Birds in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Birds in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest are recorded with over 350 species of birds including 25 restricted ranger species and of which 23 are confined to the Albertine Rift and four species are globally threatened such as; African Green Broadbill-pseudocalyptomena graueri-Vulnerable, Grauer’s Rush Warbler –Bradypterus graueri; Endangered, Chapin’s Flycatcher-Muscicapa lendu; Vulnerable and Shelley’s Crimson –wing-Cryptospiza Shelley-Vulnerable.

Birds in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

However, many tourists consider Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park has a great safari destination for gorilla trekking not knowing that is also a best place for bird watcher’s paradise. Bwindi is home to three bird species that are only surviving of their respective genera; Grauer’s Warbler ‘’Graueria Vittata’’, African Green Broadbill and Short-tailed Warbler ‘’Hemitesia Neumann’’ which are more closely related to Asian than to African species. 

Despite the fact that, it also hosts with more than 220 beautiful species of butterfly including 8 Albertine rift endemics. Three of the butterflies found in Bwindi include the Cream-banded swallowtail ‘’Papilio leucotaenia’ ’Graphium gudenusi and Charaxes fournierae. The threatened African giant swallowtail can also be seen in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

The best birding view at Bwindi Impenetrable forest are at the Buhoma area along the forest margins, village routes and in the Ruhija section where forest birding and swamp birding take place with trained local guides fluent in English. The great location for birding at Ruhija is at the Mubwindi swamp where some rare Albertine endemic and other bird lifers can be watched in their national habitats.

Other locations for bird watching in Bwindi Impenetrable National park are Buhoma regions and Ruhija region as listed below with full information touched;

Buhoma and Ruhija is part of the most highlight of the bird watching on Uganda Bird watcher’s safari because they outstand with spectacular environments for birding. At Buhoma visitors can do birding in several attractive trails close to River Munyaga as a birding sites at the Neck. Then Ruhija sector birders can visit Mubwindi swamp and also nearby farmlands.

Bwindi Bird list include;

  • Jameson’s Antpecker 
  • African Olive-pigeon
  • Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo
  • Buff-spotted Woodpecker
  • Yellow-rumped Tinker bird
  • Crested Guinea fowl
  • Ruwenzori Batis
  • Pettit’s Cuckoo-shrike
  • White-headed Saw-wing
  • Ansorge’s Greenbul
  • Klaas’s Cuckoo
  • White-throated Greenbul
  • African Paradise flycatcher
  • Cape Wagtail
  • Dusky Twin spot
  • Brown-capped Weaver
  • Mountain Wagtail
  • Vieillot’s Black Weaver
  • Mackinnon’s Shrike
  • Blue Spotted wood dove
  • Tambourine dove
  • Helmeted guinea fowl
  • Sooty Falcon
  • Great Blue Turaco
  • African Wood-owl
  • African pygmy kingfisher
  • Double-toothed Barbet
  • Yellow-whiskered
  • Ross’s Turaco
  • Black Bee-eater
  • African Dusky Flycatcher
  • Grey-cheeked Hornbill
  • Broadbill
  • African Citril
  • Doherty’s Bush-shrike
  • White –eyed Slaty-flycatcher
  • Angolan Swallow 
  • White tailed-crested Flycatcher
  • Cinnamon-chested bee-eater
  • Western Green Tinker bird
  • Red-faced woodland Warbler
  • Handsome francolin
  • Purple-breasted sunbird 
  • Regal sunbird
  • Palm nut vulture
  • Brown snake eagle
  • Lizard buzzard
  • Little sparrow hawk
  • European honey buzzard
  • Eurasian Hobby
  • Dusky Turtle dove
  • Afed pigeon
  • Peregrine falcon
  • Ayres Hawk eagle
  • African Hawk eagle
  • Marabou stork
  • Woolly necked stork
  • Cattle egret
  • Little grebe
  • Black headed heron
  • Pink backed pelican
  • Hadada Ibis
  • Hottentot Teal
  • Northern pin tail
  • Southern pochard
  • Shikra
  • Scaly francolin
  • White spotted fluff tail
  • Red chested fluff tail 
  • Buff spotted fluff tail
  • Black crake
  • Red knobbed coot
  • Common sand piper
  • African Jacana
  • Olive long tailed cuckoo
  • Died Erik cuckoo
  • Black swift
  • Mottled swift
  • Horus swift
  • Alpine swift
  • Scarce swift
  • Speckled mouse bird
  • Bar Tailed tragon
  • Narina tragon
  • Thick billed honey guide
  • Dwarf honey guide
  • Red throated Wryneck
  • Buff spotted wood pecker
  • Elliot’s wood pecker
  • Grassland pipit
  • Rock Martin
  • Red rumped swallow
  • Plain backed pipit
  • Black cuckoo shrike
  • Equatorial akalat
  • Forest robin
  • Brown chested alethe
  • Archers Robin chat
  • Red capped robin chat
  • Oberlaenders ground thrush
  • White tailed anti thrush
  • Green Hylia
  • Chapin’s flycatcher
  • Brown Illadopsis
  • Arrow marked babbler 
  • Stripe breasted Tit
  • Tit Hylia
  • White winged Tit
  • Bronze sunbird
  • Carruthers Cisticola
  • Chestnut throated apalis
  • Tiny sunbird
  • Oriole Finch 
  • Pin tailed Whydah
  • Magpie Manikin
  • Zebra Waxbill among other notable bird species found in Bwindi.

When to visit for Bird watching in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The bird life in Bwindi is throughout the year but the best time is in March and September. Then June and July experience the least of rain while March and Mid-May receives heavy rains that might interrupt with your bird watching time. The best viewing and nesting season is in May and June when food is abundant from late May till September. The migratory birds are present in the park from November to April though they are not significant part of Bwindi’s attraction to bird viewers.  

Bwindi Bird watching is best done early morning after your tasty breakfast. This is because morning hours offers the finest remarkable view of the bird list in the park .For more information about bird checklist of Bwindi please contact us Achieve Global Safari for help.

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