​Birds – Volcanoes 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 Rwanda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Rwanda.

With about 200 species recorded (including 17 Albertine Rift endemics), Volcanoes National Park offers great bird watching. However, most of the park’s special birds can also be seen in Nyungwe National Park, which is set up better for birding. Local specialties are the vulnerable Grauer’s swamp warbler and the scarlet-tufted sunbird, which can be found on the summit of Mt Bisoke.

Notable Birds in Volcanoes NP
Baglafecht weaver
Common
Black-crowned waxbill
Common
Common stonechat
Common
Ruwenzori double-collared sunbird
Common
Ruwenzori turaco
Common

Birding Rating

Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

(ARE) Albertine Rift endemic = only lives in the Albertine Rift

Facts & Figures

Birds in Volcanoes NP
Bird Species
200
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr

Best Time for Bird Watching

The birdlife in Volcanoes NP is good year-round, but the volcanoes are especially wet and often shrouded in mist. This means that birding in this area is easiest during the Dry season, from June to August, and to a lesser extent in September, January and February when it rains slightly less. This is also the best time for gorilla trekking.

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

Birds in Volcanoes NP
Bird Species
200
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr