Bird Watching in Lake Manyara National Park

Birds of Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is home to over 300 internal and migrant bird species including Eurasian migrant birds, acacia associated birds, raptors, and 3 endangered Tanzanian species.

Four hours driving from Lake Manyara National Park heading to north east you will arrive at Lake Natron which also offer great opportunities of Flamingo and other water bird watching as they gather on the lake shore in flocks of ten thousands or even several hundred thousands. Lake Natron is the flamingos breeding ground and Lake Manyara, Nakuru in Kenya their feeding ground.

Best time for watching birds in Lake Manyara National Park.

Manyara National Park offer great bird photography and watching throughout the year, the finest time for watching birds inside Manyara National Park is from the beginning of November to the end of April, special targeting for various migrant species coming from Europe as well as the Northern part of Africa. Also during this time, the resident species begin nesting therefore it is really easy to see the birds while in breeding plumage. For game viewing, we recommend that you visit during the dry season (starting in June, July, August, September and October. Possible and better to combine Bird Watching in Tarangire and Lake Manyara.

birds of Lake Manyara National Park

Bird species available in Lake Manyara 

The bush clips on the edge of the floodplain is occupied by groups of Long-tailed fiscal, the rare Pangani Longclaw. The birds in the Lake Manyara forest are: Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Narina Trogon, Crowned Hornbill, Schalow’s Turaco, Emerald Cuckoo, Crowned Eagle and ground dwelling Crested Guineafowl.

Here is the shortlist for birds of Lake Manyara National Park, this list will be updated by our bird guides who keen to discover new lifers.

  • Black heron
  • The Common Little bee-eater
  • The Common Martial eagle
  • The Common Silvery-cheeked hornbill
  • Glossy ibis, and the
  • Baglafecht weaver
  • Some of the specials
  • Abdim’s stork
  • African fish eagle
  • African grey hornbill
  • African jacana
  • African spoonbill
  • Baglafecht weaver
  • Great white pelican
  • Greater flamingo
  • Grey crowned crane
  • Hamerkop
  • Hottentot-teal
  • Knob-billed goose
  • Lesser flamingo
  • Little stint
  • Pied avocet
  • Pied kingfisher
  • Pink-backed pelican
  • Sacred ibis
  • Saddle-billed stork
  • Silvery-cheeked hornbill
  • Southern ground hornbill
  • Spur-winged goose
  • Von der Decken’s hornbill
  • Yellow-billed stork