Birding for east African EndemicsThe great variety of natural environments, climates and altitudes, from the -116 m of the Danakil Desert to the 4543 m of the Simien Mountains create a stunning variety of biotopes making Ethiopia a very unique place.
Afro-alpine highland vegetation, bush, grasslands, forests and wetlands as well as the dry desert landscapes and mild climate on the Ethiopian Highland Plateau – Ethiopia represents all that Africa has to offer.
Over 850 species of birds live here, of which 23 are endemic and more almost endemic, East-African species which sometimes can be seen without great effort. The Ethiopian Wildlife Society provides a list of 69 important bird watching sites, spread throughout the country.Refer to: Bird Watching Trips
Hereunder some of the popular bird watching sites with corresponding key species:Awash National Park:
- A total of 460 bird species are recorded in the park, with more than 50 species belonging to the Somali-Masai biome and about 50 birds of prey like Bat Hawks, Snake and Imperial Eagles, Lesser Kestrel, Pallid Harrier, Koris and Arabian Bustards. The park is also an important breeding place for Rupell's Griffon Vultures, Fox Kestrels and Carmine Bee Eater. Also Ostrich, Secretary Birds, Basra Reed Warblers, Yellow-Throated Serins and Somber Chats can be seen in the park.
Ethiopia's endemic and almost endemic Birds