Bird Watching Safaris And Tours In Uganda

Uganda is among the best places for bird watching tours in the Africa

Bird Watching Safaris And Tours In Uganda

Are you looking for the best bird watching safaris and tours in Uganda? We arrange customized trips to the most amazing birding destinations in Africa. Uganda is well known for its appreciable climate, wildlife, nature and friendly people to boost all possible bird watching experiences and sightings. Most travelers on Uganda safaris merge bird watching with sightseeing and game drives. Bird watching is not marketed as much as gorilla tourism but Uganda is among the best places for bird watching tours in the Africa. Uganda has over 1035 bird species that have been so far documented and there are about 30 birding areas that have been set up for bird watching activities. Some birds are endemic such as stuhlmann’s double-collared sunbird, fox’s weaver and great shoebill and these have attracted so many bird lovers every year in Uganda. Uganda is a small landlocked country but it has more birds per square kilometer than any other country in the world. This implies that while bird watching in Uganda tourists are rewarded with a lot of bird sightings without having to move great distances. You can literally see them right from Entebbe international airport, with in Kampala or outside the hotel room as you move around. However its better you go to one of the major birding sites located in the country with beautiful and spectacular view to fathom how blessed by nature Uganda is.

The high density of bird species per sq.km within Uganda is attributed to two things:

Located within the equator, albertine rift valley and the tropics: Areas around the equator are gifted with fresh water lakes, great swamps, rivers and rain forest- Uganda is no exception. These natural features act as homes and breading grounds for a number of bird species.

Diversity of habitats: From the great lakes/rivers, east African rift valley, rain forest, mountains, semi-arid areas in the northern part of Uganda, Uganda has a special and wide range of habitats for a number of bird species- most of which are endemic to the country. These habitats act as breeding grounds, feeding areas and gathering points for local and migratory birds.

Top bird species in Uganda

The most looked for bird species in Uganda are the shoebill stork, black bee-eater, African green broadbill, brown chested lawping, brown chested pullover, jahan’s francolin, green breasted pitta, Rwenzori turaco, red fronted anti pecker, Jameson’s antpecker, karamoja apalis, purcell’s illadopsis, nahans francolin and puvel’s illadopsis. Other bird species that can be seen during bird watching include African harrier hawk, giant king fisher, yellow billed stork, western green tinker bird, grey crested crane, African darker, short tailed warbler, secretary bird, Shelley’s crimsonwing, marital eagle, mountain greenbul, goliath heron, giant king fisher and crowned hornbill among others.

Important birding areas in Uganda

The best places to spot birds in Uganda in national parks and game reserves. It’s in Uganda’s national parks and game reserves that bird sanctuaries remain quite intact to ensure a magnificent density in bird species. because of Uganda’s extraordinary variety of flora and fauna, its more  beautiful watching birds while looking out for other wildlife species and Uganda’s to birding destinations include.

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.

Not only having half of the world’s mountain gorilla population, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park has been voted as one of the top birding destinations in Africa. Bwindi national park has virgin forests which act as a habitat to several bird species, primates, mammals, insects and butterflies. Gorilla trekking is the most done activity in Uganda but one can also see chimpanzees, forest mammals and small primates while birding. There are over 350 bird species that have been recorded in Bwindi impenetrable national park and those in the albertine rift include black bee eater, African broadbill, archer’s robin, black-faced rufous warbler, equatorial akalat, forest robin, archer’s robin chat, yellow eyed black flycatcher, montane oriole, rwenzori batis,, red throated alethe, grey throated barbet, hairy-breasted barbet, narina’s trogon, kiev gerund thrush and pale-breasted illadopsis among others.

Species that are commonly seen in Rujija sector in Bwindi impenetrable national park include black-bee-eater, brown-chested alethe, grey cuckoo shrike, grey-green bush-shrike, banded prinia, white-browed crombec, strange weaver, mountain illadopsis, slender-billed greenbul, luehder’s bush-shrike and the yellow streaked green bul

Other birds seen in Bwindi impenetrable forest include the African crake, African broadbill, African skimmer, African wattled plover, black-bee eater, African while-baled vulture, bar-tailed godwit, brown backed shrub-robin, black-bellied bustard, black rumped buttonquail, chapin’s flycatcher, brown snake eagle, corncake, crowned plover, croaking cisticola, zitting cisticola, white-winged warbler, white-tailed lark, verreaux’s eagle owl, Wahlberg’s eagle, shoebill, Senegal plover, temminck’s courser, long-created eagle, marital eagle, palm-nut vulture, papyrus gonolek, papyrus canary, lappe-faced vulture, lesser and greater flamingo and rofous napped lark among others.

Queen Elizabeth national park:

This is located within the western, queen Elizabeth is among the most visited national parks in Uganda. The park has over 545 documented bird species. Queen Elizabeth national park is surrounded with amazing features among which include Lake George and Lake Edward which act as habitats for various bird species and other wild animals. The splendid variety of bird habitats maramagambo forest, kasenyi area, ishasha sector, mweya area, Lake Kikorongo and the kazinga channel. Kyambura gorge with in queen Elizabeth national park is famous for chimpanzee trekking but it’s a home of so many birds such as flamingoes, speckled tinker, grey wood pecker, green hylia, purple headed starling, black and African emerals cuckoos. The most preferred method by bird lovers is watching birds while on a boat cruise along kazinga channel while visiting the park.

Bird lovers should expect to see the following bird species while on a bird watching safari in queen Elizabeth national park- African jacana, African fish eagle, African skimmer, African pygmy-goose, black-bee-eater, black crake, black-billed barbet, black-rumped buttonquail, blue breasted, black-chinned quail-finch, fish eagle, falcons eagle, collard pranticles, knob-billed ducks, leaf-love, long-tailed cormorants, lesser swamp-warbler, marital eagle, open-billed stork, papyrus gonolek, papyrus canary, pink and white backed pelicans, pied kingfishers, lesser swamp-warbler, red-necked falcon, spur-winged plovers, swamp flycatcher, squacco heron, the malachite, verreaux’s eagle-owl, yellow bishop, yellow backed weaver, white headed barbet, thin tailed night jars, the malachite and the white winged terns.

Kibale national park:

The park has over 330 registered bird species, Kibale is one of the best places to go for birding in Uganda. Some of the spotted birds in Kibale national park include white-napped pigeon, white bellied crested flycatcher masker, red winged francolin, scaly francolin, red-chested fluff tail, Uganda woodland warbler, narina’s trogon, olive long-tailed cuckoo, Abyssinian-ground thrush, bi-colored mankin, fep pigeon, black-bee-eater, green backed twin spot, black billed- bellied deed cracker, grey throated fly catcher, joyful green bull, grey winged pigeon and marsh tchagra

Budongo forest:

Budongo forest is located within Uganda’s biggest national park. The forest is famous for chimpanzee trekking and is considered as one of the best birding places in Uganda. The forest is a habitat of so many bird species among which include African dwarf kingfisher, African pied hornbill, black bishop, banded snake- eagle, Brown-backed Scrub-robin, Cameroon Sombre Green bull, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Crowned Eagle, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, black-bellied fire finch, Fire-crested Alethe, Forest Flycatcher, Forest Francolin, Green Hylia, Ituri Batis, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, African jacana, Red-tailed Antthrush, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, Slender-billed Green bull, Spotted Green bull, White-thighed Hornbill, brown twin spot, Yellow and Grey Long bills, Yellow-billed Barbet, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, black-capped apalis Yellow-footed Flycatcher and the Yellow-spotted Barbet.

Mabamba swamp:

This is a good place for bird watching safaris in Uganda. The Mabamba swamp is a home of bird species such as black billed turaco, fire-crested althea, blue-shouldered robin-chat, grey parrot, lemon dove, olive green bull, dusky long-tailed cuckoo, woodland warbler, white-spotted fluff tail, grey parrot, hair breasted barbet and snowy-headed robin-chat.

Bigodi wetland sanctuary:

Tthis is a home to bird species such as black billed turaco, black headed coucal, black-faced rufous warbler, blue breasted kingfisher, white spotted cake and scaly- throated honey guide.

Other bird watching safaris and tour destinations in Uganda include Mpanga forest reserve, Semuliki National Park and Mabira forest reserve.

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