Birding in Uganda

Uganda has an increasing reputation as an exceptional worldwide destination for Bird Watching. The country hosts over 1.500 species of birds, due to the diversity of its territory, from the lakes, rivers, mountains, tropical rain forests to the desert land of Karamoja .

Kibale National Park:
Red winged francolin, red chested fluff tail, white napped pigeon, African pita, white-napped pigeon, Joyful green bull, grey winged pigeon, Abyssinian ground thrush, grey throated fly catcher, white bellied crested flycatcher masker, Uganda woodland warbler, chestnut-winged, Scaly Francolin, Marsh Tchagra, Black-bellied Seed cracker, Green-backed Twin spot, Bi- colored Manikin, White-napped Pigeon, Afep Pigeon, Narina's Trogon, Joyful Green bull, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, the Black Bee-eater. The bird list counts about 335 species.


Mabamba Swamp:
Blue-breasted kingfisher, Wayne's Weaver, White-spotted Fluff tail, Blue-shouldered Robin-chat, Grey Parrot, Lemon Dove, Black-billed Turaco, Fire-crested Althea, Snowy-headed Robin-chat, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Hair-breasted Barbet, Woodland Warbler, Olive Green bull, Sooty Boubou.

Queen Elizabeth National Park:
Over 550 bird species, includes 11 types of king fisher, several falcons eagles and other raptors, flamingoes, shoebill stork, African skimmer, white-winged warbler, papyrus Gonolek, black bee eater, Red-necked Falcon, Black-billed Barbet, Leaf-love, Black-chinned Quail-finch , African Pygmy-goose, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Lesser Swamp-warbler, White-headed Barbet and Yellow Bishop.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park:
This is one of the richest flora and fauna forests of East Africa . It has over 357 bird species. See the Albertine rift Endemics, Archer's Robin chat, Kiev gerund thrush, Collared pails, yellow-eyed black flycatcher, Rwenzori batis, Red-throated Alethe, Equatorial Akalat, Forest Robin, Montane Oriole, Grey-throated Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, African Broadbill, Black Bee-eater, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, Narina's Trogon, Pettit's Cuckooshrike, Black-faced Rufous Warbler. Ruhija (Bwindi):
White-starred Robin, Grey Cuckoo shrike, Strange Weaver, Banded Prinia, Brown-chested Alethe, Slender-billed Greenbul, Yellow-streaked Green bull, White-browed Crombec, Mountain Illadopsis, Luehder's Bush-shrike, Grey-green Bush-shrike.

Bigodi wetland sanctuary:
black billed turaco, white spotted crake, Blue-headed Coucal, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Scaly-throated Honey guide and Black-faced Rufus Warbler.

Budongo Forest:
Ituri Batis, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, Forest Francolin, Yellow and Grey Longbills, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Red-tailed Antthrush, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Banded Snake-eagle, African Pied Hornbill, Brown-backed Scrub-robin, Black Bishop, Brown Twin sport, Black-bellied Fire finch, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, White-thighed Hornbill, Yellow-billed Barbet, Spotted Green bull, Cameroon Sombre Green bull, Slender-billed Green bull, Black-capped Apalis, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Green Hylia, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, Forest Flycatcher, Fire-crested Alethe, Yellow Longbill, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Crowned Eagle, Yellow-footed Flycatcher, African Dwarf Kingfisher.

Semliki National Park:
Spot-breasted Ibis, Northern Bearded Scrub-robin, Capuchin Babbler, Lyre-tailed Honeyguide, Yellow-throated Green Cuckoo, White-bellied Kingfisher, Maxwell's Black Weaver, Black-winged Oriole, Red-eyed Puffback, Crested and Red-bellied Malimbe, Brown-crowned Eremomela, Zenker's Honeyguide and African Piculet.

Mabamba Swamp:
Shoebill, Swamp Flycatcher, Purple Swamp hen, African Water Rail, Common Moorhen, Lesser Jacana, African Jacana, African Pygmy-goose, White-faced Whistling-duck, Squacco Heron, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Winding Cist cola, Goliath Heron and Black Crake.

Lake Mburo National Park:
African Fin foot , Brown-chested Lapwing, Lilac-breasted Roller, Black-bellied Bustard, Helmeted Guineafowl, Coqui Francolin, Rufous-napped Lark, Morning Dove, Dideric Cuckoo, Grey-capped Warbler, Black-headed Weaver and Ring-necked Dove.

Uganda's 10 most commonly sought after birds:

  • Shoe bill stork
  • African green Broadbill
  • Green-breasted pitta
  • Nahans francolin
  • Brown chested pullover
  • Karamoja Apalis
  • Black bee eater
  • Ruwenzori turaco
  • Red fronted anti pecker
  • Purcell's illadopsis.