Birds – Shimba Hills NR
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.
Over 200 bird species have been recorded in Shimba Hills NR, including several coastal endemics, restricted to the area, such as the east coast akalat. Although forest birding is notoriously difficult, it is worth the effort here, as birders are rewarded with many interesting species. Non-birders will most likely enjoy some of the more easily observable forest avifauna, such as the trumpeter and silvery-cheeked hornbill.
Birding Specials –Treats for Avid Birders(E) endemic = only lives in Kenya
(NE) near-endemic = also lives in neighboring countries
- African palm swift
- Brown-breasted barbet
- Crested guineafowl
- Crowned hornbill
- East coast akalat
- Eastern violet-backed sunbird
- Fischer’s turaco
- Golden palm weaver
- Green barbet
- Green tinkerbird
- Mottled swift
Facts & Figures
Nov to Apr
Best Time for Bird Watching
Shimba Hills is a favorite among bird watchers at any time of year. Residents include many of the unusual forest birds, and they can be seen at any time. From November to April, the migratory birds arrive and add to the already interesting array of species. Regarding the weather, be aware that November and April are peak months for rainfall, and heavy rain can certainly curtail your birding activities.