Birds – Nsumbu NP

Alan Murphy
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By Alan Murphy

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

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

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

Alan has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

Nsumbu is a fine birding destination, with several East African species at the edge of their range. Visiting lesser-known parks, where flagship mammal species aren’t easily seen, is often ideal for birding. The variety of habitats – including lakeshore, rivers, wetland and cliffs – is home to a good range of birds. Pel’s fishing-owl and palm-nut vulture are some of the specials to look out for.

Notable Birds in Nsumbu NP
African fish eagle
Common
African skimmer
Rare migrant
African spoonbill
Common
Grey-headed gull
Common
Palm-nut vulture
Rare

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Best Time for Bird Watching

Nsumbu is a great birding destination throughout the year. However, the ideal time for bird watching is in the wet months – from November to April. Migrant birds arrive from the north, and many species are in breeding plumage during these months.

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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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Birds in Nsumbu NP
Bird Species
280+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr