ZAR
USD
EUR
GBP
CAD
AUD
CHF
ZAR
USD
EUR
GBP
CAD
AUD
CHF

What are you looking for?

ZAR
USD
EUR
GBP
CAD
AUD
CHF
ZAR
USD
EUR
GBP
CAD
AUD
CHF
Hello traveller!

It's in Cape Town now.

We're sorry. Our safari planners aren't available now. Our office hours are 08:00 - 19:00 (GMT+2).

Call us to speak to an experienced safari planner.


Alternatively, we recommend...

travel-form-icon

Complete our travel enquiry form to connect with a safari planner

ENQUIRE TODAY
Email us
(optional)

Beautiful and bizarre birds of Uganda

Susan Swanepoel

Author: Susan Swanepoel - 30 January 2024

Last Update: 27 November 2018

Part of the Uganda Safaris & Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & African Safari Collection

Aside from the thrilling gorilla trekking experience to be had on a safari in Uganda, this beautiful and lush East African country is a birding hotspot. Countless exotic species are at the top of any birder’s wishlist, amateur or professional.

Which species should you look out for? Here are our favourite:

The shocking Shoebill

Perhaps one of the most bizarre birds on the planet, the Shoebill is a prehistoric, light-eyed and clog-beaked wonder.

Beautiful and bizarre birds of Uganda

This strange creature is solitary and can be found in the marshlands of Uganda’s deepest waterways, if you know where to look. A fabulously bizarre bird to watch.

The pretty finch

Shelley’s crimsonwing is an endangered little bird as pretty as a picture. With less than 5 000 found in the wild, it makes for a treasured sight on safari. See them in the small pocket of forest known as the Albertine Rift Valley bordering Rwanda, Congo and Uganda.

Beautiful and bizarre birds of Uganda

Credit | Africa Geographic

They’re rarely photographed so make yours one of the first as scientists begin to unravel the secrets of this little gem.

The fruity Great blue turaco

This beauty is a fruit-loving machine. From their majestic crown of feathers to their brilliant blue plumage, a trip to Uganda isn’t quite the same without spotting this amazing avian.

Beautiful and bizarre birds of Uganda

Although they prefer the canopies above, gliding rather than flying from branch to branch, these birds are known to be successfully habituated and are known to eat from a human’s hand.

The skulky shrike

The Doherty’s bush shrike secretive nature is somewhat contrasted by it’s echoing calls that once heard, will rarely be forgotten.

Beautiful and bizarre birds of Uganda

While small, their stunning colouring makes them a refreshing sight in the green undergrowth. Catch them flitting across the floor snacking on little critters.

The one that loves the forest floor

The Green-breasted pitta is one of the most prized bird sightings in Uganda, if not the whole of East Africa.

Beautiful and bizarre birds of Uganda

Despite being another one of Uganda’s colourful birds, it blends in seamlessly into the surrounds of Kibale National Park, making it very difficult to spot. Early morning between the months of June and August are the best times to observe them.

The ornamental nightjar

While quite drab in colour, the Standard winged nightjar has an impressive secret. During mating season, the males will extend their long tail shafts in the air to attract mates, only to have them fall off after breeding.

Beautiful and bizarre birds of Uganda

Equally as impressive is their ability to jiggle their tail feathers vertically while attracting the attention of the females. After all the pomp and ceremony is done, the males go back to drab, resembling the females. Enjoy their attics around dusk where insects are plentiful.

The expert fisherman

The African spoonbill can live up to 15 years and loves fresh water where fish are readily available.

Beautiful and bizarre birds of Uganda

Their elongated beak is used to scoop fishy treats from shallow water, lakes and rivers. You really can’t miss the spoonbill, they can grow to the size of a young toddler although they scare quite easily so a pair of binoculars are essential.

 

Although most travellers visit Uganda for gorilla trekking, this beautiful country has so much more to offer. Try this birding tour through Uganda’s best locations.

 


Why travel with us?

Recent reviews from travellers who planned and booked their Africa trips with Discover Africa Safaris
Wonderful trip that exceeded expectations.

Highlights Of South Africa Review

Amy, United Kingdom
28 Oct 2023
Amazing! Adelle helped me book the trip only three days in advance!!
Matthys van Aswegen organized a tour of Botswana and Zimbabwe that exceeded...

Botswana & Zimbabwe Safari Review

JJ, United States
04 May 2022
Incredible Safari & Cape Town Experience!

Kruger, Sabi Sands & Cape Town Safari Review

Kelsey, United States
09 Sep 2021
It was above my expectations. I will recommend it to whoever would...
Spectacularly Customized Honeymoon Experience with Discover Africa!

African Honeymoon Review

Stephanie, United States
24 Sep 2016
Copyright © Discover Africa Safaris | Beautiful and bizarre birds of Uganda | Last Updated: 30 January 2024