Uganda the Birding Paradise in Africa

Malachite Kingfisher

Uganda the Birding Paradise in Africa

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

Uganda is known as a unique birding destination.In each destination you visit,you will find a different bird specie.

The popular Birding destinations  include:

1.Lake Mburo National Park

The birdlife in Lake Mburo is good all year-round. It is home to a variety of birds that includes 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. Bird species found in this place include the Blue Swallow, White-winged Tern, Gull-billed Tern and papyrus endemic bird species such as Papyrus Gonolek and Papyrus Yellow Warbler.Other birds include the 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 a number of  bird species  that includes; 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, ducks, geese, stilts and plovers.

Malachite Kingfisher

Malachite_Kingfisher-1

4. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Is home to half of the world’s Gorillas (est.400) and a habitat of an estimated 350 bird species. 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

Cinnamon chested Bee eater

5. Semuliki Valley National Park

This is a popular destination for migrant birds from west Africa.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

African Skimmer bird
African Skimmer at Queen Elizabeth National Park

 

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