Uganda one of the most well-known birding destinations in the whole world with mind-blowing and mesmerizing sights and sounds of unique bird species capable of leaving the ardent birders with hilarious memories and experiences, is found in Eastern part of Africa.
Uganda owns 50% of the African continent’s bird species and 11% of the world’s bird count. These birds which are spread all over the Pearl of Africa in their habitant areas like forests, swamps and wetlands, savanna, to the waters and air. In fact, after getting out of the airport, one begins seeing birds either on public means, privately hired van or car, boda-boda, airport taxi, all have the ability to help you view birds.
The Pearl of Africa, as called, is every ardent birdwatcher destination and any birding enthusiast should visit to help update their checklist of birds missing and update the new ones viewed at the Pearl of Africa.
|Crested Cranes||Crested Cranes|
Uganda has a diversity of bird species a number of which many are not easily spotted in any other part of the African continent. As you take time to marvel at the spectacular birds, you will certainly come across a diversity of additional wildlife that will turn your bird watching safari into a very memorable encounter. The most ideal time to spot these birds is actually early in the morning as well as late in the evenings.
A thrill of seeing new bird species, or spotting some bird species that was least expected to find in this part of the world, from the elusive prehistoric dinosaur lookalike, the Shoebill; blue swallow, short-winged nightjar, green breasted pitta; to the largest and fastest birds on earth the ostriches.
The best spots for a bird
There are several birding destinations within the country and these have made Uganda certainly one of the finest birding paradises. There are more than 1010 bird species all of which you certainly enjoy on a Uganda safari. The various National parks within Uganda are actually the biggest habitat for most of the bird species in the country
|Yellow mantled weaver||Capuchin Babbler|
Here the most anticipated birds to see include: the endangered species of birds like Yellow mantled weaver, Nahan’s Francolin, Capuchin Babbler among others. This birding haven is a rainforest found in the Buikwe just after Lugazi town about 30 kilometers from the Kampala the capital of Uganda. It’s also a best place for zip lining, nature walks, doing butterflies watching, and so many additional activities here and its best for an excursion. Mabira Forest Reserve is the biggest block of semi deciduous forest left in Uganda.
|Lesser Kestrel||Rufous Chatterer|
This is not only one of the most beautiful parks in Uganda the pearl of Africa but also the best site for birding safaris in Uganda and birds spotted here include; Lesser Kestrel, Rufous Chatterer, Pallid Harrier, the largest and fastest bird the ostrich. The beauty of this park is so endemic to it only and non-existent anywhere else world over. It is located in the north Eastern Uganda at the Kenya n Sudan full of magnificent Savannah and landscapes on the mountains.
|Papyrus Gonolek||Blue Swallow|
Mabamba swamp alone has over 260 species verified after the several surveys conducted and the bird species include; Papyrus Gonolek, Malachite kingfisher, Blue Swallow, Spur-winged and Pygmy Geese, Northern Brown-throated weaver, Papyrus Canary, Goliath Herons, Caruthers’s Cisticola, shoebill stock and many more.
This birding site has abundance of shoebill bird species that ease viewing them at any time of the day and this one of the best spectacular sites for birding named as the best site in African continent.
|Black wattle Hornbill||Nkulengu Rail|
Semuliki National park is famously known as the birders haven is situated at the Uganda Congo border at the extreme western part ort of the country in Bundibugyo district. This park is the most spectacular and sought-after birding site of the continent with bird species such as long tailed Hawk, Congo Serpent Eagle, Nkulengu Rail and Black wattle Hornbill
Kibale National Park
Don’t be focused on this park being the primates’ capital alone, it’s a birders [point too. about the park being the primates capital for a second, this park is spectacular habitant for endemic bird species like; Nahan’s Francolin species in addition to more species like; as the Great Blue Turaco, White-naped Pigeon, Blue shouldered Robin Chat, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Purple-headed Starling, Black-billed Turacco, Red-chested Flufftail, Joyful Greenbul, Green-breasted Pitta, Cabanis Greenbul, Grey-throated Tit Flycatcher, and others. See your checklist and book your trip with www.jewelsafaris.com and update it with more unique bird species.
And so many other birding destinations in the country like Queen Elizabeth National park, Bigodi wetland sanctuary, Elgon mountains National park, Rwenzori Mountain a national park, Bwindi impenetrable national park. And so many birding sites spread country over.
Birds easiest access habitant.
Ostrich, this World’s largest and fastest bird and its endemic to Pian upe game reserve and Kidepo Valley National Park.
Pelicans, mainly found at Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park and they are water-based birds.
|African darter||Goliath heron|
African darter, it’s a snake bird with an elongated rufus neck extended in a serpentine fashion.
Goliath heron, Saddle billed stork, Piacpiac, these are usually spotted during boat trips, and game drives in Murchison Falls National Park.
|Shoebill||African Fish Eagle|
Shoebill. Is mainly seen at birding places like Semuliki Wildlife Reserve, Mabamba Swamp and in Murchison falls and it is large grey swamp-dweller and is the main motivating factor behind many ornithological birding safaris to Uganda.
African Fish Eagle, Unique grey snake-eating raptor.
|Africa Jacana||Grey crowned crane|
Africa Jacana; common in most wetlands in Uganda
Grey crowned crane; also, famously known as the Uganda crane or crested crane is Uganda’s national bird commonly sighted in swamps and grasslands.
African grey parrot; they are mostly seen in any forested habitat.
Great blue turaco; found I forested areas including Entebbe Botanical gardens
Red-throated bee-eater; breeds in tall sandbanks on Lake Albert and the Nile below Murchison falls.
Other beautiful birds found in Uganda include: Pied Kingfisher; Giant Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher; Lilac-breasted roller, Hoopoe, Black and white casqued hornbill, For-tailed drongo, African Finfoot, Jackson’s francolin, Denhams bustard, African skimmer, Blue throated roller, Black bee eater, Forest/white headed wood hoope, African pied hornbill, Chocolate-backed kingfisher, Papyrus gonolek, Red headed bluebill. Ross’s turacco, Eastern grey plantain-eater, African emerald cuckoo, Coucals, Helmeted guinea fowl and so many others.
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