Bird watching, Birding

Uganda Bird watching

May 17, 2020
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Bird watching is good all year round in Uganda. Uganda’s birding tour is one of the best in the world.  It is not unusual for birding trips to record 300-600 different varieties on a short birding trip or to record more than 110 at a particular site on a single day! The variety of birds in Uganda is made possible by the favorable climate, diverse habitats and geographical features that make it a suitable migratory route for birds.

Uganda is one of the best birding destinations in the world. From the savanna of Queen Elizabeth to the jungles of Semuliki, there’s so much on offer!

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Join us on one of our incredible group Birding Tours in Uganda. All of our group birding tours are designed to squeeze the very best birding out of Uganda and go to the very best Bird watching, Great Apes and African Big Mammal locations. From the Tropical Rainforests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to the beautiful savannah of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. There’s no place on earth like Uganda, so join us on a wild Birding Tour of a lifetime!

List of the bird species recorded in Uganda for bird watching.

This is a list of the bird species recorded in Uganda. The avifauna of Uganda included a total of 1065 confirmed species as of August 2019. Of them, one is endemic, 63 are accidental, and three have been introduced by humans.

Bird Watching: Ostriches

Order: Struthioniformes   Family: Struthionidae

Ostriches are flightless birds native to Africa, and the largest living species of bird. They are distinctive in appearance, with a long neck and legs and the ability to run at high speeds.

  • Common ostrich

Bird Watching: Ducks, geese, and waterfowl

Order: Anseriformes   Family: Anatidae

Anatidae includes the ducks and most duck-like waterfowl, such as geese and swans. These birds are adapted to an aquatic existence with webbed feet, flattened bills, and feathers that are excellent at shedding water due to an oily coating.

  • White-faced whistling-duck,
  • Fulvous whistling-duck
  • White-backed duck,
  • Knob-billed duck,
  • Hartlaub’s duck,
  • Egyptian goose,
  • Spur-winged goose,
  • African pygmy goose,
  • Garganey,
  • Hottentot teal,
  • Northern shoveler,
  • Eurasian wigeon,
  • African black duck,
  • Yellow-billed duck,
  • Cape teal,
  • Red-billed duck,
  • Northern pintail,
  • Green-winged teal,
  • Southern pochard,
  • Common pochard,
  • Ferruginous duck,
  • Tufted duck,
  • Maccoa duck,

Bird Watching: Pheasants, grouse, and allies

Order: Galliformes   Family: Phasianidae

The Phasianidae are a family of terrestrial birds which consists of quails, snowcocks, francolins, spurfowls, tragopans, monals, pheasants, peafowls, and jungle fowls. In general, they are plump (although they vary in size) and have broad, relatively short wings.

  • Blue quail,
  • Common quail,
  • Harlequin quail,
  • Handsome francolin,
  • Heuglin’s francolin,
  • Scaly francolin,
  • Jackson’s francolin,
  • Clapperton’s francolin,
  • Yellow-necked francolin,
  • Red-necked francolin,
  • Crested francolin,
  • Coqui francolin,
  • Latham’s francolin,
  • Red-winged francolin,
  • Ring-necked francolin,
  • Orange River francolin,
  • Moorland francolin,

Bird Watching: Pigeons and doves

Order: Columbiformes   Family: Columbidae

Pigeons and doves are stout-bodied birds with short necks and short slender bills with a fleshy cere.

  • Rock pigeon,
  • Speckled pigeon,
  • Afep pigeon,
  • Rameron pigeon,
  • Delegorgue’s pigeon,
  • Bronze-naped pigeon,
  • Lemon dove,
  • White-naped pigeon,
  • European turtle-dove,
  • Dusky turtle-dove,
  • Mourning collared-dove,
  • Red-eyed dove,
  • Ring-necked dove,
  • Vinaceous dove,
  • Laughing dove,
  • Emerald-spotted wood-dove,
  • Black-billed wood-dove,
  • Blue-spotted wood-dove,
  • Tambourine dove,
  • Namaqua dove,
  • Bruce’s green-pigeon,
  • African green-pigeon,

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