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FEATURED BIRDS

LILAC-BREASTED ROLLER

Coracias Caudatus

National Bird of Kenya. This brightly colored bird with its brilliant azure wing feathers and differently colored body feathers is present throughout Kenya, except for the Turkana basin. Both sexes have the same color. The rollers derive their name from their distinctive courtship flight during which they dive from extreme heights, rocking and rolling, while making loud, harsh calls.

RED AND YELLOW BARBET

Trachyphonus Erythrocephalus

This barbet is common throughout Kenya up to elevations of 5,000ft. Males have distinctive black (spotted white), red, and yellow plumage; females are similar to males but overall much duller. They are often tamed and their feathers are used as adornment by many East African tribes.

ZANZIBAR RED BISHOP

Euplectes Nigroventris

This East African bird distinguishes itself from other red bishops by being almost completely black from throat to belly. During non-breeding season, male and female Zanzibar red bishops are visually indistinguishable. During mating season, however, the male develops a dramatic plumage to attract females.

NARINA TROGON

Apaloderma narina

Found in Kenya in forested areas up to 10,000ft above sea level. Both sexes exhibit vivid, gingery green upper part plumage with tail feathers that have a metallic blue-green gloss.

PIED KINGFISHER

Ceryle Rudis

Home to almost all parts of Kenya, this kingfisher is usually found in pairs or small family parties. Males have two full bands across the breast while females have a single band that is often broken in the middle.

 

BLUE-CHEEKED BEE-EATER

Merops Persicus

Found in bushy and wooded habitats near water, mainly is southern Kenya. Its vivid green color is more recognizable than the blue cheeks for which it got its name.

AFRICAN PYGMY KINGFISHER

Ispidina Picta

Small and brightly colored, the African Pygmy Kingfisher is found in woodland, savannah, and coastal forest. Unlike some of its relatives, this kingfisher takes mainly insects and, thus, is not bound to water.

 

KENYAN ROOSTER/JOGOO

Gallus Domesticus

Roosters are found on every tea family's farm in Kenya. Traditionally, at the rooster's crow at early dawn, all awake and head to work on the farm. Due to its importance in Kenyan culture, it is one of the animals featured on the official coat of arms of Kenya.