species worldwide and 3 species which occur in Angola.

*Grey Crowned Crane " _la. Balearica regulorum"
*Black Crowned Crane " _la. Balearica pavonina"
*Wattled Crane " _la. Bugeranus carunculatus"

Rails, Crakes, Gallinules, and Coots

Order: GruiformesFamily: Rallidae

Rallidae is a large family of small to medium-sized birds which includes the rails, crakes, coots, and gallinules. Typically they inhabit dense vegetation in damp environments near lakes, swamps, or rivers. In general they are shy and secretive birds, difficult to observe. Most species have strong legs, and have long toes which are well adapted to soft, uneven surfaces. They tend to have short, rounded wings and be weak fliers. There are 143 species worldwide and 18 species which occur in Angola.

*White-spotted Flufftail " _la. Sarothrura pulchra"
*Buff-spotted Flufftail " _la. Sarothrura elegans"
*Red-chested Flufftail " _la. Sarothrura rufa"
*Chestnut-headed Flufftail " _la. Sarothrura lugens"
*Streaky-breasted Flufftail " _la. Sarothrura boehmi"
*Nkulengu Rail " _la. Himantornis haematopus"
*African Rail " _la. Rallus caerulescens"
*African Crake " _la. Crecopsis egregia"
*Corn Crake " _la. Crex crex"
*Black Crake " _la. Amaurornis flavirostris"
*Baillon's Crake " _la. Porzana pusilla"
*Spotted Crake " _la. Porzana porzana"
*Striped Crake " _la. Aenigmatolimnas marginalis"
*Purple Swamphen " _la. Porphyrio porphyrio"
*Allen's Gallinule " _la. Porphyrio alleni"
*Common Moorhen " _la. Gallinula chloropus"
*Lesser Moorhen " _la. Gallinula angulata"
*Red-knobbed Coot " _la. Fulica cristata"

ungrebe and Finfoots

Order: GruiformesFamily: Heliornithidae

The Heliornithidae are small family of tropical birds with webbed lobes on their feet similar to those of grebes and coots. There are 3 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Angola.

*African Finfoot " _la. Podica senegalensis"


Order: GruiformesFamily: Otididae

Bustards are large terrestrial birds mainly associated with dry open country and steppes in the Old World. They are omnivorous and nest on the ground. They walk steadily on strong legs and big toes, pecking for food as they go. They have long broad wings with "fingered" wingtips, and striking patterns in flight. Many have interesting mating displays. There are 26 species worldwide and 8 species which occur in Angola.

*Kori Bustard " _la. Ardeotis kori"
*Ludwig's Bustard " _la. Neotis ludwigii"
*Stanley Bustard " _la. Neotis denhami"
*White-bellied Bustard " _la. Eupodotis senegalensis"
*Rüppell's Bustard " _la. Eupodotis rueppellii"
*Red-crested Bustard " _la. Eupodotis ruficrista"
*White-quilled Bustard " _la. Eupodotis afraoides"
*Black-bellied Bustard " _la. Lissotis melanogaster"


Order: CharadriiformesFamily: Jacanidae

The jacanas are a group of tropical waders in the family Jacanidae. They are found worldwide in the Tropics. They are identifiable by their huge feet and claws which enable them to walk on floating vegetation in the shallow lakes that are their preferred habitat. There 8 species worldwide and 2 species which occur in Angola.

*Lesser Jacana " _la. Microparra capensis"
*African Jacana " _la. Actophilornis africanus"

Painted snipe

Order: CharadriiformesFamily: Rostratulidae

Painted snipe are short-legged, long-billed birds similar in shape to the true snipes, but more brightly coloured. There are 2 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Angola.

*Painted Snipe " _la. Rostratula benghalensis"


Order: CharadriiformesFamily: Haematopodidae

The oystercatchers are large and noisy plover-like birds, with strong bills used for smashing or prising open molluscs. There are 11 species worldwide and 2 species which occur in Angola.

*African Oystercatcher " _la. Haematopus moquini"
*Eurasian Oystercatcher " _la. Haematopus ostralegus"

Avocets and Stilts

Order: CharadriiformesFamily: Recurvirostridae

Recurvirostridae is a family of large wading birds, which includes the avocets and the stilts. The avocets have long legs and long up-curved bills. The stilts have extremely long legs and long, thin, straight bills. There are 9 species worldwide and 2 species which occur in Angola.

*Black-winged Stilt " _la. Himantopus himantopus"
*Pied Avocet " _la. Recurvirostra avosetta"


Order: CharadriiformesFamily: Burhinidae

The thick-knees are a group of largely tropical waders in the family Burhinidae. They are found worldwide within the tropical zone, with some species also breeding in temperate Europe and Australia. They are medium to large waders with strong black or yellow black bills, large yellow eyes and cryptic plumage. Despite being classed as waders, most species have a preference for arid or semi-arid habitats. There are 9 species worldwide and 3 species which occur in Angola.

*Water Thick-knee " _la. Burhinus vermiculatus"
*Senegal Thick-knee " _la. Burhinus senegalensis"
*Spotted Thick-knee " _la. Burhinus capensis"

Pratincoles and Coursers

Order: CharadriiformesFamily: Glareolidae

Glareolidae is a family of wading birds comprising the pratincoles, which have short legs, long pointed wings and long forked tails, and the coursers, which have long legs, short wings and long pointed bills which curve downwards. There are 17 species worldwide and 10 species which occur in Angola.

*Egyptian Plover " _la. Pluvianus aegyptius"
*Burchell's Courser " _la. Cursorius rufus"
*Temminck's Courser " _la. Cursorius temminckii"
*Double-banded Courser " _la. Smutsornis africanus"
*Three-banded Courser " _la. Rhinoptilus cinctus"
*Bronze-winged Courser " _la. Rhinoptilus chalcopterus"
*Collared Pratincole " _la. Glareola pratincola"
*Black-winged Pratincole " _la. Glareola nordmanni"
*Rock Pratincole " _la. Glareola nuchalis"
*Grey Pratincole " _la. Glareola cinerea"

Plovers and Lapwings

Order: CharadriiformesFamily: Charadriidae

The family Charadriidae includes the plovers, dotterels, and lapwings. They are small to medium-sized birds with compact bodies, short, thick necks and long, usually pointed, wings. They are found in open country worldwide, mostly in habitats near water, although there are some exceptions. There are 66 species worldwide and 16 species which occur in Angola.

*Long-toed Lapwing " _la. Vanellus crassirostris"
*Blacksmith Plover " _la. Vanellus armatus"
*Spur-winged Plover " _la. Vanellus spinosus"
*White-headed Lapwing " _la. Vanellus albiceps"
*Senegal Lapwing " _la. Vanellus lugubris"
*Crowned Lapwing " _la. Vanellus coronatus"
*Wattled Lapwing " _la. Vanellus senegallus"
*Grey Plover " _la. Pluvialis squatarola"
*Ringed Plover " _la. Charadrius hiaticula"
*Kittlitz's Plover " _la. Charadrius pecuarius"
*Three-banded Plover " _la. Charadrius tricollaris"
*Forbes's Plover " _la. Charadrius forbesi"
*White-fronted Plover " _la. Charadrius marginatus"
*Chestnut-banded Plover " _la. Charadrius pallidus"
*Snowy Plover " _la. Charadrius alexandrinus"
*Caspian Plover " _la. Charadrius asiaticus"

andpipers and allies

Order: CharadriiformesFamily: Scolopacidae

The Scolopacidae are a large diverse family of small to medium sized shorebirds including the sandpipers, curlews, godwits, shanks, tattlers, woodcocks, snipes, dowitchers and phalaropes. The majority of species eat small invertebrates picked out of the mud or soil. Variation in length of legs and bills enable different species to feed in the same habitat, particularly on the coast, without direct competition for food. There are 89 species worldwide and 21 species which occur in Angola.

*African Snipe " _la. Gallinago nigripennis"
*Great Snipe " _la. Gallinago media"
*Bar-tailed Godwit " _la. Limosa lapponica"
*Whimbrel " _la. Numenius phaeopus"
*Eurasian Curlew " _la. Numenius arquata"
*Spotted Redshank " _la. Tringa erythropus"
*Common Redshank " _la. Tringa totanus"
*Marsh Sandpiper " _la. Tringa stagnatilis"
*Common Greenshank " _la. Tringa nebularia"
*Green Sandpiper " _la. Tringa ochropus"
*Solitary Sandpiper " _la. Tringa solitaria" (A)
*Wood Sandpiper " _la. Tringa glareola"
*Terek Sandpiper " _la. Xenus cinereus"
*Common Sandpiper " _la. Actitis hypoleucos"
*Ruddy Turnstone " _la. Arenaria interpres"
*Red Knot " _la. Calidris canutus"
*Sanderling " _la. Calidris alba"
*Little Stint " _la. Calidris minuta"
*Curlew Sandpiper " _la. Calidris ferruginea"
*Ruff " _la. Philomachus pugnax"
*Red Phalarope " _la. Phalaropus fulicarius"


Order: CharadriiformesFamily: Stercorariidae

The family Stercorariidae are, in general, medium to large birds, typically with grey or brown plumage, often with white markings on the wings. They nest on the ground in temperate and Arctic regions and are long-distance migrants. There are 7 species worldwide and 4 species which occur in Angola.

*Brown Skua " _la. Stercorarius antarctica"
*Pomarine Skua " _la. Stercorarius pomarinus"
*Arctic Skua " _la. Stercorarius parasiticus"
*Long-tailed Skua " _la. Stercorarius longicaudus"


Order: CharadriiformesFamily: Laridae

Laridae is a family of medium to large birds seabirds and includes gulls and kittiwakes. They are typically grey or white, often with black markings on the head or wings. They have stout, longish bills and webbed feet. There are 55 species worldwide and 5 species which occur in Angola.

*Kelp Gull " _la. Larus dominicanus"
*Lesser Black-backed Gull " _la. Larus fuscus"
*Grey-headed Gull " _la. Larus cirrocephalus"
*Little Gull " _la. Larus minutus"
*Sabine's Gull " _la. Xema sabini"


Order: CharadriiformesFamily: Sternidae

Terns are a group of generally general medium to large sea-birds typically with grey or white plumage, often with black markings on the head. Most terns hunt fish by diving but some pick insects off the surface of fresh water. Terns are generally long-lived birds, with several species now known to live in excess of 25 to 30 years. There are 44 species worldwide and 13 species which occur in Angola.

*Gull-billed Tern " _la. Sterna nilotica"
*Caspian Tern " _la. Sterna caspia"
*Sandwich Tern " _la. Sterna sandvicensis"
*Royal Tern " _la. Sterna maxima"
*Great Crested Tern " _la. Sterna bergii"
*Roseate Tern " _la. Sterna dougallii"
*Common Tern " _la. Sterna hirundo"
*Arctic Tern " _la. Sterna paradisaea"
*Little Tern " _la. Sterna albifrons"
*Damara Tern " _la. Sterna balaenarum"
*Whiskered Tern " _la. Chlidonias hybridus"
*White-winged Tern " _la. Chlidonias leucopterus"
*Black Tern " _la. Chlidonias niger"


Order: CharadriiformesFamily: Rynchopidae

Skimmers are a small family of tropical tern-like birds. They have an elongated lower mandible which they use to feed by flying low over the water surface and skimming the water for small fish. There are 3 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Angola.

*African Skimmer " _la. Rynchops flavirostris"


Order: PterocliformesFamily: Pteroclidae

Sandgrouse have small, pigeon like heads and necks, but sturdy compact bodies. They have long pointed wings and sometimes tails and a fast direct flight. Flocks fly to watering holes at dawn and dusk. Their legs are feathered down to the toes. There are 16 species worldwide and 4 species which occur in Angola.

*Namaqua Sandgrouse " _la. Pterocles namaqua"
*Yellow-throated Sandgrouse " _la. Pterocles gutturalis"
*Double-banded Sandgrouse " _la. Pterocles bicinctus"
*Burchell's Sandgrouse " _la. Pterocles burchelli"

Pigeons and Doves

Order: ColumbiformesFamily: Columbidae

Pigeons and doves are stout-bodied birds with short necks and short slender bills with a fleshy cere. There are 308 species worldwide and 16 species which occur in Angola.

*Rock Pigeon " _la. Columba livia" (I)
*Speckled Pigeon " _la. Columba guinea"
*Afep Pigeon " _la. Columba unicincta"
*Rameron Pigeon " _la. Columba arquatrix"
*Bronze-naped Pigeon " _la. Columba iriditorques"
*Lemon Dove " _la. Columba larvata"
*African Mourning Dove " _la. Streptopelia decipiens"
*Red-eyed Dove " _la. Streptopelia semitorquata"
*Ring-necked Dove " _la. Streptopelia capicola"
*Laughing Dove " _la. Streptopelia senegalensis"
*Emerald-spotted Wood Dove " _la. Turtur chalcospilos"
*Blue-spotted Wood Dove " _la. Turtur afer"
*Tambourine Dove " _la. Turtur tympanistria"
*Blue-headed Wood Dove " _la. Turtur brehmeri"
*Namaqua Dove " _la. Oena capensis"
*African Green Pigeon " _la. Treron calva"

Parrots, Macaws and allies

Order: PsittaciformesFamily: Psittacidae

Parrots are small to large birds with a characteristic curved beak shape. Their upper mandibles have slight mobility in the joint with the skull and the have a generally erect stance. All parrots are zygodactyl, having the four toes on each foot placed two at the front and two back. There are 335 species worldwide and 7 species which occur in Angola.

*Red-headed Lovebird " _la. Agapornis pullarius"
*Peach-faced Lovebird " _la. Agapornis roseicollis"
*Grey Parrot " _la. Psittacus erithacus"
*Brown-necked Parrot " _la. Poicephalus robustus"
*Red-fronted Parrot " _la. Poicephalus gulielmi"
*Meyer's Parrot " _la. Poicephalus meyeri"
*Rüppell's Parrot " _la. Poicephalus rueppellii"


Order: CuculiformesFamily: Musophagidae

The turacos, plantain eaters and go-away birds make up the bird family Musophagidae. They are meduim-sized arboreal birds. The turacos and plantain eaters are brightly coloured birds, usually blue, green or purple. The go-away birds are mostly grey and white. There are 23 species worldwide and 8 species which occur in Angola.

*Great Blue Turaco " _la. Corythaeola cristata"
*Guinea Turaco " _la. Tauraco persa"
*Schalow's Turaco " _la. Tauraco schalowi"
*Black-billed Turaco " _la. Tauraco schuettii"
*Yellow-billed Turaco " _la. Tauraco macrorhynchus"
*Red-crested Turaco " _la. Tauraco erythrolophus" (E)
*Ross's Turaco " _la. Musophaga rossae"
*Grey Go-away-bird " _la. Corythaixoides concolor"

Cuckoos and Anis

Order: CuculiformesFamily: Cuculidae

The family Cuculidae includes cuckoos, roadrunners and anis. These birds are of variable size with slender bodies, long tails and strong legs. Unlike the cuckoo species of the Old World, North American cuckoos are not brood parasites. There are 138 species worldwide and 20 species which occur in Angola.

*Pied Cuckoo " _la. Clamator jacobinus"
*Levaillant's Cuckoo " _la. Clamator levaillantii"
*Great Spotted Cuckoo " _la. Clamator glandarius"
*Thick-billed Cuckoo " _la. Pachycoccyx audeberti"
*Red-chested Cuckoo " _la. Cuculus solitarius"
*Black Cuckoo " _la. Cuculus clamosus"
*Common Cuckoo " _la. Cuculus canorus"
*African Cuckoo " _la. Cuculus gularis"
*Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo " _la. Cercococcyx mechowi"
*Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo " _la. Cercococcyx olivinus"
*Klaas's Cuckoo " _la. Chrysococcyx klaas"
*African Emerald Cuckoo " _la. Chrysococcyx cupreus"
*Dideric Cuckoo " _la. Chrysococcyx caprius"
*Yellowbill " _la. Ceuthmochares aereus"
*Black Coucal " _la. Centropus grillii"
*Gabon Coucal " _la. Centropus anselli"
*Blue-headed Coucal " _la. Centropus monachus"
*Coppery-tailed Coucal " _la. Centropus cupreicaudus"
*Senegal Coucal " _la. Centropus senegalensis"
*White-browed Coucal " _la. Centropus superciliosus"

Barn owls

Order: StrigiformesFamily: Tytonidae

Barn owls are medium to large sized owls with large heads and characteristic heart-shaped faces. They have long strong legs with powerful talons. There are 16 species worldwide and 2 species which occur in Angola.

*African Grass-Owl " _la. Tyto capensis"
*Barn Owl " _la. Tyto alba"

Typical owls

Order: StrigiformesFamily: Strigidae

Typical owls are small to large solitary nocturnal birds of prey. They have large forward-facing eyes and ears, a hawk-like beak, and a conspicuous circle of feathers around each eye called a facial disk. There are 195 species worldwide and 12 species which occur in Angola.

*African Scops Owl " _la. Otus senegalensis"
*Southern White-faced Owl " _la. Ptilopsis granti"
*Spotted Eagle-owl " _la. Bubo africanus"
*Fraser's Eagle-owl " _la. Bubo poensis"
*Verreaux's Eagle-owl " _la. Bubo lacteus"
*Akun Eagle-owl " _la. Bubo leucostictus"
*Pel's Fishing-owl " _la. Scotopelia peli"
*Vermiculated Fishing-owl " _la. Scotopelia bouvieri"
*African Wood Owl " _la. Strix woodfordii"
*Pearl-spotted Owlet " _la. Glaucidium perlatum"
*African Barred Owlet " _la. Glaucidium capense"
*Marsh Owl " _la. Asio capensis"


Order: CaprimulgiformesFamily: Caprimulgidae

Nightjars are medium-sized nocturnal birds with long wings, short legs and very short bills that usually nest on the ground. Most have small feet, of little use for walking, and long pointed wings. Their soft plumage is camouflaged to resemble bark or leaves. There are 86 species worldwide and 10 species which occur in Angola.

*Eurasian Nightjar " _la. Caprimulgus europaeus"
*Rufous-cheeked Nightjar " _la. Caprimulgus rufigena"
*Black-shouldered Nightjar " _la. Caprimulgus nigriscapularis"
*Fiery-necked Nightjar " _la. Caprimulgus pectoralis"
*Abyssinian Nightjar " _la. Caprimulgus poliocephalus"
*Swamp Nightjar " _la. Caprimulgus natalensis"
*Freckled Nightjar " _la. Caprimulgus tristigma"
*Long-tailed Nightjar " _la. Caprimulgus climacurus"
*Square-tailed Nightjar " _la. Caprimulgus fossii"
*Pennant-winged Nightjar " _la. Macrodipteryx vexillarius"


Order: ApodiformesFamily: Apodidae

Swifts are small aerial birds, spending the majority of their lives flying. These birds have very short legs and never settle voluntarily on the ground, perching instead only on vertical surfaces. Many swifts have long swept-back wings that resemble a crescent or a boomerang. There are 98 species worldwide and 16 species which occur in Angola.

*Scarce Swift " _la. Schoutedenapus myoptilus"
*Mottled Spinetail " _la. Telacanthura ussheri"
*Black Spinetail " _la. Telacanthura melanopygia" (A)
*Sabine's Spinetail " _la. Rhaphidura sabini"
*Cassin's Spinetail " _la. Neafrapus cassini"
*Bat-like Spinetail " _la. Neafrapus boehmi"
*African Palm-Swift " _la. Cypsiurus parvus"
*Alpine Swift " _la. Tachymarptis melba"
*Mottled Swift " _la. Tachymarptis aequatorialis"
*Common Swift " _la. Apus apus"
*Pallid Swift " _la. Apus pallidus"
*African Swift " _la. Apus barbatus"
*Bradfield's Swift " _la. Apus bradfieldi"
*Little Swift " _la. Apus affinis"
*Horus Swift " _la. Apus horus"
*White-rumped Swift " _la. Apus caffer"


Order: ColiiformesFamily: Coliidae

The mousebirds are slender greyish or brown birds with soft, hairlike body feathers and very long thin tails. They are arboreal and scurry through the leaves like rodents in search of berries, fruit and buds. They are acrobatic, and can feed upside down. All species have strong claws and reversible outer toes. They also have crests and stubby bills. There are 6 species worldwide and 3 species which occur in Angola.

*Speckled Mousebird " _la. Colius striatus"
*Red-backed Mousebird " _la. Colius castanotus" (E)
*Red-faced Mousebird " _la. Urocolius indicus"

Trogons and Quetzals

Order: TrogoniformesFamily: Trogonidae

The family Trogonidae includes trogons and quetzals. Found in tropical woodlands worldwide, they feed on insects and fruit, and their broad bills and weak legs reflect their diet and arboreal habits. Although their flight is fast, they are reluctant to fly any distance. Trogons have soft, often colourful, feathers with distinctive male and female plumage. There are 33 species worldwide and 2 species which occur in Angola.

*Narina Trogon " _la. Apaloderma narina"
*Bar-tailed Trogon " _la. Apaloderma vittatum"


Order: CoraciiformesFamily: Alcedinidae

Kingfishers are medium-sized birds with large heads, long pointed bills, short legs, and stubby tails. There are 93 species worldwide and 14 species which occur in Angola.

*Half-collared Kingfisher " _la. Alcedo semitorquata"
*Shining-blue Kingfisher " _la. Alcedo quadribrachys"
*Malachite Kingfisher " _la. Alcedo cristata"
*White-bellied Kingfisher " _la. Alcedo leucogaster"
*African Pygmy-Kingfisher " _la. Ispidina picta"
*Dwarf Kingfisher " _la. Ispidina lecontei"
*Chocolate-backed Kingfisher " _la. Halcyon badia"
*Grey-headed Kingfisher " _la. Halcyon leucocephala"
*Woodland Kingfisher " _la. Halcyon senegalensis"
*Blue-breasted Kingfisher " _la. Halcyon malimbica"
*Brown-hooded Kingfisher " _la. Halcyon albiventris"
*Striped Kingfisher " _la. Halcyon chelicuti"
*Giant Kingfisher " _la. Megaceryle maximus"
*Pied Kingfisher " _la. Ceryle rudis"


Order: CoraciiformesFamily: Meropidae

The bee-eaters are a group of near passerine birds in the family Meropidae. Most species are found in Africa but others occur in southern Europe, Madagascar, Australia and New Guinea. They are characterised by richly coloured plumage, slender bodies and usually elongated central tail feathers. All are colorful and have long downturned bills and pointed wings, which give them a swallow-like appearance when seen from afar. There are 26 species worldwide and 12 species which occur in Angola.

*Black Bee-eater " _la. Merops gularis"
*White-fronted Bee-eater " _la. Merops bullockoides"
*Little Bee-eater " _la. Merops pusillus"
*Blue-breasted Bee-eater " _la. Merops variegatus"
*Swallow-tailed Bee-eater " _la. Merops hirundineus"
*Black-headed Bee-eater " _la. Merops breweri"
*White-throated Bee-eater " _la. Merops albicollis"
*Blue-cheeked Bee-eater " _la. Merops persicus"
*Madagascar Bee-eater " _la. Merops superciliosus"
*European Bee-eater " _la. Merops apiaster"
*Rosy Bee-eater " _la. Merops malimbicus"
*Southern Carmine Bee-eater " _la. Merops nubicoides"

Typical Rollers

Order: CoraciiformesFamily: Coraciidae

Rollers resemble crows in size and build, but are more closely related to the kingfishers and bee-eaters. They share the colourful appearance of those groups with blues and browns predominating. The two inner front toes are connected, but the outer toe is not. There are 12 species worldwide and 6 species which occur in Angola.

*European Roller " _la. Coracias garrulus"
*Lilac-breasted Roller " _la. Coracias caudata"
*Racket-tailed Roller " _la. Coracias spatulata"
*Rufous-crowned Roller " _la. Coracias naevia"
*Broad-billed Roller " _la. Eurystomus glaucurus"
*Blue-throated Roller " _la. Eurystomus gularis"


Order: CoraciiformesFamily: Upupidae

Hoopoes have black, white and orangey-pink colouring with a large erectile crest on their head. There are 2 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Angola.

*Hoopoe " _la. Upupa epops"


Order: CoraciiformesFamily: Phoeniculidae

The woodhoopoes are related to the kingfishers, rollers and hoopoe. They most resemble the last species with their long curved bills, used for probing for insects, and short rounded wings. However, they differ in that they have metallic plumage, often blue, green or purple, and lack an erectile crest. There are 8 species worldwide and 4 species which occur in Angola.

*Green Woodhoopoe " _la. Phoeniculus purpureus"
*Violet Woodhoopoe " _la. Phoeniculus damarensis"
*Black Scimitar-bill " _la. Rhinopomastus aterrimus"
*Common Scimitar-bill " _la. Rhinopomastus cyanomelas"


Order: CoraciiformesFamily: Bucerotidae

Hornbills are a group of birds whose bill is shaped like a cow's horn, but without a twist, sometimes with a casque on the upper mandible. Frequently, the bill is brightly coloured. There are 57 species worldwide and 18 species which occur in Angola.

*White-crested Hornbill " _la. Tockus albocristatus"
*Black Dwarf Hornbill " _la. Tockus hartlaubi"
*Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill " _la. Tockus camurus"
*Monteiro's Hornbill " _la. Tockus monteiri"
*Red-billed Hornbill " _la. Tockus erythrorhynchus"
*Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill " _la. Tockus leucomelas"
*Crowned Hornbill " _la. Tockus alboterminatus"
*Bradfield's Hornbill " _la. Tockus bradfieldi"
*African Pied Hornbill " _la. Tockus fasciatus"
*African Grey Hornbill " _la. Tockus nasutus"
*Pale-billed Hornbill " _la. Tockus pallidirostris"
*Trumpeter Hornbill " _la. Ceratogymna bucinator"
*Piping Hornbill " _la. Ceratogymna fistulator"
*Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill " _la. Ceratogymna subcylindricus"
*Brown-cheeked Hornbill " _la. Ceratogymna cylindricus"
*White-thighed Hornbill " _la. Ceratogymna albotibialis"
*Black-casqued Hornbill " _la. Ceratogymna atrata"
*Southern Ground-Hornbill " _la. Bucorvus leadbeateri"


Order: PiciformesFamily: Capitonidae

The barbets are plump birds, with short necks and large heads. They get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills. Most species are brightly coloured. There are 84 species worldwide and 21 species which occur in Angola.

*Naked-faced Barbet " _la. Gymnobucco calvus"
*Bristle-nosed Barbet " _la. Gymnobucco peli"
*Sladen's Barbet " _la. Gymnobucco sladeni"
*Grey-throated Barbet " _la. Gymnobucco bonapartei"
*Anchieta's Barbet " _la. Stactolaema anchietae"
*Speckled Tinkerbird " _la. Pogoniulus scolopaceus"
*Western Tinkerbird " _la. Pogoniulus coryphaeus"
*Red-rumped Tinkerbird " _la. Pogoniulus atroflavus"
*Yellow-throated Tinkerbird " _la. Pogoniulus subsulphureus"
*Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird " _la. Pogoniulus bilineatus"
*Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird " _la. Pogoniulus chrysoconus"
*Yellow-spotted Barbet " _la. Buccanodon duchaillui"
*Hairy-breasted Barbet " _la. Tricholaema hirsuta"
*Miombo Barbet " _la. Tricholaema frontata"
*Pied Barbet " _la. Tricholaema leucomelas"
*White-headed Barbet " _la. Lybius leucocephalus"
*Black-collared Barbet " _la. Lybius torquatus"
*Black-backed Barbet " _la. Lybius minor"
*Double-toothed Barbet " _la. Lybius bidentatus"
*Yellow-billed Barbet " _la. Trachyphonus purpuratus"
*Crested Barbet " _la. Trachyphonus vaillantii"


Order: PiciformesFamily: Indicatoridae

Honeyguides are among the few birds that feed on wax. They are named for the behaviour of the Greater Honeyguide which leads large animals to bees' nests and then feeds on the wax once the animal has broken the nest open to get at the honey. There are 17 species worldwide and 11 species which occur in Angola.

*Spotted Honeyguide " _la. Indicator maculatus"
*Scaly-throated Honeyguide " _la. Indicator variegatus"
*Greater Honeyguide " _la. Indicator indicator"
*Lesser Honeyguide " _la. Indicator minor"
*Thick-billed Honeyguide " _la. Indicator conirostris"
*Least Honeyguide " _la. Indicator exilis"
*Pallid Honeyguide " _la. Indicator meliphilus"
*Lyre-tailed Honeyguide " _la. Melichneutes robustus"
*Cassin's Honeyguide " _la. Prodotiscus insignis"
*Green-backed Honeyguide " _la. Prodotiscus zambesiae"
*Wahlberg's Honeyguide " _la. Prodotiscus regulus"

Woodpeckers and allies

Order: PiciformesFamily: Picidae

Woodpeckers are small to medium sized birds with chisel like beaks, short legs, stiff tails and long tongues used for capturing insects. Some species have feet with two toes pointing forward, and two backward, while several species have only three toes. Many woodpeckers have the habit of tapping noisily on tree trunks with their beaks. There are 218 species worldwide and 14 species which occur in Angola.

*Rufous-necked Wryneck " _la. Jynx ruficollis"
*African Piculet " _la. Sasia africana"
*Bennett's Woodpecker " _la. Campethera bennettii"
*Golden-tailed Woodpecker " _la. Campethera abingoni"
*Green-backed Woodpecker " _la. Campethera cailliautii"
*Buff-spotted Woodpecker " _la. Campethera nivosa"
*Brown-eared Woodpecker " _la. Campethera caroli"
*Cardinal Woodpecker " _la. Dendropicos fuscescens"
*Gabon Woodpecker " _la. Dendropicos gabonensis"
*Bearded Woodpecker " _la. Dendropicos namaquus"
*Golden-crowned Woodpecker " _la. Dendropicos xantholophus"
*Elliot's Woodpecker " _la. Dendropicos elliotii"
*Grey Woodpecker " _la. Dendropicos goertae"
*Olive Woodpecker " _la. Dendropicos griseocephalus"


Order: PasseriformesFamily: Eurylaimidae

The broadbills are small, brightly coloured birds that feed on fruit and also take insects in flycatcher fashion, snapping their broad bills. Their habitat is canopies of wet forests. There are 15 species worldwide and 2 species which occur in Angola.

*African Broadbill " _la. Smithornis capensis"
*Rufous-sided Broadbill " _la. Smithornis rufolateralis"


Order: PasseriformesFamily: Pittidae

Pittas are medium-sized by passerine standards, and stocky, with fairly long, strong legs, short tails and stout bills. Many, but not all, are brightly coloured. They are spend the majority of their time on wet forest floors, eating snails, insects and similar invertebrate prey which they find there. There are 32 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Angola.

*African Pitta " _la. Pitta angolensis"


Order: PasseriformesFamily: Alaudidae

Larks are small terrestrial birds with often extravagant songs and display flights. Most larks are fairly dull in appearance. Their food is insects and seeds. There are 91 species worldwide and 15 species which occur in Angola.

*Monotonous Lark " _la. Mirafra passerina"
*Angola Lark " _la. Mirafra angolensis"
*Rufous-naped Lark " _la. Mirafra africana"
*Flappet Lark " _la. Mirafra rufocinnamomea"
*Sabota Lark " _la. Calendulauda sabota"
*Fawn-colored Lark " _la. Calendulauda africanoides"
*Dusky Lark " _la. Pinarocorys nigricans"
*Benguela Lark " _la. Certhilauda benguelensis" (E)
*Spike-heeled Lark " _la. Chersomanes albofasciata"
*Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Lark " _la. Eremopterix leucotis"
*Grey-backed Sparrow-Lark " _la. Eremopterix verticalis"
*Gray's Lark " _la. Ammomanopsis grayi"
*Red-capped Lark " _la. Calandrella cinerea"
*Pink-billed Lark " _la. Spizocorys conirostris" (A)
*Stark's Lark " _la. Spizocorys starki"

wallows and Martins

Order: PasseriformesFamily: Hirundinidae

The Hirundinidae family is a group of passerines characterized by their adaptation to aerial feeding. Their adaptations include a slender streamlined body, long pointed wings and short bills with wide gape. The feet are designed for perching rather than walking, and the front toes are partially joined at the base. There are 75 species worldwide and 23 species which occur in Angola.

*Bank Swallow " _la. Riparia riparia"
*Plain Martin " _la. Riparia paludicola"
*Banded Martin " _la. Riparia cincta"
*Brazza's Martin " _la. Phedina brazzae"
*Grey-rumped Swallow " _la. Pseudhirundo griseopyga"
*Rock Martin " _la. Ptyonoprogne fuligula"
*Barn Swallow " _la. Hirundo rustica"
*Angola Swallow " _la. Hirundo angolensis"
*White-throated Swallow " _la. Hirundo albigularis"
*Wire-tailed Swallow " _la. Hirundo smithii"
*White-throated Blue Swallow " _la. Hirundo nigrita"
*Black-and-rufous Swallow " _la. Hirundo nigrorufa"
*Pearl-breasted Swallow " _la. Hirundo dimidiata"
*Greater Striped-Swallow " _la. Cecropis cucullata"
*Lesser Striped-Swallow " _la. Cecropis abyssinica"
*Rufous-chested Swallow " _la. Cecropis semirufa"
*Mosque Swallow " _la. Cecropis senegalensis"
*Red-throated Swallow " _la. Petrochelidon rufigula"
*South African Swallow " _la. Petrochelidon spilodera"
*Common House-Martin " _la. Delichon urbica"
*Square-tailed Sawwing " _la. Psalidoprocne nitens"
*White-headed Sawwing " _la. Psalidoprocne albiceps"
*Blue Sawwing " _la. Psalidoprocne pristoptera"

Wagtails and Pipits

Order: PasseriformesFamily: Motacillidae

The Motacillidae are a family of small passerine birds with medium to long tails. They include the wagtails, longclaws and pipits. They are slender, ground feeding insectivores of open country. There are 54 species worldwide and 20 species which occur in Angola.

*White Wagtail " _la. Motacilla alba"
*African Pied Wagtail " _la. Motacilla aguimp"
*Cape Wagtail " _la. Motacilla capensis"
*Yellow Wagtail " _la. Motacilla flava"
*Mountain Wagtail " _la. Motacilla clara"
*Yellow-throated Longclaw " _la. Macronyx croceus"
*Fuelleborn's Longclaw " _la. Macronyx fuellebornii"
*Rosy-throated Longclaw " _la. Macronyx ameliae"
*Grimwood's Longclaw " _la. Macronyx grimwoodi"
*Striped Pipit " _la. Anthus lineiventris"
*Mountain Pipit " _la. Anthus hoeschi"
*Woodland Pipit " _la. Anthus nyassae"
*Plain-backed Pipit " _la. Anthus leucophrys"
*Buffy Pipit " _la. Anthus vaalensis"
*African Pipit " _la. Anthus cinnamomeus"
*Long-legged Pipit " _la. Anthus pallidiventris"
*Long-billed Pipit " _la. Anthus similis"
*Short-tailed Pipit " _la. Anthus brachyurus"
*Bush Pipit " _la. Anthus caffer"
*Tree Pipit " _la. Anthus trivialis"


Order: PasseriformesFamily: Campephagidae

The cuckoo-shrikes are small to medium-sized passerine birds. They are predominantly greyish with white and black, although some species are brightly coloured. There are 82 species worldwide and 6 species which occur in Angola.

*White-breasted Cuckoo-shrike " _la. Coracina pectoralis"
*Blue Cuckoo-shrike " _la. Coracina azurea"
*Petit's Cuckoo-shrike " _la. Campephaga petiti"
*Black Cuckoo-shrike " _la. Campephaga flava"
*Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike " _la. Campephaga phoenicea"
*Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike " _la. Campephaga quiscalina"


Order: PasseriformesFamily: Pycnonotidae

Bulbuls are medium-sized songbirds. Some are colourful with yellow, red or orange vents, cheeks, throat or supercilia, but most are drab, with uniform olive brown to black plumage. Some species have distinct crests.There are 130 species worldwide and 32 species which occur in Angola.

*Common Bulbul " _la. Pycnonotus barbatus"
*Black-fronted Bulbul " _la. Pycnonotus nigricans"
*Little Greenbul " _la. Andropadus virens"
*Grey Greenbul " _la. Andropadus gracilis"
*Ansorge's Greenbul " _la. Andropadus ansorgei"
*Plain Greenbul " _la. Andropadus curvirostris"
*Slender-billed Greenbul " _la. Andropadus gracilirostris"
*Yellow-whiskered Bulbul " _la. Andropadus latirostris"
*Golden Greenbul " _la. Calyptocichla serina"
*Honeyguide Greenbul " _la. Baeopogon indicator"
*Spotted Greenbul " _la. Ixonotus guttatus"
*Simple Greenbul " _la. Chlorocichla simplex"
*Yellow-throated Greenbul " _la. Chlorocichla flavicollis"
*Yellow-necked Greenbul " _la. Chlorocichla falkensteini"
*Yellow-bellied Greenbul " _la. Chlorocichla flaviventris"
*Swamp Greenbul " _la. Thescelocichla leucopleura"
*Cabanis's Greenbul " _la. Phyllastrephus cabanisi"
*Terrestrial Brownbul " _la. Phyllastrephus terrestris"
*Pale-olive Greenbul " _la. Phyllastrephus fulviventris"
*Grey-olive Greenbul " _la. Phyllastrephus cerviniventris"
*White-throated Greenbul " _la. Phyllastrephus albigularis"
*Icterine Greenbul " _la. Phyllastrephus icterinus"
*Xavier's Greenbul " _la. Phyllastrephus xavieri"
*Common Bristlebill " _la. Bleda syndactyla"
*Yellow-spotted Nicator " _la. Nicator chloris"
*Yellow-throated Nicator " _la. Nicator vireo"
*Red-tailed Greenbul " _la. Criniger calurus"
*Western Bearded-Greenbul " _la. Criniger barbatus"
*Eastern Bearded-Greenbul " _la. Criniger chloronotus"
*White-bearded Greenbul " _la. Criniger ndussumensis"
*Black-collared Bulbul " _la. Neolestes torquatus"
*Lesser Bristlebill " _la. Bleda notata"

Thrushes and allies

Order: PasseriformesFamily: Turdidae

The thrushes are a group of passerine birds that occur mainly in the Old World. They are plump, soft plumaged, small to medium-sized insectivores or sometimes omnivores, often feeding on the ground. Many have attractive songs. There are 335 species worldwide and 10 species which occur in Angola.

*Rufous Flycatcher-Thrush " _la. Neocossyphus fraseri"
*White-tailed Ant-Thrush " _la. Neocossyphus poensis"
*Short-toed Rock-Thrush " _la. Monticola brevipes"
*Miombo Rock-Thrush " _la. Monticola angolensis"
*Orange Ground-Thrush " _la. Zoothera gurneyi"
*Groundscraper Thrush " _la. Psophocichla litsipsirupa"
*Olive Thrush " _la. Turdus olivaceus"
*Kurrichane Thrush " _la. Turdus libonyanus"
*African Thrush " _la. Turdus pelios"
*Brown-chested Alethe " _la. Alethe poliocephala"

Cisticolas and allies

Order: PasseriformesFamily: Cisticolidae

The Cisticolidae are warblers found mainly in warmer southern regions of the Old World. They are generally very small birds of drab brown or grey appearance found in open country such as grassland or scrub. There are 111 species worldwide and 40 species which occur in Angola.

*Red-faced Cisticola " _la. Cisticola erythrops"
*Whistling Cisticola " _la. Cisticola lateralis"
*Chattering Cisticola " _la. Cisticola anonymus"
*Bubbling Cisticola " _la. Cisticola bulliens"
*Rock-loving Cisticola " _la. Cisticola aberrans"
*Rattling Cisticola " _la. Cisticola chiniana"
*Grey Cisticola " _la. Cisticola rufilatus"
*Red-headed Cisticola " _la. Cisticola subruficapillus"
*Wailing Cisticola " _la. Cisticola lais"
*Winding Cisticola " _la. Cisticola galactotes"
*Chirping Cisticola " _la. Cisticola pipiens"
*Tinkling Cisticola " _la. Cisticola tinniens"
*Stout Cisticola " _la. Cisticola robustus"
*Croaking Cisticola " _la. Cisticola natalensis"
*Piping Cisticola " _la. Cisticola fulvicapillus"
*Slender-tailed Cisticola " _la. Cisticola melanurus"
*Siffling Cisticola " _la. Cisticola brachypterus"
*Zitting Cisticola " _la. Cisticola juncidis"
*Desert Cisticola " _la. Cisticola aridulus"
*Cloud Cisticola " _la. Cisticola textrix"
*Cloud-scraping Cisticola " _la. Cisticola dambo"
*Pectoral-patch Cisticola " _la. Cisticola brunnescens"
*Pale-crowned Cisticola " _la. Cisticola cinnamomeus"
*Wing-snapping Cisticola " _la. Cisticola ayresii"
*Tawny-flanked Prinia " _la. Prinia subflava"
*Black-chested Prinia " _la. Prinia flavicans"
*White-chinned Prinia " _la. Prinia leucopogon"
*Banded Prinia " _la. Prinia bairdii"
*Black-throated Apalis " _la. Apalis jacksoni"
*Masked Apalis " _la. Apalis binotata"
*Yellow-breasted Apalis " _la. Apalis flavida"
*Buff-throated Apalis " _la. Apalis rufogularis"
*Gosling's Apalis " _la. Apalis goslingi"
*Grey Apalis " _la. Apalis cinerea"
*Brown-headed Apalis " _la. Apalis alticola"
*Green-backed Camaroptera " _la. Camaroptera brachyura"
*Yellow-browed Camaroptera " _la. Camaroptera superciliaris"
*Miombo Camaroptera " _la. Calamonastes undosus"
*Grey Wren-warbler " _la. Calamonastes simplex"
*Barred Camaroptera " _la. Calamonastes fasciolatus"

Old World warblers

Order: PasseriformesFamily: Sylviidae

The family Sylviidae is a group of small insectivorous passerine birds. The Sylviidae mainly occur as breeding species, as the common name implies, in Europe, Asia and, to a lesser extent Africa. Most are of generally undistinguished appearance, but many have distinctive songs. There are 291 species worldwide and 34 species which occur in Angola.

*African Bush-Warbler " _la. Bradypterus baboecala"
*Cameroon Scrub-Warbler " _la. Bradypterus lopezi"
*Moustached Grass-Warbler " _la. Melocichla mentalis"
*Sedge Warbler " _la. Acrocephalus schoenobaenus"
*Eurasian Reed-Warbler " _la. Acrocephalus scirpaceus"
*African Reed-Warbler " _la. Acrocephalus baeticatus"
*Great Reed-Warbler " _la. Acrocephalus arundinaceus"
*Greater Swamp-Warbler " _la. Acrocephalus rufescens"
*Lesser Swamp-Warbler " _la. Acrocephalus gracilirostris"
*Icterine Warbler " _la. Hippolais icterina"
*African Yellow Warbler " _la. Chloropeta natalensis"
*Salvadori's Eremomela " _la. Eremomela salvadorii"
*Yellow-bellied Eremomela " _la. Eremomela icteropygialis"
*Greencap Eremomela " _la. Eremomela scotops"
*Rufous-crowned Eremomela " _la. Eremomela badiceps"
*Black-necked Eremomela " _la. Eremomela atricollis"
*Burnt-neck Eremomela " _la. Eremomela usticollis"
*Green Crombec " _la. Sylvietta virens"
*Lemon-bellied Crombec " _la. Sylvietta denti"
*Red-capped Crombec " _la. Sylvietta ruficapilla"
*Cape Crombec " _la. Sylvietta rufescens"
*Yellow Longbill " _la. Macrosphenus flavicans"
*Grey Longbill " _la. Macrosphenus concolor"
*Pulitzer's Longbill " _la. Macrosphenus pulitzeri" (E)
*Green Hylia " _la. Hylia prasina"
*Laura's Wood-Warbler " _la. Phylloscopus laurae"
*Willow Warbler " _la. Phylloscopus trochilus"
*Wood Warbler " _la. Phylloscopus sibilatrix"
*Yellow-bellied Hyliota " _la. Hyliota flavigaster"
*Southern Hyliota " _la. Hyliota australis"
*Fan-tailed Grassbird " _la. Schoenicola brevirostris"
*Garden Warbler " _la. Sylvia borin"
*Greater Whitethroat " _la. Sylvia communis"
*Rufous-vented Warbler " _la. Parisoma subcaeruleum"

Old World flycatchers

Order: PasseriformesFamily: Muscicapidae

Old World flycatchers are a large group of small passerine birds native to the Old World. They are mainly small arboreal insectivores. The appearance of these birds is very varied, but they mostly have weak songs and harsh calls. There 274 species worldwide and 50 species which occur in Angola.

*Pale Flycatcher " _la. Bradornis pallidus"
*Chat Flycatcher " _la. Bradornis infuscatus"
*Mariqua Flycatcher " _la. Bradornis mariquensis"
*Angola Slaty-Flycatcher " _la. Melaenornis brunneus" (E)
*Southern Black Flycatcher " _la. Melaenornis pammelaina"
*African Forest Flycatcher " _la. Fraseria ocreata"
*White-browed Forest Flycatcher " _la. Fraseria cinerascens"
*Spotted Flycatcher " _la. Muscicapa striata"
*Sooty Flycatcher " _la. Muscicapa infuscata"
*Boehm's Flycatcher " _la. Muscicapa boehmi"
*African Dusky Flycatcher " _la. Muscicapa adusta"
*Little Grey Flycatcher " _la. Muscicapa epulata"
*Dusky-blue Flycatcher " _la. Muscicapa comitata"
*Cassin's Flycatcher " _la. Muscicapa cassini"
*Ashy Flycatcher " _la. Muscicapa caerulescens"
*Grey-throated Tit-flycatcher " _la. Myioparus griseigularis"
*Grey Tit-flycatcher " _la. Myioparus plumbeus"
*European Pied Flycatcher " _la. Ficedula hypoleuca"
*Collared Flycatcher " _la. Ficedula albicollis"
*Bocage's Akalat " _la. Sheppardia bocagei"
*Gabela Akalat " _la. Sheppardia gabela" (E)
*Grey-winged Robin-chat " _la. Cossypha polioptera"
*White-browed Robin-chat " _la. Cossypha heuglini"
*Red-capped Robin-chat " _la. Cossypha natalensis"
*White-headed Robin-chat " _la. Cossypha heinrichi"
*Snowy-crowned Robin-chat " _la. Cossypha niveicapilla"
*Angola Cave Chat " _la. Xenocopsychus ansorgei" (E)
*Collared Palm Thrush " _la. Cichladusa arquata"
*Rufous-tailed Palm Thrush " _la. Cichladusa ruficauda"
*Forest Scrub Robin " _la. Cercotrichas leucosticta"
*Bearded Scrub Robin " _la. Cercotrichas quadrivirgata"
*Miombo Scrub Robin " _la. Cercotrichas barbata"
*Brown-backed Scrub Robin " _la. Cercotrichas hartlaubi"
*Red-backed Scrub Robin " _la. Cercotrichas leucophrys"
*Kalahari Scrub Robin " _la. Cercotrichas paena"
*Herero Chat " _la. Namibornis herero"
*Common Redstart " _la. Phoenicurus phoenicurus"
*African Stonechat " _la. Saxicola torquata"
*Mountain Wheatear " _la. Oenanthe monticola"
*Northern Wheatear " _la. Oenanthe oenanthe"
*Capped Wheatear " _la. Oenanthe pileata"
*Isabelline Wheatear " _la. Oenanthe isabellina"
*Karoo Chat " _la. Cercomela schlegelii"
*Tractrac Chat " _la. Cercomela tractrac"
*Familiar Chat " _la. Cercomela familiaris"
*Congo Moorchat " _la. Myrmecocichla tholloni"
*Southern Anteater Chat " _la. Myrmecocichla formicivora"
*Sooty Chat " _la. Myrmecocichla nigra"
*White-fronted Black Chat " _la. Myrmecocichla albifrons"
*White-headed Black Chat " _la. Myrmecocichla arnotti"


Order: PasseriformesFamily: Platysteiridae

The wattle-eyes or puffback flycatchers are small stout passerine birds of the African tropics. They get their name from the brightly coloured fleshy eye decorations found in most species in this group. There are 31 species worldwide and 15 species which occur in Angola.

*African Shrike-flycatcher " _la. Megabyas flammulatus"
*Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher " _la. Bias musicus"
*Brown-throated Wattle-eye " _la. Platysteira cyanea"
*White-fronted Wattle-eye " _la. Platysteira albifrons" (E)
*Black-throated Wattle-eye " _la. Platysteira peltata"
*Chestnut Wattle-eye " _la. Platysteira castanea"
*Red-cheeked Wattle-eye " _la. Platysteira blissetti"
*Black-necked Wattle-eye " _la. Platysteira chalybea"
*Yellow-bellied Wattle-eye " _la. Platysteira concreta"
*Boulton's Batis " _la. Batis margaritae"
*Chinspot Batis " _la. Batis molitor"
*Pririt Batis " _la. Batis pririt"
*Black-headed Batis " _la. Batis minor"
*Angola Batis " _la. Batis minulla"
*White-tailed Shrike " _la. Lanioturdus torquatus"

Monarch flycatchers

Order: PasseriformesFamily: Monarchidae

The monarch flycatchers are small to medium-sized insectivorous passerines, which hunt by flycatching. There are 99 species worldwide and 8 species which occur in Angola.

*Chestnut-capped Flycatcher " _la. Erythrocercus mccallii"
*African Blue-Flycatcher " _la. Elminia longicauda"
*White-tailed Blue-Flycatcher " _la. Elminia albicauda"
*Blue-headed Crested-Flycatcher " _la. Trochocercus nitens"
*Black-headed Paradise-Flycatcher " _la. Terpsiphone rufiventer"
*Rufous-vented Paradise-Flycatcher " _la. Terpsiphone rufocinerea"
*Bates's Paradise-Flycatcher " _la. Terpsiphone batesi"
*African Paradise-Flycatcher " _la. Terpsiphone viridis"


Order: PasseriformesFamily: Timaliidae

The babblers or timaliids are somewhat diverse in size and coloration, but are characterised by soft fluffy plumage. There are 270 species worldwide and 10 species which occur in Angola.

*Damara Rockjumper " _la. Chaetops pycnopygius"
*Scaly-breasted Illadopsis " _la. Illadopsis albipectus"
*Pale-breasted Illadopsis " _la. Illadopsis rufipennis"
*Brown Illadopsis " _la. Illadopsis fulvescens"
*African Hill Babbler " _la. Illadopsis abyssinica"
*Thrush Babbler " _la. Ptyrticus turdinus"
*Black-faced Babbler " _la. Turdoides melanops"
*Hartlaub's Babbler " _la. Turdoides hartlaubii"
*Arrow-marked Babbler " _la. Turdoides jardineii"
*Bare-cheeked Babbler " _la. Turdoides gymnogenys"

Chickadees and Titmice

Order: PasseriformesFamily: Paridae

The Paridae are mainly small stocky woodland species with short stout bills. Some have crests. They are adaptable birds, with a mixed diet including seeds and insects. There are species 59 worldwide and 7 species which occur in Angola.

*White-winged Black-Tit " _la. Melaniparus leucomelas"
*Southern Black-Tit " _la. Melaniparus niger"
*Carp's Tit " _la. Melaniparus carpi"
*Rufous-bellied Tit " _la. Melaniparus rufiventris"
*Dusky Tit " _la. Melaniparus funereus"
*Miombo Tit " _la. Melaniparus griseiventris"
*Ashy Tit " _la. Melaniparus cinerascens"


Order: PasseriformesFamily: Certhiidae

Treecreepers are small woodland birds, brown above and white below. They have thin pointed down-curved bills, which they use to extricate insects from bark. They have stiff tail feathers, like woodpeckers, which they use to support themselves on vertical trees. There are 6 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Angola.

*Spotted Creeper " _la. Salpornis spilonotus"

Penduline tits

Order: PasseriformesFamily: Remizidae

The penduline tits are a group of small passerine birds, related to the true tits. They are insectivores. There are 13 species worldwide and 3 species which occur in Angola.

*African Penduline-Tit " _la. Anthoscopus caroli"
*Southern Penduline-Tit " _la. Anthoscopus minutus"
*Tit-hylia " _la. Pholidornis rushiae"

unbirds and Spiderhunters

Order: PasseriformesFamily: Nectariniidae

The sunbirds and spiderhunters are very small passerine birds which feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. Flight is fast and direct on their short wings. Most species can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, but usually perch to feed. There are 131 species worldwide and 37 species which occur in Angola.

*Scarlet-tufted Sunbird " _la. Deleornis fraseri"
*Anchieta's Sunbird " _la. Anthreptes anchietae"
*Mouse-brown Sunbird " _la. Anthreptes gabonicus"
*Western Violet-backed Sunbird " _la. Anthreptes longuemarei"
*Violet-tailed Sunbird " _la. Anthreptes aurantium"
*Little Green Sunbird " _la. Anthreptes seimundi"
*Green Sunbird " _la. Anthreptes rectirostris"
*Collared Sunbird " _la. Hedydipna collaris"
*Reichenbach's Sunbird " _la. Anabathmis reichenbachii"
*Green-headed Sunbird " _la. Cyanomitra verticalis"
*Blue-throated Brown Sunbird " _la. Cyanomitra cyanolaema"
*Bannerman's Sunbird " _la. Cyanomitra bannermani"
*Eastern Olive-Sunbird " _la. Cyanomitra olivacea"
*Western Olive-Sunbird " _la. Cyanomitra obscura"
*Carmelite Sunbird " _la. Chalcomitra fuliginosa"
*Green-throated Sunbird " _la. Chalcomitra rubescens"
*Amethyst Sunbird " _la. Chalcomitra amethystina"
*Scarlet-chested Sunbird " _la. Chalcomitra senegalensis"
*Bocage's Sunbird " _la. Nectarinia bocagii"
*Bronze Sunbird " _la. Nectarinia kilimensis"
*Olive-bellied Sunbird " _la. Cinnyris chloropygius"
*Miombo Sunbird " _la. Cinnyris manoensis"
*Montane Double-collared Sunbird " _la. Cinnyris ludovicensis" (E)
*Greater Double-collared Sunbird " _la. Cinnyris afer"
*Mariqua Sunbird " _la. Cinnyris mariquensis"
*Shelley's Sunbird " _la. Cinnyris shelleyi"
*Purple-banded Sunbird " _la. Cinnyris bifasciatus"
*Orange-tufted Sunbird " _la. Cinnyris bouvieri"
*Splendid Sunbird " _la. Cinnyris coccinigaster"
*Johanna's Sunbird " _la. Cinnyris johannae"
*Superb Sunbird " _la. Cinnyris superbus"
*Oustalet's Sunbird " _la. Cinnyris oustaleti"
*White-breasted Sunbird " _la. Cinnyris talatala"
*Variable Sunbird " _la. Cinnyris venustus"
*Dusky Sunbird " _la. Cinnyris fuscus"
*Bates's Sunbird " _la. Cinnyris batesi"
*Copper Sunbird " _la. Cinnyris cupreus"


Order: PasseriformesFamily: Zosteropidae

The white-eyes are small and are mostly of undistinguished appearance, the plumage above being generally either some dull color like greenish olive, but some species have a white or bright yellow throat, breast or lower parts, and several have buff flanks. As their name suggests many species have a white ring around the eyes. There are 96 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Angola.

*African Yellow White-eye " _la. Zosterops senegalensis"

Old World Orioles

Order: PasseriformesFamily: Oriolidae

The Old World Orioles are colourful passerine birds. They are not related to the New World orioles. There are 29 species worldwide and 5 species which occur in Angola.

*Eurasian Golden Oriole " _la. Oriolus oriolus"
*African Golden Oriole " _la. Oriolus auratus"
*Western Black-headed Oriole " _la. Oriolus brachyrhynchus"
*African Black-headed Oriole " _la. Oriolus larvatus"
*Black-winged Oriole " _la. Oriolus nigripennis"


Order: PasseriformesFamily: Laniidae

Shrikes are passerine birds known for their habit of catching other birds and small animals and impaling the uneaten portions of their bodies on thorns. A typical shrike's beak is hooked, like a bird of prey. There are 31 species worldwide and 8 species which occur in Angola.

*Red-backed Shrike " _la. Lanius collurio"
*Souza's Shrike " _la. Lanius souzae"
*Lesser Grey Shrike " _la. Lanius minor"
*Mackinnon's Shrike " _la. Lanius mackinnoni"
*Common Fiscal " _la. Lanius collaris"
*Woodchat Shrike " _la. Lanius senator" (A)
*Magpie Shrike " _la. Corvinella melanoleuca"
*White-crowned Shrike " _la. Eurocephalus anguitimens"

Bushshrikes and allies

Order: PasseriformesFamily: Malaconotidae

Bushshrikes are similar in habits to shrikes, hunting insects and other small prey from a perch on a bush. Although similar in build to the shrikes, these tend to be either colourful species or largely black; some species are quite secretive. There are 46 species worldwide and 24 species which occur in Angola.

*Brubru " _la. Nilaus afer"
*Northern Puffback " _la. Dryoscopus gambensis"
*Black-backed Puffback " _la. Dryoscopus cubla"
*Red-eyed Puffback " _la. Dryoscopus senegalensis"
*Pink-footed Puffback " _la. Dryoscopus angolensis"
*Large-billed Puffback " _la. Dryoscopus sabini"
*Marsh Tchagra " _la. Tchagra minuta"
*Black-crowned Tchagra " _la. Tchagra senegala"
*Brown-crowned Tchagra " _la. Tchagra australis"
*Luehder's Bushshrike " _la. Laniarius luehderi"
*Gabela Bushshrike " _la. Laniarius amboimensis" (E)
*Braun's Bushshrike " _la. Laniarius brauni" (E)
*Tropical Boubou " _la. Laniarius aethiopicus"
*Gabon Boubou " _la. Laniarius bicolor"
*Crimson-breasted Gonolek " _la. Laniarius atrococcineus"
*Sooty Boubou " _la. Laniarius leucorhynchus"
*Bokmakierie " _la. Telophorus zeylonus"
*Grey-green Bushshrike " _la. Telophorus bocagei"
*Sulphur-breasted Bushshrike " _la. Telophorus sulfureopectus"
*Many-colored Bushshrike " _la. Telophorus multicolor"
*Black-fronted Bushshrike " _la. Telophorus nigrifrons"
*Four-colored Bushshrike " _la. Telophorus viridis"
*Grey-headed Bushshrike " _la. Malaconotus blanchoti"
*Monteiro's Bushshrike " _la. Malaconotus monteiri"


Order: PasseriformesFamily: Prionopidae

The helmetshrikes are similar in build to the shrikes, but tend to be colourful species with distinctive crests or other head ornaments, such as wattles, from which they get their name. There are 12 species worldwide and 4 species which occur in Angola.

*White Helmetshrike " _la. Prionops plumatus"
*Rufous-bellied Helmetshrike " _la. Prionops rufiventris"
*Retz's Helmetshrike " _la. Prionops retzii"
*Angola Helmetshrike " _la. Prionops gabela" (E)


Order: PasseriformesFamily: Dicruridae

The drongos are mostly are black or dark grey in colour, sometimes with metallic tints. They have long forked tails, and some Asian species have elaborate tail decorations. They have short legs and sit very upright whilst perched, like a shrike. They flycatch or take prey from the ground. There are 24 species worldwide and 3 species which occur in Angola.

*Square-tailed Drongo " _la. Dicrurus ludwigii"
*Fork-tailed Drongo " _la. Dicrurus adsimilis"
*Velvet-mantled Drongo " _la. Dicrurus modestus"

Crows, Jays, Ravens and Magpies

Order: PasseriformesFamily: Corvidae

The Corvidae family includes crows, ravens, jays, choughs, magpies, treepies, nutcrackers, and ground jays. Corvids are above average in size for the bird order Passeriformes. Some of the larger species show high levels of learning behavior. There are 120 species worldwide and 2 species which occur in Angola.

*Cape Crow " _la. Corvus capensis"
*Pied Crow " _la. Corvus albus"


Order: PasseriformesFamily: Sturnidae

Starlings are small to medium-sized passerine birds. Their flight is strong and direct, and they are very gregarious. Their preferred habitat is fairly open country. They eat insects and fruit. Plumage is typically dark with a metallic sheen. There are 125 species worldwide and 15 species which occur in Angola.

*Wattled Starling " _la. Creatophora cinerea"
*Cape Glossy-Starling " _la. Lamprotornis nitens"
*Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling " _la. Lamprotornis chalybaeus"
*Splendid Glossy-Starling " _la. Lamprotornis splendidus"
*Meves's Glossy-Starling " _la. Lamprotornis mevesii"
*Burchell's Glossy-Starling " _la. Lamprotornis australis"
*Sharp-tailed Glossy-Starling " _la. Lamprotornis acuticaudus"
*Purple-headed Glossy-Starling " _la. Lamprotornis purpureiceps"
*Violet-backed Starling " _la. Cinnyricinclus leucogaster"
*Chestnut-winged Starling " _la. Onychognathus fulgidus"
*Pale-winged Starling " _la. Onychognathus nabouroup"
*Narrow-tailed Starling " _la. Poeoptera lugubris"
*Babbling Starling " _la. Neocichla gutturalis"
*Red-billed Oxpecker " _la. Buphagus erythrorhynchus"
*Yellow-billed Oxpecker " _la. Buphagus africanus"

Weavers and allies

Order: PasseriformesFamily: Ploceidae

The weavers are small passerine birds related to the finches. They are seed-eating birds with rounded conical bills. The males of many species are brightly coloured, usually in red or yellow and black, some species show variation in colour only in the breeding season. There are 116 species worldwide and 47 species which occur in Angola.

*White-billed Buffalo-Weaver " _la. Bubalornis albirostris"
*Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver " _la. Bubalornis niger"
*Scaly Weaver " _la. Sporopipes squamifrons"
*White-browed Sparrow-Weaver " _la. Plocepasser mahali"
*Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver " _la. Plocepasser superciliosus"
*Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Weaver " _la. Plocepasser rufoscapulatus"
*Social Weaver " _la. Philetairus socius"
*Black-chinned Weaver " _la. Ploceus nigrimentum"
*Slender-billed Weaver " _la. Ploceus pelzelni"
*Loango Weaver " _la. Ploceus subpersonatus"
*Lesser Masked-Weaver " _la. Ploceus intermedius"
*Spectacled Weaver " _la. Ploceus ocularis"
*Black-necked Weaver " _la. Ploceus nigricollis"
*Bocage's Weaver " _la. Ploceus temporalis"
*Holub's Golden-Weaver " _la. Ploceus xanthops"
*Orange Weaver " _la. Ploceus aurantius"
*Southern Brown-throated Weaver " _la. Ploceus xanthopterus"
*Southern Masked-Weaver " _la. Ploceus velatus"
*Village Weaver " _la. Ploceus cucullatus"
*Vieillot's Weaver " _la. Ploceus nigerrimus"
*Chestnut Weaver " _la. Ploceus rubiginosus"
*Yellow-mantled Weaver " _la. Ploceus tricolor"
*Forest Weaver " _la. Ploceus bicolor"
*Preuss's Weaver " _la. Ploceus preussi"
*Brown-capped Weaver " _la. Ploceus insignis"
*Bar-winged Weaver " _la. Ploceus angolensis"
*Compact Weaver " _la. Pachyphantes superciliosus"
*Black-throated Malimbe " _la. Malimbus cassini"
*Gray's Malimbe " _la. Malimbus nitens"
*Crested Malimbe " _la. Malimbus malimbicus"
*Red-headed Malimbe " _la. Malimbus rubricollis"
*Red-headed Weaver " _la. Anaplectes rubriceps"
*Red-headed Quelea " _la. Quelea erythrops"
*Red-billed Quelea " _la. Quelea quelea"
*Yellow-crowned Bishop " _la. Euplectes afer"
*Black Bishop " _la. Euplectes gierowii"
*Black-winged Bishop " _la. Euplectes hordeaceus"
*Red Bishop " _la. Euplectes orix"
*Golden-backed Bishop " _la. Euplectes aureus"
*Yellow Bishop " _la. Euplectes capensis"
*Fan-tailed Widowbird " _la. Euplectes axillaris"
*Yellow-shouldered Widowbird " _la. Euplectes macrourus"
*White-winged Widowbird " _la. Euplectes albonotatus"
*Red-collared Widowbird " _la. Euplectes ardens"
*Marsh Widowbird " _la. Euplectes hartlaubi"
*Long-tailed Widowbird " _la. Euplectes progne"
*Grosbeak Weaver " _la. Amblyospiza albifrons"

Waxbills and allies

Order: PasseriformesFamily: Estrildidae

The estrildid finches are small passerine birds of the Old World tropics and Australasia. They are gregarious and often colonial seed-eaters with short thick but pointed bills. They are all similar in structure and habits, but have a wide variation in plumage colours and pattern. There are 141 species worldwide and 41 species which occur in Angola.

*Woodhouse's Antpecker " _la. Parmoptila woodhousei"
*White-breasted Negrofinch " _la. Nigrita fusconota"
*Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch " _la. Nigrita bicolor"
*Pale-fronted Negrofinch " _la. Nigrita luteifrons"
*Grey-headed Negrofinch " _la. Nigrita canicapilla"
*Orange-winged Pytilia " _la. Pytilia afra"
*Green-winged Pytilia " _la. Pytilia melba"
*Green-backed Twinspot " _la. Mandingoa nitidula"
*Red-faced Crimson-wing " _la. Cryptospiza reichenovii"
*Black-bellied Seedcracker " _la. Pyrenestes ostrinus"
*Western Bluebill " _la. Spermophaga haematina"
*Red-headed Bluebill " _la. Spermophaga ruficapilla"
*Brown Twinspot " _la. Clytospiza monteiri"
*Peters's Twinspot " _la. Hypargos niveoguttatus"
*Dusky Twinspot " _la. Euschistospiza cinereovinacea"
*Brown Firefinch " _la. Lagonosticta nitidula"
*Red-billed Firefinch " _la. Lagonosticta senegala"
*African Firefinch " _la. Lagonosticta rubricata"
*Pale-billed Firefinch " _la. Lagonosticta landanae"
*Jameson's Firefinch " _la. Lagonosticta rhodopareia"
*Blue-breasted Cordonbleu " _la. Uraeginthus angolensis"
*Red-cheeked Cordonbleu " _la. Uraeginthus bengalus"
*Violet-eared Waxbill " _la. Uraeginthus granatina"
*Black-tailed Waxbill " _la. Estrilda perreini"
*Cinderella Waxbill " _la. Estrilda thomensis"
*Yellow-bellied Waxbill " _la. Estrilda quartinia"
*Swee Waxbill " _la. Estrilda melanotis"
*Fawn-breasted Waxbill " _la. Estrilda paludicola"
*Orange-cheeked Waxbill " _la. Estrilda melpoda"
*Common Waxbill " _la. Estrilda astrild"
*Black-headed Waxbill " _la. Estrilda atricapilla"
*Black-cheeked Waxbill " _la. Estrilda erythronotos"
*Zebra Waxbill " _la. Sporaeginthus subflavus"
*Red-billed Quailfinch " _la. Ortygospiza gabonensis"
*Black-faced Quailfinch " _la. Ortygospiza atricollis"
*Locustfinch " _la. Paludipasser locustella"
*Bronze Mannikin " _la. Spermestes cucullatus"
*Black-and-white Mannikin " _la. Spermestes bicolor"
*Magpie Mannikin " _la. Spermestes fringilloides"
*Cut-throat " _la. Amadina fasciata"
*Red-headed Finch " _la. Amadina erythrocephala"


Order: PasseriformesFamily: Viduidae

The indigobirds are finch-like species which usually have black or indigo predominating in their plumage. All are brood parasites, which lay their eggs in the nests of estrildid finch species. There are 20 species worldwide and 7 species which occur in Angola.

*Village Indigobird " _la. Vidua chalybeata"
*Variable Indigobird " _la. Vidua funerea"
*Purple Indigobird " _la. Vidua purpurascens"
*Shaft-tailed Whydah " _la. Vidua regia"
*Pin-tailed Whydah " _la. Vidua macroura"
*Eastern Paradise-Whydah " _la. Vidua paradisaea"
*Broad-tailed Paradise-Whydah " _la. Vidua obtusa"

Weavers and allies

Order: PasseriformesFamily: Ploceidae

The weavers are small passerine birds related to the finches. They are seed-eating birds with rounded conical bills. The males of many species are brightly coloured, usually in red or yellow and black, some species show variation in colour only in the breeding season. There are 116 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Angola.

*Parasitic Weaver " _la. Anomalospiza imberbis"

Buntings, Sparrows, Seedeaters and allies

Order: PasseriformesFamily: Emberizidae

The emberizids are a large family of passerine birds. They are seed-eating birds with a distinctively shaped bill. In Europe, most species are named as buntings. In North America, most of the species in this family are known as Sparrows, but these birds are not closely related to the Old World sparrows which are in the family Passeridae. Many emberizid species have distinctive head patterns. There are species 275 worldwide and 5 species which occur in Angola.

*Lark-like Bunting " _la. Emberiza impetuani"
*Cinnamon-breasted Bunting " _la. Emberiza tahapisi"
*Cape Bunting " _la. Emberiza capensis"
*Golden-breasted Bunting " _la. Emberiza flaviventris"
*Cabanis's Bunting " _la. Emberiza cabanisi"

iskins, Crossbills and allies

Order: PasseriformesFamily: Fringillidae

Finches are seed-eating passerine birds, that are small to moderately large and have a strong beak, usually conical and in some species very large. All have 12 tail feathers and 9 primaries. These birds have a bouncing flight with alternating bouts of flapping and gliding on closed wings, and most sing well. There are 137 species worldwide and 12 species which occur in Angola.

*Cape Canary " _la. Serinus canicollis"
*Yellow-crowned Canary " _la. Serinus flavivertex"
*African Citril " _la. Serinus citrinelloides"
*Black-faced Canary " _la. Serinus capistratus"
*Black-throated Canary " _la. Serinus atrogularis"
*Yellow-fronted Canary " _la. Serinus mozambicus"
*Yellow Canary " _la. Serinus flaviventris"
*Brimstone Canary " _la. Serinus sulphuratus"
*White-throated Canary " _la. Serinus albogularis"
*Streaky-headed Seedeater " _la. Serinus gularis"
*Black-eared Seedeater " _la. Serinus mennelli"
*Thick-billed Seedeater " _la. Serinus burtoni"


Order: PasseriformesFamily: Passeridae

Sparrows are small passerine birds. In general, sparrows tend to be small, plump, brown or grey birds with short tails and short powerful beaks. Sparrows are seed-eaters, and they also consume small insects. There are 35 species worldwide and 5 species which occur in Angola.

*Great Rufous Sparrow " _la. Passer motitensis"
*Cape Sparrow " _la. Passer melanurus"
*Grey-headed Sparrow " _la. Passer griseus"
*Southern Grey-headed Sparrow " _la. Passer diffusus"
*Yellow-throated Petronia " _la. Petronia superciliaris"

ee also

*List of birds
*Lists of birds by region


*cite web
last = Lepage
first = Denis
authorlink =
coauthors =
year =
url =
title = Checklist of birds of Angola
format =
work = Bird Checklists of the World
publisher = Avibase
accessdate = 27 April
accessyear = 2007

*cite book
title=Birds of the World: a Checklist
first= James F.
last = Clements
publisher = Cornell University Press
date = 2000
id = ISBN 0934797161
pages = 880

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