Falconiformes Falconiformes


African Cuckoo

African cuckoos (Cuculus gularis) can be found in open woodland or Acacia type savannah

European Honey-Buzzard

The European honey-buzzard (Pernis apivorus) is a bee-eater which will inhabit woodlands, gardens, plantations and forests

Bat Hawk

Bat hawks eat bats and other birds.

Black-Shouldered Kite

Black-shouldered kites (Elanus caeruleus) occur in many habitats but are more common in grassland as opposed to being mainly absent from woodland, forest and desert.

Black Kite

Black kite are wanderers, emphasized in their general habitat locations which are primarily woodland.

Palm-Nut Vulture

Palm-nut vultures are uncommon and localized in Namibia and are linked to the presence of the Kosi Palm.

Egyptian Vulture

Egyptian vultures (Neophron percnopterus) inhabit dry open areas such as plains and semi-desert and occasionally on the seashore.

Hooded Vulture

Hooded vultures inhabit savannah and well-developed woodlands such as mopane and jackalberry.

White-Backed Vulture

White-backed vultures prefer mopane type woodland, but are absent from forests, true desert and treeless grassland.

Cape Vulture

Cape vultures typically inhabit a wide range of areas that are linked to communal grazing such as farms or national parks.

Lappet-Faced Vulture

Lappet-faced vultures inhabit open woodland in dry and semi-dry regions often with Acacia trees, Shepherds tree and mopane.

White-Headed Vulture

White-headed vultures inhabit mopane and mixed woodland type habitats and are often associated with baobab trees.

Black-Chested Snake Eagle

Black-chested snake-eagles habitat range extends from semi-desert to open grassland to closed deciduous woodland.

Brown Snake-Eagle

Numbers of the brown snake-eagle peak in summer in northern Namibia, possibly due to the seasonal movement to Zimbabwe.

Western Banded Snake-Eagle

Western banded snake-eagles are uncommon in Namibia with as few as an estimated 14 pairs recently observed.

African Marsh-Harrier

African marsh-harriers are frog-eaters that inhabit only inland and coastal wetlands.

Black Harrier

Black harriers are an endangered species in Namibia.

Pallid Harrier

Pallid harriers inhabit grassland associated with floodplains or open pans, usually singly or in scattered groups.

Meyer's Parrot

One of the most concentrated birds in its distribution range is Meyer's parrot, named after George FW Meyer

African Harrier Hawk

African harrier-hawks typically inhabit mixed species open savannah woodlands, forest edges, ravines and wooded cliffs or any similar rocky habitat that sports trees.

Lizard Buzzard

Little is known of the general habits of the lizard buzzard who inhabit savannah woodland, perching in a tree, or under cover.

Dark Chanting Goshawk

Dark chanting goshawks inhabit broad-leaved woodland with tall trees such as mopane and Zambezi teak, marula and knob thorn trees.

Gaber Goshawk

Gaber goshawks can be found in Namibian indigenous woodland such as dry, open Acacia woodland and mopane tree woodland.

African Goshawk

There would be many more African goshawks in Namibia if they didn't kill themselves by flying into windows when chasing prey or in collisions with vehicles.


Shikras are also known as little banded goshawks, inhabiting all woodland types.

Little Sparrowhawk

Little sparrowhawks inhabit tall, dense woodland, thickets and grassland along river valleys.

Ovambo Sparrowhawk

Tall riverine woodlands are the favoured habitats of the Ovambo sparrowhawk.

Black Sparrowhawk

Riverine forest and well-developed woodlands are the preferred habitat of black sparrowhawks.

Steppe Buzzard

Steppe buzzards inhabit open areas such as savannah, grassland and woodland.

Long-Legged Buzzard

The long-legged buzzard is a large eagle-like buzzard that inhabits savannahs and semi-arid steppes.

Auger Buzzard

Auger buzzards inhabit hilly and mountainous regions with rocky outcrops close to woodland or savannah type regions as well as arid scrubland.

Jackal Buzzard

Jackal buzzards inhabit hilly and mountainous regions associated with grassland, semi-desert and open woodland.

Steppe Eagle

Steppe eagles can be observed in open woodland, grassland and savannah, being absent from mountainous and dense forest.

Tawny Eagle

Tawny eagles prefer lightly wooded savannahs as opposed to dense forest or highlands.

Lesser Spotted Eagle

Lesser spotted eagles inhabit open woodland and savannah and are absent from dense forest and mountainous regions.

Verreauxs' Eagle

Verreauxs' eagle is named after the brothers of the same name, Jules and Edouard, French collectors who worked at the Cape.

African Hawk-Eagle

African hawk-eagles inhabit mostly savannah and woodland although they are absent from dense forest and mountainous regions.

Ayres's Hawk-Eagle

The rare Ayres's hawk-eagle inhabits dense forest and forest edges, occurring in hilly country as well.

Booted Eagle

Booted eagles head for mountainous countryside with cliffs.

Wahlberg's Eagle

Wahlberg's eagle is named after the Swedish collector Johan Wahlberg who worked in the Cape from 1838.

Martial Eagle

Martial eagles soar impressively over flat country with characteristic open woodland, shrubland or farmland.

Long-Crested Eagle

The life of long-crested eagles are often ended earlier than other birds by their tendency to be electrocuted on power lines or killed in collisions with vehicles.

Pygmy Falcon

Pygmy falcons are largely dependent on the mass nest constructions of the sociable weaver found in flat, open areas of dry grassland.

Lesser Kestrel

The lesser kestrel is named after the German author and ornithologist Johann Friedrich Naumann.

Rock Kestrel

Rock kestrels can tolerate a wide variety of habitats with grassland, Karoo and desert being the most popular.

Grey Kestrel

Grey kestrels supplement their diet with the husks of the northern lala palm which is under some threat in Namibia.

Dickinson's Kestrel

Dickinson's kestrel are named after the British doctor and missionary to Malawi, Dr. John Dickinson.

Red-Necked Falcon

Red-necked falcons predominately inhabit open, savannah woodland, with short grass or palm savannah and arid savannahs.

Red-Footed Falcon

Red-footed falcons breed in forest fringes, semi-forested areas, wetlands and crop-lands.

Amur Falcon

Amur falcons inhabit open grassland and savannah including crop-lands, usually in small parties leading up to large flocks often with lesser kestrels and red-footed falcons.

Sooty Falcon

Sooty falcons perch and forage in groups of up to 10.

Eurasian Hobby

The Eurasian hobby is also known as the hobby falcon and is related to the a buzzard.

African Hobby

The African hobby, also known as the African hobby falcon, was first recorded by the French zoologist and author Frédéric Georges Cuvier.

Lanner Falcon

Lanner falcons are most frequently sighted in open grassland, open woodland and agricultural areas.

Peregrine Falcon

The Peregrine falcon is a wanderer.

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