The number and variety of African bird species make Africa a favourite destination for bird photographers. The continent boasts many species and is also visited by large numbers of migratory birds in the wet season. Varying from tiny finches to giant Ostrich, the avid birdwatcher or photographer won’t be disappointed.
Often drawn to water sources, many bird species can be found around lakes and rivers, including Bee-eaters, herons and egrets, kingfishers and migratory waders. Greater and Lesser Flamingos populate soda lakes, and stunning Starling species are common. Raptors, including one of the world’s largest, the Martial Eagle, can be seen often while on safari and of course, Vultures can be seen waiting for the opportunity to scavenge a feed.
Despite the abundance of species, Africa has its fair share of endangered species. Several vulture species essential to the ecosystem are critically endangered. Many other species, such as the Grey Crowned Crane, face serious threats. Learn about African bird species through our profiles and beautiful images, descriptions, and information on conservation status, breeding and habitats.