A field guide to Kenyan mangroves


Many birds inhabit the Kenyan mangroves, including the mangrove kingfisher, weavers, eagles, waders, etc. Below is a sample of some of the birds you can see in the mangroves.

Yellow billed storks (Mycteria ibis) and one African spoonbill (Platalea alba) (far left) walking past a singular Sonneratia alba in Gazi Bay

Great egret (Casmerodius albus melanorhynchos)

Palm nut vulture (Gypohierax angolensis) Local people beleive that this bird calls as the tide starts to enter the mangroves, which on many occasions seemed correct.


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all identifications using:

Zimmerman, D.A., D.A. Turner and D.J. Pearson, 1996. Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania. Princeton University Press. pp 740.

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all text and photographs copyright© 2002 David Gillikin and Anouk Verheyden
Created 1 November 2002