Bwindi forest birding safaris – Africa best birding safari to Bwindi impenetrable National park
Bwindi forest birding safaris – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in south-western Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked.
This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 24 Albertine Rift endemics.
An experienced bird watcher can easily identify up to 100 species in a day!
Bwindi forest birding safaris – Located in the far south western corner of the country near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a biodiversity hotspot and is home to over 320 species of birds, many of which are listed below and 23 of which are endemic to this particular area of the Albertine Rift. 90% of all Albertine Rift endemics such as the Short-tailed Warbler and Blue-headed Sunbird as well as seven IUCN red data listed species. Easy to see are the African Emerald Cuckoo, Common Bulbul, African Blue and White-tailed Blue Flycatchers and Red-headed Bluebill.
Birding takes place along the main trail, the Buhoma Waterfall Trail and along the bamboo zone and Mubwindi Swamp trail in Ruhija.The other key species include:
Handsome Francolin, African Wood Owl, Rwenzori Nightjar,Bar-tailed Trogon, Black Bee-eater, Western Green Tinkerbird, Dwarf Honeyguide, Fine-banded Woodpecker, African Green Broadbill, Grey Cuckoo-shrike Shelly’s Greenbul, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Red-throated Alethe Archer’s Robin-Chat, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Kivu Ground-Thrush
Mountain Yellow Warbler, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Short tailed Warbler, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Chestnut-throated Apalis,Collared Apalis,Mountain Masked Apalis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Chapin’s Flycatcher,Rwenzori Batis, Strip-breasted Tit, Tit Hylia, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Lagden’s Bush Shrike, Doherty’s Bush Shrike, Montane Oriole, Strange Weaver, Brown-capped Weaver, Red-fronted Antpecker, Dusky Twinspot, Dusky Crimsonwing, Shelley’s Crimsonwing.