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 Pace: Relaxed Physical Difficulty: Easy Group Limit: Maximum 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 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

Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei)

Mountain gorillas are the largest living primates and the world's most endangered apes with a population of less than 800 individuals world over- none in zoos. They are found in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

They share 97% DNA with human beings! They are our closest living cousins after the Chimpanzee, They have up to 25 vocalization for communication

Mountain Gorillas are shy, social and very active during day. They live in families of 8-25 members with one leading male (The Silver Back).

Gorillas have a lifespan of 50 years in the wild. They reproduce at a very slow speed with a gestation period of approximately 8.5 months and an interval of four years to the next birth.

Diet: Mainly herbivores eating fruits, herbs, leaves, stems, roots and shoots. Sometimes ingest small insects like ants and termites.

Grauer's Broadbill (Pseudocalyptomena graueri)

Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Chordata, Class: Aves, Family: Eurylaimidae, Genus: Pseudocalyptomena, Species: Pseudocalyptomena graueri

The Grauer's Broadbill or African Green Broadbill (Pseudocalyptomena graueri) is an actual broadbill, one of only a few African representatives of a primarily Asian family. It is bright green with a blue throat and vent and a small bill, quite unlike those of the other broadbills. It is endemic to the Albertine Rift Mountains of Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests where it forages in canopies.

It is one of the African Big Five bird species, highly sought after by ornithologists but very elusive.

The species is both globally endangered and endangered according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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