Birds – Liuwa Plain NP

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and authored the Lonely Planet guidebook to Zambia.

Alan has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

Liuwa Plain is an excellent birding destination throughout the year, with large flocks of resident pelicans, storks and plovers. It only gets better in the Wet season, from November to April, when huge numbers of migrants settle on the plains as well. The park is famous for the thousands of migrant black-winged pratincole that can be seen here. Crowned and wattled crane are abundant as well, with flocks of several hundred congregating on the plains. Threatened water birds include slaty egret and the whiskered tern, for which Liuwa Plain provides the only breeding ground in Zambia.

Notable Birds in Liuwa Plain NP
African spoonbill
Common
Grey crowned crane
Common
Saddle-billed stork
Common
Sooty chat
Common
Three-banded plover
Common

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Best Time for Bird Watching

Liuwa Plain is great for birding all year. The wet, summer months (from November to April) are the best time as this is when migrants coming from the north are present, with many birds in breeding plumage. The park becomes almost impassable after December, so November to December would be the ideal time to visit (also the best time for wildlife viewing).

Best Parks for Birding Includes Birding Rating

North and South Luangwa are excellent for waterbirds and raptors, while Kafue has a great variety of birds. Bangweulu Wetlands is home to the elusive shoebill as well as significant numbers of waterbirds.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Liuwa Plain NP
Bird Species
300+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr