Tanzania Birding Tours, Birdwatching Safaris in Tanzania

Tanzania is home to a number of endemic birds, and because of the favorable environment, it offers very adequate breeding sites as well as food sources, and for that reason it attracts a diversity of birds from different continents. The various migratory birds stay in the country a sometime before returning to their original country and this occurrence goes on year after year. These types of birds are well known as ‘Migratory Birds’.

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The Hoopoe is a gorgeous bird that commonly feeds right on the ground and regularly seen in small loud flocks. These are commonly seen in the National parks as well as game reserves in northern Tanzania among which are the Tarangire, Serengeti, Manyara and Ngorongoro. Additional bird species include the babbler like rufous tailed weaver, Fischer’s lovebird and the grey-rumped spur fowl. The Hoopoe ranks first on the list of any birders that visit Tanzania on Bird Watching tours.

Parrots which are a forest dwelling species have been documented to live majorly in the forested slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, however, they are found in the entire Eastern Arc Mountains, particularly in the Usambara Mountains and the Udzungwa Mountains. Additionally, they are also seen in the Western forests like the Mahale Mountain Forest National Park and the Serengeti Fish eagles are frequently seen in trees adjacent to the water bodies and these are very practiced in catching fish. The best destinations to them include: Rubondo Island National Park, Rufiji River as well as Ruaha National Park. The banks of the river banks offer amazing sights of these birds.

Crowned Crane is a elegant, long-legged bird that looks like a stork or a heron. The Cranes majorly live in grassland. They are commonly seen in grassland, swamps as well as lake shores and usually seen sanding or flying in pairs.

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Carnes Ostriches: The Ngorongoro Crater is homes to a number of Carnes Ostriches which are the largest bird species in the whole world. This very famous bird is actually flightless (it cannot fly). These are mainly seen in Tanzania’s northern plain, including Tarangire National Park as well as Serengeti, in addition to Ruaha National Park in southern Tanzania. On the other hand, Ostriches do no stay in Selous Game Reserve not even in Mikumi National park.

Bee-Eaters: these bird species are very colorful and fascinating to look at and are normally seen in on fences as well as tree branches. They feed on wasps as well as bees. There are approximately four varieties of bee-eaters usually seen in this country and these differentiate themselves by their size as well as colors. Normally found in Coastal areas, Usambara Mountains, Southern Tanzania, Lake Manyara and Highland forests.

Secretary Birds: these are a strange looking bird of-prey seen in Serengeti National park, Ruaha National park, Ngorongoro National Parks as well as Tarangire National park. The bird has a quill like feather right on its head, and it is very arrogant as it walks. The Secretary birds do not normally fly and only do so when need arises.

Marabou Stork: is a scavenger usually seen together with different vultures feeding on carcass. This bird has a large beak as well as the long pink pouch that swings from its neck. Commonly found in almost every national park and game reserve in Tanzania.

Additional Birds: cattle egret, Vorreaux’s eagle owl, woodpeckers, crested cranes, flycatchers, hornbill, guinea fowl, weavers, whydahs in addition to various types of  scavengers as well as vultures seen in various parts of the country.