Hamerkop is a wading bird. It has a long beak and a head with a crest at the back that resembles a hammer and it has its name derived from Afrikaan word for Hammerhead.
We have spotted it in most parts of Kenya so far including Nairobi, Elementaita, Naivasha, Nakuru, Meru, Malindi, Mombasa, Tsavo and Amboseli. Basically this bird is has a healthy population across Africa, Madagascar and South West Arabia.
The Hamerkop lives near shallow water, from the edges of large lakes to-the banks of small streams. It also lives in grasslands and semiarid plains, and in coastal regions it is found on mudflats
in estuaries, mangrove swamps and rockpools. The hamerkop can also survive in reservoirs, farm ponds and rice paddies.
It builds one huge nest that is said to be able to support a weight of a human being. The nest can measure approximately 1.8 metres high and used mud and sticks. A pair can take up to 14 weeks to complete the process.
Location: So far spotted in Nairobi, Meru, Tsavo, Samburu Coast, Naivasha, Elementaita, Nakuru, Aberdare and Baringo.