Lake Naivasha-Bird List Kenya Safari
Lake Naivasha-Bird List Kenya Safari : Lake Naivasha national park is one the popular destination for bird watching on Kenya safaris that harbors with a variety of bird list which can be spotted in papyrus swamps ,acacia woodland a home to abundant bird species ,black and white colobus monkeys .Birding in Lake Naivasha can also be viewed in Ellesmere center that sits nearby the park and this center was a former home of Joy and George Adamson who wrote the bestselling book on African wildlife’s .You can still do birding from Hell’s Gate National park which is just 13 kilometers away from Lake Naivasha national park such bird species to see here are Bearded Vulture and Verreaux’s Eagle are more rewardable around the towering cliffs.
This national park was established in 1995 covering an area of 140 square kilometers, managed by ‘’KWS’’ Kenya Wildlife Service. Lake Naivasha is approximately 1:30 hours’ drive from Nairobi to the main destination.
Lake Naivasha national park is one of the top birding destination for birding on Kenyan Birding Safari, harboring with more than 400 species of birds comprised of endemic species, near threatened species, forested species and savannah species. Below is the identification of these bird list as highlighted;
Lake Naivasha national Park-Duck species include white-backed Duck, Egyptian goose, Garganey, Yellow-billed duck, Northern pintail, Hottentot teal, Red-billed duck, Southern pochard, Fulvous Whistling –Duck, Tufted duck and Maccoa duck.
Lake Naivasha national Park-Guinea fowl include Helmeted Guinea fowl.
Pheasants, Grouse and Allies
Lake Naivasha national Park-Pheasants, Grouse and Allies species include Coqui francolin and common quail.
Lake Naivasha national park –Flamingo species include greater flamingo and lesser flamingo.
Lake Naivasha national park –Grebes species include little grebe
Pigeons and Doves
Pigeons and Doves species in Lake Naivasha national park –Pigeons and Doves species include speckled pigeon, mourning collared-dove, emerald-spotted wood-dove, red-eyed-dove, ring-necked –dove, laughing-dove, Namaqua-dove among others.
Lake Naivasha national park –Cuckoos species include White-browed caudal, Red-chested cuckoos, black cuckoos, common cuckoo, great spotted cuckoos, klaas’s cuckoo, dideric cuckoo.
Nightjars and Allies
Lake Naivasha national park –Nigh jar and Allies species include Eurasian nightjar.
Lake Naivasha national park –Swifts species include Common swift, Nyanza swift, horas swift.
Rails, Gallinules and Coots
Lake Naivasha national park –Rails, Gallinules and Coots species include African Rail, lesser moorhen, Eurasian moorhen, African crake, Red-knobbed coot, African swamp hen, striped crake and black crake.
Lake Naivasha national park –Cranes species include gray crowned-crane.
Lake Naivasha national park –Thick knees species include Eurasian thick-knee many others.
Stilts and Avocets
Lake Naivasha national park –Stilts and Avocets species include black-winged stilt and pied avocet.
Plovers and Lapwings
Lake Naivasha national park –Plover and Lapwings species include black-bellied plover, Kittlitz’s plover, long-toed lapwing, lesser sand –plovers, blacksmith lapwing, spur-winged lapwing, seneral lapwing, crowned lapwing, Caspian plover, common ringed plover, little ringed plover and three-banded plover.
Lake Naivasha national park –Jacanas species include African jacana.
Sandpipers and Allies
Lake Naivasha national park –Sandpipers and Allies species include Whimbrel, bar-tailed Godwit, Black-Tailed-God wit, ruddy turnstone, curlew sandpiper, temminck’s stint, sanderling, little stint, Terek sandpiper, common snipe, African snipe, common sandpiper, ruff, green sandpiper, spotted redshank, common greenshank, marsh sandpiper, wood sandpiper and common redshank.
Gulls, Terns and Skimmers
Lake Naivasha national park –Gulls, Terns and Skimmers include Gray-hooded Gull, black-headed Gull, lesser black-backed Gull, gull-billed tern, whiskered tern, white- winged tern and African skimmer.
Lake Naivasha national park –Stork species include African open bill, black stork, white stork, saddle-billed stork, marabou stork, yellow-billed stork.
Cormorants and Shags
Lake Naivasha national park –Cormorants and Shags species include long-tailed cormorant and great cormorant.
Lake Naivasha national park –Pelicans species include Great white pelican and pink-backed pelican.
Lake Naivasha national park –Hermerkop species include Hamerkop.
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns
Lake Naivasha national park –Herons, Egret and Bitterns species include Gray heron, black-headed heron, Intermediate egret, goliath heron, purple heron, great egret, little egret, black heron, cattle egret, squacco heron, striated heron, black-crowned night-heron.
Ibises and Spoonbills
Lake Naivasha national park –Ibises and Spoonbill species include Glossy Ibis, African sacred Ibis, Hadada Ibis, Eurasian spoonbill and African spoonbill.
Lake Naivasha national park –Secretary bird species include secretary bird.
Lake Naivasha national park –Osprey species include Osprey.
Hawks, Eagles and Kites
Lake Naivasha national park –Harks, Eagles and Kites species include black-winged kite, European honey-buzzard, Long-crested Eagle, lesser spotted Eagle, greater spotted eagle, Wahlberg’s eagle, Eurasian Marsh-Harrier, booted eagle, steppe eagle, imperial eagle, verreaux’s eagle, Grasshopper-Buzzards, African Marsh-Harrier, little sparrow hawk, black kite, African fish –Eagle, Augur Buzzard, Pallid Harrier.
Lake Naivasha national park –Owls species include Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl.
Lake Naivasha national park –Mouse bird species include speckled moosebirds.
Lake Naivasha national park –Hoopoes species include African Hoopoes.
Wood hoopoes and Scimitar bills
Lake Naivasha national park –Wood hoopoes and Scimitar bills species include Green wood hoopoes, violet wood hoopoe and Common scimitar bill.
Lake Naivasha national park –Hornbills species include Crowned Hornbill, African gray hornbill.
Lake Naivasha national park –Kingfisher species include African pygmy-kingfisher, Malachite kingfisher, Gray-headed kingfisher, giant king fisher, pied kingfisher.
Lake Naivasha national park –Bee-eater’s species include White-fronted bee-eater, white-throated bee-eater, Madagascar bee-eater, European bee-eater.
Lake Naivasha national park –Roller species include European Roller and Lilac-breasted Roller.
Lake Naivasha national park –Africa Barbets species include White-headed Barbet.
Honeyguides species in Lake Naivasha national park include Green-backed Honeyguide, Wahlberg’s Honeyguide, lesser Honeyguide, greater Honeyguide.
Lake Naivasha national park –Woodpeckers species include African gray woodpecker and Nubian woodpecker.
Falcons and Caracaras
Lake Naivasha national park –Falcon and Caracaras species include Eurasian kestrel, greater kestrel, Lesser kestrel, Amur falcon, Eleanora’s falcon, Sooty falcon, Eurasian Hobby, Saker falcon.
Lake Naivasha national park –Parrots species include Fischer’s lovebird and yellow-collared lovebird.
Old World Orioles
Lake Naivasha national park Old World Orioles species include Eurasian Golden Orioles and African black-headed Orioles.
Wattle-eyes and Batises
Lake Naivasha national park –Wattle eyes and Batises include Chin spot batis.
Lake Naivasha national park –Bush shrike’s species include Brubru, tropical boubou, Sulphur-breasted bush shrikes.
Drongos species in Lake Naivasha national park include fork-tailed Drongo.
Lake Naivasha national park –Monarch Flycatchers species include African Paradise –Flycatcher.
Lake Naivasha national park –Shrike species include Red-backed shrikes, Isabel line shrike, Lesser gray shrike, gray-backed fiscal and Northern fiscal.
Crows, Jays and Magpies
Lake Naivasha national park –Crows, jays and Magpies include Cape Crow and Pied crow.
Tits, Chickadees and Titmice
Lake Naivasha national park –Tits, Chickadees and Titmice species include White-bellied Tit.
Lake Naivasha national park –Penduline –Tits species include Mouse-colored penduline Tit and African penduline-Tit.
Lake Naivasha national park –Larks species include Rufous-napped Lark, Red-capped Lark.
Lake Naivasha national park –Nicator species include Eastern Nicator.
Lake Naivasha national park –African Warbler species include Northern Crombec and Red-faced crombec.
Cisticolas and Allies
Lake Naivasha national park –Cisticolas and Allies species including Gray-backed camaroptera, buff-bellied warbler, yellow-breasted Apalis, stout cisticola, gray apalis, tawny-flanked prinia, gray-capped warbler, rattling cisticola, winding cisticola, zitting cisticola.
Reed Warblers and Allies
Lake Naivasha national park –Reed Warbler and Allies species include Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, African yellow-warbler, greater swamp warbler, Olive-tree warbler, Sedge warbler, Marsh warbler, Eurasian Reed warbler, Basra Reed warbler, lesser swamp warbler and great reed warbler.
Lake Naivasha national park –Swallows species include Lesser striped swallow, Plain martin, bank swallow, banded martin, barn swallow, Angola swallow, red-rumped swallow, and Common House-Martin.
Lake Naivasha national park –Bulbuls species include Cabanis’s Greenbul and Common bulbul.
Lake Naivasha national park –Leaf Warbler species include Willow warbler and brown woodland-warbler.
Silvia Warbler, Parrotbills and Allies
Lake Naivasha national park –Silvis warbler, Parrotbills and Allies species include African hill babbler, Eurasian blackcap, Garden warbler and Greater whitethroat.
White-eyes, Yuhinas and Allies
Lake Naivasha national park –White-eyes, Yuhinas and Allies species include Kikuyu white-eye and African yellow white-eye.
Laughing thrushes and Allies
Lake Naivasha national park –Laughing thrushes and Allies species include Black-lured babbler and Arrow-marked babbler.
Lake Naivasha national park –Oxpecker species include Red-billed Oxpecker.
Lake Naivasha national park –Starling species include Wattled starling, Red-winged starling, Waller’s starling, Lesser blue-eared starling, Hildebrandt’s starling, Rueppell’s starling, Superb starling, and Greater blue-eared starling.
Thrushes and Allies
Lake Naivasha national park –Thrushes and Allies species include Abyssinian Thrush.
Sunbirds and Spider hunters
Lake Naivasha national park –Sunbirds and spider hunter’s species include Collared Sunbird, Amethyst sunbird, Scarlet-chested sunbird, red-chested sunbird, bronze sunbird, golden-winged sunbird, and Variable sunbird.
Waxbills and Allies
Lake Naivasha national park –Waxbills and Allies species include Common Waxbill, purple grenadier, red-billed fire finch and African fire finch.
Lake Naivasha national park –Indigo bird’s species include Pin-tailed Whydah and village indigo bird.
Old World Sparrows
Lake Naivasha national park –Old World sparrow species include House Sparrow, Kenya Rufous sparrow, Chestnut sparrow.
Wagtails and Pipits
Lake Naivasha national park –Wagtail and Pipits include Cape wagtail, African pied wagtail, white wagtail, western yellow wagtail, African pipit, Red-throated pipits, Sharpe’s Long claw, Tree pipits, Yellow-throated long claw.
Finches, Euphonias and Allies
Lake Naivasha national park –Finches, Euphonias and Allies include African Citril, white-billied Canary, Brimstone canary, streaky seedeater, Thick illed seedeater.
Old World Flycatchers
Lake Naivasha national park –Old world Flycatcher species include African gray flycatcher, white-eyed slaty-flycatcher, cape robin-chat, Rueppelli’s robin-chat, white-browed robin-chat, common nightingale, white-starred robin, brown-chested Alethe, thrush knighting, common redstart, rufous-tailed rock-thrush, whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher, African stonechat, northern anteater-chat, northern wheatear, capped wheatear, Isabel line wheatear, pied wheatear.
Weaver and Allies
Lake Naivasha national Park-Weaver and Allies species include red-headed weaver, White –browed Sparrow-weaver, baglafecht weaver, spectacled weaver, holub’s golden-weaver, lesser masked-weaver, speke’s weaver, white-winged widowbird.
Best Time for birdwatching
Bird watching safari in Lake Naivasha national park is done throughout the year though the best time for birding here is from June to October also game viewing is perfect within this season when the grassland is short and the view rewarding for both birds and wildlife. Then the migratory bird species is best from November to April.