Black-cheecked Lovebird & Chaplin's Barbet birding extension

4 Day/ 3 Night Birding trip/extention

This is a 4 day/ 3 nights birding extension to find Zambia's two endemic birds; the Black-cheeked Lovebird and Chaplin's Barbet which both have a localised distribution. This is the perfect extension to our Namibia, Botswana, Caprivi and Zambia or Caprivi / Okavango Birding safaris. It is also the perfect start to a longer Zambian birding safari.

Birding specials:

Black-cheeked Lovebird, Chaplin's Barbet, African Skimmer, Black Coucal, Schalow's Turaco, African Finfoot, Rosy-throated Longclaw, Slaty Egret, Western Banded Snake-eagle, Chirping Cisticola, Luapula's Cisticola, Lesser Jacana, Shelley's Sunbird, Rufous-bellied Tit, Southern Hyliota, Miombo Pied Barbet, Miombo Rock-thrush, Arnott's Chat, Miombo Blue-eared Starling, Cabanis's Bunting and Black-eared Seed-eater.

Day 1

Day 1:

After meeting you in Livingstone, Zambia we will depart straight away for our lodge near Choma about 200km north of Livingstone driving through Zambezi Teak woodland. Depending what time we arrive at the lodge, we will check in and enjoy lunch before starting our birding. Arnott's Chat is resident around the lodge and shouldn't be difficult to find. Other great birds around the lodge are Narina Trogon, Trumpeter Hornbill, Yellow-mantled Whydah, Bearded Scrub-robin and Red-throated Twinspot. The lodge is surrounded by beautiful Miombo Woodland and we will use this afternoon to try and locate birding parties. A few of the Miombo specials we hope to find include Miombo Pied Barbet, Cabanis's Bunting, Miombo Double-collared Sunbird, Miombo Rock-thrush, Yellow-bellied Hyliota, Rufous-bellied Tit, African Golden Oriole, Miombo Blue-eared Starling, Miombo Tit, White-breasted Cuckoo-shrike and Black-eared Seed-eater to name a few.

We will enjoy a great dinner and nocturnal birding at the lodge.

Day 2

Day 2:

After an early breakfast and a quick bit of birding around the lodge we will make our way to the favoured habitat of one of Zambia's endemic birds, the Chaplin's Barbet. The best time to find them is early morning when they are sunning themselves at the top of the fig trees. From here we will bird in the grassy areas close by as well as more Miombo birding.

From here we will make our way southwards towards Livingstone and to our lodge which is situated about 20km out of town on the banks of the Zambezi River. We will bird in the riverine woodland around the lodge looking for Copper Sunbird, Western Banded Snake-eagle, African Golden Oriole, Schalow's Turaco, White-browed Coucal, Brown Firefinch and African Yellow White-eye to name a few. We will do a late afternoon boat cruise on the Zambezi River to try and find African Skimmer, Half-collared Kingfisher, African Finfoot, Golden Weaver, Rufous-bellied Heron and possibly Bat Hawk.

Day 3

Day 3:

With a very early start we will be on the road driving westwards and then onto smaller tracks leading off to the Muchile Important Bird Area. After driving for a couple of hours we will enter Mopane Woodland where we will start looking for the Black-cheeked Lovebirds. If we do not find them in the Mopane Woodland we will wait at a few known stake-outs where they come for a drink once it warms up. Other great birds in this area include Three-banded Courser, Dickenson's Kestrel, Lizzard Buzzard, African and Eurasian Golden Orioles, Racket-tailed Roller and White-breasted Cuckoo-shrike. African Broadbill was seen here on a recent trip.

Once we get back to the main road we will make our way to our lodge for lunch and to relax for a few hours before heading to the Zambezi Floodplains for the afternoon. Depending on the water levels of the Zambezi River we will try and find Rosy-throated Longclaw, Lesser Jacana, Lesser Moorhen, Black Coucal, Chirping and Luapula's Cisticolas, Rufous-bellied Heron, Slaty Egret, Black Heron and various warblers.

Day 4

Day 4:

We will spend a couple of hours birding the Riverine and Acacia Woodland around the lodge looking for Shelley's Sunbird, African Emerald Cuckoo, Western Banded Snake-eagle, Brown Firefinch, African Yellow White-eye, Schalow's Turaco, Purple-banded Sunbird, Broad-billed Roller, Northern Grey-headed Sparrow to name a few.

Depending on the time of your flight we can spend another couple of hours birding in the floodplain especially if we have missed a few of the specials yesterday.

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