Birds – Kafue NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

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

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

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

With its diversity of habitats, Kafue is Zambia’s most rewarding 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 are the localized 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 NP
African darter
Common
African green pigeon
Common
Knysna turaco
Rare
Malachite kingfisher
Common
Wattled crane
Rare

Birding Rating

Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

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

Facts & Figures

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

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.

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

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