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Photos of Birds in Eritrea

Most photographs are high quality.  Some are poorer, but serve to identify and show features of the species/subspecies found in Eritrea.  Click on the photograph to open an enlarged version in a new window.  All photographs are copyright Solomon Abraha, Dawit Berhane, Jason Anderson, Steffen Ferwerda.  Please ask for permission before using these photographs for any commercial use.  Larger, higher quality versions are usually available for most photographs.  We always welcome contributions, so please send us your photos of birds in Eritrea:  Email details on Contacts page.

 

Species Endemic to the Abyssinian Highlands

 

 

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Rouget's Rail, Mai Hutsa;

Solomon Abraha

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Rouget's Rail, Asmara;

Solomon Abraha

 

Rouget's Rail, Asmara;

Jason Anderson

Rouget's Rail, Senafe;

Jason Anderson

White-cheeked Turaco,

Filfil, Jason Anderson

White-cheeked Turaco,

Filfil, Jason Anderson

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White-cheeked Turaco, 

Filfil; Solomon Abraha 

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White-cheeked Turaco, 

Filfil; Solomon Abraha

 

Wattled Ibis, Adi Keih;

Jason Anderson

Wattled Ibis, Senafe; Jason Anderson

Wattled Ibis, Asmara;

Jason Anderson

 

Wattled Ibis in flight,

Senafe; Jason Anderson

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Abyssinian Black-headed

Oriole, Filfil; 

Solomon Abraha

Abyssinian Slaty Flycatcher,

Hawatsu; Jason Anderson

Abyssinian Slaty Flycatcher,

Hawatsu; Jason Anderson

Abyssinian Slaty Flycatcher,

Juvenile, Hawatsu;

Jason Anderson

Abyssinian Slaty Flycatcher

Adult and Juvenile, Hawatsu;

Jason Anderson

Ethiopian Cisticola

Cisticola (galactotoes) lugubris,

Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

Ethiopian Cisticola

Cisticola (galactotoes) lugubris,

Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

Banded Barbet subspecies thiogaster , Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

Banded Barbet subspecies thiogaster , Adi Keih;

Jason Anderson

Banded Barbet, subspecies thiogaster Adi Keih;

Jason Anderson

Banded Barbet subspecies thiogaster, Filfil;

Jason Anderson

White-billed Starling, male,

Safira; Jason Anderson

White-billed Starling, female,

Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

White-billed Starling - party,

Hawatsu, Jason Anderson

White-billed Starling, female,

Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

White-billed Starling, male and female,

Senafe; Jason Anderson

Blue Saw-wing

Psalidoprocne (pristoptera) pristoptera,

Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

Blue Saw-wing

Psalidoprocne (pristoptera) pristoptera,

Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

White-backed Tit, Safira;

Jason Anderson

White-backed Tit, Juvenile,

Safira; Jason Anderson

White-backed Tit, Safira;

Jason Anderson

White-backed Black Tit, Safira;

Jason Anderson

Black-winged Lovebird, male

Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

Black-winged Lovebird, female

Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

Black-winged Lovebird, female

Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

Black-winged Lovebird male,

Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

Black-winged Lovebird, male

Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

Black-winged Lovebird pair,

Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

Black-winged Lovebird female,

Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

White-throated Seed-eater

(Yellow-rumped Seed-eater);

Filfil, Jason Anderson

Ruppell's Black Chat,

Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

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Ruppell's Black Chat, 

Senafe; Solomon Abraha

Ruppell's Black Chat,

Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

Ruppell's Black Chat

washing showing white on wings,

Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

Abyssinian Woodpecker, male

Filfil Sabur; Jason Anderson

Abyssinian Woodpecker,

male at nest

Filfil Sabur; Jason Anderson

Abyssinian Woodpecker, female

Filfil Sabur; Jason Anderson

Abyssinian Woodpecker, male

Filfil Sabur; Jason Anderson 

Abyssinian Woodpecker,

male at nest

Filfil Sabur; Jason Anderson

Abyssinian Woodpecker, female

Filfil Sabur; Jason Anderson

White-collared Pigeon,

Senafe; Jason Anderson

White-collared Pigeon,

Senafe; Jason Anderson

White-collared Pigeon,

Senafe; Jason Anderson

White-collared Pigeon,

Tekwonda; Jason Anderson

 

Near endemic Species in Eritrea

See the page: Abyssinian Endemics for classification and list of 'near endemic species' for Eritrea.

Erckel's Francolin/Spurfowl, Segeneiti; Jason Anderson

Blanford's Lark, Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

Blanford's Lark, Adi Keih, Jason Anderson

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White-rumped Babbler, Asmara; Solomon Abraha

White-rumped Babbler, Filfil, Jason Anderson

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White-headed (Cretschmar's) Babbler, River Gash; Solomon Abraha

Abyssinian Black Wheatear, Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

Abyssinian Black Wheatear, Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

(note much more extensive black on belly than 1st bird)

Abyssinian Black Wheatear female, Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

Abyssinian Black Wheatear, Adi Keih; Steffen Ferwerda (very extensive black on this male)

Swainson's Sparrow, Asmara, Jason Anderson

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Ruppell's Weaver, Halhale; Solomon Abraha

 

Ruppell's Weaver, Adi Keih;

Jason Anderson

Ruppell's Weaver, Adi Keih;

Jason Anderson (coming into breeding plumage)

Brown-rumped Seed-eater, Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

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Blue-breasted Bee-eater; 

Solomon Abraha

 

   

 

 

 

 

Other Photographs of Birds in Eritrea  

 

Ruppell's Robin Chat,

Hawatsu, Jason Anderson

Long-legged Buzzard, Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

African Paradise Flycatcher, Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

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African Paradise Flycatcher on nest, Eritrea; Dawit Berhane

 

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Hemprich's Hornbill,

Eritrea; Dawit Berhane

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Hemprich's Hornbill, Keren; Solomon Abraha

Hemprich's Hornbill, Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

Hemprich's Hornbill, Filfil; Jason Anderson

African Olive Pigeon, Karibosa; Steffen Ferwerda

(1st record for Eritrea)

Black Stork, Ruba Hadas;

Steffen Ferwerda

White Helmet Shrike, Filfil; Steffen Ferwerda

White-browed Coucal, Ruba Hadas; Steffen Ferwerda

African Grey Hornbill, Filfil; Steffen Ferwerda

Goliath Heron, Dahlak Islands; Steffen Ferwerda

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Slender-billed Starling, Baraknaha; Solomon Abraha

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Chestnut-backed Sparrow Lark; Solomon Abraha

Northern Red-billed Hornbill, Filfil; Steffen Ferwerda

Black-billed Barbet, Segeneiti; Steffen Ferwerda

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Sahel Paradise Whydah, Gash Barka; Solomon Abraha

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Blue-naped Mousebird, Mai Hutsa; Solomon Abraha

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Baglefecht Weaver, Sessah; Solomon Abraha

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Black-bellied Bustard, Halhale; Solomon Abraha 

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Northern Carmine Bee-eater, River Gash; Solomon Abraha

Lammergeier/Bearded Vulture, Senafe; Jason Anderson

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Tacazze Sunbird, Mai Hutsa; Solomon Abraha

Tacazee Sunbird,

Asmara;   Jason Anderson

African Sacred Ibis, Asmara, Jason Anderson

African Sacred Ibis,

Gurgussum; Jason Anderson

Spur-winged Plover, Asmara, Jason Anderson

 

Zitting Cisticola (female), Emba Derho, Jason Anderson

Streaky Seed-eater, Asmara, Jason Anderson

Lesser Striped Swallow, Ruba Anseba, Jason Anderson

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Meyer's Parrot,

Eritrea; Dawit Berhane

White-throated Bee-eater, Hagaz, Jason Anderson

Yellow Breasted Barbet, Hagaz, Jason Anderson

Red-billed Firefinch, Asmara, Jason Anderson

Eastern Grey Plantain Eater, Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

Pin-tailed Whydah, Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

Baglefecht Weaver, Emba Derho, Jason Anderson

European Bee-eater, Emba Derho, Jason Anderson

European Bee-eater (juvenile), Emba Derho, Jason Anderson

Black Kite (aegyptius),

Hawatsu, Jason Anderson

Black-winged Stilt,

Acria, Jason Anderson

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting, Emba Derho, Jason Anderson

Marsh Warbler,

Filfil, Jason Anderson

Speckled Mousebird (juvenile), Asmara, Jason Anderson

Plain Nightjar (female, disturbed from roost on ground),

Filfil, Jason Anderson

Plain Nightjar (female, disturbed from roost on ground),

Filfil, Jason Anderson

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Abyssinian Roller,

River Gash; Solomon Abraha

Red-throated Pipit,

Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

Fan-tailed Raven, Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

Fox Kestrel,

Hiret; Jason Anderson

Grey-headed Batis,

Segeneiti; Jason Anderson

Long-crested Eagle, Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

Marico Sunbird,

Adi Keih;

Jason Anderson

White-fronted Black Chat,

Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

Brown-tailed Rock Chat,

Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

Brown-tailed Rock Chat,

 Elabered; Dawit Berhane

Greyish Eagle Owl,

Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

Northern Red Bishop, Asmara, Jason Anderson

 

Western Reef Egret,

Massawa; Jason Anderson

Rufous-crowned Roller,

Filfil; Jason Anderson

Rufous-crowned Roller, 

Monguda; Dawit Berhane

Fork-tailed Drongo,

Filfil; Jason Anderson

African Goshawk,

subspecies unduliventer,

Filfil; Jason Anderson

Crab Plover,

Massawa; Jason Anderson

Striated Heron,

Massawa; Jason Anderson

Senegal Thick-knee,

Green Island; Jason Anderson

Eurasian Spoonbill,

juvenile;

Green Island; Jason Anderson

Lanner Falcon,

Mai Nefe; Jason Anderson

Ruppell's Vulture

(erlangeri) in flight

Adi Keih, Jason Anderson

Yellow-mantled Widowbird (macrocercus), Asmara, Jason Anderson

Little Green Bee-eater;

Massawa; Jason Anderson

Steppe Eagle,

Asmara; Jason Anderson 

Steppe Eagle, juvenile

Asmara; Jason Anderson 

Montane Nightjar, Adi Keih;

Jason Anderson

(1st record for Eritrea)

Mocking Cliff Chat, Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

African Wattled Plover, Senafe; Jason Anderson

African Wattled Plover,

Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

African Citril, Adi Keih; Jason Anderson

 

 

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