Kenya offers fabulous birding amidst big game safaris alongside a well established eco-tourism industry. Stunning birding sights include the rift valley lakes with millions of flamingos whilst the wet of the country holds remnants of rainforest as well as the shores of Lake Victoria. The Rift Valley cuts through the centre of the country. In the valley itself are the great acacia-wooded plains. The Central Highlands rise to the east of the Rift, with Mount Kenya cloaked in forest. Birders can reasonably expect to see 500+ species, almost half the number recorded in Kenya, over a three-four week trip.

From the world's biggest bird, the Ostrich, to spectacular flamingos that congregate in their millions at the various Lakes of the Great Rift Valley and camouflage them in pink, Kenya holds some remarkable birding sights that you have to see them to believe. With eleven percent of the world's species, Kenya's birding is some of the best in the world. It is not unusual for birding trips to record 300-600 different varieties on a short trip or to record more than 120 at a particular site on a single day!

The variety of birds in Kenya is made possible by the favourable climate, diverse habitats and geographical features that make it a suitable migratory route for birds. Even without venturing outside Nairobi, Kenya's capital, more than 600 resident and migratory bird species are found; more than in any other capital city, and more than in most countries.

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Birding the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest area, Kenya, 23rd-24th Sept 2006, author Dave Gandy (added September 27, 2006)
(Sokoke Scops Owl, Sokoke Pipit, Amani Sunbird, Golden-rumped Elephant-shrew)

Kenya - Tropical Birding Tour - May - June 2007, author Benjamin Schwartz (added September 24, 2007)
(573 species of birds seen and 47 mammals)

Kenya 6th - 27th August 2006, author Peter Alfrey (added September 12, 2006)
(photo birding safari)

Kenya- Kenya Bird watching safaris, author Claudious Tours (link created October 23, 2019)
(Kenya Bird watching safaris, Corncrake, Grey crested Helmet Shrike, Lesser Kestrel, Madagascar Squacco Heron, Saddle Billed Stork, Secretary Bird, Ostrich, White headed Vulture among more common species, Lilac Breasted Roller, Yellow billed Ox pecker amo)

Spice Kenya Safari and Beach 2006, author Joanna Dale (added November 29, 2006)
(Treetops, Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara, Mombasa,)

Kenya - November 2008, author Benjamin Schwartz (added November 18, 2008)
(Mt. Kenya, Great Rift Valley, Kakamega, Kisumu, and the Masai Mara)

Kenya, Marsabit and Shaba Reserves, 20-23 October 2011, author Charles Davies (added November 16, 2011)
(Williams's Lark, Masked Lark, Heuglin's Bustard, Red-necked Falcon)

Kenya, Garissa-Madogashi Road, 15th - 17th October 2011, author Charles Davies (added November 13, 2011)
(Collared Lark, Scaly Chatterer, Pringle's Puffback, Steel-blue Whydah, Somali Crombec, red sands)

Selous Birding Trip, author Birding Safaris Africa (link created March 1, 2011)
(Selous Game Reserve, Bohms, Swallow-tailed Bee-eaters, Pale-billed Hornbill)

Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania - 11th-15th February 2011, author Birding Safaris Africa (added March 1, 2011)
(Pale billed Hornbill, Bohms Swallow-tailed Bee-eater)

Kenya - May 10-31, 2008, author Benjamin Schwartz (added June 3, 2008)
(Abbott's and Sharpe's Starlings, Red-throated Tit, Sokoke and Golden Pipits, Fischer's and Schallow's Turacos)

Kenya - May 5-15, 2014, author Sharad Sridhar (added June 24, 2014)
(Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Naivasha, Hell's Gate, Kakamega, Lake Baringo, Kenya, Turner's Eremomela, Honeyguide Greenbul, Black-headed Gonolek, Red-chested Sunbird, Green-headed Sunbird)

Kenya-Lake Baringo 24th Aug, 2009, author Shah Jahan (link created June 2, 2011)
(African Darter, African Jacana, Birds of Kenya, Black Crake, European Turtle-dove, Gabar Goshawk, Green-backed Camaroptera, Green-winged Pytilia, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Hamerkop, Jackson's Hornbill, Long-toed Lapwing, Madagascar Bee-eater, Pygmy Falcon, )

Kenya & Tanzania - Birds & Big Game IV May 17, author Rockjumper Birding Tours (link created June 14, 2017)
(Kenya, Tanzania, Jackson's Widowbird, Doherty's Bushshrike, Grey Crowned Crane, Martial Eagle, Schalow's Turaco, Secretarybird, Common Ostrich, Oriole Finch, Lesser Jacana, Hildebrandt's Starling)

Kenya - 28th November - 21st December 2011 , author Joseph Mwangi (added July 6, 2012)
(Southern Banded Snake Eagle, Three-banded Courser, East Coast Akalat and Mackinder's Owl,)

Kenya & Tanzania - Birds & Big Game I Apr 17, author Rockjumper Birding Tours (link created July 26, 2017)
(Vulturine Guineafowl, Secretarybird, Kori Bustard, Jackson's Widowbird, Verreaux's Eagle-Owl, Hamerkop, Hartlaub's Turaco, Grey Crowned Crane, Southern Ground Hornbill, Somali Courser)

Kenya: Malindi and Sokoke, February 2007, author Mary Crickmore (added July 22, 2007)
(Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Preserve, Sokoke Scops Owl)

Kenya: 14 May - 04 June 2006, author Catherine McFadden (added July 13, 2006)
(Central Highlands, Samburu, Nakuru, Baringo, Kakamega, Lake Victoria, Masai Mara, Tsavo, Arabuko-Sokoke)

Mike and Martina Comber Kenya Bird watching tour 15th June – 6th July 2011, author Joseph Mwangi (link created July 10, 2012)
(bird watching tour in Kenya,wildlife safari Kenya,lodge safari, White spotted flufftail,kenya birding trip report,Mike comber Birder in Brussels,Belgium,June birding trip)

Kenya - January - February 2009, author John van der Woude (link created January 25, 2011)
(Mt. Kenya, Samburu, Baringo, Kakamega, Masai Mara)

Kenya Bird and Wildlife Safari Sunday 27th October - Sunday 10th November 2002, author The Travelling Naturalist (link created February 3, 2005)

Watamu, Kenya coast, 27th November to 4th December 2009, author Oscar Campbell (added February 2, 2010)
(Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Tsavo East, Shimba Hills, Sokoke Scops-Owl, Golden and Sokoke Pipits, Somali Courser)

Kenya - November 2013, author Kelaine Nick (added February 18, 2014)

Kenya-Lake Baringo, author Wawire James (link created December 7, 2010)
(Star Spotted Nightjar)

Kenya - 3rd to 10th July 2009, author Vivek Govind Kumar (added December 27, 2009)

Kenya and Tanzania - 3rd - 25th February 2006, author Svend Linderström (added December 23, 2007)
(Amboseli, Tsawo West, Samburu, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Malindi etc)

Kenya, Tana River, 4-5 December 2010, author Charles Davies (added December 22, 2010)
(Tana River Red Colobus, Tana River Mangabey, Violet-breasted Sunbird, Fasciated Snake-Eagle, Black-bellied Sunbird, Scaly Babbler)

Kenya, 6th November - 3rd December 2006., author Benjamin Schwartz (added December 20, 2006)
(Melanistic Ovambo Sparrowhawk, Masked Shrike, 669 species total)

Kenya, Lake Baringo, 27th-28th November 2010, author Charles Davies (added December 19, 2010)
(Star-spotted Nightjar, Northern White-faced Owl, African Scops-Owl, Northern Masked Weaver)

Kenya: Birds and Other Wildlife - August 2014, author Chris Lotz, Birding Ecotours (link created December 14, 2019)
(Our 15-day safari took us through unique and pristine habitats, from the coastal strip of the Indian Ocean to the savanna bushlands...)

Kenya - November 2009, author Andrew Self (added December 11, 2009)
(Rift Valley, Tsavo & Coast)

Kenya, November 2001, author Surfbirds Admin (added August 27, 2004)

Budget Birding in Kenya, March 12th-25th 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added August 27, 2004)

Central Kenya and Northern Tanzania, 28th June - 13th July 2003, author Surfbirds Admin (added August 27, 2004)

Kenya, 3rd June 2001 - 22nd June 2001, author Surfbirds Admin (added August 26, 2004)

Kenya, the Maasai Mara; April 3rd to 5th, 2010, author Mary Crickmore (added April 17, 2010)
(Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kori Bustard, Yellow Bishop, Lilac-breasted Roller, Bateleur)

Kenya & Tanzania Apr-May 2011, author Rockjumper Birding Tours (link created April 11, 2012)

Kenya & Tanzania May 2011, author Rockjumper Birding Tours (link created April 11, 2012)

Kenya Mega Tour April 2011, author Rockjumper Birding Tours (link created April 11, 2012)

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