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All About Birding in Kenya
More than 1000 species of birds can be found in Kenya. They include eagles, vultures, hornbills, weavers, flamingos, and ostriches. This Kenyan bird guide highlights many of the birds you would likely see while on a standard safari in Kenya, in the Masai Mara or Samburu, Amboseli, and Lake Nakuru National Parks.
For serious birders, it's worth taking a specialized birding safari. The best time to go birding in Kenya is from October to April. The roads can be muddy, but you'll be well rewarded. Birding safaris will take you to parks like Lake Baringo, Kakamega, Meru, and Lake Naivasha. They will also allow you the time to study the birds, unlike other safaris where you can occasionally be rushed.
Birding safaris in Kenya:
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The Vulture (or Vulturine) Guineafowl is a stunning bird, with a gorgeous body and typically "homely" looking bald head. It eats seeds, worms, and insects.Continue to 3 of 25 below.
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The Lesser Flamingo is smaller and is a brighter pink than the Greater Flamingo. Huge flocks are common in Kenya's soda lakes: Nakuru, Oloidien, and Bogoria.Continue to 4 of 25 below.
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The Lappet-faced Vulture usually feasts on dead carcasses but has been known to attack the occasional live animal. It has a very powerful beak.Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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The Masked Weaver is a commonly sighted bird in Kenya. Weaver birds build incredible nests woven from reed, palm or grass. They eat seeds, insects, and nectar.Continue to 6 of 25 below.
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The Crowned Crane is quite common and lives in marshes or grassland near rivers and lakes. They grow up to 3 feet in height and perform courtship dances.Continue to 7 of 25 below.
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Lilac-breasted Rollers are a common sight on tree-tops in many of Kenya's national parks. These colorful little guys eat insects, small rodents, and lizards.Continue to 8 of 25 below.
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The Saddle-billed Stork is a handsome looking wading bird found in several of Kenya's National Park Lakes. They can grow up to 58 inches (almost 5 feet).Continue to 9 of 25 below.
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The Masai Ostrich has small feathers on its head, and bright orange thighs and neck. It's a sub-species of the Ostrich family, the largest bird in the world.Continue to 10 of 25 below.
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The Ground Hornbill lives in open habitats, it travels in groups and feeds on insects, small reptiles, and mammals. It's a fun bird to watch if you can spot it.Continue to 11 of 25 below.
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Greater Flamingo, Lake Bogoria, Kenya
The Greater Flamingo is common in Kenya's soda lakes (like Bogoria and Nakuru). It's bigger than the Lesser Flamingo and has a pink bill tipped with black.Continue to 12 of 25 below.
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The Grey-headed Kingfisher lives in dry woodlands, usually near a river or lake. It hunts primarily for lizards. It can be found throughout Africa.Continue to 13 of 25 below.
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The Ruppell's Vulture holds the record as the highest flying bird in the world, with a wingspan of 8 feet. They can eat the hide and even bones of a carcass.Continue to 14 of 25 below.
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The Egyptian Goose is common in Kenya. It eats grasses, seeds, and leaves. It is actually part of the shelduck family and pairs for life.Continue to 15 of 25 below.
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The Striped Kingfisher is common in the dry bush and open woodlands, especially around the Masai Mara. Not the most colorful of kingfishers, so hard to spot.Continue to 16 of 25 below.
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The Superb Starling is indeed superb to look at and if you're in Kenya, it's very likely you'll see its colorful body punctuated by a white breast band.Continue to 17 of 25 below.
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The Kori Bustard is a large omnivorous bird that's usually found on open grassland. They're becoming rarer, so you'll be lucky to see one.Continue to 18 of 25 below.
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Black-chested Snake Eagle
The Black-chested Snake Eagle is widespread in lightly wooded areas of Kenya, but not that commonly spotted. It eats snakes but also lizards and bats.Continue to 19 of 25 below.
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The Little Egret can be spotted in lakes, feeding on fish and small amphibians. Commonly found in Lake Naivasha, Amboseli, and Lake Baringo.Continue to 20 of 25 below.
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The Tawny Eagle is a scruffy bird, widespread in Kenya and you can sometimes spot it alongside vultures ripping through a carcass on the open savannah.Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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White Pelicans can be found in huge flocks in Lake Nakuru National Park. They fish in very large groups.Continue to 22 of 25 below.
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The Yellow-billed Hornbill is a medium-sized bird, with a distinctive bill and black and white spots on its body. It feeds on seeds and worms.Continue to 23 of 25 below.
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The Black-winged Kite hunts insects and small mammals. It is found in open grasslands and you'll be able to spot it in the Masai Mara, Samburu, and other parks.Continue to 24 of 25 below.
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The Secretary Bird is an interesting looking bird with an eagle-like head and long, crane-like legs. It hunts on the ground and kills snakes and rodents.Continue to 25 of 25 below.
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The Woodland Kingfisher is an attractive bird, the adults are brighter in color than juveniles. They feed mainly on insects. They're aggressively territorial.