The Dream of Birding Enthusiast
Uganda is a treasure house for birding this country has over 1,000 bird species recorded, and two thirds of the species are found nowhere else but in Western Uganda being endemic to the Albertine Rift valley. To be specific, Uganda has an amazing variety of bird species; perhaps this is because of its beautiful climate which is favorable all year around.
Uganda therefore has nine Top Birding Sites in East Africa as rated by the African Bird Club an international organization responsible for the study of Africa’s birds. These sites include; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Semliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Kibale National Park, Mabira Forest Reserve, Mabamba Wetlands, Murchison Falls National Park, Budongo Forest Reserve among others.
Uganda’s birds are scattered in all sorts of habitats from mountain forest, lowland forest, Savannah, lakes, marsh, swamps and mudflats. Uganda has 30,000 square kilometers of wetland, 210 species from the Shoe bill and African Skimmer to the endemic Fox’s Weaver, 4 Papyrus endemics; Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Canary, White-winged Warbler and Papyrus Yellow Warbler. A White-winged Black Tern roost of 2-3 million birds in the Entebbe area.
Uganda is situated in a major flyway area that between the Albertine and Great rift Valleys. Of Uganda’s 1000 bird species, 137 are Palearctic migrants. At times of peak spring passage, Immigrant birds congregate at the muddy lagoons around the Entebbe peninsular with mixed flocks of thousands of birds. Steppe Buzzards and migrant Black Kites head south with a smaller numbers of Honey Buzzard, Steppe and Booted Eagles each October. Flocks of European Hobbies moving through join their African counterparts to feed at dusk in flocks of up to 30 or more around the hills of Kampala. Barn Swallow and Sand martins congregate in the millions feeding on the even larger swarms of Lake Flies. The Yellow Wagtail over winters with an estimated 1 million birds roosting in the reed beds along the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
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