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from top left to bottom right: Wattled Crane (Kasanka), Spotted Thrush-Babbler (Kakoma, Mwinilunga), Pel’s Fishing-owl (Kasanka), Pale-crowned Cisticola (Kasanka), Lappet-faced Vulture (Chikuni), Grimwood’s Longclaw (Kalwelwa Bushcamp, Mwinilunga), Bocage’s Akalat (Mutinondo Wilderness), Black-collared Bulbul (Kalwelwa Bushcamp, Mwinilunga), Black-backed Barbet (Kasanka), Anchieta’s Sunbird (Mutinondo Wilderness), Bannerman’s Sunbird (Kalwelwa Bushcamp, Mwinilunga), Grass Owl (Mutinondo Wilderness), Shoebill (Chikuni), Böhm’s  Bee-eater (Kasanka), Chaplin’s Barbet (Nkanga, Choma)

Zambia's top species

Zambia has 782 bird species recorded to date. This is a very respectable tally for a land-locked country of this size. Two species are endemic to Zambia (Chaplin’s Barbet and Black-cheeked Lovebird) while the taxonomy of a third potential endemic (White-chested Tinkerbird) is unresolved, and the Zambian (Papyrus) Yellow Warbler is near-endemic to Zambia. Many more species are endemic to the Zambezian ecoregion and best seen in Zambia. The vast wetlands and national parks hold internationally important populations of many large species such as Wattled and Grey Crowned Crane, Shoebill, African Skimmer and four vulture species. Other sought-after species include African Pitta and Pel’s Fishing Owl.


We aim to soon provide detailed “where to watch” information for all Zambian species. For now, we refer you to the official Checklist for Zambia and it’s IBAs and NP's, managed by Frank Willems for BirdWatch Zambia, and the 2019 Birds of Zambia app (download/details available from the Resources page of this website). 

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