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Birding in Tarangire National Park Tanzania

Tarangire is an amazing destination to watch birds as it has a bird list of over 500 bird species. Its swamps which are normally green all year round are the commonest breeding area for various species in the entire park. In addition it is home to several dry bird species in Tanzania at the margin of their range, such as the pied babbler plus the vulturine guineafowl.

Those really interested in bird watching may be watchful for the large flocks of vivid yellow-collared lovebird, and the rufous-tailed weaver as well as ashy starling – all prevalent to the dry savannah in the north-central part of Tanzania. From November up to April, you will be able to see various Migratory bird species

Bird Species in Tarangire

The Common Red-and-yellow barbet

The Locally Common and endemic Ashy starling

The Common White-headed buffalo-weaver

The Common Tawny eagle

The Common African orange-bellied parrot

The Common Speckle-fronted weaver

Birding specials

African grey flycatcher

Ashy starling endemic to Tanzania

Bare-faced go-away bird

Donaldson-Smith’s nightjar

Great white pelican

Mouse-colored penduline tit

Northern pied babbler near endemic to Tanzania

Northern white-crowned shrike


Pink-breasted lark

Rufous-tailed weaver endemic to Tanzania

Slate-coloured boubou

Von der Decken’s hornbill

Vulturine guineafowl

Yellow-collared lovebird

Best time for birdwatching
all year round, Tarangire National Park offers amazing bird watching experiences however it is at its best once the migratory species begin arriving from European and Northern Africa from November up to April. The resident species begin Nesting almost at the same time therefore it is really easy to see the birds while in breeding plumage. On the other hand, from June up to October, you will enjoy the best views of wild animals.

Best parks for birding

All the renowned safari parks provide amazing opportunities for watching birds and also  specials may easily be seen almost everywhere you go. Arusha National Park which is usually overlooked offers a wonderful variety of habitats and prides in an overwhelming list of approximately 400 species living within its small area. Also Lake Manyara presents a great diversity of water associated bird species.

Tarangire is one of the greatly diversified wildlife national parks in the whole of East Africa where you can enjoy bird watching.  The park specifically offers rewarding sights of raptors and also  visitors who do not have the interest of watching birds will be stunned by the overwhelming numbers of birds especially the striking ‘air predators’. Some of the commonly seen Raptors in the park are: the martial eagles, bateleur eagles, long-crested eagles, spotted eagle owls, fish eagle as well as the tawny eagles,

It’s amazing to know that this park covers just a tiny area of the whole Tarangire Ecosystem area. in fact Tarangire ecosystem is nearly 13 times the real size of this park! The borders of the ecosystem are distinguished by the migrating herbivores. The migrating animals go to Tarangire during the dry months after traversing the neighboring area during the rainy months.  Among the commonly see migrating herbivores are zebras, wildebeests plus buffalos. in the month of December, they move from the park to spread out further east just as the rainy season begins. The large migrating herd starts moving out of the large ecosystem and return into the park as the dry season begins again in the month of June.
Tarangire Safari Tanzania

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Birding in Tarangire