The woodlands around the Forest Inn are widely regarded to offer some of the best miombo birding in Zambia. Specialties here are the superb Black-collared Eremomela, which mostly occurs in small groups or mixed/species bird parties. A typical bird party may contain ten or twenty species, mainly of territorial insectivorous birds.The Fork-tailed Drongo or Arnots Chat may be the first to be seen or heard, followed by a mixed party. The Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Weaver can be difficult to see and is best located by its high-pitched, penetrating trilling call. Both Yellow-breasted and Southern Hyliotas occur as well as Orange-winged Pytilias and Cabanis’s Bunting. Sousa’s Shrikes often perch quietly on the smaller shrubs and trees. Bird parties may include Red-capped Crombec, Starlings, Orioles, Barbets, Eremomelas, Woodpeckers, Rufous-bellied and Miombo Tit, Violet-backed Sunbird, Spotted Creeper, Chinspot Batis, White-tailed Blue-Flycatcher, Boehms Flycatcher, Miombo Barbet, Little Spotted Woodpecker, and Scaly-throated Honeyguide. Fork tailed drongos, African pied wagtails, Grey Headed Bushshrikes, African hoopoos and Scimitarbill Hoopoo Look out for Miombo scrub robins in the denser vegetation. At night listen out for Barn Owls, Wood Owls and White Faced Owl.
Please ask at reception for a checklist of birds sighted at Forest Inn. (compiled by various birders, visitors and ourselves over the years). We are always updating our checklist, so please inform reception of any new sightings. Thank you.