11% of all bird species in the world can be found in Kenya. It’s possible to see over 600 species on a safari and 800 species on a safari. The varied geography of Kenya is the reason for such species diversity, and basic knowledge of its geography is helpful in understanding the birding opportunities.
East Africa is without a doubt one of the best places to go birding, with over 1,100 species reported there and 11% of all bird species in the world. It’s possible to see over 600 species on a 3-week tour and 800 species on a 4-week tour. The varied geography of Uganda is the reason for such species diversity, and basic knowledge of its geography is helpful in understanding the birding opportunities.
The location is an ideal migration path and a year-round birdwatcher’s paradise due to the favorable equatorial climate, a variety of habitats, and physical features.
Murchison Falls is Uganda’s oldest and largest national park, named after the mighty waterfall of the same name – formed as the mighty Nile River is forced through a 7-meter gap in the rocks. The park is home to about 450 bird species, and birding can be done on a game drive, via a boat trip (on the Nile), or on a nature walk. Habitat types include forest, swamp, riverine woodland, palm savannah, and acacia-dotted plains. The riverine thickets hold white-crested turaco, double-toothed barbet, red-throated bee-eater, Heuglin’s francolin, brown babbler, silver bird, buff-bellied warbler, black-headed batis, and bar-breasted firefinch.
Puvel’s illadopsis can also found near the chimp researchers’ camp. There is plenty of open palm savannah, which is an excellent haunt for Abyssinian ground-hornbill, Senegal lapwing, Shelley’s rufous sparrow, and the strange-looking priapic. The Nile delta is of course home to the near-mythical shoebill stork. Night drives can produce a plethora of species such as pennant-winged and standard-winged nightjar and greyish eagle-owl
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