Birds – Bwindi NP

Ariadne van Zandbergen
Expert
By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Uganda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Uganda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Uganda.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Uganda.

Bwindi 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.

Notable Birds in Bwindi NP
African green pigeon
Common
African harrier hawk
Common
Cinnamon-chested bee-eater
Common
Crowned hornbill
Common
Giant kingfisher
Common

Birding Rating

Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

(E) endemic = only lives in Uganda
(NE) near-endemic = also lives in neighboring countries

Facts & Figures

Birds in Bwindi NP
Bird Species
350+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr

Best Time for Bird Watching

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.

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

Birds in Bwindi NP
Bird Species
350+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr