Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park
A few areas of the world can boost over 600 bird species but Queen Elizabeth National park Uganda does so. However, for birding here knowing the best bird watching sites in Queen Elizabeth National Park makes the trip easy planned. Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda is in the western region of the country and the second popular visited safari park after Murchison Falls National Park. The park has a Ramsar site/protected wetlands of international importance and an Important Bird Area (IBA) to protect these bird habitats.
There over 600 bird species and relatively easy to spot with your pair of binoculars and a professional guide. The diversity is supported by the confluence of the savanna and forest linking to the expansive forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The only chance for a birder on a Uganda birding safari to have a glimpse of both the East and Central African bird species is offered by Queen Elizabeth national park.
A sample of the bird species to obviously be ticked on a bird watching safari in Uganda include; the African mourning dove, swamp flycatcher, grey-headed kingfisher, African skimmer malachite and pied kingfishers. The white winged terns, grey -capped warbler, collard pratincole, pin tailed whydah, slender-tailed nightjars, black headed gonolek, sedge warbler, papyrus canary, great white and pink-backed pelicans, yellow -billed stork and many more live in the park.
The 8 Best bird watching sites in Queen Elizabeth National Park
The Kazinga channel area (an area that joins lakes George and Edward) is the best for a Uganda bird watching tour in Queen Elizabeth national park. These water birds will be there waiting to be seen; the African skimmer, African Broadbill, Martial Eagle, Black-rumped Butonquail, Chapin’s fly catcher, Verreaux’s Eagle owl, Black Bee-eater, White tailed lark and White Winged Warbler. The elusive Marabou stork can be seen too.
At Mweya peninsula, the Goliath Heron, Water Thick-knee, Malachite Kingfisher, Common Squacco Heron, Greenshank and Wood Sandpiper will automatically be seen. The gorgeous monochrome Sacred Ibis, Eurasian Marsh Harrier, African Fish Eagle and the handsome Egyptian Geese will be there too.
Maramagambo forest offers various Uganda birding tour forest bird species including the Forest Flycatchers, the Rwenzori Turaco, the White Naped Pigeons among many others. This is the best spot for those who love bird watching in the jungle.
The best spot for flamingo sighting is within the salt lakes of katwe and Bunyampaka.
The other spots to find the spectacular birds of Queen Elizabeth national park include the Ishasha sector (popular for the tree climbing lions), Lake kikorongo area, Katunguru bridge area and Kasenyi area. Remember these spots on a birding safari to Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park for the best ever bird watching memories.
You now know where to get the excitement of the feathered beauties, but when do you find them there? The best birding safari Uganda time at the park is during the months of March to May and September to November when the rains are low. June is the best time for sighting the most colorful birds since it’s a breeding season.
Don’t miss out on beautiful colors get your binoculars and let your eyes see something new.