Afrotopical
Freshwater
birds

The wetlands of Africa include some of the most impressive birds and congregations of birds in the world...


Ducks

Anas undulata, 'Yellow-billed Duck' (Lake Victoria, Uganda).


Finfoots


Rails


Thick-knees


Stilts


Jacanas

Actophilornis africanus, "African Jacana'.


Storks


Cormorants


Family Threskiornithidae, Ibis

Bostrychia hagedash, 'Hadada Ibis'. This species is take for granted, as it is common and noisy even around towns; but at the right angle of light it is a stunningly beautiful bird.


Family Balaenicipitidae, the Shoebill

The Shoebill was until recently considered and called a Stork, but recent genetic evidence suggests it is more related to the Pelicans (and Hammerkop).

Balaeniceps rex, 'Shoebill'. A large and bizarre looking bird. Restricted to African wetlands and quiet and scarce. However, there are tours that target these birds.; see Places to see African wetlands.


Pelicans


Egrets


Eagles & Hawks

Harrier


Kingfishers