Malick Suso - Gambian Bird Guide

When should you go birding in the Gambia?

Let's be honest there is no 'best season for birds', it's good all year round. What varies is what the birds are doing, where they are and what the climate is like and how this may impact on your ability to enjoy them. Bird guide, Malick, will help you get the most of your tour.

Here is a rough breakdown of what The Gambia is like:

Post rainy season it is becoming drier and less humid but many of the species are still in their breeding plumage, species such as the Bishops, Whydahs and Weavers can be spectacular.

End of October and November
Getting drier and more comfortable now is a good time for general birding and for the first of the migrants which have begun to arrive.

Good general birding and plenty of migrants, not just those from Europe but from other parts of the country and continent.

January and February
Now it's beginning to get much drier and there is an influx of raptors. It's hot around midday but very pleasant in the morning and evenings when the birding is at its best.

This is now the dry season, it's hotter and the best time to see Coursers and Sandgrouse. Still plenty of raptors and the river keeps things fresh along its banks.

It's now very hot and dry, tough for us birders but the 'water shortage' means that the birds are easy to find as they head for the diminishing water sources.

End of May to September
The rainy season which equals the breeding season for many species. Thus they are singing, displaying, in their full finery but it can be a bit sticky!

Most people bird in the Gambia between November and March which may be more comfortable but offers only some of the country's potential ornithological experiences. Imagine only knowing Britain's birds between November and March? Plenty of winter waders and wildfowl, maybe some Waxwings and Starling roosts but no warblers, no Swallows, Nightingales, Cuckoos, no dawn chorus. To best experience this country's amazing birdlife a series of trips in different seasons would be required.

If you have any enquires or special species request then please email Malick -  


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