Birds – Toro-Semliki WR

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

Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve might not be the best destination for wildlife viewing, but it is a bird-watcher’s paradise. It has more than 460 species recorded in a variety of habitats. Boat trips on Lake Albert are ideal for a chance to see the elusive shoebill stork. The adjacent Semuliki National Park offers a great opportunity to add several species associated with the Congolese rainforest. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Toro-Semliki WR
Abyssinian ground hornbill
African openbill
Great white pelican
Malachite kingfisher

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

  • Abyssinian ground hornbill
  • African crake
  • Moustached warbler
  • African pygmy goose
  • Black coucal
  • Black-billed barbet
  • Black-chinned quailfinch
  • Blue-breasted bee-eater
  • Broad-billed roller
  • Double-toothed barbet
  • Green wood-hoopoe
  • Marsh tchagra
  • Pennant-winged nightjar
  • Piapiac
  • Red-necked falcon
  • Leaf-love
  • Red-throated bee-eater
  • Shoebill
  • Standard-winged nightjar

Best Time for Bird Watching

The birdlife in Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve is good year-round, but at its best at the height of breeding season. This is in March, just after the relatively dry spell from December to February. There is rain throughout the year, but March to mid-May and August to October are the wettest months. The heavy rains might result in delays due to impassable roads and slippery hiking trails and can limit your bird-watching time. Migratory birds are in Toro-Semliki 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 Toro-Semliki WR
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr