Welcome to the Kenya Bird Map project

A species' distribution is the most fundamental information needed in order to conserve it. Almost 30 years ago bird records were collected across Kenya that resulted in the book, A Bird Atlas of Kenya, that mapped and described the status of all the 1,065 species of birds then recorded in the country. Since then much has changed in terms of habitats and climatic conditions in Kenya and as a result the distributions and status of many of our birds have also dramatically changed – but we don’t know how or to what extent!

The Kenya Bird Map project aims to map the current distribution of all of Kenya’s bird species and describe their status with the help of valued input from Citizen Scientists – volunteer members of the public who are keen to contribute through going birding and submitting their observations to the project. By pooling the efforts of many Citizen Scientist birders, Kenya Bird Map will tell the story of changing bird distributions and abundance - and in so doing provide a powerful tool for conservation.

Roseate Terns

 Join us!

If you are at all interested in watching birds, have any concern in conserving Kenya’s diverse bird life and enjoy being outside and exploring new places, then the Kenya Bird Map project is for you!

It is an exciting and stimulating project that combines a lot of excellent birding, exploring new and fascinating parts of the country, state-of-the-art technology and communication and serious science to produce dependable results that can be used to take real action for conservation.

Click on the 'Coverage Map' link to see a map of Kenya showing how much of the country has been covered so far. The 'Species summaries' option in the menu allows you to select any species to see its current distribution according to what data has been received so far.

To register and receive your login details, email <kenyabirdmap@naturekenya.org> with your name, telephone number, address and email. You will receive an Observer Number and password allowing you to login to Kenya Bird Map. Your login details will also allow you access to the other Virtual Museum for Africa sites.

There is also an active Facebook Group - please find us, follow us and join in.

Kenya Bird Map is a joint initiative of the National Museums of Kenya, A Rocha Kenya and the Tropical Biology Association,and implemented in conjuction with Nature Kenya as a project of the Bird Committee of the East Africa Natural History Society. The Animal Demography Unit of the University of Cape Town is an implementing partner providing all of the technical support.

The project has been made possible through funding received from the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013/ under REA grant agreement n° 317184 and the Natural History Museum of Denmark.


This material reflects only the authors’ views and the Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

Roseate Tern image by Steffen Foerster

Latest cards submitted (in order of submission)
  Date Pentad Observers name Species
on card
a2017-11-230110_3645Onyango Odimo, Joel2
f2017-11-210305_4005Ngala, Michael15
f2017-11-210125_3510Nabaala, Derrick Tubula32
a2017-11-210015c3725Van Daele, Paul17
a2017-11-210015c3725Ogada, Darcy6
a2017-11-210015c3725Wairasho, Peter13
a2017-11-210130_3510Nabaala, Derrick Tubula14
a2017-11-210240_3805Jackson, Colin1
a2017-11-210245_3805Jackson, Colin1
a2017-11-210250_3805Jackson, Colin2
a2017-11-200330_3940Ngala, Michael7
a2017-11-200340_3945Ngala, Michael3
a2017-11-200335_3945Ngala, Michael12
a2017-11-200335_3950Ngala, Michael1
a2017-11-200135_3700Jackson, Colin1
a2017-11-200140_3700Jackson, Colin2
a2017-11-200140_3705Jackson, Colin1
a2017-11-200220_3750Jackson, Colin1
a2017-11-200225_3800Jackson, Colin2
a2017-11-200240_3810Jackson, Colin1
a2017-11-190010_3705Chesire, Dominic24
a2017-11-190010_3710Chesire, Dominic23
a2017-11-180010_3700Chesire, Dominic24
f2017-11-170140_3640Shema, Sidney115
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