Birds – Lake Nakuru NP

Anthony Ham
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Kenya.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

Anthony is the author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

Lake Nakuru is a great birding destination with more than 500 species recorded. The soda lake is a birding hotspot and supports a lot of birdlife, including large flocks of pelicans. Unfortunately, flamingos are no longer the drawcard here as unfavorable conditions have driven them to other Rift Valley lakes. Nakuru is also one of the best places in Kenya to see the striking, long-tailed widowbird. There is a good variety of raptors including Verreaux’s and long-crested eagle.

Notable Birds in Lake Nakuru NP
Great white pelican
Greater blue-eared starling
Greater flamingo
Hottentot teal
Lesser flamingo

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

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

Best Time for Bird Watching

If spotting migrant birds from Europe and north Africa is part of plans for a trip to Lake Nakuru, then the best time to visit is from November to April. As this is also breeding season, many species are nesting at this time. Otherwise, the park offers good bird watching throughout the year. Although it’s good for birding, April tends to be very wet, and is a less productive time for general wildlife viewing.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Lake Nakuru NP
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr