NATIONAL PARKS SAFARIS ETHIOPIA

HIGHLIGHTS, WHERE THEY ARE AND HOW TO VISIT THEM

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ENDEMIC BIRDS OF ETHIOPIA

Endemic birds of Ethiopia

The bird species of Ethiopia are mix of African, Palearctic and a fantastic number of endemic birds of Ethiopia and for the region of the Horn of Africa. Birders worldwide are becoming aware of the unique bird list of Ethiopia and the country is becoming one of Africa’s fastest growing birdwatching countries. Of the 860+ species of birds, some 596 are resident species wile 224 species are seasonal migrants, 176 of which are Palearctic migrants. 31 species are of global conservation concern needing special protection measures.

 

Why consider booking our our Ethiopia Culture & National Parks modules? Because for the same price, our tour gets you to ALL cultural places Ethiopia is so famous for, and on top of that, you get to see up to 12 National Parks/Reserves accompanied by a conservation forester. There is nothing similar on the market. As Ethiopia can be combined with other East African countries, we organize tours in modules. Destinations Overview: Historical Circuit; Danakil Depression; Eathern Route; Simien Mountains; Bale Mountains; Southern Parks Safari; Gambella; Addis Ababa BUT WAIT: if you buy your international ticket with Ethiopia Airlines, they will sell the internal flights at a price that you can't even ride the bus for. But you MUST plan it all in one package and making changes will be very costly. So let us help you plan your entire trip for an incredibly low price!

 

43 species are endemic to the Horn of Africa while 18 or 19 (subject to certain taxonomic criteria) are national endemics. Most of the endemic birds that are endemic to the highlands are distributed widely, but five species are restricted to tiny areas. Below the list of endemic and rare species of birds of Ethiopia.

 

We organize highly specialized birding itineraries with one of our in-house national ornithologists on request.

 

This is the latest list of endemic and rare birds of Ethiopia that we produced in consultation with all renowned ornithologists of Ethiopia:

Country

Species

English name

Area in km2

Population size

Status

W

Acrocephalus griseldis

Basra Reed Warbler

 

 

VU

W

Aquila clanga

Greater Spotted Eagle

 

 

VU

W

Aquila heliaca

Eastern Imperial Eagle

 

 

VU

W

Aythya nyroca

Ferruginous Duck

 

 

VU

ET, E

Agapornis taranta

Black-winged Lovebird

347,000

 

LC

W

Balaeniceps rex

Shoebill

 

 

NT

ET

Bostrychia carunculata

Wattled Ibis

540,000

10,000-25,000

LC

ET

Calandrella erlangeri

Erlanger's Lark

 

 

 

ET

Caprimulgus solala

Nechisar Nightjar

200

 

VU

ET, S

Cercomela dubia

Sombre Rock Chat

58,700

 

 

W

Circus macrourus

Pallid Harrier

 

 

NT

ET, E

Cisticola lugubris

Ethiopian Cisticola

 

 

 

ET, E

Columba albitorques

White-collared Pigeon

295,000

 

LC

ET, E, Su

Corvus crassirostris

Thick-billed Raven

466,000

 

LC

W

Crex crex

Corn Crake

 

 

VU

ET

Cyanochen cyanoptera

Blue-winged Goose

361,000

5,000-15,000

VU

ET, E

Dendropico sabyssinicus

Abyssinian Roller

464,000

 

LC

W

Emberiza cineracea

Cinereous Bunting

 

 

NT

ET, S

Eupodotis humilis

Little Brown Bustard

362,000

 

NT

W

Falco naumanni

Lesser Kestrel

 

 

VU

W

Falco fasciinucha

Falco fasciinucha

 

 

VU

ET, S, K

Francolinus castaneicollis

Chestnut-naped Francolin

224,000

 

LC

ET

Francolinus harwoodi

Harwood's Francolin

17,000

10,000-20,000

VU

W

Gallinago media

Great Snipe

 

 

NT

W

Glareola nordmanni

Black-winged Pratincole

 

 

NT

W

Grus carunculatus

Wattled Crane

 

 

VU

ET

Heteromirafra sidamoensis

Sidamo or Liben Lark

30

250

CR

ET

Hirundo megaensis

White-tailed Swallow

14,900

2,500-10,000

VU

ET, E

Lybius undatus

Banded Barbet

556,000

 

LC

ET

Macronyx flavicollis

Abyssinian Longclaw

371,000

 

NT

ET, E

Melaenornis chocolatinus

Abyssinian Slaty-flycatcher

280,000

 

LC

W

Mirafra pulpa

Friedmann's Lark

 

 

NT

ET,E

Myrmecocichla melaena

Rüppell's Black Chat

164,000

 

LC

ET, E, S

Oenanthe lugubris

Abyssinian Black Wheatear

 

 

 

ET, S

Oenanthe phillipsi

Somali Wheatear

46,800

 

LC

ET, E

Onychognathus albirostris

White-billed Starling

99,000

 

LC

ET,E,S,So

Onychognathus blythii

Somali Starling

 

 

LC

ET, E

Oriolus monacha

Ethiopian Black-headed Oriole

478,000

 

LC

ET

Parophasma galinirie

Abyssinian Catbird

262,000

 

LC

ET, E

Parus leuconotus

White-backed Tit

141,000

 

LC

ET

Petrochelidon sp.

Ethiopian Cliff Swallow

 

 

 

W

Phoenicopterus minor

Lesser Flamingo

 

 

NT

ET, S, K

Ploceus dichrocephalus

Juba Weaver

 

 

LC

ET

Poicephalus flavifrons

Yellow-fronted Parrot

126,000

 

LC

ET, Su

Pytilia lineata

Ethiopian Pytilia

 

 

 

ET, E

Rougetius rougeti

Rouget's Rail

335,000

2,500-10,000

NT

W

Sarothrura ayresii

White-winged Flufftail

 

 

EN

ET

Serinus ankoberensis

Ankober Serin

16,400

10,000-20,000

VU

ET

Serinus flavigula

Yellow-Throated Seedeater

4,600

250-1,000

EN

ET

Serinus nigriceps

Ethiopian Siskin

46,000

 

LC

ET, E, S

Serinus tristriatus

Brown-rumped Seedeater

186,000

 

LC

ET

Serinus xantholaemus

Salvadori's Serin

280

2,500-10,000

VU

ET, E

Serinus xanthopygius

Abyssinian Yellow-rumped Seedeater

102,000

 

LC

ET, S, K

Streptopelia reichenowi

White-winged Collared Dove

110,000

 

NT

ET, So

Sylvietta philippae

Philippa's Crombec

175,000

 

NT

ET

Tauraco ruspoli

Prince Ruspoli's Turaco

12,000

2,500‐10,000

VU

ET, E

Thamnolaea semirufa

White-winged Cliff-chat

193,000

 

LC

ET

Vanellus melanocephalus

Spot-breasted Lapwing

80,000

1,000‐10,000

LC

ET

Zavattariornis stresemanni

Ethiopian Bush Crow

4,600

2,500‐10,000

EN

Information on range size and population size, mainly follows BirdLife International 2011 (www.birdlife.org, April 2011). IUCN categories according to IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (www.iucnredlist.org).

ET – Ethiopia, E – Eritrea, S – Somalia, So – Socotra, K – Kenya, Su – Sudan, W wide range, CR – critically endangered, EN – endangered, NT – near threatened, VU – vulnerable, LC – least concern

A. nyroca, A., clanga, A. heliaca, F. naumanni, C. crex, C. macrourus, G. media, G. nordmanni and A. griseldis are non-breeding migrants from the Palearctic while Phoenicopterus minor is a non-breeding visitor from elsewhere in the Afrotropics (only few breeding records are known in Ethiopia, Ash & Atkins 2009); the remainder are resident. This list of endemic birds of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa is sited from our document: GAP ANALYSIS OF THE PROTECTED AREAS SYSTEM OF ETHIOPIA.

 

Distribution of the Important bird areas of Ethiopia following Birdlife International 2009.

 

The Rüppel's Vulture is a rare vulture occurring in the Northern mountains of Ethiopia The Shoe-billed Heron is a rare bird occurring in Gambella National Park.

The Rüppel's Vulture lives in the highlands of Ethiopia.

The Shoe-billed Heron is found in the most western tip of Ethiopia.

   
The Abyssinian Bush Crow is an endemic bird of the South Eastern highlands of Ethiopia

The Abyssinian Bush Crow is an endemic bird of Ethiopia that lives in the Central and Southern highlands of Ethiopia.

   

Our most popular Safari tour is our Ethiopia Central and Souther Parks and Tribes Safaritours. But we can significantly increase your endemic wildlife and birds viewing chances by adding Bale Mountains and Simien Mountains National Parks.

ETHIOPIA CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PARKS & TRIBES SAFARI TOUR

WILDLIFE SAFARIS ETHIOPIA. DISCOVER ETHIOPIAN NATIONAL PARKS with former professional to Ethiopian Park Service

8 days. Price: starting at $890.

Day 1: ADDIS ABABA - AWASSA, ± 275km

  1. Stop at Lake Ziway for watching wetland birds;

  2. Abyjata-Shalla Lakes National Park to watch Ostriches and wetland birds at alkaline Lake Abijatta, including potentially Flamingos;

  3. Senkele Wildlife Sanctuary to watch the Swayne's Hartebeest. In this small nature reserve one almost can see the extremely rare Swayson's Hartebeest of which less than 500 survive in the wild, all in Ethiopia;

  4. Spend the night in Awassa.

 

Day 2: AWASSA - YABELLO, ± 410km

  1. Proposed Megado Podacarpus National Monument to take a look at one of the nicest Podocarpus forests of Ethiopia trees up to more than 1m wide and 35m high.

  2. Yabello Wildlife Sanctuary to see the endemic Stresemann's Bushcrow and White-tailed swallows, Burchell's Zebras and other wildlife.

  3. Spend the night at Yabello Motel.

 

Day 3: YABELLO - KONSO, ± 220km

  1. Konso tribal villages at Mecheke, including Konso tribal king's house. Konso is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site for its traditional landscape with terraces, its uniquely structured villages and huts and for their famous wooden statues;

  2. New York Village, so called after the vertical erosion formations that in the minds of local people look like sky-scrapers. In fact they are hoodoo formations of quartz minerals similar to those in Brice National Park in the USA.

  3. Kanta Lodge, a beautiful brand new lodge in Konso style luxury sleeping cabins and restaurant.

 

Day 4: KONSO - BUSKA LODGE, ± 130km

  1. Drive to Turmi to visit the Hamer People.

  2. Birding at the floodplane of Chelbi Wildlife Reserve

  3. Spend the night at Buska Lodge

 

Day 5:  BUSKA LODGE - JINKA, ± 140km

  1. Early in the morning, drive to the Mursi village in Mago National Park. Mursi women wear clay lip plates that they make from locally dug clay. The men adorn themselves with clay;

  2. game viewing Mago National Park. While wildlife stocks in Mago National Park are down, it is still one of the better places to see extraordinary wildlife;

  3. Sleep at Jinka Resort Hotel.

 

Day 6: JINKA - ARBA MINCH, ± 275km

  1. Long drive until arrival at hotel in Arba Minch, overlooking Nechsar National Park.

  2. If we can get permission from the park we go looking for the mysterious Nechisar Nightjar.

 

Day 7: NETCH SAR PARK AND LAKE CHAMO EXCURSIONS

  1. In the morning drive to Netchsar National Park on the istmus seperating Lake Abaya and Chamo. There still is a herd of the endemic Swayne's hartebeests, Burchell's zebra are very common, greater and lesser kudus are frequently seen, as well as grants gazelle. Out of the more than 180 species of birds recorded, you have a good chance at seeing Secretary bird, Ground hornbill, different species of bustards, etc.

  2. In the afternoon we go on boat ride along the western shore of Lake Chamo to watch African Crocodiles, Hippopotamus and a large variety of wetland birds.

  3. Return to the hotel at night and if permission granted again look for the Nechisar Nightjar.

 

Day 8: ARBA MINCH - ADDIS ABABA, ± 505km

  1. Return to Addis Ababa. Alternatively you have the option to fly back to Addis Ababa at additional costs for the flight, which we would recommend as it is a long ride back to Addis Ababa.

The price of this WILDLIFE SAFARI ETHIOPIA starts at $890 and includes transportation, entry fees, non-alcoholic beverages, tee/coffee at meals, hotels.

 

Ethiopia modernizes and changes more rapidly than any other country in Africa. Many features may not be there anymore in the near future. If you want to see it the way it was for thousands of years, see it now before it has changed forever! Compose your own once-in-a-lifetime Ethiopia-Africa-Adventure from our affordable modules:

Famous Ethiopia Historical Circuit

Simien Mountains trek or car visit

Danakil Depression and Erte Ale Volcano Expedition

Awash Babile Harar Safari Tour

Ethiopia Central and Southern Parks & Tribes Safari Tour

Bale Mountains National Park and Sof Omar Caves Tour

Gambella National Park Safari

Addis Ababa City Tour & Airport Transfer

All Ethiopia modules and prices together

We designed our itineraries in such a way that you can compose a 2 to 4 weeks journey from different modules that can show you the entire country or just the parts that interest you, all depending on your personal preferences, available time and budget. Email us on your interests and we can discuss a custom program with you by phone (we have phone lines from the USA and Europe) or skype. So, weather you have a great ethnic affinity, are a birdwatcher or want to go on safari, contact us and we work out a customized program that focuses on YOUR interests.

Blue Nile Falls, EthiopiaSt. George Church, LalibelaStellas, Axum, EthiopiaTukuls, Lalibela, EthiopiaElephant bull, Babile, EthiopiaEthiopian Wolf, Bale National Park

Gelada, Simien Mountains National ParkFacilides Bathroom, Gondar, EtiopiaWabia Ibex, Simien MountainsChurch, Lake Tana, EthiopiaErica trees, Bale Mountains National Park.Facilides Castle, Gondar, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is home of Ethiopian Airlines, featuring Africa's youngest fleet of the latest intercontinental jet airplanes - including 2 Dreamliners - as well as short-distance Bombardier turboprops for very comfortable, affordable and reliable in-country flights servicing all major cities of Ethiopia. The second best airline of Africa, will fly you non-stop from the USA and Europe to Addis Ababa. Take our 1-week Ethiopia Cultural Monuments Tour and than continue for your Kenya or Tanzania safari - or any other East African capital - thus completing your journey. IF YOU BUY YOUR INTERNATIONAL TICKET FROM ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES, YOU WILL GET MOST INTERNAL FLIGHTS FOR $25 - $35 PER LEG! BUT CHANGING AFTERWARDS IS EXPENSIVE, SO WORK OUT A SCHEDULE WITH US TO GET A FABULOUS DEAL FOR FLYING THROUGH THE COUNTRY IN STEAD OF SPENDING ENDLESS TIME ON THE ROAD!!!

 

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