Birds – Mkomazi NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
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.

Mkomazi is a fantastic destination for bird watchers. It is listed as an Important Bird Area (a globally important area for the conservation of birds). It has more than 450 bird species recorded, among them northern dry-country endemics such as Shelley’s starling and three-streaked tchagra. It is also the only place in Tanzania where you are likely to see the striking vulturine guineafowl. Large ground birds such as ostrich, kori bustard, secretary bird and southern ground hornbill are all quite common on the grassy plains. Migratory species such as European roller are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Mkomazi NP
European roller
Common, migrant
Golden-breasted starling
Occasional
Rosy-patched bush shrike
Occasional
Rufous-crowned roller
Occasional
Von der Decken's hornbill
Common

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Best Time for Bird Watching

Although bird watching is good all year long, November to April is the best time, as migratory birds from Europe and northern Africa are present. This is also the time for nesting; so many resident birds can be seen in their breeding plumage. June to October (the Dry season) is the best time for watching wildlife.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Mkomazi NP
Bird Species
450+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr