Situated the banks of the Okavango River, Namibia.

The meaning of Shamvura: “Place where the rain can be Seen”

Birding List:

Ethan Kistler writes:

For birders that are interested in the birds of Shamvura Camp, here is the complete list of species recorded in the area compiled by Mark Paxton. The list currently stands at 429 species.

  • Black-necked Grebe
  • Little Grebe (Dabchick)
  • Great (Eastern) White Pelican
  • Pink-backed Pelican
  • Reed Cormorant
  • African Darter
  • Grey Heron
  • Black-headed Heron
  • Goliath Heron
  • Purple Heron
  • Great (White) Egret
  • Little Egret
  • Yellow-billed Egret
  • Black Heron (Egret)
  • Slaty Egret
  • Cattle Egret
  • (Common) Squacco Heron
  • Green-backed Heron
  • Rufous-bellied Heron
  • Black-crowned Night-heron
  • White-backed Night-heron
  • Little Bittern
  • Dwarf Bittern
  • Hammerkop
  • White Stork
  • Abdin’s Stork
  • Wooly-necked Stork
  • African Openbill (Openbilled Stork)
  • Saddle-billed Stork
  • Marabou Stork
  • Yellow-billed Stork
  • Booted eagle
  • African Hawk-eagle
  • Ayres  Hawk-eagle
  • Long-crested Eagle
  • Martial Eagle
  • Brown Snake Eagle
  • Black-chested (Black-breasted) Snake Eagle
  • Western Banded Snake Eagle
  • Bateleur
  • African Fish Eagle
  • Steppe Buzzard
  • Long-legged Buzzard
  • Lizard Buzzard
  • Ovambo Sparrowhawk (Rare Melanistic form)
  • Ovambo Sparrowhawk
  • Little Sparrowhawk
  • Black Sparrowhawk
  • Shikra (Little Banded Goshawk)
  • African Goshawk
  • Gabar Goshawk
  • Southern Pale Chanting Goswhawk
  • Dark Chanting Goshawk
  • Eurasian (European) Marsh Harrier
  • African Marsh-harrier
  • Montagu’s Harrier
  • Pallid Harrier
  • African Harrier-hawk (Gymnogene)
  • Osprey
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Lanner Falcon
  • Eurasian (European) Hobby
  • African Hobby
  • Sooty Falcon
  • Red necked Falcon
  • (Western) Red-footed Falcon
  • Caspian Plover
  • American Golden Plover
  • Grey Plover
  • Crowned Lapwing (Plover)
  • Blacksmith Lapwing (Plover)
  • African Wattled Lapwing (Plover)
  • Long-toed Lapwing (Plover)
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Terek Sandpiper
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Green Sandpiper
  • Wood Sandpiper
  • Marsh Sandpiper
  • Common Greenshank
  • Curlew Sandpiper
  • Little Stint
  • Sanderling
  • Ruff
  • Great Snipe
  • African (Ethiopian) Snipe
  • Black-tailed Godwit
  • Eurasian Curlew
  • Pied Avocet
  • Black-winged Stilt
  • Spotted Thick-knee (Dikkop)
  • Water Thick-knee (Dikkop)
  • Temminck’s Courser
  • Bronze-winged Courser
  • Collared (Redwinged) Pratincole
  • Black-winged Pratincole
  • Rock Pratincole
  • Grey-headed Gull
  • Whiskered Tern
  • White-winged Tern
  • African Skimmer
  • European Nightjar
  • Fiery-necked Nightjar
  • Rufous-cheeked Nightjar
  • Swamp (Natal) Nightjar
  • Square-tailed (Mozambique) Nightjar
  • Pennant-winged Nightjar
  • Common (European) Swift
  • Little Swift
  • African Palm-swift
  • Red-faced Mousebird
  • Pied Kingfisher
  • Gaint Kingfisher
  • Half-collared Kingfisher
  • Malachite Kingfisher
  • African Pygmy-kingfisher
  • Woodland Kingfisher
  • Brown-hooded Kingfisher
  • Grey-headed (Greyhooded) Kingfisher
  • Striped Kingfisher
  • European Bee-eater
  • Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
  • Southern Carmine Bee-eater
  • White-fronted Bee-eater
  • Little Bee-eater
  • Swallow-tailed Bee-eater
  • European Roller
  • Lilac-breasted Roller
  • Racket-tailed Roller
  • Purple Roller
  • Broad-billed Roller
  • African Hoopoe
  • Green (Redbilled) Wood-hoopoe
  • Violet Wood-hoopoe
  • Common (Greater) Scimitarbill
  • African Grey Hornbill
  • Sand Martin
  • Brown-throated Martin
  • Banded Martin
  • Black Cuckooshrike
  • White-breasted Cuckooshrike
  • Fork-tailed Drongo
  • Eurasian (European) Golden Oriole
  • African Golden Oriole
  • Black-headed (Eastern) Oriole
  • Pied Crow
  • Ashy Tit
  • Southern Black Tit
  • Rufous-bellied Tit
  • Grey Penduline-tit
  • Arrow-marked Babbler
  • Black-faced Babbler
  • Hartlaub’s Babbler (White-rumped)
  • African Red-eyed Bulbul
  • Dark-capped (Black-eyed) Bulbul
  • Terrestrial Brownbul (Bulbul)
  • (African) Yellow-bellied Greenbul (Bulbul)
  • Kurrichane Thrush
  • Groundscraper Thrush
  • Capped Wheatear
  • Familiar Chat
  • Arnott’s (Arnot’s) Chat
  • African (Common) Stonechat
  • White-browed Robin-chat (Heuglin’s Robin)
  • Collared Palm Thrush
  • Thrush Nightingale
  • White-browed Scrub Robin (Robin)
  • Yellow-billed stork
  • Garden Warbler
  • Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler
  • Icterine Warbler
  • African Paradise Flycatcher
  • African Pied Wagtail
  • Cape Wagtail
  • Yellow Wagtail
  • African (Grassveld) Pipit
  • Plain-backed Pipit
  • Buffy Pipit
  • Tree Pipit
  • Rosy-throated (Pinkthroated) Longclaw
  • Lesser Grey Shrike
  • Red-backed Shrike
  • Souza’s Shrike
  • Magpie (African Longtailed) Shrike
  • Swamp Boubou
  • Crimson-breasted Shrike
  • Black-backed Puffback
  • Brubru
  • Brown-crowned (Threestreaked) Tchagra
  • Orange-breasted Bush-shrike
  • White-crested (White) Helmet-shrike
  • Retz’s (Redbilled) Helmet Shrike
  • Southern White-crowned Shrike
  • Wattled Starling
  • Violet-backed (Plumb coloured ) Starling
  • Burchell’s Starling
  • Meve’s (Longtailed) Starling
  • Cape Glossy Starling
  • Greater Blue-eared Starling
  • Miombo  (Southern Lesser) Blue-eared Starling
  • Sharp-tailed Starling
  • Red-billed Oxpecker
  • Copper (Coppery) Sunbird
  • Marico Sunbird
  • Purple-banded Sunbird
  • Shelley’s sunbird
  • Orange-breasted Waxbill
  • Cut-throat Finch
  • Bronze Mannekin
  • Pin-tailed Whydah
  • Shaft-tailed Whydah
  • Long-tailed (Eastern) Paradise Whydah
  • Village Indigobird (Steelblue Widowfinch)
  • Yellow-fronted (Yelloweyed) Canary
  • Black-throated Canary
  • Yellow Canary
  • Golden-breasted Bunting
  • Cinnamon-breasted Bunting
  • African Sacred Ibis
  • Glossy Ibis
  • African Spoonbill
  • White-faced Duck
  • Fulvous Duck
  • White-backed Duck
  • Egyptian Goose
  • Yellow-billed Duck
  • African Black Duck
  • Cape Teal
  • Hottentot Teal
  • Red-billed Teal
  • Southern Pochard
  • African Pygmy-goose
  • Comb (Knob-billed) Duck
  • Spur-winged Goose
  • Maccoa Duck
  • Hooded vulture
  • (African) White-backed Vulture
  • Lappet-faced Vulture
  • White-headed Vulture
  • Yellow-billed kite
  • Black kite
  • Black-shouldered Kite
  • African Cuckoo Hawk
  • Bat Hawk
  • European Honey-buzzard
  • Tawny Eagle
  • Steppe Eagle
  • Lesser Spotted Eagle
  • Wahlbergs Eagle
  • Amur (Eastern Red-footed) Falcon
  • Rock Kestrel
  • Greater Kestrel
  • Lesser Kestrel
  • Dickenson’s Kestrel
  • Coqui Francolin
  • Crested Francolin
  • Red-billed Francolin
  • Swainson’s Spurfowl (Francolin)
  • Common Quail
  • Helmeted Guineafowl
  • Small (Kurrichane) Buttonquail
  • Wattled Crane
  • African Rail
  • Corn Crake
  • African Crake
  • Black Crake
  • Spotted Crake
  • Baillon’s Crake
  • Streaky-breasted Flufftail
  • African Purple Swamphen (Purple Gallinule)
  • Allen’s (Lesser) Gallinule
  • Common Moorhen
  • Lesser Moorhen
  • Red knobbed Coot
  • Red-crested Korhaan
  • Black-bellied Bustard (Korhaan)
  • Northern Black Korhaan
  • African Jacana
  • Lesser Jacana
  • Greater Painted-snipe
  • Common Ringed Plover
  • White-fronted Plover
  • Kittlitz’s Plover
  • Three-banded Plover
  • Burchells Sandgrouse
  • Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon)
  • Red-eyed Dove
  • African Mourning Dove
  • Cape Turtle-dove
  • Laughing Dove
  • Namaqua Dove
  • Emerald-spotted (Greenspotted) Wood-dove
  • African Green Pigeon
  • Grey-headed Parrot
  • Meyers Parrot
  • Grey Go-away Bird (Lourie)
  • Common (European) Cuckoo
  • African Cuckoo
  • Red-chested Cuckoo
  • Black Cuckoo (Rare rufous barred morph)
  • Black Cuckoo
  • Great Spotted Cuckoo
  • Levaillant’s (Striped) Cuckoo
  • Jacobin Cuckoo
  • Thick-billed Cuckoo
  • Klaas’s Cuckoo
  • Diderick (Diederick) Cuckoo
  • Coppery-tailed Coucal
  • Senegal Coucal
  • White-browed Coucal
  • Barn Owl
  • African Wood-owl
  • Marsh Owl
  • African Scops-owl
  • Southern White-faced Scops-owl
  • Pearl-spotted Owlet
  • African Barred Owlet
  • Spotted Eagle Owl
  • Spotted Eagle Owl (rare rufous morph)
  • Red-billed Hornbill
  • Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill
  • Bradfield’s Hornbill
  • Black-collared Barbet
  • Acacia Pied Barbet
  • Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird (Tinker Barbet)
  • Crested Barbet
  • Greater Honeyguide
  • Lesser Honeyguide
  • Green-back Honeybird (Slender-billed HG)
  • Brown-backed Honeybird (Sharpbilled Honeyguide)
  • Bennets Woodpecker
  • Golden Tailed Woodpecker
  • Cardinal Woodpecker
  • Bearded Woodpecker
  • Rufous-naped Lark
  • Flapped Lark
  • Fawn-coloured Lark
  • Sabota Lark
  • Dusky Lark
  • Red-capped Lark
  • Chestnut-backed Sparrowlark (Finchlark)
  • Barn (European) Swallow
  • Angola Swallow
  • White-throated Swallow
  • Wire-tailed Swallow
  • Pearl-breasted Swallow
  • Red-breasted Swallow
  • Mosque Swallow
  • Greater Striped Swallow
  • Lesser Striped Swallow
  • Rock Martin
  • Common House-martin
  • Grey-rumped Swallow
  • River Warbler
  • Great Reed Warbler
  • Eurasian (European) Reed-warbler
  • African (Marsh) Reed-warbler
  • (European) Marsh-warbler
  • (European) Sedge-warbler
  • (Cape Reed) Lesser Swamp-warbler
  • Greater Swamp-warbler
  • (African Sedge) Little Rush-warbler
  • Willow Warbler
  • Yellow-breasted Apalis
  • Red-faced Crombec
  • Long-billed Crombec
  • Yellow-bellied Eremomela
  • Green-capped Eremomela
  • Grey-backed camaroptera(Bleating warbler)
  • African (Barred) Wren-warbler
  • Zitting (Fantailed) Cisticola
  • Desert Cisticola
  • Tinkling Cisticola
  • Rattling Cisticola
  • Luapula (Blackbacked) Cisticola
  • Chirping cisticola
  • Neddicky
  • Tawny-flanked Prinia
  • Black-chested Prinia
  • Spotted Flycatcher
  • Ashy (Bluegrey) Flycatcher
  • Collared Flycatcher
  • Grey Tit-flychatcher (fantailed Flycatcher)
  • Southern Black flycatcher
  • Marico flycatcher
  • Pale (Mousecoloured) Flycatcher
  • Chat Flycatcher
  • Chinspot Batis
  • White-bellied Sunbird
  • Scarlet-chested Sunbird
  • Amethyst (African Black) Sunbird
  • Collared Sunbird
  • African Yellow White-eye
  • Red-billed Buffalo-weaver
  • White-browed Sparrow-weaver
  • Southern Grey-headed Sparrow
  • (African) Yellow-throated Petronia (Sparrow)
  • Scaly-feathered Finch
  • Thick-billed Weaver
  • Spectacled Weaver
  • Village (Spotted-backed) Weaver
  • Southern Masked-weaver
  • Lesser Masked-weaver
  • Golden Weaver
  • Southern Brown-throated Weaver
  • Red-headed Weaver
  • Cuckoo Finch
  • Red-billed Quelea
  • Cardinal Quelea
  • Southern Red Bishop
  • Yellow-crowned (Golden) Bishop
  • Fan-tailed Widowbird (Redshouldered Widow)
  • White-winged Widowbird (Widow)
  • Orange-winged (Goldenbacked) Pytilia
  • Green-winged Pytilia (Melba Finch)
  • Jameson’s Firefinch
  • Red-billed Firefinch
  • Brown Firefinch
  • Blue Waxbill
  • Violet-eared Waxbill
  • Common Waxbill
  • Black-faced (Blackcheeked) Waxbill
  • African Quailfinch
  • Wood Pipit

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