Birding In Samburu National Reserve

Birding In Samburu National Reserve : Birding is just what you need for the best times and summer seasons in the republic of Kenya and that is while Focus East Africa Tours brings to you one of the best destinations to carry out this safari activity.

Samburu National Reserve is yet the top best destination to carry out this safari activity as you get to learn more about the bird species in the country and also the beauty that is deep down in the country.

Sambura national reserve is home to over 450 species recorded including coveted endemic and arid specialists such as the Somali Ostrich, vulturine guineafowl, Hunter’s sunbird and William’s lark among others

For all bird lovers, the best time to visit Samburu National Reserve for a birding safari is apparently within the wet seasons in the months of November, April and May, in these months many migratory birds arrive in the park.

List of Birds to see in Samburu National Reserve

Ostriches

  • Common Ostrich
  • Somali Ostrich

Ducks

  • Egyptian Goose

Guineafowl

  • Helmeted Guineafowl
  • Vulturine Guineafowl

Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies

  • Yellow-necked Francolin
  • Crested Francolin
  • Coqui Francolin

Grebes

  • Little Grebe

Pigeons and Doves

  • Speckled Pigeon
  • Mourning Collared-Dove
  • Red-eyed Dove
  • Ring-necked Dove
  • Laughing Dove
  • Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove
  • Namaqua Dove

Sandgrouse

  • Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse
  • Black-faced Sandgrouse
  • Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse

Bustards

  • Kori Bustard
  • White-bellied Bustard
  • Buff-crested Bustard
  • Black-bellied Bustard

Turacos

  • Bare-faced Go-away-bird
  • White-bellied Go-away-bird

Cuckoos

  • Red-chested Cuckoo
  • African Cuckoo
  • White-browed Coucal
  • Klaas’s Cuckoo

Nightjars and Allies

  • Sombre Nightjar
  • Donaldson-Smith’s Nightjar
  • Slender-tailed Nightjar

Swifts

  • Mottled Swift
  • Little Swift
  • African Palm-Swift

Rails, Gallinules, and Coots

  • Black Crake
  • Cranes
  • Gray Crowned-Crane

Thick-knees

  • Water Thick-knee
  • Spotted Thick-knee

Stilts and Avocets

  • Black-winged Stilt

Plovers and Lapwings

  • Blacksmith Lapwing
  • Spur-winged Lapwing
  • Crowned Lapwing
  • Three-banded Plover

Sandpipers and Allies

  • Common Sandpiper
  • Green Sandpiper
  • Common Greenshank
  • Wood Sandpiper

Pratincoles and Coursers

  • Somali Courser
  • Temminck’s Courser
  • Double-banded Courser
  • Three-banded Courser
  • Storks

African Open bill     

  • Black Stork
  • Abdim’s Stork
  • Marabou Stork
  • Yellow-billed Stork

Anhingas

  • African Darter

  • Cormorants and Shags
  • Long-tailed Cormorant

Hamerkop

  • Hamerkop

Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns

  • Gray Heron
  • Black-headed Heron
  • Goliath Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Little Egret
  • Cattle Egret
  • Squacco Heron
  • Striated Heron
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron

Ibises and Spoonbills

  • African Sacred Ibis
  • Hadada Ibis

Secretary-bird

  • Secretary bird

Hawks, Eagles, and Kites

  • Black-winged Kite
  • Scissor-tailed Kite
  • African Harrier-Hawk
  • Palm-nut Vulture
  • Egyptian Vulture
  • White-headed Vulture
  • Lappet-faced Vulture
  • Hooded Vulture
  • White-backed Vulture
  • Rueppell’s Griffon
  • Bateleur
  • Black-chested Snake-Eagle
  • Brown Snake-Eagle
  • Martial Eagle
  • Long-crested Eagle
  • Lesser Spotted Eagle
  • Wahlberg’s Eagle
  • Booted Eagle
  • Tawny Eagle
  • Verreaux’s Eagle
  • Eastern Chanting-Goshawk
  • Gabar Goshawk
  • Eurasian Marsh-Harrier
  • Pallid Harrier
  • Montagu’s Harrier
  • Shikra
  • Little Sparrowhawk
  • Black Kite
  • African Fish-Eagle
  • Common Buzzard
  • Augur Buzzard
Birding In Samburu National Reserve
Augur Buzzard

Owls

  • African Scops-Owl
  • Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl
  • Pearl-spotted Owlet

Mouse birds

  • Speckled Mousebird
  • White-headed Mousebird
  • Blue-naped Mousebird

Trogons

  • Narina Trogon

Hoopoes

  • Eurasian Hoopoe
  • African Hoopoe

Wood hoopoes and Scimitar bills

  • Green Wood hoopoe
  • Violet Wood hoopoe
  • Abyssinian Scimitar bill

Hornbills

  • African Gray Hornbill
  • Northern Red-billed Hornbill
  • Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill
  • Von der Decken’s Hornbill

Kingfishers

  • Malachite Kingfisher
  • African Pygmy-Kingfisher
  • Gray-headed Kingfisher

Bee-eaters

  • Little Bee-eater
  • Somali Bee-eater
  • White-throated Bee-eater
  • Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
  • European Bee-eater

Rollers

  • European Roller
  • Lilac-breasted Roller
  • Rufous-crowned Roller
  • Broad-billed Roller

African Barbets

  • Red-and-yellow Barbet
  • D’Arnaud’s Barbet
  • Red-fronted Barbet
  • Black-throated Barbet

Honeyguides

  • Lesser Honeyguide

  • Woodpeckers
  • Eurasian Wryneck
  • Cardinal Woodpecker
  • Bearded Woodpecker
  • Nubian Woodpecker

Falcons and Caracaras

  • Pygmy Falcon
  • Eurasian Kestrel
  • Sooty Falcon
  • Eurasian Hobby
  • Lanner Falcon
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Taita Falcon

Parrots  

  • Fischer’s Lovebird

Parrots

  • Meyer’s Parrot
  • Red-bellied Parrot

Old World Orioles

  • Eurasian Golden Oriole

Wattle-eyes and Batises

  • Chinspot Batis
  • Pygmy Batis

Bush shrikes

  • Brubru         Nilaus
  • Northern Puff back
  • Pringle’s Puff back
  • Three-streaked
  • Tropical Boubou
  • Slate-colored Boubou
  • Rosy-patched Bush shrike
  • Sulphur-breasted Bush shrike
  • Gray-headed Bush shrike

Drongos

  • Fork-tailed Drongo

Shrikes

  • Isabelline Shrike
  • Long-tailed Fiscal
  • Taita Fiscal
  • Northern Fiscal
  • Woodchat Shrike
  • White-rumped Shrike

Crows, Jays, and Magpies

  • Cape Crow
  • Pied Crow
  • Fan-tailed Raven
  • Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice
  • Somali Tit

Penduline-Tits

  • Mouse-colored Penduline-Tit

Larks

  • Chestnut-headed Sparrow-Lark
  • Fischer’s Sparrow-Lark
  • Pink-breasted Lark
  • Foxy Lark
  • Singing Bush lark
  • William’s Lark
  • Red-winged Lark
  • Red-capped Lark
  • Somali Short-toed Lark

African Warblers

  • Northern Crombec
  • Red-faced Crombec
  • Somali Crombec

Cisticolas and Allies

  • Yellow-vented Eremomela
  • Yellow-bellied Eremomela
  • Gray Wren-Warbler
  • Gray-backed Camaroptera
  • Brown-tailed Apalis
  • Tawny-flanked Prinia
  • Pale Prinia
  • Red-fronted Warbler
  • Ashy Cisticola
  • Stout Cisticola
  • Tiny Cisticola
  • Desert Cisticola

Reed Warblers and Allies

  • Upcher’s Warbler
  • Olive-tree Warbler
  • Basra Reed Warbler
  • Lesser Swamp Warbler

Swallows

  • Rock Martin
  • Ethiopian Swallow
  • Wire-tailed Swallow
  • Lesser Striped Swallow
  • Common House-Martin

Bulbuls

  • Northern Brownbul
  • Common Bulbul

Sylviid Warblers, Parrot bills, and Allies

  • Banded Parisoma
  • White-eyes, Yuhinas, and Allies
  • Pale White-eye
  • Laughing thrushes and Allies
  • Rufous Chatterer

Oxpeckers

  • Red-billed Oxpecker

Starlings

  • Wattled Starling
  • Violet-backed Starling
  • Bristle-crowned Starling
  • Magpie Starling
  • Black-bellied Starling
  • Hildebrandt’s Starling
  • Golden-breasted Starling
  • Superb Starling
  • Fischer’s Starling

Thrushes and Allies

  • African Bare-eyed Thrush

  • Old World Flycatchers
  • Spotted Flycatcher
  • Gambaga Flycatcher
  • African Gray Flycatcher
  • Pale Flycatcher
  • Southern Black-Flycatcher
  • Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin
  • Red-backed Scrub-Robin
  • White-browed Robin-Chat
  • Spotted Morning-Thrush
  • White-starred Robin
  • White-throated Robin
  • Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush
  • African Stonechat
  • Northern Anteater-Chat
  • Northern Wheatear
  • Isabelline Wheatear
  • Pied Wheatear
  • Brown-tailed Chat

Sunbirds and Spider hunters

  • Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird
  • Hunter’s Sunbird
  • Bronze Sunbird
  • Eastern Double-collared Sunbird
  • Beautiful Sunbird
  • Black-bellied Sunbird
  • Purple-banded Sunbird
  • Shining Sunbird
  • Variable Sunbird

Weavers and Allies

  • Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver
  • White-headed Buffalo-Weaver
  • Speckle-fronted Weaver
  • White-browed Sparrow-Weaver
  • Donaldson-Smith’s Sparrow-Weaver
  • Gray-headed Social-Weaver
  • Black-capped Social-Weaver
  • Red-headed Weaver
  • Little Weaver
  • Golden Palm Weaver
  • Lesser Masked-Weaver
  • Vitelline Masked-Weaver
  • Speke’s Weaver
  • Black-headed Weaver
  • Chestnut Weaver
  • Red-billed Quelea
  • Fire-fronted Bishop
  • Yellow Bishop
  • White-winged Widowbird
  • Long-tailed Widowbird
  • Jackson’s Widowbird

Waxbills and Allies

  • Gray-headed Negrita
  • Crimson-rumped Waxbill
  • Black-cheeked Waxbill
  • Red-cheeked Cordonbleu
  • Blue-capped Cordonbleu
  • Purple Grenadier
  • Green-winged Pytilia
  • Orange-winged Pytilia
  • Red-billed Fire finch
  • African Fire finch
  • Jameson’s Fire finch
  • Cut-throat
  • Quail finch
  • Gray-headed Silverbill
  • African Silverbill

Indigo birds

  • Pin-tailed Whydah
  • Eastern Paradise-Whydah
  • Steel-blue Whydah
  • Straw-tailed Whydah

Old World Sparrows

  • House Sparrow
  • Somali Sparrow
  • Kenya Rufous Sparrow
  • Northern Gray-headed Sparrow
  • Parrot-billed Sparrow
  • Chestnut Sparrow
  • Yellow-spotted Bush Sparrow

Wagtails and Pipits

  • Western Yellow Wagtail
  • African Pied Wagtail
  • Plain-backed Pipit
  • Golden Pipit
  • Yellow-throated Longclaw

Finches, Euphonias, and Allies

  • White-bellied Canary
  • Brimstone Canary
  • Yellow-crowned Canary

Old World Buntings

  • Golden-breasted Bunting
  • Somali Bunting

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