Birds – Amboseli NP

Anthony Ham
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Kenya.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

Anthony is the author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

Amboseli is a good birding destination and more than 420 species have been recorded here. The swamps are great for water-associated birds such as egrets, herons, pelicans and crowned cranes. Large numbers of flamingos may be present in the Wet seasons (March to May and October to December). The grassland areas offer some interesting ground birds such as Hartlaub’s bustard and the localized Pangani longclaw. The acacia woodland holds some dry country specials such as steel-blue whydah, white-bellied go-away bird and the Von der Decken’s hornbill.

Notable Birds in Amboseli NP
African jacana
Goliath heron
Grey crowned crane
Hartlaub's bustard
Rufous chatterer
Locally common

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

  • African swamphen
  • Common redshank
  • Dickinson’s kestrel
  • Eurasian thick-knee
  • Greater flamingo
  • Hartlaub’s bustard
  • Lesser flamingo
  • Long-toed lapwing
  • Pangani longclaw
  • Rufous chatterer
  • Rufous-bellied heron
  • Spike-heeled lark
  • Steel-blue whydah
  • Taveta golden weaver
  • Von der Decken’s hornbill
  • Yellow-necked spurfowl

Best Time for Bird Watching

Amboseli is a bird-watcher’s paradise throughout the year. Residents include unusual species that are spotted at any time. The migratory bird population fills the park from November to April. The months when rainfall is most likely to disrupt your bird-watching plans are November and April.

Best Parks for Birding Including Birding Rating

The best wildlife viewing parks, such as the Masai Mara and Amboseli, offer a solid introduction to East Africa’s common birds. The Rift Valley Lakes including Lake Nakuru and Bogoria are the places to go to mark off many waterbirds, while the arid north, such as Samburu, offers many dry-country specials. Arabuko-Sokoke and Kakamega Forest are birding hotspots as well.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Amboseli NP
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr