Birds – Kenya
With more than 1,100 recorded species, Kenya is one of Africa’s best birding destinations. In Africa, only the much larger and difficult-to-access Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and neighboring Tanzania have more. Numerous endemic and near-endemic species, which are especially sought-after as they only occur within the country or marginally beyond, can be seen on any birding trip. European and northern African migrants are present in Kenya from November to April.
Endemic & Near-endemic Birds(E) endemic = only lives in Kenya
(NE) near-endemic = also lives in neighboring countries
Other Birding Specials–Treats for Avid Birders
Facts & Figures
Nov to Apr
Best Time for Bird Watching
The birdlife in Kenya is good year-round, but at its prime 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. For wildlife viewing, however, the Dry season (June to October) is better. January and February can be good months for both.
Best Parks for Birding –Includes Birding Rating
The best wildlife-viewing parks, such as Masai Mara National Reserve and Amboseli National Park, also happen to be outstanding birding destinations. The Rift Valley lakes, including Lakes Nakuru and Bogoria, are good for waterbirds (including flamingos, which you can also see in Amboseli). The arid north, including Samburu National Reserve, offers many dry-country specials, while Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve and Kakamega Forest National Reserve are birding hot spots for forest species.
- Amboseli NP
- Arabuko Sokoke FR
- Buffalo Springs NR
- Kakamega Forest NR
- Lake Nakuru NP
- Masai Mara NR
- Saiwa Swamp NP
- Samburu NR