​Birds – Bale Mountains 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 Ethiopia.

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

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Ethiopia.

Bale Mountain National Park has 310 bird species recorded and has been described as the fourth-best birding site in Africa. The park has six endemics and 11 birds restricted to Ethiopia and Eritrea, and most of these specials are remarkably easy to find. On Sanetti Plateau, look out for pairs of wattled cranes wading through shallow ponds, and Augur buzzards perching on giant lobelia plants. Palearctic migrants are present from November to March.

Notable Birds in Bale Mountains NP
Augur buzzard
Common
Blue-winged goose
Common
Chestnut-naped francolin
Common
Wattled crane
Common
Wattled ibis
Common

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

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Birds in Bale Mountains NP
Bird Species
300+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Mar

Best Time for Bird Watching

Bird watching is excellent in Bale Mountains National Park throughout the year. November to March is perhaps the best time because this is when Palearctic migrants are present and rainfall is minimal. Although a bit more difficult due to rain, April to September is excellent too – this is when many birds are breeding and more vocal.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Bale Mountains NP
Bird Species
300+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Mar