Birds – Swaziland
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, unique to the region. 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.
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
Facts & Figures
Nov to Apr
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.