Birds – Serengeti NP

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.

The Serengeti has more than 500 bird species recorded, and the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is one of Africa’s Endemic Bird Areas (land important for habitat-based bird conservation), hosting five bird species found nowhere else, half of which are confined to the Tanzanian portion of the ecosystem.

Notable Birds in Serengeti NP
Fischer's lovebird
Locally common, endemic to Tanzania
Grey-breasted spurfowl
Locally common, endemic to Tanzania
Kori bustard
Rufous-tailed weaver
Locally common, endemic to Tanzania
Secretary bird

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

Best Time for Bird Watching

Bird watching in the Serengeti is good year-round, but at its very best during November through April. Not only is this when European and north African migratory birds are present, but it is also nesting time for resident species. This makes it easy to spot birds in their breeding plumage. The Dry season occurs in June through October, making it the best time for watching wildlife.

Best Parks for Birding Includes 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 Serengeti NP
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr