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Birding within Bwindi, Uganda Bird Watching

the-black-billed-turacoUganda Birding Safari, Bird-watching Tours, Bwindi-Safari- Though Bwindi forest is popularly known for sheltering half the number of mountain gorillas in the world, this park is as well a great bird watching destination. Bwindi Park covers a land area of 321sq km and is situated in southwestern Uganda close to the D.R.Congo border. Among the commonly seen species in Bwindi are: the  Western Green Tinker bird, African Green Broadbill, African Wood Owl, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Kivu Ground-Thrush, Red-throated Alethe, Shorttailed Warbler, Fine-banded Woodpecker, Collared Apalis, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Regal Sunbird, Handsome Francolin and the Chestnut-throated Apalis

The varied habitats within Uganda’s oldest forest show that this is the best habitat for a great variety of bird species, and current records show that there are about 350 different bird species, including 23 endemics (that make up 90% of the total endemics of the Albertine Rift) such as the Blue headed Sunbird as well as the Short-tailed Warbler; plus seven bird species listed on IUCN’s red data. Some of the other species that are more commonly seen within Bwindi include: the Common Bulbul, Red-headed Bluebill, African Blue Flycatchers, African Emerald Cuckoo as well as White-tailed Blue Flycatchers

Within Bwindi National Park, Birding is conducted along the Buhoma Waterfall Trail, the bamboo zone as well as the Mubwindi Swamp trail within Ruhija.

Bwindi has 76 of the total 144 Guinea Congo-forest biome  species of birds present in Uganda, and these can best be seen within the Northern section of the park. in addition, this area qualifies as habitat of the Afro-tropical-highland biome bird species with 68 out of the total 86, plus four of the twelve of the Lake Victoria-biome .

A good and well experienced bird watcher can identify as many as 100 bird species in only one day.

Uganda is popularly known as nice birding paradise considering that it has more than half of Africa’s total bird species and is ranked among Africa’s best birding watching destinations. More interesting about Uganda is that even the capital city and its neighboring areas have more than 300 bird species which you can see in one day. Majority of these migrate from the albetine Rift, the shores of the largest freshwater lake in Africa – Lake Victoria, as well as from the source of River Nile – the longest river in the world. Uganda -the pearl of Africa has just one endemic bird-species referred to as the Fox’s Weaver in addition to various albertine endemic species which can be seen in various areas across the country.

the Strange Weaver, Ruwenzori Nightjar, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Red-throated Alethe, Kivu Ground Thrush, African Green Broadbill, Strip-breasted Tit, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, RwenzoriTuraco, Dusky Crimsonwing, Handsome Francolin, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Short-tailed Warbler, Blue-headed Sunbird, Collared Apalis, Strip-breasted Tit, Mountain Masked Apalis, Shelley’s Crimsonwing, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Regal Sunbird, Dawrf Honey guide, RwenzoriBatis and Grauer’s Warbler are among the different birds found in Uganda

Besides birding Safaris, Uganda offers several other adventurous activities which you can enjoy on your safari in Uganda including: gorilla trekking, cultural safaris, chimpanzee trekking, nature walks,  game drives  cycling, bungee jumping, mountain climbing as well as white water rafting.

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