Birds – Sehlabathebe NP

Ariadne van Zandbergen
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By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband write and update content for many travel organizations, including the Lesotho Tourist Board.

Sehlabathebe National Park has more than 110 bird species recorded, many of which are Afromontane specials, such as the Drakensberg rockjumper and yellow-breasted pipit. Cliff-nesting species include the Cape vulture and lanner falcon. The high- altitude tarns (mountain lakes) support some interesting species, such as the great crested grebe. The handsome bearded vulture can sometimes be seen soaring over the dramatic rocky landscape.

Notable Birds in Sehlabathebe NP
Cape vulture
Occasional
Drakensberg rockjumper
Locally common
Drakensberg siskin
Occasional
Jackal buzzard
Common
Yellow-breasted pipit
Locally common

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(E) endemic = only lives in Lesotho
(NE) near-endemic = also lives in neighboring countries

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Birds in Sehlabathebe NP
Bird Species
110+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr

Best Time for Bird Watching

The best time for bird watching in Sehlabathebe National Park is in the southern hemisphere’s summer, from October to March. This corresponds with the Wet season. At this time birds are most vocal and in breeding plumage. Migrant birds from the northern hemisphere can also be seen in the Wet season.

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Birds in Sehlabathebe NP
Bird Species
110+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr