Birding safaris: Bird watchers will delight in the great array of bird species in Uganda’s birding spots. Uganda has different birding habitats that range from tropical to afro-montane rain forests. There are wooded and grassland savannas, mashes, papyrus swamps, arid and semi arid areas all with different resident and migratory birds species.
Uganda records over 1090 bird species. Categories include the accidental species that are rarely or accidentally occur in Uganda.
The endemic species that are endemic to Uganda.
The introduced species introduces to Uganda as a consequence, direst or indirect, of human actions.
Highly sought after birds in Uganda seen in June through September though in July and august are good birding months. There’s the grauer’s broadbill which nests late may. Mubwindi swamp in Bwindi impenetrable national park where it can easily be found.
For spectacular birding safaris, December, January and February are also generally good months as they are dry and good for birdwatching as one can easily be able to see the high quality dwelling species such as small rare Ituri Batis, the constantly moving while calling Uganda’s Woodland Warbler among others, this is also one of the best times for Uganda’s only endemic species the Fox’s Weaver and good to visit the kidepo Valley National for the Stone Partridges, the spectacular huge and massive ivory billed Black-breasted Barbet, Hartlaub’s, Buff Crested and White-bellied Bustards, the very localized and endemic East African Karamoja Apalis, the visiting Grasshopper Buzzard from the northern tropics is around this time of the year together with the nomadic and gregarious Abdim’s Stork to mention but a few.
Other parks like Kidepo national park and Murchison falls national park act as northern hint for northern countries with flightless birds.
BIRDING SAFARIS IN SEMULIKI NATIONAL PARK
Semuliki forest birds ( The true birder’s paradise). This park is situated in the southern western Uganda and its one of the top birding destinations in the country. The area boosts over 441 bird species which any birder would crave to visit. The park has a great number of central African bird species that are not found elsewhere in East Africa and these include most of the continents most sought for species such as the long tailed hawk, the Congo serpent Eagle Lyre tailed honey guide, black tailed horn bill, the Nkulengu rail etc and there has been reports of the Lesser Kstrell which is threatened globally. Although the site doesn’t qualify for the Sudan Guinea savanna Blome including those at the extreme South of their range; such as Piapiac red throated bee eater purple glassy starling sixteen species of the Guinea Congo forest also occur in wildlife reserves and also four species of the Victoria basin Blome.
Also look out for the blue swallow white throated blue swallow, swamp palm bulbul,spotted green bull, white starred Robin, low land Akalat, red throated Alethe, snow headed Robin chat, Red eyed puffback, white thighed hornbill, white tailed Robin Chat, the crested alethe, Northern bearded Robin chat, scrub Robincapped wheat ear, common stone chat, Abssyinian grand hornbill, yellow throated nectorewestern nector cockoo shrike, black saw wing. Eurasian oyster catcher, red thighed sparrow hauk, chestnut feanked gashowk grants, bluebill, atep pegeon, Blue headed coacal , Bafe’s night jar,swamp night jar, blue shouldered Robin chat, Abssyinian ground thrush, little grey greenbull, mountain greenbull, casin’s spine tail, white bellied king fisher, shinning bull king fisher, cabin woodpecker, Hairy breasted barbet, yellow bellied barbet, double toothed barbet, white headed barbet.
Range Land Safaris, our professional bird guides have the professional zeal around the pearl of Africa. ( Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya) For your dream birding expeditions contact us.