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Bird Watching in Uganda

Birdwatching in Uganda has increasingly become a major activity. Uganda has an overlap zone boasts of more bird species than any other country in Africa with a rational 1st ranging from 1000-1500 bird species which figure constitutes more than 10% of the west African guinea and Congo basin rainforests. It spans the coverage of the seven Africa’s regions described in floristic structure having more endemic bird species than any other country on the African continent. Therefore, over half of African bird species are found in Uganda.

Once again, Uganda has a variety of habitants ranging from afro-alpine zone, montane forest, savannah woodland, lowland forests, wetlands, dry and semi-arid areas which support their own unique bird species and are all represented in all Uganda’s protected areas.

Situated in the great east African rift valley and largely the Lake Victoria and Albert basins, Uganda lies in the path of the major fly way zone of millions of palearctic migrants, northern bleeding birds, the Albertine area which Uganda shares with Congo and Rwanda holding 26 endemic bird species, 35 Semliki specialists and living Uganda with the Foye’s weaver as Uganda’s only endemic species.

Not withstanding Uganda’s northern national parks like Kidepo and Murchison falls act as the northern hint of the northern countries’ birds like Rose ringed paraket, Emmll’s shrike and white billed buffalo waver Pia Upe wildlife reserve is a suitable area for the secretary bird. Most Uganda’s forests are situated in the rift valley areas- the Albertine endemic area. For instance, Budongo forest near Masindi in Murchison falls is one of the suitable areas for birds like Uganda woodland warbler, dwarf king fisher, African wood owl are sighted and along the Royal Miles birders can spot, chocolate backed king fisher, Nahass partridge, the Chestnut capped flycatcher, Black eared ground thrush and the Rofous crowned Eremonela.

Semuliki which is sometimes referred to as a bird watcher’s paradise, you will encounter the Semuliki specials such as the white crested hornbill, red billed dwarf hornbill, black casqued wattled hornbill, Zenker’s honeyguide, African piculet, Long-tailed hawk, Grant’s blue bill and the Pale-fronted Nigrita in Kibale forest national park. If lucky, you always have a chance to see the most sought-after birds like the green breasted pitta, Turner’s eremonela, forest fly catcher, black bee-eater, the red-faced woodland warbler and the narrow-tailed starling. In the Rwenzori’s, you will encounter birds like Scarlet tufted malachite sunbird, the Rwenzori double collared sun bird, Willcock’s honey guide, Rwenzori’s Batis, Rwenzori night jar.

Maramagambo forest in the southwest of queen Elizabeth national park is yet another suitable area for birding and along this rain forest you encounter birds such as Dark capped yellow warbler, Bat hawk, Ross’s turaco, Fawn breasted waxbill, Sulphur breasted bush shrike and Yellow billed wattle eye.

Bwindi’s four trails offer excellent birding opportunities in the prospect of finding forest and Albertine rift valley varieties and the localised green broadbill, Bar tailed dragon, Sapphire flycatcher, Grey winged robin chat, Equatorial alakat, Yellow eyed black fly catcher and many more forest specialities.

Mgahinga’s bird checklist is about 115 species which include the localised and the rift valley endemics and the Sabinyi gorge is a prime area in the Ntebeko volcanic back drop is yet another place where you encounter rift valley endemics such as Shelly’s Crimsonswing, chestnut mantled flycatcher, Archer’s robin, Rameron pigeon, African crowned eagle, Kant’s waxbill, handsome francolin, Strange weaver and other forest birds.

Bird Watching Tours

7 Day Uganda Birding & Chimpanzees

This safari will not only provide you with the amazing experience of visiting Uganda’s most pristine wildlife and nature attraction not forgetting the abundant bird species. Surely this safari will bring everlasting memories as you will meet other primates like the Chimpanzees and monkeys, not forgetting a variety of wildlife that you won’t want to miss on the same safari
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20 Day Birding and Wildlife Uganda Safari

This safari will provide you with the amazing experience of visiting and having a face to face interaction with the great Apes; The Mountain Gorillas of Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a world heritage site in Western Uganda. It is most notable for half of the world’s population of the critically endangered mountain gorillas and this will be the highlight of our safari and also 23 out of the 26 albertine rift endemics. Surely this safari will bring everlasting memories; of nature and birds, not forgetting a variety of wildlife you will watch all on the same safari. On top of this, enjoy culture and beautiful scenery as you traverse the country side.
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18 Days Birding Experience Uganda

Uganda is a land of contrasts. In half a day you can drive from mist-shrouded volcanic mountains to hot hazy savannah, dappled with wildlife. Serene undulating hills of tea plantations, lush but ordered, give way to tangled jungle and rainforest with the musical accompaniment of chaotic, cacophonous birdlife. Uganda is alive with these contrasts: The tiniest sunbirds, iridescent in the morning light, the massive lumbering yet silent elephant, disappearing like a vapor behind the trees, the chimpanzees crashing about the forest canopy, the lugubrious gorilla, chewing thoughtfully in the bamboo thicket. There’s the Nile, twisting its way north like a shimmering ribbon, through arid semi-desert scattered about with rocky kopjes. Snow-capped peaks, tropical, sandy, freshwater beaches, and smiling faces everywhere. It’s all here, a feast for all the senses. Let us show you the Uganda we know and love. This is Africa the way it should be
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11 Day Birding Safari

The 11 Days birding safari will take you to the most rewarding birding spots that will enrich your short birding trip to the Pearl of Africa. It will as well give the opportunity to as well visit the most sought after primates like the Chimpanzees and the Gorillas which only spices up the experience. <img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-3971" src="https://www.rangelandsafaris.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Uganda-Shoebill-stork.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="400" /> Get ready for the different savannah, Forest and water birds during your short birding trip.
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