Birds – Laikipia

Anthony Ham
Expert
By Anthony Ham

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

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

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

More than 350 recorded species makes Laikipia Plateau a great birding destination – this includes many north Kenya specials. The variety in habitats reflects in the variety in birdlife ranging from arid ground dwelling birds like sandgrouse to colorful forest species such as turacos and grassland species such as bustards. Raptors are well represented as well. There has been little birding research in the area, so it’s possible there are even more species present. Most of the reserves in Laikipia focus on wildlife watching, so it might be worth booking a private vehicle if bird watching is your main interest.

Notable Birds in Laikipia
Black-winged lapwing
Locally common
Buff-crested bustard
Locally common
Crowned hornbill
Common
Grey crowned crane
Common
Hildebrandt's starling
Locally common

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Laikipia
Bird Species
350+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr

Best Time for Bird Watching

The Laikipia Plateau offers good bird watching throughout the year, but the best time is from November to April when the migrants from Europe and north Africa are present. This partly coincides with the Wet season, when many species can be seen in breeding plumage as they are nesting. Some lodges are closed in April, May and November due to heavy rain. The best time for general wildlife viewing is from July to September and January to March.

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

Birds in Laikipia
Bird Species
350+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr