Birds – Mahale Mountains NP

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Tanzania.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

More than 350 bird species have been recorded in Mahale Mountains so far, but this is expected to only be 80% of all species present. Most of them are forest birds, which are quite difficult to spot. This is especially true since walking in the forest unguided is not allowed and the guided walks are focused on chimpanzee. Some of the more conspicuous birds to look out for are giant kingfisher, crested guineafowl and Ross’s turaco. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Mahale Mountains NP
African fish eagle
Crested guineafowl
Giant kingfisher
Livingstone's turaco
Palm-nut vulture

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Best Time for Bird Watching

In general, birdlife is plentiful year-round, but the best time for birding is from November to April. During these months, you can see resident birds in their breeding plumage, as well as migratory birds from northern Africa and Europe. From March to April, the rains can make birding difficult because forest trails become slippery. Chimp trekking is better in the Dry season, from May to October, since they are easier to find.

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Birds in Mahale Mountains NP
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr