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thiopia is one of the best birding and safari destinations in Africa. We have numerous endemic and near-endemic species, many resident waders, and forest and savannah species, topped up with a large number of seasonal migrants, some from the Palearctic region. We estimate about 850 species in all, of which about 670 are resident. A total of 827 species was recorded by Urban & Brown “Checklist of the Birds of Ethiopia” (University Press 1971), and of these 665 were resident.

The exact number of endemic species is open to interpretation, depending on recent additions, modern taxonomy and cognizance of recent changes in political boundaries.

Some lists may include the Nechisar Nightjar, discovered in 1992, but identified only from a decomposing wing found in Nechisar National Park. A reasonable estimate is 16 endemics, and a further 14 shared with Eritrea. Fortunately, most of these can be found in quite accessible locations, so visitors have a unique opportunity of seeing a number of birds found nowhere else in the world. For serious ornithologists, we can provide customized itineraries designed to visit all the known sites for endemics.

Casual visitors from Europe and North America will immediately recognize familiar birds of prey, ducks and geese, avocets, starlings, warblers, larks, flycatchers, pipits and wagtails. They will be less familiar with ostrich, hamerkop, marabou stork, secretary bird, bustards, jacanas, African snipe, coucals, turacos, parrots, lovebirds, hornbills, wood-hoopoes, mousebirds, trogons, barbets, honey-guides, bulbuls, cuckoo-shrikes, drongos, oxpeckers, sunbirds, weaver-birds and waxbills.

Abijatta Shalla

Abijatta Shalla is located in the the Great Rift Valley, 200km (124 miles) south of Addis Ababa. The Lake Langano recreational areas are very...

Awash National Park

Awash National Park and Game Reserve is located 225km east of Addis Ababa, bordering the Awash river in the upper Rift Valley. The park covers...

Mago National Park

2,162 sq km, 770km southwest of Addis Ababa, on east bank of Omo river. 450-2,528m. Highest point is Mount Mago. Mainly grass savannah, some...

Nechisar National Park

Nechisar National Park, near the southern town of Arba Minch, 510 kms from Addis Ababa, has a memorable name which is translated as “whi...

Omo National Park

Omo National Park, Ethiopia’s largest and possibly most beautiful national park covers 4068 square kilometres of wilderness where the Omo...

Yabello Wildlife Sanctuary

2,496 sq km, 550km south of Addis Ababa, near the Kenyan border. Dry savannah, acacia bush area, low hills and juniper woodland. Noted for its...
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Ethiopian wildlife

Some of Ethiopia’s wildlife is listed below, with the scientific name and local Amharic name.
  • Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis). Amharic: Awraris.
  • Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta). Amharic: Djibb.
  • Common Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus.) Amharic: Defarsa.
  • Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii). Amharic: Pangolin.
  • Aardwolf (Proteles cristatus). Amharic: Kamer-Djibb.
  • White-Tailed Mongoose. (Ichneumia albicauda). Amharic: Faro.
  • Genet. (Genetta sp). Amharic: Shalla Mitmat.
  • Buffalo (Syncerus caffer). Amharic: Gosh.
  • Elephant (Loxodonta africana). Amharic: Zohon.
  • Roan Antelope (Hippotragus equinus). Amharic: Chelle Bale Gamme.
  • Hare (Lepus sp). Amharic: Tinchel.
  • Serval (Felis serval). Amharic: Aner.
  • Lelwel Hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus lelwel). Amharic: Kai Korkay.
  • Tiang (Damaliscus korrigum tiang). Amharic: Tikur Korkay.
  • Nubian Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis camelopardalis). Amharic: Katchine.
  • Tora Hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus tora). Amharic: Korkay.
  • Burchell’s Zebra (Equus burchellii). Amharic: Meda Faras.
  • Grant’s Gazelle (Gazella grant). Amharic: Redjim Kend Fiel.
  • Oribi (Ourebia ourebia). Amharic: Feko.
  • Guenther’s Dik-dik (Rhynchotragus guentheri). Amharic: Inshu.
  • Swayne’s Hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus swaynei). Amharic: Korkay.
  • Reticulated Giraffe (Giraffa reticulata). Amharic: Katchine.
  • Lion (Panthera leo). Amharic: Ambassa.
  • Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros). Amharic: Agazain.
  • Lesser Kudu (Tragelaphus imberbis). Amharic: Ambaraile.
  • Anubis Baboon (Papio anubis). Amharic: Djinjero.
  • Defassa Waterbuck (Kobus defassa). Amharic: Defarsa.
  • Black-Backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas). Amharic: Kabaro.
  • Leopard (Panthera pardus). Amharic: Nebr.
  • Eland (Taurotragus oryx). Amharic: Woudimbi.
  • Warthog (Phacochoerus aethiopicus). Amharic: Karkaro.
  • Aardvark (Orycteropus afer). Amharic: Awoldegeysha.
  • Dibatag or Clarke’s Gazelle (Ammodorcas clarkei). Amharic: Dibatag.
  • Wild Ass (Equus asinus). Amharic: Meda ahia.
  • Oryx (Oryx beisa). Amharic: Sala.
  • Grevy’s Zebra (Equus grevyi). Amharic: Meda faras.
  • Soemmering’s Gazelle (Gazella soemmeringii). Amharic: Meda fiel.
  • Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus). Amharic: Abo Shamani.
  • Hunting Dog (Lycaon pictus). Amharic: Tokla.
  • Phillips’s Dik-dik (Madoqua phillipsi). Amharic: Inshu.
  • Bat-Eared Fox (Otocyon megalotis). Amharic: Bat-Eared Fox.
  • Gerenuk (Litocranius walleri). Amharic: Gerenuk.
  • Hamadryas Baboon (Papio hamadryas). Amharic: Netch Djinjero.
  • Caracal (Felis caracal). Amharic: Delg Ambassa.
  • Beira (Dorcotragus magalotis). Amharic: Beira.
  • Ostrich (Struthio camelus). Amharic: Sagon.
  • Ratel (Mellivora capensis). Amharic: Marbella.
  • Speke’s Gazelle (Gazella spekei). Amharic: Meda Fiel.
  • Golden Jackal (Canis aureus). Amharic: Kabaro.
  • Striped Hyena (Hyaena hyaena).
  • White-Eared Kob (Adenota kob leucotis). Amharic: Bale Netch Djoro Korke.
  • Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius). Amharic: Gumare.
  • Bohor Reedbuck (Redunca reduca bohor). Amharic: Bohor.
  • Nile Lechwe (Onotragus megaceros).
  • Nile Crocodile (Crocodilus niloticus). Amharic: Azzo.
  • Otter (Lutra maculicollis and Aonyx capensis meneliki). Amharic: Akwosta.
  • Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus). Amharic: Ducula.
  • Colobus Monkey (Colobus polykomos). Amharic: Guereza.
  • Giant Forest Hog (Hylochoerus meinertzhageni). Amharic: Ye-Dur Asama.
  • Bushpig (Potamochoerus porcus). Amharic: Asama.
  • Red Buffalo (Syncerus caffer). Amharic: Gosh.
  • Vervet Monkey (Cercopithecus aethiops). Amharic: Tota.
  • Blue Monkey (Cercopithecus mitis). Amharic: Tchana.
  • Porcupine (Hystrix). Amharic: Djart.
  • Bush Duiker (Sylvicapra sp). Amharic: Madaqua.
  • Wild Cat (Felis lybica). Amharic: Ye-Dur Dimmet.
  • Patas Monkey (Cercopithecus patas).
  • Civet (Civettictus civetta). Amharic: Tirin.
  • Walia Ibex (Capra walie). Amharic: Walia.
  • Klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus). Amharic: Sass.
  • Nubian Ibex (Capra nubiana).
  • Mountain Nyala (Tragelaphus buxtoni). Amharic: Dega Agazain.
  • Simien Wolf (Simenia simensis). Amharic: Kay-Kabaro.
  • Mountain Reedbuck (Redunca fulvorufula). Amharic: Ye-Dega Bohor.
  • Gelada Baboon (Theropithecus gelada). Amharic: Gelada.
  • Rock Hyrax (Procavia habessinica). Amharic: Shikoko.
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