Birding, List of bird species in Uganda

List of bird species in Uganda

May 19, 2020
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List of bird species in Uganda: Uganda Birding Safari is one of the highlights of most of the African birding tours in the pearl of Africa since Uganda is blessed with quite a number of bird species. Uganda has been a genuine birding destination for over 10 years and birders all over the world have found the pearl the best destination for bird watching. Uganda offers the best birding experience in all of east Africa; perhaps, it is due to the numerous bird species with in the national park of Uganda. and besides, the pearl of Africa holds the most unique and rare species of birds for the birders all over the world, for example, the prehistoric shoe bill stork, hammock, and other species from the Albertine region, et cetera.

Uganda birding safaris will take you to the most magical safari of the pearl of Africa. Uganda stands on top of the list for the best birding destinations in east Africa and other African countries. The destinations for birders in Uganda have numerous bird species including the most endangered species in the whole world. The numerous birding destinations in Uganda make Uganda the birding paradise of the African continent and other parts of the world. The birding destinations are scattered all around the country such as the cities, national parks, forest among others.

List of bird species in Uganda for birding Tours


Order: Otidiformes   Family: Otididae

Bustards are large terrestrial birds mainly associated with dry open country and steppes in the Old World. They are omnivorous and nest on the ground. They walk steadily on strong legs and big toes, pecking for food as they go. They have long broad wings with “fingered” wingtips and striking patterns in flight. Many have interesting mating displays.

  • Kori bustard,
  • Denham’s bustard,
  • White-bellied bustard,
  • Buff-crested bustard,
  • Black-bellied bustard,
  • Hartlaub’s bustard,


Order: Musophagiformes   Family: Musophagidae

The turacos, plantain-eaters, and go-away-birds make up the bird family Musophagidae. They are medium-sized arboreal birds. The turacos and plantain-eaters are brightly coloured, usually in blue, green, or purple. The go-away-birds are mostly grey and white.

  • Great blue turaco,
  • Black-billed turaco,
  • White-crested turaco,
  • Hartlaub’s turaco,
  • Purple-crested turaco,
  • Rwenzori turaco,
  • Ross’s turaco,
  • Bare-faced go-away-bird,
  • White-bellied go-away-bird,
  • Eastern plantain-eater,


Order: Cuculiformes   Family: Cuculidae

The family Cuculidae includes cuckoos, roadrunners, and anis. These birds are of variable size with slender bodies, long tails, and strong legs. The Old World cuckoos are brood parasites.

  • Black-throated coucal,
  • Senegal coucal,
  • Blue-headed coucal,
  • White-browed coucal,
  • Black coucal,
  • Blue malkoha,
  • Great spotted cuckoo,
  • Levaillant’s cuckoo,
  • Pied cuckoo,
  • Thick-billed cuckoo,
  • Dideric cuckoo,
  • Klaas’s cuckoo,
  • Yellow-throated cuckoo,
  • African emerald cuckoo,
  • Dusky long-tailed cuckoo,
  • Olive long-tailed cuckoo,
  • Barred long-tailed cuckoo,
  • Black cuckoo,
  • Red-chested cuckoo,
  • Lesser cuckoo,
  • African cuckoo,
  • Madagascar cuckoo,
  • Common cuckoo,
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