Birding Ruhija Sector in Bwindi Impenetrable national park

Birding Ruhija Sector in Bwindi Impenetrable national park

January 2, 2022
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Ruhija sector in Bwindi Impenetrable national Park is famous for birding safaris and tours. Bwindi is home to over 330  bird species and this is one of the biggest birding areas in Uganda specie wise. This area is home to about 25 restricted bird species and about 23 of these are endemic to the Albertine rift. Ruhija is also home to the mountain gorillas that are endangered and highly sought after.

Here are some of the bird species recorded in  Ruhija Sector Bwindi Impenetrable national park:

Blue Spotted wood dove

Tambourine dove

Helmeted guinea fowl

Sooty Falcon

Great Blue Turaco

African Wood-owl

African pygmy kingfisher

Double-toothed Barbet


Ross’s Turaco

Jameson’s Antpecker

African Olive-pigeon

Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo

Buff-spotted Woodpecker

Yellow-rumped Tinker bird

Crested Guinea fowl

Ruwenzori Batis

Pettit’s Cuckoo-shrike

White-headed Saw-wing

Ansorge’s Greenbul

Klaas’s Cuckoo

White-throated Greenbul

Regal sunbird

Palm nut vulture

Brown snake eagle

Lizard buzzard

Little sparrow hawk

European honey buzzard

Eurasian Hobby

Dusky Turtle dove

African Paradise flycatcher

Cape Wagtail

Dusky Twin spot

Brown-capped Weaver

Mountain Wagtail

Vieillot’s Black Weaver

Mackinnon’s Shrike

Black Bee-eater

African Dusky Flycatcher

Grey-cheeked Hornbill


African Citril

Doherty’s Bush-shrike

White –eyed Slaty-flycatcher

Angolan Swallow

Scaly francolin

White spotted fluff tail

Red chested fluff tail

Buff spotted fluff tail

Black crake

White tailed-crested Flycatcher

Cinnamon-chested bee-eater

Western Green Tinker bird

Red-faced woodland Warbler

Handsome francolin

Purple-breasted sunbird

Afed pigeon

Peregrine falcon

Ayres Hawk eagle

African Hawk eagle

Marabou stork

Woolly necked stork

Cattle egret

Little grebe

Black headed heron

Pink backed pelican

Equatorial akalat

Forest robin

Brown chested alethe

Archers Robin chat

Hadada Ibis

Hottentot Teal

Northern pin tail

Southern pochard


Red knobbed coot

Common sand piper

African Jacana

Olive long tailed cuckoo

Died Erik cuckoo

Black swift

Mottled swift

Horus swift

Alpine swift

Scarce swift

Speckled mouse bird

Bar Tailed tragon

Narina tragon

Thick billed honey guide

Dwarf honey guide

Red throated Wryneck

Buff spotted wood pecker

Elliot’s wood pecker

Grassland pipit

Carruthers Cisticola

Chestnut throated apalis

Tiny sunbird

Oriole Finch

Pin tailed Whydah

Rock Martin

Red rumped swallow

Plain backed pipit

Black cuckoo shrike

Red capped robin chat

Oberlaenders ground thrush

White tailed anti thrush

Green Hylia

Chapin’s flycatcher

Brown Illadopsis

Arrow marked babbler

Stripe breasted Tit

Tit Hylia

White winged Tit

Bronze sunbird

Magpie Manikin

Zebra Waxbill

Other Activities to do in Ruhija sector after birding

Ruhija Area is also home to the Batwa Pygmies. You will have chance to explore the norms of these people, the cooking, hunting, dances and many other things associated with the pygmy culture.

Where to stay  Ruhija sector during your birding safari

There are a number of budget, midrange and luxury accommodation facilities in Ruhija sector, and if you are on a birding expedition as part of your safari, stay at Gift of Nature Lodge, Broadbill Forest Camp, Ruhija Safari Lodge,  Ruhija Community Rest Camp, Agandi Uganda Eco-Lodge, Cuckooland Tented Lodge Gorilla Mist Camp, Bakiga Lodge, to mention but a few.

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