Birds – Zambezi NP

With more than 400 species recorded, this little park is of particular interest to birders. The riverine habitat is home to many specials, including the African finfoot, collared palm-thrush and Pel's fishing owl. African skimmers can be found on the sandbanks or skimming the water in the Wet season. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Zambezi NP
African skimmer
Rare migrant
Collared palm-thrush
Locally Common
Goliath heron
Lanner falcon
Long-toed plover

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

Zimbabwe doesn't have endemic birds, although several near-endemics can be found in the Eastern Zimbabwe Mountains Bird Area (EBA), which includes Nyanga NP.

  • African finfoot
  • African skimmer
  • African pygmy goose
  • Allen's gallinule
  • Bearded scrub robin
  • Brown firefinch
  • Collared palm-thrush
  • Half-collared kingfisher
  • Little bittern
  • Osprey
  • Pel’s fishing-owl
  • Red-necked falcon
  • Rock pratincole
  • Slaty egret
  • Squacco heron
  • Western banded snake eagle
  • White-backed night heron

Best Time for Bird Watching

Zambezi NP has good birdlife all year, but birding is best from November to April, when the European and north African migratory birds have arrived. This is a great time to see resident birds in their colorful breeding plumage, as it is also nesting season. Viewing wildlife is best during the Dry season, from June to October.

Best Parks for Birding Including Birding Rating

The Eastern Highlands, including Nyanga NP, is a well-known birding hotspot. Hwange has over 420 species recorded, and the parks in the Zambezi valley have rich birdlife as well.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Zambezi NP
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr