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Kenya Endemic Species, Birds of Kenya

Kenya Endemic Species Kenya Endemics Tanzania Endemics Uganda Endemics
Endemics and Specialities in Kenya


Information on endemics and specialities is derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists and bird distribution lists in Thayer’s Birder’s Diary – Version 2.05, supplemented by material found in Where to Watch Birds in Africa – by Nigel Wheatley. African speciality birds, while not endemic, are those that can only be found in three or less countries of Africa. Information on endangered birds is derived from the IUCN Red List, Birdlife International, and supporting data bases developed by Ian Patton, of Merlin Species Watcher. The endemic, endangered and speciality birds may be uncommon, extremely rare vagrants, may be extirpated in the country now or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of each species noted below have been made in Kenya.


Endemics in Kenya (for more info on endemic birds in Kenya, see Paul and Helen Harris’ website) Aberdare Cisticola
Clarke’s Weaver
Hinde’s Pied-Babbler Sharpe’s Pipit
Sokoke Scops-Owl
Taita Thrush
Kulal White-eye Taita White-eye
Tana River Cisticola
William’s Lark       Endangered Birds in Kenya (endemics are printed in bold italic)

Breeding Birds Non-Breeding Birds Abbott’s Starling
Amani Sunbird
Chapin’s Flycatcher
Clarke’s Weaver
East Coast Akalat
Grey-crested Helmetshrike
Hinde’s Pied-Babbler
Kulal White-eye Sokoke Scops-Owl
Taita Apalis
Taita Falcon
Taita Thrush
Taita White-eye
Tana River Cisticola
Thin-billed Flycatcher-Warbler
Turner’s Eremomela
White-winged Apalis Blue Swallow
Christmas Island Frigatebird Corn Crake
Greater Spotted-Eagle
Lesser Kestrel
Spotted Ground-Thrush
White-eyed Gull
Sokoke Pipit       Other Near-Endemic Birds in Tanzania (adapted from Where to Watch Birds in Africa – by Nigel Wheatley.) Abbott’s Starling
Abyssinian Grosbeak-Canary
Amani Sunbird
Athi Short-toed Lark
Black-billed Wood-hoopoe
Boran Cisticola
Broad-winged White-eye
Brown-tailed Apalis
Buff-bellied Penduline-Tit
Chapin’s Flycatcher
Chestnut-naped Francolin
Chubb’s Cisticola
Collared Lark
Doherty’s Bushshrike
Donaldson Smith’s Sparrow Weaver
East Coast Akalat
Fire-fronted Bishop _ Fischer’s Greenbul
Fischer’s Starling
Fischer’s Turaco
Friedmann’s Lark
Gillett’s Lark
Red-naped Bushshrike Hartlaub’s Turaco
Heuglin’s Bustard
Hildebrande’s Starling
Hunter’s Cisticola
Jackson’s Francolin
Jackson’s Hornbill
Jackson’s Widowbird
Kenrick’s Starling
Kenya Grosbeak-Canary
Long-tailed Fiscal
Lyne’s Cisticola
Malindi Pipit
Masked Lark
Mombassa Woodpecker Moorland Chat
Moorland Francolin
Northern Pied-Babbler
Pale Batis
Pangani Long-claw Papyrus Canary
Papyrus Gonolek
Papyrus Yellow Warbler
Plain-backed Sunbird

Red-throated Tit
Salvadori’s Weaver
Scaly Babbler
Scaly Chatterer
Scheffler’s Owlet
Sharpe’s Pied-Babbler
Short-tailed Batis
Sokoke Pipit
Somali Bee-eater
Somali Crombec
Somali Sparrow
Stripe-cheeked Bulbul
Swahili Sparrow
Swainson’s Sparrow
Taveta Golden-weaver
Tiny Greenbul
Turner’s Eremomela
Uganda Wood-warbler
Uluguru Violet-backed Sunbird
Usambiro Barbet
White-browed Cronbec
White-headed Mousebird
White-winged Collared Dove
Yellow Flycatcher
Zanzibar Bishop
Golden Palm Weaver
Golden-winged Sunbird