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 angolensis
Angolan Blue Waxbill (Uraeginthus angolensis angolensis, german: Angola-Schmetterlingsfink, french: Cordonbleu d'Angola). (1275k)
Lagonosticta rhodopareia
Jameson's Firefinch (Lagonosticta rhodopareia, german: Rosenamarant, french: Amarante de Jameson) and Angolan Blue Waxbill (Uraeginthus angolensis 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 tricolor
Dark-capped Bulbul (Pycnonotus barbatus tricolor, 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 argutus
Little Bee-eater ssp. argutuss (Merops pusillus argutus, german: Zwergspint, french: Guêpier nain). (592k)
Merops pusillus argutus
Little Bee-eater ssp. argutus (Merops pusillus argutus, german: Zwergspint, french: Guêpier nain). (630k)
Anthus cinnamomeus
African Pipit (Anthus cinnamomeus). (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 apivorus
Clancey's Fork-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis apivorus, 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 mevesii
Savanna Meves's Starling (Lamprotornis mevesii mevesii, german: Mevesglanzstar, french: Choucador de Meves). (696k)
Lamprotornis australis
Burchell's Starling (Lamprotornis australis, german: Riesenglanzstar, french: Choucador de Burchell). (784k)
Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Greater Blue-eared Starling (Lamprotornis chalybaeus, german: Grünschwanz-Glanzstar, french: Choucador à oreillons bleus). (563k)
Poicephalus meyeri
Meyer's Parrot (Poicephalus meyeri, german: Goldbugpapagei, french: Perroquet de Meyer). (797k)
Campethera bennettii bennettii
Bennett's Woodpecker ssp. bennettii (Campethera bennettii bennettii, german: Bennettspecht, french: Pic de Bennett). (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 rudis
African Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis rudis, german: Graufischer, french: Martin-pêcheur pie). (825k)
Ceryle rudis rudis
Hovering African Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis rudis, german: Graufischer, french: Martin-pêcheur pie). (639k)
Corythornis cristatus robertsi
Malachite Kingfisher ssp. robertsi (Corythornis cristatus robertsi, german: Haubenzwergfischer, french: Martin-pêcheur huppé). (749k)
Spilopelia senegalensis senegalensis
Southern Laughing Dove (Spilopelia senegalensis senegalensis, german: Palmtaube, french: Tourterelle maillée). (1146k)
Streptopelia capicola tropica
Ring-necked Dove ssp. tropica (Streptopelia capicola tropica, 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 caudatus
Lilac-breasted Roller ssp. caudatus (Coracias caudatus caudatus, german: Gabelracke, french: Rollier à longs brins). (614k)
Coracias caudatus caudatus
Lilac-breasted Roller ssp. caudatus (Coracias caudatus caudatus, german: Gabelracke, french: Rollier à longs brins). (810k)
Coracias caudatus caudatus
Lilac-breasted Roller ssp. caudatus (Coracias caudatus 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 coronatus
Cape Crowned Lapwings (Vanellus coronatus 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, 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 bechuanae
Kalahari Go-away Bird (Corythaixoides concolor bechuanae, german: Grauer Lärmvogel, french: Touraco concolore). (832k)
Centropus senegalensis
Senegal Coucal (Centropus senegalensis, german: Spornkuckuck, french: Coucal du Sénégal). (805k)
Centropus superciliosus
White-browed Coucal (Centropus superciliosus, french: Coucal à sourcils blancs). (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 rufirostris
Southern Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus rufirostris). (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 bicinctus
Pair of Double-banded Sandgrouse ssp. bicinctus (Pterocles bicinctus bicinctus, french: Ganga bibande), male on the left. (898k)
Pterocles bicinctus bicinctus
Female Double-banded Sandgrouse ssp. bicinctus (Pterocles bicinctus 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 zambesiae
Crested Francolin ssp. zambesiae (Dendroperdix sephaena zambesiae, 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
Southern Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori kori, german: Riesentrappe, french: Outarde kori). The Southern Kori Bustard is the heaviest bird that can fly. Adult males can weigh up to 20 kg (40 lb). (1060k)
Scopus umbretta umbretta
Common Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta umbretta, german: Hammerkopf, french: Ombrette africaine). (1031k)
Scopus umbretta umbretta
Common Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta umbretta, german: Hammerkopf, french: Ombrette africaine) in flight. (535k)
Common Hamerkop Nest
Common Hamerkop nest. (1081k)
Alopochen aegyptiaca
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca, german: Nilgans, french: Ouette d'Égypte). (661k)
Plectropterus gambensis gambensis
Northern Spur-winged Geese (Plectropterus gambensis gambensis, german: Sporngans, french: Oie-armée de Gambie). (999k)
Bostrychia hagedash brevirostris
Northern Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash brevirostris, german: Hagedasch, french: Ibis hagedash). (582k)
Bostrychia hagedash brevirostris
Northern Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash brevirostris, german: Hagedasch, french: Ibis hagedash). (1060k)
Bostrychia hagedash brevirostris
Northern Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash brevirostris, 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, german: Weißbrustkormoran, french: Cormoran à poitrine blanche). (1144k)
Microcarbo africanus africanus
African Reed Cormorant (Microcarbo africanus africanus, german: Riedscharbe, french: Cormoran africain). (605k)
Anhinga rufa rufa
Mainland African Darter (Anhinga rufa rufa, german: Afrikanischer Schlangenhalsvogel, french: Anhinga d'Afrique). (821k)
Anhinga rufa rufa
Mainland African Darter (Anhinga rufa 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 nycticorax
Eurasian Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax, german: Nachtreiher, french: Bihoreau gris). (669k)
Egretta garzetta garzetta
Western Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta, german: Seidenreiher, french: Aigrette garzette). (925k)
Egretta garzetta garzetta
Western Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta, german: Seidenreiher, french: Aigrette garzette) in flight. (1119k)
Butorides striata atricapilla
Sub-Saharan Striated Heron (Butorides striata atricapilla, german: Mangrovereiher, french: Héron strié). (746k)
Egretta vinaceigula
Slaty Egret (Egretta vinaceigula, german: Braunkehlreiher, french: Aigrette vineuse). (1250k)
Ardea alba melanorhynchos
African Great Egret (Ardea alba melanorhynchos, german: Silberreiher, french: Grande Aigrette). (649k)
Ardea alba melanorhynchos
African Great Egret (Ardea alba melanorhynchos, german: Silberreiher, french: Grande Aigrette) in flight. (850k)
Ardea cinerea cinerea
Western Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea cinerea, german: Graureiher, french: Héron cendré). (1166k)
Ardea purpurea purpurea
Western Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea 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, french: Tantale ibis). (1257k)
Anastomus lamelligerus lamelligerus
Mainland African Openbill (Anastomus lamelligerus lamelligerus, german: Mohrenklaffschnabel, french: Bec-ouvert africain) and African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus, german: Blaustirn-Blatthühnchen, french: Jacana à poitrine dorée). (1240k)
Anastomus lamelligerus lamelligerus
Mainland African Openbill (Anastomus lamelligerus lamelligerus, german: Mohrenklaffschnabel, french: Bec-ouvert africain). (576k)
Anastomus lamelligerus lamelligerus
Mainland African Openbill (Anastomus lamelligerus 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, german: Marabu, 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)
Accipiter badius
Shikra (Accipiter badius, german: Schikrasperber, french: Épervier shikra). (886k)
Elanus caeruleus caeruleus
Western Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus 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, french: Bateleur des savanes). (549k)
Terathopius ecaudatus
Bateleur Eagle (Terathopius ecaudatus, german: Gaukler, 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, french: Messager sagittaire) in their nest. (714k)
Sagittarius serpentarius
Secretarybird (Sagittarius serpentarius, german: Sekretär, french: Messager sagittaire). (881k)
Sagittarius serpentarius
Close-up of Secretarybird (Sagittarius serpentarius, german: Sekretär, french: Messager sagittaire). (855k)
Struthio camelus australis
Male Southern Ostrich (Struthio camelus australis, german: Afrikanischer Strauß, french: Autruche d'Afrique). (905k)
Struthio camelus australis
Male (left) and female Southern Ostrich (Struthio camelus australis, german: Afrikanischer Strauß, french: Autruche d'Afrique). (910k)

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