AFROTROPICAL 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).

Family Gruidae, Cranes

Balearica regulorumGrey-crowned Crane (Bigodi, Uganda). The national bird of Uganda.

Rails

Family Burhinidae, 'Thick-knees'

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

Family Ploceidae, Weavers

Ploceus superciliosus, 'Compact Weaver' (Bigodi, Uganda).


Thinking of doing expedition travel after everything has calmed down? I do a lot of my guiding and lecturing work on Silversea.