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Birding Uganda Central Region Trip -3 Days

Saddle-billed Stork

Tour Highlights

Departs: Entebbe | Kampala Tour Length: 3 Days Focus: Birding Key Species: Shoebill Stork, Orange Weaver, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Papyrus Gonolek, Lesser Jacana, Casin's HawkEagle, Nahan's Francolin Expected # of birds: 130 Species Birding PaceRelaxed Physical DifficultyEasy Group LimitMaximum 8 Bird Photography: Worthwhile, can be difficult in the forest

Day 1: Birding Uganda Zoo - Bird Watching Uganda Tour

Birdwatching starts in the morning and by the end of the day, you shall have met a big number of the 170 species of wild birds living in the Uganda Wildlife Education center. Here, expect to see the Giant Kingfisher, Swamp Flycatcher, Broad-billed Roller, Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill, Splendid Starling, Olive-bellied Sunbird, Orange Weaver, Vulturine and African Fish Eagle, Verreaux's Eagle-owl, Red-chested Sunbird, Ross's Turaco, Pied Hornbill, Crowned Hornbill, Open-billed Stork, Great Reed Warbler, Grey-caped Warbler, Sedge Warblers, the rare Northern Masked Weaver along with the Golden Backed, Black Necked, Northern Brown Throated, Grosbeak, different races of the Baglafecht Weavers, a number of flycatcher species such as the Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Lead colored, Pale Flycatcher, Red-bellied Paradise-flycatcher, African-paradise flycatcher, African Blue Flycatcher among others. Should you be interested, you will also visit in the sewerage lagoons.

After birding, Avian Safaris driver/bird guide drives you back to your accommodation

Day 2: Bird Watching Uganda Mabamba Wetlands - Shoebill Uganda Tour

After breakfast, your birding experience to the Mabamba Swamps commences. Birding here is done canoeing on a big scale. A variety of species to be seen may include; The elusive Shoebill, White-faced Whistling-duck, Fulvours Whistling Duck, Goliath Heron, Purple Heron, Common Squacco Heron, long-toed Plover, African water Rail, Grey and Black Headed Herons, Striated Heron, Pygmy Goose, Yellow Billed Duck, Black Crake, Swamp Moorhen, Allen's Gallinule, African Jacana, Rufous-naped Lark, Flappet Lark, Mosque Swallow (monteiri race), Weyn's Weaver, White Shouldered Tit, Sand Martin, Brown Snake-Eagle, Eurasian Hobby, Troppical Boubou, Stripped Kingfisher, Common Stonechat, Little bee-eater, Red-chested Cuckoo, Klass’s Cuckoo, Diedrick Cuckoo, White-browed and the Senagal Coucals, Yello-rumped Tinkerbird , Yellow white-eye, common and black-capped Waxbills among others. You could also see the Sitatunga, a swamp antelope and much more of wildlife.Broadbilled RollerBroadbilled Roller

After birding, Avian Safaris driver/bird guide drives you back to your accommodation

Day 3: Mabira Forest Reserve Uganda Birding Tour
After breakfast, we lead out to Mabira Forest Reserve with packed lunch for the Nahan’s Francolin, African Dusky flycatcher, Buff-spotted Woodpecker, Yellow-crested Woodpecker,Black-shouldered Nightjar,Wood Warbler, Yellow-whiskered Greenbul, Red-tailled Bristlebil, White-spotted Fluftail, Red-headed Malimbe, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Grey-throated Barbet, Little Geenbul, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, African Pygmy Kingfisher, Shining-blue Kingfisher, Red-caped Robin-chat, Forest Robin, Fire-crested Alethe, Brown-chested Alethe, White-throated Greenbul name it.

After birding, Avian Safaris driver/bird guide drives you back to your accommodation

 

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Shoebill Balaeniceps rex

Diet: Lungfishes, Catfish, Tilapia, Frogs, Reptiles, and small mammal

Habitat and feeding: Swamps, marshes, particular floating vegetation, generally muddy areas on fresh water bodies

The Shoebill is a massive bird, growing to heights of 3-1/2ft to 4-1/2ft tall.

The birds nest solitarily, laying one to three eggs in a large flat nest built amid swamp grasses or sedges, usually in remote areas. These eggs measure 80 to 90 mm high by 56 to 61 mm and weigh around 164 g. It takes 140 days of nest-attendance to get from new-laid egg to independent offspring and it takes three to four years to get from newly independent offspring to mature adult.

This species is considered to be one of the five most desirable birds in Africa by ornithologists.

  1. Uganda
  2. Kenya
  3. Rwanda