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Birding in Kenya
Birding in Kenya
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Kenya's birds stand a record 1010 recorded species scattered all around the varied habitats ranging from the coastal shoreline,the vast semi-arid plains inland,rivers,inland lakes,forests,grasslands and mountains and having the advantage of almost a [ … ]

Tsavo East

Species likely to be seen throughout the year include; Hunters Sunbird, Golden-Bellied Starling, Tawny Eagle, White-Backed Vultures, Kori Bustard, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Bateleur Eagle, Red-Billed Hornbill, African Grey Hornbill, Whalberg's Eagle, Spotted-Eagle Owl, Taita Fiscal, Red & Yellow Barbet, D'Naurd's Barbet, Spot-Flanked Barbet, Fisher's Sparrowlark, Long-Billed Pipit, Rosy-Patched Bush Shrike.

Tsavo West/Lake Jipe

Species likely to be seen include: Broad-Billed Roller, Crowned Hornbill, Hilderbrand's Francolin, Crested Guinea Fowl, Giant Kingfisher, Brown-Breasted Parrot, Black-Faced Sandgrouse, Variable Sunbird, Southern Banded Snake Eagle, Common Ostrich, Taveta Golden Weaver, Green Woodhoopoe, Golden-Winged Starling, Gabar Goshawk, White-Headed Vulture


Species likely to be seen include: Great White Egret, Sadle-Billled Stork, Egyptian Plover, Blacksmith Plover, Verreaux's Eagle, Wattled Plover, Tawny Eagle, Eurasian Roller, Black-Shouldered Kite, Lizard Buzard,

Lake Nakuru

Species highlights include: Lesser Flamingo, African Cuckoo, Red-chested Cuckoo, Sooty Chat, Ant-eating Chat, African Fish Eagle,T wo-Banded Courser,  Tawny Eagle, Verreaux's Eagle, Knod-Billed Duck, Spurwing Goose, African Darter, Greater Cormorant, Greater Pelican,Red & Yellow Barbet, Rupell's Starling, Golden-Winged Sunbird, Red-Billed Oxpecker, Yellow-Billed Stork, Open-Billed Stork, Hooded Vulture etc.

Masai Mara

Species highlights include: Hartlaub's Turacco, Greater & Lesser Kestrel, White Stork, Yellow-mantled Bishop, Black-bellied Bustard, Heuglin's Courser, Two-banded Couser, Jackson's Widowbird, Rupell's Starling, Eurasian Hooby, Little Bee-eater, Slate-coloured Boubou,etc.

Mt. Kenya

Species highlight include: White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher,Paradise Flycatcher,Cabanis Greenbul,Tacaze Sunbird, Baglafetch Weaver,Ross Turaco,Kikuyu White Eye,Hamerkop,Little Grebe,Great-Crested Grebe,African Finfoot,Fulvous Ducks etc.

Arabuko Sokoke Forest

Species highlight include: Amani Sunbird, Clarke's Weaver, Sokoke Scops Owl, East Coast Akalat, Nicator, Narina Trogon, Thick-billed Cuckoo,B ue-mantled Flycatcher, Crowned Eagle, Marshal Eagle, Ayre's Hawk Eagle, African Hawk Eagle, Retz's Reb-billed Helmet Shrike, Dark-Backed Weaver etc.

Mida Creek & Sabaki River-Mouth

Species highlights include: Crab Plover, Whimbrel, Eurasian Curlew, Mongolian Sandplover, Sanderling, Avocet, Black-backed Gull, Gull-billed Tern, African Skimer, Roseate Tern, Madagascar & Colared PratincoleSaunder's Tern, Bar-tail GodwitLesser Flamingo & Greater Flamingo, Curlew Sandpiper, Osprey, Sooty Gull etc.


The parks exceptional bird life records a remarkable 400 species, their numbers swell between march-may when a host of European bird migrants make the park their home. look out for the marabou storks, vultures and hawk Eagles perished high in the acacia trees and on the grasslands for secretary Birds, Kori Buster, Ostrich, Crowned crane and the gorgeous Jackson's widow bird. For bird lover's, there is so much more than can be mentioned herein.


As far as birds conservation is concerned Kakamega reseve is one of the important birds area (IBA) in Kenya with a prolific record of over 330 species.

Turners, Eremomela, Blue headed Bee-eater, Ansoger's Greenbul birds are found only in Kakamenga Forest and neighbouring south Nandi Forest in the whole of East Africa.

Other birds to be found only in this and nearby forests in Western Kenya include Black-billied turaco, Red -bellied paradise flycatcher, Chestnut, Jameso's and yellow-bellied wattle-eye, Southern Hyliota, Africa shrike flycatcher, white-tailed Ant-thrush, Petit's cuckoo-shrike and cassin's honeyguide.

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