Birds – Ruaha NP

Ruaha's great diversity of birds is a function of its location, which is transitional to the acacia savannah of East Africa and the miombo woodland belt of southern Africa. The park has a checklist of 450 birds. The crested barbet – whose persistent trilling is a characteristic sound of the southern bush – occurs in Ruaha, alongside central Tanzanian endemics such as the yellow-collared lovebird and ashy starling. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Ruaha
Bateleur
Common
Collared palm-thrush
Occasional
Giant kingfisher
Common
Spur-winged goose
Common
Tanzanian red-billed hornbill
Common, Endemic

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

  • African fish eagle
  • Ashy starling (E)
  • Black-bellied bustard
  • Collared palm-thrush
  • Crested barbet
  • Eleonora's falcon
  • Emerald-spotted wood dove
  • Goliath heron
  • Long-crested eagle
  • Namaqua dove
  • Southern ground hornbill
  • Tanzanian red-billed hornbill (E)
  • White-bellied go-away bird
  • Yellow-collared lovebird (NE)

Best Time for Bird Watching

The birdlife in Ruaha is good year-round, but at its best from November to April when the migratory birds from Europe and northern Africa are present. At this time, many resident bird species are nesting and are in breeding plumage. For wildlife viewing, the middle and end of the Dry season, from June to October, is best for visitors to the park.

Best Parks for Birding Including Birding Rating

All the well-known safari parks offer good birding opportunities, and specials can be found pretty much everywhere you go. The often-overlooked Arusha National Park has an amazing diversity of habitats that host an incredible list of 400 species in a small area. Lake Manyara offers a good variety of waterbirds.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Ruaha NP
Bird Species
450+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr