Birding Queen Elizabeth National Park

Birding at Queen Elizabeth National Park  is one of the charming experience in  the eyes of bird watchers/viewers , come watch different  types of birds from different habitats , hear to their birdsong, view these incredible  feathered creatures from different scenes from the classified birding area(IBA)

Queen Elizabeth National parkBirding Queen Elizabeth National Park

is uganda’s most scenic and popular national park that contains a variety of habitats, it boosts in an excess of 550 species of birds that have actually made it a charming destination for guests that love watching birds. The park is situated in Rukungiri district in southwestern Uganda covering a total land area of 1 978 sq km. It sits at an altitude of 900 meters on the adjacent Lake Edward up to 1 845 meters at the peak of the western Rift Valley’s – eastern Escarpment. It has a home of average altitude – moist semi-deciduous forest, Rivine bush-land, moist thicket and riparian forest. Among the bird habitats offered within this national park are Open woodlands, rivers, open grassland, lakes seasonal as well as permanent swamps.

Birding at Queen Elizabeth National Park is done in areas below

Kasenyi Area

The area makes viewing easy for bird viewers ,it also has many Africa bird species, making it a must-see wildlife destination.  In this open, grassy area dominated by savanna, birders can see species like:Palm-nut Vulture ,Hooded Vulture, African White-backed Vulture ,Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Brown Snake Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Bateleur, Long-created Eagle Martial Eagle ,Grey Kestrel , African Crake ,Black-bellied Bustard ,Temminck’s Courser ,African Wattled Plover, Crowned Plover, Senegal Plover, Kittlitz’s Plover, Rufous napped Lark, Flappet Lark, White-tailed Lark, Brown-backed Srub-Robin, Zitting Cisticola, Croaking Cisticola, Grey-capped Warbler, Black-lored Babbler, Grey backed Fiscal, Black-headed GonolekBlack-crowned Tchagra,Fork-tailed Drongo, with these birds, Birding at Queen Elizabeth National Park is made awesome

Birding at Queen Elizabeth National Park  in mweya penisula

This is the site between Queen Elizabeth National Park.  This site is also where one is able to see bird species like:Raptors, African Mourning Dove, Diederik Cuckoo, Squire-tailed Nightjar, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Swamp Nightjar, Blue-naped Mousebird, Grey-Headed Kingfisher, Pygmy Kingfisher, Little Bee-eater, Nubian Woodpecker ,Red-capped Lark , Martins, Swallows, Swifts, Grey-capped Warbler the Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward where most tourists are based


Birding at Queen Elizabeth National Park  in Marabigambo Forest

This is a forest that covers a big part of Queen Elizabeth along the Kicwamba escarpment on the right side of the western rift valley arm. From the Mbarara-Kasese road to the forest itself, you can find species like: Little Grebe, African Finfoot, Red-chested Cuckoo\ Black Cuckoo, African Emerald Cuckoo, Yellowbill, Black Coucal, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Black Bee-eater, Blue-throated Roller, Barbets, Red-throated Wryneck, Brown-eared Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Honeyguide Greenbul, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Dark-capped Warbler,, Green Crombec, Broad-tailed Warbler\, African Moustached Warbler, Croaking Cisticola, Black-headed Batis, Black-and-white Shrike Flycatcher, Chestnut Wattle-eye, African Paradise Flycatcher,Brown Illadopsis, Brubru,Marsh Tchagra

Katwe Area 

In this area, there are several crater lakes and swamps. Here, Lake Munyanyange is favored by various water birds, especially a concentration of Lesser Flamingos and a few Greater Flamingos.  The species that can be seen here include: Lesser Flamingos, Greater Flamingos, Eurasian Mash Harrier, Montagu’s Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Avocet, Common Greenshank, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Red-capped Lark, Broad-tailed Warbler, African Moustached Warbler, Croaking Cisticola, Southern Red Bishop


Birding at Queen Elizabeth National Park  in Ishasha Sector

This is another big area that offers a lot to birders in Africa, despite being best-known for its tree-climbing lions.  Species that can be seen here include: Shoe-bill, Palm-nut Vulture, Hooded Vulture,, African White-backed Vulture, Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Brown Snake Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Bateleur, Long-created Eagle, Martial Eagle, African Crowned Eagle, Grey Kestrel, Helmeted Guineafowl, African Crake, Black-bellied Bustard, African Wattled Plover Senegal Plover, African Green Pigeon, Ross’s Turaco, Striped Kingfisher, Broad-billed Roller, Double-toothed Barbet, White-headed Barbet, Greater Honeyguide, Grey Woodpecker,White-browed Robin-Chat\, Brown-backed Scrub-Robin

Birding at Queen Elizabeth National Park  in Katunguru Bridge Area

If you venture to the Katunguru Bridge, where you cross the Kazinga Channel from the Kasese district to the Rubirizi district, be sure to peek beneath the bridge as there is a papyrus swamp hosting species that include:Pink-backed Pelican, Gull-billed Tern, White-winged Tern, Pied Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, Lesser Swamp Warbler, Greater Swamp Warbler, White-winged Warbler, Carruther’s Cisticola

Birding at Queen Elizabeth National Park   can be an exciting activity with equipment’s like cameras Binoculars, sun glasses among others for best views

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