The African Golden Cat is one of the most sought after species of mammals in Africa and one of the most difficult cat species in the world to see in the wild. Up until very recently there appeared to be no reliable location for the species, however that appears to be changing a little with more and more effort being made in Uganda. In fact Royle Safaris will be running the very first ever small group tour to find the African Golden Cat in 2023, for anyone interested in joining this trip, please contact us and we can send over the brochure and answer any further questions you may have.

But before this recent revelation about Uganda maybe being the place to try for this amazing and elusive species, we at Royle Safaris were working on various options around Africa; Gabon, Cameroon and in June 2022 we tried a special place in Kenya. When speaking to probably the leading mammalwatching guide in Kenya and a guide that Royle Safaris uses hires around Africa; Zarek Cockar, we decided to look into places for such a species in the remnants of Afromontane habitat in Kenya. A friend of Zarek’s and wildlife researcher and conservatist Stratton Hadfield had stumbled across a forest not too far from Nairobi where African golden cats where being recorded on camera traps with more frequency than nearly anywhere else. Along with the golden cat they were also recording the wonderful and equally elusive and little understood Jackson’s Mongoose. So in June 2022 Royle Safaris ran an expedition to the forest with the guidance of Stratton and Zarek and local rangers from the park with one of our loyal cat enthusiast clients Chris Daniels.

We would camp in the forest and employ a variety of strategies such a staking out likely scent marking / territory patrolling locations, walking the forest during the day and night, using thermals as well as some scent which could encourage a cat to scent mark in a location. Over the week we had in the forest we recorded several species and had some very nice sightings, but alas no African golden cat. However we remain convinced that the place is good for the species, just that more work is needed to plan the strategy and perhaps understand the cat’s behaviour more.

Below is a run brief synopsis of the trip and then our species count in the following table and some pictures from the trip. The trip started with Chris being picked up in Nairobi National Park and ended with Chris and Zarek going onto the Mara West in search of another small cat that Chris wanted, the serval. There was a brief serval sighting when leaving Nairobi National Park on the first morning, but Chris would have to wait until a later trip to South Africa to finally get the serval sighting. Whilst Chris and Zarek were in the Mara West, Martin went back to the lowlands around Mt Kenya to search for the maned rat again (after failing on Royle Safari’s first scouting Kenya’s Rare Mammals Tour in 2021. Overall the trip (in its three sections ((1) Golden Cat Expedition (2) Big Game Reserves and (3) Maned Rat Quest) was very good and despite the failure in not seeing the two cat species we had many other species (a total of 50 mammals) including some nice rarities.

Chris was collected at the break of dawn from Nairobi National Park by Zarek, along the drive out several of Africa’s most iconic species were seen including Masai giraffe, common impala, vervet monkeys, common warthog and Zarek had a very brief serval cross the road also; however nothing too unusual. They then collected Martin from near the airport and continued towards Gatamaiyu Forest, we met Stratton and his partner along the way and when we got to the park we met the camp team and local ranger for the park and set up the camp. After a quick briefing we went for a walk to try and find likely locations for stakeout locations where we would set up the hides. We picked three areas, all off the main trail at various distances, but all on confluences of more than one game trail crisscrossing the forest. We also looked out for obvious scent marking locations for a small cat, over hanging rocks, prominent trees with staining etc. But in such a task it is difficult as there are thousands of potential locations.

We set the hides up and then went for a walk in the late afternoon, we would come back to the hides first thing in the morning and begin the stakeout. The ever present threat of elephants in the forest (we didn’t see any, but there was evidence of them all around and they are not uncommon here) we wouldn’t be staking out at night. The walk didn’t result in any mammals, but the birdlife is prolific here, with a combination of common East African species and some montane specialities such as Kikuyu white-eye and evergreen forest warbler and white-tailed crested flycatcher and also the amazing crowned eagle (which we saw in a mating display above the camp on lunchtime).

At dinner on the first night we heard very loud francolin alarm calling not too far away, there are not many animals known from here that a francolin would be concerned with and with it still be day light it was even money to be a golden cat. The francolins were moving along and alarm calling which rules out a snake and there were no raptors around in the skies, so we were excited as we tried to get closer to the cause of the commotion. After dinner we had a short night drive back down the road, we had great views of an African wood owl which was attracted to the speaker system we had brought that was set up to play the calls of a rodent in distress. The only other animals of note this night were great views of Montane African climbing mouse and some roosting Kikuyu white-eyes.

The follow morning we all staked our hides, Martin in one on his own, Stratton and Brit in one and Zarek and Chris sharing one. Martin had some very nice birds including close white-starred robins and lemon doves and mammal wise a couple of Eastern black-and-white colobus and a few groups of Syke’s monkey were heard but not seen as well as a very nice Harvey’s duiker which came along one of the game trails his hide was overlooking and stopped when it noticed the hide (or smelt the person in it) and then moved away more cautiously, not bolting but clearly a little unsure of what was around. Zarek and Chris had their own Harvey’s duiker sighting too as well as many birds, Zarek and Chris being much keener birders than Martin most of the birds recorded were from these two. Stratton and Britt had no mammals today. Back at the camp in the mid afternoon (we decided that the mornings where the times for the golden cats to be active – this based on the camera trap info from the area), we had the crowned eagles displaying above us. A breeding population of these top predators here is testament to the large primate density of the forest.

After a late lunch we went for a walk along the other side of the Galana River, this mighty river in Tsavo is a small mountain river here. The forest is stunning here, old growth (but not primary – the British cleared much of the forest a long time ago, but there are some huge hard woods left, including some of the largest examples of their species in Africa – such as camphor) and full of potential, but the steep slopes did make walking around tricky at times. We had a very nice Imbabala bushbuck sighting here this afternoon. Martin’s hide had been over run by safari ants in the afternoon / evening but Zarek and Chris went back to their hide for a couple of hours. They had eastern black-and-white colobus on the way to the hide and then an African sparrowhawk was attracted to the speaker system. We were having luck in attracting birds to the rodent and hare distress calls but not any mammals L.

After dark another night walk resulted in many roosting birds as well as a very nice dormouse (Graphiurus murinus) before the thermals picked up three rodents all in the same tree, but it was a dense tangle of vines and thick vegetation and we couldn’t get lights and binoculars on them, also around the same area an animals (that we all thought was a bat at first) flew in and landed on the trunk and then quickly scurryied up the trunk and away into the thick tangle of vines. The movement was more reminiscent of a flying squirrel than a bat once it landed and we didn’t see it flap wings when coming in, just it land and climb away. If we were not a long way from the nearest population of flying mice than are known from the Congo-Guinea rainforest we would have sworn it was one of them. But we didn’t get any proper views and never found it again unfortunately.

The following day at the hides was similar to yesterday, the walks to and from the hides producing a little more than when in the hides. Martin saw one male Syke’s monkey moving fast away from him which disturbed a squirrel, which is a currently undescribed species of sun squirrel. Currently recognised as a sub-species of red-legged sun squirrel (keniae) but according to Stratton and then researchers around here, it is due to be split into a new species. Indeed the colouration alone was very distinct from the many other red-legged sun squirrels we had seen before. With a clear white throat patch which is known from all of population here. Also on the way back from the hide Martin had a mixed foraging flock of birds including white-tailed crested flycatchers and Cabanis’s greenbuls as well as more eastern black-and-white colobus and a bar-tailed trogon and African goshawk (both perched over the trail in different places and allowing for very nice views).

Back at the camp we had another of these strange red-legged sun squirrels feeding and climbing through th trees around camp and in the afternoon we went out for a walk deeper into the forest. Martin stayed at a place on the main trail which gave views a good way down both directions of the trail as well as a game trail on the opposite side. During this time a shrew (based on habitat and distribution the most likely seems to be smoky white-toothed shrew) came out from the leaf litter close to him and then away into a hole under an old rotten tree stump. The others returned from their walk with a long bird list but no mammals, until we all returned to the camp were we had a large group of Syke’s monkeys.

Most of the days followed this pattern and further highlights included a large-spotted genet around the camp (attracted by the food no doubt) on a couple of nights, more red-legged sun squirrels including the one that would regularly feed around the camp, crowned hornbills, more rodents including East African thicket rat and Jackson’s soft-furred rat and then a mountain suni and Kikuyu three-horned chameleon on the other side of the Galana river. There was also a very obvious rousette species which would come out of the forest just before dusk, based on the area and elevation we would guess long-haired rousette.

So unsuccessful in our ambitious target but some nice species including some rarely seen mammals and birds were seen on this part of the trip. Then from here Martin headed to the Mount Kenya area to spend a couple of nights looking for the wonderful maned rat in which he was successful with great views of a pair of them in the garden behind his cottage for around 20 minutes. They were so relaxed around the people there they kept coming to Martin to hide under his legs, so the biggest problem wasn’t finding this amazing rodent but getting far enough away to get god pictures! Also around here were the eastern black-and-white colobus and southern tree hyrax. When Martin was here Chris and Zarek continued to the Mara West and had a great time with many species which are to be expected from there including African bush elephant, Coke’s hartebeest, lion, Cavendish’s dikdik, common hippo, bush hyrax, Thompson’s gazelle and common eland among many others. Highlight species seen here were white-tailed mongoose, Bohor reedbuck, banded mongoose and southern tree hyrax.

Whilst this trip didn’t work out, we are Royle Safaris remains committed to trying to establish small-scale sustainable eco tourism centred around some of the world’s rarest and little seen mammal species. So anyone who is interested in looking for such an animal (such as the African Golden Cat or any other) and cannot find a means of getting a trip together or is struggling to find like minded people to travel with; contact us (info@royle-safaris.co.uk) we have a network of local guides, researchers and conservationists around the world as well as a large following of clients and so are uniquely situated to put together pioneering mammalwatching trips and get small groups together for such trips. Or we can arrange private tours if you do not want to be in a small group. Any and all options are possible and we look forward to hearing from you and working on the next rare mammalwatching expedition.

All of the pictures below are from Chris Daniels and Martin Royle with their permissions.

Species List        African Golden Expedition & Mara West Extension – June 2022

  Common Name Binominal Name   Key: Nariobi National Park (NNP) Gatamaiyu Forest Reserve (GFR) / Mara West Reserve (MWR) / Mt Kenya Surroundings (MKS)
 

 

NNP GFR MWT MKS
1 Common impala Aepyceros melampus * *
2 Coke’s Hartebeest Alcelaphus buselaphus *
3 Black-backed Jackal Canis mesomelas *
4 Harvey’s Duiker Cephalophus harveyi *
5 Syke’s Monkey Cercopithecus albogularis *
6 Vervet Monkey Chlorocebus pygerythrus * *
7 Eastern Black-and-white Colobus Colobus guereza * *
8 Western White-beareded Wildebeest Connochaetes taurinus *
9 Smoky White-toothed Shrew Crocidura fomosa *
10 Spotted Hyena Crocuta crocuta *
11 Topi Damaliscus lunatus *
12 Southern Tree Hyrax Dendrohyrax arboreus * *
13 Montane African Climbing Mouse Dendromys insignis *
14 Plain’s Zebra Equus quagga *
15 Senegal Galago Galago senegalensis *
16 Grant’s Gazelle Gazella grantii * *
17 Thompson’s Gazelle Gazella thomsonii *
18 Large Spotted Genet Genetta maculata * *
19 East African Gerbil Gerbilliscus vicinus *
20 Masai Giraffe Giraffa tippelskirchi *
21 East African Ticket Rat Grammomys ibeanus *
22  Woodland Dormouse Graphiurus murinus *
23 Undescribed Red-legged Sun Squirrel Heliosciurus keniae *
24 Common Dwarf Mongoose Helogale parvula *
25 Bush Hyrax Heterohyrax brucei *
26 Common Hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius * *
27 White-tailed Mongoose Ichneumia albicauda *
28 Defassa Waterbuck Kobus ellipsiprymnus *
29 Serval Leptailurus serval *
30 East African Hare Lepus victoriea *
31 Maned Rat Lophiomys imhausi *
32 Bush Elephant Loxondonta africana ǂ *
33 Cavendish’s Dikdik Madoqua cavendishii *
34 Greater Long-fingered Bat Miniopterus inflatus *
35 Molossid Free-tailed Bat sp. Mops sp. *
36 Banded Mongoose Mungos mungo *
37 Mountain Suni Neotragus kirchenpaueri *
38 Small-eared Galago Otolemur garnettii ǂ
39 Lion Panthera leo *
40 Olive Baboon Papio anubis * *
41 Common Warthog Phacochoerus africanus * *
42 Jackson’s Soft-furred Mouse Praomys jacksoni *
43 Bohor Reedbuck Redunca redunca *
44 Lander’s Horseshoe Bat Rhinolophus landeri *
45 Long-haired Rousette Rousettus lanosus *
46 Cape Buffalo Synceros caffer * *
47 East African Root Rat Tachyoryctes splendens ǂ
48 Acacia Rat Thallomys paedulcus *
49 Common Eland Tragelaphus oryx * *
50 Imbabala Bushbuck Tragelaphus sylvaticus * *

 

Note: Some bats identified 100% at roosts or with good views. Others identified with spectrograms in combination with sightings (no spectrograms without visual confirmation are recorded as a sighting), behaviour and habitat – so not 100% but best educated guesses. For more information please email me.

ǂ – Animals where signs were seen but not the animal

 Birds

 

Common Name Binominal Name   Key: Nariobi National Park (NNP) Gatamaiyu Forest Reserve (GFR) / Mara West Reserve (MWR) / Mt Kenya Surroundings (MKS)
 

 

NNP GFR MWT MKS
1 Great Sparrowhawk Accipiter melanoleucus *
2 African Goshawk Accipiter tachiro *
3 Ovampo Sparrowhawk Acipiter ovampensis *
4 African Jacana Actophilornis africanus *
5 Malachite Kingfisher Alcedo cristata *
6 Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiacus *
7 Black Crake Amaurornis flavirostris *
8 African Open-billed Stork Anastomus lamelligerus *
9 Slender-billed Greenbul Andropadus gracilirostris *
10 Yellow-whiskered Greenbul Andropadus latirostris *
11 Violet-backed Starling Anthreptes orientalis *
12 Grassland Pipit Anthus cinnamomeus *
13 Plain-backed Pipit Anthus leucophrys *
14 Grey Apalis Apalis cinerea *
15 Yellow-breasted Apalis Apalis flavida *
16 Chestnut-throated Apalis Apalis porphyrolamea *
17 Black-throated Apalis Apalis thoracica *
18 Narina’s Trogon Apaloderma narina *
19 Bar-tailed Trogon Apaloderma vittatum *
20 Little Swift Apus affinis *
21 White-rumped Swift Apus caffer *
22 Horus Swift Apus horus *
23 Tawny Eagle Aquila rapax *
24 Great White Egret Ardea alba * *
25 Grey Heron Ardea cinerea *
26 Goliath Heron Ardea goliath *
27 Black-headed Heron Ardea melanocephala * *
28 Rufous-bellied Heron Ardeola rufiventris *
29 Grey Crowned Crane Balaerica regulorum *
30 Chin-spot Batis Batis molitor *
31 Hadeda Bostrychia hagedash * * * *
32 African Grey Flycatcher Bradornis microhynchus *
33 Little Rush Warbler Bradypterus baboecala *
34 Evergreen-forest Warbler Bradypterus lopezi *
35 Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis * * *
36 Southern Ground Hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri *
37 Yellow-billed Oxpecker Buphagus africanus *
38 Red-billed Oxpecker Buphagus erythrorhynchus *
39 Water Thick-knee Burhinus vermiculatus *
40 Augur Buzzard Buteo augur *
41 Mountain Buzzard Buteo oreophilus *
42 Striated Heron Butroides striatus *
43 Grey-backed Camaroptera Camaroptera brachyura * *
44 Nubian Woodpecker Campethera nubica *
45 Tullberg’s Woodpecker Campethera tullbergi *
46 Montane Nightjar Caprimulgus poliocephalus *
47 Freckled Nightjar Caprimulgus tristigma *
48 Fan-tailed Grassbird Catriscus brevirostris *
49 Black Coucal Centropus grillii *
50 White-browed Coucal Centropus supercillosus *
51 White-browed Scrub Robin Cercotrichas leucophrys *
52 Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis *
53 Scarlet-chested Sunbird Chalcomitra senegalensis *
54 Three-banded Plover Charadrius tricollaris *
55 Diederik Cuckoo Chrysococcyx caprius *
56 African Emerald Cuckoo Chrysococcyx cupreus *
57 Klaas’s Cuckoo Chrysococcyx klaas *
58 Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus *
59 Abbott’s Starling Cinnyricinclus femoralis *
60 Marico Sunbird Cinnyris mariquensis *
61 Eastern Double-collared Sunbird Cinnyris mediocris *
62 Variable Sunbird Cinnyris venusta *
63 Brown Snake Eagle Circaetus cinereus *
64 Desert Cisticola Cisticola aridulus *
65 Pectoral-patch Cisticola Cisticola brunnenscens *
66 Singing Cisticola Cisticola cantans *
67 Rattling Cisticola Cisticola chiniana *
68 Winding Cisticola Cisticola galactotes *
69 Hunter’s Cisticola Cisticola hunteri *
70 Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis *
71 Croaking Cisticola Cisticola natalensis *
72 Stout Cisticola Cisticola robustus *
73 Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius *
74 Speckled Mousebird Colius striatus *
75 Speckled Pigeon Columba guinea *
76 Lemon Dove Columba larvata *
77 Feral Pigeon Columba livia * * * *
78 Lilac-breasted Roller Coracias caudata *
79 Pied Crow Corvus albus * * * *
80 Bare-faced Go-away-bird Corythaicxoides personata * *
81 Cape Robin Chat Cossypha caffra *
82 White-browed Robin Chat Cossypha heuglini *
83 Rüppell’s Robin Chat Cossypha semirufa *
84 Harlequin Quail Coturnix delegorguei *
85 African Cuckoo Cuculus gularis *
86 Red-chested Cuckoo Cuculus solitarius *
87 Temminck’s Courser Cursorius temminckii *
88 Olive Sunbird Cyanomitra olivacea *
89 Green-headed Sunbird Cyanomitra verticalis *
90 African Palm Swift Cypsiurus parvus *
91 White-faced Whistling Duck Dendrocygna viduata *
92 Bearded Woodpecker Dendropicos namaquus *
93 Cardinal Woodpecker Dendropicus fuscescens *
94 Common Drongo Dicrurus adsimilis * *
95 Fine-banded Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus *
96 Black-backed Puffback Dryoscopus cubla * *
97 Little Egret Egretta garzetta *
98 African Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus *
99 White-tailed Crested Flycatcher Elminia albonotata *
100 Silverbird Empidronis semipartitus *
101 Saddle-bill Stork Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis *
102 Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild * *
103 White-winged Widowbird Euplectes albonoatatus *
104 Red-collared Widowbird Euplectes ardens *
105 Fan-tailed Widowbird Euplectes axillaris *
106 Yellow Bishop Euplectes capensis *
107 Jackson’s Widowbird Euplectes jacksoni *
108 Yellow-mantled Widowbird Euplectes macrourus *
109 Black-bellied Bustard Eupodotis melanogaster *
110 White-bellied Bustard Eupodotis senegalensis *
111 Northern White-crowned Shrike Eurocephalus rueppelli *
112 Grey Kestrel Falco ardosiaceus *
113 Red-necked Spurfowl Francolinus afer *
114 Coqui Francolin Francolinus coqui *
115 Red-winged Francolin Francolinus levaillantii *
116 Crested Francolin Francolinus sephaena * *
117 Scaly Francolin Francolinus squamatus *
118 White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus *
119 Striped Kingfisher Halcyon chelicuti *
120 Woodland Kingfisher Halcyon senegalensis *
121 African Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer *
122 Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica *
123 Lesser Striped Swallow Hirundo sbyssinica *
124 Wire-tailed Swallow Hirundo smithii *
125 Greater Honeyguide Indicator indicator *
126 Lesser Honeyguide Indictor minor *
127 Eastern Mountain Greenbul Ixos mcclellandii *
128 Lizard Buzzard Kaupifalco monogrammicus *
129 African Firefinch Lagonosticta rubicata *
130 Greater Blue-eared Starling Lamprotornis chalybaeus *
131 Hildebrandt’s Starling Lamprotornis hildebrandti *
132 Rüppell’s Starling Lamprotornis purpuropterus * *
133 Superb Starling Lamprotornis superbus *
134 Tropical Boubou Laniarius aethiopicus * *
135 Slate-coloured Boubou Laniarius funebris *
136 Common Fiscal Lanius collaris * *
137 Grey-backed Fiscal Lanius excubitoroides *
138 Marabou stork Leptopyilos crumeniferus * *
139 Bronze Mannikin Lonchura cucullata *
140 Long-crested Eagle Lophaetus occipitalis *
141 Yellow-throated Longclaw Macronyx croceus *
142 Grey-headed Bushshrike Malaconotus blanchoti *
143 Black-fronted Bush-shrike Malaconotus nigrifrons *
144 Sulphur-breasted Bushshrike Malaconotus sulfureopectus *
145 White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher Melaenornis fischeri *
146 Dark Chanting Goshawk Melierax metabates *
147 White-fronted Bee-eater Merops bullockoides *
148 Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater Merops oreobates *
149 Little Bee-eater Merops pusillus * *
150 Intermediate Egret Mesophoyx intermedia *
151 Rufous-naped Lark Mirafra africana *
152 Flappet Lark Mirafra rufocinnamomea * *
153 African Pied Wagtail Motacilla aguimp * *
154 Mountain Wagtail Motacilla clara *
155 African Dusky Flycatcher Muscicapa adusta *
156 Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis *
157 Northern Anteater Chat Myrmecocichla aethiops *
158 Sooty Chat Myrmecocichla nigra *
159 Grey-headed Negrofinch Nigrita canicapilla *
160 Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris * *
161 Namaqua Dove Oena capensis *
162 Black-headed Oriole Oriolus larvatus *
163 Montane Oriole Oriolus percivali *
164 African Quailfinch Ortygospiza atricollis *
165 Northern Grey-headed Sparrow Passer griseus * * * *
166 White-headed Wood-hoopoe Phoeniculus bollei *
167 Green Wood-hoopoe Phoeniculus purpureus *
168 Cabanis’s Greenbul Phyllastrephus cabanisi *
169 Brown Woodland Warbler Phylloscopus umbrovirens *
170 Spur-winged Goose Plectopterus gambensis *
171 Baglafecht Weaver Ploceus beglafecht *
172 Village Weaver Ploceus cucullatus *
173 Brown-capped Weaver Ploceus insignis *
174 Lesser Masked Weaver Ploceus intermedius *
175 Moustached Green Tinkerbird Pogoniulus leucomystax *
176 Red-fronted Barbet Pogoniulus pusillus *
177 Red-fronted Tinkerbird Pogoniulus pusillus *
178 White-starred Robin Pogonocichla stellata *
179 Red-fronted Parrot Poicephalus gulielmi *
180 Brown Parrot Poicephalus meyeri *
181 Martial Eagle Polemaetus bellicosus *
182 African Harrier Hawk Polyboroides typus *
183 White-headed Saw-wing Psalidoprocne albiceps *
184 Black Saw-wing Psalidoprocne holomelas * *
185 Brown-chested Alethe Pseudalethe poliocephala *
186 African Hill Babbler Pseudoalcippe abyssinica *
187 Grey-headed Social Weaver Pseudonigrita arandudi *
188 Common Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus * * *
189 Banded Martin Riparia cincta *
190 Plain Martin Riparia paludicola *
191 Secretary-bird Sagittarius serpentarius *
192 Buff-spotted Flufftail Sarothrura elegans *
193 Hamerkop Scopus umbretta * *
194 Thick-billed Seedeater Serinus burtoni *
195 White-bellied Canary Serinus dorsotriatus *
196 Yellow-fronted Canary Serinus mozambicus *
197 Streaky Seedeater Serinus striolatus *
198 Crowned Eagle Stephanoaetus coronatus *
199 Ring-necked Dove Streptopelia capicola *
200 Red-eyed Dove Streptopelia semitorquata *
201 African Wood Owl Strix woodfordii *
202 Common Ostrich Struthio camelus * *
203 Red-faced Crombec Sylvietta wyhtii *
204 Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis *
205 Hartlaub’s Turaco Tauraco hartlaubi *
206 Schalow’s Turaco Tauraco schalowi *
207 Brown-crowned Tchagra Tchagra australis *
208 Black-crowned Tchagra Tchagra senegala *
209 Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus * *
210 African Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone viridis * *
211 African Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus *
212 Crowned Hornbill Tockus alboterminatus *
213 African Grey Hornbill Tockus nasutus * *
214 Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotus *
215 African Green Pigeon Treron calva *
216 Spot-flanked Barbet Tricholaema lacrymosa *
217 White-headed Vulture Trigonoceps occiptalis *
218 Arrow-marked Babbler Turdoides jardineii *
219 Northern Olive Thrush Turdus abyssinicus *
220 Common Buttonquail Turnix sylvatica *
221 Emerald-spotted Wood Dove Turtur chalcospilos *
222 Tambourine Dove Tutur tympanistria *
223 Purple Grenadier Uraeginthus ianthinogastor *
224 Blacksmith Plover Vanellus armatus *
225 Crowned Plover Vanellus coronatus *
226 Senegal Plover Vanellus lugubris *
227 Black-winged Plover Vanellus melanopterus *
228 African Wattled Plover Vanellus senegallus *
229 Spurwinged Plover Vanellus spinosus *
230 Pin-tailed Whydah Vidua macrorura *
231 Kikuyu White-eye Zosterops kikuyuensis *

 Reptiles

 

Common Name Binominal Name   Key: Nariobi National Park (NNP) Gatamaiyu Forest Reserve (GFR) / Mara West Reserve (MWR) / Mt Kenya Surroundings (MKS)
 

 

NNP GFR MWT MKS
1 Mwanza Flat-headed Rock Agama Agama mwanzae *
2 Nuemann’s Marsh Terrapin Pelomedusa neumanni *
3 Striped Skink Trachylepis striata *
4 Kiykuyu Three-horned Chameleon Trioceros jacksoni *
5 Nile Monitor Varanus niloticus *

 Amphibians

 

  Common Name Binominal Name   Key: Nariobi National Park (NNP) Gatamaiyu Forest Reserve (GFR) / Mara West Reserve (MWR) / Mt Kenya Surroundings (MKS)
 

 

NNP GFR MWT MKS
1 Manhert’s Rocket Frog Ptychadena manherti *
2 Nile Rocket Frog Ptychadena nilotica *

 

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