Bird Watching Ethiopia
For any dedicated birdwatcher planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Ethiopia is a must, particularly those with experience of birding elsewhere in Africa, a primary goal will be to identify those species whose range is actually-or-practically-confined to Ethiopia .This country close proximity to the Equator and great habitat diversity makes its bird-life one of the richest in Africa. 850 species has been recorded in here with a high proportion of keenly sought after endemic whose range is restricted to Ethiopia or to the Horn of Africa.
Ethiopia’s burgeoning reputation as a top birding as improved over the last 15 years or so, and for this reason, a dedicated birding trip might easily amass a list of 400 species for two weeks.
The popular birding destination include Entoto nature park and Menegasha forest both close to Addis Ababa, Lake Ziway, Lake Abiata-Shala for shorebirds, Lake Hawassa, Bale Mountain national park with great emphasis in Senetti Plateau and Gaysay extension, Negele Borena, Genale, Yabello, Nechisar National park and Awash National Park.
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Ethiopia Birding Safari will tend to route through;
1.Bale Mountains National Park,
2. Wondo Genet and Liben Plains,
3. Awash National Park,
Trip highlight species includes; Rouget’s Rail, Wattled Ibis ,White-cheeked Turaco and White-collared Pigion.
The much sought after species in Ethiopia are;
9. Black-winged Lovebird.
11. Prince’s Ruspoli’s Turaco.
18.Abyssinian Slaty Flycatcher.
23. Streseman’s Bush Crow