Bird Watching

Bwindi forest ranks number one destination for birding in east Africa. The park hosts over 350 species of birds, including 23 Albertine Rift valley endemic birds that are found nowhere else. Species to look out for include the African green broadbill, Chapin’s flycatcher, Shelley’s crimson wing, handsome francolin, mountain-masked and collared apalis, white-bellied robin chat, black billed turaco, Fraser’s eagle, western bronze-naped pigeon, purple-breasted, blue-headed and regal sunbirds. An experienced birdwatcher can spot 100 species of birds per day, Visit Ruhija Rwamunyonyi Peak and Buhoma for this dream to come true.

Mubwindi swamp trail in Ruhija is said to be among the best highlights of birding trails in Bwindi with clear environment for clear bird viewing. Birds are very abundant and very easy to spot; several species connecting in assorted feeding flocks which are active all through the day. Starting early offers the finest opportunity of finding the remarkable handsome Francolin, white-tailed crested Flycatcher, Cinnamon-chested bee-eater, Rwenzori batis, western Green Tinker bird, red-faced woodland Warbler, Mountain plus yellow-streaked Greenbuls as well as the Mountain marked plus chestnut-throated Apalises among many others.

Birding in Bwindi takes place along Kashasha river valley and Ivy river trail, the Buhoma waterfall trail along the bamboo zone. Buhoma water fall trail has received many visitors interested in bird because of the special species viewed by birders like Short-tailed Warbler, Blue-headed Sunbird, Black billed Turaco, Yellow eyed black flycatcher, Black bee-eater, and Kivu ground Thrush, Garners Warbler, Bar-tailed blue Trogon, Africa blue and white-tailed blue flycatchers and Red-headed blue bill.

Bwindi forest ranks number one destination for birding in east Africa. The park hosts over 350 species of birds, including 23 Albertine Rift valley endemic birds that are found nowhere else. Species to look out for include the African green broadbill, Chapin’s flycatcher, Shelley’s crimson wing, handsome francolin, mountain-masked and collared apalis, white-bellied robin chat, black billed turaco, Fraser’s eagle, western bronze-naped pigeon, purple-breasted, blue-headed and regal sunbirds. An experienced birdwatcher can spot 100 species of birds per day, Visit Ruhija Rwamunyonyi Peak and Buhoma for this dream to come true.

Uganda offers quite a number of birding destinations which tourists can supplement the Bwindi birding safari.

Queen Elizabeth national park has over 600 bird species, the birds are relatively easy to spot, and you can expect to take great photos as you explore the park and its various environments. The bird species to look out for include the African mourning dove, swamp flycatcher, grey-headed kingfisher, African skimmer, malachite and pied kingfishers, white-winged terns, grey-capped warbler, collared pratincole, pin-tailed whydah, martial eagle, gabon and slender-tailed nightjars, black-headed gonolek, Verreaux’s eagle-owl, sedge warbler, papyrus canary, great white and pink-backed pelicans, African mourning dove and yellow-billed stork. Also look out for the flamingos at the salt lakes of Katwe and Bunyampaka.

Semuliki national park, located in western Uganda in the Albertine Rift valley, has a record of 441 species in its riverine, forest and grasslands avian habitats. It hosts Guinea-Congo biome species in its lowland forest. The species to look out for include the African piculet, Maxwell’s black weaver, blue-billed malimbe, yellow-throated nicator, black dwarf hornbill, Nkulengu rail, piping hornbill, blue-billed malimbe, yellow-throated cuckoo, dwarf honeyguide, great blue and Ross’s turaco, purple-breasted sunbird, orange weaver, white-crested hornbill, red-billed dwarf hornbill, African piculet and swamp palm bulbul.

Echuya Forest Reserve,
This forest reserve is situated in the western part of the country just near Rwanda border. This spot is home to over 150 bird species and 18 of these species are endemic to the reserve. This forest is also known as one of the important habitant due to its rare flora and fauna as well as sustainable tourism initiatives that have been carried out around the reserve. The guides at the reserve will be of help to any interested birder to engage in a birding expedition. The reserve’s main bird species include; Archer’s Robin-Chat,Grauer’s Warbler, Mountain Masked Apalis,Doherty’s Bush-Shrike, Dwarf Honey guide, Collared Apalis, Strip-breasted Tit, Regal Sunbird, Montane Oriole, Rwenzori Batis, Grauer’s Rush Warbler and White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher. Etc.

Mgahinga National Park
This birding spot is located south west of the country and is at border with Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This park also has one mountain gorilla group for tracking and many other mammal species. The safari park is the smallest of all the national parks of Uganda and it harbors over 115 bird species. The birders who visit the park can engage in many guided walks as well as hikes to be able to enjoy different birding sessions with in the park. The Gorge trail within the park harbors many bird species and some of these include;Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Dusky Turtle Dove, Mountain Masked Apalis,Equatorial Akalat,RwenzoriBatis, Kivu Ground Thrush, Strip-breasted Tit, Grauer’s Warbler, White-starred Robin, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Handsome Francolin, Red-throated Alethe, Montane Oriole, Doherty’s Bush-shrike, Blue-headed Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Dusky Crimson wing and Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher. Etc.