Kenya Species List

I have compiled a species list from my recent trip to Kenya with the University of Exeter’s MSc programme. It was truly an incredible two weeks! The biodiversity we saw was amazing, and this species list is comprised only of those species I managed to identify – the actual numbers will be far higher. 45 mammal species, 148 birds, and a bunch of herps, plants and inverts as well! Species list below the cut to keep everything neat and tidy.

[148 birds is nothing. Dave Hodgson – our lecturer – managed over 270!]

[Plus Dave saw the negrofinches that I was dying to see and didn’t. Stupid dehydration stopped me going up to the alpine zone on Mt Kenya, which is where he saw them. Ah well – excuse to go back, eh? And every cloud has a silver lining. I had a gorgeous walk with Enoch on Mt Kenya and saw some stunning sunbirds and a Cabanis’s greenbul, which he accidentally mispronounced as cannabis’s greenbul – hilarity ensued!]

 

Mammals

  1. Thomson’s gazelle
  2. Grant’s gazelle
  3. Oryx
  4. Oribi
  5. Impala
  6. Dwarf mongoose
  7. Banded mongoose
  8. White-tailed mongoose
  9. Spotted hyena
  10. Striped hyena
  11. African Lion
  12. Cheetah
  13. Leopard
  14. African Elephant
  15. Giraffe
  16. White rhino
  17. Black rhino
  18. Hippopotamus
  19. Cape buffalo
  20. Blue wildebeest
  21. Topi
  22. Warthog
  23. African white-bellied hedgehog
  24. Banded civet
  25. Crested porcupine
  26. Red hartebeest
  27. Mouse
  28. Dik-dik
  29. Scrub hare
  30. Eland
  31. Plains Zebra
  32. Waterbuck
  33. Bushbuck
  34. Reedbuck
  35. Rock hyrax
  36. Tree hyrax – these things sound like a cross between a plane crash and tree falling – not kidding!
  37. Vervet monkey
  38. Olive baboon
  39. Black-backed jackal
  40. Syke’s monkey
  41. Guereza colobus
  42. African crested porcupine
  43. Bat spp.
  44. Rat spp.
  45. Squirrel

Birds

  1. Hartlaub’s turaco
  2. Lilac-breasted roller
  3. White-fronted bee-eater
  4. Northern ant-eater chat
  5. Pied kingfisher
  6. Malachite kingfisher
  7. African pied wagtail
  8. Cabanis’s greenbul
  9. Usambiru barbet
  10. Purple grenadier
  11. Baglafecht weaver
  12. Superb starling
  13. Violet-backed starling
  14. African spoonbill
  15. African jacana
  16. Squacco heron
  17. Grey heron
  18. Blacksmith’s lapwing
  19. Crowned lapwing
  20. Kentish plover
  21. Pied avocet
  22. Greater flamingo
  23. Lesser flamingo
  24. Yellow-billed stork
  25. Saddle-billed stork
  26. Abim’s stork
  27. Marabou stork
  28. Sacred ibis
  29. Glossy ibis
  30. Hadada ibis
  31. Kori bustard
  32. Black-bellied bustard
  33. Grassland pipit
  34. Nubian woodpecker
  35. Fork-tailed drongo
  36. Pied crow
  37. Cape rook
  38. Little bee-eater
  39. Olive thrush
  40. Long-crested eagle
  41. Scarlet-tufted malachite sunbird
  42. Speckled mousebird
  43. Cattle egret
  44. Little egret
  45. Intermediate egret
  46. Red-billed oxpecker
  47. Yellow-billed oxpecker
  48. African dusky flycatcher
  49. African grey flycatcher
  50. Pied wheatear
  51. Grey-backed fiscal shrike
  52. Pintail whydah
  53. Red-billed firefinch
  54. African green pigeon
  55. Ring-necked dove
  56. Red-eyed dove
  57. Jackson’s widowbird
  58. Fan-tailed widowbird
  59. Yellow-mantled widowbird
  60. Gold-billed teal
  61. Augur buzzard
  62. Common bulbul
  63. Ostrich
  64. Montane wagtail
  65. White wagtail
  66. Mountain buzzard
  67. Fischer’s lovebird
  68. Yellow-bellied waxbill
  69. Red-fronted parrot
  70. Brown parrot
  71. Ruppell’s Griffon vulture
  72. Redshank
  73. Greenshank
  74. African wattled lapwing
  75. Red-necked spurfowl
  76. Jackson’s francolin
  77. Helmeted guineafowl
  78. Bar-tailed godwit
  79. Chin-spot batis
  80. Montane oriole
  81. Eastern double-collared sunbird
  82. Goliath heron
  83. Woolly-necked stork
  84. Eurasian nightjar
  85. Black-headed heron
  86. Lesser sand plover
  87. Red-throated wryneck
  88. Black kite
  89. Bateleur
  90. Black-winged lapwing
  91. Long-billed pipit
  92. African paradise flycatcher
  93. Hildebrandt’s starling
  94. Grey-capped social weaver
  95. Greater blue-eared starling
  96. Green-backed woodpecker
  97. Mountain yellow warbler
  98. Hunter’s cisticola
  99. Montane white-eye
  100. Common house martin
  101. Amethyst sunbird
  102. Black-headed waxbill
  103. White-browed sparrow weaver
  104. Black-headed weaver
  105. Yellow-crowned canary
  106. Grey-backed camaroptera
  107. Pied flycatcher
  108. African hoopoe
  109. Green wood-hoopoe
  110. Hamerkop
  111. Great cormorant
  112. Long-tailed cormorant
  113. Egyptian goose
  114. Pink-backed pelican
  115. Barn swallow
  116. Grey-headed gull
  117. Common black-headed gull
  118. Lesser black-backed gull
  119. Little stint
  120. Black-winged stilt
  121. Hottentot teal
  122. Common ringed plover
  123. Little grebe
  124. Red-cheeked cordon-bleu
  125. Long-tailed starling
  126. Singing cisticola
  127. Sooty chat
  128. Upcher’s warbler
  129. Tawny eagle
  130. Whinchat
  131. Purple heron
  132. Montagu’s harrier
  133. Tropical boubou
  134. Steppe eagle
  135. Common moorhen
  136. House sparrow
  137. African harrier hawk
  138. Secretary bird
  139. Martial eagle
  140. White-rumped swift
  141. Speckle-fronted weaver
  142. Purple heron
  143. African fish eagle
  144. Grey-crowned crane
  145. White-browed coucal
  146. Crowned hornbill
  147. African black swift
  148. Red-rumped swallow

Inverts and herps [that I can remember]

Inverts

  • Fruit beetle
  • Dung beetle
  • Mosquito spp.
  • African monarch
  • Cabbage white

Herps

  • Red-headed rock agama
  • Variable skink
  • Guttural toad
  • Nile crocodile
  • Sausage tree
  • Rosewood
  • Milk wood
  • Fever tree
  • Kirk’s acacia
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