Birds – Lake Bogoria NR

Anthony Ham
Expert
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.

Lake Bogoria National Reserve has more than 350 birds on its list, but the main attraction is an estimated two million lesser flamingos which flock in the shallow waters feeding on algae. Mixed in are many greater flamingos as well. Lake Bogoria is one of the best places in Kenya to see large flocks of these birds. Plenty of other waterbirds are easy to spot, and the call of a fish eagle is never far off.

Notable Birds in Lake Bogoria
African fish eagle
Common
Greater flamingo
Common
Grey crowned crane
Common
Hamerkop
Common
Lesser flamingo
Common

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

  • Abyssinian scimitarbill
  • Black-headed lapwing
  • Black-necked grebe
  • Black-tailed godwit
  • Cape teal
  • D’Arnaud's barbet
  • Sombre nightjar
  • Egyptian vulture
  • Golden-backed weaver
  • Grosbeak canary
  • Lesser honeyguide
  • Narina trogon
  • Greater painted-snipe
  • Rufous chatterer
  • Rufous-crowned roller
  • Southern pochard
  • Steel-blue whydah
  • Temminck’s stint
  • Verreaux’s eagle
  • African wattled lapwing
  • White-billed buffalo-weaver

Best Time for Bird Watching

Lake Bogoria is a good bird-watching destination at any time of the year, but the best time is from November to April – during these months the migrants from Europe and north Africa are present. This coincides with the breeding season when many species are nesting. Although good for birding, April tends to be very wet and isn’t recommended for general wildlife viewing.

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 Lake Bogoria NR
Bird Species
350+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr