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Birding in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Uganda Safari News

Birding in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Uganda Safari News

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park The Handsome Francolinwas ranked the best birding spot by Africa bird club, the leading organization that  concerned itself with the conservation and study of Africa’s birds. Bwindi forest national park area is conserved and well known for the thrilling Uganda gorilla safaris since its home to the biggest number of the rare mountain gorillas. The forest is placed in the diverse Kigezi area surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful scenery that gets tourists on Uganda safaris wowed.

The altitude variation of the forest ranging between 1,190-2,600m on both mountain and lowland areas gives a variety of habitat for different bird species. This alone is not reason for the 350-bird species including 23 out of the 24 Albertine rift endemics and 14 not recorded anywhere else in Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park covers 331sqkm(128sqmi) making it the largest forest area in East Africa. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with a variety of rare bird species is easily accessible for Uganda birding safaris  with very good tarmac roads 478.8km from Kampala-Uganda’s capital.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offers the best 350 montane/mountain forest bird species for Uganda birding tours and still home to the globally threatened bird species such as the African Green Broadbill and the Shelley’s Crimson-wing. The park also hosts 23 Albertine rift endemics (90% of all Albertine rift endemics) which include;

  • The Handsome Francolin
  • Dwarf Honeyguide
  • Archer’s Robin-chat
  • Dusky Crimson-wing
  • Rwenzori Batis, Regal Sunbird
  • Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher
  • Strange weaver
  • Blue- headed sunbird
  • Purple-breasted sunbird
  • Red-faced woodland Warbler
  • Grauer’s Warbler
  • Grauer’s Rush Warbler
  • Collard Apalis
  • Rwenzori Turaco
  • Montane Masked Apalis
  • Red throated Alethe
  • Stripe-breasted Tit
  • Shelley’s Crimson-wing
  • African Green Broadbill
  • Chapin’s flycatcher
  • Rwenzori Nightjar
  • Short tailed Warbler.

The other bird species always sighted by birders during Uganda birding tours include;

  • the Black billed Turaco
  • Giant kingfisher
  • Cinnamon–chested bee-eater
  • African green pigeon
  • African harrier hawk
  • Evergreen Warbler
  • Chestnut-throated Apalis
  • Coppery Sunbird
  • Crowned Hornbill
  • Dark-backed Weaver
  • Dusky Crested Flycatcher
  • Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo
  • Dusky Tit
  • Buff-throated Apalis
  • African Pitta
  • Cabanis’s Greenbul
  • Cardinal Woodpecker
  • Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle
  • Cassin’s Honeybird
  • Chestnut Wattle-eye
  • Collared Sunbird
  • Common Bulbul
  • Compact Weaver
  • White-breasted Negrofinch
  • Grey-headed Sparrow
  • Grey-throated Barbet
  • Hairy-breasted Barbet
  • Honeyguide Greenbul
  • Black bee-catcher
  • Kivu ground Thrush
  • Crowned hawk eagle
  • Mountain buzzard
  • Rufous-chested sparrow hawk
  • Spotted eagle owl
  • Long crested eagle
  • Augur buzzard and very many more forest bird species.

Other bird species seen while on birding safaris in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park include the migratory birds like the black kites that are present from November-April.

Top Birding in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Spots

The best birding in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park experiences are achieved when birding is done in the well-maintained trails of

  • Buhoma waterfall trail
  • The bamboo zones
  • Mubwindi swamp trail in Ruhija section
  • Kashasha river valley and Ivy river trails

Best time for Birding in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The best time of the year for birding in Bwindi forest is during the months of June -August and December to February when the trails are not slippery and photography is easier. The best time of the day to go through the trails for bird watching is during the morning hours.

When tailoring a Uganda gorilla trekking safari and birding Uganda tour, then there’s no option to look further, just choose to do both activities within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. For more of the forest bird specie sightings, a Rwanda birding safari or safari Congo are great options just within the Virunga massif adjacent to Uganda.




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