Unique Birds to See on a Birding Safari in Uganda

Unique Birds to See on a Birding Safari in Uganda

February 1, 2022

The 8 Unique Birds to See on a Birding Safari in Uganda- Uganda is one of the best birding destinations in Africa. With a bird count of about 1060 bird species, Uganda has a lot of tropical forests where these birds inhabit. The sighting of some of the bird species in Uganda has been described as mythical as most of the birding areas are in the remote areas that are still virgin with the tropical forests still intact. With such an environment, Uganda has attracted a lot of birders to explore this unbeatable experience. Below are some of the unique birds of Uganda:

Shoebill Stork

The shoe bill is one of the most sought-after bird In Uganda and Africa in General. This bird is endemic to East and Central Africa. The shoe bill is famous for its shoe like bill. This bird is on the vulnerable birds list as they are not many left in the world. Conservation efforts have been stepped up to make sure these birds are not extinct. This bird can be seen at Mabamba bay, Lake Mburo national Park, Murchison Falls National Park and Zziwa Rhino sanctuary.

Green Breasted Pitta

This bird is very hard to find yet it is relatively common in the central areas of African. Its inhabits in the low land tropical areas like Kibaale national park in Uganda. This bird is every birder’s dream to photograph.

African Green Broadbill

This bird can only be seen in only two places in the world, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda and the Itombwe Mountains in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This explains why this bird makes it to this list. The species is however reducing in number due to a lot of human activity.

Great Blue Turaco

This is one of the largest birds in Uganda together with the white crested Turaco. These birds are highly hunted for meat and their feathers as they are highly sought after in the market.

Shelley’s crimson

These birds live in the volcanic mountains In the Albertine Valley. This is arguably one of the rarest birds in the world. It’s almost on every birder’s bucket list. There r very few photos of this bird as it is so elusive. Several people have hard this bird call but very few have actually seen it.

Winged Nightjar

This bird is good to see both in flight and at rest. It can easily be seen in Murchison falls National Park. They can be seen in the national park at different times of the year.

Bar Tailed Trogon

The bar tailed Trogon is a beautiful medium sized bird which lives in high altitude forests and has a large range throughout central and southern Africa although it’s rarely seen. Black breasted barbet Finally is the black breasted barbet which is seen by very few individuals and is highly sought after by the bird watchers. It tends to live in the areas of conflict and it rarely seen by the tourist who come for safari tours to Uganda.

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