Trip report: Ethiopia, Birding the Roof of Africa (Feb 2013) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Ken Behrens. This was a custom tour similar to our set departure, but without the south.

This was a short custom tour that aimed to take in many of Ethiopia’s top birds and mammals, plus generally to experience its unique environments and cultures. We did not visit the far south, but focused on the area north of Addis Ababa, the Great Rift Valley (including Awash NP), and the Bale Mountains. This was not a hard-core birding trip in which maximizing the endemic tally and trip list were paramount. Despite that, we recorded 428 species of birds, and 35 species of mammals. Bird highlights included endemics such as Spot-breasted Lapwing, White-cheeked Turaco, Banded Barbet, Yellow-fronted Parrot, White-backed Black-Tit, Abyssinian Catbird, and Yellow-throated and Salvadori’s serins. On the mammal front, the top creature as always was Ethiopian Wolf, supported by gelada baboon, mountain nyala, and many others.

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