Birds of Queen Elizabeth National Park

Birds of Queen Elizabeth national park – Queen Elizabeth national park has over 600 bird species and this makes it the number one avian-life destination with the highest bird checklist in east Africa. The park is the second largest in Uganda occupying an area of 1978sq km. this area has varying vegetations which are habitats for different bird species. Some birds are found in the savannah, others in wetlands, forests, trees in the woodlands and in bushes. There are a number of locations you’ll be advised to visit for birding depending on the kind of birds you want to see and all these offer the best treats of bird watching.

Birds of Queen Elizabeth national park

Bird species in Queen Elizabeth national park that are uncommon include the African skimmer, African Finfoot, Ayres’s hawk eagle, African hobby, Broad-billed roller, Black Bee-eater, black-rumped buttonquail, Common sand martin, Caspian plover, Crab-plover, Collared pratincole, Grey-winged robin-chat, Great blue Turaco, Great white pelican, Heuglin’s gull, Hooded vulture, Little grebe, Papyrus gonolek, Palm-nut vulture, Rufous bellied heron, Rupell’s Griffon vulture, Shoebill stork, Western banded snake eagle and yellow bellied wattle-eye among others.

Other birds of Queen Elizabeth national park include the African fish eagle, African crake, Angola swallow, African spoonbill, African mourning dove, African Jacana, Black headed heron, Black headed weaver, Black-winged Stilt, Black-bellied bustard, Cattle egret, Carruther’s cisticola, Crown cranes, Double-toothed barbet, Eurasian Marsh Harrier, Flappet Lark, Goliath Heron, Great egret, Grey kestrel, Grey-backed fiscal, Greater flamingos, Hadada ibis, Hammerkop, Helmeted guinea fowl, Honeyguide greenbul, Little egret, Lesser flamingos, Malachite kingfisher, Marsh sandpiper, Marabou stork, Masked weaver, Northern carmine bee-eater, Pied kingfisher, Pink-backed pelican, Red-billed firefinch, Red-necked spurfowl, Reed cormorant, Rupell’s long-tailed sterling, Saddle-billed stork, Sacred ibis, Slender billed stork, Southern red bishop, Spurwinged lapwing, Swamp fly-catcher, White pelican, White browed robin chat, Water thick-knee, White breasted cormorants, Yellow fronted canary, yellow backed weaver and Yellow-billed stork among others.

Best time to watch the birds of Queen Elizabeth national park

Queen Elizabeth national park has a variety of bird species all year round but the number is higher from November to April when migratory birds have arrived. This period is the best for spotting a lot of birds. From late May to September, there is less rain and abundant food and this also makes it easy to go birding with a high number of sightings.