Uganda is very well known as the place to visit to go gorilla trekking, or mountain climbing, or white water rafting and so much more, which makes the birding enthusiasts wonder if there are opportunities for them too. The answer is a definite yes. Uganda is one of the best birding destinations in Africa. There is so much variety. You will be excited, impressed, amazed and overwhelmed by it all.
There are birds everywhere in Uganda. You do not even have to travel far to see them. Unlike primates and other wildlife where you have to travel to particular places to see the, bird life in Uganda is everywhere. Of course there are places like forests and wildlife reserves where you will find more variety but, bird watching is very easy in Uganda. You do not have to travel far to see exotic birds. You can bird watch on your hotel room balcony and enjoy it.
Although the country is quite small, it has over 1040 recorded species of birds. This small country is also home to some of the most sought after birds on the African continent. Birds such as the ancient pre-historic looking shoebill stock can be found in Uganda. According to the Bradt guide to Uganda, it is practically the finest bird watching destination in Africa. It is a popular destination for birders from all over the world.
Bwindi impenetrable forest one of Uganda’s more popular birding sites which is also a UNESCO World heritage site was voted Africa’s number one birding site in 2011. Murchison Falls National Park was voted ninth among the top 10 birding destinations in Africa.
Uganda is just as much a bird country as it is a primate country. There birding sites in and around Kampala, in Entebbe, Mabira Rainforest and Mabamba Swamp. You can find over 500 hundred birds here. Mabamba wetlands swamp even has some of those sought after exotic birds such as the shoebill stork. The swamp is only a short drive from Kampala and has numerous water birds. A short drive to Mabamba and an African canoe ride on through the swamps channels can make for an adventurous birding experience.
Every national park in Uganda has impressive birdlife. There is a variety of bird species even in the smallest and remotest parks. In Uganda you will see birds like the grey crested crane, the shoe bill stork, Mountain greenbul, Green pigeon, Cinnamon-chested bee-eater, African Harrier hawk, Giant kingfisher, Crowned hornbill, Shelley’s crimsonwing, Short-tailed warbler, Western green tinkerbird, African Darter, Martial Eagle, Goliath Heron, Secretary Bird, Yellow-billed Stork, and so many more.
The good thing is when you visit a park you will not enjoy bird watching, but the wildlife views as well. In Bwindi Impenetrable forest you might catch sight of a gorilla or chimpanzee on your bird watching adventure. Or you could do your bird watching on a gorilla trekking adventure.
Uganda has a very diverse array of bird species. It has water birds, those that live in the savannah, in the jungle, in the rainforests etc. There are birds everywhere you visit. Over half of all the bird species found in Africa can be found in Uganda.
Currently, Uganda’s reputation as one of the excellent worldwide bird watching destination is significantly increasing. This country supports over 1400 species of birds, dwelling within its different habitats including lakes, savanna plains, rain forests, the Karamoja desert, mountains and rivers.
The very best 10 most preferred bird species inside Uganda are:
Nahans francolin, Brown chested pullover, Karamoja Apalis, African green Broadbill, Purcell’s illadopsis, Shoe bill stork, Black bee eater, Ruwenzori turaco, Green-breasted pitta and Red fronted anti pecker
As you read through we have outlined some of the finest bird watching places in Uganda in which you will surely have a fantastic encounter. We additionally mention a number of bird species you’ll probably observe in these areas.
Queen Elizabeth National Park:
This park has over 550 bird species. Enjoy our birding Safari within this park to wonder at the different birds of these 11 species associated with the king fisher, several falcons eagles, Leaf-love, flamingoes, African skimmer, Lesser Swamp-warbler, papyrus Gonolek, African Pygmy-goose, Black-billed Barbet, Red-necked Falcon, Pelicans, black bee-eater, Black-chinned Quail-finch, white-winged warbler, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, shoebill stork, Yellow Bishop and the White-headed Barbet, along with numerous raptors.
This park has more than 550 species of bird. Enjoy our 7 day birding Safari in this park to marvel at the various birds among these are 11 species of the king fisher, a number of falcons eagles, flamingoes, African skimmer, papyrus Gonolek, Black-billed Barbet, Pelicans, Black-chinned Quail-finch, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Yellow Bishop, White-headed Barbet, shoebill stork, white-winged warbler, black bee-eater, Red-necked Falcon, Leaf-love, African Pygmy-goose, and Lesser Swamp-warbler, in addition to various other raptors.
Kibale National Park:
Kibale National Park features a range of birds having 335 bird species documented including the the Uganda woodland-warbler, Afep Pigeon, Narina’s Trogon, Red winged francolin, Black-bellied Seed cracker, the Black Bee-eater, white bellied crested flycatcher masker, Marsh Tchagra, African pita, Scaly Francolin, grey winged pigeon, Green-backed Twin spot, red chested fluff tail, grey throated fly catcher, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, White napped Pigeon, Bi-colored Manikin, Abyssinian-ground thrush, white napped pigeon, Joyful green bull, plus the white-napped pigeon among many more.
Bigodi wetland sanctuary:
Bigodi is an additional well-liked bird watching location in Uganda to view species like the Black-faced Rufus Warbler, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, white spotted crake, black billed turaco, Scaly-throated-Honey guide and the Blue-headed Coucal. You will be able to see all these on our various Bird watching Safaris in the Bigodi wetland.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park:
the park is among the very best forests within East Africa having the wealthiest bionetwork. It’s got over 357 bird species . some of the bird species you’ll sight here are the Albertine rift Endemics: African Broadbill , Pale-breasted Illadopsis, Black Bee-eater, Narina’s Trogon, Archer’s Robin chat, Grey-throated Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Pettit’s Cuckooshrike, Kiev gerund thrush, Red-throated Alethe, Montane Oriole, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Forest Robin, yellow-eyed black flycatcher, Rwenzori batis, Collared pails and the Equatorial Akalat.
Bugongo Forest houses a vast array of bird species like the African Dwarf Kingfisher, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Ituri Batis, Fire-crested Alethe, Forest Francolin, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Black-capped Apalis, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Cameroon Sombre Green bull, African Pied Hornbill, Yellow-billed Barbet, Black Bishop, Green Hylia, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Yellow-footed Flycatcher Black-bellied Fire finch, Brown Twin sport, White-thighed Hornbill, Brown-backed Scrub-robin, Spotted Green bull, Red-tailed Antthrush, Banded Snake-eagle, Yellow and Grey Longbills, Slender-billed Green bull, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Forest Flycatcherand the Crowned Eagle.
Rujija in Bwindi: the White-starred Robin, Grey-green Bush-shrike, Grey Cuckoo shrike, Black-Bee-Eater Mountain Illadopsis, Banded Prinia, Yellow-streaked Green bull, Slender-billed Greenbul, Brown-chested Alethe, White-browed Crombec, Strange Weaver and Luehder’s Bush-shrike
Mabamba swamp is dwelling to the Woodland Warbler, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo,Wayne’s Weaver, Hair-breasted Barbet, Olive Green bull, Sooty Boubou, Snowy-headed Robin-chat, Blue-shouldered Robin-chat, Black-billed Turaco, Lemon Dove, Grey Parrot, White-spotted Fluff tail, Fire-crested Althea and the Blue-breasted kingfisher.