218. Red-chested Cuckoo (Cuculus solitarius solitarius) – heard calling in the south, and throughout Kenya southwards.
219. African Cuckoo (Cuculus gularis) – one seen near Lake Langano.
220. Klaas's Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx klaas) – widespread & common.
221. Diederik Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx caprius) – widespread & frequent.
222. White-browed Coucal (Centropus superciliosus superciliosus) [considered as a separate species C. superciliosus including C. s. loandae and C. s. socotrae "White-browed Coucal" from C. burchellii "Burchell's Coucal" of southern Africa] – in dry thorn bush in Awash NP.
223. Blue-headed Coucal (Centropus monachus monachus) – in forest edge undergrowth near Lake Heyk.
224. Common Scops Owl (Otus scops senegalensis) [considered a separate species O. senegalensis "African Scops Owl" from O. scops "European Scops Owl" by some authorities] – common & widespread.
(O. s. scops) "European Scops Owl" – heard at the camp site in Dittilou, Djibouti (heard at same time as O. s. senegalensis).
225. Spotted Eagle-Owl (Bubo africanus africanus) – one in the bush behind the hotel at Lake Langano.
226. * Little Owl (Athene noctua spilogastra) – one sitting on the track from the lodge in Awash NP.
227. * Long-eared Owl (Asio otus abyssinicus) [considered a separate species A. abyssinicus "Abyssinian Long-eared Owl" from A. otus "Long-eared Owl" by some authorities] – a pair in the Eucalyptus trees at Kofele.
228. Mountain Nightjar (Caprimulgus poliocephalus poliocephalus) – Several calling at the “campsite” near Robe plains.
229. * Plain Nightjar (Caprimulgus inornatus) – spotlighted on the Nechisar plains.
230. Freckled Nightjar (Caprimulgus tristigma tristigma) – heard calling from the rocky hillside above the Seven Olives hotel at Lalibela.
231. * Dusky Nightjar (Caprimulgus fraenatus) – spotlighted on the Nechisar plains.
232. African Palm Swift (Cypsiurus parvus parvus) – large numbers at the hot springs, Awash NP.
233. European Swift (Apus apus apus) – several identified in the Rift Valley.
234. Little Swift (Apus affinis affinis) – a few seen near bridges around the Mega area.
The absence of Swifts throughout Ethiopia was a very notable feature.
235. Blue-naped Mousebird (Urocolius macrourus macrourus) – seen between Dilbe and Lalibela.
(U. m. pulcher) – Sof Omar.
(U. m. abyssinicus) – common in south and Rift Valley.
(U. m. griseogularis) – seen near Gambela.
236. Speckled Mousebird (Colius striatus leucotis) – widespread & common.
237. Narina's Trogon (Apaloderma narina narina) – at Ruspoli's Turaco site near the River Genale.
238. Grey-headed Kingfisher (Halcyon leucocephala leucocephala) – one in Nechisar NP.
239. Woodland Kingfisher (Halcyon senegalensis senegalensis) – several in the grounds of the hotel at Lake Awasa.
240. African Pygmy Kingfisher (Ceyx picta picta) – One seen in the bush behind the hotel at Lake Langano.
241. Malachite Kingfisher (Corythornis cristata galerita) – Several in the small pond in the gardens of the hotel at Lake Awasa.
242. Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) – widespread & common.
243. Little Bee-eater (Merops pusillus ocularis) – common in north.
(M. p. cyanostictus) – common in south .
244. Blue-breasted Bee-eater (Merops variegatus lafresnayii) [considered as race of M. oreobates "Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater" by some authorities] – widespread & common.
245. European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) – only saw one small flock in the south.
246. Carmine Bee-eater (Merops nubicus nubicus) [considered a separate species Merops nubicus "Northern Carmine Bee-eater" from M. nubicoides "Southern Carmine Bee-eater" by some authorities] – common within approx. 30 km of large lakes.
247. Purple Roller (Coracias naevia naevia) – common in south and southern Rift Valley.
(C. n. mosambica) – common in Zimbabwe and southern Zambia.
248. * Abyssinian Roller (Coracias abyssinica) – common in north.
249. European Roller (Coracias garrulus garrulus) – frequent in south.
250. Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudata caudata) – common in Kenya and to the south.
(C. c. lorti) – widespread & frequent.
251. Red-billed Wood-Hoopoe (Phoeniculus purpureus niloticus) – a flock seen near the hot springs in Nechisar NP.
252. * Black-billed Wood-Hoopoe (Phoeniculus somaliensis neglectus) – several seen along the Mega to Yavello road.
253. Violet Wood-Hoopoe (Phoeniculus damarensis granti) [considered as a separate species P granti "Grant's Wood-Hoopoe" from P. damarensis "Violet Wood-Hoopoe" of Namibia by some authorities] – one seen (and heard) near Metu.
An Ethiopian trip: 27/11/1999 to 17/01/2000Giles Mulholland 31 January 2000