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Birding In Tarangire

Updated: May 20, 2019

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 in Tarangire.

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.

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.


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