Birds – Kafue NP

With its diversity of habitats, Kafue is Zambia’s best birding destination – more than 480 species have been recorded here. The rivers, wetlands, floodplains and miombo woodland offer a variety of environments for different species. The most sought-after species are the near-endemic black-cheeked lovebird, which is quite easily seen in the south of the park, and Zambia’s only endemic, the elusive Chaplin’s barbet. Migrants are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Kafue
African darter
Common
Green pigeon
Common
Knysna lourie
Rare
Malachite kingfisher
Common
Wattled crane
Rare

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

  • African finfoot
  • Black-cheeked lovebird (NE)
  • Böhm's bee-eater
  • Brown-headed apalis
  • Chaplin's barbet (E)
  • Chestnut-mantled sparrow-weaver
  • Collared palm-thrush
  • Denham's bustard
  • Grey crowned crane
  • Grey tit-flycatcher
  • Miombo pied barbet
  • Miombo rock-thrush
  • Narina trogon
  • Olive woodpecker
  • Pale-billed hornbill
  • Pel's fishing owl
  • Purple-crested lourie
  • Racket-tailed roller
  • Ross's turaco
  • Souza's shrike
  • Spotted creeper
  • Wattled crane
  • White-faced owl
  • Yellow-throated leaflove

Best Time for Bird Watching

Kafue is a great birding destination year-round. However, the best time is during the wet, summer months, from November to April, when migrants are present. At this time, a lot of birds are in breeding plumage as well. General wildlife viewing is best in the dry months, from July to October.

Best Parks for Birding Including Birding Rating

North and South Luangwa are excellent for waterbirds and raptors, while Kafue has a great variety of birds. Bangweulu Wetlands is home to the elusive shoebill as well as significant numbers of waterbirds.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Kafue NP
Bird Species
480+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr