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List of birds of Mali

List of birds of Mali

Officially the Republic of Mali is a landlocked nation in Western Africa. Mali is the seventh-largest country in Africa, bordering Algeria on the north, Niger on the east, Burkina Faso and the Côte d’Ivoire on the south, Guinea on the south-west, and Senegal and Mauritania on the west. Its size is just over 1,240,000 km² with an estimated population of almost 12,000,000 so Mali is the world’s 24th-largest country and is comparable in size to South Africa or Peru. Most of the country lies in the southern Sahara, which produces a hot, dust-laden harmattan haze common during dry seasons. The country extends southwest through the subtropical Sahel to the Sudanian Savannah zone.

Its capital is Bamako. Consisting of eight regions, Mali’s borders on the north reach deep into the middle of the Sahara, while the country’s southern region, where the majority of inhabitants live, features the Niger and Senegal rivers. The country’s economic structure centers on agriculture and fishing.

Due to the insecurity in the country, the birding experience has not picked up but there is hope that in the near future it will great destination for birding in the Horn of Africa.

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  • Abdim’s stork
  • Abyssinian ground hornbill
  • Abyssinian roller
  • Adamawa turtle dove
  • African blue-flycatcher
  • African collared dove
  • African crake
  • African cuckoo
  • African cuckoo-hawk
  • African darter
  • African desert warbler
  • African finfoot
  • African firefinch
  • African fish eagle
  • African golden oriole
  • African gray hornbill
  • African gray woodpecker
  • African green pigeon
  • African harrier-hawk
  • African hobby
  • African jacana
  • African mourning dove
  • African palm swift
  • African paradise flycatcher
  • African pied wagtail
  • African pipit
  • African pitta
  • African pygmy kingfisher
  • African reed warbler
  • African scops owl
  • African silverbill
  • African skimmer
  • African spoonbill
  • African spotted creeper
  • African stonechat
  • African swamphen
  • African thrush
  • African yellow white-eye
  • Allen’s gallinule
  • Alpine swift
  • Aquatic warbler
  • Arabian bustard
  • Ayres’s eagle
  • Baillon’s crake
  • Baka indigobird
  • Banded martin
  • Banded snake eagle
  • Bank swallow
  • Barbary falcon
  • Bar-breasted firefinch
  • Barn owl
  • Barn swallow
  • Bar-tailed godwit
  • Bar-tailed lark
  • Bat hawk
  • Bateleur
  • Bearded barbet
  • Beaudouin’s snake-eagle
  • Beautiful sunbird
  • Black coucal
  • Black crake
  • Black cuckoo
  • Black heron
  • Black kite
  • Black redstart
  • Black scimitarbill
  • Black scrub robin
  • Black stork
  • Black tern
  • Black-bellied bustard
  • Black-bellied firefinch
  • Black-bellied plover
  • Black-billed wood-dove
  • Blackcap babbler
  • Black-crowned crane
  • Black-crowned night heron
  • Black-crowned sparrow-lark
  • Black-crowned tchagra
  • Black-eared wheatear
  • Black-faced firefinch
  • Black-faced quail-finch
  • Black-headed gull
  • Black-headed heron
  • Black-headed lapwing
  • Black-headed weaver
  • Black-necked cisticola
  • Black-necked weaver
  • Black-rumped buttonquail
  • Black-rumped waxbill
  • Black-shouldered nightjar
  • Blackstart
  • Black-tailed godwit
  • Black-winged bishop
  • Black-winged kite
  • Black-winged pratincole
  • Black-winged stilt
  • Blue quail
  • Blue rock thrush
  • Blue-bellied roller
  • Blue-breasted kingfisher
  • Blue-cheeked bee-eater
  • Blue-headed coucal
  • Blue-headed crested flycatcher
  • Blue-headed wood dove
  • Blue-napped mousebird
  • Blue-spotted wood dove
  • Bluethroat
  • Booted eagle
  • Broad-billed roller
  • Broad-billed sandpiper
  • Bronze mannikin
  • Bronze-tailed glossy-starling
  • Bronze-winged courser
  • Brown babbler
  • Brown snake-eagle
  • Brown-backed woodpecker
  • Brown-necked raven
  • Brown-rumped bunting
  • Brown-throated wattle-eye
  • Brubru
  • Brubru
  • Bruce’s green pigeon
  • Buff-spotted woodpecker
  • Bush petronia
  • Cabanis’s bunting
  • Cameroon indigobird
  • Cardinal woodpecker
  • Caspian gull
  • Caspian plover
  • Caspian tern
  • Cassin’s flycatcher
  • Cattle egret
  • Chestnut-backed sparrow-lark
  • Chestnut-bellied sandgrouse
  • Chestnut-bellied starling
  • Chestnut-crowned sparrow-weaver
  • Clapperton’s francolin
  • Collared flycatcher
  • Collared pratincole
  • Collared sunbird
  • Common bulbul
  • Common chiffchaff
  • Common cuckoo
  • Common gonolek
  • Common grasshopper warbler
  • Common greenshank
  • Common house-martin
  • Common nightingale
  • Common ostrich
  • Common pochard
  • Common quail
  • Common redshank
  • Common redstart
  • Common rock thrush
  • Common sandpiper
  • Common snipe
  • Common swift
  • Common tern
  • Common waxbill
  • Common-ringed plover
  • Copper sunbird
  • Coqui francolin
  • Corn crake
  • Cream colored courser
  • Crested lark
  • Cricket longtail
  • Croaking cisticola
  • Crowned sandgrouse
  • Curlew sandpiper
  • Cut-throat
  • Dark-chanting goshawk
  • Denham’s bustard
  • Desert cisticola
  • Desert lark
  • Desert sparrow
  • Desert wheatear
  • Dideric cuckoo
  • Dorst’s cisticola
  • Double-spurred francolin
  • Dunlin
  • Dunn’s lark
  • Dwarf bittern
  • Dybowsky’s twinspot
  • Eastern olivaceous warbler
  • Egyptian goose
  • Egyptian nightjar
  • Egyptian plover
  • Egyptian vulture
  • Emin’s shrike
  • Ethiopian swallow
  • Eurasian blackcap
  • Eurasian buzzard
  • Eurasian coot
  • Eurasian crag-martin
  • Eurasian curlew
  • Eurasian golden oriole
  • Eurasian hobby
  • Eurasian hoopoe
  • Eurasian kestrel
  • Eurasian moorhen
  • Eurasian nightjar
  • Eurasian oystercatcher
  • Eurasian reed warbler
  • Eurasian scops owl
  • Eurasian sparrow-hawk
  • Eurasian spoonbill
  • Eurasian thick-knee
  • Eurasian turtle dove
  • Eurasian wryneck
  • European bee-eater
  • European griffon
  • European honey buzzard
  • European pied flycatcher
  • European roller
  • Familiar chat
  • Fan-tailed raven
  • Fan-tailed widowbird
  • Fanti sawwing
  • Ferruginous pochard
  • Fiery-breasted bush-shrike
  • Fiery-necked nightjar
  • Fine-spotted woodpecker
  • Flappet lark
  • Forbe’s plover
  • Four-banded sandgrouse
  • Fox kestrel
  • Foxy cisticola
  • Freckled nightjar
  • Fulvous chatterer
  • Fulvous whistling duck
  • Gabar goshawk
  • Gambaga flycatcher
  • Garden warbler
  • Garganey
  • Giant kingfisher
  • Glossy ibis
  • Glossy-backed drongo
  • Golden eagle
  • Golden nightjar
  • Golden-breasted bunting
  • Golden-tailed woodpecker
  • Goliath heron
  • Gosling’s bunting
  • Grasshopper buzzard
  • Gray heron
  • Gray kestrel
  • Gray pratincole
  • Gray wagtail
  • Gray-backed fiscal
  • Gray-headed bush-shrike
  • Gray-headed gull
  • Gray-headed kingfisher
  • Gray-headed olive-back
  • Gray-headed sparrow
  • Grayish eagle-owl
  • Gray-rumped swallow
  • Gray-tit flycatcher
  • Great bittern
  • Great crested grebe
  • Great egret
  • Great reed warbler
  • Great snipe
  • Great white pelican
  • Greater blue-eared glossy-starling
  • Greater honeyguide
  • Greater hoopoe-lark
  • Greater painted snipe
  • Greater short-toed lark
  • Greater spotted eagle
  • Greater swamp warbler
  • Greater whitethroat
  • Great-gray shrike
  • Great-spotted cuckoo
  • Green bee-eater
  • Green sandpiper
  • Green wood hoopoe
  • Green-backed camaroptera
  • Green-headed sunbird
  • Green-winged pytilia
  • Guinea turaco
  • Gull-billed tern
  • Hadada ibis
  • Hamerkop
  • Harlequin quail
  • Helmeted guineafowl
  • Heuglin’s masked weaver
  • Heuglin’s wheatear
  • Hooded vulture
  • Hottentot teal
  • House bunting
  • Icterine warbler
  • Intermediate egret
  • Isabelline shrike
  • Isabelline wheatear
  • Jack snipe
  • Jameson’s firefinch
  • Kentish plover
  • Kitilitz’s plover
  • Klaas’s cuckoo
  • Knob-billed duck
  • Kordofan lark
  • Lanner falcon
  • Lappet-faced vulture
  • Laughing dove
  • Lavender waxbill
  • Leaf-love
  • Lesser black-backed gull
  • Lesser blue-eared glossy-starling
  • Lesser gray shrike
  • Lesser honeyguide
  • Lesser jacana
  • Lesser kestrel
  • Lesser moorhen
  • Lesser striped swallow
  • Lesser whitethroat
  • Lesser-spotted eagle
  • Levaillant’s cuckoo
  • Lichtenstein’s sandgrouse
  • Little bee-eater
  • Little bittern
  • Little crake
  • Little egret
  • Little gray woodpecker
  • Little grebe
  • Little owl
  • Little ringed plover
  • Little stint
  • Little swift
  • Little tern
  • Little weaver
  • Lizard buzzard
  • Long-billed pipit
  • Long-crested eagle
  • Long-legged buzzard
  • Long-tailed cormorant
  • Long-tailed glossy-starling
  • Long-tailed nightjar
  • Long-tailed paradise-whydah
  • Magpie mannikin
  • Malachite kingfisher
  • Mali firefinch
  • Marabou stork
  • Marbled teal
  • Marsh owl
  • Marsh sandpiper
  • Martial eagle
  • Masked shrike
  • Masked shrike
  • Melodious warbler
  • Meyer’s parrot
  • Mocking cliff-chat
  • Montagu’s harrier
  • Mosque swallow
  • Mottled spinetail
  • Mottled swift
  • Mouse-brown sunbird
  • Moustached grass warbler
  • Namaqua dove
  • Narina trogon
  • Neumann’s starling
  • Northern anteater-chat
  • Northern black flycatcher
  • Northern carmine bee-eater
  • Northern crombec
  • Northern fiscal
  • Northern paradise-whydah
  • Northern puffback
  • Northern puffback
  • Northern shoveler
  • Northern wheatear
  • Northern white-faced owl
  • Nubian bustard
  • Olive-tree warbler
  • Orange bishop
  • Orange-cheeked waxbill
  • Oriole warbler
  • Ortolan bunting
  • Ovampo sparrow-hawk
  • Pale flycatcher
  • Pale-winged indigobird
  • Pallid harrier
  • Pallid swift
  • Palm-nut vulture
  • Pearl-spotted owlet
  • Pel’s fishing owl
  • Peregrine falcon
  • Pharaoh eagle-owl
  • Piapiac
  • Pied avocet
  • Pied crow
  • Pied cuckoo
  • Pied kingfisher
  • Pied-winged swallow
  • Pink-backed pelican
  • Pin-tailed whydah
  • Plain martin
  • Plain nightjar
  • Plain swift
  • Plain-backed pipit
  • Preuss’s swallow
  • Purple glossy starling
  • Purple heron
  • Pygmy sunbird
  • Quail plover
  • Quail-finch
  • Quail-finch indigobird
  • Red knot
  • Red phalarope
  • Red-backed shrike
  • Red-billed firefinch
  • Red-billed quelea
  • Red-cheeked cordon-bleu
  • Red-chested cuckoo
  • Red-chested goshawk
  • Red-chested swallow
  • Red-collared widowbird
  • Red-eyed dove
  • Red-faced cisticola
  • Red-footed falcon
  • Red-headed lovebird
  • Red-headed quelea
  • Red-headed weaver
  • Red-necked buzzard
  • Red-necked falcon
  • Red-necked nightjar
  • Red-pate cisticola
  • Red-rumped swallow
  • Red-shouldered cuckoo-shrike
  • Red-throated bee-eater
  • Red-throated pipit
  • Red-winged prinia
  • Red-winged pytilia
  • Richard’s pipit
  • River prinia
  • Rock martin
  • Rock pigeon
  • Rock pratincole
  • Rock-loving cisticola
  • Roseate tern
  • Rose-ringed parakeet
  • Ruddy turnstone
  • Ruff
  • Rufous cisticola
  • Rufous-bellied heron
  • Rufous-chested swallow
  • Rufous-crowned roller
  • Rufous-napped lark
  • Rufous-rumped lark
  • Rufous-tailed scrub robin
  • Ruppell’s vulture
  • Ruppell’s warbler
  • Rusty lark
  • Sacred ibis
  • Saddle-billed stork
  • Sanderling
  • Sandwich tern
  • Sardinian warbler
  • Savi’s warbler
  • Savile’s bustard
  • Scarlet-chested sunbird
  • Scissor-tailed kite
  • Secretary bird
  • Sedge warbler
  • Senegal batis
  • Senegal coucal
  • Senegal eremomela
  • Senegal lapwing
  • Senegal parrot
  • Senegal thick-knee
  • Sennar penduline tit
  • Shikra
  • Shinning-blue kingfisher
  • Shoebill stork
  • Short-eared owl
  • Siffling cisticola
  • Simple greenbul
  • Singing bush-lark
  • Singing cisticola
  • Slender-billed gull
  • Small buttonquail
  • Snowy-crowned robin-chat
  • Song thrush
  • Speckled pigeon
  • Speckle-fronted weaver
  • Spectacled warbler
  • Splendid sunbird
  • Spotted crake
  • Spotted flycatcher
  • Spotted redshank
  • Spotted sandgrouse
  • Spotted thick-knee
  • Spur-winged goose
  • Spur-winged lapwing
  • Squacco heron
  • Standard-winged nightjar
  • Steppe eagle
  • Stone partridge
  • Streaky-breasted flufftail
  • Striated heron
  • Striped kingfisher
  • Sub-alpine warbler
  • Sudan-golden sparrow
  • Sulphur-breasted bush-shrike
  • Sun lark
  • Swallow-tailed bee-eater
  • Swamp flycatcher
  • Swamp nightjar
  • Taiga-bean goose
  • Tawny eagle
  • Tawny pipit
  • Tawny-flanked prinia
  • Temmnick’s courser
  • Temmnick’s stint
  • Terek sandpiper
  • Thick-billed cuckoo
  • Three-banded plover
  • Togo paradise whydah
  • Tree pipit
  • Tropical boubou
  • Trumpeter finch
  • Tufted duck
  • Variable indigobird
  • Variable sunbird
  • Velvet-mantled drongo
  • Verreaux’s eagle
  • Verreaux’s eagle-owl
  • Vieillot’s barbet
  • Village indigobird
  • Village weaver
  • Vinaceous dove
  • Violet turaco
  • Violet-backed starling
  • Vitelline masked weaver
  • Wahlberg’s eagle
  • Waldrapp
  • Wattled lapwing
  • West African seedeater
  • Western bonelli’s warbler
  • Western marsh harrier
  • Western olivaceous warbler
  • Western orphean warbler
  • Western plantain-eater
  • Western red-billed hornbill
  • Western reef-heron
  • Western square-tailed drongo
  • Western violet-backed sunbird
  • Western yellow wagtail
  • Whimbrel
  • Whinchat
  • Whiskered tern
  • Whistling cisticola
  • White helmet shrike
  • White stork
  • White wagtail
  • White-backed duck
  • White-backed night heron
  • White-backed vulture
  • White-bellied bustard
  • White-bellied kingfisher
  • White-billed buffalo weaver
  • White-breasted cuckoo-shrike
  • White-crowned robin-chat
  • White-faced whistling duck
  • White-fronted black-chat
  • White-fronted plover
  • White-headed lapwing
  • White-headed vulture
  • White-rumped seedeater
  • White-rumped swift
  • White-shouldered black-tit
  • White-tailed wheatear
  • White-throated bee-eater
  • White-throated francolin
  • White-winged tern
  • Willow warbler
  • Winding cisticola
  • Wire-tailed swallow
  • Wood sandpiper
  • Wood warbler
  • Woodchat shrike
  • Woodchat shrike
  • Woodland kingfisher
  • Woolly-necked stork
  • Yellow penduline tit
  • Yellow-bellied eremomela
  • Yellow-bellied hyliota
  • Yellow-billed kite
  • Yellow-billed ox-pecker
  • Yellow-billed shrike
  • Yellow-billed shrike
  • Yellow-breasted apalis
  • Yellow-breasted barbet
  • Yellow-crowned bishop
  • Yellow-fronted canary
  • Yellow-fronted tinkerbird
  • Yellow-rumped tinkerbird
  • Yellow-shouldered widowbird
  • Yellow-spotted petronia
  • Yellow-throated greenbul
  • Yellow-throated longclaw
  • Zebra waxbill
  • Zitting cisticola

Best time for birding in Mali

Tourist season is November – February when the temperatures are relatively mild

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