Ethiopia’s Endemics

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Based on current taxonomy, Ethiopia has 15 endemics and nearly 40 near-endemics (many of which were endemics until Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia in 1991.) Wattled Ibis This pale shouldered ibis is endemic to Ethiopia and Eritrea and is commonly found in highland moorlands, wetlands and even gardens. White-collared Pigeon Although endemic (but shared now with Eritrea), this is a common city pigeon found in all areas of higher elevation in Ethiopia.

Africa’s Barbets

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The Banded Barbet is a medium-sized barbet that is endemic to Ethiopia and Eritrea. Banded is an attractive species endemic to Ethiopia and Eritrea. Barbets are a group of medium sized, chunky, generally colorful, frugivorous, hole-nesting near-passerines, that are popular targets for anyone birding in the tropics.

Tribes and Birds of the Lower Omo Valley by Adam Riley

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These 15 endemics and nearly 40 near-endemics (many of which were endemics until Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia in 1991) are for the most part quite easily observed on the standard Ethiopian birding circuit. Ethiopia, a landlocked country situated in the Horn of Africa, has firmly established itself as one of Africa’s top birding destinations.

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