Birding Cherangani Hills in Western Kenya

Birding Cherangani Hills in Western Kenya

December 30, 2021
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Looking for birding safari tour in Cherangani Hills western Kenya? Well Cherangani Hills are fault-block formation of non-volcanic origin, located in the western edge of great rift valley. To the east of the hills, we find the beautiful Elgeyo Escarpment that drops abruptly to floor of the Kerio Valley, while western part falls away gently to Trans-Nzoia plains. The Cherangani Hills rise upto 3,365 m at the peak of Cheptoket in the north-central area.

The hills are covered by a number of forest Reserves including Kapkanyar, Kapolet and Kiptaberr Forest Reserves that form a large western block of forest and Embotut, Kerrer, Kaisungor, Chemurokoi, Lelan, Cheboit, Kupkunurr, Toropket, Sogotio and Kapchemutwa in the eastern side. All those forests offer great opportunities for birding and other tourist activities in Cherangani Hills.

The Cherangani forests are significant water catchment areas, and sit astride the watershed between the Lake Victoria and Lake Turkana basins. Different streams feed the Nzoia river system, which flow into Lake Victoria and river Kerio.

Cherangani Hills is one of the important Bird Areas (IBA) in Kenya and birding activities can be done throughout the year however the best time to visit these hills for birdwatching is during November to April when migratory birds from Europe and North Africa are present.

The following are bird species in Cherangani Hills that you can spot during your birding tour in Kenya;

Montane Nightjar

Scarce Swift

Nyanza Swift

Hartlaub’s Turaco

Mountain Buzzard

Bar-tailed Trogon

Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater

Moustached Green Tinkerbird

Fine-banded Woodpecker

Mountain Oriole

Grey Cuckooshrike

Doherty’s Bush-shrike

White-tailed Crested-flycatcher

White-browed Crombec

Black-collared Apalis

Chestnut-throated Apalis

Hunter’s Cisticola

Chubb’s Cisticola

Mountain Yellow Warbler

Cinnamon Bracken-warbler

Eastern Mountain Greenbul

Brown Woodland-warbler

Brown Warbler

African Hill-babbler

Zosterops poliogastrus

Mountain Illadopsis

Slender-billed Starling

Waller’s Starling

Sharpe’s Starling

Stuhlmann’s Starling

Abyssinian Ground-thrush

White-eyed Slaty-flycatcher

White-starred Robin

Equatorial Akalat

Little Rock-thrush

Moorland Chat

Tacazze Sunbird

Bronze Sunbird

Eastern Double-collared Sunbird

Golden-winged Sunbird

Northern Double-collared Sunbird

Baglafecht Weaver

Black-billed Weaver

Brown-capped Weaver

Abyssinian Crimsonwing

Oriole Finch


Thick-billed Seedeater

Streaky Seedeater

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