Birding is one of the reasons that people come to Ethiopia. It ranges from Local birds and breeding birds to migrant birds and wintering birds .There are many waterfowl, wading birds ,songbirds ,raptors, game birds ,swifts and nighthawks that live in a wide variety of environments from forests , meadows, shorelines ,cities and urban green spaces. All in all, there are about a thousand species of birds and among there are about 23 endemic birds.
On the best tours ,over 800 species of birds can be seen ,including the famous Turaco, strange Stresemann’s bush crow , Roget’s rail , spot-breasted lapwing ,thick-billed raven ,Salvador’s seedeater , red billed pytila and many other endemic and rarely endemic variety of birds .
A day tour to Debra Libanos Monestry vai Suluta plains which holds large number of wintering para-tactic passerines and a variety of Afro tropical species including the endemic Black headed(Abyssinian) sis kin,whit billed starling,Rupell’s Black chat,Lanner Falcon,Verreaux’s and Tawny eagle.Egyptian and White backed vultures.Lammergayer,Erick’s Francolin,Rufus Breasted sparrow hawk,little and common rock Thrush, Red collared wndow bird ,Abyssinian woodpecker,white backed black tit,white winged cliff chat and Brown woodland warbler are amongst the species the Species we may see.Beside,the beautiful endamic Gelasa Baboon Easily seeen at the edge of Debra Libanose gorge.we drive back to Addis Ababa in late afternoon.O/n Addis Ababa
This morning we stop at Chelklake wetland near Debre Zeit where we see a great numbers of Ducks,Waders and few arboreal species including Tufted Duck,While backed Duck,Red bulied Teal,Wood sand piper,Marsh Harrier,Lesser spotted and steppes Eagles.Laughing and Red eyed Doves,Chestnut backed sparrow Larks,Red Throated pipit,common and Crowned Cranes,Isabeline wheater,knob billed Duck,Ferruginous Duck,Masked weavers,Avocet,Red Tailed shrike,Glossy lbis and others.we reach Nazareth at Midday for lunch.After lunch,we proceed to the superb low land of Awash.The Roadside stop supplies a lot of birds including Brown snake Eagle,African pygmy Falcon,Black-Chested Eagle.white billed bustard Acacia Paradise Whydah,Abyssinia Roller,Black Crowned Techagra,Red and Yellow Barbet ,different weavers and Vultures.Overnight stay in Awash.
Full day birding in the thomy bushes of Awash National park the riverbank-forest by the Awash River falls.it is one of the best birding sites in Ethiopian Rift valley.About more than 380 bird species have been recorded in this game park chestnut bellied and Liechtenstein’s sand Grouses,Three Banded course,Orange Bellied Parrot,Steel blue and straw tailed whydah,Rosy patched Shrike great gray Shirke,kori Bustard,Buf create and Hartlaubs Bustards.Gray Wren Warbler,Green Winged Pytilia,yelow Billed Hombil,White Faced Scoops owl,Pear Spotted Owlet,Rupell’s and Black Headed weavers,swallow Tailed Kite,Bateluer,Lappet faced and Egyptian Vultures,Shikra,Gabar goshawk,red winged bushLark,Ashy cist cola,pygmy sun bird,wood peckers,Gray headed Batis and Somali fiscal are amongst the birds inhabiting this wonderful low land,not only birds can seen in Awash But also mammals like Besia Oryx Defersa Waterbuck,Sommering’s Gazzelle,salt’s Dik-Dik greater and Leaser Kudu,warthog,Hamadrys Babboon,Black backed jackal,the endemic swayne’s Hartebeests,Bat eared fox,Spotted heyena and (if lucky) lions.Overnight stay in Awash.
we shall have launch lake ziway.Where we are spending more time this afternoon.Lake Ziway is one of the bird paradise in the Ethiopian rift valley.It Accommodates a great numbers of aquatic birds.Lesser black and Great headed and gulls,Lesser jacana,skimmer,Red sharik,Black heron,Africn pygmy Gosse,Temminck’s and little stints,common snipe,woodland king fisher and black tailed Godwit are some of the species can be seen here.Late after noon we drive down to langano resort for an over night staying.In route we may have one short stop at the acecia wood land of the cattle development ranch for few species like the black billed and black wood hoopoes,yellow vented Eramonmela,Gray flycatcher,Oliveceous and Buff Bellied warbles,Red Faced Crombec,wood headed Buffalos weavers and ring necked dove.Overnight Langano Resort
A Pre breakfasts birding in the acacia woodland near by Langano resort,This woodland provides many birds like the black checked and common waxbils,Abyssinia black wheatear. Dederic and Klaas’s Cuckoos Doran and Rattling cist colas,red billed and von de Deck en’s Hombilles ,Banded Barbet,spotted Eagle Owl,Red Headed weaver,African pygmy kingfishe.Nubian and Bearded woodpeckers,Brubru,Gray Flycatche,Northern Black tit,Hempric’s Hombill and Some others.After break fast,we Drive to Abijata lake,the feeding site for Thousands of flamingos and a great numbers of aquatic birds.The Southern Pochard,Common and Red Billed Teal,Tufed duck,puple and Goliath Herons and different species of plovers and saffle bill and yellow billed storks are amongst of birds inhabiting the late.we come back to Langano resort for lunch.Then proceed to wondo Genet for two nights staying.En route,we shall have a short birding stopat the park HQ.Overnight wondo Genet.
A Full day Bird watching in Wondo Genet forests, The Yellow fronted Parrot, Abyssinian woodpecker, Double-toothed barbet, Yellow fronted Thinker bird , half collared Kingfisher, Narina’s Trogon, White checked Turaco, Red shouldered and emerald cuckoo, Yellow bellied waxibill, Scaly francolin, Abyssinan ground Thrush, Spectacled and Grosbeak Weaves. Lemon and Tambourine Doves, Slivery checked Hombill,Steppe buzzard, Crowned eagle, Ayer’s hawk Eagle, Fantailed and Thick billed Ravens, African Little sparrow hawk, Crested Eagle, African Harrire Hawk, Sharp’s starling, Broad billed Roller, Blue headed Councal, Scaly and Lesser Honey Guides, Mountain wagtail, Blue spotted Wood Dove, Abyssinia Hill Babbler, Red winged Starling, Hadada lbis, Olive pigeon, and Grey cuckoo Shrikes are Some of an Excellent birds we are expecting to see in this lush Forest . Ovenight Wondo Genet
Making an early start,we drive to the bale mountains national parks some 215 km from wondo Genet with a packed lunch.We shall have few roadside stops as we are coming across with some highlands bird species.We shall have a lunch stop at washa River before we start ascending the mountain range.Red capped Lark,Augur and Steppe Buzzards,Long legged Buzzard,white head vulture. Gambage Flycatceher,Abyssinian Ground Hombill,Stone Chat,Tawny and steppe Eagles,African black Duck,Black-headed sis kin,the beautiful spot-breasted plover,African Snipe Abyssinia long claw.chest nut napped Francolin,slender billed and Red winged Startings are one of the species we encountering.Besides,as we enter the park boundary we shall see few mammals that restricted to the southern mountain chains of Ethiopia.The elegant endemics of mountain nyala and Menelik’s Rushbuck are the beauty of the Bale mountain national park we may reach at dinsho,the park HQ.in a very late afternoon and then after we pay all the necessary fees we continuing to Goba where we are staying for two nights.Over night Goba
Today we shall leave a full day birding in the forests near Goba and on sanattie plateau. Sanattie is the largest moorland tract in the whole Africa and it is the home to the rare Ethiopian wolf and the Giant mole rats.Abyssinian woodpecker,Abyssinian catbird,white backed black tit.Abyssinian Ground Thrush.yellow crowned canry.Somali chestrol winged starling.olive pigeon. mountain buzzard,African snipe,Thekla Lark,Matachite sunbird,Mottled and Alpine Swifts,moorland Francolin,Golden Eagle,Lanner Falcon,Watteled crane,Cinnamon bracken warbler,Ruddy shieldduck,Verreaux’s Eagle,Yellow bellied and common waxbills,tropical bouboo,Rufus Breasted,sparrow hawk,Abyssinian slaly Fycatcher,black winged lovebird,bale parisoma and stander billed starlings are amongst of interesting birds of bale mountains National parks.The beautiful Ethiopian wolf,Abyssinian hare,kipspringer,Gaint mole rats and different species of grass rats are some of the mammals that we expect inthis magnificent moorland region.we return back to goba this evening.Overnight Goba
The long drive shell take us today to negelle via harenna forest.
Proceed to Yabello via Melka Gubba with a great numbers of excellent birds.The Gray headed Social weavers,Banded parisoma,D’Arnaud Barbet,Abyssinian Scimitar bill.Black breasted Barbet,Shelly’s and golden breasted Starlings.Rufus sparrow,pale flycatcher,bare faced Go-away bird,the endemic white tailed swallow (but very difficult to see because of increasingly threathened.)
Vulturine Geanifowl,black caped social weavers.Wgite crowned Startings.Orange bellied parrot,Material Eagle,Yellow Rumped serine,yellow necked spur foul,Red Fronted barbet and African Black headed Orioles are some of an Excellent bind species we are expecting to see in this superb lowland area.we drive back to the hotel before dark.OVernight Yabello.
Woodland and Gray kingfisher,spotted creeper,painted snipe.purple swamp hen,western banded snake eagle,Gaint kingfisher,African Thrush,Senegal Thick knee.Green Shank,black headed batis,little and Spectacted weavers,Red Shouldered cuckoo shike and beautiful sunbird are one of the most intersting birds inhabiting lake Awassa and the Surrounding woodlands,overnight Awassa
Early Birding along the lake’s shore.After breakfast we drive back to Addis Ababa. En route we shall have few stoppages at lake ziway and hora creator.Overnight Addis Ababa