Africa - Small Song Birds

On this page you will find pictures of small song birds photographed by me in Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, South Africa and Tanzania.

You can scroll down to see all photo's or you can click on the underlined English name in the list (link) to see the respective photo.

  1. Yellow-collared LovebirdZwartmaskeragapornis
  2. Speckled Tinkerbird - Gespikkelde Ketellapper
  3. Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird - Geelvoorhoofd-ketellapper
  4. Rufous-sided Broadbill - Roodflankbreedbek
  5. Sunbird Asity - Langsnavelhoningasitie
  6. Pale Flycatcher - ValeVliegenvanger
  7. White-eyed Slaty-flycatcher - Bergdrongovliegenvanger
  8. Mad. Paradise-flycatcher - Madagaskar Paradijsmonarch
  9. Ward's Flycatcher - Ward's Vliegenvanger
  10. Madagascar Lark - Hovaleeuwerik
  11. Fisher’s Sparrow-lark - Bruinkap-vinkleeuwerik
  12. African Pied Wagtail - Afrikaanse Bonte Kwikstaart
  13. Yellow Wagtail - Gele Kwikstaart
  14. Cape Wagtail - Kaapse Kwikstaart
  15. Madagascar Wagtail - Madagaskarkwikstaart
  16. Common Jery - Grijsnekjery
  17. Red-faced Cisticola - Roodmasker-graszanger
  18. Singing Cisticola - Witbrauw-graszanger
  19. Winding Cisticola - Zwartrug-graszanger
  20. Levaillant's Cisticola - Vallei-graszanger
  21. Tawny-flanked Prinia - Roestflankprinia
  22. Karoo Prinia - Karoo Prinia
  23. Grey Emu-tail - Madagaskargrasvogel
  24. Madagascar Swamp-warbler - Madagaskarrietzanger
  25. Dark Newtonia - Groene Newtonia
  26. Northern Crombec - Senegalese Krombek
  27. Madagascar Magpie-robin - Madagaskardayalijster
  28. Cape Robin-chat - Kaapse Lawaaimaker
  29. Madagascar Stonechat - Madagaskar Roodborsttapuit
  30. Uluguru Violet-backed Sunbird - Uluguru-honingzuiger
  31. Collared Sunbird - Halsband-honingzuiger
  32. Scarlet-chested Sunbird - Roodborst-honingzuiger
  33. Hunter’s Sunbird - Hunter-honingzuiger
  34. Malachite Sunbird - Emeraldhoningzuiger
  35. Golden-winged Sunbird - Goud-vleugel-honingzuiger
  36. Southern Double-Collared Sunbird - Kleine Kraaghoning-zuiger
  37. Copper Sunbird - Koperhoningzuiger
  38. Souimanga Sunbird - Souimangahoningzuiger
  39. Madagascar Sunbird - Madagaskarhoningzuiger
  40. Madagascar White-eye - Madagaskarbrilvogel
  41. Cape Sugarbird - Kaapse Suikervogel
  42. Fork-tailed Drongo - Fluweeldrongo  
  1. Velvet-mantled Drongo - Fluweelmanteldrongo
  2. Crested Drongo - Kuifdrongo
  3. Red-billed Buffalo-weaver - Roodsnavel-buffelwever
  4. White-headed Buffalo-weaver - Witkop-buffelwever
  5. Speckle-fronted Weaver - Schubkopwever
  6. White-browed Sparrow-weaver - Mahali-wever
  7. Rufous-tailed Weaver - Roodstaartwever
  8. Red-headed Malimbe - Roodkop-prachtwever
  9. Baglafecht Weaver - Baglafecht-wever
  10. Cape Weaver - Kaapse wever
  11. Vieillot's Black Weaver - Fluweelwever
  12. Black-headed Weaver - Zwartkopwever
  13. Chestnut Weaver - Kastanjewever
  14. Nelicourvi Weaver - Nelicourviwever
  15. Red Fody - Madagaskarwever
  16. Forest Fody - Rode Boswever
  17. Northern Red Bishop - Oranjewever
  18. Southern Red Bishop - Grenadierwever
  19. Yellow Bishop - Fluweelwidavink
  20. Yellow-mantled Widowbird - Geelrugwidavink
  21. Red-collared Widowbird - Roodkeelwidavink
  22. Long-tailed WidowbirdHanestaartwidavink
  23. Grosbeak Weaver - Dikbekwever
  24. Northern Grey-headed Sparrow - Grijskopmus
  25. Parrot-billed Sparrow - Dikbekmus
  26. Pin-tailed Whydah - Dominikaner-wida
  27. Eastern Paradise Whydah - Smalstaart-paradijswida
  28. Straw-tailed Whydah - Fisher-wida
  29. Village Indigobird - Staalvink
  30. Wilson's Indigobird - Wilson Atlas-vink
  31. Lavender Waxbill- Lavendelastrild
  32. Orange-cheeked Waxbill - Oranjekaakje
  33. Red-cheeked Cordonbleu - Blauwfazantje
  34. Purple Grenadier - Blauwbuik-granaatastrild
  35. Red-billed Firefinch - Vuurvinkje
  36. Mali Firefinch - Mali-amarant
  37. Bronze Mannikin - Gewoon Ekstertje
  38. Madagascar Munia - Dwergekstertje
  39. Cape Canary - Kaapse Kanarie
  40. Yellow-fronted Canary - Mozambiquesijs
  41. Streaky Seedeater - Gestreepte Kanarie
Yellow-collared Lovebird
Zwartmaskeragapornis
Tarangire, Tanzania
15 January 2008
Speckled Tinkerbird
Gespikkelde Ketellapper
Aboabo (Kakum NP), Ghana
3 September 2010
Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird
Geelvoorhoofd-ketellapper
Koulikoro, Mali
1 March 2010
Rufous-sided Broadbill
Roodflankbreedbek
Ankasa, Ghana
2 September 2010

Sunbird Asity
Langsnavelhoningasitie
Mananara Lodge area,
Anjozorobe, Madagascar
17 January 2014

Notice the very short tail.

Pale Flycatcher
Vale Vliegenvanger
Ngorongoro Area,Tanzania
13 January 2008
White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher
Bergdrongovliegenvanger
Ngorongoro Crater Mountains, Tanzania
15 January 2008

Madagascar Paradise-flycatcher
Madagskar Paradijsmonarch
Perinet Nature Reserve,
Andasibe, Madagascar
11 January 2014

Ward's Flycatcher
Ward's Vliegenvanger
Mantadia National Park,
Andasibe, Madagascar
15 January 2014
Madagascar Lark
Hovaleeuwerik
Mananara Lodge area,
Anjozorobe, Madagascar
18 January 2014

Fisher's Sparrow-lark
Bruinkap-vinkleeuwerik
Serengeti, Tanzania
12 January 2008

African Pied Wagtail
Afrikaanse Bonte Kwikstaart
Kakum NP, Ghana
30 August 2010

Yellow Wagtail
Gele Kwikstaart
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
14 January 2008

This in Africa wintering subspecies of the Yellow Wagtail is named Motacilla flava lutea.

Cape Wagtail
Kaapse Kwikstaart
West Coast NP, South Africa
1 November 2005
Madagascar Wagtail
Madagaskarkwikstaart
Perinet Nature Reserve,
Andasibe, Madagascar
13 January 2014
Common Jery
Grijsnekjery
Perinet Nature Reserve,
Andasibe, Madagascar
10 January 2014
Red-faced Cisticola
Roodmasker-graszanger
Winniba, Ghana
29 August 2010
Singing Cisticola
Witbrauw-graszanger
Aplaku Israel, Ghana
27 August 2010
Winding Cisticola
Zwartrug-graszanger
Bamako, Mali
24 February 2010
Levaillant's Cisticola
Vallei-graszanger
Rondevlei, South Africa
7 November 2005
Tawny-flanked Prinia
Roestflankprinia
Aplaku Israel, Ghana
27 August 2010

Karoo Prinia
Karoo-prinia
Cape Town, South Africa
6 November 2005

Grey Emu-tail
Madagaskargrasvogel
Mananara Lodge area,
Anjozorobe, Madagascar
18 January 2014

Endemic to Madagascar.

Madagascar Swamp-warbler
Madagaskarrietzanger
Mantadia National Park,
Andasibe, Madagascar
12 January 2014

Endemic to Madagascar

Dark Newtonia
Groene Newtonia
Mananara Lodge area,
Anjozorobe, Madagascar
17 January 2014

Endemic to Madagascar.
The dark eye of the Dark Newtonia is one of the best ways to separate it from the Common Newtonia.

Northern Crombec
Senegalese Krombek
Tsavo-West, Kenya
18 January 2008

Madagascar Magpie-robin
Madagaskardayalijster
Perinet Nature Reserve,
Andasibe, Madagascar
14 January 2014

Cape Robin-chat
Kaapse Lawaaimaker
Ngorongoro Crater Mountains, Tanzania
15 January 2008

Madagascar Stonechat
Madagaskar Roodborsttapuit
Mananara Lodge area,
Anjozorobe, Madagascar
17 January 2014
Uluguru Violet-backed Sunbird
Uluguru-honingzuiger
Tsavo-West, Kenya
18 January 2008
Collared Sunbird
Halsband-honingzuiger
Mombasa, Kenya
19 January 2008
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Roodborst-honingzuiger
Kilimanjaro Area, Tanzania
10 January 2008
Hunter's Sunbird
Hunter-honingzuiger
Tsavo-West, Kenya
18 January 2008
Malachite Sunbird
Emeraldhoningzuiger
Montagu, South Africa
12 november 2005
Golden-winged Sunbird
Goudvleugel-honingzuiger
Ngorongoro Crater Mountains, Tanzania
13 January 2008

Southern Double-Collared Sunbird
Kleine Kraaghoningzuiger
Cape Town, South Africa
6 November 2005

Copper Sunbird
Koperhoningzuiger
Aplaku Israel, Ghana
27 August 2010
Souimanga Sunbird
Souimangahoningzuiger
Andasibe, Madagascar
16 January 2014

Madagascar Sunbird
Madagaskarhoningzuiger
Andasibe, Madagascar
13 January 2014

This is a fairly large sunbird (14 cm). Also known as the Long-billed Green Sunbird.

The photo shows a female, distinguished by its white eyebrow and grey-brown head. Males have a metallic blue-green head.

Madagascar White-eye
Madagaskarbrilvogel
Andasibe, Madagascar
16 January 2014
Cape Sugarbird
Kaapse Suikervogel
Helderberg, South Africa
9 November 2005
Fork-tailed Drongo
Fluweeldrongo
Montagu, South Africa
12 November 2005
Velvet-mantled Drongo
Fluweelmanteldrongo
Kakum NP, Ghana
30 August 2010
Crested Drongo
Kuifdrongo
Mananara Lodge area,
Anjozorobe, Madagascar
17 January 2014
Red-billed Buffalo-weaver
Roodsnavel-buffelwever
Serengeti, Tanzania
13 January 2008
White-headed Buffalo-weaver
Witkop-buffelwever
Amboseli NP, Kenia
16 January 2008
Speckle-fronted Weaver
Schubkopwever
Ngorongoro Area,Tanzania
13 January 2008
White-browed Sparrow-weaver
Mahali-wever
Amboseli, Kenya
17 January 2008
Rufous-tailed Weaver
Roodstaartwever
Serengeti, Tanzania
13 January 2008
Red-headed Malimbe
Roodkop-prachtwever
Kakum NP, Ghana
30 August 2010
Baglafecht Weaver
Baglafecht-wever
Ngorongoro Crater Mountains, Tanzania
13 January 2008

Cape Weaver
Kaapse Wever
West Coast NP, South Africa
1 November 2005

Vieillot's Black Weaver
Fluweelwever
Cape Coast, Ghana
2 September 2010
Black-headed Weaver
Zwartkopwever
Bamako, Mali
3 March 2010
Chestnut Weaver
Kastanjewever
Tsavo-West, Kenya
19 January 2008

Nelicourvi Weaver
Nelicourviwever
Perinet Nature Reserve,
Andasibe, Madagascar
10 January 2014

Adults have a bright yellow throat, upperbreast and nape, and a black bill.
Juveniles differ by their greenish forehead and pale bill (see photo).

Red Fody
Madagaskarwever
Mananara Lodge area,
Anjozorobe, Madagascar
18 January 2014

This is a male.

Forest Fody
Rode Boswever
Andasibe, Madagascar
13 January 2014

This is a female.

Northern Red Bishop
Oranjewever
Winniba Plains, Ghana
29 August 2010
Southern Red Bishop
Grenadierwever
Montagu, South Africa
12 november 2005

Yellow Bishop
Fluweelwidavink
West Coast NP, South Africa
1 November 2005

Yellow-mantled Widowbird
Geelrugwidavink
Aplaku Israel, Ghana
27 August 2010
Red-collared Widowbird
Roodkeelwidavink
Ngorongoro Crater Mountains, Tanzania
13 January 2008
Long-tailed Widowbird
Hanestaartwidavink
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
14 January 2008
Grosbeak Weaver
Dikbekwever
Attewa Farm Bush, Ghana
4 September 2010
Northern Grey-headed Sparrow
Grijskopmus
Densu Delta, Ghana
27 August 2010

Parrot-billed Sparrow
Dikbekmus
Amboseli, Kenya
16 January 2008

Pin-tailed Whydah
Dominikaner-wida
Aplaku Israel, Ghana
27 August 2010
Eastern Paradise Whydah
Smalstaart-paradijswida
Tsavo-West, Kenya
19 January 2008
Straw-tailed Whydah
Fischer-wida
Tsavo-West, Kenya
19 January 2008
Village Indigobird
Staalvink
Bamako, Mali
24 February 2010
Wilson's Indigobird
Wilson Atlas-vink
Aplaku Israel, Ghana
25 August 2010
Lavender Waxbill
Lavendelastrild
Bamako, Mali
25 February 2010
Orange-cheeked Waxbill
Oranjekaakje
Aplaku Israel, Ghana
28 August 2010
Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu
Blauwfazantje
Bamako, Mali
25 February 2010
Purple Grenadier
Blauwbuik-granaatastrild
Ngorongoro Area, Tanzania
13 January 2008
Red-billed Firefinch
Vuurvinkje
Bamako, Mali
1 March 2010

Mali Firefinch
Mali-amarant
Koulikoro Rocks, Bamako
25 February 2010

Bronze Mannikin
Gewoon Ekstertje
Aplaku Israel, Ghana
25 August 2010

Madagascar Munia
Dwergekstertje
Perinet Nature Reserve,
Andasibe, Madagascar
13 January 2014

Singing in the rain!

Cape Canary
Kaapse Kanarie
Cape Town, South Africa
6 November 2005

Yellow-fronted Canary
Mozambiquesijs
Aplaku Israel, Ghana
27 August 2010
Streaky Seedeater
Gestreepte Kanarie
Ngorongoro area, Tanzania
13 January 2008
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