Birds in Lake Nakuru national park

Birds in Lake Nakuru national park

Birds in Lake Nakuru national park: Lake Nakuru national park is a remarkable birding destination in Kenya, the park is a host to over 500 species of birds which are supported in various areas of the park most especially around Lake Nakuru. Lake Nakuru is a soda lake covering a part of the park and it is a great bird watching site in the lake, Lake Nakuru national park is a best site in Kenya for viewing long-tailed widow bird.

Lake Nakuru national park hosts various kinds of birds such as endemic, near endemic species, critically endangered, endangered species and globally threatened species. Endangered species include Gray Crowned-Crane, White-backed Vulture and Rueppell’s Griffon. Vulnerable species include Abyssinian Thrush, White-headed Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Greater Spotted Eagle and Imperial Eagle. Near threatened species include Maccoa Duck, Lesser Flamingo, Black-tailed Godwit, Great Snipe, Bateleur, Crowned Eagle, Pallid Harrier, European Roller, Sooty Falcon and Gray-crested Helmetshrike.

Bird species thriving in Lake Nakuru national park include

Ostriches

Ostrich’s species in Lake Nakuru national park include Common Ostrich

Ducks

Ducks species in Lake Nakuru national park include White-faced Whistling-Duck, Egyptian Goose, Garganey, Hottentot Teal, Northern Shoveler, Yellow-billed Duck, Cape Teal, Red-billed Duck           , Northern Pintail, Southern Pochard, Tufted Duck and Maccoa Duck

Guinea fowl

Helmeted Guinea fowl

Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies

Pheasants, Grouse and Allies species in Lake Nakuru national park include Hildebrandt’s Francolin and Coqui Francolin

Flamingos

Flamingos’ species in Lake Nakuru national park include Greater Flamingo and Lesser Flamingo

Grebes

Grebes species in Lake Nakuru national park include Little Grebe

Pigeons and Doves

Pigeons and Doves species in Lake Nakuru national park include Speckled Pigeon, Dusky Turtle-Dove, Red-eyed Dove, Ring-necked Dove, Laughing Dove, Tambourine Dove and Namaqua Dove

Sandgrouse

Sandgrouse species in Lake Nakuru national park include Black-faced Sandgrouse

Bustards

Bustards species in Lake Nakuru national park include White-bellied Bustard and Black-bellied Bustard

Cuckoos

Cuckoos species in Lake Nakuru national park include Red-chested Cuckoo, Black Cuckoo, Common Cuckoo, White-browed Coucal, Levaillant’s Cuckoo, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Klaas’s Cuckoo and Dideric Cuckoo

Nightjars and Allies

Night jars and Allies species in Lake Nakuru national park include Eurasian Nightjar

Swifts

Swifts species in Lake Nakuru national park include Common Swift, Nyanza Swift, Pallid Swift, Little Swift, Horus Swift and African Palm-Swift

Rails, Gallinules, and Coots

Rails, Gallinules and coots species in Lake Nakuru national park include Eurasian Moorhen and Red-knobbed Coot

Cranes

Cranes species in Lake Nakuru national park include Gray Crowned-Crane

Stilts and Avocets

Stilts and Avocets species in Lake Nakuru national park include Black-winged Stilt and Pied Avocet

Plovers and Lapwings

Plovers and Lapwings species in Lake Nakuru national park include Blacksmith Lapwing, Spur-winged Lapwing, Black-winged Lapwing, Crowned Lapwing, Lesser Sand-Plover, Caspian Plover, Kittlitz’s Plover, Common Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover and Three-banded Plover.

Painted-Snipes

Painted- snipes species in Lake Nakuru national park include Greater Painted-Snipe

Sandpipers and Allies

Sandpipers and Allies species in Lake Nakuru national park include Whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper, Temminck’s Stint, Sanderling, Little Stint, Terek Sandpiper, Great Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Common Greenshank Marsh Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper and Common Redshank

Crab Plover

Crab plover species in Lake Nakuru national park include Crab-Plover

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers

Gulls, Terns and skimmers species in Lake Nakuru national park include Gray-hooded Gull, Black-headed Gull, bull-billed Tern, White-winged Tern and Whiskered Tern

Storks

Storks’ species in Lake Nakuru national park include Black Stork, Abdim’s Stork, White Stork, Saddle-billed Stork, Marabou Stork and Yellow-billed Stork.

Cormorants and Shags

Cormorants and shags species in Lake Nakuru national park include Long-tailed Cormorant and Great Cormorant

Pelicans

Pelican’s species in Lake Nakuru national park include Great White Pelican and Pink-backed Pelican

Hammerkop

Hammerkop species in Lake Nakuru national park include Hammerkop

Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns

Herons, Egrets and Bitterns species in Lake Nakuru national park include Gray Heron, Black-headed Heron, Goliath Heron, Purple Heron, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, Western Reef-Heron, Cattle Egret, Squacco Heron and Striated Heron

Ibises and Spoonbills

Ibises and spoon bills species in Lake Nakuru national park include Glossy Ibis, African Sacred Ibis, Hadada Ibis and African Spoonbill

Osprey

Osprey species in Lake Nakuru national park include Osprey

Hawks, Eagles, and Kites

Hawks, Eagles and kites species in Lake Nakuru national park include Black-winged Kite, Scissor-tailed Kite, African Harrier-Hawk, European Honey-buzzard, White-headed Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, White-backed Vulture, Rueppell’s Griffon, Bateleur, Black-chested Snake-Eagle, Brown Snake-Eagle, Crowned Eagle, Long-crested Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Booted Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Dark Chanting-Goshawk, Gabar Goshawk, Grasshopper Buzzard, Eurasian Marsh-Harrier, Pallid Harrier, African Goshawk, Black GoshawK, Black Kite, African Fish-Eagle, Common Buzzard and Augur Buzzard

Owls

Owls’ species in Lake Nakuru national park include Spotted Eagle-Owl and Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl

Mouse birds

Mouse bird species in Lake Nakuru national park include Speckled Mouse bird and Blue-naped Mouse bird

Hoopoes

Hoopoes species in Lake Nakuru national park include Eurasian Hoopoe and African Hoopoe

Wood hoopoes and Scimitar bills

Wood hoopoes and scimitar bills species in Lake Nakuru national park include Green Woodhoopoe, Violet Woodhoopoe and Common Scimitar bill

Hornbills

Hornbills’ species in Lake Nakuru national park include African Gray Hornbill

Kingfishers

Kingfishers’ species in Lake Nakuru national park include Malachite Kingfisher, Gray-headed Kingfisher, Striped Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher and Pied Kingfisher

Bee-eaters

Bee-eaters species in Lake Nakuru national park include White-fronted Bee-eater, White-throated Bee-eater, Madagascar Bee-eater, European Bee-eater and Northern Carmine Bee-eater

Rollers

Rollers species in Lake Nakuru national park include European Roller, Lilac-breasted Roller, Rufous-crowned Roller and Broad-billed Roller

African Barbets

African Barbets species in Lake Nakuru national park include Red-fronted Tinkerbird and White-headed Barbet

Honeyguides

Honeyguides species in Lake Nakuru national park include Pallid Honeyguide, Lesser Honeyguide, Scaly-throated Honeyguide and Greater Honeyguide

Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers’ species in Lake Nakuru national park include Rufous-necked Wryneck, Cardinal Woodpecker, Bearded Woodpecker, African Gray Woodpecker, Mountain Gray Woodpecker and Nubian Woodpecker

Falcons and Caracaras

Falcons and caracaras species in Lake Nakuru national park include Lesser Kestrel, Eurasian Kestrel, Greater Kestrel, Amur Falcon, Eleonora’s Falcon, Sooty Falcon, Eurasian Hobby and Lanner Falcon

Parrots

Parrots species in Lake Nakuru national park include Meyer’s Parrot

Cuckoo shrikes

Cuckoo shrikes species in Lake Nakuru national park include Black Cuckoo shrike

Old World Orioles

Old world Orioles species in Lake Nakuru national park include Eurasian Golden Oriole and African Black-headed Oriole

Wattle-eyes and Batises

Wattle eyes and Batises species in Lake Nakuru national park include Chin spot Batis

Vangas, Helmetshrikes and Allies

Vangas, Helmetshrikes and Allies species in Lake Nakuru national park include White Helmetshrike and Gray-crested Helmetshrike

Bush shrikes

Bush shrikes species in Lake Nakuru national park include Brubru, Northern Puffback, Black-crowned Tchagra    , Brown-crowned Tchagra and Tropical Boubou

Drongos

Drongos species in Lake Nakuru national park include Fork-tailed Drongo

Monarch Flycatchers

Monarch flycatchers’ species in Lake Nakuru national park include African Paradise-Flycatcher

Shrikes

Shrikes’ species in Lake Nakuru national park include Red-backed Shrike, Isabelline Shrike, Lesser Gray Shrike, Gray-backed Fiscal and Northern Fiscal

Crows, Jays, and Magpies

Crows, jays, and Magpies species in Lake Nakuru national park include Cape Crow and Pied Crow

Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice

Tits, Chickadees and Titmice species in Lake Nakuru national park include White-bellied Tit

Larks

Larks species in Lake Nakuru national park include Foxy Lark, Rufous-naped Lark and Red-capped Lark

African Warblers

African Warblers species in Lake Nakuru national park include Red-faced Crombec

Cisticolas and Allies

Cisticolas and Allies species in Lake Nakuru national park include Gray-backed Camaroptera, Buff-bellied Warbler, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Gray Apalis, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Gray-capped Warbler, Rattling Cisticola, Wailing Cisticola, Winding Cisticola and Zitting Cisticola

Reed Warblers and Allies

Reed warblers and Allies species in Lake Nakuru national park include Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Olive-tree Warbler, Marsh Warbler and Eurasian Reed Warbler

Swallows

Swallows species in Lake Nakuru national park include Plain Martin, Bank Swallow, Banded Martin, Rock Martin, Barn Swallow, Wire-tailed Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Mosque Swallow, Common House-Martin, Black Sawwing and Gray-rumped Swallow

Bulbuls

Bulbuls’ species in Lake Nakuru national park include Slender-billed Greenbul and Common Bulbul

Leaf Warblers

Leaf warblers’ species in Lake Nakuru national park include Willow Warbler

Sylviid Warblers, Parrotbills, and Allies

Sylviid warblers, parrotbills and Allies species in Lake Nakuru national park include African Hill Babbler, Eurasian Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Brown Parisoma and Greater Whitethroat

White-eyes, Yuhinas, and Allies

White eyes, Yuhinas and Allies species in Lake Nakuru national park include Kikuyu White-eye

 Laughing thrushes and Allies

Laughing thrushes and Allies species in Lake Nakuru national park include Rufous Chatterer and Arrow-marked Babbler

Oxpeckers

Oxpeckers species in Lake Nakuru national park include Red-billed Oxpecker

Starlings

Starlings’ species in Lake Nakuru national park include Wattled Starlin, Hildebrandt’s Starling, Rueppell’s Starling, Superb Starling and Greater Blue-eared Starling

Thrushes and Allies

Thrushes and Allies species in Lake Nakuru national park include Abyssinian Thrush and African Thrush

Old World Flycatchers

Old World flycatchers species in Lake Nakuru national park include African Dusky Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, African Gray Flycatcher, White-eyed Slaty-Flycatcher, Brown-backed Scrub-Robin, Red-backed Scrub-Robin, Cape Robin-Chat, Rueppell’s Robin-Chat, White-browed Robin-Chat, Thrush Nightingale, Common Nightingale, Common Redstart, Little Rock-Thrush, Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush, Whinchat, Mocking Cliff-Chat, Northern Anteater-Chat, Northern Wheatear, Isabelline Wheatear, Pied Wheatear and Abyssinian Wheatear

Sunbirds and Spider hunters

Sunbirds and spider hunters’ species in Lake Nakuru national park include Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird, Green-headed Sunbird, Amethyst Sunbird, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Bronze Sunbird, Golden-winged Sunbird, Northern Double-collared Sunbird, Shining Sunbird and Variable Sunbird

Weavers and Allies

Weavers and Allies in species in Lake Nakuru national park include Baglafecht Weaver, Spectacled Weaver, Lesser Masked-Weaver, Speke’s Weave and Long-tailed Widowbird

Waxbills and Allies

Wax bills and Allies species in Lake Nakuru national park include Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Crimson-rumped Waxbill, Common Waxbill, Red-cheeked Cordonbleu, Purple Grenadier, Red-billed Fire finch, African Fire finch, and Black-and-white Mannikin

Old World Sparrows

Old world and Sparrows species in Lake Nakuru national park include Kenya Rufous Sparrow and Northern Gray-headed Sparrow

Wagtails and Pipits

Wagtails and Pipits species in Lake Nakuru national park include Mountain Wagtail, Western Yellow Wagtail, African Pied Wagtail, White Wagtail, African Pipit, Long-billed Pipit, Plain-backed Pipit, Red-throated Pipit and Yellow-throated Longclaw

Finches, Euphonias, and Allies:

Finches, Euphonias and Allies species in Lake Nakuru national park include Reichenow’s Seedeater and Brimstone Canary

Old World Buntings

Old world buntings species in Lake Nakuru national park include Cinnamon-breasted Bunting and Golden-breasted Bunting

All of these bird species are entertaining to look at while in Lake Nakuru national park, for any birder you should be packing your bags for a birding safari in Lake Nakuru national park. For an amazing safari, book your safari with Focus East Africa safari send your safari inquiry at info@lakenakurukenya.com .

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