Birding in Gatamaiyu Forest and Manguo Swamp

Birding in Gatamaiyu Forest and Manguo Swamp

December 30, 2021
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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;

White Stork

Abdim’s Stork

Augur Buzzard

Long-crested Eagle

Tambourine Dove

Olive Pigeon

Bar-tailed Trogon

Black Kite

African Harrier-Hawk

Little Sparrowhawk

Eurasian Bee-eater

Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater

White-headed Wood-hoopoe

Lemon Dove

Red-eyed Dove

Red-fronted Parrot

Hartlaub’s Turaco

African Emerald Cuckoo

Scarce Swift

Mottled Swift

Speckled Mousebird

Crowned Hornbill

Silvery-cheeked Hornbill

Moustached Green Tinkerbird

Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird

Fine-banded Woodpecker

Cardinal Woodpecker

Bearded Woodpecker

Red-rumped Swallow

Mountain Greenbul

Cabanis’ Greenbul

Common Bulbul

Black-fronted Bush-Shrike

Black Saw-wing

Yellow-whiskered Greenbul

Slender-billed Greenbul

Tropical Boubou

Black-backed Puffback

White-starred Robin

Rüppell’s Robin-Chat

Brown-chested Alethe

Olive Thrush

African Hill Babbler

Grey Wagtail

Mountain Wagtail

Black Cuckoo-shrike

Grey Cuckoo-shrike

Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla

African Paradise Flycatcher

White-bellied Tit

Collared Sunbird

Brown Woodland Warbler

Evergreen Forest Warbler

Cinnamon Bracken Warbler

Chestnut-throated Apalis

Grey Apalis

Black-throated Apalis

Black-collared Apalis

Willow Warbler

Chin-spot Batis

White-tailed Crested Flycatcher

White-browed Crombec

African Dusky Flycatcher

White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher

Olive Sunbird

Green-headed Sunbird

Brown-capped Weaver

Waller’s Starling

Abbott’s Starling

Northern Double-collared Sunbird

Montane White-eye

Yellow-crowned Canary

Streaky Seedeater

Thick-billed Seedeater

Amethyst Sunbird

Spectacled Weaver

Grey-headed Negrofinch

Abyssinian Crimson-wing

Yellow-bellied Waxbill

Eurasian Golden

Montane Oriole

Pied Crow

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