Birds – Rwanda
Rwanda is a great birding destination with nearly 700 species recorded within an area smaller than Belgium. Rwanda doesn’t have any endemics, occurring in the country only, but it does have several near-endemics which can be found in Rwanda and its neighboring countries. Of specific interest are the 27 Albertine Rift endemics which can be found in the high-altitude rainforest area in and around Nyungwe Forest National Park.
Endemic & Near-Endemic Birds(E) endemic = only lives in Rwanda
(NE) near-endemic = also lives in neighboring countries
Other Birding Specials–Treats for Avid Birders
Facts & Figures
Nov to Apr
Best Time for Bird Watching
From a birdlife perspective, Rwanda is a fine destination any time of year, especially since the main draw here is the resident birds. Most of Rwanda’s special birds can be found in Nyungwe Forest; the birding is best here from January to June as most birds are vocal at that time. April is extremely wet, however, so logistics can become challenging. The Dry season months from June to September are easier, as forest trails are drier and hiking is less difficult. This is also the best time for gorilla trekking. Migrants are present from November to April.
Best Parks for Birding –Includes Birding Rating
Most of Rwanda’s birds are in Nyungwe Forest and Akagera NP. Nyungwe Forest has many Albertine Rift endemics and forest specials, making it a birding hotspot. Akagera’s sizeable lakes are the go-to for general savannah birds, including raptors and water-associated birds.