Birds and other wildlife seen or heard on our Venture to Ghana:
December 27, 2011- January 12, 2012




Helmeted Guineafowl
Stone Partridge
White-throated Francolin
Ahanta Francolin
Double-spurred Francolin
White-faced Whistling-Duck
Spur-winged Goose
Hartlaub's Duck
Northern Pintail
Little Grebe
African Openbill Stork
Woolly-necked Stork
Hadada Ibis
Glossy Ibis
African Spoonbill
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Striated Heron
Squacco Heron
Cattle Egret
Black-headed Heron
Purple Heron
Grey Heron
Great Egret
Intermediate Egret
Black Heron
Little Egret
Western Reef-Heron
Long-tailed Cormorant
Eurasian Kestrel
Fox Kestrel
Gray Kestrel
Red-necked Falcon
Eurasian Hobby
African Hobby
Lanner Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
African Cuckoo-Hawk
European Honey-Buzzard
Bat Hawk
Black-shouldered Kite
Black Kite
Palm-nut Vulture
Hooded Vulture
White-backed Vulture
White-headed Vulture
Congo Serpent-Eagle
Western Marsh-Harrier
African Harrier-Hawk
Lizard Buzzard
Dark Chanting-Goshawk
Red-chested Goshawk
Red-thighed Sparrowhawk
Long-tailed Hawk
Grasshopper Buzzard
Red-necked Buzzard
Wahlberg's Eagle
Booted Eagle
Cassin's Hawk-Eagle
White-spotted Flufftail
Nkulengu Rail
Black Crake
Purple Swamphen
Common Moorhen
Senegal Thick-knee
Black-winged Stilt
Spur-winged Plover
Black-headed Lapwing
African Wattled Lapwing
Black-bellied (Grey) Plover
Ringed Plover
Forbes's Plover
African Jacana
Black-tailed Godwit
Spotted Redshank
Common Redshank
Marsh Sandpiper
Common Greenshank
Green Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Little Stint
Curlew Sandpiper
Egyptian Plover
Collared Pratincole
Rock Pratincole
Caspian Tern
Rock Pigeon
Speckled Pigeon
Afep Pigeon
Western Bronze-naped Pigeon
African Mourning Dove
Red-eyed Dove
Vinaceous Dove
Laughing Dove
Black-billed Wood-Dove
Blue-spotted Wood-Dove
Tambourine Dove
Blue-headed Wood-Dove
Namaqua Dove
Bruce's Green-Pigeon
African Green-Pigeon
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Red-headed Lovebird
Black-collared Lovebird
African Gray Parrot
Brown-necked Parrot
Red-fronted Parrot
Senegal Parrot
Great Blue Turaco
Green (Guinea) Turaco
Yellow-billed Turaco
Violet Turaco
Western Grey Plantain-eater
Levaillant's Cuckoo
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Black Cuckoo
Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo
Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo
Yellow-throated Cuckoo
Klaas's Cuckoo
African Emerald Cuckoo
Dideric Cuckoo
Black-throated Coucal
Blue-headed Coucal
Senegal Coucal
African Scops Owl
Grayish Eagle-Owl
Pearl-spotted Owlet

Red-chested Owlet
Brown Nightjar
Black-shouldered Nightjar
Plain Nightjar
Freckled Nightjar
Long-tailed Nightjar
Standard-winged Nightjar
Mottled Spinetail
Sabine's Spinetail
Cassin's Spinetail
African Palm-Swift

Common Swift
Pallid Swift
Little Swift
Narina's Trogon
Rufous-crowned Roller
Abyssinian Roller
Blue-bellied Roller
Blue-throated Roller
Broad-billed Roller
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher
Gray-headed Kingfisher
Striped Kingfisher
Blue-breasted Kingfisher
Woodland Kingfisher
African Pygmy-Kingfisher
White-bellied Kingfisher
Malachite Kingfisher
Giant Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher
Blue-headed Bee-eater
Black Bee-eater
Little Bee-eater
Red-throated Bee-eater
White-throated Bee-eater
European Bee-eater
Rosy Bee-eater
Northern Carmine Bee-eater
Eurasian Hoopoe
Forest Woodhoopoe
White-headed Woodhoopoe
Green Woodhoopoe
Black Scimitar-bill
African Pied Hornbill
African Gray Hornbill
Northern Red-billed Hornbill

Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill
White-crested Hornbill
Piping Hornbill
Brown-cheeked Hornbill
Black-casqued Hornbill
Bristle-nosed Barbet
Naked-faced Barbet
Speckled Tinkerbird
Red-rumped Tinkerbird
Yellow-throated Tinkerbird
Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird
Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird
Yellow-spotted Barbet
Hairy-breasted Barbet
Vieillot's Barbet
Double-toothed Barbet
Bearded Barbet
Yellow-billed Barbet
Cassin's Honeybird
Wilcocks's Honeyguide
Least Honeyguide
Greater Honeyguide
African Piculet
Fine-spotted Woodpecker
Little Green Woodpecker
Buff-spotted Woodpecker
Brown-eared Woodpecker
Melancholy (Gabon) Woodpecker
Cardinal Woodpecker
Fire-bellied Woodpecker
Gray Woodpecker
Brown-backed Woodpecker
Rufous-sided Broadbill
Black-and-white Shrike-Flycatcher
Chestnut Wattle-eye
Red-cheeked Wattle-eye
Brown-throated Wattle-eye
Bioko Batis
Senegal Batis
White Helmetshrike
Red-billed Helmetshrike
Grey-headed Bushshrike
Many-colored Bushshrike
Black-crowned Tchagra
Marsh Tchagra
Sabine's Puffback
Northern Puffback
Sooty Boubou
Yellow-crowned Gonolek
White-breasted Cuckoo-shrike
Blue Cuckoo-shrike
Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike
Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike
Common Fiscal
Woodchat Shrike
Yellow-billed Shrike
African Golden Oriole
Western Black-headed Oriole
Black-winged Oriole
Square-tailed Drongo
Shining Drongo
Fork-tailed Drongo
Velvet-mantled Drongo
Blue-headed Crested-Flycatcher
African Paradise-Flycatcher
Red-bellied Paradise-Flycatcher
African Blue-Flycatcher
Chestnut-capped Flycatcher
Pied Crow
White-necked Picathartes
Dusky Tit
White-shouldered Black-Tit
Square-tailed Sawwing
Fanti Sawwing
Barn Swallow
Ethiopian Swallow
Wire-tailed Swallow
White-throated Blue Swallow
Rock Martin
House Martin
Lesser Striped-Swallow
Mosque Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Preuss's Cliff Swallow
Sun Lark
Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Lark
Red-faced Cisticola
Singing Cisticola
Whistling Cisticola
Rock-loving Cisticola
Winding Cisticola
Croaking Cisticola
Short-winged Cisticola
Tawny-flanked Prinia
Red-winged Warbler
Black-capped Apalis
Yellow-breasted Apalis
Sharpe's Apalis
Oriole Warbler
Green-backed Camaroptera
Yellow-browed Camaroptera
Olive-green Camaroptera
Common Bulbul
Little Greenbul
(Little) Gray Greenbul
Ansorge's Greenbul
Plain (Cameroon Sombre) Greenbul
Slender-billed Greenbul

Yellow-whiskered Greenbul
Golden Greenbul
Honeyguide Greenbul
Spotted Greenbul
Simple Greenbul (Leaflove)
Yellow-throated Leaflove
Swamp Palm Greenbul
Icterine Greenbul
White-throated Greenbul
Common (Red-tailed) Bristlebill
Green-tailed Bristlebill
Gray-headed Bristlebill
Western Bearded-Greenbul
Red-tailed Greenbul
Yellow-bearded Greenbul
Western Nicator
Moustached Grass Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Eurasian Reed Warbler
Melodious Warbler
Kemp's Longbill
Gray Longbill
Violet-backed Hyliota
Green Hylia
Willow Warbler

Wood Warbler
Senegal Eremomela
Rufous-crowned Eremomela
Green Crombec
Lemon-bellied Crombec
Northern Crombec
Greater Whitethroat
Black-capped Illadopsis
Rufous-winged Illadopsis
Puvel's Illadopsis
Pale-breasted Illadopsis
Brown Illadopsis
Blackcap Babbler
Brown Babbler
African Yellow White-eye
Greater Blue-eared Starling
Bronze-tailed Glossy-Starling
Splendid Glossy-Starling
Purple Glossy-Starling
Long-tailed Glossy-Starling
Chestnut-bellied Starling
Copper-tailed Glossy-Starling
Violet-backed Starling
Chestnut-winged Starling
Yellow-billed Oxpecker
White-tailed Ant Thrush
Finsch's Flycatcher-Thrush
African Thrush
White-tailed Alethe
Western Forest Robin
Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat
Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat
White-crowned Robin-Chat
Northern Wheatear
Familiar Chat
White-fronted Black-Chat
Mocking Cliff-Chat
Common Rock-Thrush
Fraser's Forest-Flycatcher
Northern Black-Flycatcher
Pale Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher
Ashy Flycatcher
Swamp Flycatcher
Cassin's Flycatcher
Olivaceous Flycatcher
Little Grey Flycatcher
Dusky-blue Flycatcher
Tessmann's Flycatcher
Ussher's Flycatcher
Gray-throated Tit-Flycatcher
Lead-colored Flycatcher
European Pied Flycatcher
Fraser's Sunbird
Brown Sunbird
Western Violet-backed Sunbird
Little Green Sunbird
Green Sunbird
Collared Sunbird
Pygmy Sunbird
Reichenbach's Sunbird
Green-headed Sunbird
Blue-throated Brown Sunbird
Western Olive Sunbird
Buff-throated Sunbird
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Olive-bellied Sunbird
Tiny Sunbird
Beautiful Sunbird
Splendid Sunbird
Johanna's Sunbird
Superb Sunbird
Copper Sunbird
Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver
Northern Gray-headed Sparrow
Bush Petronia
White-billed Buffalo Weaver
Grosbeak Weaver
Little Weaver
Black-necked Weaver
Orange Weaver
Village Weaver
Black-headed Weaver
Vieillot's (Black) Weaver
Yellow-mantled Weaver
Maxwell's Black Weaver
Red-vented Malimbe
Blue-billed Malimbe
Crested Malimbe
Red-headed Malimbe
Red-billed Quelea
Black-winged Bishop
Northern Red Bishop
Yellow-shouldered Widowbird
White-breasted Negrofinch
Gray-headed Negrofinch
Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch
Red-winged Pytilia
Black-bellied Seedcracker
Western Bluebill
Bar-breasted Firefinch
African (Blue-billed) Firefinch
Red-billed Firefinch
Black-faced Firefinch
Red-cheeked Cordonbleu
Lavender Waxbill
Orange-cheeked Waxbill
Black-rumped Waxbill
African Quailfinch
African Silverbill
Bronze Mannikin
Black-and-white Mannikin
Magpie Mannikin
Village Indigobird
Wilson's Indigobird
Pin-tailed Whydah
Exclamatory Paradise-Whydah
Yellow Wagtail
African Pied Wagtail
Plain-backed Pipit
Tree Pipit
Yellow-fronted Canary

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting




African Elephant
Tree Hyrax
Rock Hyrax
Olive Baboon
Red Patas Monkey
Green Monkey
Uganda Kob

Straw-headed Fruit-bat
Scrub Hare
Slender-tailed Squirrel
Giant Squirrel
Red-legged Squirrel
Green Squirrel
Striped Ground-Squirrel
Slender Mongoose

John's "shooty" Mouse

Other Critters


Safari Ants
Incredible butterfly selection

Reptiles & Amphibians


Nile Crocodile
African Dwarf Crocodile
Common Agama
House Gecko
Snake sp!
Cobra sp