Country checklist and status
You can download and print a checklist for Lesotho.
Approximately 340 bird species are believed to have been recorded in Lesotho and it supports 13 globally threatened and near-threatened species. Significant species as well as those mentioned in the IBA section include Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus and Yellow-breasted Pipit Anthus chloris.
There are no endemic species in Lesotho.
Near endemic species (found in 3 countries at most)
|Southern Bald Ibis||Geronticus calvus|
|Grey-winged Francolin||Francolinus africanus|
|Ground Woodpecker||Geocolaptes olivaceus|
|Large-billed Lark||Galerida magnirostris|
|Mountain Pipit||Anthus hoeschi|
|African Rock Pipit||Anthus crenatus|
|Yellow-breasted Pipit||Anthus chloris|
|Buff-streaked Chat||Oenanthe bifasciata|
|Sentinel Rock-Thrush||Monticola explorator|
|*Karoo Prinia||Prinia maculosa||N|
|Southern Grey Tit||Parus afer||N|
|African Pied Starling||Spreo bicolor||N|
|Drakensberg Siskin||Pseudochloroptila symonsi|
|Black-headed Canary||Alario alario||N|
All of these species are also found in South Africa as well as N=Namibia.
* Note that some authorities consider Drakensberg or Saffron-breasted Prinia Prinia hypoxantha, found in Lesotho and South Africa only, to be a separate species. This is shown on the ABC checklist as a subspecies of Karoo Prinia Prinia (maculosa) hypoxantha.
Note that a number of authorities consider Drakensberg or Orange-breasted Rockjumper Chaetops aurantius, found in Lesotho and South Africa only, to be a separate species. This is shown on the ABC checklist as a subspecies of Rufous Rockjumper Chaetops (frenatus) aurantius.
|Southern Bald Ibis||Geronticus calvus||Vulnerable|
|Cape Vulture||Gyps coprotheres||Vulnerable|
|Black Harrier||Circus maurus||Vulnerable|
|Lesser Kestrel||Falco naumanni||Vulnerable|
|Yellow-breasted Pipit||Anthus chloris||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.