There is lots of bird life in Ethiopia.

The most interesting of the birds for me was the Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus, german: Bartgeier, french: Gypaète barbu). They eat bone marrow. In order to get it, they wait till the other vultures have cleaned a carcass and only the bones are left. They then grab one of the larger bones and fly over rocks. They drop the bone onto a rock to crack it. When the bone cracks, they can get to the bone marrow. I watched them do that several times, it was fascinating to see.

There are many bird species that are endemic to Ethiopia, for instance the Blue-winged Goose (Cyanochen cyanoptera, german: Blauflügelgans), Rouget's Rail (Rougetius rougetii, french: Râle de Rouget), Wattled Ibis (Bostrychia carunculata, german: Klunkeribis, french: Ibis caronculé), Thick-billed Raven (Corvus crassirostris, german: Erzrabe, french: Corbeau corbivau), Spot-breasted Lapwing (Vanellus melanocephalus, french: Vanneau d'Abyssinie).

Nature pictures of Ethiopia and other bird pages are linked:

Nature in Ethiopia
Nature Page for Ethiopia
Bird Pages
Bird Pages

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

Unidentified Birds in Ethiopia

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?? Unknown bird, maybe female Sunbird. (575k)
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?? Unknown bird. (535k)

Birds in Ethiopia

Anthreptes longuemarei
Western Violet-backed Sunbird (Anthreptes longuemarei, french: Souimanga violet) drinking from a Hibiscus flower. (602k)
Chalcomitra hunteri
Female Hunter's Sunbird (Chalcomitra hunteri). (582k)
Chalcomitra hunteri
Male Hunter's Sunbird (Chalcomitra hunteri). (536k)
Chalcomitra hunteri
Hunter's Sunbird (Chalcomitra hunteri). (621k)
Chalcomitra hunteri
Hunter's Sunbird (Chalcomitra hunteri). (457k)
Cinnyris pulchellus
Beautiful Sunbird (Cinnyris pulchellus, french: Souimanga à longue queue). (494k)
Merops pusillus
Little Bee-eater (Merops pusillus, german: Zwergspint, french: Guêpier nain). (530k)
Merops apiaster
Eurasian Bee-eater (Merops apiaster, german: Bienenfresser (Art), french: Guêpier d'Europe). (466k)
Merops nubicus
Carmine Bee-eater (Merops nubicus, german: Bienenfresser (Familie), french: Guêpier écarlate). (645k)
Lagonosticta rhodopareia
Pair of Jameson's Firefinch (Lagonosticta rhodopareia, german: Rosenamarant, french: Amarante de Jameson), male on the left. (2.1M)
Uraeginthus bengalus
Male Red-cheeked Cordon Bleu (Uraeginthus bengalus, german: Schmetterlingsfink, french: Cordonbleu à joues rouges). (730k)
Passer swainsonii
Swainson's Sparrow (Passer swainsonii, german: Swainsonsperling, french: Moineau de Swainson). (520k)
Pinarochroa sordida
Moorland Chat (Pinarochroa sordida, french: Traquet afroalpin). It is endemic to northeast Africa. (944k)
Tree Weaver Bird Nests
Tree with weaver bird nests. (742k)
Weaver Bird Nest
Weaver bird nest. (964k)
Anaplectes rubriceps
Red-headed Weaver (Anaplectes rubriceps, french: Anaplecte écarlate) in breeding plumage. This bird was agitated by its reflection in the mirror. (589k)
Red-headed Weaver Bird Quite
Red-headed Weaver. This bird was quite curious. (602k)
Ploceus vitellinus
Feeding Vitelline Masked Weavers (Ploceus vitellinus, german: Dotterweber, french: Tisserin vitellin). (812k)
Ploceus vitellinus
Juvenile Vitelline Masked Weaver (Ploceus vitellinus, german: Dotterweber, french: Tisserin vitellin). (518k)
Ploceus vitellinus
Female Vitelline Masked Weaver (Ploceus vitellinus, german: Dotterweber, french: Tisserin vitellin). (738k)
Ploceus vitellinus
Female Vitelline Masked Weaver (Ploceus vitellinus, german: Dotterweber, french: Tisserin vitellin) gathering feathers for a nest. (767k)
Ploceus vitellinus
Male Vitelline Masked Weaver (Ploceus vitellinus, german: Dotterweber, french: Tisserin vitellin) working on a nest. (778k)
Ploceus vitellinus
Male Vitelline Masked Weaver (Ploceus vitellinus, german: Dotterweber, french: Tisserin vitellin). (606k)
Ploceus baglafecht
Baglafecht Weaver (Ploceus baglafecht, german: Baglafechtweber, french: Tisserin baglafecht). (1229k)
Euplectes hordeaceus
Black-winged Red Bishop (Euplectes hordeaceus, german: Flammen-Wida, french: Euplecte monseigneur). (631k)
Pycnonotus barbatus
Common Bulbul (Pycnonotus barbatus, german: Graubülbül, french: Bulbul des jardins). (894k)
Trachyphonus darnaudii
Female D'Arnaud's Barbet (Trachyphonus darnaudii, german: Ohrfleck-Bartvogel, french: Barbican d'Arnaud). (1192k)
Turdus abyssinicus
Abyssinian Thrush (Turdus abyssinicus, french: Merle abyssinien). (771k)
Lanius excubitoroides
Grey-backed Fiscal (Lanius excubitoroides, german: Graumantelwürger). (803k)
Eurocephalus ruppelli
Northern White-crowned Shrike (Eurocephalus ruppelli, french: Eurocéphale de Rüppell). (646k)
Lamprotornis chloropterus
Lesser Blue-eared Starling (Lamprotornis chloropterus, german: Messingglanzstar, french: Choucador de Swainson). (798k)
Lamprotornis purpuroptera
Rüppell's Starling (Lamprotornis purpuroptera, german: Schweifglanzstar, french: Choucador de Rüppell). (747k)
Lamprotornis superbus
Superb Starling (Lamprotornis superbus, german: Dreifarben-Glanzstar, french: Choucador superbe). (871k)
Coracias abyssinicus
Abyssinian Roller (Coracias abyssinicus, german: Senegalracke, french: Rollier d'Abyssinie). (392k)
Coracias abyssinicus
Abyssinian Roller (Coracias abyssinicus, german: Senegalracke, french: Rollier d'Abyssinie) in flight. (844k)
Streptopelia roseogrisea
African Collared Dove (Streptopelia roseogrisea, german: Nordafrikanische Lachtaube, french: Tourterelle rieuse). (882k)
Columba guinea
Speckled Pigeon (Columba guinea, german: Guineataube, french: Pigeon roussard). (1268k)
Treron waalia
Bruce's Green Pigeon (Treron waalia, german: Waalietaube, french: Colombar waalia). (615k)
Treron waalia
Bruce's Green Pigeon (Treron waalia, german: Waalietaube, french: Colombar waalia). (999k)
Vidua fischeri
Straw-tailed Whydah (Vidua fischeri, german: Strohwitwe (Art)). (667k)
Vidua fischeri
Straw-tailed Whydah (Vidua fischeri, german: Strohwitwe (Art)). (655k)
Vidua macroura
Pin-tailed Whydah (Vidua macroura, german: Dominikanerwitwe, french: Veuve dominicaine). (830k)
Dicrurus adsimilis
Fork-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis, german: Trauerdrongo, french: Drongo brillant). (901k)
Ceryle rudis
Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis, german: Graufischer, french: Martin-pêcheur pie). (597k)
Ceryle rudis
Hovering Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis, german: Graufischer, french: Martin-pêcheur pie). (1031k)
Halcyon leucocephala
Grey-headed Kingfisher (Halcyon leucocephala, german: Graukopfliest, french: Martin-chasseur à tête grise). (500k)
Corythornis cristatus
Malachite Kingfisher (Corythornis cristatus, german: Haubenzwergfischer, french: Martin-pêcheur huppé). (596k)
Crinifer zonurus
Eastern Plantain-eater (Crinifer zonurus, french: Touraco à queue barrée). (758k)
Colius striatus
Speckled Mousebird (Colius striatus, german: Braunflügel-Mausvogel, french: Coliou rayé). (521k)
Vanellus spinosus
Spur-winged Lapwing (Vanellus spinosus, german: Spornkiebitz, french: Vanneau à éperons) and Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer, french: Marabout d'Afrique). (1135k)
Vanellus senegallus
African Wattled Lapwing (Vanellus senegallus, french: Vanneau du Sénégal). (829k)
Vanellus melanocephalus
Spot-breasted Lapwing (Vanellus melanocephalus, french: Vanneau d'Abyssinie), endemic to the Ethiopian Highlands. (985k)
Actophilornis africanus
African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus, german: Blaustirn-Blatthühnchen, french: Jacana à poitrine dorée). (877k)
Chroicocephalus genei
Slender-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus genei, german: Dünnschnabelmöwe, french: Goéland railleur). (920k)
Rougetius rougetii
Rouget's Rail (Rougetius rougetii, french: Râle de Rouget), endemic to Ethiopia. (879k)
Pternistis castaneicollis
Chestnut-naped Francolin (Pternistis castaneicollis, french: Francolin à cou roux). (1060k)
Numida meleagris
Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris, german: Helmperlhuhn, french: Pintade de Numidie). (961k)
Corvus rhipidurus
Fan-tailed Raven (Corvus rhipidurus, german: Borstenrabe, french: Corbeau à queue courte). (518k)
Corvus crassirostris
Thick-billed Raven (Corvus crassirostris, german: Erzrabe, french: Corbeau corbivau), endemic to Ethiopia. (785k)
Tockus erythrorhynchus
Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus erythrorhynchus, german: Rotschnabeltoko, french: Calao à bec rouge). (664k)
Tockus deckeni
Von Der Decken's Hornbill (Tockus deckeni, german: Decken-Toko, french: Calao de der Decken). (555k)
Bucorvus abyssinicus
Pair of Abyssinian Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus abyssinicus, german: Nördlicher Hornrabe, french: Bucorve d'Abyssinie), male on the right. (703k)
Bucorvus abyssinicus
Female Abyssinian Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus abyssinicus, german: Nördlicher Hornrabe, french: Bucorve d'Abyssinie). (911k)
Botaurus stellaris
Eurasian Bittern (Botaurus stellaris, german: Rohrdommel, french: Butor étoilé). (898k)
Egretta garzetta
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta, german: Seidenreiher, french: Aigrette garzette) and Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea, german: Graureiher, french: Héron cendré). (821k)
Bubulcus ibis
Cattle Egrets (Bubulcus ibis, german: Kuhreiher, french: Héron garde-bœufs). (931k)
Bubulcus ibis
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis, german: Kuhreiher, french: Héron garde-bœufs). (1.5M)
Bubulcus ibis
Cattle Egrets (Bubulcus ibis, german: Kuhreiher, french: Héron garde-bœufs) and Sacred Ibises (Threskiornis aethiopicus, german: Heiliger Ibis, french: Ibis sacré). (1063k)
Egretta ardesiaca
Black Heron (Egretta ardesiaca, german: Glockenreiher, french: Aigrette ardoisée). (685k)
Fulica atra
Common Coot (Fulica atra, german: Blässhuhn, french: Foulque macroule). (1223k)
Anas undulata
Yellow-billed Duck (Anas undulata, german: Gelbschnabelente, french: Canard à bec jaune). (1116k)
Tadorna ferruginea
Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea, german: Rostgans, french: Tadorne casarca). (944k)
Phalacrocorax lucidus
White-breasted Cormorant (Phalacrocorax lucidus, french: Cormoran à poitrine blanche). (771k)
Phalacrocorax lucidus
Swimming White-breasted Cormorant (Phalacrocorax lucidus, french: Cormoran à poitrine blanche). (550k)
Phalacrocorax lucidus
White-breasted Cormorant (Phalacrocorax lucidus, french: Cormoran à poitrine blanche) in flight. (460k)
Alopochen aegyptiaca
Egyptian Geese (Alopochen aegyptiaca, german: Nilgans, french: Ouette d'Égypte) and Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus, german: Heiliger Ibis, french: Ibis sacré). (1136k)
Alopochen aegyptiaca
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca, german: Nilgans, french: Ouette d'Égypte). (633k)
Plectropterus gambensis
Pair of Spur-winged Geese (Plectropterus gambensis, german: Sporngans, french: Oie-armée de Gambie), male on the right. (1060k)
Plectropterus gambensis
Male Spur-winged Goose (Plectropterus gambensis, german: Sporngans, french: Oie-armée de Gambie). (666k)
Cyanochen cyanoptera
Blue-winged Goose (Cyanochen cyanoptera, german: Blauflügelgans), endemic to Ethiopia. (789k)
Scopus umbretta
Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta, german: Hammerkopf (Vogel), french: Ombrette africaine). (1020k)
Bostrychia carunculata
Wattled Ibis (Bostrychia carunculata, german: Klunkeribis, french: Ibis caronculé), endemic to Ethiopia. (791k)
Threskiornis aethiopicus
Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus, german: Heiliger Ibis, french: Ibis sacré). (794k)
Threskiornis aethiopicus
Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus, german: Heiliger Ibis, french: Ibis sacré) in flight. (738k)
Platalea alba
African Spoonbill (Platalea alba, german: Schmalschnabellöffler, french: Spatule d'Afrique). (1066k)
Ardea melanocephala
Black-headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala, german: Schwarzhalsreiher, french: Héron mélanocéphale). (930k)
Ardea alba
Great Egret (Ardea alba, german: Silberreiher, french: Grande Aigrette). (971k)
Ardea cinerea
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea, german: Graureiher, french: Héron cendré). (1.7M)
Ardea goliath
Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath, german: Goliathreiher, french: Héron goliath). (1162k)
Ardea goliath
Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath, german: Goliathreiher, french: Héron goliath) in flight. (707k)
Phoeniconaias minor
Lesser Flamingos (Phoeniconaias minor, german: Zwergflamingo, french: Flamant nain). (773k)
Pelecanus rufescens
Pink-backed Pelicans (Pelecanus rufescens, german: Rötelpelikan, french: Pélican gris), Yellow-billed Stork (Mycteria ibis, german: Nimmersatt (Vogel), french: Tantale ibis), and Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta, german: Hammerkopf (Vogel), french: Ombrette africaine). (1031k)
Haliaeetus vocifer
Birds on Lake Chamo with African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer, german: Schreiseeadler, french: Pygargue vocifer), Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer, french: Marabout d'Afrique), Egyptian Geese (Alopochen aegyptiaca, german: Nilgans, french: Ouette d'Égypte), Great White Pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus, german: Rosapelikan, french: Pélican blanc). (1217k)
Ciconia ciconia
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia, german: Weißstorch, french: Cigogne blanche). (1136k)
Mycteria ibis
Yellow-billed Stork (Mycteria ibis, german: Nimmersatt (Vogel), french: Tantale ibis) and juvenile Great White Pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus, german: Rosapelikan, french: Pélican blanc). (783k)
Mycteria ibis
Yellow-billed Stork (Mycteria ibis, german: Nimmersatt (Vogel), french: Tantale ibis) and Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus, german: Nilkrokodil, french: Crocodile du Nil). (1051k)
Mycteria ibis
Yellow-billed Stork (Mycteria ibis, german: Nimmersatt (Vogel), french: Tantale ibis). (1.6M)
Mycteria ibis
Resting Yellow-billed Stork (Mycteria ibis, german: Nimmersatt (Vogel), french: Tantale ibis). (911k)
Mycteria ibis
Juvenile Yellow-billed Stork (Mycteria ibis, german: Nimmersatt (Vogel), french: Tantale ibis). (800k)
Mycteria ibis
Juvenile Yellow-billed Stork (Mycteria ibis, german: Nimmersatt (Vogel), french: Tantale ibis) spreading its wings. (992k)
Ciconia abdimii
Abdim's Stork (Ciconia abdimii, german: Abdimstorch, french: Cigogne d'Abdim) eating a frog. (1191k)
Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis
Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis, german: Sattelstorch, french: Jabiru d'Afrique). (823k)
Leptoptilos crumenifer
Marabou Storks (Leptoptilos crumenifer, french: Marabout d'Afrique) in a tree. (1446k)
Leptoptilos crumenifer
Marabou Storks (Leptoptilos crumenifer, french: Marabout d'Afrique) begging for food. (1039k)
Leptoptilos crumenifer
Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer, french: Marabout d'Afrique). (739k)
Leptoptilos crumenifer
Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer, french: Marabout d'Afrique) in flight. (530k)
Leptoptilos crumenifer
Circling Marabou Storks (Leptoptilos crumenifer, french: Marabout d'Afrique). (553k)
Leptoptilos crumenifer
Close-up of a Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer, french: Marabout d'Afrique). (836k)
Pelecanus rufescens
Fishing Pink-backed Pelican (Pelecanus rufescens, german: Rötelpelikan, french: Pélican gris). (680k)
Pelecanus rufescens
Pink-backed Pelican (Pelecanus rufescens, german: Rötelpelikan, french: Pélican gris) in flight. (1006k)
Pelecanus onocrotalus
Great White Pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus, german: Rosapelikan, french: Pélican blanc). (664k)
Pelecanus onocrotalus
Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus, german: Rosapelikan, french: Pélican blanc). (716k)
Pelecanus onocrotalus
Great White Pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus, german: Rosapelikan, french: Pélican blanc). (1067k)
Pelecanus onocrotalus
Juvenile Great White Pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus, german: Rosapelikan, french: Pélican blanc). (816k)
Pelecanus onocrotalus
Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus, german: Rosapelikan, french: Pélican blanc) in flight. (628k)
Milvus aegyptius
Yellow-billed Kite (Milvus aegyptius, german: Milane, french: Milan à bec jaune). (459k)
Milvus migrans
Black Kite (Milvus migrans, german: Schwarzmilan, french: Milan noir). (862k)
Circus ranivorus
African Marsh Harrier (Circus ranivorus, german: Froschweihe, french: Busard grenouillard). (1.8M)
Circus pygargus
Montagu's Harrier (Circus pygargus, german: Wiesenweihe, french: Busard cendré). (453k)
Accipiter tachiro
Immature female African Goshawk (Accipiter tachiro, french: Autour tachiro). (588k)
Melierax metabates
Dark Chanting Goshawk (Melierax metabates, german: Graubürzel-Singhabicht, french: Autour sombre). (666k)
Buteo augur
Augur Buzzard (Buteo augur, german: Augurbussard, french: Buse augure), pale morph. (1.9M)
Buteo augur
Augur Buzzard (Buteo augur, german: Augurbussard, french: Buse augure), dark morph. (686k)
Buteo augur
Augur Buzzard (Buteo augur, german: Augurbussard, french: Buse augure). (985k)
Buteo augur
Augur Buzzard (Buteo augur, german: Augurbussard, french: Buse augure) in flight. (1009k)
Buteo augur
Pair of Augur Buzzards (Buteo augur, german: Augurbussard, french: Buse augure). On the left is the dark morph, all black. (863k)
Necrosyrtes monachus
Hooded Vultures (Necrosyrtes monachus, german: Kappengeier, french: Vautour charognard) and Thick-billed Ravens (Corvus crassirostris, german: Erzrabe, french: Corbeau corbivau). (957k)
Necrosyrtes monachus
Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus, german: Kappengeier, french: Vautour charognard). (1033k)
Necrosyrtes monachus
Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus, german: Kappengeier, french: Vautour charognard) in flight. (545k)
Necrosyrtes monachus
Landing Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus, german: Kappengeier, french: Vautour charognard). (733k)
Neophron percnopterus
Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus, german: Schmutzgeier, french: Percnoptère). (864k)
Trigonoceps occipitalis
White-headed Vulture (Trigonoceps occipitalis, german: Wollkopfgeier, french: Vautour à tête blanche). (563k)
Gyps fulvus
Eurasian Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, german: Gänsegeier, french: Vautour fauve). (1036k)
Gyps fulvus
Eurasian Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus, german: Gänsegeier, french: Vautour fauve). (994k)
Gypaetus barbatus
Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus, german: Bartgeier, french: Gypaète barbu). (914k)
Gypaetus barbatus
Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus, german: Bartgeier, french: Gypaète barbu) taking flight. (896k)
Gypaetus barbatus
Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus, german: Bartgeier, french: Gypaète barbu) in flight. (413k)
Gypaetus barbatus
Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus, german: Bartgeier, french: Gypaète barbu) in flight. (470k)
Gypaetus barbatus
Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus, german: Bartgeier, french: Gypaète barbu) dropping a bone to crack on rocks below. (505k)
Circaetus cinerascens
Western Banded Snake Eagle (Circaetus cinerascens, french: Circaète cendré). (942k)
Aquila rapax
Immature Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax, german: Raubadler, french: Aigle ravisseur). (822k)
Aquila rapax
Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax, german: Raubadler, french: Aigle ravisseur). (311k)
Clanga pomarina
Lesser Spotted Eagle (Clanga pomarina, german: Schreiadler, french: Aigle pomarin). (2.1M)
Clanga pomarina
Lesser Spotted Eagle (Clanga pomarina, german: Schreiadler, french: Aigle pomarin) in flight. (1060k)
Lophaetus occipitalis
Long-crested Eagle (Lophaetus occipitalis, german: Schopfadler, french: Aigle huppard). (824k)
Lophaetus occipitalis
Long-crested Eagle (Lophaetus occipitalis, german: Schopfadler, french: Aigle huppard). (505k)
Lophaetus occipitalis
Long-crested Eagle (Lophaetus occipitalis, german: Schopfadler, french: Aigle huppard) in flight. (487k)
Lophaetus occipitalis
Long-crested Eagle (Lophaetus occipitalis, german: Schopfadler, french: Aigle huppard) in flight. (1024k)
Haliaeetus vocifer
African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer, german: Schreiseeadler, french: Pygargue vocifer). (934k)
Haliaeetus vocifer
African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer, german: Schreiseeadler, french: Pygargue vocifer) in flight. (1006k)
Haliaeetus vocifer
Landing African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer, german: Schreiseeadler, french: Pygargue vocifer). (678k)

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