Birds seen at Maweni Beach Cottages

November 2001 – March 2002

 

 

Common Name¹

Scientific Name

Comments²

Pink-backed Pelican

Pelicanus rufescens

The occasional bird flies over

Little Egret

Egretta Garzetta

Small groups over Maweni

Great Egret

Casmerodius albus

Fairly common at low tide

Grey Heron

Ardea cinerea

Common

Black-headed Heron

Ardea melanocephala

Common

Woolly-necked Stork

Ciconia episcopus

Singles, pairs common at low tide

Hadada Ibis

Threskiornis aethiopicus

Very common

Osprey

Pandion haliaetus

Occasional during winter

Black (Yellow-billed) Kite

Milvus migrans

Very common

African Goshawk

Accipiter tachiro

Occasional

Little Sparrowhawk

Accipiter minull us

Scarce

Lizard Buzzard

Kaupifalco monogrammicus

Common, their may be a pair nesting close by

African Fish Eagle

Haliaeetus vocifer

Sometimes on the reef at low tide

Palm-nut Vulture

Gypohierax angolensis

Common

Long-crested Eagle

Lophaetus occipitalis

Fairly common

Sooty Falcon

Falco concolor

Rare

Crested Francolin

Francolinus sephaena

Common, easier heard than seen

Ringed Plover

Charadrius hiaticula

Common migrant

Grey Plover

Pluvialis squatarola

Common migrant

Sanderling

Calidris alba

Common migrant

Whimbrel

Numenius phaeopus

Common migrant

Eurasian Curlew

Numenius arquata

Uncommon migrant

Common Greenshank

Tringa nebularia

Common migrant

Common Sandpiper

Actitis hypoleucos

Common migrant

Ruddy Turnstone

Arenaria interpres

Common migrant

Sooty Gull

Larus hemprichii

Common

Greater Crested Tern

Sterna bergii

Fairly common

Lesser Crested Tern

Sterna bengalensis

Uncommon

African Green Pigeon

Treron calva

Very common, esp. around cottages 6 & 8

Emerald-spotted Wood Dove

Turtur chalcospilos

Very common

Red-eyed Dove

Streptopelia semitorquata

Very common

Ring-necked Dove

Streptopelia capicola

Very common

Laughing Dove

Streptopelia senegalensis

Very common

Klaas´s Cuckoo

Chrysococcyx klaas

Occasional

White-browed Coucal

Centropus superciliosus

Very common

African Palm Swift

Cypsiurus parvus

Very common

Little Swift

Apus affinis

Very common

Speckled Mousebird

Colius striatus

Very common

Brown-hooded Kingfisher

Halcyon albiventirs

Occasional

Striped Kingfisher

Halcyon chelicuti

Occasional

Pied Kingfisher

Ceryle rudis

Uncommon

Carmine Bee-eater

Merops nubicus

Common November, December

White-throated bee-eater

Merops albicollis

Common

Little bee-eater

Merops pusillus

Uncommon

Eurasian Roller

Coracias garrulous

Uncommon

Lilac-breasted Roller

Coracias caudate

Common

Hoopoe

Upupa epops

Common, also African Hoopoe

Trumpeter Hornbill

Bycanistes bucinator

Uncommon

Silvery-cheeked Hornbill

Bycanistes brevis

Uncommon

Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird

Pogoniulus bilineatus

Very common

Red-fronted Tinkerbird

Pogoniulus pusillus

Very common

Brown-breasted Barbet

Lybius melanopterus

Common

Ethiopian Swallow

Hirundo aethiopica

Fairly common

Mosque Swallow

Hirundo senegalensis

Fairly common

Lesser Striped Swallow

Hirundo abyssinica

Common

African Pied Wagtail

Motacilla aguimp

Common

Zanzibar Sombre Greenbul

Andropadus importunus

Very common

Fischer´s Greenbul

Phyllastrephus fischeri

Uncommon

Northern Brownbul

Phyllastrephus strepitans

Common

Terrestrial Brownbul

Phyllastrephus terrestris

Very uncommon

Yellow-bellied Greenbul

Chlorocichla flaviventris

Uncommon

Common Bulbul

Pycnonotus barbatus

Very common

Red-capped Robin-Chat

Cossypha natalensis

Uncommon

White-browed Robin-Chat

Cossypha heuglini

Fairly common

White-browed Scrub Robin

Cercotrichas leucophrys

Fairly common

Eastern Bearded Scrub Robin

Cercotrichas quadrivirgata

Fairly common

Spotted Flycatcher

Muscicapa striata

Common

Grey-backed Camaroptera

Camaroptera brachyura

Common

Black-headed Batis

Batis minor

Common

Black-throated Wattle-eye

Platysteira peltata

Uncommon

Red-backed Shrike

Lanius collurio

Singles

Black-crowned Tchagra

Tchagra australis

Fairly common

Tropical Boubou

Laniarius aethiopicus

Very common

Black-backed Puffback

Dryoscopus cubla

Very common

Black Cuckoo-shrike

Campephaga flava

Occasional

Common Drongo

Dicrurus adsimilis

Common

House Crow

Corvus splendens

Common

Pied Crow

Corvus albus

Common

Black-bellied Starling

Lamprotornis corruscus

Fairly common

Collared Sunbird

Anthreptes collaris

Common

Olive Sunbird

Nectarinia olivacea

Uncommon

Mouse-coloured Sunbird

Nectarinia veroxii

Uncommon

Amethyst Sunbird

Nectarinia senegalensis

Uncommon

Purple-banded Sunbird

Nectarinia bifasciata

Common

Grey-headed Sparrow

Passer griseus

Common

Black-necked Weaver

Ploceus nigricollis

Uncommon

African Golden Weaver

Ploceus subaureus

Fairly common

Golden Palm Weaver

Ploceus bojeri

Common

Lesser Masked Weaver

Ploceus intermedius

Uncommon

Black-headed Weaver

Ploceus cucullatus

Very common

Zanzibar Red Bishop

Euplectes nigroventris

Uncommon

Peter’s Twinspot

Hypargos niveoguttatus

Uncommon

Red-billed Firefinch

Lagonosticta senegala

Fairly Common

Jameson’s Firefinch

Lagonosticta rhodopareia

Once

Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu

Uraeginthus bengalus

Very common

Bronze Mannikin

Lonchura cucullata

Very common

Black-and-white Mannikin

Lonchura bicolor

Fairly common

Yellow-fronted Canary

Serinus mozambicus

Fairly common

Yellow-rumped Seedeater

Serinus reichenowi

Common

 

¹ Both common and scientific names follow the “Check-list of the Birds of Kenya”, third edition (1996), and does not take into account recent splits, e.g. Grey-headed Sparrow. Obviously, any spelling mistakes are mine aloneJ.

 

² Obviously, these comments are very subjective. Please also take into account the time of year, i.e. a large number of Palaearctic and afrotropical migrants.

 

The list is by no means exhaustive. Rather, it is meant as an encouragement for future visitors to Maweni Beach Cottages. Any feedback, spectacular sightings, etc. would be appreciated. You can mail me at hannostamm@hotmail.com.

 

Hanno Stamm

Maweni Beach Cottages

March 2002