The variety of bird species in Kenya and Tanzania is immense. You find birds distributed even outside of Africa, some which only occur in Africa and some which only have a small distribution area. A number of birds you meet frequently while others are hard to track.
Ornithologist are most welcomed on a safari with us – either with a knowledgeable driver guide or a specialised ornithologist you identify birds.. To have the best outcome of your ornithological safari, it is best to build a group of people with the same interest to avoid conflicts.
Most good birding areas are within protected areas, but a few are also found in unprotected regions. The number of species that can be found in a region varies from 200 up to over 550.
- Grebes, cormorants, hammerkop, herons, egrets, bittern
- Flamingos, pelicans, ibisses, storks
- Geese, ducks
- Birds of prey, vultures, eagles, buzzards, falcons
- Guineafowls, partridge, francolins, finfoot, crakes, crane, bustards
- Thick-knee, pratincole, plovers, waders, gulls, terns
- Sandgrouses, doves, parrots, turacos, go-away birds
- Cuckoos, owls, swifts, mousebirds, trogon
- Hoopoes, kingfishers, rollers, bee-eaters
- Ostriches, secretary bird, hornbills
- Barbets, honeyguides, woodpeckers
- Larks, swallows, wagtails, longclaws, pipits
- Orioles, Cuckooshrikes, crows, tits, drongos, babblers, greenbul
- Thrushes, robins, chats
- Cisticolas, Warblers
- Flycatchers, batis
- Starlings, oxpeckers
- Sunbirds, White-eyes
- Sparrows, buffalo & social weavers
- Weaver birds
- Special weavers, widas, bishops
- Widowbirds, Severins, Buntings
A great book was launched in June 2014: “Wings of Kenya” by Lorenzo Barelli, Jacques Pitteloud and Samuel (Sammy) Mugo who is our ornithological guide. Newspaper report. The 3 of them travelled to different areas until they had great photos of 750 species.