Uganda is one of the top sites for bird watching in Uganda (Adventures of a lifetime) safari activities in the country being the fact that the country is host to about 50% of Africa’s bird species and 11% of the world’s total.
Over 1,070 bird species are confirmed to be in the boundaries of Uganda with lots of endemic species that are found only in Uganda.
The Fox’s Weaver is Uganda’s endemic bird found in the Eastern region of the country specifically in the districts of Kumi and Soroti within wetland marshes.
There are several bird species in Uganda including forest, woodland, water, and savannah bird species making it an unmatched African bird-watching destination.
Though several bird-watching spots are recommended for Bird watching tours, in Uganda, you cannot miss out on spotting a bird at least every kilometer of your travel.
Here are some of the bird species you should expect to tick on your bird checklist,
The 25 Albertine Rift Endemic birds include;
|· Handsome Francolin
· Shelley’s Crimson-wing
· Rwenzori Turaco
· Willard’s Sooty Boubou
· Grauer’s Warbler
· Neumann’s Warbler
|· Stripe-breasted Tit
· Grauer’s Broadbill
· Red-throated Alethe
· Dwarf Honeyguide
· Black-faced Apalis
· Rwenzori Apalis
· Grauer’s Swamp Warbler
|· Red-faced Woodland Warbler
· Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher
· Rwenzori Batis
· Purple-breasted Sunbird
· Regal Sunbird
· Strange Weaver
|· Dusky Crimson-wing
· Archer’s Robin-chat
· Blue-headed Sunbird
· Yellow-crested Helmet Shrike
· African Green Broadbill
· Stuhlmann’s Sunbird
Other birds that were seen on Uganda birding safaris include; Marabou storks, Long Crested Eagles, Black Bee-Eater, African Spoonbill, Knob-billed ducks Yellow-billed Oxpecker, chocolate-backed kingfisher, Saddle-billed Stork, Green-Breasted Pitta, Helmeted guineafowl, Vulturine guineafowl, Standard-Winged Nightjar, Karamoja Apalis, Black Breasted Barbet, Rock pigeon, Bruce’s green-pigeon, African green-pigeon, Bar-tailed Trogon, White-backed duck, stone partridge, Nahan’s Francolin, and many more.
Generally, the best time for bird watching in Uganda is during the months of late May to September when the rains are less.
Migrant birds are present in the country from November to April. If your interest is resident birds, then Uganda bird-watching tours are good all year round.
The best places for birding in Uganda include Bwindi Forest, Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Semliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Mabamba wetland for the shoebill stork
Birding in Uganda is surely rewarding for any kind of birder be it seasoned or avid birders. There are birds in every place of the country and birders will be able to spot several unique species as long as they travel with one of the well-knowledgeable bird guides.
You can also plan with us other kinds of safaris including Uganda gorilla trekking safaris, wildlife trips, adventure tours, and many more.