​Birds – Tarangire NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
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 National Park is a great bird-watching site with more than 500 species recorded. The park harbors several dry-country species at the extremity of their range, such as the northern pied babbler and vulturine guineafowl. Serious bird-lovers should also keep an eye open for flocks of the dazzlingly colorful yellow-collared lovebird and the somewhat drabber rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling. These three are all restricted to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Tarangire NP
Ashy starling
Locally common, endemic
Red-and-yellow barbet
Common
Red-bellied parrot
Common
Von der Decken’s hornbill
Common
White-headed buffalo-weaver
Common

Birding Rating

Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

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

Facts & Figures

Birds in Tarangire NP
Bird Species
500+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr

Best Time for Bird Watching

Birdlife is plentiful all year round, but bird watching is at its best when the Palearctic and intra-African migratory birds are present (November to April). Many resident birds are nesting during this same time, so it is easy to spot birds in their breeding plumage. Wildlife viewing is best from July to November.

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

Birds in Tarangire NP
Bird Species
500+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr