​Birds – Arusha NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Tanzania.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

Arusha National Park should be on every bird-watcher's itinerary in Tanzania. Over 400 species recorded in such a small park is quite an impressive count. The Momella Lakes are great for waterbirds: flamingos, pelicans, little grebes, a variety of herons and ducks are all common. Augur buzzard, Verreaux's eagle and other cliff-associated raptors can often be seen flying above Ngurdoto Crater. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Arusha NP
Greater flamingo
Common
Hartlaub’s turaco
Common
Lesser flamingos
Common
Silvery-cheeked hornbill
Common
Southern pochard
Common

Birding Rating

Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

(NE) near-endemic = also lives in neighboring countries

Facts & Figures

Birds in Arusha NP
Bird Species
400+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr

Best Time for Bird Watching

Arusha National Park is good for birding year-round. From November to April, Palearctic and intra-African species are present, and resident birds have their breeding plumage. Bird watching is at its very best during these months, but wildlife viewing is easiest (and at its best) in the Dry season from June to October.

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

Birds in Arusha NP
Bird Species
400+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr