South of the junction town of Mojo, the string of Ethiopian Rift valley lakes are home to a selection of water birds including, during the northern winter, a large number of pale arctic waders and waterfowl and a few semi-endemics such as the brown saw wing.Lake Ziway, with its large expanses of aquatic vegetation, attracts some interesting water birds including herons and storks, the acacia savannas and the cliff-lined shores of Lake Langano provide a habitat for the hornbill, fan-tailed raven and helmet shrike.The saline waters of Lake Abyata and Lake Shala are known as the feeding and nesting grounds of large numbers of greater and lesser flamingos and the great white pelican. In the northern winter, the shores attract a good number of waders and ducks. On Lake Awasa, the African pygmy-goose can sometimes be spotted, along with various species of stork, ibis, crake, heron and coot.
At the southern end of the Ethiopian Rift valley, the varied habitats around Arba Minch, such as the freshwater lakes Chamo and Abaya, the lowland river in forest and the acacia woodland, attract a wide variety of birds, including weavers, sunbirds and waxbills.The thickly forested hills of Wondo genet, south of Shashemene, are home to an excellent variety of birds including many semi endemics such as the thick – billed raven and the Abyssinian slaty flycatcher.The Bale Mountains National park is a favorite among birders and is endemics (16 in total). The park protects a wide range of habitats, from alpine and heather moorland. Endemics include the Abyssinian long claw, Abyssinian catbird, and spot-breasted lapwing, which is so common that a sighting is almost guaranteed.
South of the Bale Mountains are various spots which, though rather inaccessible, are home to some of Ethiopia’s most rare endemics, such as bush crow. The areas around Negele, Yabelo and Mega are particularly good,
West of Addis Ababa: The Jimma- Bonga area in western Ethiopia has some extensive montane forests, and the birds associated with them include woodpeckers, warblers, birds of prey and hoopoes. The Gefersa Reservoir, 18km outside Addis Ababa, is a good place to spot water birds, including two semi-endemics, the blue-winged goose and wattle ibis. The best time to see birds in Ethiopia is between October and February.
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