Bird life in Botswana is great. Fortunately, I had a knowledgeable guide as well as a birdwatcher on the tour. They were able to identify almost all the birds. The pictures of other animals are on a separate page.

Nature pictures of Botswana and other bird pages are linked:

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All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Birds in Botswana

Trachyphonus vaillantii
Crested Barbet (Trachyphonus vaillantii, german: Hauben-Bartvogel, french: Barbican promépic). (737k)
Lybius torquatus
Black-collared Barbet (Lybius torquatus, german: Halsband-Bartvogel, french: Barbican à collier). (515k)
Cercotrichas paena
Kalahari Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas paena, french: Agrobate du Kalahari). (753k)
Quelea quelea
Red-billed Queleas (Quelea quelea, german: Blutschnabelweber, french: Travailleur à bec rouge). These birds come in flocks of millions. They devastate crops. (677k)
Quelea quelea
Red-billed Quelea (Quelea quelea, german: Blutschnabelweber, french: Travailleur à bec rouge). (639k)
Passer griseus
Northern Grey-headed Sparrow (Passer griseus, german: Graukopfsperling, french: Moineau gris). (1213k)
Uraeginthus angolensis
Blue Waxbill (Uraeginthus angolensis, german: Angola-Schmetterlingsfink, french: Cordonbleu d'Angola). (1275k)
Lagonosticta rhodopareia
Jameson's Firefinch (Lagonosticta rhodopareia, german: Rosenamarant, french: Amarante de Jameson) and Blue Waxbill (Uraeginthus angolensis, german: Angola-Schmetterlingsfink, french: Cordonbleu d'Angola). (949k)
Hirundo smithii
Wire-tailed Swallow (Hirundo smithii, french: Hirondelle à longs brins). (381k)
Batis molitor
Chinspot Batis (Batis molitor, french: Pririt molitor). (557k)
Pycnonotus barbatus
Common Bulbul (Pycnonotus barbatus, german: Graubülbül, french: Bulbul des jardins). (564k)
Tchagra senegalus
Black-crowned Tchagra (Tchagra senegalus, french: Tchagra à tête noire). (825k)
Cisticola chiniana
Rattling Cisticola (Cisticola chiniana). (604k)
Myrmecocichla arnotti
Arnot's Chat (Myrmecocichla arnotti, french: Traquet d'Arnott). (700k)
Merops pusillus
Little Bee-eaters (Merops pusillus, german: Zwergspint, french: Guêpier nain). (592k)
Merops pusillus
Little Bee-eater (Merops pusillus, german: Zwergspint, french: Guêpier nain). (630k)
Anthus nyassae
Wood Pipit (Anthus nyassae). (939k)
Cecropis abyssinica
Lesser Striped Swallow (Cecropis abyssinica, french: Hirondelle striée). (551k)
Turdoides jardineii
Arrow-marked Babbler (Turdoides jardineii, german: Braundrossling, french: Cratérope fléché). (659k)
Turdoides bicolor
Pied Babbler (Turdoides bicolor, french: Cratérope bicolore). (693k)
Buphagus africanus
Yellow-billed Oxpeckers (Buphagus africanus, german: Gelbschnabel-Madenhacker, french: Piquebœuf à bec jaune) on a Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius, german: Flusspferd, french: Hippopotame amphibie). (814k)
Buphagus erythrorhynchus
Red-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus, german: Rotschnabel-Madenhacker, french: Piquebœuf à bec rouge). (757k)
Dicrurus adsimilis
Fork-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis, german: Trauerdrongo, french: Drongo brillant). (550k)
Plocepasser mahali
White-browed Sparrow Weaver (Plocepasser mahali, french: Mahali à sourcils blancs). (485k)
Bubalornis niger
Red-billed Buffalo Weaver (Bubalornis niger, german: Büffelweber, french: Alecto à bec rouge). (732k)
Red-billed Buffalo Weaver Nest
Red-billed Buffalo Weaver nest. This is a communal nest for many families. (1315k)
Prionops plumatus
White-crested Helmetshrike (Prionops plumatus, german: Weißschopf-Brillenwürger, french: Bagadais casqué). (732k)
Eurocephalus anguitimens
Southern White-crowned Shrike (Eurocephalus anguitimens, french: Eurocéphale à couronne blanche). (525k)
Lamprotornis mevesii
Meves's Starling (Lamprotornis mevesii, german: Mevesglanzstar, french: Choucador de Meves). (696k)
Lamprotornis australis
Burchell's Starling (Lamprotornis australis, german: Riesenglanzstar, french: Choucador de Burchell). (784k)
Lamprotornis nitens
Cape Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis nitens, german: Rotschulter-Glanzstar, french: Choucador à épaulettes rouges). (563k)
Poicephalus meyeri
Meyer's Parrot (Poicephalus meyeri, german: Goldbugpapagei, french: Perroquet de Meyer). (797k)
Campethera abingoni
Golden-tailed Woodpecker (Campethera abingoni, german: Goldschwanzspecht, french: Pic à queue dorée). (839k)
Urolestes melanoleucus
Magpie Shrike (Urolestes melanoleucus, german: Elsterwürger, french: Corvinelle noir et blanc). (419k)
Urolestes melanoleucus
Magpie Shrike (Urolestes melanoleucus, german: Elsterwürger, french: Corvinelle noir et blanc) in flight. (581k)
Laniarius atrococcineus
Crimson-breasted Shrike (Laniarius atrococcineus, german: Rotbauchwürger, french: Gonolek rouge et noir). (1.9M)
Ceryle rudis
Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis, german: Graufischer, french: Martin-pêcheur pie). (825k)
Ceryle rudis
Hovering Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis, german: Graufischer, french: Martin-pêcheur pie). (639k)
Corythornis cristatus
Malachite Kingfisher (Corythornis cristatus, german: Haubenzwergfischer, french: Martin-pêcheur huppé). (749k)
Spilopelia senegalensis
Laughing Dove (Spilopelia senegalensis, german: Palmtaube, french: Tourterelle maillée). (1146k)
Streptopelia capicola
Ring-necked Dove (Streptopelia capicola, german: Kapturteltaube, french: Tourterelle du Cap). (1258k)
Streptopelia semitorquata
Red-eyed Dove (Streptopelia semitorquata, german: Halbmondtaube, french: Tourterelle à collier). (639k)
Treron calvus
African Green Pigeon (Treron calvus, german: Rotnasen-Grüntaube, french: Colombar à front nu). (434k)
Turtur chalcospilos
Emerald-spotted Wood Dove (Turtur chalcospilos, german: Bronzeflecktäubchen, french: Tourtelette émeraudine). (615k)
Upupa africana
African Hoopoe (Upupa africana, french: Huppe d'Afrique). (827k)
Phoeniculus purpureus
Green Wood Hoopoe (Phoeniculus purpureus, german: Baumhopf, french: Irrisor moqueur). (802k)
Phoeniculus purpureus
Green Wood Hoopoe (Phoeniculus purpureus, german: Baumhopf, french: Irrisor moqueur). (825k)
Coracias caudatus
Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus, german: Gabelracke, french: Rollier à longs brins). (614k)
Coracias caudatus
Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus, german: Gabelracke, french: Rollier à longs brins). (810k)
Coracias caudatus
Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus, german: Gabelracke, french: Rollier à longs brins) in flight. (780k)
Charadrius pecuarius
Kittlitz's Plover (Charadrius pecuarius, german: Hirtenregenpfeifer, french: Pluvier pâtre). (1089k)
Vanellus armatus
Blacksmith Lapwing (Vanellus armatus, german: Waffenkiebitz, french: Vanneau armé). (1153k)
Vanellus coronatus
Crowned Lapwings (Vanellus coronatus, german: Kronenkiebitz, french: Vanneau couronné). (1071k)
Vanellus crassirostris
Long-toed Lapwing (Vanellus crassirostris, french: Vanneau à ailes blanches). (1008k)
Actophilornis africanus
African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus, german: Blaustirn-Blatthühnchen, french: Jacana à poitrine dorée). (991k)
Actophilornis africanus
Juvenile African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus, german: Blaustirn-Blatthühnchen, french: Jacana à poitrine dorée). (766k)
Burhinus vermiculatus
Water Thick-knee (Burhinus vermiculatus, german: Wassertriel, french: Œdicnème vermiculé). (1171k)
Rynchops flavirostris
African Skimmer (Rynchops flavirostris, german: Braunmantel-Scherenschnabel, french: Bec-en-ciseaux d'Afrique). (1010k)
Rynchops flavirostris
African Skimmer (Rynchops flavirostris, german: Braunmantel-Scherenschnabel, french: Bec-en-ciseaux d'Afrique) in flight. (677k)
Corythaixoides concolor
Grey Go-away Bird (Corythaixoides concolor, german: Grauer Lärmvogel, french: Touraco concolore). (832k)
Centropus cupreicaudus
Coppery-tailed Coucal (Centropus cupreicaudus, french: Coucal des papyrus). (805k)
Centropus senegalensis
Senegal Coucal (Centropus senegalensis, german: Spornkuckuck, french: Coucal du Sénégal). (1270k)
Lophoceros bradfieldi
Bradfield's Hornbill (Lophoceros bradfieldi, german: Felsentoko, french: Calao de Bradfield). (662k)
Lophoceros bradfieldi
Bradfield's Hornbill (Lophoceros bradfieldi, german: Felsentoko, french: Calao de Bradfield) in flight. (591k)
Lophoceros nasutus
African Grey Hornbill (Lophoceros nasutus, german: Grautoko, french: Calao à bec noir). (640k)
Lophoceros nasutus
African Grey Hornbill (Lophoceros nasutus, german: Grautoko, french: Calao à bec noir) in flight. (472k)
Tockus leucomelas
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas, german: Südlicher Gelbschnabeltoko, french: Calao leucomèle). (752k)
Tockus leucomelas
Close-up of a Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas, german: Südlicher Gelbschnabeltoko, french: Calao leucomèle). (343k)
Tockus erythrorhynchus
Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus erythrorhynchus, german: Rotschnabeltoko, french: Calao à bec rouge). (751k)
Bucorvus leadbeateri
Family of Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri, german: Südlicher Hornrabe, french: Bucorve du Sud), juvenile on left, female in center. (1068k)
Bucorvus leadbeateri
Female Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri, german: Südlicher Hornrabe, french: Bucorve du Sud). (841k)
Bucorvus leadbeateri
Male Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri, german: Südlicher Hornrabe, french: Bucorve du Sud). (536k)
Bucorvus leadbeateri
Juvenile Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri, german: Südlicher Hornrabe, french: Bucorve du Sud). (817k)
Pterocles bicinctus
Pair of Double-banded Sandgrouse (Pterocles bicinctus, french: Ganga bibande), male on the left. (898k)
Pterocles bicinctus
Female Double-banded Sandgrouse (Pterocles bicinctus, french: Ganga bibande). (906k)
Hundreds Sandgrouse Waterhole Soak
Hundreds of Sandgrouse at the waterhole. They soak water into their feathers and bring that water back to their nest. (903k)
Dendroperdix sephaena
Crested Francolin (Dendroperdix sephaena, german: Schopffrankolin, french: Francolin huppé). (1306k)
Pternistis swainsonii
Swainson's Francolin (Pternistis swainsonii, french: Francolin de Swainson). (890k)
Pternistis adspersus
Red-billed Francolin (Pternistis adspersus, french: Francolin à bec rouge). (619k)
Numida meleagris
Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris, german: Helmperlhuhn, french: Pintade de Numidie). (1177k)
Lophotis ruficrista
Red-crested Korhaan (Lophotis ruficrista, german: Rotschopftrappe, french: Outarde houppette). (1032k)
Ardeotis kori
Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori, german: Riesentrappe, french: Outarde kori). The Kori Bustard is the heaviest bird that can fly. Adult males can weigh up to 20 kg (40 lb). (1060k)
Scopus umbretta
Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta, german: Hammerkopf (Vogel), french: Ombrette africaine). (1031k)
Scopus umbretta
Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta, german: Hammerkopf (Vogel), french: Ombrette africaine) in flight. (535k)
Hamerkop Nest
Hamerkop nest. (1081k)
Alopochen aegyptiaca
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca, german: Nilgans, french: Ouette d'Égypte). (661k)
Plectropterus gambensis
Spur-winged Geese (Plectropterus gambensis, german: Sporngans, french: Oie-armée de Gambie). (999k)
Bostrychia hagedash
Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash, german: Hagedasch, french: Ibis hagedash). (582k)
Bostrychia hagedash
Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash, german: Hagedasch, french: Ibis hagedash). (1060k)
Bostrychia hagedash
Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash, german: Hagedasch, french: Ibis hagedash) in flight. (433k)
Threskiornis aethiopicus
Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus, german: Heiliger Ibis, french: Ibis sacré). (1257k)
Phalacrocorax lucidus
White-breasted Cormorant (Phalacrocorax lucidus, french: Cormoran à poitrine blanche). (1144k)
Microcarbo africanus
Reed Cormorant (Microcarbo africanus, german: Riedscharbe, french: Cormoran africain). (605k)
Anhinga rufa
African Darter (Anhinga rufa, german: Afrikanischer Schlangenhalsvogel, french: Anhinga d'Afrique). (821k)
Anhinga rufa
African Darter (Anhinga rufa, german: Afrikanischer Schlangenhalsvogel, french: Anhinga d'Afrique) drying its wings. (763k)
Platalea alba
African Spoonbill (Platalea alba, german: Schmalschnabellöffler, french: Spatule d'Afrique). (1108k)
Ardeola ralloides
Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides, german: Rallenreiher, french: Crabier chevelu). (1162k)
Ardeola rufiventris
Rufous-bellied Heron (Ardeola rufiventris, german: Rotbauchreiher, french: Crabier à ventre roux). (1155k)
Nycticorax nycticorax
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax, german: Nachtreiher, french: Bihoreau gris). (669k)
Egretta garzetta
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta, german: Seidenreiher, french: Aigrette garzette). (925k)
Egretta garzetta
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta, german: Seidenreiher, french: Aigrette garzette) in flight. (1119k)
Butorides striata
Striated Heron (Butorides striata, german: Mangrovereiher, french: Héron strié). (746k)
Egretta vinaceigula
Slaty Egret (Egretta vinaceigula, german: Braunkehlreiher, french: Aigrette vineuse). (1250k)
Ardea alba
Great Egret (Ardea alba, german: Silberreiher, french: Grande Aigrette). (649k)
Ardea alba
Great Egret (Ardea alba, german: Silberreiher, french: Grande Aigrette) in flight. (850k)
Ardea cinerea
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea, german: Graureiher, french: Héron cendré). (1166k)
Ardea purpurea
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea, german: Purpurreiher, french: Héron pourpré). (1.6M)
Ardea goliath
Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath, german: Goliathreiher, french: Héron goliath). (952k)
Ardea goliath
Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath, german: Goliathreiher, french: Héron goliath). (1051k)
Mycteria ibis
Yellow-billed Stork (Mycteria ibis, german: Nimmersatt (Vogel), french: Tantale ibis). (1257k)
Anastomus lamelligerus
African Openbill Stork (Anastomus lamelligerus, german: Mohrenklaffschnabel, french: Bec-ouvert africain) and African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus, german: Blaustirn-Blatthühnchen, french: Jacana à poitrine dorée). (1240k)
Anastomus lamelligerus
African Openbill Stork (Anastomus lamelligerus, german: Mohrenklaffschnabel, french: Bec-ouvert africain). (576k)
Anastomus lamelligerus
African Openbill Stork (Anastomus lamelligerus, german: Mohrenklaffschnabel, french: Bec-ouvert africain) in flight. (624k)
Grus carunculata
Pair of Wattled Crane (Grus carunculata, german: Klunkerkranich, french: Grue caronculée). (1190k)
Grus carunculata
Four Wattled Cranes (Grus carunculata, german: Klunkerkranich, french: Grue caronculée) in flight. (502k)
Leptoptilos crumenifer
Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer, french: Marabout d'Afrique). (448k)
Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis
Female Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis, german: Sattelstorch, french: Jabiru d'Afrique). (765k)
Gyps africanus
White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus, german: Weißrückengeier, french: Vautour africain). (647k)
Gyps africanus
White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus, german: Weißrückengeier, french: Vautour africain) in flight. (365k)
Necrosyrtes monachus
Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus, german: Kappengeier, french: Vautour charognard). (473k)
Necrosyrtes monachus
Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus, german: Kappengeier, french: Vautour charognard) in flight. (640k)
Torgos tracheliotos
Lappet-faced Vulture (Torgos tracheliotos, german: Ohrengeier, french: Vautour oricou) and African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer, german: Schreiseeadler, french: Pygargue vocifer). (2.1M)
Glaucidium perlatum
Pearl-spotted Owlet (Glaucidium perlatum, german: Perl-Sperlingskauz, french: Chevêchette perlée). (573k)
Falco dickinsoni
Dickinson's Kestrel (Falco dickinsoni, french: Faucon de Dickinson). (886k)
Elanus caeruleus
Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus, german: Gleitaar, french: Élanion blac) in flight. (612k)
Bubo lacteus
Verreaux's Eagle Owl (Bubo lacteus, german: Milchuhu, french: Grand-duc de Verreaux). (815k)
Terathopius ecaudatus
Bateleur Eagle (Terathopius ecaudatus, german: Gaukler (Vogel), french: Bateleur des savanes). (549k)
Terathopius ecaudatus
Bateleur Eagle (Terathopius ecaudatus, german: Gaukler (Vogel), french: Bateleur des savanes) in flight. (587k)
Aquila spilogaster
African Hawk Eagle (Aquila spilogaster, german: Afrikanischer Habichtsadler, french: Aigle fascié). (619k)
Aquila spilogaster
Juvenile African Hawk Eagle (Aquila spilogaster, german: Afrikanischer Habichtsadler, french: Aigle fascié). (757k)
Aquila rapax
Juvenile Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax, german: Raubadler, french: Aigle ravisseur). (474k)
Haliaeetus vocifer
African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer, german: Schreiseeadler, french: Pygargue vocifer). (935k)
Haliaeetus vocifer
African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer, german: Schreiseeadler, french: Pygargue vocifer). (517k)
Haliaeetus vocifer
African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer, german: Schreiseeadler, french: Pygargue vocifer) in flight. (970k)
Torgos tracheliotos
Lappet-faced Vulture (Torgos tracheliotos, german: Ohrengeier, french: Vautour oricou) and African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer, german: Schreiseeadler, french: Pygargue vocifer) carrying part of a fish. (1081k)
Aquila rapax
Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax, german: Raubadler, french: Aigle ravisseur). (461k)
Aquila rapax
Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax, german: Raubadler, french: Aigle ravisseur) taking flight. (488k)
Sagittarius serpentarius
Pair of Secretarybird (Sagittarius serpentarius, german: Sekretär (Vogel), french: Messager sagittaire) in their nest. (714k)
Sagittarius serpentarius
Secretarybird (Sagittarius serpentarius, german: Sekretär (Vogel), french: Messager sagittaire). (881k)
Sagittarius serpentarius
Close-up of Secretarybird (Sagittarius serpentarius, german: Sekretär (Vogel), french: Messager sagittaire). (855k)
Struthio camelus
Male Ostrich (Struthio camelus, german: Afrikanischer Strauß, french: Autruche d'Afrique). (905k)
Struthio camelus
Male (left) and female Ostrich (Struthio camelus, german: Afrikanischer Strauß, french: Autruche d'Afrique). (910k)

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