Birds in Kenya
With more than 1,135 bird species, Kenya holds the world record for the most number of bird species recorded in a single country in a single day. The country's varied landscapes, from savannas and forests to wetlands and coastlines, provide a wide range of habitats for bird species.
- African Fish Eagle: This striking raptor is often associated with Kenya's waterways and lakes. Its distinctive cry is a common sound around bodies of water.
- Lilac-breasted Roller: Known for its vibrant plumage, the lilac-breasted roller is a stunning and iconic bird in Kenya.
- Superb Starling: This strikingly colored starling is a common sight in Kenya, with iridescent blue and orange plumage.
- Crowned Crane: The crowned crane is Kenya's national bird and is known for its regal appearance, with a crown of golden feathers on its head.
- Secretarybird: This unique and unmistakable bird of prey is known for its long legs, which it uses to stomp on its prey.
- Marabou Stork: Often seen near rivers and lakes, the marabou stork is a large, somewhat ungainly bird with a bare head and neck.
- African Grey Hornbill: This hornbill species is commonly seen in savanna habitats and is known for its distinctive appearance and bill shape.
- Malachite Kingfisher: Found near water bodies, this small kingfisher is recognized by its vibrant blue and green plumage.
- Hadada Ibis: The hadada ibis is known for its loud, distinctive calls, which often echo through the savanna.
- African Jacana: This striking wader is known for its long toes, which allow it to walk on floating vegetation in wetlands.
- African Pygmy Kingfisher: As the name suggests, this tiny kingfisher is a colorful and often elusive bird found in wooded areas.
- Great Blue Turaco: This large and distinctive bird is known for its vibrant blue and green plumage and can be found in forests.