Below is a list of the bird species I’ve encountered and been able to positively identify during some of my travels throughout Tanzania. I’m not an expert birder by any stretch of the imagination, but I do enjoy observing, identifying, and learning about the birds I see.

I don’t have a fancy camera with a zoom lens (yet), so all identification is done in the field in real time using Bushnell 8×32 binoculars and my field guides. English common and Latin names provided here are based on Ber van Perlo’s A Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa, HarperCollins Publishers, 2009, as well as Birds of East Africa, by Terry Stevenson and John Fanshawe, Christopher Helm Publishing, 2013. It is my understanding that some of the names have changed since publication of van Perlo’s guide in 2009, so I have included the updated names from Stevenson and Fanshawe when possible.

For additional information and resources regarding the wonderful birdlife found in Tanzania, please consult Neil Baker’s superb Tanzania Bird Atlas as well as If you’ve got the time and a good ear, you can check out common birdsongs from East Africa at the xeno-canto website, which is an immense database of recordings from all over the planet.


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