Bird Watching in Murchison Falls National Park
The park is not only popular for the waterfalls and mammals, it is one of the best birding areas in East Africa. Over 450 bird species have been recorded in Murchison falls national park and these are spotted in different habitats and they have been categorized according to their habitats. There are the Albertine birds which are found around the Albert delta, Savannah birds commonly found in the savannah plains of the park and water birds commonly seen around along the River Nile shores. Some birds are rare, others are endemic and some are common sightings.
Murchison falls national park has some of the best spots for birding and one of them is the shores of the Nile towards the bottom of the falls. These are seen while on the boat cruise and you can spot over 50 water birds there. Some of the common sightings include Pied kingfishers, raptors, African darter, grey crowned cranes, Great white egrets and weaver birds among others. A boat cruise to the Albert delta also offers opportunity to see various birds including the rare shoebill stork which are occasional around the delta during the months of January, February and March.
The savannah grasslands are home to a variety of birds such as the Abyssinian ground hornbill, Black bellied bustards, secretary birds and the marabou storks among others. In the woodlands, you’ll see birds like the Martial eagle.
Other birds of the park that are commonly seen on birding safaris are Goliath heron, Black-headed gonolek, Grey crowned crane, Palm-nut vulture, Yellow-billed oxpeckers, African jacana, Egyptian geese, Pied kingfisher, Abyssinian ground hornbill and more.
We organize for birding safaris in Murchison falls national park where our driver guide takes you to slowly around the savannah plains to sight look out for many birds in addition to the water birds seen along the banks of the Nile on the boat cruise.
The best time for birding
Birding is awesome in Murchison falls National Park all year round but the best time is from January to March. Migratory birds are in the park from November to April. The area receives heavy rains from April to May and from august to October and it makes it difficult to pass through tracks and trails.