30 Sep Bird watching in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Bird watching in Queen Elizabeth National Park: Queen Elizabeth National Park is one Uganda’s most visited National Parks and is home vast animal and bird species for birding safaris in Uganda. With over 600 bird species, Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the best spots where birding enthusiasts can encounter even the most rare bird species. Most of these bird species can be encountered while on a wildlife game drive through the park or while on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel. Bird species in Queen Elizabeth National Park include; Swamp Flycatcher, African Skimmer, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Black-headed Gonolek, Verreaux’s Eagle-owl, Sedge Warbler, White-winged Terns, Grey-capped Warbler, Collared Pratincole, Martial Eagle, Gabon and Slender-tailed Nightjars among others.
Additional prominent species on your Bird watching in Queen Elizabeth safari include the malachite, black-ramped buttonquail, Collard Pranticles, papyrus canary, verreauv’s eagle-owl, black bee-eater, squacco heron, African fish eagle, swamp fly-catcher, long-tailed cormorants, Martial Eagle, Black- rumped Buttonquail African Skimmer, White winged terns, White-winged Warbler, shoebill, African skimmer, Grey-headed kingfisher, papyrus gonolek, Papyrus Canary, and the thin-tailed Nightjars; these are normally also heard in the morning echoing in the tree branches
One of the reasons behind the rewarding birding safaris in Uganda is the unmatched diversity of habitats that is not found anywhere in Africa. Being the Pearl of Africa, Uganda collects many counts of seasonal migrant bird species that come from different places during the year for example from far in Brazil and come to make Uganda their darling destination.
Best time for bird watching in Queen Elizabeth National Park
The finest timing to enjoy bird watching safaris within Queen Elizabeth is from December up to February. It is recommended to take a two- days or a three – days bird watching safari and on such you can be able to spot as many as more than half of the 550 species recorded within this park.
Top Ten Birds of Uganda
A list of the most sought after top ten birds on a Uganda birding safari include; Shoebill stock, Green Breasted Pitta, African Green Broadbill, Nahan’s Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, Jameson’s Antpecker, Brown-chested Lapwing, Karamoja Apalis, Black Bee-eater and Puvel’s Illadopsis.