Birding Lutembe Bay

Birding Lutembe Bay

January 2, 2022
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Looking for Birding Lutembe Bay in Uganda? Just like Mabamba Swamp, Lutembe Bay is another ramsar site in Uganda and is also an Important Bird Area. Its located on Kampala Entebbe road about 4Km from Entebbe. Lutembe also receives a sizable number of tourist but its not as popular as Mabamba Swamp. It’s a good site that will help you check off a few birds off the list.

The Lutembe Bay is located on the shores of lake Victoria and is home to many water birds and wetland related birds. The site is not just a swamp and extends abit into the woodland and grass thickets which contributes a variety of  birds and big volumes. This Bay is home to about 200 bird species. It is also housing about 8 of the 12 Lake Victoria  biome Endemics. The best time to visit this bay is September to March. During this time, a sizable number of bird species have been recorded. It is during this time that the Paleartic visiting birds are also sighted.

Birding trail to Lutembe bay:

Most birding around Lutembe are usually the New Lutembe beach. As soon as you branch off the main road, you should start looking out for the special birds n the area. The area is still under populated and therefore still good to house birds.

Like most birding areas, you need to do birding in this area early in the morning before any activity that may disrupt the bird. This being a grassland area, you will have a chance to see a lot of insect eating birds

You can also take a boat ride long the beach to widen you scope and you will have a chance to see more birds along the beach more so in the virgin areas that are not inhabited by people. Doing birding around Lutembe bay would give you a count of about 100 species.

Here are some of bird species recorded at Lutembe bay in recent times;

Red-chested Sunbird

White-browed Robinchat

Snowy-headed Robinchat

White-throated Bee-eater

Broad-billed Roller

Common Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper

Lizard Buzzard

Palmnut Vulture

African Blue-Flycatcher

Blue-spotted Wood-dove

Brown-crowned Tchagra

Tawny-flanked Prinia

Laughing Dove

Yellow-breasted Apalis

Willow Warbler

Spotted Flycatcher

Purple Heron


Helmeted Guineafowl

African Wattled Lapwing

Swamp Flycatcher

Fan-tailed Widowbird

Winding Cisticola

Sooty Chat

Croaking Cisticola

Yellow-backed Weaver

Blue-breasted Bee-eater

Green-headed Sunbird

Grey-headed Nigrofinch

Great Blue Turaco

Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird


Lesser Black-backed Gull

Grey-headed Gull

Little Stint

Common Greenshank

Black-winged Stilt

Common Squacco Heron


Wattled Starling

Black-and-white Shrike Flycatcher

Marsh Harrier

Glossy Ibis

Great Heron

African Pygmy Kingfisher

Yellow Wagtail

White-chinned Prinia

Barn Swallow

Grey-crowned Crane

Giant Kingfisher

Common Waxbill

African Golden-breasted Banting

Red-headed Lovebird

White-headed Sawing

Black-shouldered Kite

Diederik’s Cuckoo

Klass’s Cuckoo

Yellow-throated Greenbul

Black-headed Gonolek

Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird

Little Bee-eater

Plain-backed Pipit

Black-and-white Mannikin

Slender-billed Weaver

Pin-tailed Whyder

Spur-winger Lapwing

Golden-backed Weaver

Grey-backed Fiscal

Long-toed Lapwing

African Jacana

Grassland Pipit

Blue-headed Coucal

White-faced Whistling Duck

Yellow-billed Duck

Long-tailed Cormorant

Yellow-throated Longclaw

Northern Black Flycatcher

Fawn-breasted Waxbill

Malachite Kingfisher

Rufous-naped Lark

Northern Crombec

Grey-capped Warbler

Brown-throated Wattle-eye

Grossbeak Weaver

White-winged Tern

Whiskered Tern

Common Ringed Plover

Nubian Woodpecker

African Green Pigeon

Northern Puffback

Mosque Swallow

Stripped Kingfisher

Yellow Fronted Canary

Brimstone Canary

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