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 NP should be on every bird watcher's itinerary in Tanzania. Over 400 species recorded in such a small park is quite an impressive count. Momella Lake is one of the best places in Tanzania to see waterbirds: flamingo, pelican, little grebe, a variety of heron, duck and wader are 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
Hadeda ibis
Common
Helmeted guineafowl
Common
Lesser flamingo
Common
Silvery-cheeked hornbill
Common

Birding Rating

Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

(E) endemic = only lives in Tanzania
(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 NP is good for birding year-round. From November to April, migratory birds from Europe and north Africa are present, and resident birds have their breeding plumage. Bird watching is at its very best during these months, but wildlife watching is easiest (and at its best) in the dry season – June to October.

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

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