Bird Watching in the Pearl of Africa Uganda.
Uganda is the richest African Bird Watching Destination with over 1073 bird species. 50% of all Africa’s bird species are found in Uganda and 11% of the World’s Bird Species ranking Uganda a birder’s paradise. Uganda has 25 Albertine Endemics with only 1 Endemic Bird Species, the Fox’s Weaver.
Bird watching Uganda will leave visitors totally moved by the avian wealth. There is no other area in all of Africa that can match the variety of bird species Uganda has to offer and is also home to one of most fascinating birds, the elusive shoebill stork.
Sir Fredrick Jackson, a former Governor of the Uganda protectorate and keen ornithologist once described Uganda as a “Hidden Eden and a wonderland for birds”.
The 23 Albertine Endemics are: Handsome Francolin, Shelley’s Crimson-wing, Rwenzori Turaco, Willard’s Sooty Boubou, Stripe-breasted Tit, Grauer’s Broadbill, Red-throated Alethe, Dwarf Honeyguide, Black-faced Apalis, Rwenzori Apalis, Grauer’s Swamp Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Neumann’s Warbler, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Rwenzori Batis, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Stuhlmann’s Sunbird, Strange Weaver, Dusky Crimson-wing, Archer’s, Robin-chat, Blue-headed Sunbird, Yellow-crested Helmet Shrike and African Green Broadbill.
Bird Watching Uganda – the Top 10 Birding Watching Spots in Uganda.
– Mabamba Bay Wetland on the edge of Lake Victoria –A canoe ride through the Mabamba Bay Wetland offers sightings of the rare Shoebill Stork, Malachite Kingfisher, Swamp Flycatcher, Pied Kingfisher, Papyrus Gonolex, Black-headed Heron, African Open-billed Stork, Black Kite, African Marsh Harrier among many others.
– Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Offers some of the finest montane forest bird watching in Africa. There are an estimated 350 bird species with 24 endemics to the Albertine Rift and 14 recorded nowhere else in Uganda.
– Murchison Falls National Park- Uganda’s largest National Park is home to over 450 bird species among which are the Goliath Heron, Swamp Flycatcher, Abyssinian Ground Horn Bill, Red-throated Bee Eater, among many others.
– Queen Elizabeth National Park- The park has a great variety of habitats makes it home to over 600 species. These include; Swamp Flycatcher, African Skimmer, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Black-headed Gonolek, Verreaux’s Eagle-owl, Sedge Warbler, White-winged Terns, Grey-capped Warbler, Gabon and Slender-tailed Nightjars among others.
– Mgahinga Gorilla National Park- 180 bird species amongst which are Albertine Rift endemics like the Rwenzori Batis, and Archer’s Robin Chat among many others.
– Semuliki National Park has a record of 441 species in its riverine, forest and grasslands avian habitats. The bird species include: Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Blue-billed Malimbe, Yellow-throated Nicator, Black Dwarf Hornbill, Nkulengu Rail, Piping Hornbill, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Dwarf Honeyguide, Great Blue Turaco, Purple-breasted Sunbird among others.
– Kibale National Park and Bigodi wetland Sanctuary – In Kibale Forest, there are over 375 bird species, including 6 endemic to the Albertine Rift which include: Blue headed Sunbird, Black capped Apalis, Collared Apalis, Dusky crimsoning, Purple Breasted sun bird and Red faced woodland warbler. In Bigodi wetland, there are 138 bird species recorded as well.
– Rwenzori Mountains National Park- over 177 bird species, including 19 Albertine Rift endemics among which include: Rwenzori Turaco, Blue-headed Sunbird, Golden-winged Sunbird, White-starred Robin, Long-eared Owl, Archers’ Robin-chat, Lagden’s Bush Shrike and Slender-billed Starling.
– Lake Mburo National Park- home to 351 bird species which include: Nubian Woodpecker, Trilling Cisticola, Bee-eaters, Cheeky Bronze-tailed Starling, Crested Francolin, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, African Fish Eagle, Red-necked Spurfowl among others.
– Budongo Forest – home to more than 350 bird species which include, African Dwarf Kingfisher, African Pied Hornbill, Banded Snake-eagle, Black Bishop, Black-bellied Fire finch, Black-capped Apalis, Brown Twin sport, Brown-backed Scrub-robin, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher and Crowned Eagle.
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