Bird Watching in Bwindi NP-Uganda

Bwindi forest National Park is well known for Mountain Gorillas but also interestingly boasts in over 350 bird species, the forest is home to Albertine rift endemics and about 23 species are endemics to this area. Some of bird species in the park can be seen below:
Red headed blue bill, Garners warbler, yellow eyed black flycatchers, short tailed warbler, bar tailed blue trogon, black billed turaco, Kivu ground thrush, blue headed sunbird, red headed blue bill, black bee eater, African emerald cuckoo, cinnamon chested bee eater, Rwenzori batis, woodland warbler, common bullbull, western green tinker, dusky crimson, honey guide, rusty faced woodlands gruels rush warbler, fine banded woodpecker, chestnut throated apalis, regal sunbird and collared apalis. Our birding trips at Shoebill Safaris will give you a chance to see all these birds.
Where to do Birding in Bwindi
Birding in Bwindi forest national park can best done with our experienced shoebill safaris birding guides in the Ivy river trail, Buhoma waterfall trail, bamboo zone, Bwindi swamp trail, and Kashasha river trail. Buhoma village has many craft shops and stalls that clients can visit just a short walk away.
Birding tours in Bwindi forest national park can be done after your gorilla trekking or habituation experience in bwindi forest. This adds to your experience as you get to discover more than just the Gorillas that are the major tourist attraction to this region.
Bwindi forest national park is also home to over 400 species of trees and its Uganda’s oldest forest, botanists can also the forest through guided nature walks and encounter some of the oldest trees and unique plants including primates and butterflies.
Several other primate species can be seen in forest apart from the gorillas, they include black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons, vervet monkeys and blue monkeys among others.
For culture lovers, you can visit the people and get to taste the African culture from the Batwa people who lived in the Bwindi forest areas before you it was gazzeted as a national park. Get entertained with traditional dances, taste local food and also acquire some souvenirs to take back home for memories.
The best time for birding in Bwindi NP is in the morning as you get welcomed with the chattering of forest birds starts from your hotel/lodge windows. You will enjoy a number of hours of full encounter of different bird species.
The best time for bird watching is during the wet season especially for the migratory birds. You can also do birding in the peak season when the forest trails of Bwindi are passable.