Namibia is rich with unusual birds, primarily due to the unique dry areas found within Namibia.

Click on a bird’s name below to learn more about these unique birds.

Namibian Specials

Bare-cheecked Babbler Turdoides gymnogenys
Barlow’s Lark Calendulauda barlowi
Hartlaub’s Francolin Francolinus hartlaubi
Ruppell’s Korhaan Eupodotis rueppellii
Damara Tern Sterna balaenarum
Ruppell’s Parrot Poicephalus rueppellii
Violet Woodhoopoe Phoeniculus damarensis
Monteiro’s Hornbill Tockus monteiri
Dune Lark Calendulauda erythrochlamys
Gray’s Lark Ammomanes grayi
Carp’s Tit Parus carpi
Herero Chat Namibornis herero
Rockrunner Achaetops pycnopygius
White-tailed Shrike Lanioturdus torquatus
Benguela Long-billed Lark Certhilauda benguelensis
Damara Hornbill Tockus damarensis
Bradfield’s Swift Apus bradfieldi

Other birds of interest in Namibia

Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor
Cinderella Waxbill Estrilda thomensis
Lappet-faced Vulture Trogos tracheliotus
Black Harrier Circus maurus
Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus
Common Ostrich Struthio camelus
Rosy-faced Lovebird Agapornis roseicollis
Ludwig’s Bustard Neotis ludwigii

Worth a mention

Chestnut-banded Plovers have some of their most significant populations around Walvis Bay and Sandwich Harbor on Namibian’s coast.

African Skimmers, Rynchops flavirostris are partial intra-African migrants and have a significant population around the Panhandle region of the Okavango Delta (in Botswana.) This region just touches onto Namibia’s Caprivi Strip. The bird is considered endangered, with much of it’s population in central Africa.

The Hartlaub’s Gull, Larus hartlaubii is endemic to southern Africa western coastline. They are found right the way up Namibia’s coast.

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