More than 1100 bird species can be found in Kenya. The 252 bird species I have photographed so far are mostly the common and conspicuous species, especially those that inhabit towns and farmlands. Many of these birds are ones the bird watcher will encounter on nearly every outing. If a single family of birds has more than a few species depicted, Doves, for example, I have created a separate index page with all the doves together. The drop down menu above lists the families for which separate pages exist.

Common Ostrich

A regal male Common Ostrich, © Michael Plagens

The largest living bird. Runs fast, kicks hard, and doesn't fly.

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Marabou Stork

Marabou Stork, © Michael Plagens

Large conspicuous bird common near farms, marshes, and even in cities. Comes to carrion and visits garbage dumps.

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Yellow-billed Stork

Yellow-billed Stork © Michael Plagens

Huge yellow bill on white bird with black wing feathers. Often wades in shallow water.

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White Stork

White Stork in Kenya, © Michael Plagens

From Europe and Asia these elegant birds migrate to Kenya for the winter.

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Hammerkop © Michael Plagens

Striking bird of wet land edges with heavy bill and hammer-like crest on head. Uniform gray-brown color.

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Hadada Ibis

Hadada Ibis, © Michael Plagens

In flight these birds seem to announce 'HADADA' over and over. Glossy black-green. Bill and legs shorter than other ibises.

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Sacred Ibis

Sacred Ibis photo © Michael Plagens

Large black and white bird of marshy shores and pastures. Black head and neck bare, w/o feathers.

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African Spoonbill

African Spoonbill © Michael Plagens

White wading bird with long, pink legs and a large bill that is flattened and expanded distally.

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Great Egret

Great Egret photo © Michael Plagens

Large white heron with long neck and yellow-orange bill. Gape line from bill extends to behind eye. Also called Common Egret.

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Black-headed Heron

Black-headed Heron, photo © Michael Plagens

Large with dark crown. long neck and grayish bill. Legs and feet dark.

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Great White Pelican

Great White Pelican © Michael Plagens

Unmistakeable huge white bird with large pelican bill. Freash water lakes mostly.

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Little Grebe

Little Grebe © Michael Plagens

Diving bird resembles small duck. Short, acute bill. Fresh water lakes mostly.

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African Darter

African Darter photo © Michael Plagens

Diving water bird with long snake-like neck. Holds wings to dry after diving.

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Reed Cormorant

Reed Cormorant photo © Michael Plagens

Largely black water bird that must dry feathers before flying. Dives under water after fish. Tail long.

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Great Cormorant

Great Cormorant photo © Michael Plagens

Larger and heavier bodied. Neck and upper breast of adult is white (in contrast to other world populations).

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Greater Flamingo

Greater Flamingo in Kenya, © Michael Plagens

Amazing pink bird with long graceful neck. Bill is also largely pink but with a dark tip. (Lesser Flamingos in foreground.)

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Lesser Flamingo

Lesser Flamingo in Kenya, © Michael Plagens

Bill is solid dark red and the flamingo stands considerably shorter than the greater.

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Helmeted Guineafowl

Helmeted Guineafowl, photo © Michael Plagens

Large terrestrial bird with long neck, face w/ blue and red, stiff crest on head, and bulky speckled belly.

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Yellow-necked Spurfowl

Yellow-necked Spur-Fowl © Michael Plagens

Pheasant like bird with featherless, bright yellow skin patch on neck. Relatively large, stocky birds

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Jackson's Francolin

Jackson's Francolin, Pternistis jacksoni, © Michael Plagens

Heavy set ground bird mostly of high grassland areas. Neck and belly are rusty brown with white-edged feathers.

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Egyptian Goose

Egyptian Goose, photo © Michael Plagens

Heavily built duck with long legs. Shades of gray, brown and white. Red-brown patch about the eyes.

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Yellow-billed Duck

Yellow-billed Duck photo © Michael Plagens

Handsome gray duck with yellow bill. Inhabits shallow fresh water ponds and river edges.

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Red-knobbed Coot

Red-knobbed Coot, © Michael Plagens

Glossy-black water bird with bright white bill and two reddish knobs projecting above the forehead. Dives under to eat plants.

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Purple Swamphen

Purple Swamphen, photo © Michael Plagens

Water bird with glossy purple-black plumage and red bill. Resembles, but is not related to, ducks.

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Gray Crowned Crane

Grey-crowned Crane, © Michael Plagens

Iconic African bird with long legs and crest of golden feathers. Grassy meadows often near water. Largely gray with black and white markings.

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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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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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Secretarybird, Sagittarius serpentarius, photo © Michael Plagens

Large ground bird with feathery crest and strong, hooked predator beak. Open grassland or savanna habitat.

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Verreaux's Eagle Owl

Verreaux's Eagle Owl photo © Michael Plagens

Big owl with pink eyelids and a black border around a white facial disc.

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African Scops Owl

African Scops Owl, © Michael Plagens

Small-sized, streaked owl with distinct ear tufts.

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Slender-tailed Nightjar

Slender-tailed Nightjar photo © Michael Plagens

Nocturnal bird that sleeps under shrubs by day. Highly cryptic plumage to look like rock or scrap of wood.

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White-bellied Bustard

White-bellied Bustard, © Michael Plagens

Large terrestrial bird that feed on ground, but capable of flight. Sides of face boldly marked contrasting reddish bill.

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Kori Bustard

Kori Bustard, © Michael Plagens

Very large, indeed the largest flying bird of Africa. It hunts for lizards, grasshoppers and other small animals in savanna.

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Water Thick-knee

Burhinus vermiculatus © Michael Plagens

The oversized eyes are for seeing invertebrate prey at water's edge at dawn and dusk.

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Spotted Thick-knee

Spotted Thick-knee photo © Michael Plagens

Large rounded head and big eyes on a long-legged bird of grassland savanna. Largely nocturnal or crepuscular.

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Temminck's Courser

Temminck's Courser photo © Michael Plagens

Wader-type bird that inhabits open ground in savannas. Bright rufous cap bordered by black below. White underbelly.

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Double-banded Courser

Two-banded Courser, photo © Michael Plagens

A ground-dwelling bird with terra-colored plumage and huge dark eyes. Two dark bands across upper breast. Most active dawn and dusk.

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Three-banded Courser

Three-banded (Heuglin's) Courser, photo © Michael Plagens

Hides on ground below shrubs during most of day with highly camouflaged plumage. Active dawn and dusk.

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African Jacana

African Jacana photo © Michael Plagens

Very long toes permit these wetland birds to walk atop floating vegetation.

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Black-smith Plover

Black-smith Plover, photo © Michael Plagens

Similar to Spur-winged Plover. Bold white, black and gray, but notice this one has a white cap. Frequents shorelines and also short grass open areas.

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African Wattled Lapwing

African Wattled Lapwing, photo © Michael Plagens

Distinctive shore bird with long yellow legs and fleshy wattles on the face.

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Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper, photo © Michael Plagens

From September to April one of the more common shorebirds along lakes, rivers and ocean shore. Notice white crescent on shoulder.

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Wood Sandpiper

African Wattled Lapwing, photo © Michael Plagens

Yellowish legs, back spotted with white on dark brown and fairly distinct white eyebrow. Northern migrant.

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Black-winged Stilt

Black-winged Stilt photo © Michael Plagens

Wading bird with very long, red legs. Most birds are winter migrants from the north.

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Speckled Mousebird

Speckled Mouse Bird, photo © Michael Plagens

Long-tailed comical bird of gardens, orchards and forest edges. Eats much fruit.

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Yellow-throated Sandgrouse

Yellow-throated Sandgrouse photo © Michael Plagens

Large, heavy ground bird of savanna grassand areas. Pale yellow patch on throat; back and wings speckled.

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Speckled Pigeon

Speckled Pigeon, Columba guinea, photo © Michael Plagens

Large common pigeon with a distinct red patch around the eye and white spots on a gray and brown mantle.

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Laughing Dove

Laughing Dove, photo © Michael Plagens

Smallish dove has orange bib with dark speckles. The wings are bluish and the remainder tawny-pink.

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Meyer's Parrot

Meyer's Parrot, photo © Michael Plagens

Head and back are chocolate brown. Yellow patches on shoulder. Groups of birds call noisily as they fly.

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Fischer's Lovebird

bad photo of Fischer's Lovebird © Michael Plagens

Small brightly marked parrot. Yellow head and green back. Populations of escaped and hybridized pets.

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White-browed Coucal

Barn Swallow, Hirundo rustica, © Michael Plagens

Medium-sized bird with a shaggy beard and collar and red eyes. Strong bill.

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Red-chested Cuckoo

Red-chested Cuckoo © Michael Plagens

Upper chest is a brownish to cinnamon red. Back and wings are dark gray. Tail feathers have white tips..

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Diederick Cuckoo

bad photo of Diedereck Cuckoo © Michael Plagens

Belly and chest are white; Back and tail dark with patches of bright green. Cryptic in forested areas.

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Ross's Turaco

Ross's Turaco, photo © Michael Plagens

Large blue-black fruit-eater with a red crest and a bright yellow bill. Western Kenya forests and forest edges.

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White-bellied Go-Away-Bird

White-bellied Go Away Bird photo © Michael Plagens

Large bird with a long tail and distinct white belly and dark chest/head. Occasional pest in orchards.

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White-crested Turaco

White-crested Turaco photo © Michael Plagens

A large, striking bird with a broad dark tail. Fruit trees in lower hotter areas of western Kenya.

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Double-toothed Barbet

Double-toothed Barbet, photo © Michael Plagens

Long black tail, red chest and heavy white bill make this bird distinctive and exciting to observe.

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D'Arnaud's Barbet

Trachyphonus darnaudii © Michael Plagens

Smallish bird with heavy bill and long tail. Head yellow with black speckles. Lively songsters.

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Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird

Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, © Michael Plagens

Two bold, white lines on face and a patch of bright yellow on the dorsum of the rump. Small bird with a very loud call.

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Nubian Woodpecker

Nubian Woodpecker, Campethera nubica, photo © Michael Plagens

Back is greenish-brown with pale spotting, the chest white with dark spotting.

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Gray Woodpecker

Grey Woodpecker, © Michael Plagens

Chest and face are ashy gray and the back and wing covers are dark green. Just the males have red on head.

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Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater

Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, photo © Michael Plagens

Colorful birds with upright, alert posture often perched in open to catch flying insects.

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White-fronted Bee-eater

Merops bullockoides © Michael Plagens

Snow white cap and band on throat above rosy-red patch. Long square tail. Sallies from perch to catch flying insects.

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Little Bee-eater

Little Bee-Eater © Michael Plagens

Brilliantly colored active bird that fly-catches bees and other insects. Back and crown are green and the tail is long. Very common through much of Kenya.

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Lilac-breasted Roller

Lilac-breasted Roller © Michael Plagens

Medium-sized, very colorful bird that hunts shrike-style from utility poles or exposed tree branches.

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Broad-billed Roller

Broad-billed or Cinnamon Roller © Michael Plagens

Stocky, richly brown, and with blue in wings. Bill is strong, yellow. Also called Cinnamon Roller.

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Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher photo © Michael Plagens

Hovers or perches near ponds or shallow streams diving into water to catch fish. Widespread and common.

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Gray-headed Kingfisher

Grey-headed Kingfisher © Michael Plagens

Rather large and quite spectacular. Bill orange-red with head and breast pale gray. Bright blue in wings.

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Striped Kingfisher

Striped Kingfisher, Halcyon chelicuti, © Michael Plagens

Stocky bird that sits on a high perch diving down to catch large insects. Crown is finely streaked.

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African Hoopoe

Hoopoe, photo © Michael Plagens

Colorful and distinctively shaped bird with big crest that can be lowered. Common in savanna areas.

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Green Wood-Hoopoe

Green Wood Hoopoe © Michael Plagens

Long tail and red bill. Irridescent green on back and blue on chest may apprear dark depending on angle of light.

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Red-billed Hornbill

Red-billed Hornbill, © Michael Plagens

Large bird with an over-sized bill. Bill red and yellow without white tip. Notice white spots on the wing covers. Bold and inquisitive.

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Jackson's Hornbill

Jackson's Hornbill, © Michael Plagens

Large bird with an over-sized bill. Bill red and yellow with white tip. Notice white spots on the wing covers.

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Black-and-White-Casqued-Hornbil, © Michael Plagens

Very large black and white with a big crest on the top of the over-sized bill. Moist forest areas in western Kenya.

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Common Bulbul

Common Bulbul © Michael Plagens

The head is dark brown, the belly mostly white and yellow under-tail coverts. Yes, a common Kenyan bird.

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Somber Greenbul

Poor pic of a Somber Greenbul, Andropadus importunus, © Michael Plagens

Drab greenish-yellow and brown bird with slightly curved bill and long tail.

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Pygmy Batis

Pygmy Batis © Michael Plagens

Very small black-and-white insectivore inhabiting semi-arid thorn scrub. White line above eye is short.

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African Yellow White-eye

Yellow White-eye © Michael Plagens

Small, mostly yellow-green bird with a broad, white eye-ring. Slenderbill used for actively gleaning insects from foliage.

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African Black-headed Oriole

African Black-headed Oriole © Michael Plagens

Unmistakeable black and yellow pattern with orange bill. Inhabits canopy of seasonally dry scrub or woodland.

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Fischer's Sparrow-Lark ♀

Fischer's Sparrow-Lark, Eremopterix leucopareia, © Michael Plagens

This female's plumage resembles dry grass. Males have a white patch on side of face.

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Fawn-colored Lark

Fawn Colored Lark, Calendulauda alopex, © Michael Plagens

Upright posture, medium slender bill and open-country habitat. Reddish brown back and head, distinct eye stripe and faint streak spots on upper chest.

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Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow, Hirundo rustica, © Michael Plagens

During the northern hemisphere winters this common bird is among those wintering in Kenya. Long, deeply forked tail.

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Striped Swallow

Lesser Striped Swallow, Cecropis abyssinica, © Michael Plagens

Dark vertical streaking on the throat and chest are unique. Rump and head brick red. Common around buildings.

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Mosque Swallow

Mosque Swallow © Michael Plagens

Chest and belly cinnamon. Pale cheek area and bluish head cap doesn't extend below eye.

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African Pipit

African Pipit © Michael Plagens

Small bird with dark streaking on off-white. Bill is fine-pointed for catching small insects. Feeds on ground in grasslands.

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African Pied Wagtail

African Pied Wagtail, © Michael Plagens

Common bird of parks, lawns, pastures and farmland. Pumps long tail up and down as it forages along ground.

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Mountain Wagtail

Mountain Wagtail, © Michael Plagens

Note the black ring around the collar. Forages for insects and spiders along mountain side streams.

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Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail, © Michael Plagens

Palearctic migrant. Variable yellow, black and white bird with fine bill that forages for insects at ground level in open areas.

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Pied Babbler

Northern Pied Babbler, Turdoides hypoleuca, © Michael Plagens

Thrush-like with dark brown and white plumage. The pale eye is conspicuous within gray-brown cap.

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Brown Babbler

Brown Babbler © Michael Plagens

Nearly uniform gray-brown with light speckling on chest. Yellow eye.

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Olive Thrush

Olive Thrush © Michael Plagens

Strong, orange-red bill used for probing for invertebrates in the soil. Very common. Also feeds on fruits.

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Cape Robin-Chat

Cape Robin-Chat © Michael Plagens

Like robins everywhere these birds forage in lawns for invertebrates. Broad white stripe above eye. Common

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Mocking Cliff-Chat

Cliff Chat, © Michael Plagens

Ebony head, upper chest, back and tail contrast sharply with rusty orange lower belly. There's also a white patch in the wing.

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Northern Wheatear

Northern Wheatear, © Michael Plagens

A bit of tawny on an upright, ground- dwelling bird found in open country. Migrant in Kenya from northern hemisphere winter.

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African Dusky Flycatcher

African Dusky Flycatcher © Michael Plagens

Small, pale, grayish brown bird with a fine bill. Alights on a low, open perch and sallies out after small flies. Common

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Common Stone Chat

Common Stone Chat, © Michael Plagens

Common fly-catcher of open rocky areas. Black head and back contrast sharply with white belly and upper orange upper breast.

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White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher

White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, © Michael Plagens

The eye is actually black, but there is a broad white ring around the eye. Highland forests and gardens.

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Gray-backed Camaroptera

Grey-backed Camaroptera, Camaroptera brevicaudata, © Michael Plagens

Common bird of dense undergrowth with olive wings. Broad, flat bill tapers to slender tip. Back and head gray.

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Winding Cisticola

Winding Cisticola, © Michael Plagens

Back is mostly black with lighter colored feather edges. There is a rufous (reddish-brown) in the mostly dark wings and top side of tail. Rufous on crown and nape.

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Red-faced Cisticola

Red-faced Cisticola, © Michael Plagens

Plain back and breast - no streaking. Rufous patch just behind and below eye. Long tail. Inhabits dense vegetation as in swamps.

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Tawny-flanked Prinia

Tawny-flanked Prinia © Michael Plagens

Small, high energy bird with long tail calls frequently as it forages through dense vegetation.

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Gray-capped Warbler

Grey-capped Warbler, © Michael Plagens

Slender, slightly curved bill. Brick-red patch in throat. Back is olive-green. Often in dense foliage feeding on insects.

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Brown Parisoma

Brown Parisoma, Sylvia lugens, © Michael Plagens

Small, plain brown bird with a slender bill. Very active gleaner of insects from tree foliage.

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White-bellied Tit

White-bellied Tit © Michael Plagens

Bicolored bird with small slender bill. Forages for small insects in foliage of trees.

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White-crested Helmet-shrike

White-crested Helmet-shrike, Prionops plumatus, © Michael Plagens

Small, plain brown bird with a slender bill. Very active gleaner of insects from tree foliage.

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Brown-crowned Tchagra

Brown-crowned Tchagra, Tchagra australis © Michael Plagens

Head is alternately stiped with white, brick red and gray-brown. Strong bill with slight hook at tip.

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Common Fiscal

Common Fiscal, photo © Michael Plagens

Common and conspicuous bird of farmlands and suburbs. Sharply black and white. Heavy, black bill.

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Common Fiscal (juv)

Juvenile Common Fiscal, © Michael Plagens

Juvenile, immature fiscal is brown and very light gray. Grasslands and pastures.

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Long-tailed Fiscal

Long-tailed Fiscal, photo © Michael Plagens

Open grassland with scattered trees is habitat for this white, black, and gray bird. Hooked beak and long tail.

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Gray-backed Fiscal

Grey-backed Fiscal © Michael Plagens

Larger than common fiscal and with a distinct gray cap extending down back like a hood. Strong, hooked beak.

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Pied Crow

Pied Crow, Corvus albus, © Michael Plagens

Large black and white birds ('pied') with heavy bill and often somewhat gregarious. Visits human-disturbed habitat like agricultural fields, cities and refuse dumps.

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Cape Crow

Cape Rook/Crow © Michael Plagens

Prefers open areas such as pastures and plowed fields. Slender bill. Mostly black but with some dark brown on head.

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Fan-tailed Raven

Fan-tailed Raven, photo © Michael Plagens

All black with heavy bill, broad wings and short wide tail. Rocky hills and cliffs in northern Kenya.

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House Crow

House Crow, Corvus splendens, © Michael Plagens

Glossy black and brown crows with heavy bill. Becoming abundant especially in coastal Kenya in cities and refuse dumps.

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Common Drongo

Fork-tailed or Common Drongo, Dicrurus adsimilis, © Michael Plagens

Glossy black bird with upright posture and distinctly forked tail. Eyes reddish.

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African Paradise Flycatcher

African Paradise Flycatcher, © Michael Plagens

Showy, active, bird with upright posture. This female lacks the very long tail feathers of the male, but shares the rusty back and tail. Common.

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African Blue Flycatcher

African Blue Flycatcher, photo © Michael Plagens

Small, sprite and very active insect-eating birds. Sky blue head, back, tail and chest; lower belly paler blue. Common in moist places.

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Greater Blue-eared Starling

Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling © Michael Plagens

A glossy blue-black bird with a short tail and bright yellow eye. Iridescent colors vary depending on light direction. Darker blue patch behind ear.

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Superb Starling

Superb Starling, photo © Michael Plagens

Very common bird of savannas, pastures and farmland. Photogenic & easily recognized.

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Red-billed Oxpecker

Red-billed Oxpecker © Michael Plagens

Red-lipstick beak and habit of foraging on large ungulates for ectoparasites make this bird unmistakable.

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Rufous Sparrow

Rufous Sparrow, © Michael Plagens

Swatch of reddish brown on side of face, gray head, black throat patch. Small, common, seed eater in highland area gardens.

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Gray-headed Sparrow

Grey-headed Sparrow, © Michael Plagens

Common to abundant gray-brown bird of gardens, farms and old fields. Noisy. Conical bill for seed eating.

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House Sparrow

House Sparrow © Michael Plagens

Female lacks the black throat patch of the male and is paler overall. Closely associated with urban habitats.

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White-headed Buffalo-Weaver

White-headed Buffalo-weaver, © Michael Plagens

Large, heavy black bill offset by snow-white head and chest. Rust orange on rump and coverts. Semiarid regions.

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White-browed Sparrow-Weaver

White-browed Sparrow-Weaver, © Michael Plagens

Rich coffee brown back and tail. White stripe above the eye. Common seed eater often foraging on ground.

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Baglafecht Weaver

Baglafecht Weaver, © Michael Plagens

Largely yellow with heavy conical bill. Black mask thru pale eye. Very common seed eater.

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Eastern Golden Weaver

African Golden Weaver © Michael Plagens

Largely golden-yellow with thick, black bill and burnt orange on face. Weaves nests near water.

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Village Weaver ♂

Villiage Weaver, Ploceus cucullatus, © Michael Plagens

Male in breeding plumage is bright yellow with black face and throat. Gregarious nests of intricate stems and grass.

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Fan-tailed Widowbird ♂

Fan-tailed Widowbird photo © Michael Plagens

Breeding male. Black with orange-red shoulder patch and wide tail. Marshy areas.

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Southern Red Bishop ♂

Red Bishop, Euplectes orix, © Michael Plagens

Weaver birds with chest, throat, head and nape are bright red-orange. Heavy conical bill. Two similar species

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Streaky Seed-eater ♂

Streaky Seed-eater, Serinus striolatus, © Michael Plagens

Common finch of highland gardens and farms. Note the thick bill, the broad white eyebrow, and the prominent streaking.

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White-bellied Canary

White-bellied Canary, Serinus dorsostriatus, © Michael Plagens

Conical bill for seed eating. Lower third of belly is white while upper half is yellow. Back is greenish.

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Cinnamon-breasted Bunting

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting © Michael Plagens

Black head with white facial stripes, a conical seed-eating bill, and bright rusty-orange breast. Savanna and grassland.

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Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu

Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, Uraeginthus bengalus, © Michael Plagens

Oval patch of red on either side of face. Only the males, like this one, have the 'red cheek'.

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Purple Grenadier

Purple Grenadier, Uraeginthus ianthinogaster, © Michael Plagens

Small bird with intense blue on lower breast, belly and rump of males. Bill is conical and red or partly red.

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Red-billed Firefinch

Red-billed Firefinch, © Michael Plagens

Small red (males) or grayish-red birds feeding often on ground. Lower mandible red. Common in towns.

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Bronze Mannikin

Bronze Mannikin, © Michael Plagens

Very small, seed-eating birds with rich, chocolate brown head, wings and back. Lower chest and belly white.

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Village Indigobird

Villiage Indigobird © Michael Plagens

Small birds, about 11cm. This is the male, glossy black-blue, light-colored conical bill, and orange legs. Female is brown.

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Pin-tailed Whydah ♂

Pin-tailed Whydah © Michael Plagens

My photo is bad, but this amazing little bird is easily recognized! Non-breeding male and females are brown w/o long tail.

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Variable Sunbird ♂

Variable Sunbird, © Michael Plagens

Probably the most common sunbird. Yellow on belly may be dull or bright. Sharply curved bill used for flowers.

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Amethyst Sunbird ♀

Female Amethyst Sunbird, © Michael Plagens

Dark streaks on pale yellow breast and with long curved bill for getting nectar.

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Double-collared Sunbird ♂

Male possible Eastern Double Collared Sunbird, © Michael Plagens

A bright red band on the chest above gray belly. Head and back are iridescent blue-green.

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Important Bird Areas in Kenya

Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, 2011 - 2018.

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