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Fri, 01/25/2013 - 11:11 -- abc_admin

Red-collared Babbler Kupeornis rufocinctus in the Nyungwe forest

Image Credit: 
John Caddick

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 Rwanda 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.

Some 666 species are known to occur in Rwanda of which 475 are presumed to be resident and 117 are regular seasonal migrants.

Endemic species

There are no endemic species in Rwanda.

Near-endemic species (found in 3 or less African countries)

Congo Bay Owl* Phodilus prigoginei
Albertine Owlet Glaucidium albertinum
Schouteden’s Swift* Schoutedenapus myoptilus
Red-collared Babbler Kupeornis rufocinctus
Rockefeller’s Sunbird* Cinnyris rockefelleri

* these species require confirmation in Rwanda.

Threatened species

Madagascar Pond Heron

Ardeola idae



Balaeniceps rex


Lappet-faced Vulture

Torgos tracheliotus


Lesser Kestrel

Falco naumanni


Congo Bay Owl*

Phodilus prigoginei


Albertine Owlet

Glaucidium albertinum


Kungwe Apalis**

Apalis argentea


Grauer's Swamp-Warbler

Bradypterus graueri


Papyrus Yellow Warbler

Chloropeta gracilirostris


Chapin's Flycatcher*

Muscicapa lendu


Rockefeller's Sunbird*

Nectarinia rockefelleri


Shelley's Crimsonwing

Cryptospiza shelleyi


* these species require confirmation in Rwanda.

** Note that this is considered to be a subspecies of Buff-throated Apalis Apalis rufogularis argentea by the African Bird Club.

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 Rwanda’s threatened species, see BirdLife International.

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