Birds – Katavi NP

Katavi is mainly visited in the Dry season, which isn’t the best time for birding, but the rivers harbor a large concentration of water-associated birds throughout the year. Particularly common are herons, plovers, spoonbills and groups of stork including yellow-billed, saddle-billed and open-billed stork. Raptors are well represented, with the fish eagle, bateleur and white-backed vulture being very common. Over 400 species have been recorded, and migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Katavi
African fish eagle
Common
Lilac-breasted roller
Common
Open-billed stork
Common
Pink-backed pelican
Common
Yellow-billed stork
Common

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

  • African golden oriole
  • Bateleur
  • Black cuckoo-shrike
  • Crested barbet
  • Little bee-eater
  • Paradise flycatcher
  • Red-billed hornbill
  • Saddle-billed stork
  • Spoonbill
  • Sulphur-breasted bush shrike
  • White-backed vulture
  • Yellow-throated sandgrouse

Best Time for Bird Watching

The birdlife in Katavi is good year-round, but at its best from November to April when the migratory birds from Europe and northern Africa are present. At this time, many resident bird species are nesting and are in breeding plumage. The rains usually arrive in November and last until early June. For birding specifically, November to March is the best time. The problem, however, is that many roads become hard to travel after continuous rain. As a result, most camps are closed from March to May. For wildlife viewing, the middle and end of the Dry season (June-October) is considerably better.

Best Parks for Birding Including Birding Rating

All the well-known safari parks offer good birding opportunities, and specials can be found pretty much everywhere you go. The often-overlooked Arusha National Park has an amazing diversity of habitats that host an incredible list of 400 species in a small area. Lake Manyara offers a good variety of waterbirds.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Katavi NP
Bird Species
400+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr