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Birding List in Uganda Queen Elizabeth National Park

Birding List in Uganda Queen Elizabeth National Park

Birding List in Uganda Queen Elizabeth National Park : Queen Elizabeth national park is Uganda’s second largest national park and listed has the most visited national park on Uganda safari because of rich in diversity of wildlife. Game drive is the best done activity in here and birding follows.

The park has the largest checklist of any protected area in East Africa with a number of 600 bird species recorded. Many birds recorded in Queen are regarded as specials within East Africa, which makes it an ideal destination for birding. The swamp area in Ishasha sector are rewardable place to sight see for the elusive shoebill stork.



Best Time for Birding

The birding in Queen Elizabeth national park is done throughout the year but the best season to enjoy birding is from late May to September when the rain is less and food is abundant. Then June to July experiences least rain while April to May and September to November have the most rain.

The heavy rains lead to the interruption of an activity due to slippery hiking trails and impassable roads. From month of November to April, migratory birds can be found in the park.

Bird list in Queen Elizabeth national park can be encountered in several stunning areas ranging from savannah to wetlands to lowland forests thus making it the most popular and most scenic to host a variety of bird species as below;

Marabigambo Forest

This is a forest that gives great sight of bird species along the Kichwamba escarpment on the right side of the western rift valley arm. A journey starting from the Mbarara –Kasese road to the forest itself, a traveler will be able to sight see huge number of species including;

They include; African emerald cuckoo, Black coucal, Black-bee eater, Barbets, Red-throated wryneck, Little Grebe, Yellow bill, Blue-throated Roller, Brown-eared woodpecker, Honeyguide Greenbul, Dark-capped warbler, Red-shouldered Robin-chat, Green Crombac, African paradise Flycatcher, Brown IIIadopsis, Sulphur-breasted Bush shrike, Western Black headed Oriole, Marsh Tchagra, Black Bishop, White-breasted Negrofinch, Brubru, Croaking Cisticola, Chestnut wattle-eye among others.


Katwe Area

In Katwe area many crater lakes and swamps are found here, like Lake Munyanyange a place where you can see various water birds, most especially a number of lesser flamingos and a few greater flamingos. Such species to see here are;

 Lesser Flamingos, Eurasian Mash Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Avocet, Montagu’s Harrier, Common Greenshank, Little Stint, Gull-billed tern, Red-capped lark, African Moustached warbler, Croaking Cisticola, Southern Red Bishop, Curlew Sandpiper among others.

Kasenyi Area

This is a highlight of wildlife where every tourist vehicles heads every morning to adventure park’s big game viewing in an open grassy area dominated by savanna, also a good place to see Africa bird species such as;

Hooded Vulture ,African white-backed vulture, Palm-nut vulture ,Lappet –faced vulture ,Bateleur ,Long-created Eagle ,Martial Eagle ,Rupp ell’s Griffon vulture ,Grey Kestrel ,Black-bellied Bustard ,Temminck’s Courser ,African wattled plover ,Senegal plover ,Crowned plover ,Kittlitz’s plover ,Rufous napped Lark ,African Crake ,Flappet Lark ,White-tailed lark ,Brown-backed Scrub-Robin ,Croaking Cisticola ,Black-lored Babbler ,Grey backed Fiscal ,Black-headed Gonolek ,Black-Crowned Tchagra ,Pin-tailed Whydah many more.

The Mweya Peninsula

This site Sits between the Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward where most travelers are based in Queen Elizabeth national park. Along this site one will be able to sight see bird species like Diederick Cuckoo, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Blue-napped Moosebird, Grey-Headed Kingfisher, African Mourning Dove, Raptors, Squire- tailed Nightjar, Pygmy Kingfisher, Nubian woodpecker, Little Bee-eater, Red-capped Lark, Swallows, Swifts, Swamp Flycatcher, Scarlet-chested sunbird, Black-headed Gonolek, Slender-billed Weaver, Yellow-backed Weaver, Pin tailed whydah, Scarlet-chested sunbird among others.

Ishasha sector

Despite the fact, Ishasha sector is best known for its tree climbing lions but still a rewardable site for birding and such birdlife to see here are;

Palm-nut Vulture, Shoebill, Hooded Vulture, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Grey-backed Fiscal, Green Crombec, Cisticolas, Brown-backed Scrub-Robin, White-brown Robin Chat, White-headed Barbet, Double-toothed Barbet, Greater Honeyguide, Striped Kingfisher, Ross’s Turaco, Broad billed Roller, African wattled plover, Black bellied Bustards, African Crake, Martial Eagle, Long-Created Eagle, Bateleur, Lappet-faced vulture, African White-backed vulture, shoebill, Palm-nut vulture many more.


Katunguru Bridge Area

From here you will have to cross the Kazinga Channel and be sure to peek beneath the bridge as there is a papyrus swamp that inhabits variety of bird species such as;

Papyrus Gonolek, Gull-billed Tern, Pied Kingfisher, Malachite kingfisher, Lesser swamp Warbler, Greater swamp warbler, White-winged Warbler, Carruthers’s Cisticola among others.

Lake Kikorongo

This lake is habitant to various waders and species to be sighted here include;

Scared Ibis, African Jacana, Shoebill, Saddle-billed Stork, Knob-billed Duck, Black Crake, Yellow Wagtail, Lesser Swamp Warbler, Greater swamp warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, White-winged warbler, Common Squacco Heron, Saddle-billed stork, shoebill among others.

Birders visit Queen Elizabeth national park a paradise of birds where you will be able to spot variety of unique bird species not forgetting to carry a pair of binoculars for clear seeing, camera and extra batteries. Birding is best done in April to May and October to December when food is abundant in the park and also during this period migratory birds can be easily seen. The park can be easily accessed from Kampala via Mbarara to the main destination with 5 to 6 hours drives. You can choose to fly from Entebbe Airport or Kajjansi Airfield to Mweya airstrip. The time is now to book your tour package with trustworthy tour operator.

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