Birdwatching in Uganda

By November 2, 2018Safaris in Uganda
Shoebill Stork

Birdwatching in Uganda is a surprisingly underrated experience seeing that over 50% of all bird species in Africa and be found in Uganda! The primary reason why Birdwatching in Uganda is so good is due to the incredibly diverse landscape within Uganda. The country is blessed with Lakes, Rivers, Marshlands, Forests, Savanah plains and Mountains not to mention the temperate climate. Each area is home to a whole host of different birds species, in fact, the total number of bird species in Uganda is over 1,000!

Despite there being so many birds in Uganda many birdwatches visit to see the following 10 birds:

  • Green-breasted Pitta
  • Standard-winged Nightjar.
  • Doherty’s Bushshrike.
  • Short-tailed Warbler
  • Bar-tailed Trogon.
  • African Green Broadbill.
  • Shelley’s Crimsonwing.
  • Black-breasted Barbet.
  • Great Blue Turaco.
  • Shoebill Stork

The best places to do Birdwatching in Uganda depends on the specific birds you are looking for, but most of the National parks in Uganda have a varied enough landscape to enable you to see a whole host of birds. The most popular places, however, are listed below:

  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Mgahinga National Park
  • Kibale Forest National Park
  • Budongo Forest
  • Maramgambo Forest
  • Mambamba Swamp
  • Murchison Falls National Park

With so many birds and so many places to see them it can be quite daunting, but to keep it simple, all you have to do is follow one rule. Find out what type of area you will be visiting as this is the main factor that will determine the bird species you will see. The landscape in Uganda can be broadly categorised into the following types with each one home to a differing set of birds species:

  • Forests
  • Savannah Plains
  • Wetlands
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