birding in Tanzania

For beginners, Tanzania prides in a bird checklist that consist of more than 1100 species. this fortunately allows even novices to encounter at least 50 to  100 various species on just a single bird-watching  day, not considering which rural part they are in  Tanzania.

The finest Tanzania safari bird-watching destinations in the country are Arusha Natioanl Park, Lake Manyara National Park, and then water species, grassland species plus forest birds can best be seen in Tarangire as well as the Serengeti. The Selous Game Reserve in the South is a perfect alternative for those interested in see the river dwellers.

Lake Manyara Birding

Manyara provides over 400 bird species and in just a single day one can see close to 100 of the species. Among the highlights you will see are thousands of the pink flamingos in additional of various large water-birds like the storks, pelicans and cormorants. Lake Trangire’s  swamps are occupied by over 500 bird species whereas the drier areas support the Kori bustards, which are the heaviest flying birds, ostriches, turkeys, the yellow- collared lovebirds, and a variety of weavers.

Birding Tours in Selous

On the other hand, the Selous Game Reserve prides too of a great profusion of bird life which is greatly influenced by River Rufiji. The river offers natural features such as sandbanks, channels oxbow lagoons and lakes that provide a wonderful habitat for the birds. Among the bird species you are likely to see while in the Selous are: African skimmers, Mangrove kingfisher, grey-hooded kingfisher broad-billed roller, grey Penduline-tit, brown-breasted barbet, palm-nut vulture, Boehm’s bee-eater, spotted-flanked barbet, green-capped eremomela, red-billed helmetshrike, Sterling’s barred warbler, spotted-flanked barbet, black cuckoo-shrike, red-faced Crombec, Red-throated twinspot, Dickinson’s kestrel, green-capped eremomela, purple-banded sunbird,  pearl-spotted owls, Arnot’s chat, yellow-bellied bulbul, red-winged warbler, Von der Decken’s hornbill, white helmet-shrikes, Layard’s black-headed weavers, freckled nightjar, mosque swallow, wattle-eyed flycatchers, waders, green-billed coucal, Bennett’s woodpecker, red-throated twinspot and the Livingstone’s flycatcher.

Roughly 30 endemic species of birds in Tanzania are majorly restrained to the Eastern Arc Mountains, thus ranking these as the most significant bird haven in the entire country. On the other hand, a minimum of five endemic species can be sighted in the country’s northern conservation national parks.

 Endemic birds found in Tanzania.

Grey-breasted Spurfowl, Kipengere Seedeater, Udzungwa Forest Partridge, Yellow-throated Mountain Greenbul, Usambara Weaver, Pemba Scops Owl, Kilombero Weaver, Nduk Eagle-Owl, Rufous-tailed Weaver, Pemba Green Pigeon, Rufous-winged Sunbird, Uhehe Fiscal, Moreau`s Sunbird, Uluguru Bushshrike, Loveridge`s Sunbird, Reichenow`s Batis, Banded Sunbird, Usambara Akalat, Iringa Akalat, Pemba White-eye, Mrs Moreau`s Warbler, Uluguru Mountain Greenbul and Black-headed Mountain-Greenbul.

When is the best time to go Bird watching in Tanzania           

From a general point of view, Tanzania at large possesses a hot climate all year round with its altitude being the main determining factor. However, important to note is that the hottest months start from November all through to the finish of March and yet the coolest months start in June and go on until the end of September. Nonetheless the coastal areas all through the year hot. The country experiences two rain seasons with the long rains starting mid-March all through to May and from November to the finish of December, the country experiences the short rains.

The Palaearctic migrant birds arrive in Tanzania starting October or November and then leave the country either in March or April.

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