Birding In Nkuringo Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

Birding In Nkuringo Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

December 31, 2021
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Nkuringo sector in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is among the best region for go birding. Nkuringo offers the best montane-forest bird watching experiences not only in Uganda but the whole of Africa with an estimated 350 bird species, over 10 birds cannot be seen anywhere in Uganda. The region has 23 unique bird species of the Albertine Rift which is 90% of all Albertine Rift endemics including the blue-headed sunbird and Neumann’s warbler. Other common birds in Nkuringo sector include; blue-headed sunbird, blue-headed sunbird, Crowned hornbill, Cinnamon-chested bee-eater and Cinnamon-chested bee-eater. Migratory birds are also present from November to April.

Bird species in Nkuringo Sector Bwindi

Nkuringo sector is among the best birding areas in Bwindi and the primary birding spot is the pocket forest which is referred to as Nombe and located around Buniga forest. Nkuringo sector has the following bird species; Jameson’s Antpecker, Cape Wagtail, Mountain Wagtail, Pink-footed Puff back, African Olive-pigeon, Waller’s Starling, Crested Guinea fowl, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Grey Crowned Crane, White-headed Saw-wing, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Great Blue Turaco, Double-toothed Barbet, Buff-spotted Woodpecker, Yellow-fronted Canary, White-eyed Slaty-flycatcher, African Paradise flycatcher, Petit’s Cuckoo-shrike, Cassin’s Flycatcher, Vieillot’s Black Weaver, Mackinnon’s Shrike, African Dusky Flycatcher, Ruwenzori Batis, Ansorge’s Greenbul, Klaas’s Cuckoo, Elliot’s Woodpecker, White-throated Greenbul, Snowy-crowned Robin-chat, Helmeted guinea fowl, Archer’s Robin-chat, Handsome francolin, Dusky Twin spot, Brown-capped Weaver, Lühder’s Bush-shrike, Tambourine dove, African Goshawk, African Wood-owl, Yellow-whiskered, African Flycatcher-chat, Black Bee-eater, Grey-cheeked Hornbill, Angolan Swallow, African, Broadbill, African Hill-babbler, Doherty’s Bush-shrike, Blue Spotted wood dove, African Citril, Sooty Falcon, Ross’s Turaco, African Pygmy-kingfisher among others.

Best time to go Birding in Nkuringo Sector Bwindi

Birdwatching in Nkuringo sector in Bwindi impenetrable national park is good throughput the year however, the best time for birding in Nkuringo is March and September. Months like June and July are dry and receives less rains while March to mid-May are wet seasons and receives much rainfall which may interfere with your birdwatching experience. The main nesting season happens in May and June, with food being in plenty from late May through September. Migratory birds in Nkuringo sector are present from November to April.

Where to stay in the Nkuringo Sector for birding safari

Nkuringo region has a number of accommodation facilities ranging from budget to luxury accommodation. For birding safaris, we highly recommend the following safari lodges;

  • Gorilla Heights Lodge
  • Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
  • Bwindi Backpakers Lodge
  • Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

What to pack for birding tour in Nkuringo Sector Bwindi?

Are you ready for your birding safari in Nkuringo Sector Bwindi impenetrable national park Uganda? Check on what to pack for your birdwatching experience in Uganda with Africa Adventure Vacations. These include the following;

  1. Binoculars for zooming small birds from a distance
  2. Good camera to enable you take as many photos as possible
  3. Field Clothes such the rain gear, gardening gloves, hiking boots/shoes among others. We strongly encourage birders to pack light, closed and waterproof shoes.
  4. Several toiletries like tissues, hand sanitizer, toothbrush, hair gels and sanitary wear for the case of women.
  5. Pack insect repellants to protect you from dangerous insect bites
  6. Extra batteries and power bank to avoid your gadgets from blacking out in the middle of the experience
  7. Several toiletries like tissues, hand sanitizer, toothbrush, hair gels and sanitary wear for the case of women.
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