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Busia Grasslands Birdwatching

Busia Grasslands is made up of a string of small grassland stretches in western Kenya, including Mungatsi, Matayo, Sikoma, and Malanga.

Busia grasslands patches are surrounded by intensive agriculture, mainly maize and sugarcane, and are grazed by livestock owned by the locals

Blue Swallow, a globally threatened intra-African migrant, is a non-breeding visitor to Busia Grasslands from April to September.

The Blue Swallow feeds over grassland and over 100 have been recorded roosting at the flooded grassland patch near Mungatsi

The most important of them is Mungatsi, located 2 km from Mungatsi market along the Mungatsi–Munami road.

This privately-owned site lies on either side of a small stream (a tributary of the River Sio), which is fringed by riverine forest and scrub

The riverine forest and scrub at Mungatsi also hold several Sudan–Guinea Savanna biome species that are not found in other IBAs.

 This is also the only Kenyan Important Bird Area in which Fiery-necked Nightjar and Green Crombec, two Guinea–Congo Forests biome species, are recorded.

Regionally threatened species include Western-banded Snake Eagle, Shining blue Kingfisher (recorded at Mungatsi), and Hartlaub’s Marsh Widowbird which nests in flooded grassland

In the Streams, the Rock Pratincole may also be seen

Busia grasslands have the best chance of seeing the Piapiac, small flocks associated with herds of cattle

Where they run to feed on the disturbed insects 

Bird species in Busia Grasslands

The grasslands are probably to have close links with Ugandan grasslands and to contain bird species that are found anywhere else in Kenya.

  • Senegal Coucal
  • Compact Weaver
  • Speckle-breasted Woodpecker
  • Yellow-mantled Widowbird 
  • Green Crombec
  • Rock Pratincole
  • Blue Swallow
  • Purple Starling
  • Black-bellied Firefinch
  • Black-rumped Waxbill
  • Great Snipe
  • Yellow-backed Weaver
  • Brown Twinspot
  • Red-chested Sunbird
  • Marsh Tchagra
  • Blue-breasted Bee-eater
  • Shining Blue Kingfisher
Busia Grasslands Bird Photos