NDEGE WETU: A Tribute to the Birds of Kenya (Introduction - This is Kenya!)

NDEGE WETU: A Tribute to the Birds of Kenya (Introduction - This is Kenya!)

Many people like birds. And Kenya has many of them. In fact it has the second-highest number of bird species in Africa, after the Democratic Republic of Congo.

There are more species of birds in Kenya than the entire continents of Europe and North America.

Little Egret, Black Heron (Black Egret), Whiskered Terns, Spur-winged Plover, Three-banded Plover and African Pied Wagtail all in the same frame at Lake Jipe!

Some birds are admired for their beauty, some for their charismatic behavior and some for the melodious songs they sing. There are also birds that are feared or revered due to mythical or legendary stories and beliefs associated with them.

Owls, like this Verreaux's Eagle Owl (or Giant Eagle Owl), have been traditionally feared as bad omens in many Kenyan cultures for centuries.

Ndege wetu means 'our birds' in Kiswahili (Kenya's national language). This blog series is about appreciating the beauty and diversity of Kenya's birds, as well as highlighting their importance to us and our environment and debunking some common myths about them.

Check out the rest of the Ndege Wetu series here to explore the incredible birds of this incredible part of the world. This is Kenya!

Learn more about the amazing birds of Kenya and other parts of Africa from our Birds of Africa blog.

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