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Yabello, Ethiopia (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Yabello, Ethiopia

Map of Yabello, Ethiopia

Borena Village
Red-bellied Parrot (Poicephalus rufiventris) Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) - Immature White-bellied Bustard (Eupodotis senegalensis) Superb Starling (Lamprotornis superbus) Stresemanns Bush-Crow (Zavattariornis stresemanni) Red-and-yellow Barbet (Trachyphonus erythrocephalus)
Large Flycatcher (Bradornis microrhynchus) Reichenows Seedeater (Crithagra reichenowi) Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starlings (Lamprotornis chalybaeus) Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling (Lamprotornis chalybaeus) Eastern Chanting-Goshawk (Melierax poliopterus) Wattled Starling (Creatophora cinerea)
Brubru (Nilaus afer) Yellow-bellied Eremomela (Eremomela icteropygialis) Mourning Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decipiens) Blue-headed Tree Agama (Acanthocercus atricollis) Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) Short-tailed Lark (Spizocorys fremantlii)
Crowned Lapwing (Vanellus coronatus) Vulturine Guineafowl (Acryllium vulturinum) Yellow-necked Spurfowl (Pternistis leucoscepus) Speckled Mousebird (Colius striatus) White-headed Buffalo-Weaver (Dinemellia dinemelli) Ruspolis Turaco (Tauraco ruspolii)
Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus) - Immature Hemprichs Hornbill (Lophoceros hemprichii) Black-billed Barbet (Lybius guifsobalito) Broad-billed Roller (Eurystomus glaucurus) Bateleur (Terathopius ecaudatus) African Gray Flycatcher (Bradornis microrhynchus) - Juvenile
White-tailed Swallow (Hirundo megaensis) Grey Kestrel (Falco ardosiaceus) White-crowned Starling (Lamprotornis albicapillus) Spekes Weaver (Ploceus spekei) Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudata) Hunters Sunbird (Nectarinia hunteri)
Fork-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis) Rufous-crowned Roller (Coracias naevia) Nubian Woodpecker (Campethera nubica) Spotted Morning-Thrush (Cichladusa guttata) White Helmetshrike (Prionops plumatus) Grey-headed Bushshrike (Malaconotus blanchoti)
Ring-necked Dove (Streptopelia capicola) Mariqua Sunbird (Nectarinia mariquensis) Buff-crested Bustard (Eupodotis gindiana) Von der Deckens Hornbill (Tockus deckeni) Dromedary (Camelus dromedarius) White-rumped Shrike (Eurocephalus rueppelli)

Yabello is a small crossroads city. The pastoral Borena people are the majority ethnic group in this area.


Africa: Egypt and Ethiopia

1/9/2011: We got some supplies in Arba Minch, and from there, we started south on the road to Yabello. We thought about skipping Yabello on this trip, but in the end, the allure of the Stresemann's Bush Crow proved too much. And, anyway, skipping Yabello would have required backtracking from Arba Minch to Shashemene.

The most striking thing about Southern Ethiopia was how dry and overgrazed everything was. Many of the trees had been partially cut down, presumably for firewood. A common sight was of Borena women carrying ten-gallon vegetable oil containers for the miles that they needed to walk to get to the water supply.

The Borena people are said to not eat birds, so some of the birds seemed tamer in this area. I would not say the same about the Hyrax on the hill behind our hotel. The moment we got within 50 yards of the Hyrax, we witnessed a mass exodus of the creatures, and they did not return even after an hour of waiting.

We visited a few sites around Yabello. There was a nice juniper forest a few miles to the west of Yabello. To the east, a dry riverbed provided a good walking path through semi-arid scrub. Further to the east, the town of Arero was an easy place to find Prince Ruspoli's Turaco and Broad-billed Rollers. Our final visit was to some wells and a semi-arid plain where we saw antelope.

Previous Visit (Nechisar National Park: 1/7/2011)
Next Visit (Hawassa Bridge: 1/11/2011)

Species Recorded (81)

Birds ( 74 )

Hawks, Eagles, and Kites ( Accipitridae )
Hooded Vulture - Necrosyrtes monachus

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Tawny Eagle - Aquila rapax
Augur Buzzard - Buteo augur
Black-Breasted Snake-Eagle - Circaetus pectoralis
Long-crested Eagle - Lophaetus occipitalis
Eastern Chanting-Goshawk - Melierax poliopterus
Bateleur - Terathopius ecaudatus

Falcons and Allies ( Falconidae )
Gray Kestrel - Falco ardosiaceus
Eurasian Kestrel - Falco tinnunculus

Grouse, Turkeys, and Allies ( Phasianidae )
Yellow-necked Francolin - Pternistis leucoscepus

Bustards ( Otididae )
Kori Bustard - Ardeotis kori
Buff-crested Bustard - Eupodotis gindiana
White-bellied Bustard - Eupodotis senegalensis

Guineafowl ( Numididae )
Vulturine Guineafowl - Acryllium vulturinum

Plovers ( Charadriidae )
Crowned Lapwing - Vanellus coronatus

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Ring-necked Dove - Streptopelia capicola
Mourning Collared-Dove - Streptopelia decipiens

New World Parrots ( Psittacidae )
Red-bellied Parrot - Poicephalus rufiventris

Turacos ( Musophagidae )
Prince Ruspoli's Turaco - Tauraco ruspolii

Mousebirds ( Coliidae )
Speckled Mousebird - Colius striatus

Sunbirds ( Nectariniidae )
Hunter's Sunbird - Chalcomitra hunteri
Mariqua Sunbird - Cinnyris mariquensis

Trogons ( Trogonidae )
Narina Trogon - Apaloderma narina

Rollers ( Coraciidae )
Lilac-breasted Roller - Coracias caudatus
Rufous-crowned Roller - Coracias naevius
Broad-billed Roller - Eurystomus glaucurus

Hoopoes ( Upupidae )
Eurasian Hoopoe - Upupa epops

Wood-hoopoes ( Phoeniculidae )
Black-billed Woodhoopoe - Phoeniculus somaliensis

Hornbills ( Bucerotidae )
Hemprich's Hornbill - Lophoceros hemprichii
Von der Decken's Hornbill - Tockus deckeni
Northern Red-billed Hornbill - Tockus erythrorhynchus

Barbets ( Lybiidae )
Black-billed Barbet - Lybius guifsobalito
Red-and-yellow Barbet - Trachyphonus erythrocephalus
Black-throated Barbet - Tricholaema melanocephala

Piculets and Woodpeckers ( Picidae )
Nubian Woodpecker - Campethera nubica

Drongos ( Dicruridae )
Fork-tailed Drongo - Dicrurus adsimilis

Larks ( Alaudidae )
Short-tailed Lark - Spizocorys fremantlii

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
White-tailed Swallow - Hirundo megaensis

Prinias and Apalis ( Cisticolidae )
Rattling Cisticola - Cisticola chiniana

Shrike-flycatchers ( Platysteiridae )
Gray-headed Batis - Batis orientalis

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Gray-headed Bushshrike - Malaconotus blanchoti
Stresemann's Bush-Crow - Zavattariornis stresemanni

Orioles ( Oriolidae )
African Black-headed Oriole - Oriolus larvatus
Dark-headed Oriole - Oriolus monacha

Gonoleks ( Malaconotidae )
Slate-colored Boubou - Laniarius funebris
Brubru - Nilaus afer

Helmetshrikes ( Prionopidae )
White Helmetshrike - Prionops plumatus

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers ( Sylviidae )
Yellow-bellied Eremomela - Eremomela icteropygialis

Wheatears ( Muscicapidae )
Grayish Flycatcher - Bradornis microrhynchus

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Red-backed Scrub-Robin - Cercotrichas leucophrys
Spotted Morning-Thrush - Cichladusa guttata
Northern Black-Flycatcher - Melaenornis edolioides
Isabelline Wheatear - Oenanthe isabellina
African Bare-eyed Thrush - Turdus tephronotus

Wagtails and Pipits ( Motacillidae )
Tree Pipit - Anthus trivialis

Shrikes ( Laniidae )
White-rumped Shrike - Eurocephalus ruppelli
Taita Fiscal - Lanius dorsalis
Somali Fiscal - Lanius somalicus

Starlings and Mynas ( Sturnidae )
Wattled Starling - Creatophora cinerea
White-crowned Starling - Lamprotornis albicapillus
Greater Blue-eared Starling - Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Golden-breasted Starling - Lamprotornis regius
Shelley's Starling - Lamprotornis shelleyi
Superb Starling - Lamprotornis superbus

Cardueline Finches and Allies ( Fringillidae )
Reichenow's Seedeater - Crithagra reichenowi

Old World Sparrows ( Passeridae )
Black-cheeked Waxbill - Brunhilda charmosyna
Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver - Bubalornis niger
White-headed Buffalo-Weaver - Dinemellia dinemelli
Purple Grenadier - Granatina ianthinogaster
Shelley's Rufous Sparrow - Passer shelleyi
Swainson's Sparrow - Passer swainsonii
White-browed Sparrow-Weaver - Plocepasser mahali
Speke's Weaver - Ploceus spekei
Gray-headed Social-Weaver - Pseudonigrita arnaudi




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