Bird Watching Safari tours Africa

Bird Watching in Uganda is such an extra ordinary activity for everyone to take due to a variety of bird species the country is blessed with and these provide a remarkable experience for all interested parties.

This activity is carried out in all National parks around the country i.e Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Bwindi Forest National Park, Mgahinga National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Semliki National Park, Kidepo National Park, Mt Rwenzori National Park and Mt Elgon National Park.

In Rwanda this takes place in Volcanoes National Park, Akagera National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park and in DR Congo in Virunga National Park and Kahuzi Biega National Park.

The Birds of Africa Your Will See in Uganda, Rwanda & DR Congo

Some of the bird species you will spot include the the White-faced Whistling, Spur-winged Plovers, Squacco Heron, Fish Eagle, Pink,white backed Pelicans, Long tailed Cormorants, African Jacana, Yellow backed Weavers, open-billed Stork, Water-Thick knee, Pied kingfishers, Wattled Plovers, the Black Crake and the Knob-billed Ducks,malachite, black-ramped buttonquail.

Bird Watching in Africa

The 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, Verreaux’s Eagle-owl.

The Grey-headed kingfisher, papyrus gonolek, Papyrus Canary,Blue-headed Coucal, Swamp Flycatcher, Squacco Heron, African Jacana, Sandpipers, Denham’s Bustard, Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill, Black-billed Barbet, Black-headed Gonolek, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Piapiac, Silverbird, Weaver Birds, Pied, Giant, Malachite Kingfishers, Red-throated Bee-eater, White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Speckle-fronted Weaver and African Quail-Finch etc.

Best Time To Go Bird Watching in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo

The best time to go bird watching is during the rainy season when the birds fly from one destination to another in search for food like insects, fruits, etc.

All travelers around the globe interested in bird watching and photography should not miss out on visiting Uganda's, Rwanda's, DR Congo's National parks to enjoy the best Bird watching Safari Tours.

Birds In Uganda

The Shoebill

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The Shoebill is an endemic bird found in Africa which makes it one of the most prominent birds that are watched in the pearl of Africa (Uganda). Many people around the world travel to Uganda to watch these beautiful giant species in their habitat. The bird has been so insecure since its eggs were usually stolen from the nests.

Green-breasted Pitta

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The Green-breasted Pitta is a challenging bird to locate though very familiar in the central African Countries like Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda etc. It is fond of inhabiting and concealing in the lowland tropical thick forests. Taking photos/ pictures of this is very challenging and hectic though they are at the top of every birder’s list.

African Green Broadbill

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The brilliant beautiful African Green Broadbill is found within the thick forest vegetation of Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park and the Itombwe Mountains in the Democratic Republic of Congo. These are the only two destinations in the whole world where you will find them. However, there are rare opportunities of seeing them due to deforestation.

Great Blue Turaco

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The Great Blue Turaco & White-crested Turaco is among the vast beautiful bird species found in the pear of Africa (Uganda). These are usually found in the thick forest vegetation along the magnificent Rwenzori Mountains

 Shelley’s Crimsonwing

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This bird is one of the rare species of birds to be spotted anywhere though inhabit the sheer strips of mountains and volcanoes referred to as the Albertine Rift bordering Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Doherty’s Bushshrike

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These are brilliant colored birds that inhabit the subtropical montane forests and moist shrub-lands of central Africa. They are among the most familiar birds that are spotted in Uganda in big populations.

Birds In Rwanda

Hamerkop

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Hamerkops are birds that usually eat during day and their diet always includes amphibians, fish, shrimp, insects and rodents. These move in shallow water searching for prey, dragging one foot at a time along the bottom opening their wings sometime to blush prey out of hiding. They make the biggest nests in trees of more than 1.5m across using 10,000 sticks. These lay 3-7 eggs that appear white at the beginning then get stained with time and the chicks leave the nest at 44-50 yrs.

Village Weaver

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The Village Weaver is a solid 15–17 cm bird with a tough pointed bill and dark reddish eyes that makes a vast roughly woven nest with grass and leaf strips. The nest has an entrance that faces down and this is usually dangled from a branch in a tree. The bird is a colonial breeder for very many nests may hang on one tree and lays 2-3 eggs. It eats seeds, grain and crop pest then usually take insects while feeding the young ones/chicks while callous humming and ranting.

Saddle-billed Stork

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The Saddle billed stork inhabits forested waterlands and flood plains in tropical lowlands and feeds on fish, frogs and crabs, small birds and reptiles. Females lay 1-2 white eggs with 146g per egg and the incubation process takes 30-35 days with another 70-100 days before the chicks develop. The long bill is 27.3 to 36 cm and both sexes can be differentiated by the golden yellow iris of the female, brown irises and dangling yellow wattles of the male.

Goliath Heron

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The Goliath Heron is referred to as the world's largest heron with 120–152 cm height, 185–230 cm wingspan and 4–5 kg weight. This is very marine due to the fact that it is usually found around lakes, swamps, mangrove wetlands, reefs with few cool water and sometimes river deltas within elevations from sea level to 2,100 m. These often like building their nests along islands. These are known to leave their nests when islands join with the mainland hence moving to other areas like the sedge, reeds, bushes.

Greater Blue-eared Starling

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The Greater Blue-eared Starling is one of the starlings with short tails growing up to 23 cm from bill to tail with similar colors i.e blue green in both sexes unless the young ones with duller colors. They build nests in tree holes that are natural or made by woodpeckers and sometimes in vast stick nests of sacred Ibis/Abdim’s stork. 3-5 eggs are laid and are greenish blue in color with some brown or purple spots and hatch in 13–14 days. The chicks leave the nest in another 23 days.

White-throated Bee-eater

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The White-throated Bee-eaters grows from 19–21 cm long without the tail streamers that could exceed an additional 21 cm length. Both sees are familiar for they weigh between 20 and 28 grams. These inhabit the dry sandy open country/ open flat areas where they build their nests building a long 1–2 m tunnel in which they lay 6-7 spherical white eggs. Both sexes are responsible for taking care of the eggs as well as other five birds. They feed on insects, especially bees, wasps, ants, beetles and hornets.

Birds In Congo

Narrow tailed starling

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The narrow-tailed starling is found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with the male being dark blue and the female dark gray with chestnut-colored patches on the wings that make it more vibrant and  seen while flying. Both sexes have long, narrow tails.

Grey-throated Barbet

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Since it belongs to the species of barbets that have high vocals, the grey throated barbet is such a vibrant and beautiful bird to watch. They inhabit candid colonies digging their holes and build nests in dead trees feeding on insects, nuts.

Double-toothed Barbet

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These are very colorful and vibrant with exceptional vocals moving in pairs/ groups from one destination to another within the trees and vegetation which makes spotting them very easy. They are green in color usually eating wild figs around the camp.

Yellow-billed Barbet

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Just like the woodpecker, the yellow billed barbet is usually digging holes in trees. It is vibrant and very colorful to easily spot it within the trees. They are fond of flying in pairs and groups especially you will spot a male and female flying from one destination to another.

Madagascar Bee Eater

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The Madagascar Bee eater is a very beautiful hole nesting bird for it digs its nests in sand banks/ candid cliffs made naturally from the earth. The species is fond of relocating to various destinations taking advantage of the rainy seasons to feed on dragon flies, wasps, vast insects etc.

African Green Pigeon

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The African Green Pigeon is found in the Democratic Republic of Congo within the dense canopies of old fig trees close to the water edges. They are greenish in color which makes spotting them very easy whether on ground or in flight and are usually moving in groups while feeding on figs.

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