Birding in Uganda

Shoebill Stork Uganda

Uganda is a birding paradise, boasting a huge bird list of over 1061 bird recorded species, making 50% of Africa’s bird species. Such a huge bird list is contained within a small territory of only 90041 square miles (about the size of Britain), hence one of the highest concentration of birds per square kilometers in Africa. Birding in Uganda rewards with so many bird sightings by covering just a small area or even birding for a small time period.

The incredible diversity of habitats that no other area in Africa can match is the reason Uganda harbors such a huge diversity of birds, and collects so many migrant birds during the year. Uganda lies in a unique position where she shares Africa’s major ecological zones that each has associated bird species, including a number that are range restricted.

Uganda’s Major Birding Sites

Uganda has up to 34 Important Bird Areas (IBA) many of which have been developed for birdwatching and birding activities. The birding community in Uganda continues to identify a number of other bird-rich spots across the country and establishing birding trails there. At most of the spots there are local bird guides that have been well trained and can identify all the site’s resident species.

Uganda’s top birding spots include:

Mabamba Bay Wetland

The Entebbe Peninsula

Kibale Forest National Park

Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Kidepo Valley National Parka

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Africa’s number one birding spot

Lake Mburo National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Semuliki National Park

The Royal Mile and Busingiro

Mabira Forest Reserve

Murchison Falls National Park

 Mpanga Forest Reserve

The top ten Birds of Uganda


Green Breasted Pitta

Rwenzori Turaco

African Green Broadbill

Brown-chested Lapwing

Jameson’s Antpecker

Nahan’s Francolin

Black Bee-eater

Karamoja Apalis

Puvel’s Illadopsis

Uganda Birding tours

1 day birding trip to Mabamba Swamp and Mpanga Forest

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