Birds – Shaba NR

Anthony Ham
Expert
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.

Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba national reserves have recorded over 390 bird species. The dry, open country offers very rewarding birding opportunities. The area holds a number of northeast African, dry-country species that are also found in Ethiopia and Somalia. If bird watching is your main interest, Shaba is a great choice. The reserve has very little tourist traffic compared to Buffalo Springs and Samburu, which have higher mammal densities.

Notable Birds in Shaba NR
Black-capped social weaver
Common
Black-faced sandgrouse
Locally common
D'Arnaud's barbet
Locally common
Vulturine guineafowl
Common
White-bellied bustard
Common

Birding Rating

Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

Facts & Figures

Birds in Shaba NR
Bird Species
390+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr

Best Time for Bird Watching

Shaba is a bird-watcher’s paradise throughout the year. Unusual dry-country specials are often resident and can be spotted at any time. Migratory birds swoop in from November to April. November and April are the peak periods for rainfall – good to keep in mind if you’re planning a bird-watching trip.

Want to Visit Shaba NR?

Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

Birds in Shaba NR
Bird Species
390+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr