Birding in Bwindi, Wild life, primates, wild life, hiking, tracking, Gorillas, Adventures”
jungle forests which include both afro-montane and lowland forest.
These make a favorable habitat for a variety of about 350 birds species with 23 Albertine Rift endemics including 14 that are not recorded anywhere in Uganda.
Enjoy birding bwindi. The rare bird species in Bwindi earned
the forest the best spot in Africa for birding according to Africa bird club. Birding is carried out along the main trail, the long bamboo zone, the
Buhoma Waterfall trail and Mubwindi swamp in Ruhija. The trails are easily accessible for birding and are maintained.
Species to look out for include; African green broadbill, handsome francolin, Chapin’s, flycatcher, Shelley’s, crowned Eaglea, crimsonwing, black billed
turaco, fraser’s eagle, common Bulbul, short tailed warbler, western bronze-naped pigeon to mention but a few.
Best time for bird watching
Bwindi is delightful place and engaging for those who love bird watching, its impressive year-round with striking bird species, but it’s always at
its best in March and September.
June and July have the least amounts of rainfall received, then March to May has the most amounts received. Of course heavy rains tend to interfere
with birding and the intrusion of new bird species in the park and as well as leading to delays stemming from the muddy impassable roads.
The hiking trails that traverse to the catchy birding areas can in turn be slippery, a lot of time and gentility has to be enforced which in turn
can result to delays.
Nesting season: It can be seen clearly that the nesting season for most bird species is between May and June, this is so because
of the vast food quantities present in the niche or park between May and September. It can also be seen that migratory birds tend to show up from
late October to April.
Best National Parks for Birding: Murchison Falls is refreshing and stimulating for exploring a wide range of common bird species,
including the rare Shoebill. Mgahinga national park and Bwindi Impenetrable Park are the most accessible sites for Albertine Rift endemics. It’s also
recorded that Semuliki is the only place in the jungles of East Africa to see many Guinea Congo regional species.