Welcome to the Kenya Bird Map project

Kenya Bird Map aims to map 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.

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.

By pooling the effort of many Citizen Scientist birders, Kenya Bird Map will tell this story and in so doing provide a powerful tool for conservation.

Grey-headed Bushshrike - Ben Parker
 Grey-headed Bushshrike
(by Ben Porter)

Join us!

If you are at all interested in watching birds, have any concern for the conservation of Kenya’s birds 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.

While the website is still being completed to allow the capture of data and to show species maps in real time, Observers can already register and field work has begun. 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.

Kenya Bird Map is a joint initiative of National Museums of KenyaNatural History Museum of DenmarkA Rocha Kenya, Tropical Biology Association, Nature Kenya and the Animal Demography Unit of the University of Cape Town and managed through the Bird Committee of the East Africa Natural History Society.

The research leading to these results has received funding 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.

Latest cards submitted (in order of submission)
  Date Pentad Observers name Species
on card
f2014-10-230135_3705Shema, Sidney32
a2014-10-220020c3805Gichanga, Steve1
f2014-10-220110_3655Ndanganga Macharia, Justus43
f2014-10-210355_3940Schaule, Doris38
f2014-10-200020c3805Gichanga, Steve23
f2014-10-200025_3705Benjamin, Joshua21
f2014-10-200215_4055Mwangi, Thomas16
a2014-10-190105_3635Nature Kenya, Sunday Bird Walk27
a2014-10-190110_3650Wangui, Victoria5
f2014-10-190055_3635Nature Kenya, Sunday Bird Walk51
a2014-10-180020c3805Gichanga, Steve9
a2014-10-180040c3725Macharia, Jeremy18
a2014-10-180120_3650Manei, Tiampati5
a2014-10-180125_3655Manei, Tiampati3
a2014-10-180130_3655Manei, Tiampati6
a2014-10-180135_3650Manei, Tiampati6
a2014-10-180140_3650Manei, Tiampati5
a2014-10-170015_3600Manei, Tiampati12
f2014-10-150120_3640Nature Kenya, Wednesday Morning Birdwalk63
f2014-10-150355_3940Schaule, Doris41
a2014-10-140115_3645Manei, Tiampati9
f2014-10-140040c3725Macharia, Jeremy32
f2014-10-140105_3700Wolfer, Elvira73
f2014-10-140110_3655Ndanganga Macharia, Justus33
f2014-10-140115_3645Hesborn, Otianya M13
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