Birds – Nyika NP

Ariadne van Zandbergen
Expert
By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Malawi.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Malawi.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Malawi.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Malawi.

Nyika is a key birding destination in Africa, offering many birds in restricted ranges. Varied habitats including forest patches, high-altitude grassland and miombo woodland are home to some 400 species. The internationally endangered wattled crane is very common in the grassland around Chelinda. Denham’s bustard is also resident on the plateau with occasional sightings of groups of over 20. Four birds found at Nyika don’t occur anywhere else in Malawi: mountain yellow warbler, chirping cisticola, wing-snapping cisticola and mountain marsh widowbird.

Notable Birds in Nyika NP
African pied wagtail
Common
Denham's bustard
Common
Long-crested eagle
Common
Secretary bird
Common
Wattled crane
Common

Birding Rating

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Nyika NP
Bird Species
400+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr

Best Time for Bird Watching

Nyika National Park has good birdlife all year-round. However, as with most protected areas in Malawi, the Wet season from November to April is the best time for bird watching. This is due to the park’s migratory bird population.

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

Birds in Nyika NP
Bird Species
400+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr