Many visitors come to Ethiopia hoping to learn about its history and unique cultures - and they certainly will. But by the end of their trip they will likely have a completely new, and perhaps unexpected, appreciation for birds. With more than 850 species, Ethiopia has long been a favorite destination for “birders.” But you do not need to know the difference between an Abyssinian Siskin and an Ethiopian Bee-eater to be amazed by the diversity and beauty of the birds you will encounter.
The Goliath Heron is a “common” bird in much of Africa but is still a remarkable sight for visitors. Standing almost five feet tall this colorful waterbird has a “bark” that can be heard two kilometers away. Although considered very intelligent, the Goliath Heron is unfortunately not very agile compared to other large birds. After spearing a fish it is often a victim of “kleptoparasitism” - when a swifter bird, such as the African Fish Eagle, will swoop in and steal its meal.