Passeriformes Passeriformes


Yellow-Bellied Eremomela

Spotting a yellow-bellied eremomela is far more likely in savannah woodland than in shrubland or a rocky hillside or a garden.

Green-Capped Eremomela

Green-capped eremomelas can be observed in both mixed and open woodland.

Karoo Eremomela

Karoo eremomela are sociable birds that favour shrublands on plains and hillsides in arid and semi-arid regions.

Burnt-Necked Eremomela

Burnt-necked eremomela inhabit mixed woodland and savannah woodland dominated by fine-leaved Acacia trees.

River Warbler

River warblers are a non-breeding visitor to Namibia that visit streams and rivers with fringing vegetation and woodlands associated with Zambezi Teak or mombo.

Little Rush Warbler

Little rush warblers are also known as the African sedge warbler.

Sedge Warbler

Sedge warblers are primarily reed-dwellers in mainly perennial and ephemeral wetlands with growing aquatic vegetation.

Eurasian Reed-Warbler

The Eurasian reed-warbler does what it says on the can, sing in reeds and originate from Europe.

African Reed-Warbler

African reed-warblers usually head for any moist or wet areas which could be associated with reedbeds, papyrus, sedges, tall herbs, as well as riverbeds that support tall grass and shrubs.

Marsh Warbler

Marsh warblers can be observed in patches of tall grass and in garden hedges, as well as in woodland cover with herbaceous and tangled vegetation and undergrowth.

Great Reed-Warbler

As one might expect, great reed-warblers are widespread in reeds.

Greater Swamp Warbler

Not much is known about the greater swamp-warbler, apart from it is solitary and secretive and likes to climb up and down papyrus stems, hopping from one to another in eastern Caprivi swamplands.

Lesser Swamp Warbler

Lesser swamp-warblers have a wider habit and distribution range than the greater swamp-warbler.

Olive-Tree Warbler

Olive-tree warbler inhabit umbrella thorn, black thorn and sickle-bushes associated with dry Acacia savannah regions.

Willow Warbler

The willow warbler can adapt to a wide range of woodland habitats.

Black-Faced Warbler

Black-faced babblers are a sociable species found not only in thickets but in particular where there is a high tree canopy and long grass.

Southern Pied Babbler

Southern pied babblers are resident in Namibia especially in semi-arid to arid savannah woodland with corkwood or Acacia trees.

Arrow-Marked Babbler

Arrow-marked babblers are named after the naturalist Sir William Jardine.

Bare-Cheeked Babbler

Many bare-cheeked babblers favour rocky ground embellished with dry thickets, rocky hillsides and plains as well as undergrowth along dry watercourses.

Layards Tit-Babbler

Layard's tit-babbler was first officially recorded by the author, naturalist and English civil servant Edgar Leopold Layard.

Chestnut-Vented Tit-Babbler

Chestnut-vented tit-babbler inhabit treed areas that grow near natural watercourses in savannah, semi-arid shrubland, bushy hillsides, the edges of thickets and in gardens.


Sightings of blackcaps are rare in Namibia, mainly because they are a non-breeder in the country.

Garden Warbler

Although garden warblers inhabit forest edges, thickets and other areas with thick undergrowth, they can be observed in cultivated gardens.

Common Whitethroat

The common whitethroat can be found in dry woodland, thickets and fruit-bearing shrubs.

Fairy Flycatcher

Fairy flycatchers are small, slender flycatchers, who display a characteristic foraging behaviour of pirouetting and fanning the tail when actively looking for flies.

Rock Martin

Not surprisingly rock martins can be found on rocky hills, quarries, cliffs and buildings.

Long-Billed Crombec

There are 3 species of long-billed crombecs resident in Namibia.

Hartlaub's Babbler

Hartlaub's babbler were first recorded by the German ornithologist Karl Hartlaub.

African Pipit

African pipits can be found in various habitats that include open fringes of saline pans, moist grasslands, sparsely wooded woodland, roadsides and short vegetation that grows in dry floodplains.

Cape Bunting

In Namibia, Cape buntings inhabit mopane savannah, saline desert, succulent steppe and dwarf shrub savannah.

Orange River White-Eye

Orange River white-eyes are resident and common in thorny vegetation, wooded gardens, parks, streets in towns, Eucalyptus plantations and poplar groves.

Tawny-Flanked Prinia

Tawny-flanked prinias think nothing of living in trees in the winter to forage for invertebrates, but will avoid forests.

Grey-Backed Camaroptera

Grey-backed camaroptera are usually heard rather than seen in thickets and riverine bush in dry savannah woodland, patches of evergreen forest and in gardens and parks.

Dune Lark

Dune larks are endemic to Namibia.

Benguela Long-Billed Lark

Benguela long-billed larks are usually observed in pairs in arid and semi-arid dwarf shrubland.

White-Browed Robin-Chat

The first recordings of the white-browed robin-chat are credited to a German ornithologist, Theodor von Heuglin.

Pale-Winged Starling

Although pale-winged starlings are dependent on rocky hills or valleys for breeding and roosting sites, towns also attract this species, mainly for them to search for food.

Dusky Sunbird

Dusky sunbirds are capable of moving large distances to find resources from succulent and Nama Karoo northwards through semi-arid coastal plains with rocky inselbergs, watercourses supporting scrub and sand dunes.

Southern Masked Weaver

Southern masked-weavers are common in Namibia, even though they are dependant on water in the drier regions of the country.

Fork-Tailed Drongo

The wide habitat range of the fork-tailed drongo includes riverine woodland, grassland, gardens, farmyards and town parks.

African Paradise-Flycatcher

African paradise-flycatchers inhabit forest and woodland but are absent from arid savannah.

Crimson-Breasted Shrike

Crimson-breasted shrikes are very active and agile birds, found singly or in terrestrial pairs in Kalahari thornveld, Acacia savannah and dry scrubland with some clusters of small trees.

Carp's Tit

Carp's tit is named after the South African naturalist Bernard Carp.

African Red-Eyed Bulbul

African red-eyed bulbul can be observed in a wide range of habitats that include arid and semi-arid regions, as long as there is water and patches of trees and shrubs.

Red-Faced Cisticola

Red-faced cisticolas are usually observed singly, in pairs, or small family groups in along steams and rivers and in marshes.

Rattling Cisticola

Rattling cisticolas tend to stay in pairs and small family groups especially after breeding.

Tinkling Cisticola

Tinkling cisticolas are a shy, quiet and elusive species.

Grey-Backed Cisticola

Grey-backed cisticolas can be observed on grassy patches on rocky hills in the Karoo biome.

Luapula Cisticola

Luapula cisticolas were first recorded on the Luapula River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Chirping Cisticola

Chipping cisticolas prefer the wetter habitat offered in emergent vegetation in ponds and marshes including papyrus beds and reedbeds along rivers.


Of the 6 species of neddicky recorded in southern Africa, C.f. hallae is the subspecies that can be observed in Namibia.

Zitting Cisticola

Zitting cisticolas are also known as fan-tailed cisticolas.

Desert Cisticola

As the name suggests, desert cisticolas were named because they predominately inhabit dry places or desert.

Black-Chested Prinia

Black-chested prinias are a common species usually observed in dry Acacia savannah with a scattering of low bushes as well as arid and semi-arid shrublands.

Karoo Prinia

Karoo prinia inhabit succulent steppe and desert and dwarf shrub savannah.

Namaqua Warbler

Namaqua warblers are common along permanent rivers and streams with Acacia woodland and reedbeds.

Rufous-Eared Warbler

The monotonous, penetrating piping songs of the rufous-eared warbler, can be heard when it perches from the top of a low bush or shrub in a Karoo or Kalahari habitat.

Yellow-Breasted Apalis

The yellow-breasted apalis inhabit woodland, evergreen forest and edges and camelthorn trees associated with riverine woodland.

Barred Wren-Warbler

Barred wren-warblers can be heard frequently singing a high-pitched trill, from an open perch on the top of a small tree.

Stierling's Wren-Warbler

Stierling's wren-warbler were named after N. Stierling, a German traveller and collector.

Cinnamon-Breasted Warbler

Cinnamon-breasted warblers are peculiar to rocky hillsides in arid scrubland, in particular granite and gneiss inselbergs.

Monotonous Lark

Monotonous larks inhabit a variety of woodlands and semi-arid savannah, which include bushwillow, miombo and mopane woodlands.

Rufous-Naped Lark

There are 3 of the 6 subspecies of rufous-naped lark found in Namibia, incorporating a wide range of habitats.

Flappet Lark

Flappet larks inhabit grassy clearing and certain areas of broad-leaved woodlands and fine-leaved Acacia savannah woodland.

Cape Clapper Lark

Cape clapper lark inhabit sandplain and arid mountain fynbos and succulent Karoo.

Eastern Clapper Lark

Eastern clapper larks mainly inhabit grassland, the scattered bushes of the Kalahari Desert and tall grassland around semi-arid plains and pans of the northern regions of the country.

Sabota Lark

Of the 8 subspecies of Sabota lark recorded in southern Africa, 4 can be seen in Namibia.

Fawn-Coloured Lark

Identifying fawn-coloured larks can be made easier by looking almost exclusively on sandy soils in broad-leaved and fine-leaved savannah woodland and shrubland.

Karoo Lark

Karoo larks sing year-round in mostly shrubland habitats with soft, sandy soils.

Barlow's Lark

Barlow's lark and the succulent shrub Euphorbia gummifera are closely associated in sparsely vegetated shrubland on grassy dunes and arid plains.

Dusky Lark

Dusky larks inhabit semi-arid savannah and woodland, especially areas of short grass of mixed woodlands.

Gray's Lark

Gray's lark were first recorded by the English ornithologist and author, John Edward Grey.

Spike-Heeled Lark

Spike-heeled larks are attracted to the country's sparse grassland associated with higher rainfall.

Cape Long-Billed Lark

Cape long-billed larks inhabit short coastal scrub including sandplain fynbos.

Karoo Long-Billed Lark

Of the 4 subspecies of Karoo long-billed lark, 2 can be observed in Namibia.

Black-Eared Sparrowhawk

Black-eared sparrowlarks inhabit sparse dwarf shrubland and grassland, preferring tall vegetation.

Chestnut-Backed Sparrowhawk

Chestnut-backed sparrowlarks are also known as Chestnut-backed finches.

Grey-Backed Sparrowlark

Grey-backed sparrowlarks are also known as grey-backed finchlarks.

Red-Capped Lark

All 3 subspecies of the red-capped lark can be observed in Namibia.

Stark's Lark

Stark's lark were first recorded by Arthur Cowell Stark the author of the first 2 volumes of 'Birds of South Africa'.

Pink-Billed Lark

Pink-billed larks can be found in the Kalahari dunes that sport dense grass cover as well as regions consistent with open, short grassland.

Sclater's Lark

The first recordings of Sclater's lark are credited to WL Sclater an English ornithologist who was also held the position of Director of Cape Town Museum from 1896 to 1906.

Large-Billed Lark

Large-billed larks are also known as thick-billed larks.

Short-Toed Rock-Thrush

Short-toed rock-thrush inhabit mainly mountains with characteristic rocky outcrops, inselbergs, river valleys supporting scattered bushes and trees and also in towns and villages.

Groundscraper Thrush

As you might expect, groundscraper thrushes inhabit open woodlands with a sparse understorey.

Kurrichane Thrush

Kurrichane thrushes are locally common in woodland, riverine bush, gardens and parks.

Karoo Thrush

The Karoo thrush was first recorded by the biological collector, Sir Andrew Smith.

Pale Flycatcher

Pale flycatchers, or pallid flycatchers, favour broad-leaved woodlands with a thick understorey, open bush and woodlands and are attracted to burnt ground.

Chat Flycatcher

Greater numbers of chat flycatchers are found in arid Acacia savannah and Nama Karoo than elsewhere in Namibia.

Marico Flycatcher

Although Marico flycatchers favour an arid Acacia savannah type habitat, they can also be observed in mixed and mopane woodland, but only if Acacia trees are present.

Southern Black Flycatcher

Southern black flycatchers occur in broad-leaved and Acacia woodland.

Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted flycatchers will inhabit any open woodland or location that will provide a perch with an open view.

Ashy Flycatcher

The ashy flycatcher is also known as the blue-grey flycatcher and is known to inhabit all woodland types except arid savannah.

Grey Tit-Flycatcher

Grey tit-flycatchers are also known as fan-tailed flycatchers.

Collared Flycatcher

Collared flycatchers only inhabit open country with scattered trees and forest edges and moist woodland.

Thrush Nightingale

Thrush nightingales generally prefer dry ground with dense, woody thickets.

Cape Robin-Chat

The Cape robin-chat or the Cape robin, can be heard singing mainly from dawn to dusk in riverine scrub and tree lines.

Red-Capped Robin-Chat

The habitat range for the red-capped robin-chat extends from evergreen forest and woodland to gardens with impressive shrubberies.

Rufous-Tailed Palm-Thrush

Rufous-tailed palm-thrushes favour riverine woodland and forests supporting northern lala palms.

Bearded Scrub-Robin

The bold facial patterns of the bearded scrub-robins which includes a moustachial stripe inhabit riverine forest and broad-leaved woodland.

White-Browed Scrub-Robin

White-browed scrub-robins inhabit forest edges along riverine forests especially those dominated by Acacia woodland.

Kalahari Scrub-Robin

Kalahari scrub-robins spend much of their time singly or in pairs around stock watering points and cattle dips where spiders frequent piles of dung.

Karoo Scrub-Robin

Karoo scrub-robins hop and run over open ground and under cover in low shrublands and woodland dominated by sweet thorn or wild Tamarisk.

Herero Chat

Herero chats are quite rightly named after the Herero tribe, who dominate the area where they were first recorded.


Whinchats dwell amongst stones in open ground with bare patches with perching opportunities, such as scattered bushes or trees.

African Stone Chat

In Namibia, African stonechats can be found in pairs or family groups, perching on tall, slender plants in marshy areas, swamp edges and some grassy hillsides.

Mountain Wheatear

As you might expect, mountain wheatears inhabit small cliffs, mountain slopes with boulders and rocky hills, as well as farmyards and gardens found in these locations.

Northern Wheatear

Northern wheatears have been found in habitats were they can perch on anthills, bushes, low branches of trees, stones and dead trees.

Capped Wheatear

Capped wheatears often inhabit dry grassy plains, semi-arid shrublands and freshly harvested crop lands, usually singly or in pairs.

Sickle-Winged Chat

Of the 3 subspecies of sickle-winged chat found in southern Africa, only C.s. ensifera inhabits Namibia, in mainly Karoo shrubberies, mountain grassland and shrubby mountain slopes.

Karoo Chat

Karoo chats were first recorded by a German ornithologist, Hermann Schlegel.


Of the 5 subspecies of tractrac chat found in southern Africa, 4 can be observed in Namibia.

Familiar Chat

Familiar chats inhabit rocky mountain slopes, farmyards, villages and rocky hills and outcrops.

Ant-Eating Chat

Ant-eating chats prefer habitats that include dwarf shrub savannah, open grasslands and some regions of mountain or mopane savannah.

Arnot's Chat

Arnot's chat were named after David Arnot, a major contributor of fossil reptiles, birds, insects and mammals to the South African Museum.

Red-Billed Buffalo-Weaver

Savannahs dominated by Acacia trees or with isolated populations of Baobab trees are the ideal habitat for the red-billed buffalo-weaver.

Scaly-Feathered Finch

Scaly-feathered finches can be found in gardens and farmyards, as well as Acacia woodland with small trees and in small shrubs and bushes near seasonal rivers.

White-Browed Sparrow Weaver

White-browed sparrow weavers can be found in a number of savannah type habitats which includes mopane, forest, thornbush, as well as mixed tree and shrub and woodland.

Sociable Weaver

In Namibia, sociable weavers spend some 20% of their time at their colony, mainly involved in nest building/repairing duties.

Lesser Marked Weaver

Lesser masked-weavers can be found in Acacia and mopane savannah, open woodland, riverine swamps and trees, reedbeds and other areas close to water.

Spectacled Weaver

Spectacled weavers are always observed in woody habitats that afford them decent cover, although they avoid forest interiors.

Golden Weaver

Golden weavers head for vegetation along northern perennial rivers and tall grasses on forest edges and woodland savannah.

Southern Brown-Throated Weaver

The breeding behaviour of the southern brown-throated weaver leads them to papyrus and reedbeds.

Village Weaver

In Namibia, village weavers are found on the edges of riverine forests and woodland types that are near water.

Chestnut Weaver

Chestnut weavers inhabit riverine woodland and dry thornveld.

Red-Headed Weaver

Red-headed weavers are found in forest and woodland savannah, particularly those with miombo and Acacia trees.


Brubrus can be observed in a number of habitats including arid savannah, tall acacia savannah and tall mopane.

Black-Backed Puffback

Apart from riverine forest and lowland evergreen forest, black-backed puffbacks inhabit closed and open woodland, gardens and Eucalyptus plantations.

Black-Crowned Tchagra

Black-crowned tchagra inhabit dry, thorny savannah woodland, forest edges and suburban gardens.

Brown-Crowned Tchagra

Brown-crowned tchagraa also known as the three-streaked tchagra, a reference to their dark-streaked head.

Tropical Boubou

Tropical boubou inhabit dense vegetation singly, in pairs or in family groups.

Swamp Boubou

Swamp boubous are restricted to waterways such as major river floodplains with tall reedbeds, water figs, papyrus and other dense riverine vegetation found in the region.


Bokmakieries favour areas with scattered shrubs, trees in open areas such as dune scrub and succulent Karoo.

Orange-Breasted Bush-Shrike

Orange-breasted bush-shrikes inhabit woodland, notably Acacia and mixed riparian woodlands.

Grey-Headed Bush-Shrike

Grey-headed bush-shrikes are named after a gentleman called P Blanchot, the French Governor of Senegal circa 1790.

White-Crested Bush-Shrike

White-creasted helmet-shrikes breed in broad-leaved woodland.

Retz's Helmet Shrike

Retz's helmet-shrike is also known as the red-billed helmet-shrike.

White-Tailed Shrike

It is estimated that there are around 1.5m white-tailed shrikes in Namibia.

Chinspot Batis

Chinspot batises prefer savannah woodland dominated by Acacia trees as well as broad-leaved woodland with miombo and mopane trees.

Pririt Batis

Pririt batises inhabit semi-arid woodland and along wooded watercourses singly, in pairs or in small family groups.

Sand Martin

Sand martins frequent the banks of streams or rivers as well as other water bodies such as sewage works and surrounding grasslands.

Brown-Throated Martin

Brown-throated martins are marsh-dwellers, inhabiting rivers, dams, estuaries, open wetlands and sewage works.

Banded Martin

Banded martins inhabit dry grasslands, shrubland and pastures as well as marshes.

Grey-Rumped Swallow

Grey-rumped swallows inhabit floodplains and large woodland clearings near water.

Barn Swallow

Barn swallows can be found in all Namibian habitats including open grassland, pastures but generally uncommon at high altitude and scarce in semi-arid and desert habitats.

White-Throated Swallow

White-throated swallows can be found in a wide variety of habitats often near water bodies with open grassland and mountain regions.

Wire-Tailed Swallow

Wire-tailed swallows were named after Lt-Col Smith Charles Hamilton after an expedition to Chisalla Island in the Lower Congo River.

Pearl-Breasted Swallow

Pearl-breasted swallows often occur in pairs or small groups in Namibian semi-arid regions, often near human habitations, especially in the drier areas.

Greater Striped Swallow

The habitat of the greater striped swallow varies from open mountain and coastal lowland grassland, to shrubland, cultivated areas and farmyards.

Lesser Striped Swallow

Lesser striped swallows are often observed singly, in pairs or family groups in open grassy areas, forest edges and clearings, sparse woodland and open savannah.

Red-Breasted Swallow

Red-breasted swallows inhabit open savannah and sweet grassland, usually singly or in pairs, often sitting on twigs and wires near their nest.

Mosque Swallow

Dense, tall, broad-leaved woodland, riparian woodland and locations with mopane, baobab and leadwood trees are the ideal habitats to view the Mosque swallow.

South African Cliff-Swallow

South African cliff-swallows inhabit Namibian sparse savannah and grassland.

Rock Martin

Not surprisingly rock martins can be found on rocky hills, quarries, cliffs and buildings.

Common House Martin

Common house martins operate in a wide variety of habitats that cover grassland, savannah and agricultural areas.

Eastern Saw-Wing

Eastern saw-wings, or the Eastern saw-wing swallow, often occur close to water at the edges and clearings of woodland and forest.

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