Set against a backdrop of some of the most stunning scenery in all of Africa, Ethiopia's remote mountains are home to a unique variety of birds and mammals. From the gorgeous White-cheeked Turaco to the somber Sombre Chat, Mountain Nyala, and the enigmatic Ethiopian Wolf, there are many highlights to be found here and virtually nowhere else on Earth!
We'll begin in Addis Ababa, a birdy city with our first endemics all around--Wattled Ibis, White-collared Pigeon, and Abyssinian Slaty-Flycatcher to name a few. We'll then head north to Debre Birhan and the Jemma Valley, where we'll have spectacular views across the Rift Valley and an upper branch of the Blue Nile as we search for more localized species like Harwood's Francolin, White-billed Starling, Ankober Serin, and troops of Gelada Baboons. Turning east, we'll encounter the mixed woodland savanna of Awash National Park with more than 450 species recorded--Arabian Bustard, Abyssinian Roller, Yellow-breasted Barbet, and Nile Valley Sunbird are just a few of our targets, while mammals could include Lesser Kudu, Beisa Oryx, and Soemmering's Gazelle.
In the south we'll stop at several Rift Valley lakes to enjoy a wealth of water birds, then continue climbing to 14,000 feet and the spectacular birds and scenery of the Bale Mountains. Here, in the open alpine grasslands, meadows, and forested valleys we'll look for Blue-winged Goose, Lammergeier, Rouget's Rail, Spot-breasted Lapwing, an Abyssinian trio of Woodpecker, Longclaw, and Catbird, White-backed Tit, and Thick-billed Raven and make a special effort for one of the world's rarest canines--the gorgeous Ethiopian Wolf!
Finally, in the remote south we'll search out even more localized endemics, from the beautiful and little-known Prince Ruspoli's Turaco to White-tailed Swallow, White-crowned Starling, and the lovely Stresemann's Bush-Crow.
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