African Fish Eagle

White-backed Vulture, photo © Michael Plagens

Grand, iconic eagle with white head and tail to be found at lakes with good fish populations. Shoulders and belly brown.

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Augur Buzzard

Auger Buzzard, © Michael Plagens

When soaring overhead look for dark head, white chest and belly, light underside, and reddish-brown tail. Preys on small mammals.

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Black Kite

Black Kite © Michael Plagens

Soaring Black Kites are a ubiquitous site in both farming and urban areas of Kenya. The forked tail and nearly uniform dark brown plumage make them easy to recognize.

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Rüppell's Vulture

Rüppell's Vulture, photo © Michael Plagens

Large vulture. Mottled brown and black with whitish underbelly. Head and neck white.

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White-backed Vulture

White-backed Vulture, photo © Michael Plagens

Large vulture, but slightly smaller than former. Mottled brown and black with white back and shoulders. Head and neck white.

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Lappet-faced Vulture

Lappet-faced Vulture photo © Michael Plagens

Huge vulture with oversized bill. The white thigh feathers contrast with the black back. Declining and endangered.

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Tawny Eagle

Tawny Eagle photo © Michael Plagens

Large, powerful raptor with abundant rusty brown plumage. Flight and tail feathers are black.

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Martial Eagle

Martial Eagle photo © Michael Plagens

Very large raptor with dark spotting on white belly. Head and upper chest dark brown.

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Dark Chanting Goshawk

DarkChanting Goshawk © Michael Plagens

Western Kenya. Chest and head gray. Back gray washed with brown. Base of bill orange.

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Black-winged Kite

White-backed Vulture, photo © Michael Plagens

A mid-sized raptor with considerable white plumage contrasted with black. Might be seen hovering.

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Gabar Goshawk

Gabar Goshawk, Micronisus gabar, photo © Michael Plagens

Raptor specializes in hunting birds. Legs and base of hooked bill are red-orange. Chest and throat are grey, and belly finely barred.

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Gray Kestrel

Gray Kestrel, Falco ardosiaceus, photo © Michael Plagens

The nearly uniform gray plumage is offset by the bright yellow bill facial skin.

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 15 Oct. 2015,
updated 02 July 2017.

By no means am I an expert on the Natural History of Kenya. I've been exploring this part of the World since 2010. By creating a page for species as I learn them, I am teaching myself and sharing with others. If you find an error or appreciate my efforts please send me a message.