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Best way of Planning for a Uganda birding safari – Uganda Safari News

Best way of Planning for a Uganda birding safari – Uganda Safari News

What to wear for a birding safari in Ugands

Uganda safaris are so known not only for wildlife but also for the big number of bird species found in the country. About 1078 bird species are known to be within the boundaries of Uganda. Uganda birding  safaris tours have been so popular of recent because of the beautiful birds easily seen on Uganda tours. Planning for a birding safari in Uganda requires prior preparations from choosing a tour operator, what to wear, what to pack, where to go and when to go.

Before going for a birding safari always familiarize yourself with the bird species in this area by buying a bird guide book and reading through to know which birds you will actually find. Learn how to differentiate them by sound or color. This doesn’t mean that you will have to spot the birds yourself because your Uganda safari guide will do that for you but having prior knowledge makes the trip lively.

  • Book your Uganda birding Safari with a trustable tour operator

Planning of course involves booking especially when you are going to a new country. You can find several tour operators online with Prime Uganda Safaris & Tours being the best pick for your Uganda birding safari. Contact and book your safari early enough to ensure all preparations like hotel or accommodation bookings, transport or safari vehicle preparations and ensure all payments are made early.

  • Travel with a professional Uganda birding safari guide

A Uganda birding safari never gets interesting if you don’t have a knowledgeable safari guide. No matter the self-drive trend nowadays, for a biding safari you need a guide to help you get to destinations that reward with several bird species. You can book a knowledgeable birding guide through the tour operator.

  • Carry along a Field Guide Book

Either before or when you arrive for a Uganda birding tour remember to purchase or rent a field guide book the most recommendable being the Birds of Africa Field Guide. The books have a detailed analysis of over 95% of the recorded bird species in Uganda and increase your scope of what to expect while birding in Uganda.

  • Purchase or carry along the right birding equipment

Spotting birds needs the help of a pair of binoculars to spot the species up in the air. You need to purchase a pair of binoculars of your own which you will be most comfortable with. Camera a good quality camera to capture all of the bird species as possible.

  • Pack the right clothing

After booking your Uganda bird watching tour, knowing what to carry on your safari is necessary. What to carry depends on where you are doing the bird watching from either in a tropical rainforest or in the wilderness.

If it’s in the tropical forest either in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Rwenzori Mountains National Park or Semuliki National Park, wearing long-sleeved shirt and trousers is necessary. Wear trekking shoes since you will have to trek the mountain as you do the birding.

Carry a sweater and rain coat since the temperatures in the forests are low.

Birding in other national parks like Murchison Falls National Park or Queen Elizabeth National Park that are in lower altitude areas require wearing light clothes. Light shoes and a hat for protection from the scotching sun are important. Carry sun glasses and bottled drinking water too.

In Kidepo Valley National Park-Africa’s best wilderness, carry light clothes, light shoes and a hat for protection from the scotching sun rays in the wilderness. Pack enough drinking water to take during the birding process.

Best time for a Uganda birding safari

Bird watching can be done all year round however, the best Uganda tour season for a birding safari Uganda is during the dry season in the months of January to March when the tropical forests are accessible and the not slippery for hiking.

The breeding season however, is during the month of June and this is when the birds are very colorful.

These tips apply for all of the other birding safaris in East Africa especially Tanzania birding safari and Rwanda birding tours or birding safari Rwanda.

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Yellowbill In Uganda

Yellowbill

Yellowbill In Uganda

“Ceuthmochares aereus” 

Yellowbill

What to know about the yellowbill in Uganda?

The Yellowbill is a bird of  cuckoo species in the Cuculidae family. The Ceuthmochares is a genus of two species that were once treated as a single species, known as the yellowbill. These species are found in evergreen forests of Africa. Their distinction from other cuckoos is that, they are not brooder parasites.

How does the yellowbill in Uganda look like?

It is a medium sized bird with length 33 cm, the male weight between 54–74 g and female 52–80 grams. It is an arboreal, with a slender body and somewhat squirrel-like cuckoo, the tail is very long and graduated without white spotting.

How does the yellowbill in Uganda feed?

The Yellowbill eats Insects, like caterpillars, beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, leaf-hoppers, winged termites, bees, spiders; tree frogs, slugs and occasionally fruits can be eaten as supplements.

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White-Winged Tern In Uganda

White-Winged Tern

White-Winged Tern In Uganda

“Chlidonias leucopterus or Chlidonias leucoptera” 

White-Winged Tern

What to know about the about the white-winged tern in Uganda?

The white-winged tern, also called the white-winged black tern, is a tern species in the family Laridae. It is commonly found in or around fresh water bodies globally. The genus name comes  from the Ancient Greek khelidonios, “swallow-like”, from khelidon, “swallow”. The specific leptopterus is also Greek from leptos, “slender”, and pteros, “feathered”, itself from pteron, “wing”. The name ‘white-winged tern’ is used by the formal ornithological recording authorities, however,the older alternative ‘white-winged black tern’ is still frequent in popular use.

How does the white-winged tern in Uganda look like?

Mature birds have short and small red legs measuring 22-25mm from the feathers and black bill, black neck and belly, dark grey back, with a white rump and grey-white tail, square-like in juveniles. The face is streaked yellow. Like its name, the wings are mainly white. The inside wing is grimy with brown-striped coverts. In non-breeding plumage, most of the black turns into white or pale grey, with remining few black feathers.

How does the white-winged tern in Uganda feed?

White-winged terns do not dive for fish, the rather fly slowly on the water surface-picking items and catching insects in flight. They largely feed on insects and small fish.

How does the white-winged tern in Uganda nest?

The build a shallow cup in a bank of aquatic plants and place it over water 30-120 cm deep on floating mats of vegetation, or on the shores. they nest with single or mixed-species colonies with their nests usually distanced from one another

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White-Tailed Ant-Thrush In Uganda

White-Tailed Ant-Thrush

White-Tailed Ant-Thrush In Uganda

“Neocossyphus poensis”

 

White-Tailed Ant-Thrush

What to know about the white-tailed ant-thrush in Uganda?

Another name for the white-tailed ant thrush is white-tailed rufous thrush, a bird species in the family Turdidae. This species is a resident in the natural subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests of Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, and Uganda. Mostly in Uganda, the white-tailed ant-thrush is commonly found in the natural Kibale forest national park

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White-Rumped Swift In Uganda

White-Rumped Swift

White-Rumped Swift In Uganda

“Apus caffer” 

White-Rumped Swift

What to know about the white-rumped swift in Uganda?

The white-rumped swift is a small bird of the swift species in the family Apodidae, very similar to the house martin however, it is not closely related to the passerine species. The similitudes between the swallows and swift birds is because of the convergent evolution which shows similar lifestyle.

How does the white-rumped swift in Uganda look like?

The white-rumped is a very small and slim-bodied swift bird, about 14-15.5 cm long-even smaller than a common swift, but rather longer and with a forked tail. Its body size and head are similar to that of a little swift. The wings are about 40% longer and more forked. Its plumage is blue-black and grey-brown face under its sides up to the flight feathers, the bird is pale and have a narrow white band over the rump. Its rear body and tail are noticeably attenuated.

How does the white-rumped swift in Uganda feed?

The white-rumped swift is mainly insectivorous and feeds on small insects that are caught in flight.

How does the white-rumped swift in Uganda reproduce?

The White-rumped Swift normally breeds on a shelf or in a gap of a rock or buildings, as well as in nests of swallows and Little Swift. It lines the old nests of swallows with feathers, protruding from the entrance. White-rumped Swifts can build their own nest out of straw and feathers tiled together with saliva to form a shallow cup. The female lays 1 to 3 eggs, intubation is done for about 21-25 days and fledging of chicks is after 35-53 days of hatching

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White-Crested Turaco In Uganda

White-Crested Turaco

White-Crested Turaco In Uganda

“Tauraco leucolophus”

White-Crested Turaco

What to know about the white-crested turaco in Uganda?

This is one of the most beautiful African birds. the white-crested turaco is a group of African near-passerines in the family Musophagidae.

How does the white-crested turaco in Uganda look like?

The white crested turaco is medium-sized arboreal bird-38cm long and from 140-230 grams, with a special copper pigmentation that make this species red and green in color. They have two pairs of toes-one pair facing forward and another pair facing backwards. Their toes are flexible and can move to either side. The toes make it easy for them ton grip branches and can even climb.

How does the white-crested turaco in Uganda feed?

The white crested turaco is an omnivore species that forages on fruits, seeds, leaves, flowers, caterpillars, moths, beetles, snails and slugs.

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White-Browed Scrub Robin In Uganda

White-Browed Scrub Robin

White-Browed Scrub Robin In Uganda

“Cercotrichas leucophrys”

White-Browed Scrub Robin

What to know about the white-browed scrub robin in Uganda?

The white-browed scrub robin, is sometimes called the red-backed scrub-robin, a bird species in the family Muscicapidae. It is a common breeder in African countries namely in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and dry savanna. In Uganda, the white browed Scrub robin can easily be seen in lake Mburo national park.

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White-Browed Coucal In Uganda

White-Browed Coucal

White-Browed Coucal In Uganda

“Centropus superciliosus”

White-Browed Coucal

What to know about the white-browed Coucal in Uganda?

The white-browed coucal, also called the lark-heeled cuckoo or Burchell’s Coucal, is a bird species of cuckoo in the Cuculidae family. It is a resident breeder in sub-Saharan Africa, mostly found in areas with thick cover afforded by rank undergrowth and scrub, coastal regions. In Uganda, this bird resides mostly in Semuliki forest national park

How does the White-browed Coucal in Uganda look like?

The white-browed coucal is an average with length between 36 to 42 cm. Both male and female are similar, the mature ones have blackish; crown, nape, rump, bill, feet and tail. The supercilium is white, rufous-brown back. The underparts are cream-whitish, the eyes red. Juveniles have rufous barred on the crown, a faint buff supercilium, streaked upper parts and darker lower parts.

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Western Bronze-Naped Pigeon In Uganda

Western Bronze-Naped Pigeon

Western Bronze-Naped Pigeon In Uganda

“Columba iriditorques”

Western Bronze-Naped Pigeon

What to now about the western bronze-naped pigeon in Uganda?

The western bronze-naped pigeon is a bird species belonging to the Columbidae family. It is part of the subgenus Turturoena. The western bronze-Naped Pigeon is a mid-sized bird found in many of the African countries. It is classified among the species of list concern by the IUCN. It breeds in the forests of Semuliki National Park in Uganda.

How does the western bronze-Naped Pigeon in Uganda look like?

The western bronze-naped pigeon is a mid-sized bird of about 25cm long, male weighs about 130g and female 122g. Its tail is pale with a broad terminal easily seen when it is landing. The head of the male is dark grey with bluish color. The vinous belly and breast are dark while the female`s chestnut underparts are greyish and with a cinnamon-reddish brown crown.

How does the western bronze-Naped Pigeon in Uganda feed?

The Western bronze-naped pigeon forages mostly on fruit but also seeds; fruits identified as having been consumed include Musanga, Eisterya and Horonga

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Water Thick-Knee In Uganda

Water Thick-Knee

Water Thick-Knee In Uganda

Burhinus vermiculatus”

Water Thick-Knee

What to know about the Water thick-knee in Uganda?

The water thick-knee which is also called the water dikkop is an African terrestrial bird in the family Burhinidae. It is found in almost all African countries. In Uganda, you have maximum chances of seeing the water thick-knee while on the boat launch safari in Murchison falls national park. In inhabits in shoreline areas, riverbanks, mangroves and other sheltered wetland areas.

How does the water thick-knee in Uganda look like?

The water thick-knee grows to a length of 38-41cm and weight of 280-430g.  its color I not well known and this makes it good for camouflage. The eyes are yellow. The bill is short and strong. The knee joints are larger than those of other family members.

How does the water thick-knee in Uganda feed?

The water thick knee is a nocturnal bird and mainly rests near around water logged areas in the day, hiding in the vegetation or rocks. It can however make some sightings in the day time hours. It singly or in pair or at most in a small group forages at night for invertebrates and small vertebrates like reptiles and frogs. It can rarely go further than 1km from water.

How does the water thick-knee in Uganda nest?

Water thick-knee builds a simple scrape close to water and often near landmarks like bushes, driftwood or sometimes animal dung. They often build open nests occasionally with little cover.

How does the water thick-knee in Uganda breed?

Breeding season of the water thick-knee sometimes depends on the geographical location but usually happens in the late dry season or early rains. It is monogamous bird and the pair bond lasts until one partner dies, that’s when the remaining partner will look for a new partner.

How does the water thick-knee in Uganda reproduce?

The female water thick-knee lays between 1-3 eggs in their nest. The partners incubate the eggs between 22-25 days before hatching.

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