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Africa Birds

The birds of Africa are some of my favorite because I was able to live among them for 3 years in The Gambia, West Africa 1999-2002 and returned twice in 2009, thus Gambia is best-represented. There are over 400 species of birds there and I barely touched the surface with my photos. Of course I saw some I could not photograph. Then I made three trips to East Africa with two safaris in Kenya, another favorite place. My identifications come mainly from two books: "A Field Guide to Birds of The Gambia and Senegal" by Clive Barlow, Tim Wacher and Tony Disley and the "Collins Illustrated Birds of Eastern Africa" by Ber Van Perlo. When in doubt I double-check on the internet. All are African but I use the name "African" in the identification only when the books include in the official name. They are arranged alphabetically by their English names. The bold-faced name indicates a sub-gallery with multiple photos. I photographed these in Gambia, Senegal, Kenya, Tanzania and various zoos. Location is indicated under each enlarged bird photo. 70+ species! Enjoy!
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Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
Abyssinian Roller
Abyssinian Roller
African Crowned Crane
African Crowned Crane
African Fish Eagle
African Fish Eagle
African Grey Hornbill
African Grey Hornbill
African Jacana
African Jacana
African Penguin
African Penguin
African Pygmy Falcons
African Pygmy Falcons
African Scops Owl
African Scops Owl
African Spoonbill
African Spoonbill
African Wattled Lapwing
African Wattled Lapwing
Bateleur Eagle
Bateleur Eagle
Bearded Barbet
Bearded Barbet
Bee-Eaters
Bee-Eaters
Black Egret
Black Egret
Blackcap Babler
Blackcap Babler
Black-Crowned Night Heron
Black-Crowned Night Heron
Blacksmith Lapwing
Blacksmith Lapwing
Blue Bellied Roller
Blue Bellied Roller
Blue-bellied Roller
Blue-bellied Roller
Blue-breasted Kingfisher
Blue-breasted Kingfisher
Blue-capped Cordonbleu
Blue-capped Cordonbleu
Blue Crane
Blue Crane
Blue-eared Glossy Starling
Blue-eared Glossy Starling
Blue-winged Goose
Blue-winged Goose
Brown Babbler
Brown Babbler
Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret
Common Bulbul
Common Bulbul
Egyptian Goose
Egyptian Goose
Great Blue Turaco
Great Blue Turaco
Great White Egret
Great White Egret
Greater Flamingo
Greater Flamingo
Green Wood Hoopoe
Green Wood Hoopoe
Grey Heron
Grey Heron
Greyheaded Gull
Greyheaded Gull
Hammerkop
Hammerkop
Hartlaubs Bustard
Hartlaubs Bustard
Helmeted Guineafowl
Helmeted Guineafowl
Intermediate Egret
Intermediate Egret
Kingfishers
Kingfishers
Kori Bustard
Kori Bustard
Little Grey Woodpecker
Little Grey Woodpecker
Long-Tailed Glossy Starling
Long-Tailed Glossy Starling
Maribou Stork
Maribou Stork
Mourning Dove
Mourning Dove
Northern Red bishop
Northern Red bishop
Ostrich
Ostrich
Piapiac
Piapiac
Pied Crow
Pied Crow
Pink-backed Pelican
Pink-backed Pelican
Racquet-tailed Roller
Racquet-tailed Roller
Red-billed Firefinch
Red-billed Firefinch
Red-billed Hornbill
Red-billed Hornbill
Reef Heron
Reef Heron
Sacred Ibis
Sacred Ibis
Saddle-billed Stork
Saddle-billed Stork
Secretary Bird
Secretary Bird
Senegal  Coucal
Senegal Coucal
Senegal Parrot
Senegal Parrot
Southern Bald Ibis
Southern Bald Ibis
Southern Ground Hornbill
Southern Ground Hornbill
Spectacled Owl
Spectacled Owl
Spur-Winged Geese or Cormorants
Spur-Winged Geese or Cormorants
Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron
Swamp Palm Greenbul
Swamp Palm Greenbul
Village Weaver
Village Weaver
Von der Deckens Hornbill
Von der Deckens Hornbill
Vultures (5 species)
Vultures (5 species)
Western Plantain Eater
Western Plantain Eater
White-crested Turaco
White-crested Turaco
White-crowned Robin Chat
White-crowned Robin Chat
White-headed Buffalo Weaver
White-headed Buffalo Weaver
White-headed Lapwing
White-headed Lapwing
Yellow-billed Stork
Yellow-billed Stork
Yellow-crowned Gonolek
Yellow-crowned Gonolek
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