Birds – Mlilwane WS

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the Swaziland section of their 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.

Alan has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the Swaziland section of their 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.

Alan has authored the Swaziland section of Lonely Planet's 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.

Alan researched and wrote about Swaziland for Lonely Planet.

Mlilwane offers good bird watching with over 240 species recorded. Mountain birds such as boulder chats, jackal buzzards and swifts can be found on Nyonyane Mountain. The grassland area supports pipets, long-claws, bustards and stone chats. Waders and several kingfisher species, as well as fish eagles, can be found around the waterholes and rivers. Forest patches deliver rare species such as the Narina trogon, and there are some reed beds with breeding bishops, whydahs and weavers. Even the eucalyptus forests provide a breeding site for crowned eagles and black sparrow hawks. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Mlilwane WS
African green pigeon
Occasional
African wattled lapwing
Common
Brown-hooded kingfisher
Common
Golden-breasted bunting
Occasional
Purple-crested turaco
Occasional

Birding Rating

Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

(E) endemic = only lives in Swaziland
(NE) near-endemic = also lives in neighboring countries

Facts & Figures

Birds in Mlilwane WS
Bird Species
240+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr

Best Time for Bird Watching

While bird watching in Mlilwane is at its best from November to April – when migratory birds from Europe and northern Africa are in the sanctuary – it’s also good year round. The period from June to September (the dry months) is the best time for general wildlife viewing.

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

Birds in Mlilwane WS
Bird Species
240+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr