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Wed, 23/01/2013 - 17:18 -- abc_admin

Namibia near Uis. Rüppell's Bustard Eupodotis rueppellii

Image Credit: 
John Caddick

Namibia Daan Viljoen Game Park near Windhoek. Monteiro's Hornbill Tockus monteiri

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 Namibia 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.

Approximately 630 bird species have been recorded in Namibia, with 7 of the 10 families endemic to African continent being represented and only one endemic species, Dune Lark Certhilauda erythrochlamys being restricted to the region.

Endemic species

Dune Lark Certhilauda erythrochlamys

Near endemic species (found in 3 countries at most)

Bank Cormorant Phalacrocorax neglectus
Crowned Cormorant Phalacrocorax coronatus
Black Harrier Circus maurus
Hartlaub's Francolin Francolinus hartlaubi
Karoo Bustard Eupodotis vigorsii
Rüppell's Bustard Eupodotis rueppellii
African Black Oystercatcher Haematopus moquini
Hartlaub's Gull Larus hartlaubii
Rüppell's Parrot Poicephalus rueppellii
Rosy-faced Lovebird Agapornis roseicollis
Bradfield's Swift Apus bradfieldi
White-backed Mousebird Colius colius
Monteiro's Hornbill Tockus monteiri
Karoo Long-billed Lark Certhilauda subcoronata
Benguela Long-billed Lark Certhilauda benguelensis
Sclater's Lark Spizocorys sclateri
Gray's Lark Ammomanes grayi
Black-eared Sparrow Lark Eremopterix australis
Karoo Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas coryphaeus
Herero Chat Namibornis herero
Karoo Chat Cercomela schlegelii
Tractrac Chat Cercomela tractrac
Layard's Tit-Babbler Parisoma layardi
Karoo Eremomela Eremomela gregalis
Namaqua Warbler Phragmacia substriata
Karoo Prinia Prinia maculosa
Rufous-eared Warbler Malcorus pectoralis
Cinnamon-breasted Warbler Euryptila subcinnamomea
White-tailed Shrike Lanioturdus torquatus
Black-faced Babbler Turdoides melanops
Bare-cheeked Babbler Turdoides gymnogenys
Damara Rockjumper (Rockrunner) Chaetops pycnopygius
Southern Grey Tit Parus afer
Pale-winged Starling Onychognathus nabouroup
African Pied Starling Spreo bicolor
Sociable Weaver Philetairus socius
Cinderella Waxbill Estrilda thomensis
White-throated Canary Serinus albogularis
Black-headed Canary Alario alario
Damara Canary Alario leucolaemus

Threatened species

African Penguin Spheniscus demersus Vulnerable
Cape Gannet Sula capensis Vulnerable
Bank Cormorant Phalacrocorax neglectus Vulnerable
Slaty Egret Egretta vinaceigula Vulnerable
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres Vulnerable
Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotus Vulnerable
Black Harrier Circus maurus Vulnerable
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni Vulnerable
Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus Vulnerable
Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus 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.

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