Birds Endemic and Near-Endemic to South Africa

As one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world, South Africa boasts an inordinate number of bird species, making it a fabulous destination for keen bird-watchers and wildlife enthusiasts. In fact, of the hundreds of species here, there are more than 160 species that are endemic or near-endemic, which means that they come only from South Africa or its immediate neighbours.

Visitors to the South African coast will enjoy spotting the African penguin or the African black oystercatcher (with its striking red beak). Other beautiful endemic or near-endemic birdlife species include the Cape white-eye, Knysna turaco, South African shelduck, Hottentot buttonquail, and the Cape parrot.

When heading to the bush, river, forest or coast, always be sure to take binoculars along to spot some exciting and, perhaps, rare birds.

An A-Z List

Acacia Pied Barbet Tricholaema leucomelas
African Black Oystercatcher Haematopus moquini
African Penguin Spheniscus demersus
African Red-eyed Bulbul Pycnonotus nigricans
African Rock Pipit Anthus crenatus
Agulhas Clapper Lark Mirafra marjoriae
Agulhas Long-billed Lark Certhilauda [c.] brevirostris
Anteating Chat Myrmecocichla formicivora
Ashy Tit Parus cinerascens
Bank Cormorant Phalacrocorax neglectus
Bare-cheeked Babbler Turdoides gymnogenys
Barlow's Lark Certhilauda [e.] barlowi
Barratt's Warbler Bradypterus barratti
Barred Wren-Warbler Calamonastes fasciolatus
Barrow's Korhaan Eupodotis [s.] barrowii
Benguela Long-billed Lark Certhilauda [c.] benguelensis
Black Harrier Circus maurus
Black-chested Prinia Prinia flavicans
Black-eared Seedeater Serinus mennelli
Black-eared Sparrowlark Eremopterix australis
Black-faced Babbler Turdoides melanops
Blue Crane Anthropoides paradisea
Blue Korhaan Eupodotis caerulescens
Bokmakierie Shrike Telophorus zeylonus
Botha's Lark Spizocorys fringillaris
Bradfield's Hornbill Tockus bradfieldi
Bradfield's Swift Apus bradfieldi
Brown Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas signata
Buff-streaked Chat Oenanthe bifasciata
Burchell's Coucal Centropus burchelli
Burchell's Courser Cursorius rufus
Burchell's Sandgrouse Pterocles burchelli
Burchell's Starling Lamprotornis australis
Bush Blackcap Lioptilus nigricapillus
Cape Batis Batis capensis
Cape Bulbul Pycnonotus capensis
Cape Clapper Lark Mirafra apiata
Cape Cormorant Phalacrocorax capensis
Cape Francolin Pternistes capensis
Cape Gannet Morus capensis
Cape Glossy Starling Lamprotornis nitens
Cape Grassbird Sphenoeacus afer
Cape Griffon Vulture Gyps coprotheres
Cape Gull Larus [d.] vetula
Cape Long-billed Lark Certhilauda [c.] curvirostris
Cape Longclaw Macronyx capensis
Cape Parrot Poicephalus robustus
Cape Penduline-Tit Anthoscopus minutus
Cape Rock-jumper Chaetops frenatus
Cape Rock-Thrush Monticola rupestris
Cape Shoveler Anas smithii
Cape Siskin Pseudochloroptila totta
Cape Sparrow Passer melanurus
Cape Sugarbird Promerops cafer
Cape Teal Anas capensis
Cape Weaver Ploceus capensis
Carp's Tit Parus carpi
Chat Flycatcher Bradornis infuscatus
Chestnut-vented Tit-Babbler Parisoma subcaeruleum
Chirinda Apalis Apalis chirindensis
Chorister Robin-Chat Cossypha dichroa
Cinderella Waxbill Estrilda thomensis
Cinnamon-breasted Warbler Euryptila subcinnamomea
Crimson-breasted Shrike Laniarius atrococcineus
Crowned Cormorant Phalacrocorax coronatus
Damara Tern Sterna balaenarum
Double-banded Sandgrouse Pterocles bicinctus
Drakensberg Prinia Prinia [m.] hypoxantha
Drakensberg Rock-jumper Chaetops aurantius
Drakensberg Siskin Pseudochloroptila symonsi
Dune Lark Certhilauda erythrochlamys
Dusky Sunbird Cinnyris fusca
Eastern Clapper Lark Mirafra fasciolata
Eastern Long-billed Lark Certhilauda [c.] semitorquata
Fairy Flycatcher Stenostira scita
Fiscal Flycatcher Sigelus silens
Forest Buzzard Buteo trizonatus
Forest Canary Serinus scotops
Gray's Lark Ammomanes grayi
Great Sparrow Passer motitensis
Greater Double-collared Sunbird Cinnyris afra
Greater Striped Swallow Hirundo cucullata
Grey Tit Parus afer
Grey-backed Cisticola Cisticola subruficapillus
Grey-backed Sparrowlark Eremopterix verticalis
Grey-winged Francolin Scleroptila africanus
Ground Woodpecker Geocolaptes olivaceus
Gurney's Sugarbird Promerops gurneyi
Hartlaub's Francolin Pternistes hartlaubi
Hartlaub's Gull Larus hartlaubii
Herero Chat Namibornis herero
Hottentot Buttonquail Turnix hottentotta
Jackal Buzzard Buteo rufofuscus
Kalahari Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas paena
Karoo Chat Cercomela schlegelii
Karoo Eremomela Eremomela gregalis
Karoo Korhaan Eupodotis vigorsii
Karoo Lark Certhilauda albescens
Karoo Long-billed Lark Certhilauda [c.] subcoronata
Karoo Prinia Prinia maculosa
Karoo Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas coryphaeus
Knysna Turaco Tauraco corythaix
Knysna Warbler Bradypterus sylvaticus
Knysna Woodpecker Campethera notata
Large-billed Lark Galerida magnirostris
Lark-like Bunting Emberiza impetuani
Layard's Tit-Babbler Parisoma layardi
Lemon-breasted Canary Serinus citrinipectus
Long-tailed Pipit Anthus longicaudatus
Ludwig's Bustard Neotis ludwigii
Marico Flycatcher Bradornis mariquensis
Melodious Lark Mirafra cheniana
Meves's Starling Lamprotornis mevesii
Monotonous Lark Mirafra passerina
Monteiro's Hornbill Tockus monteiri
Mountain Wheatear Oenanthe monticola
Namaqua Sandgrouse Pterocles namaqua
Namaqua Warbler Phragmacia substriata
Natal Francolin Pternistes natalensis
Neergaard's Sunbird Cinnyris neergaardi
Northern Black Korhaan Eupodotis [a.] afraoides
Olive Bush-Shrike Telophorus olivaceus
Orange River Francolin Scleroptila levaillantoides
Orange-breasted Sunbird Anthobaphes violacea
Pale Chanting Goshawk Melierax canorus
Pale-winged Starling Onychognathus nabouroup
Pied Starling Spreo bicolor
Pink-billed Lark Spizocorys conirostris
Pink-throated Twinspot Hypargos margaritatus
Pririt Batis Batis pririt
Protea Seedeater Serinus leucopterus
Red Lark Certhilauda burra
Red-billed Francolin Pternistes adspersus
Red-crested Korhaan Eupodotis ruficrista
Red-headed Finch Amadina erythrocephala
Robert's Warbler Oreophilais robertsi
Rockrunner Achaetops pycnopygius
Rosy-faced Lovebird Agapornis roseicollis
Rudd's Apalis Apalis ruddi
Rudd's Lark Heteromirafra ruddi
Rufous-eared Warbler Malcorus pectoralis
Ruppell's Korhaan Eupodotis rueppellii
Ruppell's Parrot Poicephalus rueppellii
Sabota Lark (incl. Bradfield's) Mirafra sabota
Scaly-feathered Finch Sporopipes squamifrons
Sclater's Lark Spizocorys sclateri
Sentinel Rock-Thrush Monticola explorator
Shaft-tailed Whydah Vidua regia
Short-clawed Lark Certhilauda chuana
Short-toed Rock-Thrush (incl. Transvaal) Monticola brevipes
Sickle-winged Chat Cercomela sinuata
Slaty Egret Egretta vinaceigula
Sociable Weaver Philetairus socius
South African Cliff-Swallow Hirundo spilodera
South African Shelduck Tadorna cana
Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus
Southern Black Korhaan Eupodotis afra
Southern Black Tit Parus niger
Southern Boubou Laniarius ferrugineus
Southern Double-collared Sunbird Cinnyris chalybea
Southern Pied Babbler Turdoides bicolor
Southern Tchagra Tchagra tchagra
Southern White-crowned Shrike Eurocephalus anguitimens
Spike-heeled Lark Chersomanes albofasciata
Stark's Lark Eremalauda starki
Swainson's Spurfowl Pternistes swainsonii
Swee Waxbill Estrilda melanotis
Tractrac Chat Cercomela tractrac
Victorin's Warbler Bradypterus victorini
Violet Wood-Hoopoe Phoeniculus damarensis
Violet-eared Waxbill Granatina granatina
White-backed Mousebird Colius colius
White-tailed Shrike Lanioturdus torquatus
White-throated Canary Serinus albogularis
White-throated Robin-Chat Cossypha humeralis
Yellow Canary Serinus flaviventris
Yellow-breasted Pipit Anthus chloris
Yellow-billed Hornbill Tockus leucomelas

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