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