Birds – Swaziland

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the Swaziland section of their 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.

Alan has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the Swaziland section of their 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.

Alan has authored the Swaziland section of Lonely Planet's 'South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland' guide.

Alan researched and wrote about Swaziland for Lonely Planet.

Swaziland has over 500 bird species listed. This is a remarkable number for a tiny landlocked country. It is home to 52 southern Africa endemics. The beautiful Malolotja Nature Reserve is a breeding site for the blue swallow, one of southern Africa’s rarest birds. Southern bald ibis has several nesting sites around the country and the vulnerable Cape vulture can often be seen circling in the sky.

Notable Birds in Swaziland
African wattled lapwing
Common
Brown-hooded kingfisher
Common
Cape vulture
Rare
Crested guineafowl
Locally common
Knysna turaco
Common

Birding Rating

Endemic & Near-Endemic Birds

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

Other Birding Specials– Treats for Avid Birders

Best Time for Bird Watching

The birdlife in Swaziland is at its best from November to April, when the migratory birds from Europe and northern Africa are present, including the very rare blue swallow. At this time, many resident bird species are nesting and are in breeding plumage. However, the southern bald ibis is only active during the winter months, from June to October. For wildlife viewing, the Dry season is better.

Recommended Birding Books

  • Roberts Bird Guide
    Hugh Chittenden, Greg Davies, Ingrid Weiersbye
  • Sasol Birds of Southern Africa
    Ian Sinclair
  • Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa
    Kenneth Newman and Vanessa Newman
  • Pocket Guide: Birds of Southern Africa
    Ian Sinclair

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

Birds in Swaziland
Bird Species
500+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr