Birding in Gatamaiyu Forest and Manguo Swamp
Are you looking for birding tour to Gatamaiyu Forest and Manguo Swamp? Yes, these are major birdwatching spots in Kenya to see a number of birds.
Gatamaiyu Forest lies north of Nairobi-Naivasha highway; about an hour’s drive from Nairobi city. Birds pass via Manguo swamp for a birding break before continuing with your journey to the forest for another exciting birding trip. This journey also takes you through a tea plantation, visitor may engage in tea picking and cultural interactions with the local community. On this road trip, you may encounter several birds including the Common Stonechat, Hunter’s Cisticola, White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher among others.
Manguo swamp is a fresh wetland close to Limuru town and only 40 minutes from Nairobi city. Manguo comes from a local language which means hippos; however, these hippos fled some decades ago due the influence of urbanization and human activities. Before the railway was constructed via Limuru town, the whole place was a big thick forest, extending from Kikuyu Escarpment Forest. The swamp hosts a number of water birds including the Maccoa duck. Maccoa ducks have been listed as ‘near threatened’ on the IUCN red list in recent times. Manguo wetlands are also breeding grounds for the common Grey-crowned Cranes.
The following are key bird species found in Birding in Gatamaiyu Forest and Manguo Swamp;
African Emerald Cuckoo
Moustached Green Tinkerbird
African Hill Babbler
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
African Paradise Flycatcher
Brown Woodland Warbler
Evergreen Forest Warbler
Cinnamon Bracken Warbler
White-tailed Crested Flycatcher
African Dusky Flycatcher
White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher
Northern Double-collared Sunbird