Kenya’s Maasai Mara is known for its abundance of wildlife, and in particular the big cats that can be spotted on game drives. However living amongst the more famous faces are an abundance of birdlife that are well worth keeping a beady eye out for, there’s over 500 species of birds in the Mara alone of which around 45 are different birds of prey.
Bird watching in Kenya is good all year round, there’s plenty of variety due to the climate and the diverse habitats that make it a great migratory route.
Some of the bird sightings that guests witness on game drives at Mahali Mzuri are real ‘pinch yourself’ moments, not only can you spot one of Kenya’s national birds, the stunning multicoloured lilac-breasted roller, but you might also recognise the Hornbill (or Zazu from The Lion King as they’re also referred to).
There’s plenty of birds of prey also, the Secretary birds are unlike any others with their long legs, wings and tail and who rarely fly unless they really must, then there’s the Vultures who circle high above waiting for any leftovers, and of course the stunning array of Eagles.
Other large birds have very distinct features such as the Yellow Billstop - yep you guessed it they have a bright yellow bill, and the magnificent Grey Crowned Crane with a crown of stiff golden feathers.
So next time you’re on safari be sure to look out for more than just the Big 5, you’ll be amazed at what you see!
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