The reason for Kenya’s exceptionally rich diversity of birds, and wildlife in general, is the extreme variety of landscapes that the country has. From sandy beaches to snow-capped mountains, fresh water lakes to alkaline (salty) lakes, scorching deserts to freezing moorlands, rugged cliffs to flat plains, and everything in-between. Kenya is divided north-south by the equator, divided east-west by the Great Rift Valley and is additionally on the coast!
This has led to the development of a vast number of different habitats, and each has birds that are adapted to it. (This book explains the evolution of Kenya’s diverse habitats and landscapes exceptionally well.)
Among these habitats are several types of forest; including highland (montane) forests, dry coastal forests, mangrove forests, gallery forests and tropical rainforest.
Today we take a look at some of the amazing forest birds that can be seen in Kenya.
These are just but a tiny sample of the many amazing birds that one can see in Kenya’s rich forests. Kenya is unique in many ways due to its geographic location and there are not many other countries that can boast the variety of different forests and other habitats that this country has. It is a natural heritage that Kenyans should be proud of and strive to protect.
Feel free to reach out to me if you need help finding a good guide who can show you Kenya’s amazing forest birds. And while you’re out enjoying the birds, please submit records of what you see to the Kenya Bird Map project to help document the distribution and status of Kenya’s forest birds.
Tune in next Thursday for the next part of the NDEGE WETU series 😉
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