Birds – Ol Pejeta

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.

With more than 500 species recorded, Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a bird-watcher's paradise. Early morning and afternoon bird walks can be organized at the lodges (maximum six people), but on game drives, the main focus tends to be on large animals so it might be worth booking a private vehicle if bird watching is your interest.

Notable Birds in Ol Pejeta
Black-winged lapwing
Locally common
Hildebrandt's starling
Rosy-throated longclaw
Locally common
Secretary bird

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

  • Abyssinian scimitarbill
  • Amethyst sunbird
  • Black-winged lapwing
  • Blue-naped mousebird
  • Buff-crested bustard
  • Cinnamon-chested bee-eater
  • D’Arnaud's barbet
  • Kenya rufous sparrow
  • Long-billed pipit
  • Montagu’s harrier
  • Nubian woodpecker
  • Rosy-throated longclaw
  • Rufous chatterer
  • Taita fiscal
  • Temminck's courser
  • White-bellied go-away bird
  • White-eyed slaty flycatcher
  • Yellow-necked spurfowl

Best Time for Bird Watching

Bird watching at Ol Pejeta Conservancy is good throughout the year; however, the migrants from Europe and north Africa are present November through April. This partly coincides with the Wet season, when many species can be seen in breeding plumage as they are nesting. The best time for general wildlife viewing is from July to September and January to March.

Best Parks for Birding Including Birding Rating

The best wildlife viewing parks, such as the Masai Mara and Amboseli, offer a solid introduction to East Africa’s common birds. The Rift Valley Lakes including Lake Nakuru and Bogoria are the places to go to mark off many waterbirds, while the arid north, such as Samburu, offers many dry-country specials. Arabuko-Sokoke and Kakamega Forest are birding hotspots as well.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Ol Pejeta
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr