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Birding in Uganda
Birding in Uganda should be a great option for all passionate birders since the country has more than 1,070 confirmed bird species. This is almost half of the bird species in Africa a fact that Uganda birding safaris should be the top choice on any birders on Africa birding tours.
Uganda is an unmatched Africa bird watching destination, hosting forest, woodland, water and savannah bird species. Bird watching tours Uganda never get boring as you will spot at least different bird species in each kilometer of your trip in the country.
Uganda’s only endemic bird
Uganda has one (1) bird species that is endemic to the country meaning it cannot be seen in any other part of the world. Uganda’s endemic bird is known as the Fox’s Weaver found in the wetland marshes of the districts of Kumi and Soroti in Eastern Uganda.
Albertine Rift Endemic Birds in Uganda
The Albertine rift endemic birds are bird species found within the Albertine basin in the countries of Rwanda and Uganda. The 25 Albertine Rift Endemic birds include; 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, African Green Broadbill
Birds in Uganda
Other birds that can be spotted on Uganda birding safaris include; Marabou storks, Doherty’s Bushshrike, African Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Long Crested Eagle, Black Bee-Eater, Chocolate Backed Kingfisher, Saddle-billed Stork, Green-Breasted Pitta, Knob-billed duck, Egyptian goose, Helmeted guineafowl, Vulturine guineafowl, crested guineafowl, Standard-Winged Nightjar, Black Breasted Barbet, Rock pigeon, Namaqua dove, Bruce’s green-pigeon, African green-pigeon, Karamoja Apalis Bar-tailed Trogon, White-backed duck, stone partridge, Nahan’s Francolin, Scaly Francolin, White-faced whistling-duck, Fulvous whistling-duck, Crested Francolin, and many more.
Birding destinations in Uganda
Birding Uganda is possible at any spot, however, for a rewarding bird check list as well as spotting rare birds, these destinations are the best for birding safaris Uganda;
Birding in Semliki National Park. The park is host to a large number of predominantly central African bird species that cannot be found anywhere else in East Africa. Some of the birds here include the Congo Serpent Eagle and Black wattled Hornbill.
Queen Elizabeth National Park. This is host to over 600 bird species, the highest bird count in any conservation area in Uganda.
Kidepo Valley National Park. This almost untouched safari park comes second as home to the second highest bird population in Uganda with over 470 bird species. 60 of them are not recorded anywhere else in the world.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi Forest is a number 1 Uganda Albertine rift birding safaris since it hosts 23 of the 24 Albertine Rift endemic bird species.
Murchison Falls National Park. This largest Uganda safari park is the best for savannah bird species bird watching tours in Uganda.
Mabamba wetland. From Kampala or Entebbe International Airport, this is the closest place to spot the Shoebill Stork.
Best time to go birding in Uganda
Between May to September is the general best time for birding in Uganda because this is the dry season and therefore trails are dry and most probably the birds are breeding and therefore very vocal. However, birding is an all year round activity and therefore can be undertaken depending on your planned Uganda safaris time.