Birds – Gorongosa 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 Mozambique.

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

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Mozambique.

With over 300 species recorded in the park (excluding Mount Gorongosa) and a diversity of habitats, Gorongosa offers great bird watching. Over 150 different species may be recorded in a single day. Serious birders should make a day trip to Gorongosa Mountain, which is where most of the real specials can be found, including the eagerly sought after endemic race of green-headed oriole. Unfortunately, self-drive isn’t allowed in the park due to security issues.

Notable Birds in Gorongosa NP
African skimmer
Occasional
Goliath heron
Common
Grey crowned crane
Common
Kurrichane thrush
Common
Red-necked spurfowl
Common

Birding Rating

Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

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

Facts & Figures

Birds in Gorongosa NP
Bird Species
300+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr

Best Time for Bird Watching

The birdlife in Gorongosa National Park is good year-round. However, the Wet season, from November to April, is the best time for bird watchers (migratory birds are present). As road conditions are very bad in the park during the rains, the park closes from mid-December to the end of March. Therefore, November is the ideal month for bird watching. The best time for general wildlife viewing is in the Dry season, from May to October.

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

Birds in Gorongosa NP
Bird Species
300+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr