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Uganda Bird Watching safaris

Uganda is a birder's paradise. Over half of all bird species in Africa can be found in Uganda making it the richest African birding destination. Even within the surroundings of the capital city Kampala, you can record nearly 300 species in a day, and all this is thanks to the richly diverse of habitats from the scenic shores of Lake Victoria to the lush forests of the Albertine Rift and the banks of the mighty Nile River. Though Uganda has only one Endemic bird (Fox’s Weaver), 23 Albertine Endemics occur here and are difficult or even impossible to find somewhere else. These are Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, Rwenzori Nightjar, Dawrf Honeyguide, African Green Broadbill, Red-throated Alethe, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Kivu Ground Thrush, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Short-tailed Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Collared Apalis, Mountain Masked Apalis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Rwenzori Batis, Strip-breasted Tit, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Strange Weaver, Dusky Crimsonwing, and Shelley’s Crimsonwing. Uganda is a birder’s paradise. The record for the number of species recorded in a three-week period is 665! Don’t miss the rare, prehistoric–looking Shoebill. Uganda also offers the friendliness of the Ugandan people, incredible safaris, mountain gorillas and cultural tourism attractions found nowhere else in Africa! Bigodi wetland is found in Kibale national park at Kanyanchu visitor center. It’s a home of around 200 species of birds, as well as butterflies and eight different species of primates. Some of the birds found here include, papyrus gonolex, white winged warbier and great blue turaco. At semuliki, bird watchers come for the central African species, such as the Congo serpent eagle, residing at their eastern limit. At least 133 of the 144 Guinea- Congo forest species have been recorded here and nearly 50 species are found know where else in East Africa. Busingiro tourist site is located 40 km west of Masindi on Bulisa road. This is known for bird watchers since it’s a great place to add yellow- footed fly catcher and African pitta to your spotting list. The Royal mile is regarded by many to offer the best bird watching in the whole country, both because there are some rare species but because sightings are so easy. Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park connects Lake George to Lake Edward. Many people come to cruise on this because its hosts bird life in abandacy.Some of the birds found here include. Pink-packed pelicans, fish eagle, great blue turacles and many more. In kidepo national park, the birds check list is approaching 500 species and there are so many kidepo specials; birds like ostrich, pygmy falcon, secretary bird, karamoja appalls and Abyssinian ground horn bill that are found in no other Ugandan national park In Lake Mburo national park, birds can be seen while on boat trip on Lake Mburo which is the largest among the five lakes found in the park. Here birds include water birds, fish eagles and other species can be traced in Rubanga forest which has a closed canopy in some places though most of the birds here not recorded on park’s official list.

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