BAZARUTO ARCHIPELAGO NATIONAL PARK




BAZARUTO BIRD WATCHING !

The shores fringing the island are a paradise for plovers, sandpipers and other wading birds.

Thousands of Palaearctic migrants cram the shallow waters during the summer months and a keen eye and a good pair of binoculars, will reveal many rarities among them.

These migrants include waders, swallow, shrikes and warblers. Species such as bee-eaters, cuckoos, robins, fly catchers, Narina Trogons and even the diminutive Pygmy Kingfisher visit the island as inter-african migrants. Terns, flamingoes, egrets, kingfishers, cormorants and even the occasional Openbilled stork also forage close to the shore at low tide. Of the migrant bird-hunting falcons, only the Peregrine and European Hobby have so far been recorded, but the rarer Eleanora's and sooty falcons may be expected. A good variety of birds occur in the savannah and grasslands. To date, over one hundred and seventy species of birds have been recorded in various habitats. .

Open sea
• White chinned Petrel
• Frigate Bird
• Whimbrel
• Greyheaded Gull
• Lesser Crested Tern
• Common Tern
• Bridled Tern
• Wilson's Stormpetrel
• Grey Heron
• Crab Plover
• Sandwich Tern
• Roseate Tern
• Little Tern

Open Sea shore comprising intertidal rocks and beach
• Whitefronted Plover
• Ruddy Turnstone
• Olive Bee-eater
• Mongolian Plover
• Common Sandpiper

Primary dunes with strand vegetation
• Osprey

Vegetated and bare dunes
• Blackbreasted Snake Eagle
• Spotted Dikkop
• Water Dikkop

Dune thickets and scrub
• Blackbreasted Snake Eagle
• Spotted Dikkop
• Red eyed Dove
• Laughing Dove
• Water Dikkop
• Cape Turtle Dove
• Diederik Cuckoo
• Hoopoe
• Klaas's Cuckoo
• African Palm Swift
• European Swallow

Savanna Grassland
• Cattle Egret
• Spotted Dikkop
• Harlequin Quail
• Klaas's Cuckoo
• Water Dikkop
• Diederik Cuckoo
• Blackbreasted Snake Eagle
• Kurrichane Button quail
• Redeyed Dove
• Burchell's Coucal
• Cape Turtle Dove
• African Palm Swift
• European Hobby
• African Marabou Stork
• Laughing Dove
• Hoopoe
• Greenspotted Dove
• Redbacked Shrike

Palm thickets and associated grasslands
• Redeyed Dove
• European Oystercatcher
• Common Sandpiper
• Whimbrel
• Roseate Tern
• Greater Flamingo
• Grey Plover
• Little Stint
• Lesser Crested Tern
• Brownthroated Martin
• Cape Turtle Dove
• Whitefronted Plover
• Marsh Sandpiper
• Greyheaded Gull
• Little Tern
• Peregrine Falcon
• Terek Sandpiper
• Curlew
• Common Tern
• Grassveld Pipit
• African Spoonbill
• Great Sandplover
• Curlew Sandpiper
• Swift Tern
• Olive Bee-eater
• Ringed Plover
• Wood Sandpiper
• Crab Plover
• Bridled Tern
• Lesser Flamingo
• Ruddy Turnstone
• Bartailed Godwit
• Sandwich Tern
• Cape Wagtail
• Mongolian Plover
• Greenshank
• Caspian Tern
• Pied Kingfisher
Wetlands including lakes
• Porphyria Purple Gallinule
• Saddlebilled Stork
• Whitebacked Duck
• Peregrine Falcon
• Blacksmith Plover
• Redwinged Pratincole
• Cape Reed Warbler
• Goliath Heron
• African Marabou Stork
• Redbilled Teal
• Black Crake
• Wattled Plover
• Courser
• Saxicola torquata
• Purple Heron
• Yellowbilled Stork
• Hottentot Teal
• Redchested Fluftail
• Moorhen
• Horus Swift
• Fantailed Cisticola
• Cattle Egret
• White Stork
• Spurwing Goose
• Dabchick
• Wood Sandpiper
• Greyheaded Gull
• Stone Chat
• Grassveld Pipit
• Greenbacked Heron
• Hadedah Ibis
• Balckshouldered Kite
• Common Sandpiper
• Marsh Sandpiper
• Malachite Kingfisher
• Cape Wagtail
• Blackcrowned Night Heron
• African Spoonbill
• Jacana
• Redcrested Korhaan
• Greenshank
• Little Swift
• African Sedge Warbler
• Redshouldered widow
• Little Bittern
• Greater Flamingo
• African Fish Eagle
• Blackbellied Korhaan
• lackwinged Stilt
• Brownthroated Martin
• Wattled Starling
• Openbilled Stork
• Whitefaced Duck
• Blackbreasted Snake Eagle
• African Marsh harrier
• Temmincks
• European Swallow
• Croaking cisticola

Mangrove estuaries
• Ringed Plover
• Mangrove Kingfisher
• Kittliz's Plover
Inner bay and associated intertidal shore
• Great White Pelican
• Frigate Bird
• Whitebreasted Cormorant
• Openbilled Stork
• Diederik Cuckoo
• Fierynecked Nightjar
• Redfaced Mousebird
• Black saw-wing Swallow
• Redbacked Shrike
• Blackcrowned Tchagra
• Purplebanded Sunbird
• Redeyed Masked Weaver
• Speckled Mousebird
• African Grey Hornbill
• African Paradise Flycatcher
• Threestreaked Tshagra
• Greyheaded Sparrow
• Cape Gannet
• Great White Egret
• Darter
• Hadedah Ibis
• Green Coucal
• Little Swift
• African Palm Swift
• Blackheaded Apalis
• White helmetshrike
• House Sparrow
• Cuckoo
• Barn Owl
• Pygmy Kingfisher
• Banded Martin
• Croaking Cisticola
• Wattled Starling
• Yellowbilled Kite
• Pinbacked Pelican
• Yellowbilled Egret
• Grey Heron
• Greenspotted Dove
• Narina Trogon
• Hoopoe
• Black Cuckoo Shrike
• Dusky Flycatcher
• Starling
• Spectacled Weaver
• Bully Canary
• Mozambique Nightjar
• Broadbill Roller
• Forktailed Drongo
• Lesser Grey Shrike
• Black Sunbird
• Spottedbacked Weaver
• Reed Cormorant
• Sacred Ibis
• Little Egret
• Green Pigeon
• Lilacbreasted Roller
• Crowned Hornbill
• Whitethroated Robin
• Tree Pipit
• Yellow Weaver
• Common Waxbill
• Pintailed Whydah
• Burchell's Coucal
• Whitebrowed Robin
• Blackbellied Starling
• Redbilled Quelea
• Bronze Mannikin
• Lesser masked Weaver

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