Birds – Queen Elizabeth 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.

Queen Elizabeth NP has the largest checklist of any protected area in East Africa with over 600 bird species recorded. This is mostly due to the wide variety of habitats: from savannah to forest to wetland. Many of the birds in the park are regarded as specials within East Africa, which makes it a prime destination for birders. The swamp areas in the Ishasha sector are a good place to look for the elusive shoebill stork. The park is great for raptors as well. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Queen Elizabeth NP
Collared pratincole
Common
Palm-nut vulture
Common
Pel's fishing-owl
Rare
Shoebill
Rare
Swamp flycatcher
Common

Birding Rating

Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

Facts & Figures

Birds in Queen Elizabeth NP
Bird Species
600+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr

Best Time for Bird Watching

The birdlife in Queen Elizabeth NP is good year-round, but at its best from late May to September, when the rain is less and food is abundant. June to July has the least rain, while April to May and September to November have the most rain. The heavy rains might result in delays due to impassable roads and slippery hiking trails. These may limit your bird-watching time. From November to April, migratory birds can be found in the park.

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

Birds in Queen Elizabeth NP
Bird Species
600+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr