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Uganda the Birding Paradise

The world has over 10,000 bird species,a tenth(est.over 1000 species) are found in Uganda.

Uganda is known as a unique destination for birding worldwide.In each destination you visit,you will find a different bird.It is home to a number of birds that live mainly in the tropical rain forests across the country.

The popular Birding destinations  include:

1.Lake Mburo National Park

The birdlife in Lake Mburo is good year-round. It is home to a variety of birds that include the endemic African Finfoot. Other key species are the Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Saddle-billed Stork, Brown-chested Lapwing, African-wattled Lapwing, Carruther’s Cisticola, Tabora (Long-tailed) Cisticola, African Scops Owl, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill and White-winged Warbler,African Fish eagle.

African Fish Eagle

Bird African fish eagle in flight

Saddle-billed Stork

Bird saddlebilled stork in flight

2. Mabamba Wetland Sanctuary.

Mabamba Bay is home to a a variety of bird species over 300, including  the elusive Shoe bill Bird. Other bird that may be seen include Blue Swallow, White-winged Tern, Gull-billed Tern and papyrus endemic bird species such as Papyrus Gonolek (NT) and Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Heron, Squacco Heron, Lesser Jacana, Spur-winged Goose. It is a designated Ramsar site and an Important Bird Area .

Shoe Bill

Bird ShoeBill

3.Murchison Falls National Park

Is gifted with the powerful Murchison falls, an attractive scenery to visitors. It hosts number of  bird species  which include the Swallow-tailed and Red-throated Bee-eaters, Woodland, Pied, Giant and Malachite Kingfishers; Francolin; Hornbills, Grey heron; Hamerkop; Shrikes; Flycatchers; Cuckoos; Woodpeckers; Crombecs and Warblers. The riverbanks are also home to ducks, geese, stilts and plovers.

Malachite Kingfisher

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4.Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Home to half of the world’s Gorillas(est.400) is also a habitat of an estimated 350 bird species of which 23 are endemic to the Albertine Rift. Other birds include the Handsome Francolin; Black-billed Turaco; African Broadbill; Black and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters; Western Green Tinkerbird; Purple-breasted, Blue-headed and Regal Sunbirds.

Cinnamon -chested Bee eater

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5.Semuliki Valley National Park

Is a popular destination for migrant birds from west Africa.It is indeed an attractive birding site.Birds include Black Dwarf Hornbill, White-crested Hornbill, Black-casqued Wattled Horbill, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, African Piculet, White-throated Blue Swallow, Yellow-throated Nicator, Leaf-love, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Crested Malimbe, Red-bellied Malimbe, Blue-billed malimbe, Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch, Orange-cheeked Waxbill.

6.Queen Elizabeth National Park

Is home to over 600 species.Key species include the Martial Eagle, Black-rumped Buttonquail, African Skimmer, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Pinkbacked Pelican, African Broadbill, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Black Bee-eater, White-tailed Lark, White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Canary, Corncrake, Lesser and Greater Flamingo.

African Skimmer

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