Birds of Masai Mara National Reserve

Birds of Masai Mara National Reserve: Masai Mara national reserve is a recognized worldly famous tourist destination located in Kenya in the Rift valley province, Narok County, the reserve is in a distance of about 306 kilometers from Nairobi and borders Serengeti national park of Tanzania.

Birds of Masai Mara National Reserve 

Masai Mara national reserve is popular for being a grand habitat for ecosystem including vegetation, birdlife, wildlife and many more. Another aspect which makes Masai Mara national reserve one of the most visited destinations in the world is the annual wildebeest migration, Annual wildebeest is annual migration of  thousands wildebeest of zebras, wildebeests and gazelles from and to Serengeti national park found in Tanzania. 

Masai Mara national reserve is one of the recognized important birding areas in Kenya hosting over 500 bird species, these birds thrive in various vegetation zones of the park and they are various types. Bird species in Masai Mara national reserve include water birds, forest birds, near endemic species, endemic species, near-threatened species and vulnerable species.

 Below is the list of bird species found and sighted in Bwindi impenetrable national park 

OSTRICH

  • Common Ostrich    
Birds of Masai Mara National Reserve 
Birds of Masai Mara National Reserve

Grebes

  • Little Grebe    

Pelicans, cormorants & darter

  • Long-tailed (Reed) Cormorant
  • African Darter    

Herons, egrets and bitterns

  • Little Bittern
  • Dwarf Bittern
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron
  • Cattle Egret
  • Little Egret
  • Common Squacco-Heron
  • Rufous-bellied Heron
  • Striated (Green-backed) Heron
  •  Intermediate (Yellow-billed) Egret
  • Great (White) Egret
  • Grey Heron
  • Purple Heron
  • Goliath Heron
  • Black-headed Heron   

Hammerkop and shoebill

  • Hammerkop    

Storks

  • Little White Stork
  • Black Stork 
  • Abdim’s (White Bellied) Stork
  • Woolly-necked Stork
  • Saddle-billed Stork
  • Marabou Stork
  • African Open bill Stork
  • Yellow-billed Stork    

Ibises and spoonbill

  •  Sacred Ibis
  • Hadeda Ibis
  • Glossy Ibis 
  • African Spoonbill  

Ducks and geese

  • White-faced Whistling-Duck
  • Spur-winged Goose
  • Egyptian Goose
  • Comb (Knob-billed) Duck
  • Northern Pintail
  • Red-billed Teal
  • Hottentot Teal    

Secretary bird

  • Secretary bird   

Secretary bird   

Vultures

  • African White-backed Vulture
  • Ruppell’s Vulture
  • Lappet-faced Vulture
  • White-headed Vulture
  • Egyptian Vulture
  • Hooded Vulture    

Eagles, kites, harriers and hawks  

  • African fish
  • eagle
  • lesser spotted eagle
  • tawny eagle
  • steppe eagle
  • Wahlberg’s eagle
  • Verreaux’s eagle
  • African hawk-eagle
  • booted eagle
  • long-crested eagle
  • martial eagle
  • crowned-eagle
  • black-chested snake-eagle
  • short-toed eagle
  • brown snake-eagle
  • western banded snake-eagle
  • Bateleur
  • black-winged kite
  • black kite
  • European honey-buzzard
  • African cuckoo-hawk
  • bat hawk
  • African harrier-hawk
  • pallid harrier
  • Montagu’s harrier
  • African marsh harrier 
  • Eurasian marsh harrier
  • Gabar goshawk
  • African goshawk 
  • little sparrow hawk
  • black sparrow hawk
  • lizard buzzard
  • common buzzard 
  • augur buzzard   

Falcons and kestrels

  • Lanner falcon
  • peregrine falcon
  • Eurasian hobby
  • grey kestrel
  • lesser kestrel
  • common kestrel 
  • amur falcon   

Quails, buttonquails, francolins and Guinea fowl

  • common quail
  • harlequin quail
  • common buttonquail
  • coqui francolin
  • Shelley’s francolin
  • scaly francolin
  • red-necked spurfowl
  • crested francolin
  • helmeted guinea fowl   

Rails, crakes, moorhens and coot

  • African rail
  • African crake
  • spotted crake
  • Baillon’s crake
  • corn crake
  • black crake
  • common moorhen 
  • African purple swamp hen 

Cranes and bustards

  • grey crowned crane
  • Kori bustard
  • white-bellied bustard
  • black-bellied  

Jacana and stilt

  • African jacana 
  • black-winged stilt    
African jacana 
African jacana

Thick-knees 

  • Water thick-knee 
  • spotted thick-knee    

Coursers

  • three-banded courser
  • Temminck’s courser    

Plovers, lapwings and painted snipe

  • ringed plover, Kittlitz’s plover
  • three-banded plover, Caspian plover, blacksmith lapwing, spur-winged lapwing, Senegal lapwing, black-winged lapwing, crowned lapwing, African wattled lapwing and greater painted snipe    

Sandpipers and relatives

  • Little Stint
  • Curlew Sandpiper
  • Ruff, Spotted Redshank
  • Common Redshank
  • Marsh Sandpiper 
  • Common Greenshank
  • Green Sandpiper
  • Wood Sandpiper 
  • Common Sandpiper

Terns

  • Gull-billed Tern
  • Sterna 
  • White-winged Tern  

Pigeons and doves

  • African Green Pigeon
  • Tambourine Dove
  • Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove
  • Blue-spotted Wood-Dove
  • Namaqua Dove
  •  African Olive Pigeon
  • Speckled (Rock) Pigeon
  • Red-eyed Dove
  • Ring-necked Dove
  • Dusky Turtle Dove 
  • Laughing Dove 

Parrots 

  • Meyer’s Parrot    

Turacos 

  • Ross’ Turaco
  • Schawlow’s Turaco
  • Bare-faced Go-away-bird
  • Eastern Grey Plantain-eater   

Cuckoos and coucals

  • Jacobin Cuckoo
  • Levaillant’s Cuckoo
  • Great Spotted Cuckoo
  • Black Cuckoo
  • Red-chested Cuckoo
  • Common Cuckoo
  • African Cuckoo
  • African Emerald Cuckoo
  • Klaas’s Cuckoo
  • Diderick Cuckoo
  • White-browed Coucal
  • Black Coucal

Owls

  • Little Barn Owl
  • Spotted Eagle-Owl
  • Verreaux’s Eagle Owl
  • Pel’s Fishing Owl
  • Pearl-spotted Owlet
  • African Wood-Owl
  • Marsh Owl   
Marsh Owl   
Marsh Owl

Nightjars

  • Montane Nightjar
  • Eurasian Nightjar
  • Square-tailed Nightjar
  • Dusky Nightjar
  • Swamp Nightjar 
  • Pennant-winged Nightjars

SWIFTS

  • African Palm Swift
  • Common Swift
  • African Black Swift
  • Horus Swift
  • Nyanza Swift
  • Mottled Swift
  • Alpine Swift
  • White-rumped Swift
  • Little Swift    

Mouse birds

  • Speckled Mouse bird 
  • Blue-naped Mouse bird    

Trogons

  • Narina Trogon    

Kingfishers

  • Grey-headed Kingfisher
  • Woodland Kingfisher
  • Striped Kingfisher
  • Malachite Kingfisher
  • African Pygmy Kingfisher
  • Giant Kingfisher
  • Pied Kingfisher   

Bee-eaters

  • European Bee-eater
  • White-throated Bee-eater
  • White-fronted Bee-eater 
  • Little Bee-eater
  • Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater    

Rollers

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

Hoopoe and wood hoopoes

  • African Hoopoe
  • Green Wood Hoopoe
  •  Common Scimitar bill
  • Abyssinian Scimitar bill.    

Hornbills

  • Southern Ground Hornbill
  • Von der Decken’s Hornbill
  • Crowned Hornbill
  • African Grey Hornbill
  • Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill   

Barbets and Tinker birds

  • Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird
  • Red-fronted Tinkerbird
  • Spot-flanked Barbet
  • White-headed Barbet
  • Double-toothed Barbet
  • Usambiro Barbet.

Honey guides

  • Scaly-throated Honeyguide
  • Greater Honeyguide 
  • Lesser Honeyguide   

Woodpeckers and wryneck

  • Rufous-necked Wryneck
  • Nubian Woodpecker
  •  Golden-tailed Woodpecker
  • Cardinal Woodpecker
  • Bearded Woodpecker
  • Grey Woodpecker   

Larks & sparrow-larks

  • White-tailed Lark
  • Rufous-naped Lark
  • Flappet Lark
  • Fawn-coloured Lark
  • Red-capped Lark
  • Fischer’s Sparrow-Lark    

Swallows and martins

  • Banded Martin
  • Brown-throated Sand Martin
  • Common House Martin
  • Grey-rumped Swallow       

All the above colorful bird species can easily be sighted in Masai Mara national reserve on a birding safari, birding safaris in Masai Mara national reserve can be done throughout but the best experience is got period from November to April.

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