Birds of the Okavango Delta

Okavango bird

We were amazed by the variety and sheer number of birds in the Okavango Delta. They were beautiful and interesting to watch. While neither of us are bird authorities, we did get into the whole bird watching thing through a book Brian purchased in Kruger Park. The book was so popular around camp (remember, we had a lot of down time!), we left it behind for the guides to use. We took photos home with us, and lots of great memories of a wonderful place including these beautiful birds of the Okavango Delta.


Pelicans are water birds, so no surprise they’d be prevalent in the waterways of the Okavango.

Pelican Birds of the Okavango Delta
Pelican in the water, Okavango Delta


A beautiful blue bird which is indigenous to Botswana, I was happy to get a photo! Pretty blue waxbill is a kind of finch.

Blue Waxbill, Birds of the Okavango Delta
Blue Waxbill, so colorful!

African openbill

We saw African openbills a lot so they are common in this region. It took me a couple of days to realize it wasn’t Orpenbill based on our guide’s accent, but I got it after about 100 times! This was the best photo I got of this large bird.

African Openbill Birds of the Okavango Delta
We spotted the African openbill a lot in the Okavango

more storks

Saddle-billed storks are very different looking than the openbill, but they’re in the same family. They’re bills are colorful and long, and look almost like a toucan’s bill.

Saddle Billed Storks, Okavango
Saddle Billed Storks


We spotted beautiful great blue and other species of heron, mostly near the river in the Okavango Delta.

Great Blue Heron Okavangp
Great Blue Heron
Heron flying Okavango
Heron flying low in the Okavango

The Okavango Delta is beautiful and we loved our safari camping trip! We spent our days hiking and animal spotting, and our nights relaxing by the fire. Read more about the animals we saw in the Okavango Delta.

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Author: Mel

Living aboard a sailboat, blogging about the places we visit and the adventures we have. Love hiking, cycling, scuba, animals and adventure.

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