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Mon, 01/14/2013 - 22:20 -- abc_admin

Von der Decken's Hornbill Tockus deckeni male, Ethiopia

Image Credit: 
Sue Walsh

White-cheeked Turaco Tauraco leucotis, Ethiopia

Image Credit: 
Sue Walsh

Country checklist and status


We are delighted that our Corporate Sponsor iGoTerra has made its country checklists, including subspecies (IOC or Clements) as well as all other species groups like mammals, butterflies etc. available through the ABC website. The only thing required is a Basic membership / registration which is free of charge. Go to Ethiopia checklists. If you are already a member of iGoTerra, you will be taken directly to the country page. In case you are not a member, you will be redirected automatically to the registration form and from there can go straight to the country page.

Ethiopia is a very important country ornithologically. Some  816 species of bird have been recorded of which at least 596 are resident and 224 are regular seasonal migrants including 176 from the Palearctic.

Endemic species

Blue-winged Goose Cyanochen cyanoptera
Harwood's Francolin Francolinus harwoodi
Spot-breasted Lapwing Vanellus melanocephalus
Yellow-fronted Parrot Poicephalus flavifrons
Prince Ruspoli's Turaco Tauraco ruspolii
Nechisar Nightjar Caprimulgus solala
Degodi Lark Mirafra degodiensis
Sidamo Lark Heteromirafra sidamoensis
White-tailed Swallow Hirundo megaensis
Abyssinian Longclaw Macronyx flavicollis
Abyssinian Catbird Parophasma galinieri
Stresemann's Bush-crow Zavattariornis stresemanni
Red-billed Pytilia Pytilia lineata
Ankober Serin Carduelis ankoberensis

Near-endemic species

Wattled Ibis Bostrychia carunculata
Rouget’s Rail Rougetius rougetii
White-collared Pigeon Columba albitorques
Black-winged Lovebird Agapornis taranta
White-cheeked Turaco Tauraco leucotis
Banded Barbet Lybius undatus
Abyssinian Woodpecker Dendropicos abyssinicus
Ruppell’s Black Chat Myrmecocichla melaena
White-winged Cliff-Chat Thamnolaea semirufa
Abyssinian Slaty-Flycatcher Melaenornis chocolatinus
White-backed Black Tit Parus leuconotus
Red-naped Bush-Shrike Laniarius ruficeps
Abyssinian Black-headed Oriole Oriolus monacha
Thick-billed Raven Corvus crassirostris
White-billed Starling Onychognathus albirostris

Ethiopian Siskin

Serinus nigriceps

Yellow-rumped Seedeater Serinus xanthopygius

Threatened species

Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita Critical
Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotus Vulnerable
Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga Vulnerable
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca Vulnerable
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni Vulnerable
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug Endangered
Harwood's Francolin Francolinus harwoodi Vulnerable
Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus Vulnerable
White-winged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresi Endangered
Prince Ruspoli's Turaco Tauraco ruspolii Vulnerable
Nechisar Nightjar Caprimulgus solala Vulnerable
Degodi Lark Mirafra degodiensis Vulnerable
Sidamo Lark Heteromirafra sidamoensis Vulnerable
White-tailed Swallow Hirundo megaensis Vulnerable
Basra Reed Warbler Acrocephalus griseldis Endangered
Stresemann's Bush-crow Zavattariornis stresemanni Vulnerable
Yellow-throated Seedeater Serinus flavigula Endangered
Salvadori's Seedeater Serinus xantholaemus Vulnerable
Ankober Serin Carduelis ankoberensis Vulnerable

The lists of endemic, near endemic and threatened species have been compiled from a number of sources including the African Bird Club, BirdLife International, and Birds of the World Version 2.0 ® 1994-1996, Dr. Charles Sibley and Thayer Birding Software, Ltd. For further information on Ethiopia’s threatened species, see BirdLife International.

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