​Birds – Hwange NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip has traveled through Zimbabwe several times and is the author of more than 20 guidebooks to various African destinations.

Philip is the Zimbabwe expert for SafariBookings and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

Philip is our Zimbabwe expert and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

With a checklist approaching 500 species, Hwange National Park is a genuine birding hot spot. Fifty types of raptor have been recorded, notably the striking bateleur, which is often seen soaring overhead. Grassland heavyweights include ostrich, kori bustard, southern ground hornbill and secretary bird. Hwange is a stronghold for many species unique to the dry Kalahari region, including Bradfield’s hornbill, southern pied babbler and crimson-breasted shrike. Migratory birds flock here from November to April.

Notable Birds in Hwange NP
Bradfield’s hornbill
Locally common
Crimson-breasted shrike
Locally common
Magpie shrike
Common
Red-billed francolin
Common
Secretary bird
Common

Birding Rating

Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

Zimbabwe has no endemic birds.

Facts & Figures

Birds in Hwange NP
Bird Species
495
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr

Best Time for Bird Watching

Birdlife is plentiful year-round but at its very best from November to April when migratory birds from Europe and northern Africa are present. Resident birds can be seen nesting and in their bright breeding plumage at this time as well. From July to October, during the middle and end of the Dry season, is the best time for wildlife viewing.

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

Birds in Hwange NP
Bird Species
495
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr