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Number of bird species: 697
Field Guide to Birds of East AfricaKenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi Terry Stevenson and John Fanshawe Series: HELM FIELD GUIDES 604 pages, 287 col plates, distrib maps. Christopher Helm
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Newman's Birds of Southern AfricaKenneth Newman Paperback - 510 pages ( 1 January, 1999) Southern Book Publishers
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Photographic Guide to Birds of Prey of Southern, Central and East AfricaDavid Allan, Peter Hayman (Illustrator) Paperback - 144 pages ( 1 November, 1996) New Holland Publishers (UK)
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SASOL Birds of Southern AfricaIan Sinclair, Phil Hockey and Warwick Tarboton Series: THE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF SOUTHERN AFRICA 447 pages, col plates, maps. New Holland Publishers 2002
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Southern African BirdfinderWhere to find 1400 bird species in southern Africa and Madagascar Callan Cohen, Claire Spottiswoode and Jonathan Rossouw 456 pages, 80 col photos, 100 maps, pull-out route map. New Holland Publishers 2006
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African Bird ClubWebsite
Zimbabwe has a confirmed bird list of over 660 species so far and new vagrants continue to be spotted. It is unlikely that any new species resident in the country will be found unless they are created by splitting present species. The best birding areas have been well covered. Even today most are accessible to the birder, but the availability of fuel can limit travel. Although there are no endemic species in Zimbabwe, some are restricted to the forests of the eastern highlands and western Mozambique e.g. Chirinda Apalis Apalis chirindensis.
Birdlife Zimbabwe - A Partner Designate of BirdLife International - P O Box RV 100, Runiville, Zimbabwe or 35 Clyde Road, Eastlea, Harare or 3A Holdengarde Ave, Hillside, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Telephone: 263 4 490208 e-mail - email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hwange Conservation SocietyWebsite
The Hwange Conservation Society was established in 1992 to help protect the wildlife and environs of the Hwange National Park - Wankie as it used to be known in Zimbabwe, formely Rhodesia...
Ornithological Association of Zimbabwe
Ornithological Association of Zimbabwe, PO Box CY 161, Causeway, Harare, Zimbabwe, Fax: 263-4-794614, Email: email@example.com Contact: John Paxton, President
Thanks to those of you who assisted with funds, especially the SAVE Foundation of Australia, I was able to go to South Africa and purchase 2 new engines for the pumps in Hwange National Park...
Gleneagles Mountain ReserveWebsite
Our specialist bird guide is Abasi Jana. Abasi is familiar with the 300+ bird species in the area. He can identify them both by sight and call., and will give you their Latin and English names. Specials in the area are : Swynerton`s Robin, Vanga Flycatcher, and a resident pair of Palmnut Vultures which have bred this year; as well as the Chestnut Fronted Helmet Shrike, Moustached Warbler, and Marsh Tchagra. Birding Safaris either follow trails into the forest, or over the more open grassland peaks. Special missions can be arranged to look for any particular species that you may wish to find. Abasi also has a good knowledge of the local flora and fauns, and can point out rare plants and animals that you might see on your walks. The most spectacular bird in the reserve must surely be the Crowned Eagle, the most powerfull bird in Africa. If you are very fortunate, you might even catch them hunting monkeys or small antelope.Whatever species you encounter, you are sure to have a fascinating and enjoyable experience by accompanying Abasi on his Birding Safaris.
Hwange National ParkWebsite
Hwange National Park is one of Africa's finest havens for wildlife and is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus very large and varied birdlife...
The eastern highlands along the border with Mozambique form a major part of the globally important Eastern Zimbabwe Mountains Endemic Bird Area (EBA) which has a number of near endemic species such as Swynnerton’s Robin Swynnertonia swynnertoni, Briar Warbler Oreophilais robertsi and Chirinda Apalis Apalis chirindensis. These are forest birds which are found in the relatively small patches of wet montane forest in the Bvumba and Nyanga mountains. In particular Seldomseen in the Bvumba, and the Honde Valley have become birding meccas of recent years...
Mana Pools National ParkWebsite
Mana Pools on the southern bank of the Zambezi River is one of southern Africa's top walking safari destinations, in addition however, there isn't a river in the world that offers the big game, wilderness location and adventure that you'll find here on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia...
Zimbabwe National ParksWebsite
Welcome to Zimbabwe's National Parks Page. This site is dedicated to providing information on all Zimbabwe's National Parks. It is our intent to provide information that will be timely and of assistance in planning a trip, vacation or obtaining data about a park...
1996 [September] - Botswana & Zimbabwe - Lynette OxleyReport
One of the highlights of our three week overland trip to Botswana and Zimbabwe was the prolific birdlife experienced. From the pretty duets of the Swamp Boubous in the Okavango Delta and the Linyanti swamps (Chobe National Park) to the baby-like cries of the Trumpeter hornbills on the mighty Zambezi which produced a birding extravaganza not to be forgotten for a very long time.
1997 [August] - Zimbabwe and Botswana - Jan VermeulenReport
In August 1997 I spent more than three weeks in Zimbabwe and Botswana with Frans Daemen, Staf Elzermans, Vital & Riet van Gorp, Wilfred Sterk and Eric Wille. During the last week Marleen Valkenborg joined us while we visited Victoria Falls, Hwange, Lake Kariba and Lake McIlwaine. The main objective of the trip was to see as many birds as possible, but the great wonder of both countries is not just the birds, but a second, almost equal feature, the game.
1998 [October] - David KellyReport
We crossed from Botswana into Zimbabwe at Kazungula then headed through the Zambezi National Park to Victoria Falls. I had been here in 1993 and decided to give the Falls a miss. Instead we went to the craft fair, running the gauntlet of the Nyaminyami sellers. We were staying at the Municipal Campsite and the common birds here were Black-eyed Bulbul, Blue Waxbill and Red-winged Starling. I saw the Pied Crows mobbing an accipter and through my bins was able to id it as a Little Banded Goshawk, better known outwith Southern Africa as a Shikra. That night we went to the Boma Restaurant where I tried a Mopane Worm for the first and last time and an Ndebele fortune teller told me I would be rich and live to see my grandchildren even if I was in for some bad luck. Well for $Z20.00 (45p) he was never going to tell me any winning lottery numbers!
2000 [March] - Gruff DoddReport
...a Broadbilled Roller and a couple of Longtailed Starlings in some trees around the restaurant area. Wandering back towards our rondavel along the river I picked up some more birds, while cursing my lack of knowledge of calls, including Blackbacked Puffback, Blackheaded Oriole, Woodland Kingfisher and Paradise Flycatcher...
2001 [October] - David J. Kelly - South Africa, Mozambique and ZimbabweReport
This trip was definitely not a birding holiday and so only a flavour of the birds in this part of the world can be given. Despite missing a lot of birds in Mozambique and being confined to Johannesburg in SA I did see some excellent birds. Rather than a full trip report I will present some information, highlights and then a species list...
2011 [April] - Per Holmen - Victoria FallsReport
...I tried to bird a little on the way out and picked up Collared Palm-Thrush, Brubru and Trumpeter Hornbill. We also walked down to the bridge in order to get another view of the falls...
2011 [January] - Per Holmen - HarareReport
I just returned from a 4 day birding trip to Harare. This was a trip organized by Douglas and Francis Safaris. The main target birds were the rallids of the Vleis in and around Harare...
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Birding EcotoursTour Operator
See all the major habitats, sights and birds... and end up with a very good bird list and loads of Africa’s big and small mammals. Highlights include Mana Pools – one of Africa’s wildest game parks, the Mashonaland Plateau that boasts brilliant wetland and miombo birding, Matobo and Hwange National Parks, Great Zimbabwe Ruins, village of Victoria Falls and the spectacular eastern highlands and lowlands – an absolutely idyllic area which you’ll be sad to leave.
Birding in Zimbabwe - Tony Wood Birding GuideTour Operator
I am an experienced and passionate birding guide with extensive knowledge of birding in all southern African countries. I am based in Zimbabwe but can organise tours across the region. I specialise in one on one guiding. Bird & Wildlife services in Zimbabwe - Land line - +263 4 494409 Mobile - +263 772 224 224 - PO Box CH 832, Chisipite, Harare- Testimonials...
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area...
Peter GinnTour Operator
He created of a series of books on birds from beginners (Birds Afield) to keen bird-watchers (Waterbirds etc) and finally a book for experts and all bird watchers in southern Africa. He retired as a teacher in 1989 and turned his talents to planning and executing tours for visitors to Zimbabwe...
Rockjumper Birding ToursTour Operator
For obvious reasons, Zimbabwe has largely been ignored as a birding destination; however, with great species including two regional endemics, Chirinda Apalis and Robert’s Prinia, as well as Arnot’s and Boulder Chat, Swynnerton’s Robin and Red-faced Crimsonwing, the country is well worth a visit. Our tour of Zimbabwe targets all these species and much more besides.
Harare Safari LodgeAccommodation
Harare is the base from which many visitors explore the rest of the country, with Lake Kariba to the north and Victoria Falls & Hwange National Park to the northwest.
The Hwange BirderBlog
Hwange National Park and her birds have been forgotten in recent years and I hope that this blog may go some way to re-sparking interest in the two…
Birding in the Eastern Forests of ZimbabweWebsite
Running along the eastern border of Zimbabwe are a series of mountains which face the prevailing SE winds. These slopes create extra precipitation, especially misty conditions, which are conducive to the formation of tall ever-green sub-tropical & montane forests. These forests are probably remnants of much larger tracts which developed under wetter conditions during the Pleistocene glaciation. They contain the only true endemic & near endemic bird species found in Zimbabwe. They also contain a large number of forest species found nowhere else in Zimbabwe. As such they are a must for the visiting birder...
Birding in ZimbabweWebsite
Mana Pools - Northern Zimbabwe - Over 400 bird species have been recorded. From April to December, African skimmers breed on the exposed sand banks. In September, huge flocks of carmine bee-eaters are joined by flocks of whitefronted bee-eaters. Other species to look for along the river include mottled spinetail and Bohm's spinetail, horus swift, whitebrowed coucal, blue-cheeked bee-eater (summer only) western banded snake eagle, rufousbellied heron, whitecrowned plover, longtoed plover and redwinged pratincole. The river attracts a variety of waders and some exciting species recorded here include green sandpiper, ringed plover, grey plover, Caspian plover, common redshank and bartailed godwit.
The complete checklist of the birds of Zimbabwe...
Southern Africa BirdingWebsite
Birding Resources for Southern Africa. This site is about birds and birding in South Africa and the Southern African region, including Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho, and Zambia. The region`s best birding sites are featured under Birding Spots, together with birding resources under Bird guides, tours and Accommodation...
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