Birds – Etosha NP

Anthony Ham
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.

About one-third of the 340 bird species recorded in the park are migratory; including a good number of waders attracted to the Etosha pan in the Wet season. The pan is an important breeding ground for lesser and greater flamingos. The desert habitat is excellent for seeing a wide variety of birds of prey – up to 35 species, including many hawks, vultures, eagles and falcons. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Etosha
Double-banded courser
Lesser flamingo
Seasonally common
Monteiro's hornbill
Locally common & near-endemic
White-quilled bustard
Locally common
Pale chanting goshawk

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

(E) = endemic to Namibia & (NE) = near-endemic to Namibia

  • Abdim’s stork
  • African hobby
  • Bare-cheeked babbler (NE)
  • Black-chested prinia
  • Black-faced babbler
  • Blue crane
  • Caspian plover
  • Chestnut weaver
  • Dwarf bittern
  • Greater flamingo
  • Lesser flamingo
  • Lesser kestrel
  • Marsh sandpiper
  • Monotonous lark
  • Montagu’s harrier
  • Monteiro's hornbill (NE)
  • Pallid harrier
  • Pink-billed lark
  • Sanderling
  • Short-toed rock thrush
  • Stark’s lark
  • Violet wood-hoopoe (NE)
  • Red-footed falcon
  • White-tailed shrike (NE)

Best Time for Bird Watching

Etosha is a very seasonal park. Drier months (May to October) are better for wildlife viewing; while the wetter climate during November to April makes for more successful bird-watching, mainly due to the arrival of summer migrants. Most birds of prey are resident and can be seen throughout the year.

Best Parks for Birding Including Birding Rating

Etosha National Park is home to 380 bird species and is one of Namibia’s birding hotspots. The parks in the Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip) offer bird-rich habitats, including an impressive selection of Okavango specials.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Etosha NP
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr