Birds – Tarangire NP

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Tanzania.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

Tarangire is a great bird-watching site with more than 500 species recorded. The swamps, tinged green year-round, have the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. The park also harbors several dry-country bird species at the extremity of their range, such as the northern pied babbler and vulturine guineafowl.

Serious bird-lovers should keep an eye open for flocks of the dazzlingly colorful yellow-collared lovebird, and the somewhat drabber rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling – all endemic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Tarangire
Ashy starling
Locally common, endemic
Red-and-yellow barbet
Red-bellied parrot
Speckle-fronted weaver
Tawny eagle

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

(E) = endemic to Tanzania & (NE) = near-endemic to Tanzania

  • African grey flycatcher
  • Ashy starling (E)
  • Bare-faced go-away bird
  • Donaldson-Smith's nightjar
  • Great white pelican
  • Mouse-coloured penduline tit
  • Northern pied babbler (NE)
  • Northern white-crowned shrike
  • Ostrich
  • Pink-breasted lark
  • Rufous-tailed weaver (E)
  • Slate-coloured boubou
  • Von der Decken’s hornbill
  • Vulturine guineafowl
  • Yellow-collared lovebird

Best Time for Bird Watching

Birdlife is plentiful all year round, but bird watching is at its best when the European and north African migratory birds are present (November to April). Nesting among the resident birds is taking place during this same time, so it is easy to spot birds in their breeding plumage. Wildlife viewing is best during the Dry season (June to October).

Best Parks for Birding Including Birding Rating

All the well-known safari parks offer good birding opportunities, and specials can be found pretty much everywhere you go. The often-overlooked Arusha National Park has an amazing diversity of habitats that host an incredible list of 400 species in a small area. Lake Manyara offers a good variety of waterbirds.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Tarangire NP
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr