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Bird Watching in Bwindi Forest National Park

Bird Watching in Bwindi Forest National Park should be on every birder’s itinerary. The park offers some of the best montane-forest (mountain-forest) bird watching in Africa. There are an estimated 350 bird species, with 14 not recorded anywhere else in Uganda. There are 23 birds unique to the Albertine Rift (which is 90% of all Albertine Rift endemics) including Neumann’s warbler and blue-headed sunbird. The main birding spots are along the Buhoma waterfall trail, the Mubwindi swamp trail and in the bamboo zone. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Best Time for Bird Watching in Bwindi Forest National Park

The birdlife in Bwindi is good year-round, but at its best in March and September. June and July have the least rain while March to mid-May has the most. Heavy rains might result in delays due to impassable roads and slippery hiking trails, which can limit your bird-watching time. The main nesting season is in May and June, with food being abundant from late May through September. Migratory birds, though not a significant part of Bwindi’s attraction to birders, are present from November to April.

Birding Specials –Treats for Avid Birders
(E) endemic = only lives in Uganda
(NE) near-endemic = also lives in neighboring countries

  • African broadbill
  • Black bee-eater
  • Black-billed turaco
  • Black-faced rufous warbler
  • Black-faced warbler
  • Blue-headed sunbird (NE)
  • Cinnamon-chested bee-eater
  • Grauer’s broadbill (NE)
  • Handsome francolin (NE)
  • Many-coloured bush-shrike
  • Mountain masked apalis
  • Neumann’s warbler
  • Olive-breasted greenbul
  • Purple-breasted sunbird (NE)
  • Regal sunbird (NE)
  • Ruwenzori apalis
  • Shelley’s crimsonwing (NE)
  • Western green tinkerbird
  • Yellow-streaked greenbul

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