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Endemics and Specialities in Kenya

Information on endemics and specialities is derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists and bird distribution lists in Thayer’s Birder’s Diary – Version 2.05, supplemented by material found in Where to Watch Birds in Africa – by Nigel Wheatley. African speciality birds, while not endemic, are those that can only be found in three or less countries of Africa. Information on endangered birds is derived from the IUCN Red List, Birdlife International, and supporting data bases developed by Ian Patton, of Merlin Species Watcher. The endemic, endangered and speciality birds may be uncommon, extremely rare vagrants, may be extirpated in the country now or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of each species noted below have been made in Kenya.

Endemics in KenyaBreeding Birds Non-Breeding BirdsOther Near-Endemic Birds in Tanzania*
CisticolaAbbott’s StarlingAbbott’s Starling
Clarke’s WeaverAmani SunbirdAbyssinian Grosbeak-Canary
Hinde’s Pied-BabblerBlue SwallowAmani Sunbird
Sharpe’s PipitChapin’s FlycatcherAthi Short-toed Lark
Sokoke Scops-OwlChristmas Island FrigatebirdBlack-billed Wood-hoopoe
Taita ThrushClarke’s WeaverBoran Cisticola
Kulal White-eyeCorn CrakeBroad-winged White-eye
Taita White-eyeEast Coast AkalatBrown-tailed Apalis
Tana River CisticolaGrey-crested HelmetshrikeBuff-bellied Penduline-Tit
William’s LarkHinde’s Pied-BabblerChapin’s Flycatcher
Kulal White-eyeChestnut-naped Francolin
Sokoke Scops-OwlChubb’s Cisticola
Taita ApalisCollared Lark
Taita FalconDoherty’s Bushshrike
Taita ThrushDonaldson Smith’s Sparrow Weaver
Taita White-eyeEast Coast Akalat
Tana River CisticolaFire-fronted Bishop
Thin-billed Flycatcher-WarblerFischer’s Greenbul
Turner’s EremomelaFischer’s Starling
White-winged ApalisFischer’s Turaco
Greater Spotted-EagleFriedmann’s Lark
Lesser KestrelGillett’s Lark
Spotted Ground-ThrushGolden Palm Weaver
Golden-winged Sunbird
Hartlaub’s Turaco
Heuglin’s Bustard
Hildebrande’s Starling
Hunter’s Cisticola
Jackson’s Francolin
Jackson’s Hornbill
Jackson’s Widowbird
Kenrick’s Starling
Kenya Grosbeak-Canary
Long-tailed Fiscal
Lyne’s Cisticola
Malindi Pipit
Masked Lark
Mombassa Woodpecker
Moorland Chat
Moorland Francolin
Northern Pied-Babbler
Pale Batis
Pangani Long-claw
Papyrus Canary
Papyrus Gonolek
Papyrus Yellow Warbler
Plain-backed Sunbird
Red-naped Bushshrike
Red-throated Tit
Salvadori’s Weaver
Scaly Babbler
Scaly Chatterer
Scheffler’s Owlet
Sharpe’s Pied-Babbler
Short-tailed Batis
Sokoke Pipit
Somali Bee-eater
Somali Crombec
Somali Sparrow
Stripe-cheeked Bulbul
Swahili Sparrow
Swainson’s Sparrow
Taveta Golden-weaver
Tiny Greenbul
Turner’s Eremomela
Uganda Wood-warbler
Uluguru Violet-backed Sunbird
Usambiro Barbet
White-browed Cronbec
White-headed Mousebird
White-winged Collared Dove
Yellow Flycatcher
Zanzibar Bishop

* Adapted from Where to Watch Birds in Africa – by Nigel Wheatley.

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