Addo Elephant NP

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Birds of Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant Park has grown in size over the years to include several sections with different habitats. This has led to an impressive bird checklist of over 400 species, including several endemics. For a casual visitor, the much smaller main wildlife area has about 250 recorded species. Bird Island, which can be visited only by special arrangement, is home to the world’s largest colony of gannets and a huge colony of African penguins. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable birds
  • OstrichOstrichCommon
  • Jackal buzzardJackal buzzardCommon
  • Capped wheatearCapped wheatearLocally common
  • Cape glossy starlingCape glossy starlingCommon
  • Black-headed heronBlack-headed heronCommon
  • Chinspot batisChinspot batisCommon
Birding specials – Treats for avid birders
(E) = endemic to South Africa & (NE) = near endemic to South Africa
Best time for bird watching
Addo Elephant’s bird watching is best during the migratory season, when birds from Europe and north Africa are present (November to April), although it’s generally good year-round. Wildlife viewing is best from June to September.

Best parks for birding – including birding rating

Kruger is great for general birding, while Mkhuze is a real birding hotspot, offering almost as many species in a much smaller area with an incredible number of specials. The dry Kgalagadi is known for its raptors.

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