Birds – Thornybush GR

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guide to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guide to South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Thornybush has more than 280 bird species recorded. Although the focus tends to be more on mammals, Thornybush is a good birding destination. If you are a serious birder, sharing a vehicle with other guests might be frustrating. Therefore, it would be advisable to book private drives. Walking safaris and night drives both add to the bird-watching experience and increase the chances of seeing a variety of species. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Thornybush GR
Blacksmith lapwing
Common
Fork-tailed drongo
Common
Groundscraper thrush
Common
Malachite kingfisher
Common
Martial eagle
Common

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

Best Time for Bird Watching

Thornybush offers decent bird watching the whole year through, although it is at its prime during the migratory season from November to April. This is when birds from north Africa and Europe are present. The drier months, June to September, make for the best general wildlife viewing.

Best Parks for Birding Includes Birding Rating

Kruger is great for general birding, while Mkhuze is a real birding hotspot, offering almost as many species in a much smaller area with an incredible number of specials. The dry Kgalagadi is known for its raptors.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Thornybush GR
Bird Species
280+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr