Birds – Lewa Conservancy

Anthony Ham
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.

There are many north Kenya specials in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, including the Somali ostrich. In all, more than 350 bird species have been recorded, making it a great birding destination. It is probably worth booking a private vehicle if you’re here mainly for bird watching – most of the game drives in Lewa focus on spotting large animals.

Notable Birds in Lewa Conservancy
Eastern chanting goshawk
Grey crowned crane
Northern anteater chat
Secretary bird
Somali ostrich

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

  • Amethyst sunbird
  • Blue-cheeked bee-eater
  • Cinnamon-chested bee-eater
  • Golden-breasted starling
  • Golden-breasted bunting
  • Golden-winged sunbird
  • Harlequin quail
  • Hartlaub's turaco
  • Hartlaub’s bustard
  • Hildebrandt’s francolin
  • Hildebrandt’s starling
  • Hunter’s sunbird
  • Mariqua sunbird
  • Red-bellied parrot
  • Scarlet-chested sunbird
  • Shelley’s francolin
  • Variable sunbird
  • Vulturine guineafowl
  • White-bellied bustard
  • White-bellied go-away bird
  • Yellow-necked spurfowl

Best Time for Bird Watching

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

Best Parks for Birding Including Birding Rating

The best wildlife viewing parks, such as the Masai Mara and Amboseli, offer a solid introduction to East Africa’s common birds. The Rift Valley Lakes including Lake Nakuru and Bogoria are the places to go to mark off many waterbirds, while the arid north, such as Samburu, offers many dry-country specials. Arabuko-Sokoke and Kakamega Forest are birding hotspots as well.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Lewa Conservancy
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr