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Tanzania Endemic Species, Birds of Tanzania

Kenya Endemics Tanzania Endemics Uganda Endemics

Endemics and Specialities in Tanzania


Information on endemics and specialities is derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists and bird distribution lists in Thayer’s Birder’s Diary – Version 2.5, 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 databases 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 Tanzania.


Endemics in Tanzania Banded Sunbird
Kilombero Weaver
Kipengere Seedeater
Loveridge’s Sunbird
Moreau’s Sunbird
Mrs. Moreau’s Warbler

Northern Mountain Greenbul
Pemba Green-Pigeon
Pemba Scops-Owl
Reichenow’s Batis
Rufous-tailed Weaver
Rufous-winged Sunbird
South Pare White-eye Southern Mountain Greenbul
Udzunga Forest Partridge
Uluguru Bushshrike Uluguru Mountain Greenbul
Usambara Akalat Usambara Eagle-Owl
Usambara Weaver       Endangered Birds in Tanzania (endemics are printed in bold italic)

Breeding Birds Non-Breeding Birds Abbott’s Starling
Amani Sunbird
Banded Sunbird
Blue Swallow
Dappled Mountain-Robin East Coast Akalat
Grey-Crested Helmet-shrike
Iringa Akalat
Karamoja Apalis
Kilombero Weaver
Kungwe Apalis
Long-Billed Tailor-bird
Mrs. Moreau’s Warbler Sokoke Pipit
Sokoke Scops-Owl
South Pare White-eye
Spotted Ground-Thrush
Swynnerton’s Robin
Taita Falcon
Thin-billed FlycatcherWarbler
Udzungwa Forest Partridge
Uluguru Bushshrike
Usambara Akalat
Usambara Eagle-Owl
Usambara Weaver
Wattled Crane
White-winged Apalis
Rufous-winged Sunbird Corn Crake
Lesser Kestrel       Other Near-Endemic Birds in Tanzania ( adapted from Where to Watch Birds in Africa – by Nigel Wheatley.) Abbott’s Starling
African Tailorbird
Amani Sunbird
Athi Short-toed Lark
Babbling Starling
Bertrand’s Weaver
Black-lored Cisticola
Broad-winged White-eye
Brown-headed Apalis
Buff-bellied Penduline Chat
Buff-shouldered Widowbird
Chapin’s Apalis
Chubb’s Cisticola
Churring Cisticola
East Coast Akalat
Eastern Double-collared Sunbird
Fire-fronted Bishop
Fischer’s Greenbul
Fischer’s Starling
Fischer’s Turaco
Fuelleborn’s Boubou
Golden-winged Sunbird
Hartlaub’s Turaco
Hildebrandt’s Starling
Hunter’s Cisticola Jackson’s Widowbird
Kenrick’s Starling
Kenya Grosbeak-Canary
Kretschmar’s Longbill
Kungwe Apalis
Laura’s Wood-warbler
Lesser Seedcracker
Long-billed Tailorbird
Long-tailed Fiscal
Malagasy Scops-Owl
Miomba Barbet
Mombasa Woodpecker
Moorland Chat
Northern Pied-Babbler
Olive-headed Weaver
Olive-flanked Robin-Chat
Oustalet’s Sunbird
Pale Batis
Pangani Longclaw
Plain-backed Sunbird Sharpe’s Akalat
Sharpe’s Greenbul
Sharpe Pied-Babbler
Short-tailed Batis
Sokoke Pipit
Sokoke Scops-Owl
Sterling’s Woodpecker
Stripe-cheeked Bulbul
Swahili Sparrow
Swynnerton’s Robin
Taveta Golden-Weaver
Tiny Greenbul
Uluguru Violet-backed Sunbird
Usambara Barbet
Violet-winged Sunbird
White-chested Alethe
White-headed Mousebird
White-winged Apalis
Yellow Flycatcher
Yellow-browed Seedeater
Zanzibar Bishop
Scaly Babbler
Scaly Chatterer
Scheffler’s Owlet
Red-throated Tit
Red-faced Barbet