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Fri, 01/25/2013 - 15:23 -- abc_admin

Narina Trogon Apaloderma narina South Africa

Image Credit: 
Stephen Cameron

Country checklist and status


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Approximately 600 species breed within South Africa. South Africa supports 47 species of global conservation concern which is the second largest total in Africa after Tanzania.

Endemic species

*Grey-winged Francolin Francolinus africanus
Black Bustard Eupodotis afra
Blue Bustard Eupodotis caerulescens
Black-rumped Buttonquail Turnix hottentottus
Knysna Woodpecker Campethera notata
*Ground Woodpecker Geocolaptes olivaceus
Rudd's Lark Heteromirafra ruddi
Cape Long-billed Lark Certhilauda curvirostris
Agulhas Long-billed Lark Certhilauda brevirostris
*Eastern Long-billed Lark Certhilauda semitorquata
Karoo Lark Certhilauda albescens
Botha's Lark Spizocorys fringillaris
Long-tailed Pipit Anthus longicaudatus
Cape Bulbul Pycnonotus capensis
Knysna Warbler Bradypterus sylvaticus
Victorin's Warbler Bradypterus victorini
*Bush Blackcap Lioptilus nigricapillus
Orange-breasted Sunbird Anthobaphes violacea
*Southern Double-collared Sunbird Cinnyris chalybeus
Greater Double-collared Sunbird Cinnyris afer
Cape Sugarbird Promerops cafer
*Cape Weaver Ploceus capensis
Cape Siskin Pseudochloroptila totta
*Forest Canary Serinus scotops
Protea Canary Serinus leucopterus

* These species may also be found in Lesotho and Swaziland.

Endemic subspecies*

Forest Buzzard Buteo oreophilus trizonatus
Cape Parrot Poicephalus robustus robustus
Eastern Clapper Lark Mirafra apiata fasciolata
Cape Clapper Lark Mirafra apiata apiata
Agulhas Clapper Lark Mirafra apiata marjoriae

* Note some authorities treat these as full species.

Near endemic species (found in 3 adjacent countries at most)

Bank Cormorant Phalacrocorax neglectus N
Crowned Cormorant Phalacrocorax coronatus NA
Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus L
Black Harrier Circus maurus NB
Grey-winged Francolin Francolinus africanus L
Cape Francolin Francolinus capensis N
Karoo Bustard Eupodotis vigorsii NL
African Black Oystercatcher Haematopus moquini N
Hartlaub's Gull Larus hartlaubii N
Knysna Turaco Tauraco corythaix M
Ground Woodpecker Geocolaptes olivaceus L
Melodious Lark Mirafra cheniana ZB
Karoo Long-billed Lark Certhilauda subcoronata N
Benguela Long-billed Lark Certhilauda benguelensis NA
Short-clawed Lark Certhilauda chuana B
Red Lark Certhilauda burra N
Sclater's Lark Spizocorys sclateri N
Large-billed Lark Galerida magnirostris L
Black-eared Sparrow Lark Eremopterix australis NB
African Rock Pipit Anthus crenatus LS
Yellow-breasted Pipit Anthus chloris L
Chorister Robin-Chat Cossypha dichroa S
Brown Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas signata SM
Karoo Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas coryphaeus NL
Buff-streaked Chat Oenanthe bifasciata L
Sentinel Rock-Thrush Monticola explorator L
Karoo Eremomela Eremomela gregalis N
Namaqua Warbler Phragmacia substriata N
*Karoo Prinia Prinia maculosa NL
Cinnamon-breasted Warbler Euryptila subcinnamomea N
Fiscal Flycatcher Sigelus silens MB
Fairy Flycatcher Stenostira scita NB
Cape Batis Batis capensis MZ
**Rufous Rockjumper Chaetops frenatus L
Southern Grey Tit Parus afer NL
Gurney's Sugarbird Promerops gurneyi MZ
Southern Tchagra Tchagra tchagra S
African Pied Starling Spreo bicolor NL
Swee Waxbill Coccopygia melanotis MZ
Drakensberg Siskin Pseudochloroptila symonsi L
White-throated Canary Serinus albogularis NA
Black-headed Canary Alario alario NL

Species also found in following adjacent countries: N=Namibia; A=Angola; L=Lesotho; B=Botswana; M=Mozambique; Z=Zimbabwe; S=Swaziland.

* Note that some authorities consider Drakensberg Prinia Prinia maculosa hypoxantha to be a separate species.

** Note that some authorities consider Drakensberg or Orange-breasted Rockjumper Chaetops frenatus aurantius to be a separate species.

Threatened species

African Penguin Spheniscus demersus Vulnerable
Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans Vulnerable
Slaty Egret Egretta vinaceigula Vulnerable
Southern Bald Ibis Geronticus calvus Vulnerable
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres Vulnerable
Black Harrier Circus maurus Vulnerable
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni Vulnerable
Taita Falcon Falco fasciinucha Vulnerable
White-winged Flufftail Sarothrura ayresi Endangered
Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus Vulnerable
Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus Vulnerable
Corncrake Crex crex Vulnerable
Kerguelen Tern Sterna virgata Vulnerable
Rudd's Lark Heteromirafra ruddi Critical
Red Lark Certhilauda burra Vulnerable
Botha's Lark Spizocorys fringillaris Vulnerable
Blue Swallow Hirundo atrocaerulea Vulnerable
Yellow-breasted Pipit Anthus chloris Vulnerable
Spotted Ground-Thrush Zoothera guttata Endangered

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.

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