Birds – Hlane Royal NP

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the Swaziland section of their 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.

Alan has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the Swaziland section of their 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.

Alan has authored the Swaziland section of Lonely Planet's 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.

Alan researched and wrote about Swaziland for Lonely Planet.

Hlane Royal National Park is home to more than 250 bird species. It has a dense population of birds of prey, including five vulture species. The park sustains in fact the highest density of tree-nesting vultures in southern Africa. Red-billed oxpecker, which was extinct in Swaziland (eSwatini), has made a comeback here, and big colonies of red-billed queleas nesting is a sight to behold. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Hlane Royal NP
Cape vulture
Occasional
Marabou stork
Common
Martial eagle
Occasional
Red-billed oxpecker
Occasional
Red-billed quelea
Seasonally common

Birding Rating

Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

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

Facts & Figures

Birds in Hlane Royal NP
Bird Species
250+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr

Best Time for Bird Watching

In Hlane Royal National Park, bird watching is good all year round – but at its best from November to April. Migratory birds from Europe and northern Africa are in the park in these months. The best time for wildlife viewing in general is during the dry months of June to September.

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

Birds in Hlane Royal NP
Bird Species
250+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr