Karura Forest

Karura Forest, Nairobi, Kenya, photo © by Mwangi Gitau
Yellow-billed Duck  Black Crake Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird  Bronze Sunbird Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater  Gray-capped Warbler Red-billed Firefinch  Pied Kingfisher Olive Thrush  Red-faced Cisticola Cape Robin-Chat  Squacco Heron

Karura Forest is an urban forest located north of central Nairobi, the largest city and capital of Kenya. The forest was gazetted in 1932 and is managed by the Kenya Forest Service in conjunction with the Friends of Karura Forest. The area of Karura Forest is in excess of 1000 hectares, making it the largest of the three main gazetted forests in Nairobi. There are wetland sites within the preserve area including a pond within an old quarry and a forested stream.

More than 200 bird species have been recorded in Karura forest. It is quiet and tranquil, permitting encounters with amazing forest birds. The following bird list was compiled in just three hours by professional Bird Guide, Charles Mwangi Gitau:

    Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019
  1. White-backed Duck
  2. Egyptian Goose
  3. Yellow-billed Duck
  4. Little Grebe
  5. Lemon Dove
  6. Tambourine Dove
  7. Eurasian Moorhen
  8. Black Crake
  9. African Jacana
  10. Marabou Stork
  11. Hamerkop
  12. Black-headed Heron
  13. Common Squacco Heron
  14. Hadada Ibis
  15. Black Kite
  16. Speckled Mousebird
  17. Narina Trogon
  18. Silvery-cheeked Hornbill
  19. Pied Kingfisher
  20. Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater
  21. Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird
  22. Lesser Honeyguide
  23. Chinspot Batis
  24. Black-backed Puffback
  25. Tropical Boubou
  26. African Paradise-Flycatcher
  27. Northern Fiscal
  28. Pied Crow
  29. White-bellied Tit
  30. Red-faced Crombec
  31. Green-backed Camaroptera
  32. Yellow-breasted Apalis
  33. Tawny-flanked Prinia
  34. Gray-capped Warbler
  35. Red-faced Cisticola
  36. Singing Cisticola
  37. Lesser Swamp Warbler
  38. Rock Martin
  39. Black Sawwing
  40. Yellow-whiskered Greenbul
  41. Cabanis's Greenbul
  42. Common Bulbul
  43. Kikuyu White-eye
  44. Abyssinian Thrush
  45. African Dusky Flycatcher
  46. White-eyed Slaty-Flycatcher
  47. Brown-backed Scrub-Robin
  48. Cape Robin-Chat
  49. Ruppell's Robin-Chat
  50. Brown-chested Alethe
  51. Collared Sunbird
  52. Scarlet-chested Sunbird
  53. Bronze Sunbird
  54. Northern Double-collared Sunbird
  55. Variable Sunbird
  56. Baglafecht Weaver
  57. Holub's Golden-Weaver
  58. Village Weaver
  59. Red-billed Firefinch
  60. Bronze Mannikin
  61. Cape Wagtail
  62. African Pied Wagtail
  63. Streaky Seedeater

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Karura Forest, Nairobi, Kenya, photo © by Mwangi Gitau

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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 11 Nov. 2019,
updated 30 Dec. 2019.