Birding spots in Uganda the pearl of Africa

Birding spots in Uganda
Uganda being the pearl of Africa this gives her higher chances of habituating different bird species, Uganda habitats up to 1,061 species of birds as you discover her right away from the source of the white Nile on lake Victoria, the montane forests of virunga volcanoes, the snow-capped Rwenzori range, Africa’s largest volcano caldera on Mount Elgon and the desert plains of Karamoja region hence this makes Uganda an Equatorial country with astonishing contrasts.

No other area in Africa can match her amazing diversity of habitats and this richness ranges from over 1,061 Bird species, Amongst these you encounter birds such as shoebill and the numerous spectacular endemics of the albertine rift valley that are not found anywhere else hence making Uganda the richest African Birding destination.
Uganda is enjoying a stable economic growth that is based on improving the tourism industry. This has played a great role towards development of Lodges, Hotels, Access of good quality roads and secure forest trails, the establishment of bird guide training programmes through the Uganda Bird and Safari Guides Association supported by the Uganda Sustainable Tourism Development Programme “UGSTDP” funded by the European Union.

Birding in Mabamba swamp

Mabamba swamp is a birding spot in Uganda that is about 50km drive west of Kampala city, Mabamba wetland is a home for the most sought after bird the shoebill. Birding in Mabamba is done on the canoes as you sail in marsh channels. Bird species to spot out include: White-winged warbler, Papyrus gonolek, Yellow-backed weaver, Northern Brown-throated weaver, Blue-headed coucal, the swamp flycatcher, African purple swamp-hen, African water rail, Common moorhen, Lesser jacana, African pygmy goose, White faced whistling duck, Squacco heron, Blue-breasted bee-eater, Winding cisticola, Goliath heron and black crake.

Birding in Murchison Falls Park

Murchison falls park is Uganda’s largest national park, it’s bisected by the mighty River Nile that protects a chunk of unmatched African Savannah. It is named after the dramatic Murchison falls, where the world’s second longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the rift valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below, As you take a boat along the Victoria Nile to the delta at Lake Albert which habitats Hippos and many Nile Crocodiles as well as special bird species that include: Shoe-bill, Secretary Bird, Abyssinian roller and ground horn-bill, Pied kingfishers, Red-throated bee-eaters lining the banks, Goliath heron, Saddle-billed stork, Scared ibis, Fulvous whistling-duck, Senegal and water thick-knees, Black-headed and long-toed Lapwing, Little bittern, Osprey, Red necked falcon, Blue-breasted bee-eater, Vinaceous dove and grosbeak weaver hence making a birding spot in Uganda.
Birding to the top of the falls you will spot out White fronted black chat, Rock prantincoles, White-crested turaco, Grey woodpecker, Darter and Gaint kingfisher, Red throated bee-eater, Red-shouldered cuckoo-shrike, Western violet-backed sun-bird, Black-headed Gonolek, Chestnut-crowned sparrow-weaver, Brown Twin-spot, Bar-breasted fire-finch, Red-winged pytilia and Red-winged grey warbler, Bruce’s Pigeon and Osprey.
Birding on the bank of Victoria Nile, birds to spot out include Egyptian plover, Shoe bill, Red winged grey warbler, Rock pranticole, Secretary bird, Bat hawk, Den-ham’s bustard, Pels fishing owl, White crested turaco, Vinaceos dove, Senegal thick-nee, Chestnut cowned sparrow weaver, Carmine bee eater, Night jars(pennant winged and standard winged), White rumped canary.

Birding in Bundogo Forest

Bundogo forest is a birding spot in Uganda, birds to spot out include: African dwarf, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Chestnut-crowned eremomera, White spotted fluftail, Yellow and grey long-bills, Olive-bellied crombec, Brown-eared woodpecker, Dusky long tailed cuckoo, Blue-breasted kingfisher, Crowned eagle, Forest flycatcher, Yellow-browed camaroptera and cabanis bunting, Brown-backed scrub-robin, Narina trogon, Golden crowned woodpecker, Rufous flycatcher-thrush, Chestnut-capped flycatcher, Black-headed paradise flycatcher, Little green sun-bird, Green sun-bird, Both negro-finches, Western black-headed oriole, Dusky long tailed cuckoo, African Emerald cuckoo, Red-tailed ant-thrush, Yellow-mantled weaver, Yellow-browed camaroptera, Green crombec, Crested malimbe and Red-headed blue bill.

Birding in Kibale Forest

kibale forest national park is well know for chimpanzee trekking safaris since it happens to habitat the largest population of chimps in Africa and a birding spot in Uganda. It’s a longer drive from Kampala city, birds to spot out in Kibale forest include: Grey-winged robin, Blue shouldered robin chat, Yellow spotted barbet, Black billed turaco, White-napped pigeon, Green-breasted pitta, Red-chested fluftail, African pitta, Joyful greenbul, Cabanis greenbul, Grey-throated flycatcher, White-bellied crested flycatcher, Masked apalis, Nahan’s franclolin, Tiny sun-bird, White collard olive back, White-tailed ant-thrushes, Purple-headed glossy-starling, Brown illadopsis, Masked apalis, Toro olive-greenbul, Black-billed turaco, Buff-spotted woodpecker and green crombec, more to birding kibale forest habitats up to 13 primate species. Other species include dinner and overnight stay.

Birding in Semliki Valley National Park

Semliki National Park is settled in the far west as you approach the Congo boarder, it’s a whole day drive from Kampala city. Spending the whole day birding in Semliki forest will enable you spot out several bird species that include: Congo serpent eagle, Black-throated coucal, Grey-throated rail, Nkulengu Rail, Long-tailed hawk, Spot-breasted Ibis, Capuchin babbler, Yellow-throated nicator, Northern bearded scrub robin, Red chested owlet, Western bronze napped pigeon, Black-collared lovebird, White-bellied kingfisher, Red-rumped tinker-bird, Lyre-tailed honey-guide, Zenker’s honey guide, White-throated blue swallow, Bate’s night-jar, Yellow-throated cuckoo, Orange-tufted sun-bird, Black-winged Oriole, Red-billed Helmet shrike, Lemon bellied crombec, Rufous-sided broad-bill, Icterine Green bul, Swamp palm bulbul, Crested malimbe and Blue-billed malimbe, Fiery-breasted bush shrike, Pale-fronted negro-finch and piping, Red-billed dwarf, Black Dwarf white crested, Black-casqued wattled and white-thighed horn-bills hence a birding spot in Uganda.

Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park happens to be the second largest park after Murchison Falls National Park Uganda’s largest park, a birding tour in Queen Elizabeth National Park could be an interesting one to serious birders since the park habitats over 610 bird species hence making it a great birding spot in Uganda, spotted bird species include: Pelicans, Skimmers, Kingfishers, Thick-knees, Storks, Martins, Swallows, Weavers, Canaries, Kites and many other grassland specialties. An early game drive in the open Savannah makes very ideal for Savannah Birds. The afternoon Launch cruise on the Kazinga channel that connects Lake George and Edward, here you spot out birds like African skimmer, Green backed heron, African spoon-hill, African crake, Water thick-knee, Three-banded plover, Marsh, Green, Wood and common Sand piper, Gray-headed gull, Plain martin lesser swamp-warbler and Yellow-billed ox-pecker.

Birding in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest “Buhoma section”

Bwindi impenetrable forest is well known for habituating the endangered mountain gorillas but due to its impenetrable plants, several bird species have been attracted to seek shelters in the forest, birds to spot out include: Black-faced rufous warbler, Grauer’s warbler, Banded prinia, Black-faced Apalis, Black-throated Apalias, Mountain masked apalis, Red-throated alethe, Yellow-eyed Black-flycatcher, Ashy flycatcher, Dusky-blue flycatcher, Chapin’s flycatcher, Chin-spot batis, Cassins grey flycatcher, Rwenzori batis, Black and White shrike flycatcher, White bellied crested flycatcher, Pale breasted illadopsis, Mountain illadopsis, African hill babbler, Dusky tit, Blue-throated brown sun-bird, Blue headed sun-bird, Northern double-collared sun-bird, Grey headed sun-bird, Mackinnon’s fiscal, Sooty boubou, Pink-footed puff-back, Doherty’s bush-shrike, White-napped raven, Montane oriole, African Golden olriole, Stuhlmann’s starling, Narrow-tailed starling, Wallers starling, Strange weaver, Brown-capped weaver, Black–billed weaver, Dusky crimsonwing, Yellow-bellied wax-bill, Magpie mannikin, Yellow-crowned canary, Thick-billed seed eater, Streaky seed eater, African green broad-bill, Shelly’s crimsonwing, Oriole finch, Mountain Buzzard, Ayre’s Hawk-eagle, Handsome francolin, Black-billed turaco, Barred long tailed cuckoo, African wood owl, Rwenzori night-jar, Scarce swift, Bar-tailed trogon, Cinnamon-chested bee-eater, Black bee-eater, Bronze naped pigeon, Red-chested owlet, Tull-berg’s woodpecker, Elliot’s woodpecker, African Broad-bill, western Green tinker-bird, African green broad-bill, Lag-dens bush shrike, Petit’s cuckoo-shrike, Grey cuckoo-shrike, Archer’s ground robin, Toro olive-greenbul, Ansorge’s greenbul, Equatorial Akalat, White-bellied Robin-chat, Olive Thrush, White-Tailed Ant-thrush, Grauer’s Rush-warbler, Short-tailed warbler, Neumann’s Warbler and Red faced woodland-warbler, with the availability of all these bird species bwindi becomes a birding spot in Uganda.

Birding in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest “Ruhiija Section”

Ruhija section in Bwindi impenetrable forest will see you encounter a 4km trail to Mubwindi swamp that drops from 2,350m to 2,050m this happens to be a best spot of rift-endemics including grauers(African Green) Broad-bill the beautiful regal sun-bird and Archer’s Robin-chat. Mubwindi swamp habituates Dwarf honey guide, Stripe-breasted tit, Ruwenzori apalis and African hill babbler that is sometimes treated as separate species, Ruwenzori hill babbler, the rare and difficult to see species Fraser’s eagle-owl and Ruwenzori, Double-collared sun-bird. We should also come across green broad-bill, Cinnamon-chested bee eaters, Grauer’s Rush warbler, Purple-breasted, African hill babbler, Red-throated Alethe, Blue headed and Regal sun-birds, Grauer’s broad-bills, Archer’s Robin-chat, Eastern Mountain-Greenbul, strange weaver, Albertine rift endemics, Black-headed wax bill, yellow-eyed black flycatcher, Bertelsmann’s starling and luehder’s Bush shrike and handsome francolin and Montane nightjar

Birding in Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is Uganda’s small and 3 hrs drive from Kampala city, it happens to be a very special place where by every part of it is live with variety of interests and color. Lake Mburo National Park habitats several species of mammals that include: Topis, Impalas, Zebras, Elands and Buffaloes. The park’s acacia woodland habitats a number of bird species and more specifically the savanna bird species, some of these bird species include: Green backed woodpecker, Spot-flanked, African Fin-foot, Brown-chested plover, Southern Ground Horn-bill, White-winged warbler, Papyrus yellow warbler, Carruthers, Cisticola, Red-faced and Black-collared Barbets, Northern brown-throated weaver, Papyrus Gonolek and Yellow-billed ox-pecker. A trip to Lake Mburo National Park will enable you best observe the papyrus endemics and savanna bird species due to the park’s habitat; moist acacia savanna, taller mixed woodland, lakes, rocky ridges, papyrus swamps and grassland.

According to the above listed birding spots in Uganda, Birding safaris in Uganda have been made more interesting as over 1,061 Bird species are available for viewing, however we hope that this blog post increased your awareness towards contributing to the conservation of natural areas in Uganda through confirming the need for their protection and positively supporting avitourism.
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