The number of bird species in Pugu is still surprising, considering the loss of forest and the increased buildup of the area. The most enchanting birds at the centre are the trompetter hornbill, the crowned hornbill family in the valley around the entrance gate flocks of wood-hoopoe. The vocal kingfishers always sounding alerted.

In the undergrowth it is hard to miss the red capped robin chat and the water birds start to discover the fish around our nature pool like the hammerkopf.

Several seasonal visitors include the Narina Trogon, Dark backed weaver who did not yet manage to really breed with nest falling from the bamboo.

Occasional exiting sitings include the African pitta (2010, 2012) a Southern ground hornbill and recently (2012) a Sokoke Pipit. For details please visit the classic pages 

on general sitings around the centre

on 1996 sitings

rare birds spotted in Pugu Forest

Worrying is the increasing presence of the Indian house crows in Pugu. Twenty years ago the crows would fly in flocks over the centre towards Kisarawe and return in the late afternoon back to their roosting places in the town centre. These days some curious individuals start checking the centre. A recent encounter close to the nature pool, with an immobile house crow suggested that he/she was possibly poisoned, as a result/ victim of the crow culling project in Dar es Salaam (September 2011).


brown hooded kingfisher


Some recent birding reports:

Birding Visit Jez (February 2013): Pugu Hills is well worth a visit as it always turns up something good

The birding article in the Precision Air inflight  magazine (June-Sept 2012)

Pugu Hills Birding Visit May 8, 2011

Pugu Hills Birding visit May 22, 2011