Uganda's Hot birding sites

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Uganda is the most sought after birding destination in Africa with  nine top hot birding sites that have been rated by African bird club:- Bwindi National Park, Queen Elizabeth Park,Semliki National Park, Kibale National Park, Budongo forest, Murchison falls National Park, Mabira forest ,Mabamba wetland & Lake Mburo National Park. Uganda is gifted with a wealth of bird species and offer easier accessibility to several bird habitats than any African country. Birds can be watched from Entebbe airport to Lake Victoria,Kyoga regions ,Albertine rift valley and Karamoja areas.  Uganda birding sites are  either  wetlands/Swamps, Forest reserves, National park, Game reserves, Lakes . Rivers & community lands

Importantance of birding in Uganda

* Protect Important Bird Areas that are key biodiversity sites.

*Promotes Eco Tourism  locally and internationally

*Birds are indicators of environmental health

*Birding for income and employment

*promotes awareness of conservation of  our natural resources

*Create awareness of globally threatened species

*Birding is the fastest growing eco tourism sector

Birds of Uganda

* 1073 confirmed species

* 838(80%) residents

*235(20%) recorded as migrants

*137 species palearctic migrants

*54 species Intra African migrants

Why Uganda has a wealth and variety of bird species

1.  Geographical location of the country

Uganda lies at the confluence of vegetation zones(East African savanah,western African jungle and North Africa arid region)

The country is bordered to its western arm by the Albertine rift valley which is Africa's richest area in terms of overoll endemics and threatened apecies. 35% of all African biodiversity is found in the albertine rift valley and has the most diverse habitat on the continent.

Uganda lies within the North-south fly way for passage migrants,offering plenty of food,breeding sites and resting areas

2.Diversity of habitats

Forests and swamps are the main attractions with several forests being contigous with the congo forests and others lying within the albertine rift valley. Uganda's swamps holds about 210 bird species.

Nine hot birding sites in Uganda

Lake Mburo National Park

Uganda's Smallest savannah park covering an area of 370sq km with a variety of habitats including Acacia woodland

Kibale National Park

Kibale National park has 370 bird species, it’s famous for chimpanzee tracking and highest number of primates,13 out of the 30 country’s total is found in this forest.

Murchison falls National Park

Largest & oldest national park in Uganda & Second among the Ten top birding sites in Africa

Mabira forest reserve

Mabira forest is a Primary forest south of the Jinja – Kampala road and biggest forest reserve 360 km2 of medium-altitude forest with mostly semi-deciduous and Secondary forest of various success

Queen Elizabeth Park

Uganda's second biggest Park (1978sq km),world biosphere reserve (UNESCO 1979) & classified as Important bird Area that includes a RAMSAR wetland site.

Bwindi impenetrable National Park

Bwindi impenetrable National park is Uganda's montane forest park (330sqKm),lies in south west arm of the Albertine Rift.

Mabamba Wetland bay

Mabamba swamp is located 36 km South west of Kampala and qthe best marshy area on the Northern shores of Lake Victoria.