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Uganda birds

Uganda birds – birding in Paradise

Uganda’s unique geographical positioning in the Great Rift Valley makes the country home for an astonishing 50% of Africa’s birds.

Uganda boasts an incredible 34 Important Bird Areas (IBAs), sites of global conservation importance, not just for Uganda birds but for mammals, fish, reptiles and insects. 22 IBAs are within the national protected areas and all twelve of Uganda’s Ramsar sites (internationally protected wetlands) are IBAs.

African Fish Eagles, Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth, Uganda birds

African Fish Eagles on the Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth National Park

If you like birds, you will LOVE Uganda! 

I have so many favourite birding moments, Uganda birds now have their own section on Diary of a Muzungu, but here are a few highlights:

A ticking off – bird ringing in Kibale Forest a very cool way to spend two days. Incredibly rich in animal life, Kibale Forest is a place of many firsts for me. Even after three years in Uganda working mostly in conservation, Mother Nature’s still been holding back on me: my first wild chimp, my first Red Colobus Monkey, my first Green Mamba!

Kampala is a dusty, polluted city of 2 million inhabitants. Yet, with over 300 species, the city is still a birder’s dream … Look up! Urban birding Kampala-style is the view from Long Crested Towers – my Bukasa home for a year.

A day in the life … species by species

Grey Crowned Crane, Crested Crane, Uganda birds

Cranes pair for life

Africa on the Blog published my article on how Uganda birds and birding tourism can be used to help support poor rural communities: “Birding@50” – Save Uganda’s Beautiful Crested Crane.

A disgusting day out - Populations of the 11 species of African vulture have declined considerably. Here I took part in NatureUganda’s annual vulture count – and a gory tour of the very smelly outdoor Busega fish factory and the grotesque Kalerwe Abattoir.

NatureUganda Vulture Count Kampala, Uganda birds

Hammerkop and large numbers of Marabou Storks overseeing the fish processing near Nateete, Kampala

He’s been waking me up at 5.30 am PRECISELY every day for almost 4 years.

I frequently curse him but I thought I’d killed him at one point! – as I explain in the Kingfisher and I.

Woodland-Kingfisher-birds-Uganda

My love-hate relationship with this beautiful bird was put to the test recently

A birding Safari here in my backyard is one of my favourite birding walks, from Namuwongo down to Port Bell on Lake Victoria. Baldrick was so tired, we had to drag him home! It was a great day for my growing Uganda birds list though ;) so do check it out!

Male birders Uganda

Roger and Nathan bird watching on Entebbe Peninsula. Big Birding Day 2010 – the year our team won!

I’m part of the volunteer team helping make Big Birding Day even Bigger!

A bird’s eye view of Uganda – Big Birding Day  A 24 hour birding race across 33 sites. Together we recorded 606 species.

And the best bit? Our team won!

Female birders Uganda

Hope and the Muzungu bird watching at Kasenge, Mbalala, Uganda. Female birders Uganda. Photo Titus Kakembo

In Lorna Salzman’s Assertiveness Training for Women Birders  she gives us girl birders a few tips on standing our ground in what is often a male-dominated pastime.

Do you like birds? If you’re interested in Uganda birds or looking for Uganda birdwatching itineraries, please drop me a line.