Bird Species In Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

Volcanoes national park is one of the key bird watching spots in Rwanda

Bird Species In Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

Bird species in Volcanoes national park- Most of the bird species in volcanoes national park Rwanda are unique and rare in the region. Volcanoes national park is one of the key bird watching spots in Rwanda and bird watchers are keen to identify and record different bird species that have their home in volcanoes national park. Volcanoes national park located in the northwestern part of Rwanda is a home to over 200 bird species and of which 16 are endemic to the Albertine region. The park is also a home to the endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys in the whole of Rwanda. Most visitors to volcanoes national park participate in gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking, mountain hiking as well as visiting Dian Fossey grave.

Volcanoes national park offers an ideal and amazing landscape for a variety of bird species. the park was described by bird life international as the most important site for biodiversity conservation in Rwanda. There are many chances of spotting rare and colorful bird species inside volcanoes national park most especially if you are looking for birds endemic to the Albertine region as well as those from eastern DR Congo forest. For bird lovers, the best time to see mountain gorillas in volcanoes national park is during the rainy season and this is so because the resident birds are increased migrant birds that migrate from Europe most especially in the rainy season. The wet season is also the breeding season for many of the birds and in this same season there is a variety of food for birds.

Visitors planning to do birding in volcanoes national park only need a good camera, binoculars, insect repellents, a field guide book, drinking water and packed lunch. For best birds, they can identify birds by their calls. You can hire a professional guide to help you in identifying birds as he takes you through different birding trails.

Over 200 bird species have been recorded in volcanoes national park. the commonly seen birds species include Ruwenzori batis, Ruwenzori turaco, strange weaver, Ruwenzori double – collared sunbird, lagden’s bush – shrike, African green broadbill, grey – backed fiscal, African goshawk, crested barbet, palm nut vulture, red chested sunbird, olive – bellied, bronzy sunbird, lesser honey guide, black cuckoo – shrike, brown – backed honey bird, nirana trogon, African swamphen, bat hawk, grey – headed bushrike, archer’s robin chat, African green broadbill and white collared silverback. There are also animals found in volcanoes national park and these include buffaloes, forest elephants, duikers, giant forest hogs, bush bucks, golden monkeys and mountain gorillas.

Volcanoes national park is rich in vegetation afro – alpine, bamboo and bush land vegetation with montane forest which supports the survival of many different bird species with some being endemic to the Albertine rift. Explore Rwanda by visiting Nyungwe forest national park for chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk, Akagera national park for game drive safaris and Giswati Mukura national park for primate watching.

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