BIRD WATCHING EXPERIENCE IN UGANDA – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS
Uganda, a tiny land locked country is Africa’s most complete bird watching destination supporting more than 1000 bird species which inspire various world birders to undertake birding safari tours to Uganda. Uganda which is the same size as Great Britain can be dubbed as the ‘birder’s Eden’.
Specialists in birding safaris and tours in Uganda in the western region routinely notch up an incredible tally of 400 species in a two weeks’ period while the starters can come up with 300 species with in the same time. Uganda ‘s prime attraction is the presence of more than 100 west African forest species and therefore a short trip here to soak up the bizarre and mind blowing shoebill is an incredibly rewarding.
Bird watching in Uganda is throughout the country but the most key sites that are always encountered by birders on Uganda safaris and tours include; the Semliki National Park which is Uganda’s extension of the Congo’s Ituri rainforest and special interest to ornithologists for some 40 Congolese bird species including forest birds and 80 central African species found in few countries. The bird species that can be encountered in this micro destination include; the Black dwarf, hornbill, blue king fisher, broad billed roller, black-rumped button quail, papyrus gonolek, African fish eagle, western-banded snake eagle, white-backed night heron, black bee-eater, shoebill pel’s fishing owl.
Spanning the equator is the vast varied landscapes of the Uganda safari tour destination of Queen Elizabeth National Park which boasts an impressive scenic crater field, vast savannah combretum, tropical forests, papyrus swamps and counts of wildlife and a diverse array of birds. The park features 610 species of birds which seems to be incredible and a record of 296 species can be made in a single day while on a safari tour in Uganda. The opportunities of spotting the Harlequin and Blue Quails, White winged Warbler, Small (Common) Buttonquail, Martial Eagle, African Crake, African Skimmer, Papyrus Gonolek, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Amur Falcon, Ovampo Sparrowhawk, Greater and Lesser Flamingo, Lowland Akalat, Black Bee-eater, Terek Sandpiper, Caruthers’s Cisticola, Temminck’s Courser and Secretary Bird to mention but a few exist in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The community-run guided trial through Bigodi wetland near Kibale forests where chimpanzee trekking safari tours in Uganda are carried out also presents a great opportunity to watch the Blue Turaco and other colorful forest birds. Murchison falls for savannah such as the Red-throated Bee-eater, Abyssinian ground Hornbill and Denham’s Bustard. The Lake Bisinia in the east of Uganda is a rich habitat for bird species the endemic Fox’s weaver’s as well as Papyrus-dwellers.
The Uganda gorilla trekking safari tour destination of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is famously known as the number one birding spot in Africa and has got impressive bird species some of which are endemic to the park and the Albertine rift.
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