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Birds of Namibia

With just over 700 species, Namibia, doesn't have as many resident bird species as some other African destinations. However, the arid habitat is home to a high number of dry-country specials with limited distribution, which is of particular interest to birders. The intra-African and Palaearctic migrants from Europe are present from September to April.

Notable birds
  • Shaft-tailed whydahShaft-tailed whydahCommon
  • MonteiroMonteiro's hornbillLocally common & near endemic
  • Great white pelicanGreat white pelicanLocally common
  • Pale chanting goshawkPale chanting goshawkCommon
  • Northern black bustardNorthern black bustardCommon
  • Greater kestrelGreater kestrelCommon
Endemic (E) and near-endemic (NE) birds

Other birding specials
Best time for bird watching
The birdlife in Namibia is at its best from September to April, when the migratory birds from Europe and northern Africa are present. At this time, many resident bird species are nesting and are in breeding plumage. After good rains, the pans in Etosha and Bushmanland become a hotspot for aquatic birds, including flocks of flamingos. Rains are mostly short showers in the afternoon and seldom have a negative impact on your trip. For wildlife viewing, the Dry season is better.

Best parks for birding - including birding rating

Etosha National Park is home to 380 bird species and is one of Namibia’s birding hotspots. The parks in the Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip) offer bird-rich habitats, including an impressive selection of Okavango specials.

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