Birding in Uganda
Over half of all bird species in Africa can be found in Uganda making it the richest African birding destination. About 1008 bird species a reported to be in Uganda, total of 946 birds species have so far recorded from within the ten National parks yet within the surroundings of the capital city Kampala you can record nearly 300 species in a day, and all this is thanks to the richly diverse of habitats from the scenic shores of Lake Victoria to the lush forests of the Albertine Rift and the banks of the mighty Nile River.
Though Uganda has only one Endemic bird (Fox’s Weaver), the country ia also gifted with 23 Albertine Endemics which occur here and are difficult or even impossible to find somewhere else.
Uganda’s unique bird species include the Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, Rwenzori Nightjar, Dwarf Honey guide, African Green Broadbill, Red-throated Alethe, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Kivu Ground Thrush, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Short-tailed Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Collared Apalis, Mountain Masked Apalis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Rwenzori Batis, Strip-breasted Tit, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Strange Weaver, Dusky Crimsonwing, Grey woodpeckers, and Shelley’s Crimsonwing.
The prime birding destinations include Bwindi Impenetrable National park, the Royal mile near Murchison falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National park the birding opportunites range from easy water birds sightings from the comfortable Kazinga boat cruise to the careful search of the rare species in the Maramagambo forest, Semuliki National park ,Lake Mburo National park, Murchison falls, Rwenzori forest , Entebbe botanical gardens, Mabamba swamp.
Don’t miss the rare, prehistoric–looking Shoebill. Uganda also offers the friendliness of the Ugandan people, incredible safaris, mountain gorillas and cultural tourism attractions found nowhere else in Africa!