Bwindi Forest National Park

Bwindi Forest National Park

While Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is perhaps widely famous for being home to roughly half of the world’s remaining population of endangered Mountain Gorillas, however this 321-km2 national park is a superb birding site for any birder visiting Uganda.  Located in the far southwestern corner of the country near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a biodiversity hotspot and is home to over 320 species of birds, and 23 of which are endemic to this particular area of the Albertine Rift (90% of all Albertine Rift endemics).  Birding enthusiast should be sure not to miss this great destination.

Some of the Albertine endemic bird species include; Ruwenzori Nightjar, Red-throated Alethe, African Green Broadbill, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Handsome Francolin, Short-tailed Warbler, Collared Apalis, Mountain Masked Apalis, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Dawrf Honey guide, Grauer’s Warbler, Dusky Crimson wing, Rwenzori Batis, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Shelley’s Crimson wing, Strip-breasted Tit, Blue-headed Sunbird, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Rwenzori Turaco, Strip-breasted Tit, Kivu Ground Thrush, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, and the Strange Weaver, as well as seven IUCN red data listed species. Easy to see are the African Emerald Cuckoo, Common Bulbul, African Blue and White-tailed Blue Flycatchers and Red-headed Bluebill. These bird species is currently categorized on the IUCN Red List as Least Concern meaning that its population is not under any risk of extinction or threat according to their evaluation.

Point to note, Bwindi has 76 of 144 Guinea -Congo forest biome species that occur in Uganda, recorded especially in the North sector. The site also qualifies for Afro tropical highland biome species with 68 of 86, and for the Lake Victoria biome with 4 of 12 species.