|Rio Azul is blessed with a pristine unspoilt estuary, making it ideal for great bird watching holidays.
Your bird watching holiday at Rio Azul can include a bird walk along the Rio Azul shores and in the surrounding bush of Rio Azul. Rio Azul also offers it's guests boat rides on the estuary where there are a large variety of common and exotic birds.
Rio Azul Coastline Bird Watching
The tranquil coastline of Rio Azul is home to many waders in the summer months and offers sightings of rare Crab Plovers and a huge variety of shorebirds including Grey Plover, Terek Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, Mongolian Plover, Bar-Tailed Godwit, Whimbrills etc.
Rio Azul Mangrove Bird Watching
The mangroves lining the estuary are home to Mangrove Kingfisher as well as a variety of other Kingfisher species. Osprey, Pelicans, Flamingo’s, Yellow Billed Stork, Woolly Necked Stork and Goliath Heron are frequently seen in and around the estuary.
Special Bird Species at Rio Azul
Some of the special bird species encountered in the lodge environs and in the surrounding bush are: Madagascar Bee-eater (summer), Yellow Spotted Nicator, Pied Mannikin, Mozambique Batis, Lemon Breasted Canary, Grey Sunbird, Olive Headed Weaver, Green Coucal and White Throated Robin.
Bird Watching Assistance at Rio Azul
The lodge has bird books and binoculars available for guest use and among the management staff are keen birders who will happily lead an early morning bird walk.
Mozambique Bird Atlas Project
Rio Azul is currently endeavouring to become part of the “Mozambique Bird Atlas Project” which is a project in collaboration with the “Endangered Wildlife Trust” to update information on local birds. To this end Rio Azul is currently compiling a list of birds sighted and we encourage our guests to note all and every existing and new sighting. All in all, Rio Azul is still one of the most exciting and unspoilt birding destinations available on the sub-continent.