Birds of Masai Mara National Reserve
What birds found in Masai Mara National Reserve? Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya is famous for wildlife safaris including both game viewing and excellent birding safari trips. The park is found in the southwestern region of Narok County which is about 224 kilometers east of Nairobi the capital city of Kenya.
Masai Mara National Reserve covers an area of about 1500 square kilometers and it stretches to form part of the Serengeti ecosystem which combines the Serengeti National Park.
Masai Mara National Reserve is recognized as an important birding area and it harbors over 470 species of birds characterized by resident bird species, rare bird species, migrant bird species, endemic, and those that are nearly endemic.
Masai Mara National Reserve is a wonderful and perfect destination for bird watching safaris and for those birders expect to see a lot of birds while in Masai Mara National Reserve and some of the birds that you will encounter in Masai Mara National Reserve include the following;
The white-faced whistling Duck, Egyptian goose, spur-winged goose, Fulvours Whistling -duck, common ostriches, garganey, northern Shoveler, Hottentot Teal, yellow-billed duck, red-billed duck, Eurasian teal, Northern pintail, Helmeted guinea fowl, crested guinea fowl, Scaly Francolin, Harlequin, Blue Quail, crested francolin, red-winged Francolin, Red-necked Francolin, Hildebrandt’s Francolin, Greater Flamingo, and Lesser Flamingo.
Other bird species include Golden-breasted Bunting, Golden-Breasted Bunting, Thick-billed Seedeater, Brimstone Canary, yellow-Fronted Canary, White-bellied Canary, Reichenows seedeater, African Citril, Southern Grosbeak-Canary, Rosy-throated Longclaw, Bush Pipit, Pangani Longclaw, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Long-billed Pipit, African Pipit, Western Yellow Wagtail, Gray Wagtail, Plain-backed Pipit, African Pied Wagtail, Cape Wagtail, Mountain Wagtail, and yellow-spotted Bush Sparrow.
Other bird species that you encounter while in Masai Mara National Reserve include House sparrow, Swahili sparrow, Chestnut Sparrow, Yellow-Spotted Bush Sparrow, Northern Gray-Headed Sparrow, Pin-tailed Whydah, Parasitic Weaver, Straw-tailed Whydah, Black-and-white Mannikin, Zebra Waxbill, Quail Finch, African Firefinch, Red-billed Firefinch, Purple Grenadier, Red-cheeked Cordonbleu, gray-headed Negrita, common Waxbill, Yellow-billed Waxbill,
Crison-rumped Waxbill, common Waxbill.
Others include Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver, White-browed sparrow-Weaver, Red-headed Weaver, Rufous-tailed Weaver, Holubs Golden-Weaver, Spectacled Weaver, Lesser Masked-Weaver, Grey-Headed Social-Weaver, Baglafecht Weaver, Southern Red Bishop, Speke’s Weaver, Cardinal quelea, Village Weaver, Brown-caped Weaver, lesser Masked weaver, Vitelline Masked-Weaver.
There are also sunbirds in Masai Mara National Reserve and these include Purple-banded sunbird, Variable Sunbird, Beautiful Sunbird, Marigua Sunbird, Malachite Sunbird, Northern Double-collared Sunbird, Olive Sunbird, Amethyst Sunbird, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Bronze Sunbird, Green-headed Sunbird, Collared Sunbird, and plovers, and lapwings such as Black-bellied plover, Spur-Winged Lapwing, Long-toed Lapwing, Black- Smith lapwing, Senegal Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, Wattled Lapwing, Crowned Lapwing, Three-banded Plover, Common Ringed Plover, and Caspian, Secretary bird.
You will as well enjoy other beautiful bird species such as palm-nut Vulture, Black-Winged Kite, African Harrier Hawk, White-headed Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, European Honey Buzzard, African Cuckoo-Hawk, Egyptian Vulture, Long0crested eagle, Bat Hawk, Lesser-spotted Eagle, Booted Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Steppe Eagle, African Fish Eagle, Ban owl, African Scops Owl, African Hoopoe, Narina trogon, trumpeter Hornbill, African grey Hornbill, Southern Ground Hornbill, little Bee-eater, Stripped Kingfisher, Malachite kingfisher, Striped kingfisher, Pied kingfisher, white-fronted bee-eater, European roller Broad-billed roller among other bird species.
This means that you can come and enjoy various bird species what you need is to come with your birder’s guidebook for easy identification. We have special guides who ate experienced in birds who can even identify the birds by mere sound. Just contact us at Africa Adventure Vacations for the betterment of Kenya wildlife safaris including bird identification