Bird species found in the different sectors of Queen Elizabeth National Park – Uganda Safari News

Classified as an Important Birding Area (IBA) by Birding International, Queen Elizabeth National Park has the largest bird checklist of any protected area in East Africa with over 600 bird species recorded within its boundaries. This is the greatest of any East African national park, and such a phenomenal number for that small area 1 978 sq. km. Queen Elizabeth Park’s great variety of habitats ranging from savannah to wetland and to forests linking to the expansive forest of Congo offers home to the big number of birds and a prime Uganda birding safari destination. Several birds in the park are regarded as specials within East Africa yet as well the park offers chance to tourists on birding safaris in Uganda sight several East as well as Central African species.

Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda has different sectors in which not only Uganda wildlife safaris are undertaken but also bird watching tours. For avid birders, here are the different bird species found in the different sectors of Queen Elizabeth National Park;

Bird species found in the different sectors of Queen Elizabeth National Park - Uganda Safari News

The Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park

Despite being best-known for its tree-climbing lions that attracts several tourists for short Uganda safaris or specifically  Uganda wildlife safaris Ishasha sector is one of the best birding areas of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The swamp areas in the Ishasha sector are a good place to look out for the elusive shoebill stork. Bird life seen here includes;

  • Shoebill
  • Palm-nut Vulture
  • Hooded Vulture
  • African White-backed Vulture
  • Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture
  • Lappet-faced Vulture
  • Brown Snake Eagle
  • Wahlberg’s Eagle
  • Bateleur
  • Long-created Eagle
  • Martial Eagle
  • African Crowned Eagle
  • Grey Kestrel
  • Helmeted Guineafowl
  • African Crake
  • Black-bellied Bustard
  • African Wattled Plover
  • Senegal Plover
  • African Green Pigeon
  • Ross’s Turaco
  • Striped Kingfisher
  • Broad-billed Roller
  • Double-toothed Barbet
  • White-headed Barbet
  • Greater Honeyguide
  • Grey Woodpecker
  • White-browed Robin-Chat
  • Brown-backed Scrub-Robin
  • Green Crombec
  • Cisticolas
  • Grey-backed Fiscal
  • Yellow-billed Oxpecker

Kasenyi Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park

This Uganda wildlife safari hot spot is a must stop birder’s destination. The sector is home to many bird species inclusive of which are the following;

  • Palm-nut Vulture
  • Hooded Vulture
  • African White-backed Vulture
  • Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture
  • Lappet-faced Vulture
  • Brown Snake Eagle
  • Wahlberg’s Eagle
  • Bateleur
  • Long-created Eagle
  • Martial Eagle
  • Grey Kestrel
  • African Crake
  • Black-bellied Bustard
  • Temminck’s Courser
  • African Wattled Plover
  • Crowned Plover
  • Senegal Plover
  • Kittlitz’s Plover
  • Rufous napped Lark
  • Flappet Lark
  • White-tailed Lark
  • Brown-backed Srub-Robin
  • Zitting Cisticola
  • Croaking Cisticola
  • Grey-capped Warbler
  • Black-lored Babbler
  • Grey backed Fiscal
  • Black-headed Gonolek
  • Black-crowned Tchagra
  • Fork-tailed Drongo
  • Pin-tailed Whydah

The Mweya Peninsula of Queen Elizabeth National Park

The Mweya Peninsula is situated within the Kazinga Channel popular for a boat cruise on Uganda tours, and Lake Edward. This sector also offers the best luxury accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Avid birders, can expect to tick off these bird species while birding in this area;

  • Raptors
  • African Mourning Dove
  • Diederik Cuckoo
  • Squire-tailed Nightjar
  • Slender-tailed Nightjar
  • Swamp Nightjar
  • Blue-naped Mouse bird
  • Grey-Headed Kingfisher
  • Pygmy Kingfisher
  • Little Bee-eater
  • Nubian Woodpecker
  • Red-capped Lark
  • Martins
  • Swallows
  • Swifts
  • Grey-capped Warbler
  • Swamp Flycatcher
  • Scarlet-chested Sunbird
  • Red-chested Sunbird
  • Black-headed Gonolek
  • Lesser Masked Weaver
  • Slender-billed Weaver
  • Yellow-backed Weaver
  • Pin-tailed Whydah

Maramagambo Forest area of Queen Elizabeth National Park

Maramagambo Forest covers a big part of Queen Elizabeth National Park and it is strategically located along the Kicwamba escarpment on the right side of the western rift valley arm in Uganda. As part of your birding safari Uganda tour, expect to see species like;

  • Little Grebe
  • African Finfoot
  • Red-chested Cuckoo
  • Black Cuckoo
  • African Emerald Cuckoo
  • Yellowbill
  • Black Coucal
  • Blue-breasted Kingfisher
  • Black Bee-eater
  • Blue-throated Roller
  • Barbets
  • Red-throated Wryneck
  • Brown-eared Woodpecker
  • Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike
  • Honeyguide Greenbul
  • Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat
  • Dark-capped Warbler
  • Green Crombec
  • Broad-tailed Warbler
  • African Moustached Warbler
  • Croaking Cisticola
  • Black-headed Batis
  • Black-and-white Shrike Flycatcher
  • Chestnut Wattle-eye
  • African Paradise Flycatcher
  • Brown Illadopsis
  • Brubru
  • Marsh Tchagra
  • Sulphur-breasted Bush-shrike
  • Western Black-headed Oriole
  • Black Bishop
  • White-breasted Negrofinch

Katwe Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park

The Katwe sector has several crater lakes and swamps. Within this are, Lake Munyanyange is favored by various water birds, especially a concentration of Lesser Flamingos.  Other species found in this sector on Uganda safari tours include;

  • Eurasian Mash Harrier
  • Montagu’s Harrier
  • Pallid Harrier
  • Avocet
  • Common Greenshank
  • Little Stint
  • Curlew Sandpiper
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • Gull-billed Tern
  • Red-capped Lark
  • Broad-tailed Warbler
  • African Moustached Warbler
  • Croaking Cisticola
  • Southern Red Bishop

Lake Kikorongo Area of Queen Elizabeth National Park

Lake Kikorongo is an extension of Lake George and it is a habitat to several water birds or waterfowl. Bird species likely to be spotted here include;

  • Common Squacco Heron
  • Saddle-billed Stork
  • Shoebill
  • Sacred Ibis
  • Knob-billed Duck
  • Black Crake
  • African Jacana
  • Yellow Wagtail
  • Lesser Swamp Warbler
  • Greater Swamp Warbler
  • White-winged Warbler
  • Carruther’s Cisticola
  • Papyrus Gonolek

Katunguru Bridge Area of Queen Elizabeth National Park

On the Katunguru bridge especially beneath the bridge as there is a papyrus swamp hosting species that include:

  • Pink-backed Pelican
  • Gull-billed Tern
  • White-winged Tern
  • Pied Kingfisher
  • Malachite Kingfisher
  • Lesser Swamp Warbler
  • Greater Swamp Warbler
  • White-winged Warbler
  • Carruther’s Cisticola
  • Papyrus Gonolek

Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Tour Uganda or safari Uganda and have the biggest bird check list of an African safari. Birding is such a rewarding activity to undertake whether for first timers or avid birders. For more bird species within the East African region, a Tanzania birding safari, birding safari in Rwanda, a Kenya safari or Congo tour are the best options.