Birds – Selous GR

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Tanzania.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

With over 440 species recorded, Selous is an excellent birding destination. The most conspicuous birdlife is attracted to the sandbanks, lagoons, islands and channels along the Rufiji River. A good way to enjoy the birdlife is on a boat safari. Common birds include yellow-billed storks, kingfishers, lapwings and colorful bee-eaters. Fish eagle and palm-nut vulture can be found perched high in the trees and skimmers can sometimes be seen flying across the water. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Selous
African spoonbill
African wattled lapwing
Pel's fishing-owl
Spur-winged lapwing
White-fronted bee-eater

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

  • African skimmer
  • Black-winged stilt
  • Böhm's bee-eater
  • Broad-billed roller
  • Brown-headed parrot
  • Brown-necked parrot
  • Dickinson’s kestrel
  • Northern carmine bee-eater
  • Palm-nut vulture
  • Pearl-spotted owlet
  • Pel’s fishing-owl
  • Racket-tailed roller
  • Rock pratincole
  • Thick-billed cuckoo
  • White-backed night heron
  • White-backed vulture
  • White-headed lapwing
  • Yellow-billed stork

Best Time for Bird Watching

Selous is a good birding destination all year. In November and through April, migratory birds from Europe and northern Africa are present, making this the best time for bird watching. This is also the time that resident birds nest, and you’ll be likely to see them in their colorful breeding plumage. Most camps close towards the end of the Wet season, in April, and reopen in June. For wildlife viewing, the Dry season – from June to October – is best for visitors.

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 Selous GR
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr