Uganda birding tours are the top bird-watching holidays in Africa with a great bird list to tick off. Birding in Uganda is one of the top tourist 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.
Several bird species in Uganda include forest, woodland, water, and savannah bird species making it an unmatched African bird-watching destination. Though several bird-watching spots are recommended for Birding tours in Uganda you cannot miss out on spotting a bird at least every kilometer of your travel.
Some of the bird species in Uganda include Handsome Francolin, Stripe-breasted Tit, Shelley’s Crimson-wing, Grauer’s Broadbill, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Dusky Crimson-wing, Rwenzori Turaco, Red-throated Alethe, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Archer’s Robin-chat, Willard’s Sooty Boubou, Dwarf Honeyguide, Rwenzori Batis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Grauer’s Warbler, Neumann’s Warbler, Black-faced Apalis, Rwenzori Apalis, Grauer’s Swamp Warbler, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Strange Weaver, 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.
The best places for birding in Uganda include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Semliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Mabamba Wetland for the shoebill stork
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.
For avid birders or seasoned bird watchers, our 16-day bird-watching safari in Uganda is a top Uganda birding tour itinerary to undertake.