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Lilac-breasted Roller in Kenya: Photo by Nathan Mixon

Welcome to our hub for bird identification and guides in Kenya. Whether you’re an experienced birder or just starting out, our platform provides curated resources to help you identify and explore the diverse avian species found throughout the country. From iconic savannah birds to rare forest species, our articles cover field markings, behavior, calls, and habitats, making bird identification an enjoyable and accessible experience for all enthusiasts. Join us as we delve into the rich birdlife of Kenya and enhance your birdwatching adventures in this beautiful East African nation.

Total Bird Species: 1,165

Endemic Species: 11

  • Jackson’s Spurfowl
  • Williams’s Lark
  • Taita Apalis
  • Tana River Cisticola
  • Aberdare Cisticola
  • Kikuyu White-eye
  • Taita White-eye
  • Hinde’s Babbler
  • Taita Thrush
  • Kilifi/Clarke’s Weaver
  • Sharpe’s Longclaw

Top Birding Hotspots

  1. Amboseli National Park: Located in southern Kenya, Amboseli National Park is celebrated for its iconic views of Mount Kilimanjaro and is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, offering opportunities to observe diverse bird species and iconic African mammals in their natural habitat.
  2. Nairobi National Park: The only national park in the world that is within a capital city’s confines, Nairobi National Park is a unique wilderness sanctuary, where visitors can witness a stunning juxtaposition of wildlife against an urban backdrop, offering unforgettable encounters with iconic African species within close proximity to the city.
  3. Lake Nakuru National Park: Famous for its pink flamingos, Lake Nakuru is also home to a variety of waterfowl, raptors, and woodland species.
  4. Maasai Mara National Reserve: Known for its spectacular wildlife, Maasai Mara also offers excellent birding opportunities, especially around the Mara River and its adjacent woodlands.
  5. Lake Naivasha: Nestled in the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha is a renowned biodiversity hub, hosting a diverse array of bird species and serving as a critical habitat for both resident and migratory birds.

Find other hotspots on eBird!

Birding Organizations

  1. Nature Kenya: Formerly the East Africa Natural History Society, Nature Kenya is the oldest environmental society in East Africa, dedicated to the conservation of birds and biodiversity.
  2. A Rocha Kenya: A Rocha is a conservation organization based along Kenya’s coast with a focus on conserving and restoring threatened habitats and biodiversity through research,
    environmental action, advocacy and community empowerment.

Guides