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A Birdwatchers Guide to: Kenya

Western Kenya

A map of western Kenya showing the main birding areas link to Kakamega Forest section link to Mumias and Madende Creek section link to Saiwa Swamp national park section link to Kongelai escarpment section link to Kisumu section link to Port Bunyala section
A map of western Kenya showing the main birding areas.

The Western part of Kenya is neglected by most tourists, as there are no large game parks here and the region is lacking in some other attractions. For the global birder however, this part of Kenya has a lot to offer. The star attraction is Kakamega Forest, a remnant patch of equatorial rainforest. This forest, and the Nandi Forest nearby, are the main remnants in Kenya today of the Guineo-Congolean rainforest. Conversely a large number of birds and animals can be found here that are absent in the rest of the country.
Another interesting site here is Saiwa Swamp NP; a reserve most known for the sitatunga, a rare antelope, but is (maybe needles to say) also good for birds. This rather smallish reserve is easily accesible and can be birded on foot, mainly on a wooden causeway.
Down at Lake Victoria, the town of Kisumu is a good base for anyone wanting to look for some of the papyrus specialities to be found here. Added in this section are also three other, smaller sites; Mumias and Madende Creek, Kongelai Escarpment and Kapenguria (Thomson Falls??)

Kakamega Forest

A map of Kakamega Forest
A map of Kakamega Forest showing the main birding areas.

Kakamega Forest is a superb location for forest birding and (assuming you are not short of time and therefore focusing on Rift Valley sites and the game parks) simply a place not to miss. Several days should be spent here to make the most of the visit and to have time to visit most, if not all, places mentioned here. One note of caution, though; while birding a tropical rainforest can be extremely rewarding it can equally be extremely tough going. As birds here more often than not appear in bird-waves you might find yourself walking hours on end without seeing a single bird! Then, finally, when you do encounter a bird-wave you will be experiencing a birders nirvana. So many birds of so many species, great fun! There are a few rules that might help you in finding birds in the rainforest: a.) birds are usually more common at a vegetational break of some kind, i.e a forest edge, a river or a stream or along the edge of a road. It does make sense to explore such vegetational breaks and familiarize with the more common species, before venturing into the forest along trails. In Kakamega there are several trails that are easy to explore, see below for details; b.) you should watch out for flowering or fruiting trees as large numbers of birds sometimes congregate around these; c.) birds of the forest interior can be extremely shy and skulking, keep your voice down and move silently through the forest.
At Kakamega you can concentrate on two areas; the Isecheno area (southern/central part of the forest) or around Buyangu Hill (the northern part). For Isecheno you can start around Isecheno Forest Station; this is a small village with the forest station and a camp-site. Birds around the village include Black Sparrowhawk, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, White-headed Saw-wing, Lühder's Bushshrike, African Dusky Flycatcher, Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat and Green-throated Sunbird.
From the village follow a trail for a few hundred meters to the east to where it goes into the forest. Bird this trail for another few hundred meters to a small pumping station and an equally small dam. The main target at the pumping station is White-spotted Flufftail which can frequently be heard calling here. Another specialities that have been seen along the trail are African Broadbill, Mackinnon's Shrike, Pink-footed Puffback, Lühder's Bushshrike, Jameson's Wattle-eye, White-tailed Ant Thrush, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Turner's Eremomela and Red-headed Bluebill. This trail is also very good for more common forest species, like several species of Greenbul and Babbler.
On the opposite side of the village numerous trails lead into the forest, this forest with all the trails is known as the Zimmerman Grid. Birding here can be fantastic and good birds seen here include African Broadbill, White-headed Wood Hoopoe, Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Purple-throated Cuckooshrike, Yellow-bellied Wattle-eye, Dusky Crested Flycatcher, Stuhlmann's Starling, Turner's Eremomela, Dusky Tit and Southern Hyliota. Just on the northern edge of the Zimmerman Grid is a small marshy area, which used to be a reliable site for Marsh Owl and other marsh specialities. I do not have much recent information about this site and any contributions from birders that have been here recently would be welcome!

Another site near Isecheno is Rondo Retreat Lodge (a wonderful place to stay if budget is no constraint); fine birding on the grounds and one of the best places to see the Great Blue Turaco.
From Rondo you can follow the road for another 5 kms to the Ikuywa Bridge. Explore any tracks leading into the forest in this area as birding can be very good. African Broadbill has been seen here and other western Kenyan goodies are Great Blue and Ross's Turacos, Yellow-billed Barbet, Kakamega Greenbul, Turner's Eremomela, Southern Hyliota, African Shrike-flycatcher, Mackinnon's Shrike, Bocage's Bushshrike, Red-headed Malimbe and Red-headed Bluebill. Some older gen reports Grey Parrot from this area, but I have no recent reports of this bird (almost extinct in Kenya); this same applies to Black-billed Turaco and Sabine's Spinetail. The Spinetail can apparently be seen over the forest near the bridge at dusk (winter only), but no recent sightings.
Some groups explored promising looking forest patches between Rondo and Ikuywa Bridge and experienced some prime birding here. In fact, at Kakamega, birds can be seen virtually anywhere, and any sites with good, old forest are probably equally good; the sites described here are well-known and easily accesible.

A map of the northern part of Kakamega Forest
A map of the northern part of Kakamega Forest showing the main birding areas.

Venturing to the northern part of Kakamega Forest at Buyangu the best strategy is to bird the forest edge along the road and then to explore some of the numerous trails into the forest. Birds along the road include Purple-throated Cuckooshrike, White-browed Robin-Chat, White-breasted and Grey-headed Nigrita and Red-headed Bluebill. Birding along the forest trails can be very rewarding with a good chance of finding Blue-headed Bee-eater. More common species include Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill, Hairy-breasted and Grey-throated Barbets, Western Oriole, Pink-footed Puffback, Chestnut Wattle-eye, Brown-chested Alethe, Equatorial Akalat, Sombre, Ansorge's, Joyful and Placid Greenbuls, Uganda Woodland Warbler, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Dark-backed Weaver and Vieillot's Black Weaver.
There is also a KWS Forest Station here where White-headed Sawwing is common and there are also some short trails around the Forest Station that is worth checking. Birds seen here include Red-headed Bluebill and checking the sky overhead might produce an African Crowned Eagle.
You can follow a trail south from the forest station for about two kms to the top of Buyangu Hill. I don't have any personal experience with this trail, but it seems like an interesting walk. Both the forest station and the lookout can be worth checking for birds of more open areas.

Birds in Kakamega Forest
a photo of a Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat
Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat can be seen near the Kakamega Forest Station.
© Leif Gabrielsen

Forest Station:
Black Sparrowhawk, Long-crested Eagle, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, White-headed Saw-wing, Lühder's Bushshrike, African Dusky Flycatcher, Northern Black Flycatcher, African Blue Flycatcher, Stuhlmann's Starling, Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat, Vieillot's Black Weaver and Hunter's and Green-throated Sunbirds.

Zimmerman Grid:
White-headed Wood Hoopoe, Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill, Yellow-billed and Grey-throated Barbets, Yellow-crested, Brown-eared and Buff-spotted Woodpeckers, African Broadbill, Square-tailed Drongo, Purple-throated Cuckooshrike, Yellow-bellied Wattle-eye, Dusky Crested Flycatcher, Plain, Kakamega and Joyful Greenbuls, Equatorial Akalat, Turner's Eremomela, Southern Hyliota, Uganda Woodland Warbler, Dusky Tit, Dark-backed Weaver, Vieillot's Black Weaver and Collared Sunbird.

Pumping Station:
White-spotted Flufftail, Tambourine Dove, Yellow-billed, Grey-throated and Hairy-breasted Barbets, African Broadbill, Western Oriole, Mackinnon's Shrike, Pink-footed and Black-backed Puffbacks, Lühder's Bushshrike, Jameson's Wattle-eye, White-tailed Ant Thrush, Stuhlmann's Starling, Brown-chested Alethe, Equatorial Akalat, Slender-billed, Joyful, Ansorge's, Kakamega, Yellow-whiskered and Sombre Greenbuls, Red-tailed Bristlebill, Square-tailed Drongo, African Paradise Flycatcher, White-chinned and Banded Prinias, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Turner's Eremomela, Uganda Woodland Warbler, Red-headed Bluebill, Black-billed Weaver and Collared Sunbird.

Ronda Retreat Center:
Great Blue Turaco

Ikuywa Bridge:
Grey Parrot, Great Blue, Ross's and Black-billed Turaco, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Sabine's Spinetail (winter), Yellow-billed Barbet, African Broadbill, Grey-throated Barbet, Square-tailed Drongo, Bocage's and Lühder's Bushshrikes, Stuhlmann's Starling, Joyful, Ansorge's, Sombre and Kakamega Greenbuls, White-tailed Ant Thrush, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Chubb's Cisticola, Grey and Buff-throated Apalis, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, White-browed Crombec, Turner's Eremomela, Southern Hyliota, Dusky Tit, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, African Shrike-flycatcher, Western Oriole, Stuhlmann's Starling, Green-throated Sunbird, Grey-headed and White-breasted Nigrita, Red-headed Bluebill, Thick-billed Weaver, Black-necked, Vieillot's Black, Dark-backed and Black-billed Weaver and Red-headed Malimbe.

Buyangu Area:
African Crowned Eagle, Blue-headed Bee-eater, Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill, Hairy-breasted, Yellow-billed, Yellow-spotted and Grey-throated Barbets, Western Oriole, Pink-footed Puffback, Chestnut Wattle-eye, White-tailed Ant Thrush, Dusky Crested Flycatcher, African Blue Flycatcher, Brown-chested Alethe, Equatorial Akalat, Sombre, Ansorge's Joyful, Slender-billed, Yellow-whiskered and Placid Greenbuls, Red-tailed Bristlebill, Buff-throated Apalis, White-chinned Prinia, Uganda Woodland Warbler, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Olive-green Camaroptera, Southern Hyliota, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, Red-headed Bluebill, Red-headed Malimbe, Thick-billed Weaver, Dark-backed Weaver and Vieillot's Black Weaver.

Other Wildlife

The most obvious group of mammals in Kakamega are the monkeys. The Guereza Colobus (Colobus guereza) is the most common primate, and groups of up to a couple dozen animals can be seen. Red-tailed (Cercopithecus ascanius) and Gentle Monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis) are both also common here and groups of these beautiful primates can be seen regularily.
Another mammal that is regularily seen here is the Red-legged Sun Squirrel (Heliosciurus rufobrachium). It might also be worthwhile to check the forest edge with a powerful torch at night, looking for a Galago (Galagonidae sp.), African Palm Civet (Nandinia binotata), or maybe even a Potto (Perodicticus potto) (but admittedly you need good luck to find any of these). There have also been reports of Olive Baboons (Papio anubis) and Side-striped Jackal (Canis adustus) around Kakamega.


Food and accommodation:
The KWS offers some very basic options at Buyangu if you would like to stay inside the forest: you can camp at Udo's Campsite and Bandas or at Isukuti Guest House. Probably not any point in reserving the guest house in advance (if at all possible); I don't know the standard of the guest house, but assume it is very basic.
At Isecheno you can also pitch your tent at the Kakamega Forest Station. Very basic, but it is a great experience to camp there! At Isecheno there is also a very nice up-market option; the Rondo Retreat Lodge. You can stay there very comfortably in nice bungalows and the grounds of the lodge is a very nice place to birdwatch. The star attraction here is the Great Blue Turaco, several of which are seen here daily, but many other good birds are also seen here regularily.
If you are looking for a mid-range option there are several cheap hotels available in Kakamega town.

Getting There

Kakamega Town lies some 50 kms north of Kisumu and can easily be reached on the A1; this road is in good condition. Kitale lies some 110 kms to the north of Kakamega and the A1 is again the main route between these two towns (about 1,5 hours). To get to Isecheno from Kakamega Town head southeast out of town towards Shinyalu (you drive past Kakamega Air Strip). After appr. 11 kms you get to Shinyalu, turn left here and after 5,5 kms you are at the national park. Turn left here and it is less than 1 km to the village with the Forest Station, continue for another 2,5 kms to Rondo Retreat Lodge. From Rondo it is some 5 kms to Ikuywa Bridge.
It is straightforward to get to Buyangu; follow the main A1 north out of Kakamega Town and follow this road for 15 kms. After 15 kms there is a signpost for Kakamega Forest. Turn right and follow this road for some 3 kms to a KWS forest station. Any section of this road with good forest can be birded and there are signposts for some of the forest trails.

Local Guides

There are several, experienced guides working in the Kakamega area, and some should also be knowleadgable about other nearby sites as well. Wilberforce Okeka seems to be one of the best known guides here.

Mumias and Madende Creek

Mumias is the only known site in Kenya for Rock Pratincole and they are apparently rather easy to find here. The bridge over the Nzoia River near Mumias, where the pratincoles can be found, is about 38 kms from Kakamega and this site can thus easily be combined with Kakamega Forest. Apart from the pratincoles there is not much of interest at Mumias, but the pratincole site can be combined with Madende Creek some 20 kms further away. Madende seems to hold some good birds, although it seems that relatively few groups visit this site. A good variety of western Kenyan species can be found here including Ross' Turaco, Swamp Nightjar, Senegal and Blue-headed Coucal, Black-billed and Double-toothed Barbets, Uganda Spotted Woodpecker, White-headed Saw-wing, Little Greenbul, Brown Twinspot, Black-bellied Seedcracker and Compact Weaver. Red-chested Flufftail has also been reported here.

Birds at Mumias and Madende Creek

Rock Pratincole, Flappet Lark, Angola Swallow, Red-chested Sunbird and Golden-backed and Northern Brown-throated Weavers.

Madende Creek:
Red-chested Flufftail, Red-headed Lovebird, Ross' Turaco, African White-tailed and Black-shouldered Nightjars, Senegal and Blue-headed Coucals, African Pygmy-kingfisher, Black-billed and Double-toothed Barbets, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Uganda Spotted Woodpecker, White-headed Saw-wing, Blue and Rufous-chested Swallows, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Marsh Tchagra, Little Greenbul, Moustached Grass-warbler, Copper and Olive-bellied Sunbirds, Bar-breasted Firefinch, Brown Twinspot, Black-bellied Seedcracker, Fawn-breasted Waxbill, Black-bellied Firefinch, Marsh Widowbird and Compact and Parasitic Weavers.

Getting There

The pratincole site is easy to find. From the center of Kakamega town, turn right onto the C40 and follow this for about 32 kms. In Mumias turn right onto Mumias - Bungoma road and follow this 4 kms north to the bridge over the river.
To get to Madende Creek, follow the road a further 600 m and turn left onto Busia-Mumias Road (unsurfaced). Follow this road for 19 kms until you come to a bridge after a small village. This road should be driveable in a 2W-drive.

Saiwa Swamp NP

A map of Saiwa Swamp national park
A map of Saiwa Swamp NP showing the main birding areas.

Saiwa Swamp is a tiny national park (the smallest in Kenya), easy to reach from Kitale. Birding here is relaxed as you can easily get around the swamp on good tracks or across it on a wooden causeway. There are also a few hides overlooking the swamp, which are good both for birds and the rare Sitatunga (this semi-aquatic antelope is a mammalian speciality of the NP). There are not really any avian specialities here that you can't seen in Kakamega, but the birding here is by any standard very good and there are many western Kenyan specialities that can easily be seen here. It might also be the safest site in Kenya for Blue-headed Coucal which is regularily seen here.
Walking around the swamp on the main track you should look out for Blue-headed Coucal which is relatively easy to find here. Other good birds you might find here include Ross' Turaco, Double-toothed Barbet, Tambourine Dove and Blue-spotted Wood-dove. Both Black and Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike are seen here regularily and Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill, Woodland Kingfisher, Lühders Bushshrike, Blue-shouldered and Snowy-crowned Robin Chats are also frequently seen. Of the numerous sunbirds you can find gems as Green-headed and Amethyst Sunbird among others.

Birds in Saiwa Swamp NP
a photo of the main marsh at Saiwa Swamp national park
A view from the birdwatch tower in Saiwa Swamp NP.
© Risto Skjelnes

Hottentot Teal, Yellow-billed Duck, Kaffir Rail, Tambourine Dove, Blue-spotted Wood-dove, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Blue-headed Coucal, Woodland Kingfisher, Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill, Ross' Turaco, Double-toothed Barbet, African Blue Flycatcher, Black and Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrikes, African Hill Babbler, Pale-breasted Iladopsis, Northern Puffback, Lühder's Bushshrike, Black-throated Wattle-eye, Splendid Glossy Starling, African Yellow Warbler, Blue-shouldered and Snowy-crowned Robin-Chats, Yellow-whiskered Greenbul, Yellow-throated Leaf-love, Black-collared Apalis, Chubb's Cisticola, African Bush-warbler, Little Rush Warbler, African Reed Warbler, Yellow-bellied Hyliota, Black-billed Weaver, Yellow Bishop, Black-crowned Waxbill and Olive-bellied, Green-headed and Amethyst Sunbirds.

Other Wildlife

The Sitatunga (Tragelaphus spekei) can be watched from the observation platforms/hides. From here you can also see Bushbuck ( Tragelaphus scriptus), similar to, and more common in the park, than the Sitatunga.
There are also four species of monkey in the park: Guereza Colobus (Colobus guereza) and Vervet Monkey (Cercopithecus pygerythrus), Gentle Monkey (Blue Monkey) (Cercopithecus (nictitans) mitis) and De Brazza's Monkey (Cercopithecus neglectus).


Food and accommodation:
A very interesting place to stay if you are visiting Saiwa Swamp is Barnleys Guesthouse . At Barnleys they have a few guestrooms, furnished tents and a campsite. The family living here and running the guesthouse has a long tradition in ornithology and can provide up to date information about sites in this region. Barnleys Guesthouse is also near a traditionally reliable site for Spotted Creeper, see Kapenguria section below for more information.
To get to Barnleys from Saiwa Swamp, you can continue north from the A1/Saiwa Swamp junction for about 6 kms, and the guesthouse is signposted to the right (it is about 22 kms north of Kitale on the A1).
If not staying at Barnleys your nearest options are in Kitale, which has a few basic hotels.

Getting There

Saiwa Swamp NP can easily be reached from Kitale; follow the main A1 north for 19 kms and turn right to Saiwa Swamp NP (the NP is signposted from the main road). From the main road it is some 5 kms to the NP.

Kongelai Escarpment & Kapenguria

The area between Kapenguria and Kongelai village does have some good birds which can be difficult elsewhere. The prime target for most birders will be the White-crested Turaco, which is regularily seen here, but also a handful of other species with a northerly or northwesterly distribution can be found here.
After the escarpment the road slopes down the valley and at the bottom of the slope is a small river bed (mostly dried out) which should be explored for Double-toothed Barbet, Green-backed Eremomela, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver, Red-headed Weaver and Bronze, Green-headed and Olive Sunbirds. The White-crested Turaco is also often seen here.
In the bottom of the valley, about 600-700 m to the east of the road, is also a stream with some vegetation around it. This area can also be explored for Pallid Honeyguide, Plum-coloured and Lesser Glossy Starlings and Cinnamon-breasted Bunting. Other birds that have been seen here include Grey Kestrel, Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill, Hemprich's Hornbill, D'Arnaud's Barbet, White-browed Robin Chat and Orange-winged Pytilia.

Kapenguria is a site worth checking for Spotted Creeper, as this is one of the only known sites for this species in Kenya. There is not much else to see, but if going to Kongelai it is worth a short stop.

Birds at Kongelai and Kapenguria

Grey Kestrel, Ross' and White-crested Turacos, Hemprich's and Black-and-white-casqued Hornbills, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, D'Arnaud's, White-headed and Double-toothed Barbets, Pallid Honeyguide, Plum-coloured and Lesser Glossy Starlings, White-winged Cliff-chat, White-browed Robin Chat, Green-backed Eremomela, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver, Red-headed Weaver, Bronze, Green-headed, Marico and Olive Sunbirds, Orange-winged Pytilia and Olive-breasted and Cinnamon-breasted Buntings.

Emerald Cuckoo, Lesser Honeyguide, African Blue Flycatcher, Spotted Creeper, Grey-capped Warbler and Thick-billed Seedeater.


Food and accommodation:
A very convenient place to stay if you are visiting Kongelai Escarpment or Kapenguria is Barnleys Guesthouse . At Barnleys they have a few guestrooms, furnished tents and a campsite and is only a few hundred meters from the Spotted Creeper site. The family living here and running the guesthouse has a long tradition in ornithology and can provide up to date information about sites in this region.
If not staying at Barnleys your nearest options are in Kitale, which has a few basic hotels. There are also said to be some basic accommodation in Makutano or Kapenguria, but these are probably very basic.

Getting There

From Kitale, turn onto the A1 (Kitale to Kapenguria road) and follow this for 35 kms to the village of Makutano. At Makutano turn left off the main road and onto the road to Kongelai. This road is quite rough, but is driveable with a 2W drive under dry conditions and you only have to follow this for 10 kms to where the road slopes down into the valley. You can park here and explore this area on foot.
The Spotted Creeper site (and Barnleys Guesthouse) is about 11 kms before Makutano/Kapenguria. On the right hand side is a signpost for "Sirikwa Safaris" which is another name for the guesthouse. Park here and follow the main road for another few hundred meters; you will now see a small, wooded valley on the left side of the road. Proceed down the valley and into the wood. This is the site of the Spotted Creeper.


A map of Kisumu, including Hippo and Dunga points
A map of Kisumu, including Hippo and Dunga points.

Many birders visiting Kenya do not get to Lake Victoria because of time-constraints, which is a pity as birding can be pretty good and there are some notable specialities which can be found relatively easy here. The most important specialities are Papyrus Gonolek, Carruther's Cisticola and Papyrus Canary, all with a very restricted distribution in countries/regions around Lake Victoria.
Kisumu is the regional capital and some very relaxed birding can be done in the suburbs of the town or at Hippo Point and Dunga Point. If staying at Sunset Hotel (south of the city center) good birding can be had in or around the grounds of the hotel and along the road out of town towards Hippo and Dunga Point. Black-headed Gonolek is quite common in the gardens here and other birds you might see are Meyer's Parrot, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Spot-flanked and Black-billed Barbets, Sharpe's Pied Babbler, Grey-headed Sparrow and Red-chested Sunbird.
Following the road parallell to the lake shore you get to Hippo Point (about 2 kms from Sunset Hotel). Just before Hippo Point are some reedbeds on either side of the road that should be checked carefully for Carruther's Cisticola; Fan-tailed Widowbird is another possibility here. Birds you can expect around Hippo Point include African Openbill, Water Thick-knee, Swamp Flycatcher and Red-faced Cisticola.
Follow the road for another 3 kms and you get to the fishing village of Dunga. You can bird around this village on foot and see interesting birds, but a more interesting option is to negotiate a boat trip with the local fishermen. The fishermen are organized as Dunga Fishermen's Co-operative Society and they have a small office near the shore; they will be happy to take you on board one of their vessels and let you experience the papyrus reeds from the lakeside. This might in fact be the best way to find the Papyrus Gonolek and Papyrus Canary has also been seen here (from a fishing boat). Other birds you can see from a fishing boat here are African Skimmer, Blue-headed Coucal, Banded Martin, Greater Swamp Warbler, Winding Cisticola and Marsh Tchagra. Some of these might also be seen from Dunga Village with a telescope, but the birds of the papyrus reeds would be very difficult from land.

Birds around Kisumu
a photo of some birders in a local fishing boat
The best way to check the birds of the papyrus reeds is to go with a local fisherman. © Paul Gordon

Kisumu Suburbs:
Meyer's Parrot, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Spot-flanked and Black-billed Barbets, Black-headed Gonolek, Sharpe's Pied Babbler and Red-chested Sunbird.

Hippo Point:
African Openbill, Water Thick-knee, Blue-headed Coucal, Black-billed Barbet, Swamp Flycatcher, Carruther's and Red-faced Cisticolas, African Reed Warbler, Greater Swamp-warbler, Northern Brown-throated, Slender-billed, Yellow-backed and Golden-backed Weavers and Fan-tailed Widowbird.

Dunga Point:
African Openbill, Fulvous Whistling Duck, African Skimmer, Blue-headed Coucal, African Palm-swift, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Mosque Swallow, Banded Martin, Greater Swamp Warbler, Winding Cisticola, Marsh Tchagra, Black-headed and Papyrus Gonolek, Slender-billed and Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Papyrus Canary and Red-chested Sunbird.

Other Wildlife

The most common


Food and accommodation:

Getting There

Port Bunyala

A map of Port Bunyala near Kisumu
A map of Port Bunyala near Kisumu.

Port Bunyala is another Lake Victoria site that holds good birds, like the Lake Victoria specialities (Papyrus Gonolek, Carruther's Cisticola and Papyrus Canary); this site is however rarely visited by western birdwatchers and there is not much information available. The following info is extracted from Mike Hunters superb report ("Bird Watching in Kenya 17 February 1995 - 17 March 1995"). check other reports (recent) for Port Bunyala and Red Brick Dam

Birds at Port Bunyala

Port Bunyala:
Comb Duck, Swamp Nightjar, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Broad-billed Roller, Black-headed Gonolek, Swamp Flycatcher, Rufous-chested Swallow, Grey-capped Warbler, Red-faced Cisticola, Tawny-flanked Prinia, African Reed Warbler and Slender-billed and Black-headed Weavers.

Red Brick Dam:
Wahlberg's Eagle, Grey Kestrel, Purple Swamphen, Allen's Gallinule, White-crested Turaco, Marsh Tchagra, Black-headed Gonolek, Swamp Flycatcher, Red-faced Cisticola, Moustached Grass Warbler, Brown Twinspot, Fawn-breasted, Red-rumped and Black-crowned Waxbills, Black and Black-winged Bishops and Red-chested and Copper Sunbirds.

Other Wildlife

The most common


Food and accommodation:

Getting There