Over Half of Africa’s Bird Species Represented in Uganda
Hillary Bradt, an author and publisher once said that “Uganda’s birds have ornithologists doing cartwheels…” and you will surely coincide with her the moment you get off that plane at Entebbe International Airport.
This is not sarcasm at all; Uganda has over half of Africa’s total count of bird species (over 1,100 species of birds).
Whether you intend to or do not intend to see them, while on your Uganda Tour and Safari you will see quite a number of birds.
Uganda’s many ecosystems; wetland, forest and savanna ecosystems all harbor birds of many colors, sizes and melodies making Uganda a true birder’s pride.
Even around the built environments like in Uganda’s Capital City (Kampala), tourists can observe over 330 bird species including the hammerkops, ducks, and gentle doves.
Makerere University’s main campus and the Kabaka’s manmade Lake in Kampala attract a number of bird species including the commonly seen marabou stork, which Ugandans have called “The Unofficial National Bird”.
Safari and Tours guests to Uganda can enjoy sightings of up to 24 Albertine endemics and some other species that cannot be seen anywhere else but in Uganda like the Fox Weaver.
Uganda has a variety of birding hubs like Queen Elizabeth National Park which has at least 600 bird species; Bwindi Impenetrable National park, 350 bird species and the most popular mountain gorilla trekking Safari destination in the world, Semuliki (441 species of birds), Lake Mburo (350 bird species) and Mgahinga National Parks (over 115 bird species).
A variety of bird species like the pelicans, herons, African Kingfishers, and the sporadic Shoebill Stork can be seen in Uganda’s wetlands like the Lake Victoria shores, around Lake Bunyonyi (which in English translates as “lake of the birds”), the Mabamba swamp; and flamingos can be found around the southwestern crater lakes of Munyanyange, Nyamunuuka and Maseche.
Safaris and tours steered towards the northeastern corner of Uganda will offer birders an opportunity to see both Africa’s largest bird of flight and the world’s largest flightless bird the Kori bustard and Ostrich respectively.
When he was still the prime minister of the United Kingdom (UK), Sir Winston Churchill called Uganda “the Pearl of Africa” and this is a statement that you will readily agree with, after seeing the splendid nature of this country’s constituents.
With some elements situated on the ground, in the waters and in the air; some being easy to see while others are camouflaged and require some more efforts to sight; the ancient and novel constituents all come together to support Churchill’s statement that Uganda is the most valuable of all Africa’s treasures.
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