Birds – Kidepo Valley NP

Ariadne van Zandbergen
By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert and frequently visits Uganda. She and her husband are a travel photography/writing team with many Africa guidebooks under their belt, including the Bradt 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

Kidepo Valley has a very impressive bird list of over 470 species, the second-highest population of any Ugandan reserve, following only Queen Elizabeth National Park. Sixty birds on its list haven’t been recorded in any other Ugandan park. No comprehensive survey has been done, so visitors could easily see some species not previously recorded for the park. Kidepo is especially good for spotting raptors, with 56 species on record. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Kidepo Valley NP
Dark chanting goshawk
Kori bustard
Little bee-eater
Red-and-yellow barbet

Birding Rating

Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

(E) = endemic to Uganda and (NE) = near-endemic to Uganda

  • Abyssinian roller
  • Abyssinian scimitarbill
  • Black-breasted barbet
  • Chestnut weaver
  • D’Arnaud's barbet
  • Fox kestrel
  • Golden pipit
  • Greater kestrel
  • Jackson's hornbill
  • Karamoja apalis (NE)
  • Northern carmine bee-eater
  • Purple grenadier
  • Pygmy falcon
  • Red-throated bee-eater
  • Rose-ringed parakeet
  • Rufous chatterer
  • White-bellied go-away bird

Best Time for Bird Watching

The birdlife in Kidepo is good year-round, but at its best from March to April for all the specials and the many migrants. November to February has the least rain, while June to August has more. Rain shouldn’t be too much of a problem in this semi-arid part of the country. Migratory birds are in the valley from November to April. For wildlife viewing, the middle and end of the Dry season (November to February) is best.

Best Parks for Birding Including Birding Rating

Murchison Falls is excellent for seeing a wide array of common birds and specials, including the sought-after shoebill. Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga National Park are the most accessible sites for Albertine Rift endemics, and Semuliki is the only place in East Africa to see many Guinea-Congo regional species.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Kidepo Valley NP
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr