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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

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