Birds – Matobo NP

Matobo’s diverse birdlife is reflected in the checklist of over 320 species, which is quite impressive for a small park. The park is famous for its large concentration of raptors; 35 diurnal and nine nocturnal raptor species have been recorded. Particularly of interest is the world’s largest concentration of Verreaux’s eagles, many of which breed in the park. They can be seen perched on top of rock formations or soaring along the cliffs in search of prey. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Matobo
Augur buzzard
Black-collared barbet
Black-shouldered kite
Coqui francolin
Mocking cliff chat

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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 hawk eagle
  • African pygmy goose
  • Augur buzzard
  • Black-chested snake eagle
  • Boulder chat
  • Cape batis
  • Crowned eagle
  • Grey-tit flycatcher
  • Lanner falcon
  • Martial eagle
  • Miombo rock thrush
  • Mocking cliff chat
  • Mottled swift
  • Peregrine falcon
  • Red-billed oxpecker
  • Verreaux’s eagle
  • Wahlberg’s eagle
  • Yellow-billed oxpecker

Best Time for Bird Watching

Birding is always good in Matabo, but best during the migratory season (November to April) when species from northern Africa and Europe are present. This is also when many resident birds nest and are in breeding plumage. The best wildlife viewing is in June to October – the Dry season.

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 Matobo NP
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr