Birding Busia Grasslands in Kenya

Birding Busia Grasslands in Kenya

December 30, 2021
Safari Tips

Are you looking for a Birding safari to Busia Grasslands in Kenya? Yes, Busia Grassland is a chain of small grassland patches in western Kenya that includes Matayo, Malanga, Mungatsi and Sikoma.

The Busia Grasslands are located not far from Alupe town at the peripheral of Lake Victoria; just about 50 km North West of the beautiful Kakamega Forest Reserve and about 100km from Kisumu town in western Kenya.

Though the larger part of Busia grasslands are surrounded by intensive agricultural plantations mainly maize and sugarcane plantations owned the locals; the grasslands are a home to a number of bird species including the Blue Swallow which is a global threatened intra-African migrant, and normally spotted from April to September in Busia Grasslands. Fiery-necked Nightjar and Green Crombec, two Guinea–Congo Forests biome species are also recorded in this area.

Western-banded Snake Eagle, Shining blue Kingfisher in Mungatsi, and Hartlaub’s Marsh Widowbird are some of the regional threatened species that can be seen on your birding tour in Busia grasslands Kenya.

During your birding tour in Busia grasslands in Kenya; look out for the following bird species;

White-browed Coucal

African Palm-Swift

Common Sandpiper

Cattle Egret

Hadada Ibis

African Harrier-Hawk

Long-crested Eagle

Speckled Mousebird

Brown-crowned Tchagra

Black-headed Gonolek

Fork-tailed Drongo

Gray-backed Fiscal


Tawny-flanked Prinia

Red-faced Cisticola

Winding Cisticola

African Reed Warbler

Greater Swamp Warbler

Rüppell’s Starling

African Thrush

Swamp Flycatcher

Red-backed Scrub-Robin

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

Spectacled Weaver

Holub’s Golden-Weaver

Grosbeak Weaver

Bronze Mannikin

Red-knobbed Coot

Black Crake

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Moustached Grass-Warbler

African Yellow-Warbler

Brimstone Canary

Black Kite

Mourning Collared-Dove

Blue-headed Coucal


Green Sandpiper


Purple Heron

Little Egret

Striated Heron

Wahlberg’s Eagle

Gabar Goshawk

Gray-headed Kingfisher

Nubian Woodpecker

Meyer’s Parrot

Common Bulbul

Red-billed Oxpecker


Mariqua Sunbird

Variable Sunbird

Fan-tailed Widowbird

Common Waxbill

Red-cheeked Cordonbleu

Western Yellow Wagtail

Yellow-throated Longclaw

Yellow-fronted Canary

Western Citril

Red-necked Francolin

Eurasian Moorhen

Dwarf Bittern

Black-winged Kite

Singing Cisticola

Wire-tailed Swallow

Black-headed Weaver

Black Bishop

Lizard Buzzard

African Gray Woodpecker

Eastern Plantain-eater

Long-tailed Cormorant

Pied Kingfisher

Slender-billed Weaver

Northern Brown-throated Weaver

Beaudouin’s Snake-Eagle

Orange-tufted Sunbird

White-backed Duck

Crested Francolin

Speckled Pigeon

Laughing Dove

Tambourine Dove

Red-chested Cuckoo

White-spotted Flufftail

Lesser Moorhen

Allen’s Gallinule

African Jacana

Wood Sandpiper

Little Sparrowhawk

Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl

Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird

Double-toothed Barbet

Red-shouldered Cuckooshrike

Brown-throated Wattle-eye

Tropical Boubou

Sulphur-breasted Bushshrike

Green-backed Camaroptera

Yellow-breasted Apalis

Little Greenbul

Northern Black-Flycatcher

Gray-winged Robin-Chat

Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat

Collared Sunbird

Amethyst Sunbird

Bronze Sunbird

Black-and-white Mannikin


Plain-backed Pipit

Black-billed Barbet

Brown Babbler

Rock Pratincole

Gray Kestrel

Marsh Tchagra

Banded Snake-Eagle

Little Bee-eater

Red-headed Lovebird

Northern Fiscal

Black-lored Babbler

Violet-backed Starling

Black-winged Bishop

Zebra Waxbill

Mottled Swift

African Openbill

Gray Heron

Woodland Kingfisher

Northern Puffback

African Blue Flycatcher

Fan-tailed Grassbird

Angola Swallow

Red-chested Sunbird

Yellow-mantled Widowbird

Helmeted Guineafowl

Red-eyed Dove

Ring-necked Dove

Blue-spotted Wood-Dove

African Green-Pigeon

Senegal Coucal

Black Coucal

Levaillant’s Cuckoo

Klaas’s Cuckoo

Swamp Nightjar

Alpine Swift

Little Swift

Red-chested Flufftail

Gray Crowned-Crane

Woolly-necked Stork

Black-headed Heron

Malagasy Pond-Heron

Palm-nut Vulture

Black Goshawk

African Pygmy Kingfisher

Striped Kingfisher

Blue-breasted Bee-eater

Broad-billed Roller

Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird

Speckle-breasted Woodpecker

Pied Crow

Flappet Lark

Green Crombec

White-chinned Prinia

Gray-capped Warbler

Whistling Cisticola

Siffling Cisticola

White-winged Swamp Warbler

Black Sawwing

Yellow-throated Greenbul

Northern Yellow White-eye

Purple Starling

White-browed Robin-Chat

Golden-winged Sunbird

Olive-bellied Sunbird

Copper Sunbird

Black-necked Weaver

Compact Weaver

Cardinal Quelea

Red-headed Quelea

Marsh Widowbird

Magpie Mannikin

Black-faced Waxbill

Fawn-breasted Waxbill

Black-rumped Waxbill


Brown Twinspot

Red-billed Firefinch

African Firefinch

Black-bellied Firefinch

Bar-breasted Firefinch

Pin-tailed Whydah

Village Indigobird

Parasitic Weaver

Northern Gray-headed Sparrow

African Pied Wagtail

Southern Citril

Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove

White-rumped Swift

Brown-chested Lapwing

Glossy Ibis

Spot-flanked Barbet

White-headed Barbet

Papyrus Yellow-Warbler

Barn Swallow

Montane Blue Swallow

Lesser Striped Swallow

White-headed Sawwing

Gray-headed Nigrita

Purple Grenadier

Croaking Cisticola

Greater Honeyguide

Red-winged Starling

Baglafecht Weaver

Village Weaver

Golden-backed Weaver

Kenya Rufous Sparrow

Papyrus Canary

Dideric Cuckoo

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