Birds – Mozambique
The birdlife of Mozambique isn’t well known and there is no definitive checklist for the country. Approximately 750 bird species have been recorded – with only one endemic to Mozambique. The country’s specials aren’t all in difficult places to access, some of the best birds can be seen in the coastal resort areas. The unique crab plover is a common summer visitor in the Bazaruto Archipelago. And Eleanora’s falcon, one of the rarest raptors in the world, has been spotted in several locations.
Endemic & Near-Endemic Birds(E) endemic = only lives in Mozambique
(NE) near-endemic = also lives in neighboring countries
Other Birding Specials–Treats for Avid Birders
Facts & Figures
Nov to Apr
Best Time for Bird Watching
Bird watching in Mozambique is great throughout the year. The best months, however, are during the Wet season, from November to April – this is when migratory birds are present. Wildlife viewing, however, is better in the Dry season, from May to October.
Best Parks for Birding –Includes Birding Rating
Gorongosa NP and Maputo Special Reserve are both top birding destinations. Both are classified as IBAs (Important Bird Areas), which are areas vital for bird conservation. Although very undeveloped for tourism, Niassa has great potential as a birding destination, with some good Miombo specials, as well as many raptors. Bahine NP has some amazing wetland areas which host many migrant birds during the wet summer months, particularly high concentrations of wattled cranes – the area is, however, very inaccessible. Bazaruto and Quirimbas archipelagos are great for interesting waders and migratory birds.