Birding in Bwindi, Birdwatching Tours in Uganda, Ruhija
Birding within Bwindi
The diverse habitats in Uganda’s most ancient forest imply that is the perfect habitat for a diversity of bird species, with about 350 recorded different species, with 23 endemics (which is 90% of the Albertine Rift endemics) like the Blue-headed Sunbird plus the Short-tailed Warbler in addition to 7 IUCN red data listed bird species. Simple to spot are the Red-headed Bluebill, African Emerald Cuckoo, African Blue plus White-tailed Blue Flycatchers and the Common Bulbul.
Birding occurs along the major trail – the Buhoma Waterfall Trail as well as along the bamboo-zone plus the Mubwindi Swamp trail found in Ruhija.
Bwindi is a bird-watchers’ paradise, with 347 bird species, with ten of the twenty six globally threatened species within Uganda, 5 of which are in danger. The Bwindi has 24 of the total 25 Albertine Rift endemic bird species in Uganda and some have partial distributions in other place in their range, like Shelley’s Crimson-wing, African Green Broadbill plus Chapin’s Flycatcher.
Bwindi holds 76 of the 144 Guinea –Congo-forest biome bird species that are found in Uganda, majorly seen in the Northern area. The area also qualifies for the Afro-tropical-highland biome bird species with actually 68 of the total 86, as well as for the Lake Victoria-biome with 4 of the 12 species.
The park is gifted with 90% of the Albertine Rift endemics, hard or not possible to spot in other areas of East Africa plus 7 IUCN red-data listed bird species. A skilled birder-watcher can actually identify more than 100 species in just a single day.
Ruhiija is probable to be among of the highlights of every trip done in Uganda with outstanding birding within the spectacular environs. Birds are very abundant and very easy to spot; several species connecting in assorted feeding flocks which are active all through the day. starting early offers the finest opportunity of finding the remarkable handsome Francolin, white-tailed crested Flycatcher, Cinnamon-chested bee-eater, Rwenzori batis, western Green Tinkerbird, red-faced woodland Warbler, Mountain plus yellow-streaked Greenbuls as well as the Mountain marked plus chestnut-throated Apalises among many others.