Uganda Birding Safaris
Uganda is has a high diversity of birds with a high concentration per square kilometre. With over a thousand species, that is half of the continent’s total bird population; the country is ranked as one of the highest in Africa and most attractive destination for bird watchers. Species include forest, Savannah and water birds that include native as well as migrant species that find conditions favourable.
In Uganda the western area within the Rift valley has the highest numbers with species with extras from the Congo Basin. The Queen Elizabeth National Park has approximately 604 species making the highest concentration because of the different habitats of grassland, forest and the water bodies therein. Murchison, Semliki, Bwindi and Kidepo are also popular bird watching destinations. These national parks have unique habitat ranges, home to endemic species that are not seen in other Parks or areas within Uganda.
Forests: Huge Forest areas such as Kibale, Budongo and Mabira have many forest birds that reside within them. Uganda has 25 endemic birds mostly confined to the forests of Semliki, Mgahinga and Bwindi National Parks in the southwest these include the Green breasted Pitta, Grauer’s Rush Warbler as well as the African green Broadbill.
Savannah: In the open grasslands, there are many birds and they are easy to see. Vultures fly high while looking down on the open grounds for carcasses to feast on. The ground dwelling birds like the Guinea fowls, Quails and francolins look up and run around nervously into nearby thick grasses and bushes to escape the Eagles, Hawks and Buzzards that attack from above.
Wetlands: Over 200 species from the rare Shoebill and African Skimmer to the endemic Fox’s Weaver, are found in the wetlands around Mabamba and the numerous lakes around Uganda. Uganda birding safaris take you to explore some of these important bird watching sites.