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Birds of Akagera

Birds In Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park is the best destination for bird watching tours in  Rwanda outside of Nyungwe National Park.

Of the 480 species, 100 birds are not found in any other protected area in Rwanda. The park is home to over 40 species of raptors including;

  • Bateleurs
  • White-backed vultures
  • Ruppell’s griffon vultures, and
  • Brown snake eagles.
  • Beaudouin’s snake eagle
  • Amur falcon
  • Booted eagle
  • Grasshopper buzzard
  • Eleonora’s falcon
  • Sooty falcon

The park’s various waterside habitats also host;

  • Kingfishers,
  • Ibises,
  • Herons including the Squacco heron
  • Storks including the shoebill, open-billed stork, and marabou stork,
  • Egrets including Dimorphic egret
  • Crakes
  • Rails,
  • Darts,
  • Cormorants, and
  • Pelicans
  • crowned cranes

Migratory birds include large flocks of terns, ducks, and bee-eaters, and the forest areas are especially good spot for barbets, orioles, shrikes and weavers.

Other notable Notable Birds in Akagera National park include;

  • Red-faced barbet
  • Blue-shouldered robin-chat
  • Brown-chested lapwing
  • Cabanis’s bunting
  • Carruthers’s cisticola
  • Crested barbet
  • Denham’s bustard
  • Northern brown-throated weaver
  • Red-winged francolin
  • Ring-necked francolin
  • Shelley’s francolin
  • Short-tailed pipit
  • Slate-coloured boubou
  • Souza’s shrike
  • Striped pipit
  • Tabora cisticola
  • Western reef heron
  • White-winged swamp warbler
  • Yellow-bellied eremomela

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