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Africa: Egypt and Ethiopia: 12/31/2010 - 2/1/2011 (Center on Map)

Africa: Egypt and Ethiopia

Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis)



Barbara and Pyramids Barbara Towers over Pyramid Barbara and the Scam Artist Al-Azhar Mosque Bishangari Sunset Borena Village
Sanetti Plain Harenna Forest Campsite Adama Street View Fantalle Crater and Scout Fasilides Castle Debre Berhan Selassie Church Mural
Simien Village Children Going to Church?  Dont Forget the Kalishnikov Timkat Celebration Chennek Overlook Chennek Moonset St. George The Chicken Rider
12 Ways to Torture Disciples Church of St. George, Lalibela
Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus) Fan-tailed Raven (Corvus rhipidurus) Blue-breasted Bee-eater (Merops variegatus) African Citril (Serinus citrinelloides) - Female Common Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus)
Gelada Baboon (Theropithecus gelada) - Mom and Baby Guenthers dik-dik (Madoqua guentheri) Malachite Kingfisher (Alcedo cristata) Red-bellied Parrot (Poicephalus rufiventris) White-cheeked Turaco (Tauraco leucotis) African Fish-Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)
Double-toothed Barbet (Lybius bidentatus) Walia ibex (Capra walie) - Male Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori) Abyssinian Ground-Thrush (Geokichla piaggiae) Black-winged Lovebird (Agapornis taranta) 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) Anubis Baboon (Papio anubis) Black and White Colobus Monkey (Colobus guereza) - Male

This trip report covers a one month journey to Egypt and Ethiopia with a couple of short layovers in London. Some highlights of the trip included the Ethiopian Wolf and escaping the Egyptian Revolution.

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Species Recorded (404)

Birds ( 361 )

Old World Vultures ( Accipitridae )
White-backed Vulture - Gyps africanus
Eurasian Griffon - Gyps fulvus
Rueppell's Griffon - Gyps rueppelli
Hooded Vulture - Necrosyrtes monachus
Egyptian Vulture - Neophron percnopterus

Shoebill ( Balaenicipitidae )
Great White Pelican - Pelecanus onocrotalus

Old World Tree Warblers ( Phylloscopidae )
Common Chiffchaff - Phylloscopus collybita
Willow Warbler - Phylloscopus trochilus
Brown Woodland-Warbler - Phylloscopus umbrovirens

Grebes ( Podicipedidae )
Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollis

Boobies and Gannets ( Sulidae )
Brown Booby - Sula leucogaster

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

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Great Egret - Ardea alba
Gray Heron - Ardea cinerea
Goliath Heron - Ardea goliath
Black-headed Heron - Ardea melanocephala
Squacco Heron - Ardeola ralloides
Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis
Striated Heron - Butorides striata
Little Egret - Egretta garzetta

Ibises and Spoonbills ( Threskiornithidae )
Wattled Ibis - Bostrychia carunculata
Hadada Ibis - Bostrychia hagedash
Glossy Ibis - Plegadis falcinellus
Sacred Ibis - Threskiornis aethiopicus

Hamerkops ( Scopidae )
Hamerkop - Scopus umbretta

Storks ( Ciconiidae )
Abdim's Stork - Ciconia abdimii
White Stork - Ciconia ciconia
Marabou Stork - Leptoptilos crumenifer
Yellow-billed Stork - Mycteria ibis

Flamingos ( Phoenicopteridae )
Lesser Flamingo - Phoeniconaias minor
Greater Flamingo - Phoenicopterus roseus

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Egyptian Goose - Alopochen aegyptiaca
Northern Pintail - Anas acuta
Northern Shoveler - Anas clypeata
Green-winged Teal - Anas crecca
Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos
African Black Duck - Anas sparsa
Yellow-billed Duck - Anas undulata
Graylag Goose - Anser anser
Tufted Duck - Aythya fuligula
Blue-winged Goose - Cyanochen cyanoptera
White-faced Whistling-Duck - Dendrocygna viduata
African Pygmy-goose - Nettapus auritus
Spur-winged Goose - Plectropterus gambensis
Comb Duck - Sarkidiornis melanotos
Ruddy Shelduck - Tadorna ferruginea

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Tawny Eagle - Aquila rapax
Augur Buzzard - Buteo augur
Common Buzzard - Buteo buteo
Banded Snake-Eagle - Circaetus cinerascens
Brown Snake-Eagle - Circaetus cinereus
Black-Breasted Snake-Eagle - Circaetus pectoralis
Eurasian Marsh-Harrier - Circus aeruginosus
Pallid Harrier - Circus macrourus
Montagu's Harrier - Circus pygargus
Lesser Spotted Eagle - Clanga pomarina
Black-shouldered Kite - Elanus caeruleus
Lammergeier - Gypaetus barbatus
African Fish-Eagle - Haliaeetus vocifer
Long-crested Eagle - Lophaetus occipitalis
Dark Chanting-Goshawk - Melierax metabates
Eastern Chanting-Goshawk - Melierax poliopterus
Black Kite - Milvus migrans
Martial Eagle - Polemaetus bellicosus
African Harrier-Hawk - Polyboroides typus
Crowned Hawk-Eagle - Stephanoaetus coronatus
Bateleur - Terathopius ecaudatus

Falcons and Allies ( Falconidae )
Gray Kestrel - Falco ardosiaceus
Lanner Falcon - Falco biarmicus
Lesser Kestrel - Falco naumanni
Peregrine Falcon - Falco peregrinus
Eurasian Kestrel - Falco tinnunculus
Pygmy Falcon - Polihierax semitorquatus

Grouse, Turkeys, and Allies ( Phasianidae )
Crested Francolin - Francolinus sephaena
Chestnut-naped Francolin - Pternistis castaneicollis
Yellow-necked Francolin - Pternistis leucoscepus
Scaly Francolin - Pternistis squamatus

Rails, Gallinules, and Allies ( Rallidae )
Eurasian Coot - Fulica atra
Red-knobbed Coot - Fulica cristata
Lesser Moorhen - Gallinula angulata
Eurasian Moorhen - Gallinula chloropus
Rouget's Rail - Rougetius rougetii
Black Crake - Zapornia flavirostra

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

Guineafowl ( Numididae )
Vulturine Guineafowl - Acryllium vulturinum
Helmeted Guineafowl - Numida meleagris

Cranes ( Gruidae )
Black Crowned-Crane - Balearica pavonina
Common Crane - Grus grus

Plovers ( Charadriidae )
Common Ringed Plover - Charadrius hiaticula
Kittlitz's Plover - Charadrius pecuarius
Pied Avocet - Recurvirostra avosetta
Crowned Lapwing - Vanellus coronatus
Spot-breasted Lapwing - Vanellus melanocephalus
Black-winged Lapwing - Vanellus melanopterus
Wattled Lapwing - Vanellus senegallus
Spur-winged Lapwing - Vanellus spinosus

Coursers ( Glareolidae )
Three-banded Courser - Rhinoptilus cinctus

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

Jacanas ( Jacanidae )
African Jacana - Actophilornis africanus

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Common Sandpiper - Actitis hypoleucos
Little Stint - Calidris minuta
Ruff - Calidris pugnax
Temminck's Stint - Calidris temminckii
Common Snipe - Gallinago gallinago
Wood Sandpiper - Tringa glareola
Common Greenshank - Tringa nebularia

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
White-winged Tern - Chlidonias leucopterus
Black Tern - Chlidonias niger
Gray-hooded Gull - Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus
Black-headed Gull - Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Palla's Gull - Ichthyaetus ichthyaetus
White-eyed Gull - Ichthyaetus leucophthalmus
Lesser Black-backed Gull - Larus fuscus

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
White-collared Pigeon - Columba albitorques
Speckled Pigeon - Columba guinea
Lemon Dove - Columba larvata
Rock Pigeon - Columba livia
Common Wood-Pigeon - Columba palumbus
Namaqua Dove - Oena capensis
Ring-necked Dove - Streptopelia capicola
Mourning Collared-Dove - Streptopelia decipiens
Dusky Turtle-Dove - Streptopelia lugens
Red-eyed Dove - Streptopelia semitorquata
Laughing Dove - Streptopelia senegalensis
Blue-spotted Wood-Dove - Turtur afer
Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove - Turtur chalcospilos
Tambourine Dove - Turtur tympanistria

New World Parrots ( Psittacidae )
Black-winged Lovebird - Agapornis taranta
Yellow-fronted Parrot - Poicephalus flavifrons
Red-bellied Parrot - Poicephalus rufiventris
Rose-ringed Parakeet - Psittacula krameri

Turacos ( Musophagidae )
White-bellied Go-away-bird - Corythaixoides leucogaster
Eastern Plantain-eater - Crinifer zonurus
White-cheeked Turaco - Tauraco leucotis
Prince Ruspoli's Turaco - Tauraco ruspolii

Cuckoos ( Cuculidae )
Klaas's Cuckoo - Chrysococcyx klaas

Coucals ( Centropodidae )
Blue-headed Coucal - Centropus monachus
White-browed Coucal - Centropus superciliosus

Typical Owls ( Strigidae )
African Long-Eared Owl - Asio abyssinicus
African Wood-Owl - Strix woodfordii

Nighthawks and Nightjars ( Caprimulgidae )
Slender-tailed Nightjar - Caprimulgus clarus
Abyssinian Nightjar - Caprimulgus poliocephalus

Swifts ( Apodidae )
Nyanza Swift - Apus niansae
African Palm-Swift - Cypsiurus parvus

Mousebirds ( Coliidae )
Speckled Mousebird - Colius striatus
Blue-naped Mousebird - Urocolius macrourus

Sunbirds ( Nectariniidae )
Kenya Violet-backed Sunbird - Anthreptes orientalis
Hunter's Sunbird - Chalcomitra hunteri
Scarlet-chested Sunbird - Chalcomitra senegalensis
Copper Sunbird - Cinnyris cupreus
Shining Sunbird - Cinnyris habessinicus
Mariqua Sunbird - Cinnyris mariquensis
Beautiful Sunbird - Cinnyris pulchellus
Variable Sunbird - Cinnyris venustus
Collared Sunbird - Hedydipna collaris
Tacazze Sunbird - Nectarinia tacazze

Trogons ( Trogonidae )
Narina Trogon - Apaloderma narina

Kingfishers ( Alcedinidae )
Common Kingfisher - Alcedo atthis
Pied Kingfisher - Ceryle rudis
Malachite Kingfisher - Corythornis cristatus
Striped Kingfisher - Halcyon chelicuti
Gray-headed Kingfisher - Halcyon leucocephala
Woodland Kingfisher - Halcyon senegalensis
White-throated Kingfisher - Halcyon smyrnensis
Giant Kingfisher - Megaceryle maxima

Bee-eaters ( Meropidae )
Northern Carmine Bee-eater - Merops nubicus
Little Bee-eater - Merops pusillus
Blue-breasted Bee-eater - Merops variegatus

Rollers ( Coraciidae )
Abyssinian Roller - Coracias abyssinicus
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

Scimitarbills ( Rhinopomastidae )
Black Scimitar-bill - Rhinopomastus aterrimus

Hornbills ( Bucerotidae )
Silvery-cheeked Hornbill - Bycanistes brevis
Hemprich's Hornbill - Lophoceros hemprichii
African Gray Hornbill - Lophoceros nasutus
Von der Decken's Hornbill - Tockus deckeni
Northern Red-billed Hornbill - Tockus erythrorhynchus
Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill - Tockus flavirostris

Ground Hornbills ( Bucorvidae )
Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill - Bucorvus abyssinicus

Barbets ( Lybiidae )
Double-toothed Barbet - Lybius bidentatus
Black-billed Barbet - Lybius guifsobalito
Banded Barbet - Lybius undatus
Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird - Pogoniulus chrysoconus
Red-fronted Tinkerbird - Pogoniulus pusillus
Red-and-yellow Barbet - Trachyphonus erythrocephalus
Yellow-breasted Barbet - Trachyphonus margaritatus
Black-throated Barbet - Tricholaema melanocephala

Honeyguides ( Indicatoridae )
Greater Honeyguide - Indicator indicator
Lesser Honeyguide - Indicator minor

Piculets and Woodpeckers ( Picidae )
Nubian Woodpecker - Campethera nubica
Abyssinian Woodpecker - Dendropicos abyssinicus
Cardinal Woodpecker - Dendropicos fuscescens
Gray-headed Woodpecker - Dendropicos spodocephalus

Paradise-flycatcher ( Monarchidae )
African Paradise-Flycatcher - Terpsiphone viridis

Cuckoo-shrike ( Campephagidae )
Gray Cuckooshrike - Coracina caesia

Drongos ( Dicruridae )
Fork-tailed Drongo - Dicrurus adsimilis

Larks ( Alaudidae )
Thekla Lark - Galerida theklae
Short-tailed Lark - Spizocorys fremantlii

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Common House-Martin - Delichon urbicum
White-tailed Swallow - Hirundo megaensis
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
Wire-tailed Swallow - Hirundo smithii
Black Sawwing - Psalidoprocne pristoptera
Rock Martin - Ptyonoprogne fuligula
Eurasian Crag-Martin - Ptyonoprogne rupestris
Plain Martin - Riparia paludicola
Bank Swallow - Riparia riparia

Bulbuls ( Pycnonotidae )
Northern Brownbul - Phyllastrephus strepitans
Common Bulbul - Pycnonotus barbatus

Prinias and Apalis ( Cisticolidae )
Green-backed Camaroptera - Camaroptera brachyura
Rattling Cisticola - Cisticola chiniana
Winding Cisticola - Cisticola galactotes
Stout Cisticola - Cisticola robustus
Tawny-flanked Prinia - Prinia subflava

White-eyes ( Zosteropidae )
White-breasted White-eye - Zosterops abyssinicus
Broad-ringed White-eye - Zosterops poliogastrus
African Yellow White-eye - Zosterops senegalensis

Shrike-flycatchers ( Platysteiridae )
Gray-headed Batis - Batis orientalis
Brown-throated Wattle-eye - Platysteira cyanea

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike - Campephaga phoenicea
Pied Crow - Corvus albus
Cape Crow - Corvus capensis
Carrion Crow - Corvus corone
Thick-billed Raven - Corvus crassirostris
Somali Crow - Corvus edithae
Fan-tailed Raven - Corvus rhipidurus
Brown-necked Raven - Corvus ruficollis
House Crow - Corvus splendens
Northern Puffback - Dryoscopus gambensis
Gray-headed Bushshrike - Malaconotus blanchoti
Red-billed Chough - Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
Rosy-patched Bushshrike - Rhodophoneus cruentus
Stresemann's Bush-Crow - Zavattariornis stresemanni

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

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

Helmetshrikes ( Prionopidae )
White Helmetshrike - Prionops plumatus

Chickadees and Titmice ( Paridae )
White-winged Black-Tit - Melaniparus leucomelas
White-backed Black-Tit - Melaniparus leuconotus
Coal Tit - Periparus ater

Treecreepers ( Certhiidae )
African Spotted Creeper - Salpornis salvadori

Bishops ( Ploceidae )
Yellow Bishop - Euplectes capensis

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers ( Sylviidae )
Marsh Warbler - Acrocephalus palustris
Eurasian Reed-Warbler - Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Yellow-bellied Eremomela - Eremomela icteropygialis
Savi's Warbler - Locustella luscinioides
Abyssinian Catbird - Parophasma galinieri
African Hill-Babbler - Sylvia abyssinica
Blackcap - Sylvia atricapilla
Lesser Whitethroat - Sylvia curruca
White-rumped Babbler - Turdoides leucopygia
Rufous Chatterer - Turdoides rubiginosa

Wheatears ( Muscicapidae )
Grayish Flycatcher - Bradornis microrhynchus
Red-Breasted Wheatear - Oenanthe bottae
Isabelline Wheatear - Oenanthe isabellina
Hooded Wheatear - Oenanthe monacha
Northern Wheatear - Oenanthe oenanthe
Pied Wheatear - Oenanthe pleschanka
African Stonechat - Saxicola torquatus

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Sombre Chat - Cercomela dubia
Familiar Chat - Cercomela familiaris
Blackstart - Cercomela melanura
Brown-tailed Chat - Cercomela scotocerca
Moorland Chat - Cercomela sordida
Red-backed Scrub-Robin - Cercotrichas leucophrys
Spotted Morning-Thrush - Cichladusa guttata
White-browed Robin-Chat - Cossypha heuglini
Red-capped Robin-Chat - Cossypha natalensis
Rueppell's Robin-Chat - Cossypha semirufa
European Robin - Erithacus rubecula
Abyssinian Ground-Thrush - Geokichla piaggiae
Abyssinian Slaty-Flycatcher - Melaenornis chocolatinus
Northern Black-Flycatcher - Melaenornis edolioides
Little Rock-Thrush - Monticola rufocinereus
Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush - Monticola saxatilis
Blue Rock-Thrush - Monticola solitarius
Dusky-brown Flycatcher - Muscicapa adusta
Rueppell's Chat - Myrmecocichla melaena
Groundscraper Thrush - Psophocichla litsitsirupa
Mocking Cliff-Chat - Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventris
White-winged Cliff-Chat - Thamnolaea semirufa
Abyssinian Thrush - Turdus abyssinicus
Eurasian Blackbird - Turdus merula
African Thrush - Turdus pelios
African Bare-eyed Thrush - Turdus tephronotus

Wagtails and Pipits ( Motacillidae )
Red-throated Pipit - Anthus cervinus
African Pipit - Anthus cinnamomeus
Long-billed Pipit - Anthus similis
Tree Pipit - Anthus trivialis
African Pied Wagtail - Motacilla aguimp
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba
Gray Wagtail - Motacilla cinerea
Mountain Wagtail - Motacilla clara
Western Yellow Wagtail - Motacilla flava

Shrikes ( Laniidae )
White-rumped Shrike - Eurocephalus ruppelli
Taita Fiscal - Lanius dorsalis
Gray-backed Fiscal - Lanius excubitoroides
Northern Fiscal - Lanius humeralis
Red-tailed Shrike - Lanius phoenicuroides
Woodchat Shrike - Lanius senator
Somali Fiscal - Lanius somalicus

Starlings and Mynas ( Sturnidae )
Red-billed Oxpecker - Buphagus erythrorhynchus
Wattled Starling - Creatophora cinerea
White-crowned Starling - Lamprotornis albicapillus
Greater Blue-eared Starling - Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Lesser Blue-eared Starling - Lamprotornis chloropterus
Rüppell's Starling - Lamprotornis purpuroptera
Golden-breasted Starling - Lamprotornis regius
Shelley's Starling - Lamprotornis shelleyi
Superb Starling - Lamprotornis superbus
White-billed Starling - Onychognathus albirostris
Red-winged Starling - Onychognathus morio
Slender-billed Starling - Onychognathus tenuirostris
Magpie Starling - Speculipastor bicolor

Brushfinches, Seedeaters, Sparrows, and Allies ( Emberizinae )
Somali Bunting - Emberiza poliopleura

Cardueline Finches and Allies ( Fringillidae )
African Citril - Serinus citrinelloides
White-rumped Seedeater - Serinus leucopygius
Abyssinian Siskin - Serinus nigriceps
Reichenow's Seedeater - Serinus reichenowi
Streaky Seedeater - Serinus striolatus
Brown-rumped Seedeater - Serinus tristriatus

Old World Sparrows ( Passeridae )
Cut-throat - Amadina fasciata
Grosbeak Weaver - Amblyospiza albifrons
Red-headed Weaver - Anaplectes rubriceps
Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver - Bubalornis niger
Yellow-bellied Waxbill - Coccopygia quartinia
White-headed Buffalo-Weaver - Dinemellia dinemelli
Common Waxbill - Estrilda astrild
Red-rumped Waxbill - Estrilda charmosyna
Purple Grenadier - Granatina ianthinogaster
African Firefinch - Lagonosticta rubricata
Red-billed Firefinch - Lagonosticta senegala
Green-backed Twinspot - Mandingoa nitidula
House Sparrow - Passer domesticus
Chestnut Sparrow - Passer eminibey
Shelley's Rufous Sparrow - Passer shelleyi
Swainson's Sparrow - Passer swainsonii
White-browed Sparrow-Weaver - Plocepasser mahali
Baglafecht Weaver - Ploceus baglafecht
Village Weaver - Ploceus cucullatus
Rueppell's Weaver - Ploceus galbula
Lesser Masked-Weaver - Ploceus intermedius
Little Weaver - Ploceus luteolus
Spectacled Weaver - Ploceus ocularis
Speke's Weaver - Ploceus spekei
Vitelline Masked-Weaver - Ploceus vitellinus
Gray-headed Social-Weaver - Pseudonigrita arnaudi
Bronze Mannikin - Spermestes cucullata
Red-cheeked Cordonbleu - Uraeginthus bengalus
Village Indigobird - Vidua chalybeata
Pin-tailed Whydah - Vidua macroura

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