Uganda: Birders’ Paradise
Uganda is one of the countries blessed with different kind of birds. The country accommodates about half of the total African bird species and it has attracted a lot of safaris in Uganda. Uganda has rich diverse habitats for birds. Most of Uganda birds are found in forested areas, national parks and wetland areas.
In 2012, Uganda was voted the best birding destination by African bird club with Bwindi national park being number one birding sight and Murchison falls national park being number nine. Uganda safaris offer tourists the best opportunity to sight half of the African bird species found in her rich habitats. Ranging from wetlands to savannah areas, different bird species can be spotted.
Most tourists interested in birds travel to Bwindi impenetrable national park that is also famously known for gorilla trekking in Uganda, Murchison falls national park, Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth national park and other habitats to identify the different species of birds. Uganda safari also offers tourists to sight beautiful and colourful birds at Bigodi wetland sanctuary.
The bird species recorded in Uganda includes a total of 1,061 species, of which two are endemic and four are rare species. These birds include the ostriches the largest bird in the world, the rare shoebill stork, flamingos, geese, ducks and swans, secretary bird, doves, parrots, cuckoos, turacos, red bishop marabou stocks, bee-eaters, among others.
Ostriches are the largest flying less bird native to Africa. In spite of them not able to fly, they can run at a very fast speed and in long distance because they have a distinctive appearance. Their long neck and legs help them to run in high speed. Ostriches are found in Kidepo valley national park one of the savannah parks in Uganda. Enjoy bird watching which is one of the major activities offered to tourists on Uganda safaris to the different national parks and have a word to gossip back home.
The rare shoe bill storks are the most humble birds found in Murchison falls national park. Most of the tourists during their safaris to Uganda enjoy the sight of this beautiful bird. Visit Uganda the paradise of birds and have a chance to sight the different bird species of your interest.