Bird life in Malawi is abundant. There are lots of species, some that I hadn't seen before.

Nature pictures of Malawi and other bird pages are linked:

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All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Birds in Malawi

Copper Sunbird (Cinnyris cupreus)
Female Copper Sunbird (Cinnyris cupreus, french: Souimanga cuivré). (946k)
Southern Blue Waxbill (Uraeginthus angolensis niassensis)
Female Southern Blue Waxbill (Uraeginthus angolensis niassensis, german: Angola-Schmetterlings­fink, french: Cordonbleu d'Angola). (876k)
Southern Blue Waxbill (Uraeginthus angolensis niassensis)
Female Southern Blue Waxbill (Uraeginthus angolensis niassensis, german: Angola-Schmetterlings­fink, french: Cordonbleu d'Angola). (590k)
Montane Widowbird (Euplectes psammacromius)
Female Montane Widowbird (Euplectes psammacromius, german: Reichenowweber, french: Euplecte montagnard). (1348k)
Nyika Rufous-naped Lark (Mirafra africana nyikae)
Nyika Rufous-naped Lark (Mirafra africana nyikae, german: Rotnackenlerche, french: Alouette à nuque rousse). (1023k)
Village Indigobird (Vidua chalybeata)
Female Village Indigobird (Vidua chalybeata, german: Rotfuß-Atlaswitwe). (536k)
Black-throated Wattle-eye (Platysteira peltata)
Male Black-throated Wattle-eye (Platysteira peltata). (660k)
Weaver Bird Nests
Weaver bird nests. (1062k)
White-browed Sparrow Weaver (Plocepasser mahali)
Male White-browed Sparrow Weaver (Plocepasser mahali, french: Mahali à sourcils blancs). (883k)
Southern Brown-throated Weaver (Ploceus xanthopterus)
Female Southern Brown-throated Weaver (Ploceus xanthopterus, german: Braunkehlweber, french: Tisserin à gorge brune). (665k)
Southern Brown-throated Weaver (Ploceus xanthopterus)
Male Southern Brown-throated Weaver (Ploceus xanthopterus, german: Braunkehlweber, french: Tisserin à gorge brune). (691k)
Lesser Masked Weaver (Ploceus intermedius)
Nest of a Lesser Masked Weaver (Ploceus intermedius, german: Cabanisweber, french: Tisserin intermédiaire). (1003k)
Lesser Masked Weaver (Ploceus intermedius)
Female Lesser Masked Weaver (Ploceus intermedius, german: Cabanisweber, french: Tisserin intermédiaire). (864k)
Lesser Masked Weaver (Ploceus intermedius)
Male Lesser Masked Weaver (Ploceus intermedius, german: Cabanisweber, french: Tisserin intermédiaire). (662k)
Southern Little Bee-eater (Merops pusillus meridionalis)
Southern Little Bee-eater (Merops pusillus meridionalis, german: Zwergspint, french: Guêpier nain). (914k)
Böhm's Bee-eater (Merops boehmi)
Böhm's Bee-eater (Merops boehmi, german: Böhmspint, french: Guêpier de Böhm). (625k)
Wire-tailed Swallow (Hirundo smithii)
Nesting Wire-tailed Swallows (Hirundo smithii, french: Hirondelle à longs brins). (625k)
Lilian's Lovebird (Agapornis lilianae)
Lilian's Lovebirds (Agapornis lilianae, german: Erdbeerköpfchen, french: Inséparable de Lilian). (626k)
White-browed Robin-chat (Cossypha heuglini)
White-browed Robin-chat (Cossypha heuglini, french: Cossyphe de Heuglin). (887k)
Collared Palm Thrush (Cichladusa arquata)
Collared Palm Thrush (Cichladusa arquata). (617k)
Southern Dark-capped Bulbul (Pycnonotus barbatus layardi)
Southern Dark-capped Bulbul (Pycnonotus barbatus layardi, german: Graubülbül, french: Bulbul des jardins). (640k)
Tropical Boubou (Laniarius major)
Tropical Boubou (Laniarius major). (661k)
Panafrican Pied Wagtail (Motacilla aguimp vidua)
Panafrican Pied Wagtail (Motacilla aguimp vidua, german: Witwenstelze, french: Bergeronnette pie). (542k)
Brown-crowned Tchagra (Tchagra australis)
Brown-crowned Tchagra (Tchagra australis, french: Tchagra à tête brune). (863k)
Orange-breasted Bushshrike (Chlorophoneus sulfureopectus)
Orange-breasted Bushshrike (Chlorophoneus sulfureopectus, french: Gladiateur soufré). (831k)
Northern Fiscal (Lanius humeralis)
Northern Fiscal (Lanius humeralis, german: Nördlicher Fiskalwürger). (670k)
Red-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorynchus)
Red-billed Oxpeckers (Buphagus erythrorynchus, german: Rotschnabel-Madenhacker, french: Piquebœuf à bec rouge) on a hippo. (1062k)
Mainland Bearded Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas quadrivirgata quadrivirgata)
Mainland Bearded Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas quadrivirgata quadrivirgata, french: Agrobate à moustaches). (714k)
Broad-billed Roller (Eurystomus glaucurus)
Broad-billed Roller (Eurystomus glaucurus, german: Zimtroller, french: Rolle violet). (534k)
Lilac-breasted Roller ssp. caudatus (Coracias caudatus caudatus)
Lilac-breasted Roller ssp. caudatus (Coracias caudatus caudatus, german: Gabelracke, french: Rollier à longs brins). (570k)
Savanna Meves's Starling (Lamprotornis mevesii mevesii)
Savanna Meves's Starling (Lamprotornis mevesii mevesii, german: Mevesglanzstar, french: Choucador de Meves). (940k)
Savanna Meves's Starling (Lamprotornis mevesii mevesii)
Savanna Meves's Starling (Lamprotornis mevesii mevesii, german: Mevesglanzstar, french: Choucador de Meves). (840k)
Tropical Cape Turtle Dove (Streptopelia capicola tropica)
Tropical Cape Turtle Dove (Streptopelia capicola tropica, german: Kapturteltaube, french: Tourterelle du Cap). (946k)
Blue-spotted Wood Dove (Turtur afer)
Blue-spotted Wood Dove (Turtur afer, german: Stahlfleck­täubchen, french: Tourtelette améthystine). (823k)
Blue-spotted Wood Dove (Turtur afer)
Blue-spotted Wood Dove (Turtur afer, german: Stahlfleck­täubchen, french: Tourtelette améthystine). (719k)
Square-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus fossii)
Square-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus fossii, german: Welwitschnacht­schwalbe, french: Engoulevent du Mozambique). (884k)
Southern Malachite Kingfisher (Corythornis cristatus cristatus)
Southern Malachite Kingfisher (Corythornis cristatus cristatus, german: Haubenzwerg­fischer, french: Martin-pêcheur huppé). (679k)
Southern Malachite Kingfisher (Corythornis cristatus cristatus)
Southern Malachite Kingfisher (Corythornis cristatus cristatus, german: Haubenzwerg­fischer, french: Martin-pêcheur huppé). (809k)
Panafrican Pied Wagtail (Motacilla aguimp vidua)
Juvenile Panafrican Pied Wagtail (Motacilla aguimp vidua, german: Witwenstelze, french: Bergeronnette pie), left, and male African Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis rudis, german: Graufischer, french: Martin-pêcheur pie), right. (770k)
African Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis rudis)
Male African Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis rudis, german: Graufischer, french: Martin-pêcheur pie). (1048k)
African Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis rudis)
Hovering African Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis rudis, german: Graufischer, french: Martin-pêcheur pie). (431k)
Common Giant Kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima maxima)
Male Common Giant Kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima maxima, german: Riesenfischer, french: Martin-pêcheur géant). (732k)
Common Giant Kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima maxima)
Female Common Giant Kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima maxima, german: Riesenfischer, french: Martin-pêcheur géant). (733k)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos, german: Flussuferläufer, french: Chevalier guignette). (746k)
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia, german: Grünschenkel, french: Chevalier aboyeur). (1256k)
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola, german: Bruchwasser­läufer, french: Chevalier sylvain). (656k)
Water Thick-knee (Burhinus vermiculatus)
Water Thick-knee (Burhinus vermiculatus, german: Wassertriel, french: Œdicnème vermiculé). (1207k)
Spur-winged Lapwing (Vanellus spinosus)
Spur-winged Lapwings (Vanellus spinosus, german: Spornkiebitz, french: Vanneau à éperons). (822k)
Spur-winged Lapwing (Vanellus spinosus)
Spur-winged Lapwing (Vanellus spinosus, german: Spornkiebitz, french: Vanneau à éperons). (739k)
African Wattled Lapwing (Vanellus senegallus)
African Wattled Lapwing (Vanellus senegallus, german: Senegalkiebitz, french: Vanneau du Sénégal) in flight. (563k)
African Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus)
African Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus, german: Heiliger Ibis, french: Ibis sacré), left, African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus, german: Blaustirn-Blatthühnchen, french: Jacana à poitrine dorée), middle and African Great Egret (Ardea alba melanorhynchos, german: Silberreiher, french: Grande Aigrette), right. (1122k)
African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus)
African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus, german: Blaustirn-Blatthühnchen, french: Jacana à poitrine dorée). You can see the characteristic long toes. (753k)
African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus)
African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus, german: Blaustirn-Blatthühnchen, french: Jacana à poitrine dorée). (715k)
Grey Go-away Bird (Corythaixoides concolor)
Grey Go-away Bird (Corythaixoides concolor, german: Grauer Lärmvogel, french: Touraco concolore). (635k)
Trumpeter Hornbill (Bycanistes bucinator)
Trumpeter Hornbill (Bycanistes bucinator, german: Trompeterhorn­vogel, french: Calao trompette). (733k)
Trumpeter Hornbill (Bycanistes bucinator)
Trumpeter Hornbill (Bycanistes bucinator, german: Trompeterhorn­vogel, french: Calao trompette) in flight. (556k)
Southern Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus rufirostris)
Southern Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus rufirostris, german: Mopanetoko). (783k)
Southern Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus rufirostris)
Southern Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus rufirostris, german: Mopanetoko). (638k)
Cranch's Red-necked Francolin (Pternistis afer cranchii)
Cranch's Red-necked Francolins (Pternistis afer cranchii, german: Rotkehlfrankolin, french: Francolin à gorge rouge). (958k)
Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)
Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris, german: Helmperlhuhn, french: Pintade de Numidie). (1311k)
Red-knobbed Coot (Fulica cristata)
Red-knobbed Coots (Fulica cristata, german: Kammblässhuhn, french: Foulque à crête), right, and Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis, german: Zwergtaucher, french: Grèbe castagneux), left. (613k)
Pied Crow (Corvus albus)
Pied Crow (Corvus albus, german: Schildrabe, french: Corbeau pie). (1023k)
White-necked Raven (Corvus albicollis)
White-necked Raven (Corvus albicollis, german: Geierrabe, french: Corbeau à nuque blanche). (700k)
Spotted Eagle Owl (Bubo africanus)
Spotted Eagle Owl (Bubo africanus, german: Fleckenuhu, french: Grand-duc africain). (781k)
African Wood Owl (Strix woodfordii)
African Wood Owl (Strix woodfordii, german: Afrika-Waldkauz, french: Chouette africaine). (748k)
Common Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta umbretta)
Common Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta umbretta, german: Hammerkopf, french: Ombrette africaine). (1133k)
Common Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta umbretta)
Common Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta umbretta, german: Hammerkopf, french: Ombrette africaine) in flight. (1221k)
White-breasted Cormorant (Phalacrocorax lucidus)
White-breasted Cormorants (Phalacrocorax lucidus, german: Weißbrust­kormoran, french: Cormoran à poitrine blanche). The one in the upper right is a juvenile with the larger white breast. (1060k)
White-breasted Cormorant (Phalacrocorax lucidus)
White-breasted Cormorants (Phalacrocorax lucidus, german: Weißbrust­kormoran, french: Cormoran à poitrine blanche). (621k)
Cormorant Formation Flight
Cormorant formation in flight. (682k)
Mainland African Darter (Anhinga rufa rufa)
Female Mainland African Darter (Anhinga rufa rufa, german: Afrikanischer Schlangenhals­vogel, french: Anhinga d'Afrique). (781k)
Mainland African Darter (Anhinga rufa rufa)
Mainland African Darter (Anhinga rufa rufa, german: Afrikanischer Schlangenhals­vogel, french: Anhinga d'Afrique) in flight. (525k)
African Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus)
African Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus, german: Heiliger Ibis, french: Ibis sacré), left, and Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis ibis, german: Kuhreiher, french: Héron garde-bœufs). (1.7M)
Southern Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash hagedash)
Southern Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash hagedash, german: Hagedasch, french: Ibis hagedash). (805k)
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus, german: Brauner Sichler, french: Ibis falcinelle). (605k)
African Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus)
African Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus, german: Heiliger Ibis, french: Ibis sacré). (919k)
Western Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta)
Western Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta, german: Seidenreiher, french: Aigrette garzette). Note the characteristic yellow feet. (867k)
Western Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta)
Western Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta, german: Seidenreiher, french: Aigrette garzette). (637k)
Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis ibis)
Western Cattle Egrets (Bubulcus ibis ibis, german: Kuhreiher, french: Héron garde-bœufs) and a Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos, german: Flussuferläufer, french: Chevalier guignette) in front. (938k)
Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis ibis)
Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis ibis, german: Kuhreiher, french: Héron garde-bœufs). (1.9M)
Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)
Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides, german: Rallenreiher, french: Crabier chevelu). (957k)
White-backed Night Heron (Gorsachius leuconotus)
White-backed Night Herons (Gorsachius leuconotus, german: Weißrückenreiher, french: Bihoreau à dos blanc). (1.8M)
White-backed Night Heron (Gorsachius leuconotus)
White-backed Night Heron (Gorsachius leuconotus, german: Weißrückenreiher, french: Bihoreau à dos blanc). (772k)
White-backed Night Heron (Gorsachius leuconotus)
Close-up of White-backed Night Heron (Gorsachius leuconotus, german: Weißrückenreiher, french: Bihoreau à dos blanc). (512k)
Old World Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax)
Old World Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax, german: Nachtreiher, french: Bihoreau gris). (838k)
Old World Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax)
Juvenile Old World Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax, german: Nachtreiher, french: Bihoreau gris). (796k)
Black Heron (Egretta ardesiaca)
Black Heron (Egretta ardesiaca, german: Glockenreiher, french: Aigrette ardoisée). (744k)
African Great Egret (Ardea alba melanorhynchos)
African Great Egret (Ardea alba melanorhynchos, german: Silberreiher, french: Grande Aigrette). (1021k)
African Great Egret (Ardea alba melanorhynchos)
African Great Egret (Ardea alba melanorhynchos, german: Silberreiher, french: Grande Aigrette). (1399k)
African Great Egret (Ardea alba melanorhynchos)
African Great Egret (Ardea alba melanorhynchos, german: Silberreiher, french: Grande Aigrette) in flight. (1130k)
Black-headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala)
Black-headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala, german: Schwarzhals­reiher, french: Héron mélanocéphale). (1093k)
Western Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea cinerea)
Western Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea cinerea, german: Graureiher, french: Héron cendré). (1030k)
Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath)
Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath, german: Goliathreiher, french: Héron goliath). (821k)
Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath)
Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath, german: Goliathreiher, french: Héron goliath). (1038k)
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca, german: Nilgans, french: Ouette d'Égypte). (890k)
Northern Spur-winged Goose (Plectropterus gambensis gambensis)
Northern Spur-winged Geese (Plectropterus gambensis gambensis, german: Sporngans, french: Oie-armée de Gambie). (1109k)
Northern Spur-winged Goose (Plectropterus gambensis gambensis)
Northern Spur-winged Goose (Plectropterus gambensis gambensis, german: Sporngans, french: Oie-armée de Gambie). (659k)
Northern Spur-winged Goose (Plectropterus gambensis gambensis)
Northern Spur-winged Goose (Plectropterus gambensis gambensis, german: Sporngans, french: Oie-armée de Gambie). (749k)
Stork Flight
Stork in flight. (573k)
Mainland African Openbill (Anastomus lamelligerus lamelligerus)
Mainland African Openbill (Anastomus lamelligerus lamelligerus, german: Mohrenklaff­schnabel, french: Bec-ouvert africain). (782k)
Mainland African Openbill (Anastomus lamelligerus lamelligerus)
Mainland African Openbill (Anastomus lamelligerus lamelligerus, german: Mohrenklaff­schnabel, french: Bec-ouvert africain) in flight. (423k)
Yellow-billed Stork (Mycteria ibis)
Yellow-billed Stork (Mycteria ibis, german: Nimmersatt, french: Tantale ibis). (881k)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus, german: Fischadler, french: Balbuzard pêcheur). (632k)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus, german: Fischadler, french: Balbuzard pêcheur) in flight. (507k)
Crowned Eagle (Stephanoaetus coronatus)
Crowned Eagle (Stephanoaetus coronatus, german: Kronenadler, french: Aigle couronné). (676k)
African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)
Pair of African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer, german: Schreiseeadler, french: Pygargue vocifer). (1255k)
African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)
African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer, german: Schreiseeadler, french: Pygargue vocifer). (740k)
African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)
African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer, german: Schreiseeadler, french: Pygargue vocifer). (891k)
African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)
Feeding African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer, german: Schreiseeadler, french: Pygargue vocifer). (801k)
African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)
African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer, german: Schreiseeadler, french: Pygargue vocifer) in flight. (439k)
Passerine (Passeriformes fam.)
?? Unknown Passerine bird (Passeriformes fam., german: Sperlingsvögel). (683k)

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