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Lake Awasa, Ethiopia (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Lake Awasa, Ethiopia

Map of Lake Awasa, Ethiopia

Malachite Kingfisher (Alcedo cristata) Grivet (Chlorocebus aethiops) Pin-tailed Whydah (Vidua macroura) - Non-breeding African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus) - Male Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)
Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath) Common Sandpiper (Tringa hypoleucos) Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta) Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) Rueppells Starling (Lamprotornis purpuropterus)
Black Crake (Zapornia flavirostra) Red-billed Firefinch (Lagonosticta senegala) Long-tailed Cormorant (Microcarbo africanus) Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath) Spur-winged Goose (Plectropterus gambensis) White-faced Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna viduata)
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) Eurasian Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) African Fish-Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) - Breeding African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus) Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus)
Black Crake (Zapornia flavirostra) - Juvenile Long-tailed Cormorant (Microcarbo africanus) Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

Lake Awasa is one of the Rift Valley Lakes about five hours drive south of Addis Ababa. It is known for its university.


Africa: Egypt and Ethiopia

1/6/2011: From Bishangari, it took us a couple of hours to reach Hawassa, fairly easy on a paved road. After eating a pretty good pizza, we checked into a hotel and explored the town. Marabou storks were flying around everywhere, and the lakefront was quite lively in preparation for the Ethiopian Christmas celebrations. This was a great place to see birds since they were mostly habituated to people.

Previous Visit (Lake Langano - Bishangari Forest: 1/4/2011)
Next Visit (Nechisar National Park: 1/7/2011)

Species Recorded (44)

Birds ( 42 )

Shoebill ( Balaenicipitidae )
Great White Pelican - Pelecanus onocrotalus

Grebes ( Podicipedidae )
Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollis

Cormorants ( Phalacrocoracidae )
Long-tailed Cormorant - Microcarbo africanus
Great Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carbo

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Goliath Heron - Ardea goliath
Striated Heron - Butorides striata
Little Egret - Egretta garzetta

Ibises and Spoonbills ( Threskiornithidae )
Glossy Ibis - Plegadis falcinellus

Hamerkops ( Scopidae )
Hamerkop - Scopus umbretta

Storks ( Ciconiidae )
Marabou Stork - Leptoptilos crumenifer

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Egyptian Goose - Alopochen aegyptiaca
White-faced Whistling-Duck - Dendrocygna viduata
Spur-winged Goose - Plectropterus gambensis

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
African Fish-Eagle - Haliaeetus vocifer
Black Kite - Milvus migrans

Rails, Gallinules, and Allies ( Rallidae )
Red-knobbed Coot - Fulica cristata
Eurasian Moorhen - Gallinula chloropus
Black Crake - Zapornia flavirostra

Stilts and Avocets ( Recurvirostridae )
Black-winged Stilt - Himantopus himantopus

Jacanas ( Jacanidae )
African Jacana - Actophilornis africanus

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Common Sandpiper - Actitis hypoleucos
Ruff - Calidris pugnax
Wood Sandpiper - Tringa glareola
Common Greenshank - Tringa nebularia

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
Gray-hooded Gull - Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus

Coucals ( Centropodidae )
Blue-headed Coucal - Centropus monachus

Kingfishers ( Alcedinidae )
Malachite Kingfisher - Corythornis cristatus

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Pied Crow - Corvus albus
Thick-billed Raven - Corvus crassirostris

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers ( Sylviidae )
Eurasian Reed Warbler - Acrocephalus scirpaceus

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Pied Wheatear - Oenanthe pleschanka

Wagtails and Pipits ( Motacillidae )
Western Yellow Wagtail - Motacilla flava

Starlings and Mynas ( Sturnidae )
Greater Blue-eared Starling - Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Rueppell's Starling - Lamprotornis purpuroptera

Old World Sparrows ( Passeridae )
White-headed Buffalo-Weaver - Dinemellia dinemelli
Common Waxbill - Estrilda astrild
Red-billed Firefinch - Lagonosticta senegala
Baglafecht Weaver - Ploceus baglafecht
Village Weaver - Ploceus cucullatus
Bronze Mannikin - Spermestes cucullata
Pin-tailed Whydah - Vidua macroura




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