Birding in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, is famous for harbouring a large number of gorillas and it’s a popular tourist destination for gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation experience. Not only that, Bwindi is also a prime destination for birding activities, the park has over 350 recorded bird species which can be spotted during bird watch excursions in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Bwindi is thick tropical rain forest located in south western Uganda in the district of Rukungiri, Kisoro and kabale. The park derived its name from the local word to mean ‘’darkness’’ the forest is thick with a lot of canopies and under growth trees which can not be accessed on vehicle but only on foot. Therefore, travellers visiting Bwindi, will explore the forest on foot, hiking on steep slopes.
Bwindi is a paradise of different bird species spotted during bird watching activity and also during any other activity offered in Bwindi impenetrable forest. The forest harbour different birds including 23 endemics which include; African Emerald Cuckoo, Common Bulbul, African Blue and White-tailed Blue Flycatchers and Red-headed Bluebill, yellow eyed black fly catcher, Rusty faced woodland, crimson wing, francolin, Francolin, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Western Green Tinkerbird, Mountain and Yellow-streaked Greenbuls, Mountain Masked and Chestnut-throated Apalises, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Rwenzori Batis, White-tailed Crested Flycatcher and many more.
Birding safaris takes place during from morning at 8:00am to 5:00pm in the evening. You will be able to spot variety of animals, primates, tree species and many others birding is so exciting and this site is best for bird lovers since Bwindi will open you to world of birds with different bird species which are commonly spotted and those that are migratory during the month of April to November.
Birding activities take place along the main trails of Buhoma water fall trails and along the bamboo zone and Mubwindi swamp trail in Ruhija.
Best time for bird watching
The birdlife in Bwindi is an all year-round experience, but at its best in the month March and September. June and July have the least rain while March to mid-May has the Heaviest rains which may interfere with your bird-watching time. The main nesting season is in May and June, with food being abundant from late May through September. This time you will get to spot a lot of birds along the trails , the swamps, savanna vegetation and in the forest.