Birds to Look for On Your East African Safari


If you are an avid bird watcher, an East African safari should be at the top of your bucket list. This region of the continent is known for the abundance of beautiful birds that call the skies home. There are thousands of different species—big, tall, small beaks and large, bulky, streamlined, colorful and bland. Each have their own characteristics and personalities that make them unique. The bird population in Africa makes it one of the best places on Earth to take a bird watching trip.

While you are watching the skies for your dream sightings, you might even catch a glimpse of many iconic land animals as well. Even if you are not that into bird watching, you will still enjoy seeing some of the wonderful species that can be found in the area. Here are some of the birds that you should look out for while you are on your East African safari.

The Shoebill

You might not equate the giant, blundering Shoebill to a graceful ballerina, but seeing one is a rare chance that many covet. People come from all over the world to spot this amazing bird that is characterized by having large, round eyes, grey feathers and a bulky beak. Since this bird can only be found in Africa, it is a prime tourist attraction. Until recent years, the Shoebill was not protected and it was common for their eggs to be stolen straight from their nests. Thankfully, the bird is now under the protection of laws that will make it possible for future generations to enjoy their presence.

The Green-Breasted Pitta

Though this bird is common in multiple countries in Africa, it is rather difficult to spot. Many avid bird enthusiasts dream of capturing a photograph of the small Green-Breasted Pitta. Their color helps them to blend perfectly with the green tropical forests that they call home. They are stunning little creatures, sporting vibrant shades of green, red, yellow and navy.

The African Green Broadbill

Due to deforestation, you can only see this magnificent bird in two small places on the planet—both of which are in Africa. They are characterized by their gorgeous green shades and streamlined bodies. These birds are tropical, and their natural habitat is highly threatened.

The Great Blue Turaco

This bird cannot be mistaken for any other, as it sports a unique arrangement of feathers atop its nobly shaped head, as well as a pronounced set on the tail. The Great Blue Turaco is named for its beautiful blue coloring, which is paired with a vibrant yellow on the chest, tail and beak. These birds are hunted for meat and mementos that are made from their wings.

Doherty’s Bushshrike

This subtropical bird is neither endangered or uncommon, but its unique coloring makes it a favorite site among tourists and safari goers. Doherty’s Bushshrike is red, yellow and black—a truly beautiful arrangement.

Book Your African Safari Today

If you would like to have the opportunity to see these birds, as well as many others, in person, visit our safari tours page or contact a representative with Rohoyachui today.

Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa

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