Birds – Mana Pools NP

With over 380 birds recorded, Mana Pools is a great birding destination. The range of habitats includes woodland, escarpment cliffs and savannah. Waterbirds are well represented along the shore of the Zambezi River and the four pools, which fill up with flood water during the rainy season. Carmine bee-eaters nest on the riverbanks in the dry months. African skimmer, Pel’s fishing owl and Nyasa lovebird are just some of the rare treats to be expected. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Mana Pools
African skimmer
Rare migrant
Long-toed lapwing
Locally Common
Pel's fishing-owl
Rufous-bellied heron
Southern carmine bee-eater

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

Zimbabwe doesn't have endemic birds, although several near-endemics can be found in the Eastern Zimbabwe Mountains Bird Area (EBA), which includes Nyanga NP.

  • African skimmer
  • Black-throated wattle-eye
  • Southern banded snake eagle
  • Blue-cheeked bee-eater
  • Böhm's spinetail
  • Crested guineafowl
  • Lilian's lovebird
  • Little bittern
  • Livingstone’s flycatcher
  • Lilian's lovebird
  • Mottled spinetail
  • Pel’s fishing-owl
  • Peter's twinspot
  • Plain martin
  • Red-billed helmet-shrike
  • Rock pratincole
  • Rufous-bellied heron
  • Sombre greenbul
  • Southern carmine bee-eater
  • Western nicator
  • White-backed night heron
  • White-headed black chat
  • White-headed lapwing
  • Western nicator

Best Time for Bird Watching

Although good year-round, birding is at its best from November to April when the migratory birds arrive from Europe and northern Africa. This is also the best time to witness resident birds nesting. The Dry season is best for wildlife viewing, and occurs from June to October.

Best Parks for Birding Including Birding Rating

The Eastern Highlands, including Nyanga NP, is a well-known birding hotspot. Hwange has over 420 species recorded, and the parks in the Zambezi valley have rich birdlife as well.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Mana Pools NP
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr