Bird watching In Kidepo Valley National Park

Birding In Kidepo Valley National Park – Kidepo Vallaey national park is a great destination for bird watching with over 450 bird species. The birding experience is enjoyed in this wilderness area located in the northeastern rugged semi-arid region of Uganda where a number of endemic bird species are spotted. Kidepo Valley national park mainly has savannah vegetation and montane vegetation and some wetlands around Narus River. Most national parks in Uganda have diverse habitats which host a variety of bird species yet they record less numbers of bird species and those with a higher number have a small difference, this indicates that Kidepo Valley national park is the top birding destination in Uganda though it is has the second highest bird list in the country after queen Elizabeth national park.

Kidepo Valley national park is mainly covered with savannah grasslands and birders are able to spot a variety of birds from a distance and on top of the few trees that are scattered in the plains. Some of the best spots for bird watching in Kidepo national park include Apoka Rest camp, around the fringes of Narus Vallye and Namumukweny Valley among others. The commonest bird sighting and popularly known in the park is the ostrich. Other birds seen there are the Egyptian vulture, Black coucal, Dark chanting goshawk, Marsh Tchagra, African Moustached francolin, Red-winged pytilia, Golden pipit, Red-billed oxpeckers, African grey fly-catcher, Jackson’s hornbill, Steel-blue Whydah, Rufous chatterer, Fox kestrel, Hoopoe, Purple Grenadier, Greater kestrel, Crimson-rumped waxbill, Northern carmine bee-eater, Black breasted barbet, Rose-ringed parakeet, Verreaux’s eagle, Clapperton’s Francolin, Pygmy Falcon, White-bellied go-away bird, Abyssinian ground hornbill, Ethiopian swallow, Karamoja apalis, Scarlet chested sunbird and Superb starlings among others.

Best time for birding in the park

Birding experiences are always interesting in Kidepo valley national park throughout the year. A lot of special birds and migratory species are commonly seen in the months of March and April. More migratory birds are in this place from November to April. Note that the area receives rain from November to February (little rain) and from June to August (higher amounts of rain) but this should not be a worry because Kidepo Valley experiences semi-arid climatic conditions.

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