Birds in Uganda

Welcome to Uganda, one of the world’s most loved and visited destination. Due to birds in Uganda, this destination is loved and visited by different people from all over the world, due to the most outstanding landscapes, the beautiful and fantastic views, the iconic views, the unforgettable culture.

Are you planning for a birding adventure? Uganda is a home for more than 1,000 bird species, and these include both forest birds, for example turacos, bee-eaters, rollers, sunbirds, and others. Water birds in Uganda, savanna birds and many others.

Among the water birds,

The common species are kingfishers, and these can be found along all Uganda’s water bodies, including rivers like river nile river kaku in kisoro, lakes like lake Victoria, that is a biggest lake in east Africa shared by Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, and this lake covers an area of 68,800 square kilometers, in lake George and Edward located in queen Elizabeth national park, kazinga channel in queen Elizabeth national park, lake Albert in Murchison falls national park.

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Book a Birding Safari in Uganda

This birding adventure takes you to Uganda’s most liked, loved and visited birding destinations, where you will have a chance to experience and explore the birds of Uganda. You will have a chance to enjoy the sights and sounds of the nature, singing birds and others.

In Uganda, you will find the Pied Kingfisher mainly around Lake Victoria, and in Murchison Falls National Park. The Pied Kingfisher is mostly resident and doesn’t migrate expcept for short distances and seasonal movements.

You would like to see kingfishers? Choose a spot that is as open as possible; heavy planting obscures the bird’s view and drives them away. A site with few shrubs and little vegetation is best, although it needs some to stop the pond from looking like a tub of water. A random tree provides the ideal lookout post for a hungry kingfisher.

Kingfishers live on average for two years; the maximum recorded age is four and a half years, Each chick can eat 12-18 fish a day, and they are fed in rotation once a chick is fed, it moves to the back of the nest to digest its meal, causing the others to move forward. The chicks are normally ready to leave the nest when they are 24-25 days old, but if the fish supply is poor, they can take up to 37 days. Kingfishers have got what we may refer to as an eagle’s eye, as they can be able to see the fish in the water, and this is at times done by wooving (one position flight in airspace).

Get on a 3 days Safari to Murchison Falls NP.

Book a trip to Murchison falls national park, Uganda’s largest national park with the vast of wildlife. This park has the best and thrilling moment to offer, with the great view of the wildlife, birds, and fantastic landscapes. A moment as the top of the falls also engages your senses and uplifts your soul.

Kingfisher feathers reflect light in a way that scientists describe as semi-iridescent. The feathers of peacocks and birds of paradise are truly iridescent. Iridescence is produced by the ways in which layers of material are perfectly aligned and repeated periodically to achieve a shimmer effect.

When it comes to sleeping, outside the breeding season kingfishers are mostly solitary and secretive, roosting in dense cover near water. Each bird arrives at its roost after dark and departs before dawn.

Although they are good at trapping water fish, and spend much of their time near water bodies, Kingfishers don’t swim great distances or for long periods like penguins or cormorants, as you can see in the underwater footage toward the end, but instead pinpoint their tiny prey from above and dive straight down like multi-colored missiles to nab their lunch.

They intend to be close to the water bodies mostly on the shores in tree branches close to waters, just to keep an eye to the food.

On your birding safari in Uganda or any other destination, there are other activities that you can do and you have your adventure soul uplifting and engaging all your senses combined with the beautiful and lifetime safari offering you such great views.

While in Kidepo valley national park, you  will always have a game drive see a lot of animals, beautiful culture and if combined with bird watching, you will have this lifetime moment because Kidepo has the bird count at 465 bird species. Start from the Apoka rest camp and proceed to the fringes of the Narus and Namamukweny valleys. The park being savannah, it is easy to spot the birds as you move along.

While in Semuliki National Park, you got this chance to see the beautiful bird species as  Birdlife is especially spectacular in  this park  with 441 recorded species, representing 40% of Uganda’s total bird species and 66% (216) of the country’s forest bird species..

While in Murchison falls national park, you will also see a number of bird species, and combined with the mighty falls where  you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, viewing the strike as the 300 cubic meter volume of water forces itself into a narrow gap of 7 meters wide between two rocks, creating the glimpse moment, and as combined with the boat cruise, you will see a lot of these birds, and like the most kingfishers, African fish eagles, the cormorants, darter, egrets, lapwings , and many others.

During your game drive, you will also be able to see a lot of birds, animals and beautiful landscapes, and among the animals include the herds of elephants, herds of buffaloes, antelopes, leopards, prides of lions and others.

You may not miss out the visit to Murchison falls national park because it’s a varied habitats of Uganda’s largest park making it home to a variety of birds with 451 species.

When you visit Lake Mburo national park, you have a chance to see beautiful birds in Uganda. While in this Uganda’s smallest savanna national park, you will enjoy the whispers of the wild with the most iconic view of the fantastic and beautiful landscapes.

Book a Wildlife Safari with a boat Cruise!

You could not be on a Ugandan safari and miss out the boat launch, and a game drive that introduces you to the most iconic and thrilling moments with the wildlife. Meet the wild residents and witness their interactions and habits.

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Lake Mburo national park has more than 315 different species of birds including the rare shoebill stork, paprus yellow warbler, African finfoot, saddle billed stork, brown chested wattled plover, carruther’s cisticola, tabora cisticola, great snipe, Abyssinian ground hornbill, African fish eagle, saddle billed stork and these can be seen on our about 5 days stay in the park.

When you visit Bwindi gorilla national park, you have got a chance to see a number of forest and lift valley birds. Bwindi Gorilla National Park is a home for over 346 species of birds and contains 90% of all Albertine rift endemics. Experienced birdwatchers can spot 100 species of birds per day during your birding excursion.

Uganda has got 10 national parks, and over 12 wildlife reserves, and all these destinations are so rewarding with the bird species, however, in Uganda, you have a chance to spot bird species in all points. It can be on the roadside, it can be during your game drive, it can be during your  boat cruise, it can be close to your accommodation.

Uganda, the pearl of Africa is a one place for your safari destinations, and you need at least 5 days and above, for you to enjoy the most outstanding and fascinating views in Uganda.