Bird Species in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is home to about 350 bird species. It is the best place for birding in Uganda owing to its unique species of birds. The forest is home to 23 Albertine Rift endemics and 14 of which are recorded nowhere else in Uganda.
The globally threatened species include Grauer’s broadbill, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Shelley’s Crimson-wing. More species include; Handsome Francolin, Mountain-masked and Collared Apalis, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Black-billed Turaco, Fraser’s Eagle, Western Bronze-naped Pigeon, Purple-breasted, Blue-headed and Regal Sunbirds, etc.
Birding in Bwindi happens mainly in the Mubwindi Swamp in the Ruhija sector of the park, ‘The Neck’ is a stretch of the forest joining Ruhija to the Buhoma sector and the Buhoma area, especially on the waterfall trail.
Bird watching in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Bwindi forest is a prime Uganda birding spot and was named as Africa’s number one birding spot by Africa Bird Club. If you have limited time in Uganda and you must choose only one park for birding then, Bwindi should be your choice.
It is easily accessible for birding with birding trails in the forest leading to the different areas including the waterfall trail. It is home to about 350 bird species which include 23 Albertine Rift endemics and 14 of which are recorded nowhere else in Uganda.
There are excellent site guides in the communities who are very knowledgeable about the birds in the area, especially the endemics. These join you as you take your trip into the forest re-enforcing the team you will have started with on your Uganda trip.