Birds – Addo Elephant NP

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 in Addo Elephant
Black-headed heron
Cape starling
Capped wheatear
Locally common
Chinspot batis
Jackal buzzard

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

(E) = endemic to South Africa & (NE) = near-endemic to South Africa

  • African dusky flycatcher
  • African firefinch
  • Black bustard (E)
  • Black-crowned night heron
  • Blue crane
  • Cape bulbul (E)
  • Cape francolin (NE)
  • Cape penduline tit
  • Cape reed-warbler
  • Cape siskin (E)
  • Cape sugarbird (E)
  • Cape weaver (E)
  • Capped wheatear
  • Denham’s bustard
  • Emerald-spotted wood dove
  • Forest canary (E)
  • Greater double-collared sunbird
  • Grey-winged francolin (E)
  • Ground woodpecker (E)
  • Karoo scrub robin (NE)
  • Knysna woodpecker (E)
  • Little grebe
  • Lesser striped swallow
  • Long-billed crombec
  • Orange-breasted sunbird (E)
  • Pale chanting goshawk
  • Pearl-breasted swallow
  • Southern red bishop
  • South African shelduck
  • Southern boubou
  • Southern double-collared sunbird
  • Southern tchagra (NE)
  • Streaky-headed seedeater
  • White-browed robin-chat
  • White-rumped swift
  • White-throated canary

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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Facts & Figures

Birds in Addo Elephant NP
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr