Birds – Central Kalahari GR

Anthony Ham
Expert
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Botswana.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Lonely Planet guide to Botswana.

Anthony is the author of the Lonely Planet guide to Botswana.

The Central Kalahari offers good bird watching. Over 250 species have been recorded, and the park is particularly good for raptors due to the high volume of small animals for them to feed on. Some of the big ground dwelling birds to look out for are ostrich, secretary bird and kori bustard. Smaller bustards, such as black bustard and red-crested bustard are common as well.

Notable Birds in Central Kalahari
Black bustard
Common
Black-shouldered kite
Common
Ostrich
Common
Red-billed francolin
Common
Red-crested bustard
Common

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

  • Black-chested snake eagle
  • Chat flycatcher
  • Common kestrel
  • Double-banded sandgrouse
  • Eastern paradise whydah
  • Kori bustard
  • Marico flycatcher
  • Martial eagle
  • Namaqua dove
  • Namaqua sandgrouse
  • Pale chanting goshawk
  • Red-billed quelea
  • Shaft-tailed whydah
  • Yellow-throated sandgrouse

Best Time for Bird Watching

Central Kalahari is a great reserve for bird watching throughout the year, but the best time is during the wetter months, from November to April, when migrants are present. At this time, a lot of birds are breeding, and some species such as the whydahs transform their plumage from drab to spectacular. The best wildlife viewing months are around the same time.

Best Parks for Birding Including Birding Rating

Birdlife is especially rich in the northern parks, where permanent water is present. The other semi-arid parks still offer reasonable birding and the opportunity to see dry-country specials.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Central Kalahari GR
Bird Species
250+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr