Birds – Lake Mburo 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

Over 310 bird species have been recorded in Lake Mburo NP. This park is the best place in Uganda for acacia-dwelling birds. Forest species are also present in Rubanga Forest. A bonus for birders is the swamps, in which six papyrus endemics are resident, including the spectacular papyrus gonolek and the blue-headed coucal. Lake Mburo is also a place to find southern species at the northern limit of their range, including the black-collared barbet and southern ground hornbill. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Lake Mburo NP
Abyssinian ground hornbill
African wattled lapwing
Black-bellied bustard
Greater painted-snipe
Saddle-billed stork

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

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

  • Abyssinian ground hornbill
  • African finfoot
  • African scops owl
  • Bare-faced go-away bird
  • Blue-breasted kingfisher
  • Blue-headed coucal
  • Brown-chested lapwing
  • Carruthers’s cisticola
  • Greater painted-snipe
  • Hairy-breasted barbet
  • Mosque swallow
  • Papyrus gonolek
  • Papyrus yellow warbler
  • Red-faced barbet (NE)
  • Shoebill
  • Tabora cisticola
  • White-winged swamp warbler
  • Yellow-rumped tinkerbird

Best Time for Bird Watching

The birdlife in Lake Mburo is good year-round. June and July have the least rain, while March and April have the most rain. The heavy rains might result in delays due to impassable roads and slippery hiking trails. These can limit your bird-watching time. Migratory birds are around from November to April.

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 Lake Mburo NP
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr