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