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Bird Watching in Botswana

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Bird Watching in Botswana

The Okavango Delta and Chobe are the best places to go on a birding safari in Botswana. Due to its exceptional diversity of habitats, Chobe is home to the most bird species (468) in the country. On a Botswana safari, a drive or houseboat tour along the Chobe River will provide countless possibilities for bird watching.

These include the chance to see:

  • Enormous raptors like Bateleur Eagles
  • Migrating Wahlberg’s Eagles
  • White-backed or Lappet-faced vultures
  • African Fish Eagles

The Fish Eagles rule the best riverside perches, throwing back their heads and punctuating the air with cries of untamed majesty.

African fish eagle
African fish eagle going in for the kill

Beginning in the winter, African Skimmers migrate to the riverbanks of the Chobe, where they build their nests on exposed sandbanks and skim across the silvery waters while holding their beaks open to catch tiny fish that surface in search of warmth.

Shallow flocks of Rock Pranticoles migrate from North Africa and lay their eggs in the river’s small rock depressions.

Other common waterbirds in the area include:

  • African Spoonbills
  • Squacco Herons
  • Open-billed Storks
  • Black Herons
  • Great Egrets
  • Pied Kingfishers
  • African Jacanas
  • Yellow-billed Storks

Other migrant species you could see on a birdwatching tour on a Botswana Safari include:

  • Yellow-billed Kites
  • Woodland Kingfishers
  • Carmine Bee Eaters

In the forested sections of Chobe during the summer months, birders should keep an eye out for the following bird species:

  • Schalow’s and Purple-crested Turacos
  • Trumpeter and Crowned hornbills
  • Crested Guinea fowls
  • Racket-tailed Rollers
  • Brown-necked Parrots
  • Narina Trogons

The Linyanti Swamps in Botswana are a great spot to watch tiny waders like the Lesser Jacana and African Painted Snipe, as well as the endemic Slaty Egret. Gregarious Southern Carmine Bee Eaters choose to build their nests on the dry floodplains of Linyanti, which is unusual for a bird that often prefers riverbanks. Their eggs and chicks are more susceptible to predators like raptors, tiny carnivorous animals, and water monitors here on the ground.

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