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ZAMBIA & ZIMBABWE: African Pitta, endemics and specialities

Sunday 28th November – Wednesday 15th December 2021

Leader: Nik Borrow

18 Days Group Size Limit 6

ZAMBIA & ZIMBABWE: OVERVIEW

Birdquest’s Zambia & Zimbabwe birding tours are unusual in that, as well as the regional endemics and near-endemics, their primary focus includes the much-sought-after African Pitta. This is a very special bird, for which there is a short window of opportunity when it arrives back in its south-central African breeding grounds just before the onset of the rainy season, and starts to call.

Our Zambia & Zimbabwe birding tour, which features two African countries that are still off-the-beaten-track for the birdwatching fraternity, also includes Zambia’s two endemics (Black-cheeked Lovebird and Chaplin’s Barbet), Zimbabwe’s four near-endemics (Swynnerton’s Robin, Boulder Chat, Chirinda Apalis and Roberts’s Warbler), a suite of miombo specialities (including Bar-winged Weaver, Anchieta’s Sunbird and Anchieta’s Barbet), many other great birds and the awesome Victoria Falls.

Of all the wonderful birds of Africa, its two pittas stand out among the most sought-after species on the continent. Quite a lot of birders have seen the Green-breasted Pitta in Kibale Forest in Uganda, but far fewer have ever set eyes on the fabled African Pitta, a species that only becomes ’available’ for a short period around the onset of the southern tropical rainy season and for the rest of the year is effectively off the birding menu! The Zambezi valley in Zambia is currently the best place for seeing this avian gem, and this special Zambia birding tour is focussed on this very special bird.

Deep in the interior of Central Africa lies Zambia, a huge, stable and friendly country that straddles the ‘Spine of Africa’, the barely perceptible watershed separating the vast basins of the Zambezi and the Congo. As well as hosting a lot of breeding African Pittas, Zambia has a bird species list of over 750 that includes many exciting birds, including endemics and other localized specialities that are impossible or extremely difficult to see elsewhere on the continent. Zambia is a key country to visit in order to see some of Africa’s most restricted-range specialities.

Within the borders of this amazing country sprawls a sparsely inhabited landscape. This exciting trip will take us to several different regions of the country, taking in open mopane woodlands and dense, dark ‘mushitus’ (evergreen forests), spectacular miombo wilderness, wide floodplains and ‘dambos’ (marshes), the mighty Zambezi and the incredible Victoria Falls.

Our Zambia birding adventure starts at Livingstone with a visit to the stupendous Victoria Falls. The southwestern region of Zambia, to the west of Livingstone, is the haunt of the endangered endemic Black-cheeked Lovebird. Needless to say, the Zambezi valley is rich in many other bird species, including African Finfoot, Coppery-tailed Coucal, and Burchell’s and Meves’s Starlings, so this rewarding journey through Zambia will start with both a scenic wonder of the planet and some great birding.

Moving eastwards, we shall stay at one of the cattle ranches of the Kafue basin with its large, spreading fig trees that support the striking Chaplin’s Barbet, one of two species endemic to Zambia. Other good birds here include the spectacular Racket-tailed Roller, Stierling’s Wren-Warbler, Souza’s Shrike and African Spotted Creeper.

Next we return to the Zambezi valley at the shores of Lake Kariba, where we shall, of course, be concentrating on the stunning African Pitta. The breeding season should just be beginning with the onset of the rains, and the early rains stimulate the African Pittas to call and display.

The final part of our Zambian adventure takes us to the vast and remote Mutinondo Wilderness, a vast private reserve in north-central Zambia with a lovely safari lodge. Here we will be looking in the dambos, grasslands and mushitus for such special birds as Dickinson’s Kestrel, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Fülleborn’s Longclaw, Laura’s Woodland Warbler, Red-capped Crombec, Hartlaub’s Babbler, Black-chinned Quailfinch, Locust Finch and Black-faced Canary. There are even outside chances for Chestnut-headed Flufftail and Blue Quail. The miombo woodland harbours further specialities, including Anchieta’s Barbet, Anchieta’s Sunbird and the delightful Bar-winged Weaver (Mutinondo is surely the best site for this unusual, nuthatch-like speciality).

Before our Zambian travels begin, we will visit Zimbabwe, the one-time Southern Rhodesia. Here, there will be an opportunity to visit the beautiful Vumba Highlands of Zimbabwe and their drier surroundings, home to Swynnerton’s Robin, Boulder Chat, Chirinda Apalis and Roberts’s Warbler, four near-endemic specialities (two of which are shared only with neighbouring Mozambique), as well as the secretive Buff-spotted Flufftail.

Birdquest has operated Zambia birding tours since 2004 and Zimbabwe birding tours since 1987.

In 2021 this tour can be taken together with: MALAWI

Accommodation & Road Transport: The hotels and lodges used in Zambia and Zimbabwe are of good standard throughout. In Zambia, we will be travelling in a 4×4 safari vehicle on a mixture of well-surfaced tarred roads and dirt roads. In Zimbabwe, we use a minibus/passenger van on tarred roads.

Walking: The walking effort is easy almost throughout our Zambia & Zimbabwe birding tour, only occasionally moderate.

Climate: The weather is normally hot with a mixture of sunny and overcast conditions at this season. Rain is likely, and when it occurs it can be heavy.

Bird Photography: Opportunities during our Zambia & Zimbabwe birding tour are quite good.

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • A dedicated tour to find some of the most restricted-range birds in Africa
  • The unusual Bar-winged Weaver and pretty Black-necked Eremomela in the forests of Mutinondo Wilderness
  • Birding the dark mushitu forest for the charming Laura’s Woodland Warbler
  • Flushing brilliant red and black Locust Finches from the dambos
  • The hunt for the awesome, much sought-after African Pitta
  • Endemic snowy Chaplin’s Barbets in the Sycamore Figs on the ranches of the Nkanga Conservation Area.
  • A visit to the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls
  • A journey into remote country to see the endangered endemic Black-cheeked Lovebird, which sometimes gather in their hundreds around the drying pools.
  • A visit to the beautiful Vumba Highlands of Zimbabwe, home to the gorgeous Swynnerton’s Robin and two near-endemic specialities; Chirinda Apalis and Roberts’s Warbler.

OUTLINE ITINERARY

  • Day 1: Midday tour start at Harare, Zimbabwe. Drive to Mutare.
  • Day 2: Boulder Chat, then drive to Vumba Mountains.
  • Days 3-4: Vumba Mountains.
  • Day 5: Return to Harare and fly to Victoria Falls.
  • Day 6: Victoria Falls, then cross into Zambia at Livingstone. Drive to our lodge by the river.
  • Day 7: Area northwest of Livingstone for Black-cheeked Lovebird.
  • Day 8: Return to Livingstone and continue to Nkanga Conservation Area, Choma.
  • Day 9: Nkanga Conservation Area and Chaplin's Barbet.
  • Day 10: Drive to Siavonga at Lake Kariba.
  • Days 11-12: Siavonga/Lake Kariba area. African Pitta Quest.
  • Day 13: Siavonga, then drive to Forest Inn via Lusaka.
  • Day 14: Forest Inn, then drive to Mutinondo Wilderness.
  • Days 15-16: Mutinondo Wilderness.
  • Day 17: Mutinondo Wilderness, then drive to Forest Inn.
  • Day 18: Forest Inn, then drive to Lusaka airport for afternoon tour end.

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PRICE INFORMATION

Birdquest Inclusions: Our tour prices include surface transportation, accommodations, meals and entrance fees.

We also include all tipping for local guides, drivers and accommodation/restaurant staff.

We also include this flight: Harare-Victoria Falls.

Deposit: 10% of the total tour price. Our office will let you know what deposit amount is due, in order to confirm your booking, following receipt of your online booking form.

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2021: £5570, $7590, €6290, AUD10470. Harare/Lusaka.

Single Supplement: 2021: £580, $790, €650, AUD1090.

The single supplement will not apply if you indicate on booking that you prefer to share a room and there is a room-mate of the same sex available.

This tour is priced in US Dollars. Amounts shown in other currencies are indicative.

Air Travel To & From The Tour: Our in-house IATA ticket agency will be pleased to arrange your air travel on request, or you may arrange this yourself if you prefer.

ZAMBIA & ZIMBABWE BIRDING TOUR: DETAILED ITINERARY

Zambia & Zimbabwe: Day 1  Our tour begins this morning at Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. From there we will transfer to the town of Mutare for an overnight stay. Mutare is situated at the base of the Vumba (or Bvumba) Mountains, part of the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. The drive passes through a mosaic of open grasslands, fertile agricultural areas, well-wooded hills and valleys and attractive conglomerations of enormous, well-weathered rocks.

Zambia & Zimbabwe: Day 2  This morning we will visit a reliable site for the near-endemic Boulder Chat.

Afterwards, we will climb up into the Vumba Mountains for a three nights stay. We will arrive in time for some initial exploration.

Zambia & Zimbabwe: Days 3-4  The Vumba (or Bvumba) Mountains rise to just over 1900m, astride the Mozambique border and are still partly covered in lush montane evergreen forest. Large areas have been transformed into banana, tea and tobacco plantations, but in these ‘mountains of the mist’ several large chunks of forest have been rigorously protected.

Here we will search for three near-endemics; Swynnerton’s Robin, Chirinda Apalis and Roberts’s Warbler (formerly Roberts’s Prinia), all of which are fairly easy to find.

On the forest floor, we may chance upon a shy Lemon Dove, while the skulking Barratt’s Warbler calls from the densest thickets. We also have a good chance of seeing the secretive Buff-spotted Flufftail.

Other species we may well find in the woods and surrounding open areas include Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Cape Grassbird, Mouse-coloured Flycatcher, Gorgeous Bushshrike, Grey Cuckoo-Shrike, Dark-backed Weaver, the secretive Red-faced Crimsonwing, the skulking Grey Waxbill and Black-throated Canary.

Zambia & Zimbabwe: Day 5  Today we return to Harare and catch a flight to Victoria Falls, where we will overnight.

Zambia & Zimbabwe: Day 6  This morning we will visit the world-famous Victoria Falls (which are far more impressive on the Zimbabwe side at this season). This spectacular and breathtaking place still has a stunning impact even after one has seen innumerable films or photographs. The falls themselves are magnificent and, as David Livingstone himself once declared, “On sights as beautiful as this, angels in their flight must have gazed”. Here the mighty Zambezi widens to nearly two kilometres broad before plunging vertically downwards. As we approach the falls, dense clouds of water vapour hang over the area and the sound of millions of tons of water dropping into chasms over 100m deep is awe-inspiring.

Rock Martins and Red-winged Starlings fly through rainbows that arch across the fine spray before vanishing into the gloom of the gorges. The area protected by the national park is not as extensive as on the Zimbabwean side and bird song is difficult to hear above the deafening rumble and pounding of cascading water. The falls were known as a regular haunt of the rare Taita Falcon, but these days, with increased disturbance, the birds have retreated to the inaccessible gorges downstream. Perhaps the most interesting birds that live here are the African Black Swifts of the paler race hollidayi that is endemic to Victoria Falls.

After our visit to the falls, we shall cross the Zambezi to the Zambian side and the city of Livingstone. From there we head a short distance westwards to our comfortable lodge, idyllically situated on the banks of the Zambezi, where we will stay for two nights.

Around the lodge we should find Collared Palm Thrush and perhaps Green-backed Honeybird, as well as Red-eyed Dove, Schalow’s Turaco, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Little Bee-eater, Orange-breasted Bushshrike, Black-backed Puffback, Yellow-bellied Greenbul, Terrestrial Brownbul, Dark-capped Bulbul, Red-faced Cisticola, Grey-backed Camaroptera, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Ashy Flycatcher, African Paradise Flycatcher, White-browed Robin-Chat, African Yellow White-eye, Collared and Scarlet-chested Sunbirds, White-browed Sparrow-Weaver, Holub’s Golden, Village and Thick-billed Weavers, and Red-billed Firefinch.

At night we may find African Wood Owl and Square-tailed Nightjar.

At some point during our stay, we plan to take a boat trip along the Zambezi near our lodge in search of African Finfoot, Rock Pratincole and Half-collared Kingfisher, not to mention the fascinating Hippopotamus.

More widespread species along the Zambezi include Reed (or Long-tailed) Cormorant, African Darter, Striated (or Green-backed), Black, Squacco and Purple Herons, Little, Intermediate and Great Egrets, African Openbill, Yellow-billed Stork (uncommon), Glossy and African Sacred Ibises, Hamerkop, Egyptian and Spur-winged Geese, African Fish Eagle, Western Banded Snake Eagle, Black Crake, Lesser Moorhen (uncommon), African Jacana, Water Thick-knee, White-headed Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, Grey-headed Gull, White-winged Tern, Pied and Giant Kingfishers, Sand Martin (or Bank Swallow), Wire-tailed and Barn Swallows, Lesser Swamp Warbler and African Pied Wagtail.

Zambia & Zimbabwe: Day 7  Today we shall explore the mopane woodlands well to the northwest of Livingstone that are home to the Black-cheeked Lovebird. This delightful little parrot is now treated as a Zambian endemic, as any valid records outside the country are now thought to refer either to vagrants or else to feral birds. The species particularly favours mopane woodland and it has a patchy distribution in southwestern Zambia, being restricted to an area between the Zambezi and Kafue Rivers, with a total population numbering no more than 10,000 individuals.

The habitat here encompasses part of the Zambezi floodplain and shallow pools, thorny thickets and stands of mopane are characteristic of the area, so there will be much to distract us along the way. Restricted-range species to look out for during our travels include Coppery-tailed Coucal, and Meves’s and Burchell’s Starlings.

More widespread species include Helmeted Guineafowl, Great White Pelican, Marabou Stork, Western Cattle Egret, Grey Heron, Yellow-billed Kite, White-backed Vulture, Black-chested and Brown Snake Eagles, Bateleur, Lizard Buzzard, Gabar and Dark Chanting Goshawks, Martial, Wahlberg’s and Tawny Eagles, Crested and Swainson’s Francolins, Crowned Lapwing, Double-banded Sandgrouse, African Mourning, Ring-necked and Namaqua Doves, African Green Pigeon, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Grey Go-away-bird, Jacobin, Black, Klaas’s and Diederik Cuckoos, White-browed Coucal, the huge Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Böhm’s Spinetail, White-rumped and Little Swifts, Red-faced Mousebird, Woodland and Striped Kingfishers, Swallow-tailed and Southern Carmine Bee-eaters, Purple (or Rufous-crowned) and Lilac-breasted Rollers, African Hoopoe, Green Wood-hoopoe, Common Scimitarbill, Southern Ground, Southern Red-billed and African Grey Hornbills, and Black-collared Barbet.

Passerines include Mosque Swallow, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Tropical Boubou, Brubru, White-crested Helmetshrike, Black-headed and African Golden Orioles, Fork-tailed Drongo, Pied Crow, Rattling Cisticola, Burnt-necked Eremomela, White-browed Scrub Robin, Arrow-marked Babbler, Southern Black Tit, Magpie Shrike, Yellow-billed and Red-billed Oxpeckers, Southern Grey-headed Sparrow, Red-billed Buffalo Weaver, Lesser Masked Weaver, Red-billed Quelea, Yellow-crowned Bishop, White-winged Widowbird, Blue and Violet-eared Waxbills, Green-winged Pytilia, Jameson’s Firefinch, Shaft-tailed Whydah, Village Indigobird and Black-throated Canary.

The area borders on the much drier country to the west, marking the beginning of a rather different avifauna, and so there is always the chance of a surprise.

Zambia & Zimbabwe: Day 8  After some final birding in the Livingstone region we head eastwards to the Choma region of southern Zambia for a two nights stay in the Nkanga Conservation Area. We will be staying in stylish and very comfortable accommodation and join our hosts in the main house each evening for our meals, an experience that makes for a most welcoming and friendly stay. We may arrive at Nkanga in time for some initial exploration.

Zambia & Zimbabwe: Day 9  The Nkanga Conservation Area contains several cattle ranches and farms that have been actively protecting the local wildlife and are involved in mammal reintroduction schemes.

Our interest here lies primarily with the striking endemic Chaplin’s Barbet. This threatened barbet occurs only in a restricted area of Zambia that is probably as small as a few hundred square kilometres! The bird needs plenty of Ficus sycomorus fig trees for its source of food and it is threatened when these are cleared for cultivation. We shall be scanning the fig trees scattered across the open grasslands in search of bright white dots that could ultimately prove to be the bird itself.

The ranch house overlooks an attractive small dam surrounded by dense thickets and beautiful open miombo woodland, which is an excellent place to find the sparsely-distributed Racket-tailed Roller and Miombo Pied Barbet. Further special birds of Nkanga include Stierling’s Wren-Warbler, Souza’s Shrike and African Spotted Creeper.

Other species that may well be found here include Little Grebe, Little Bittern, Rufous-bellied Heron, African Spoonbill, White-backed and African Black Ducks, Red-billed and Hottentot Teals, Black-winged Kite, African Cuckoo-Hawk, Long-crested Eagle, Hooded Vulture, Shelley’s and Natal Francolins, Red-necked Spurfowl, Common Moorhen, Three-banded Plover, Blacksmith Lapwing, Red-chested, African and perhaps Common Cuckoos, Black and Senegal Coucals, Fiery-necked Nightjar, the spectacular Pennant-winged Nightjar, Malachite Kingfisher, White-fronted Bee-eater, Broad-billed Roller, Trumpeter Hornbill, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Brown-backed Honeybird, Greater and Lesser Honeyguides, and Bennett’s, Golden-tailed, Bearded and Cardinal Woodpeckers.

Passerines include Rufous-naped Lark, Red-breasted Swallow, Wood and Plain-backed Pipits, White-breasted Cuckooshrike, Black-crowned Tchagra, Kurrichane Thrush, Croaking, Short-winged and Zitting Cisticolas, Neddicky, Yellow-bellied Eremomela, Red-capped Crombec, Long-billed Crombec, Southern Black and Pale Flycatchers, Grey Tit-Flycatcher, Chinspot Batis, Miombo Tit, Grey Penduline Tit, Greater Blue-eared, Miombo Blue-eared and Violet-backed Starlings, Amethyst and White-bellied Sunbirds, Yellow-throated Petronia, Spectacled and Red-headed Weavers, Southern Red and Yellow Bishops, Yellow-mantled Widowbird, Common and Orange-breasted Waxbills, Cuckoo-finch (previously known as Parasitic Weaver), Yellow-fronted Canary and Cabanis’s Bunting.

Zambia & Zimbabwe: Day 10  After some final birding at Nkanga we will continue eastwards to Siavonga, on the shores of Lake Kariba (a dammed section of the Zambezi that straddles the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe), for a three nights stay.

Zambia & Zimbabwe: Days 11-12  The first hours of daylight will be key to our success as we seek out one of the most attractive and sought-after of all African birds, the glorious African Pitta. We will have to leave our lodge while it is still dark in order to arrive at the favoured area of dense thickets that hide this jewel of a bird so easily from sight. Our ears will be strained to catch the sound of the African Pitta’s frog-like display call and with persistence (and because we are spending enough time here) we have a very high chance of being able to track this fabulous bird down and watch as it leaps up from its perch with each and every note it utters. This part of Zambia is one of the most accessible places to see African Pitta, but even so, we may have to keep trying for some time.

During our visit to Lake Kariba wee will also be looking for some of the other interesting birds of the area and in particular the colourful Purple-crested Turaco, the strange, seemingly tail-less Böhm’s Spinetail, Bearded Scrub Robin and the delightful Livingstone’s Flycatcher.

Other species that occur in the area include Crested Guineafowl, African Emerald and Barred Long-tailed Cuckoos, Crowned Hornbill, Golden-tailed Woodpecker, African Broadbill, Lesser Striped Swallow, Sombre Greenbul, Eastern Nicator, Thrush Nightingale, Red-capped Robin-Chat, Garden Warbler, Purple-banded Sunbird, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Southern Grey-headed Sparrow, Southern Masked Weaver, Red-billed Quelea, Red-throated Twinspot, African Firefinch and Bronze Mannikin.

Zambia & Zimbabwe: Day 13  We have another opportunity to look for the pitta this morning, if need be, before heading for Lusaka and then continuing north to the pleasant Forest Inn near Mkushi. We may arrive in time for some initial exploration.

Zambia & Zimbabwe: Day 14  The attractive miombo woodland at the Forest Inn is a good place to find three great birds; Southern Hyliota, African Spotted Creeper and Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Weaver. We will also encounter a number of other woodland species.

Afterwards, we will head northeast until we reach the huge Mutinondo Wilderness, a vast private reserve with a comfortable safari lodge, where we will spend three nights in the heart of the African bush. This afternoon we will commence our exploration of the reserve.

Zambia & Zimbabwe: Days 15-16  The huge, private Mutinondo Wilderness reserve is a beautiful area of woodland and scattered rocky inselbergs in north-central Zambia. Over 360 bird species have been recorded, including many specialities.

Large predators are thin on the ground, so walking can be done anywhere. Even so, a number of ungulates should be seen, including the splendid Sable and Roan Antelopes, Reedbuck, the shy, marsh-dwelling Sitatunga, Hartebeest and Bushbuck, as well as Common Warthog and Bush Pig. Giant Elephant Shrew may also be encountered.

The pride and joy of Mutinondo are its Brachystegia (miombo) woodlands, which hold a superb set of miombo specialists. Our targets here are going to include the noisy Pale-billed Hornbill, the striking Black-backed Barbet, Bushveld Pipit, Miombo Scrub Robin, Arnot’s Chat, Long-tailed Cisticola, the pretty Black-necked Eremomela, the unassuming Böhm’s Flycatcher, Rufous-bellied Tit and Black-eared Seedeater.

Tall trees dripping with lichens and moss holding two very desirable restricted-range but fairly uncommon species; Anchieta’s Barbet and the delightful Bar-winged Weaver. The weaver, which is surely easier to find at Mutinondo than anywhere else in its range, favours Usnea or ‘old man’s beard’ lichens and can be found creeping along the branches of trees that are festooned with it, in nuthatch-style. For the barbet, we shall have to try to find a fruiting or flowering tree that the birds are favouring.

Other good birds we shall be on the lookout for include Miombo Wren-Warbler, Red-capped Crombec, the lovely Anchieta’s Sunbird and Western Miombo Sunbird.

Expansive grassy plains and marshy dambos are home to some exciting birds. Star attraction here, but sadly a bird that is much easier to hear than see, is the sought-after  Chestnut-headed (or Long-toed) Flufftail.

Other specialities of these habitats include Dickinson’s Kestrel, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Blue Quail (uncommon), the brightly-coloured Fülleborn’s Longclaw, Hartlaub’s Babbler and Locust Finch.

Banded Martins hawk insects and African Marsh Harriers quarter the damp grasslands, clumps of trees and marshy areas that also hold such species as Black-bellied Bustard, African Wattled Lapwing, Marsh Owl, Swamp Nightjar, Flappet Lark, Sooty Chat, Fan-tailed Grassbird, Moustached Grass Warbler, Stout Cisticola, African Dusky Flycatcher, Anchieta’s Tchagra, Copper Sunbird, Red-headed Quelea, Marsh Widowbird, Fawn-breasted Waxbill and Black-chinned Quailfinch.

Areas of dense evergreen forest, known as mushitus, hold two major specialities; the secretive Bocage’s Akalat and the charming Laura’s Woodland Warbler. Ross’s Turaco, Evergreen Forest Warbler, White-tailed Crested Flycatcher and Green Twinspot are also present.

Other species that favour this habitat are Narina’s Trogon, Pallid Honeyguide, Purple-throated Cuckooshrike, Little and Cabanis’s Greenbuls, the restricted-range Brown-headed Apalis, Black-fronted Bushshrike and the handsome Black-bellied Seedcracker.

Additional birds of the area which are of particular interest include Grey-headed and Meyer’s Parrots, Thick-billed Cuckoo, the reichenowi form of Black Saw-wing, Striped Pipit, the fairly restricted-range Grey-olive Greenbul, the distinctive, restricted-range stormsi form of the African Thrush, Grey Waxbill and Reichard’s Seedeater.

More widespread species we may encounter during our visit to Mutinondo include Yellow-billed Duck, African Harrier-Hawk, African Goshawk, Shikra, Little and Black Sparrowhawks, Ross’s Turaco, Spotted Eagle-Owl, Common Swift, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, the ‘little spotted’ form of Green-backed Woodpecker, Grey-rumped Swallow, Buffy Pipit, Black Cuckooshrike, Yellow-throated Leaflove, Groundscraper Thrush, African Stonechat, Trilling Cisticola, Green-capped Eremomela, Yellow-bellied Hyliota, White-tailed Blue Flycatcher, Black-throated Wattle-eye, White-winged Black Tit, Southern Fiscal, Grey-headed Bushshrike, Retz’s Helmetshrike, Western Violet-backed and Olive Sunbirds, Red-collared Widowbird, Orange-winged Pytilia, Red-backed Mannikin and Golden-breasted Bunting.

Zambia & Zimbabwe: Day 17  After a last morning at Mutinondo Wilderness we will start our journey back to Lusaka, stopping overnight at the Forest Inn.

Zambia & Zimbabwe: Day 18  There will be some time for birding at the Forest Inn this morning. Afterwards we head for Lusaka airport, where our tour will end this afternoon.

ZAMBIA SPECIALITIES TOUR REPORT 2018

by Nik Borrow

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