Birds – Bangweulu Wetlands

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and authored the Lonely Planet guidebook to Zambia.

Alan has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

The wetlands is an amazing birding destination with over 400 species recorded. Many marsh specials can be seen here, and the star attraction is the sought-after shoebill stork. This is one of the easiest places in Africa to see this prehistoric-looking bird. The ‘shoebill guard program’, employs local fishermen to monitor nests. When floodwaters are high, from December to March, the area is an important stopover-feeding place for migrating birds.

Notable Birds in Bangweulu Wetlands
African spoonbill
Common
African wattled lapwing
Common
Sacred ibis
Common
Shoebill
Rare
Wattled crane
Rare

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Birds in Bangweulu Wetlands
Bird Species
400+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr

Best Time for Bird Watching

Bangweulu Wetlands is a great birding destination throughout the year. However, the best time is in the wet, summer months – December to March – when floodwaters spill across the plains providing a feeding ground for migratory birds.

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Birds in Bangweulu Wetlands
Bird Species
400+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr