Birds in Amboseli National Park Kenya : Amboseli national park is a home to over 400 species of birds including the common species, the rare species, the endemic species, the migratory bird species that visit the park seasonally due to climatic changes in their home area and many other different wildlife species that call this park their home.

Amboseli national park covers a land area of approximately 39,206ha spreading through the extreme corner of Kenya in Tanzania border. The park is covered by both savanna grassland and woodland which all provide the best habitats for birdlife and other animals in the park.

The vast vegetation cover of Amboseli national park provides habitats to different species of birds. For instance the water birds will majorly be spotted along the water catchment areas like the swamp. Some these birds to spot in water areas include; the king fisher, Pelicans, Herons, Egrets, the long-legged birds and many more. In the grassland, we find lots of bird species like the bustard birds, starling, and many more.

Amboseli national park is one of the Important Birding Area (IBA) in Kenya due to the fact that it harbor a good number of birds (Over 400 species).

Below are some of the bird species in Amboseli national park Kenya;

The list of the birds that thrill in Amboseli national park is endless however, below are some of these birds that you will probably encounter on your next Birding safari in Amboseli national park Kenya.

Birds in Amboseli national park Kenya
An African Sacred Ibis in Amboseli National Park, Kenya

The major bird of the park is Kenya’s National bird “Lilac breasted Roller”. Other bird species include; Marabou stork, secretary bird, Madagascar pond, Fischer’s sparrow lark, Lesser kestrel, Grey crowned crane, Rufous-napped lark, Common Ostrich, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, African fish Eagle, Egyptian Goose, Pied kingfisher, steel-blue whydah, African Pygmy-Goose, Red-billed Duck, Helmeted Guinea fowl, African Black Duck, Falcon, Double-banded courser, Somali Bunting, Yellow-throated Long claw, Red-billed Fire finch , Black-necked Weaver, Malachite Sunbird, White-browed Robin-Chat, Golden-breasted Starling, Rufous-chested Swallow, Tiny Cisticola, Cisticola nana, Red-capped Lark, White-bellied Tit, Lesser Honeyguide, Madagascar Bee-eater, Gray-headed Kingfisher, Common Scimitar bill, White-headed Mouse bird , Long-crested Eagle, African Spoonbill, Golden-breasted Bunting, Black-headed Heron , Long-tailed Cormorant, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-tailed Godwit, Spotted Thick-knee, Klaas’s Cuckoo, Common Cuckoo, Black Cuckoo, Red-necked Francolin, Abyssinian Scimitar bill, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, European Bee-eater, Greater Honeyguide, Superb Starling,  Spotted Morning-Thrush, Golden-winged Sunbird, Spectacled Weaverbird, African Fire finch, Pangani Long claw, Cinnamon-breasted Bunting, white browed coucal, Falcon naumanni, Mosque swallow, White-faced Whistling-Duck, spike-heeled lark, Somali Short-toed Lark, African Reed Warbler, Northern Brownbul, Northern Anteater-Chat, White-browed Sparrow-Weaver, Lesser Masked-Weaver, African Pipit, Northern Gray-headed Sparrow, Jameson’s Fire finch, White-winged Widowbird, Baglafecht Weaver, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Southern Black-Flycatcher, Abyssinian Thrush, Parrot-billed Sparrow, African Silver bill, Red-collared Widowbird, Swahili Sparrow Passer, African Bare-eyed Thrush, White-eyed Slaty-Flycatcher, Hunter’s Sunbird, Little Weaver, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Zebra Waxbill, Chestnut Sparrow, Long-billed Pipit, Vitelline Masked-Weaver, Northern Wheatear, Common Bulbul, Basra Reed Warbler, Short-tailed Lark, White-backed Duck, African Hawk-Eagle, African Marsh-Harrier, Little Sparrow hawk, Palm-nut Vulture, White Stork, African Jacana, Gray-hooded Gull, Spur-winged Lapwing, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Goliath Heron, Great Egret, Great Cormorant, Curlew Sandpiper, Long-toed Lapwing, Square-tailed Nightjar, White-bellied Go-away-bird, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Greater and lesser Flamingo birds, Tambourine Dove, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, White-browed Coucal, African Palm-Swift, African Rail, Blacksmith Lapwing, Slender-billed Gull, Great White Pelican, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Rufous-bellied Heron, Verreaux’s Eagle, Black-winged Lapwing, African Skimmer, Saddle-billed Stork, African Darter, Marabou Stork, Black-crowned Night-Heron, African Sacred Ibis, Pink-backed Pelican, Gray Heron, Hadada Ibis, Secretary bird, Black-winged Kite, African Harrier-Hawk, Yellow-billed Stork, Egyptian Vulture, African Fish-Eagle, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Speckled Mouse bird, Green Wood hoopoe, Crowned Hornbill, Malachite Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Little Bee-eater, Red-and-yellow Barbet, White-bellied Bustard, Great Spotted Cuckoo , African Cuckoo, Chestnut-banded Plover, Bat Hawk, White-headed Vulture, Red-bellied Parrot, Little Rush-Warbler, Chestnut Weaver, White-bellied Canary, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Marsh Warbler, Lesser Striped Swallow, African Dusky Flycatcher, African Gray Flycatcher,  Black-bellied Sunbird, Crimson-romped Waxbill, Gray-headed Silver bill, Golden Pipit, Yellow-crowned Canary, Shelley’s Francolin, Yellow-necked Francolin, Rosy-throated Long claw, Pin-tailed Whydah, Black-faced Waxbill, Variable Sunbird, Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush, Spotted Flycatcher, Fischer’s Starling, Lesser Swamp Warbler, Winding Cisticola, Fan-tailed Grass bird, Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver, Southern Grosbeak-Canary, Grosbeak Weaver, Red-romped Swallow, Black Cuckoo shrike, Lappet-faced Vulture, Crowned Eagle, African Open bill, Slender tailed Nightjar, Gray Crowned Crane, Pied Cuckoo, Spur-winged Goose, Hildebrandt’s Francolin, Crowned Lapwing, Martial Eagle, Giant Kingfisher, Rufous-crowned Roller, Brown-breasted Barbet, Nubian Woodpecker, Pygmy Falcon, African Black-headed Oriole, Pygmy Batis, Black-backed Puff back, Gray-headed Bush shrike, Lesser Gray Shrike, Fischer’s Sparrow Lark, Eastern Paradise-Whydah , Yellow-spotted Bush Sparrow, Western Yellow Wagtail and many more. However, most of the tourists to Amboseli national park are not only attracted to birding but as well game viewing since the park is rich in a variety of wildlife species to thrill while on Birds in Amboseli national park Kenya.

When is the best time for Bird watching in Amboseli national park?

For tourists who are basically interest in birding and bird watching safari in Amboseli national park, the best time when a good species of birds are recorded is during the months of November, December, January, April and May. These are considered as the rain season and it is always the perfect time for birding and bird watching in the plains of Amboseli national park. During this period of time, there is an opportunity of spotting the migratory birds.

Birds in Amboseli national park Kenya
Birds in Amboseli national park Kenya


However, is you are as well interested in Game viewing (game drives and walking safari, you will then need to visit Amboseli national park in the dry season when all the driving trails are manageable and the vegetation is shorter for easy viewing.

“All in all, Amboseli national park can be visited all year round depending on which activity one intends to do. Some of the activities to enjoy in this park include Birding, game drives, guided walking safaris, cultural tours, hot air balloon safaris, Camping and picnic and many more that will make your Amboseli safari a memorable one”

Amboseli national park can as well be combined with other destinations in Kenya including the rift valley lakes like Lake Baringo, Lake Bogoria, Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru plus many other safari destinations in Kenya.

Let’s plan your next Kenya safari to Amboseli national park. We as well offer safaris to other different destinations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and DRCongo. Get in touch today!!!!!!!!!!!!

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