With more than 300 species recorded, meru is an excellent birding destination. It has several northern Kenya species including the impressive Somali ostrich, boran asticola and vulture guinea fowl. The noisy yellow necked spur fowl is very common and the endemic hindes babbler can be spotted as well. The rivers running through the parks offer the right habitat for pelican’s fishing owls, and endemic golden palm weavers as well as more common water bird species such as ibises, herons and African fish eagles.

Meru offers good bird watching throughout the year, but the best time is from November to April when migrants from Europe and North Africa are present. This coincides with the breeding season when many species are nesting