Birding

Birdlife attracts most lovers of wildlife to Lesotho. Although there are less than 300 different species, many are montane rarities – the Orange-breasted Rockjumper, the Sentinel Rock-thrush and the Drakensberg Siskin – while others are simply spectacular.

Birding checklist

Click on the links to find out more information about each bird.

  • White breasted Cormorant
  • Reed Cormorant
  • Darter
  • Grey Heron
  • Black headed Heron
  • Purple Heron
  • Little Egret
  • Cattle Egret
  • Black crowned Night Heron
  • Hamerkop
  • White Stork
  • Black Stork
  • Yellow billed Stork
  • Sacred Ibis
  • Bald Ibis
  • Hadeda Ibis
  • African Spoonbill
  • White faced Duck
  • White backed Duck
  • Egyptian Goose
  • South African Shelduck
  • Yellow Billed Duck
  • African Black Duck
  • Cape Teal
  • Red billed Teal
  • Cape Shoveller
  • Southern Pochard
  • Spurwinged Goose
  • Maccoa Duck
  • Secretary Bird
  • Bearded Vulture
  • Cape Vulture
  • Yellow Billed Kite
  • Black Kite
  • Black Shouldered Kite
  • Black Eagle
  • Red Breasted Sparrowhawk
  • Red winged Francolin
  • Common Quail
  • Helmeted Guineafowl
  • Kurrichane Button quail
  • Blue Crane
  • Baillon’s Crake
  • Purple Gallinule
  • Moorhen
  • Red knobbed Coot
  • Stanley’s Bustard
  • Ringed Plover
  • Kittlitz’s Plover
  • Three Banded Plover
  • Crowned Plover
  • Blacksmith Plover
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Green Sandpiper
  • Wood Sandpiper
  • Marsh Sandpiper
  • Green Shank
  • Curlew Sandpiper
  • Little Stint
  • Ruff-Reeve
  • Ethiopian Snipe
  • Black winged Stilt
  • Spotted Dikkop
  • Grey headed Gull
  • Whiskered Tern
  • White winged Tern
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Red eyed Dove
  • Cape Turtle Dove
  • Laughing Dove
  • Namaqua Dove
  • European Cuckoo
  • Red chested Cuckoo
  • Diederik Cuckoo
  • Giant Kingfisher
  • Malachite Kingfisher
  • Hoopoe
  • Greater Honeyguide
  • Ground Woodpecker
  • Clapper Lark
  • Rudd’s Lark
  • Long billed Lark
  • Red capped Lark
  • Pinkbilled Lark
  • Thick billed Lark
  • Chestnutbacked Finchlark
  • Greybacked Finchlark
  • European Swallow
  • White Throated Swallow
  • Greater Striped Swallow
  • Rock Martin
  • House Martin
  • Brown Throated Sand Martin
  • Banded Martin
  • Black Crow
  • Pied Crow
  • White necked Raven
  • Southern Grey Tit
  • Ashy Tit
  • Red Eyed Bulbul
  • Olive Thrush
  • Sentinel Rock Thrush
  • Mountain Chat
  • Familiar Chat
  • Sickle winged Chat
  • Anteating Chat
  • Stonechat
  • Cape Robin
  • Orange Breasted Rock-jumper
  • Rock-jumper
  • Tit-babbler
  • Layard’s Titbabbler
  • African Marsh Warbler
  • European Marsh Warbler
  • Cape Reed Warbler
  • African Sedge Warbler
  • Willow Warbler
  • Grassbird
  • Fantailed Cisticola
  • Desert Cisticola
  • Cloud Cisticola
  • Ayres’ Cisticola
  • Wailing Cisticola
  • Levaillant’s Cisticola
  • Nedidicky
  • Spotted Prinia
  • Spotted Flycatcher
  • Fiscal Flycatcher
  • Fairy Flycatcher
  • Cape Wagtail
  • Grassveld Pipit
  • Long billed Pipit
  • Plainbacked Pipit
  • Rock Pipit
  • Richard’s Pipit
  • OrangeThroated Longclaw
  • Fiscal Shrike
  • Red backed Shrike
  • Bokmakierie
  • Pied Starling
  • Wattled Starling
  • Glossy Starling
  • Red winged Starling
  • Malachite Sunbird
  • Cape White Eye
  • House Sparrow
  • Cape Sparrow
  • Greyheaded Sparrow
  • Cape Weaver
  • Southern Masked Weaver
  • Red Bishop
  • Golden Bishop
  • Yellow Rumped Widow
  • Red Collared Widow
  • Long Tailed Widow
  • Common Waxbill
  • Swee Waxbill
  • Quail Finch
  • Orange Breasted Waxbill
  • Redheaded Finch
  • Pintailed Whydah
  • Black Throated Canary
  • Cape Canary
  • Drakensberg Siskin
  • Drakensburg Prinia
  • Yellow Canary
  • Streaky Headed Canary
  • Cape Bunting
  • Rock Bunting
  • Mountain Pipit
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