Birding in Uganda

Uganda the Pearl of Africa is a birding haven. She is home to 1070 bird species which represents 50% of Africa’s and 11% of the world’s bird species population. Such a huge bird list calling such a small country their home. Uganda is just 93000 square miles and therefore the population translates it to being one of the most concentrated areas with birds per square kilometer in Africa. This makes it easy to spot various bird species in such a short distance and with ease. Uganda is one diverse habitat for bird life ranging from forested areas, water areas, the Albertine rift and other areas which create a habitable place for the various bird species including the migratory birds during the year as it lies in the major ecological zones of Africa.

Among the top birds sought in Uganda are:

Shoebill stork, Nahan’s Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, African green broadbill, Jameson’s Antpecker, Black bee-eater, Abyssinian roller and so many others.

Birding Areas

Uganda has 34 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) and some of which have been developed and enhanced for bird watching and birding tours. There are more bird rich spots that are bring ear marked and brought forward for the tours. At most of these birding spots, are local site guides who have been trained in bird identification and can identify all the birds in the vicinity.

We list some of the IBAs

  • Mabamba Bay Wetland
  • Botanical gardens Entebbe
  • Mabira Forest Reserve
  • Semuliki National Park
  • Kibale Forest National Park
  • Rwenzori Mountains National Park
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Lake Mburo National Park
  • Kidepo Valley National Park
  • Mpanga Forest reserve

Ntungo wildlife safaris offers birding tours. Check out our birding tours.