Birds – South Luangwa NP

The birdlife in South Luangwa is phenomenal. More than 400 species have been recorded here. Migratory colonies of carmine bee-eaters nesting on the banks of the river are a must-see if you are here around August and September. Pelicans and yellow-billed storks gather in the last puddles of water in the Dry season to scoop out the fish, and southern-crowned cranes can sometimes be found in flocks of up to 300. Owls and nightjars are often spotted on night drives.

Notable Birds in South-Luangwa
African skimmer
Rare migrant
Great white pelican
Little bee-eater
Southern carmine bee-eater
Common migrant
Verreaux's eagle-owl

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

  • African broadbill
  • African crake
  • African pitta
  • African skimmer
  • Allen's gallinule
  • Arnot's chat
  • Barred long-tailed cuckoo
  • Black-throated wattle-eye
  • Cardinal quelea
  • Collared palm-thrush
  • Dwarf bittern
  • Horus swift
  • Lilian's lovebird
  • Mustached warbler
  • Narina trogon
  • Pel's fishing owl
  • Racket-tailed roller
  • Senegal kingfisher
  • Western banded snake eagle
  • White-fronted plover
  • White-headed lapwing

Best Time for Bird Watching

Birders will enjoy South Luangwa throughout the year – it’s wonderful for a variety of feathered treats. For those wanting to take advantage of the best bird-watching conditions, plan your trip in the wet months (from November to April). Migrants have settled in at this time, and a lot of birds are in breeding plumage.

Best Parks for Birding Including Birding Rating

North and South Luangwa are excellent for waterbirds and raptors, while Kafue has a great variety of birds. Bangweulu Wetlands is home to the elusive shoebill as well as significant numbers of waterbirds.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in South Luangwa NP
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr