Bird Watching in Ethiopia
Ethiopia is one of Africa’s most productive birding destinations. Numerous endemics, a rich assemblage of forest and savanna species and an influx of Palaearctic migrants all add up to a truly bird-filled tour (over 850 species have been recorded in this country). Fascinating cultures, both traditional and Christian, and friendly people ensure an enjoyable experience. Ethiopia is also one of Africa’s most rewarding photographic destinations.
Ethiopia has the second highest count of endemics on the continent. Depending on whose taxonomy you follow there are at least 30 endemics. Sinclair & Ryan’s new treatment of Africa’s birds, however, suggest that the Ethiopian highlands region may hold up to 49 endemics, with another 100 species restricted to the North-east Arid Zone. Most of Ethiopia’s endemics will be seen on our 14 day tour to the country, including the bold Rouget’s Rail, striking Spot-breasted Lapwing, monstrous Thick-billed Raven, and exquisite White-cheeked Turacos. The southern extension will add the spectacular Prince Ruspoli’s Turaco and the most sought after of the endemics, the curious Stressman’s Bush Crow. However, it is not just the birds that are strange, Hamadryas and ‘bleeding-heart’ Gelada Baboons, graceful Mountain Nyala and Ethiopian Wolf are all prime targets on our trip.
Dinknesh Ethiopia Tour runs scheduled birding tours in collaboration with Rock jumper Birding Tour. Learn more about Ethiopian scheduled birding tour http://www.rockjumperbirding.com/tours/destinations/ethiopia?crumb=birding-tours-africa-and-madagascar