Birds – North Luangwa NP

Alan Murphy
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including a guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

Alan has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

The Luangwa Valley is a bird-watching hot spot – more than 400 species have been recorded here. North Luangwa’s wilderness area is set aside for walking only, which makes it a very rewarding birding destination. The escarpment area in North Luangwa offers some species not found further south, including the white-winged starling and chestnut-backed sparrow-weaver. The park is great for raptors as well and 38 species have been recorded.

Notable Birds in North Luangwa
Collared palm-thrush
Great white pelican
Southern carmine bee-eater
Common migrant
Verreaux's eagle owl
Yellow-billed stork

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

  • African broadbill
  • African crake
  • African pitta
  • African skimmer
  • Allen's gallinule
  • Babbling starling
  • Barred long-tailed cuckoo
  • Black-throated wattle-eye
  • Cardinal quelea
  • Chestnut-backed sparrow-weaver
  • Collared palm-thrush
  • Dwarf bittern
  • Horus swift
  • Lilian's lovebird
  • Moustached warbler
  • Narina trogon
  • Pel’s fishing-owl
  • Racket-tailed roller
  • Woodland kingfisher
  • Western banded snake eagle
  • White-fronted plover
  • White-headed black chat
  • White-headed lapwing
  • Yellow-throated longclaw

Best Time for Bird Watching

Year-round, North Luangwa is considered an excellent birding destination – although the best birding is during the wet, summer months (from November to April) when migrants are present. However, most of the park is inaccessible and therefore closed at this time.

Best Parks for Birding Including Birding Rating

North and South Luangwa are excellent for waterbirds and raptors, while Kafue has a great variety of birds. Bangweulu Wetlands is home to the elusive shoebill as well as significant numbers of waterbirds.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in North Luangwa NP
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr