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African Elephant African Elephant

Birdwatching Tour to Murchison Falls NP - 6 Days

Jan 17, 2013

Tour Highlights

Departs: Entebbe International Airport Tour Length: 6 Days Focus: Birding | Game Viewing Key Species: Shoebill Stork, Orange Weaver, Pel's Fishing Owl, Giant Kingfisher Expected # of birds: 250 Birding Pace: Relaxed Physical Difficulty: Easy Group Limit: Maximum 8 Bird Photography: Worthwhile Possible Extensions: Chimpanzee Tracking

Murchison Falls National Park protects a variety of untamed African savannah with a Checklist of more than 460 bird species. The 9th ranking of Africa’ birding spots, is 90km from Masindi town in the north-western part of Uganda. This is the largest amongst all national parks in the Pearl of Africa.

Day 1: Arrival for Murchison Falls National Park Birding Tour

Avian Safaris bird guide will pick you from the airport to your hotel, depending on the time of arrival, we bird Entebbe Botanical Gardens

Overnight at Entebbe Traveller's Inn

Day 2: Uganda Birdwatching Safari to Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast, we bird to Uganda’s largest National Park. We stop in Masindi for lunch then proceed to the top of the spectacular falls.

Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge | Red Chilli Safari camp (FB)

Day 3: Whole Day Bird Watching on a Game drive

We have an early morning breakfast then go birding on a game drive, we take the best trucks and to the delta, we bird. We carry packed lunch with us so we will waste no moment if we are to see a bigger number of savanna birds along with other wildlife. Among the many species you should expect include; The Secretary Bird, The Giant, Pied, Malachite, Stripped, Chestnut-bellied, Blue-breasted, Woodland and the African Pygmy Kingfishers, House Martin, African Rock Martin, Lesser Stripped Swallow, Ethiopian Swallow, Angola Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Rufous-chested Swallow, Nightingale, Rock Thrush, Pied Wheatear, Whinchat, Common Redstart, White-fronted Black Chat, Sooty Chat, Isabelline Wheatear, Common Bulbul, Cameroon Sombre Greenbul, Yellow-throated Greenbul, the Black, White-breasted, and Red-shouldered Cuckoo Shrikes, the Black and Penduline Tits, the Arrow-marked, Black-lored and Brown Babblers, Nubian Woodpecker, Cardinal Woodpecker, Brown-backed Woodpecker, Lesser Honeyguide, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Black Scimitarbill, Green Wood Hoopoe, a number of Buzzards, Barbets, Rollers, Harriers, Vultures, Eagles, Bee-eaters, Warblers, and so forth.Standard-winged NightharStandard-winged Nightjar

Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge | Red Chilli Rest camp (FB)

Day 4: Bird Uganda on a Nature Walk and a Launch Cruise

Wake up early, bird on foot with a game ranger for the early and late morning active birds. We get back to the hotel for lunch then take a launch cruise to the bottom of the falls. Here, your list shall include; The Shoebill Stork, Little Grebe, Great White and the Pink-backed Pelicans, Red-knobbed Coot, African Water Rail, Allen’s Gallinule, Black Crake, African Crake, Black-crowned Crane, Southern Pochard, The Egyptian, African Pygmy, and the Spur-winged Gooses, Storks like; the Saddle-billed, Open-billed, Abdim’s, White, Yellow-billed, Marabou, and the Woolly-necked, the Little and Dwarf Bitterns, Night Heron, Black Heron, Goliath Heron, Purple Heron, Green Backed Heron, Common Squacco Heron, Great White Egret, Cormorants, the African and Eurasian Spoonbills, the Lesser Flamingo, Lesser Jacana, African Finfoot, Painted Snipe, Wattled Plover the list is very long.

Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge | Red Chilli Rest camp (FB)

Day 5: Bird Tour to Kampala

After an early morning breakfast, we bird on a game drive and in the afternoon bird to Entebbe- lunch enroute.

Overnight at Entebbe Traveller's Inn

Day 6: Departure - End of Murchison Falls National Park Uganda bird watching tour

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Last modified on Sunday, 17 May 2015 14:10

White-throated Bee-eater (Merops albicollis)


The very gregarious White-throated Bee-eaters grow to 19–21 cm length, excluding the tail streamers, which can exceed an additional 21 cm length.

Sexes are similar and weigh between 20 and 28 grams. 

White-throated Bee-eaters breeds in dry sandy open country, where nest colonially in sandy banks or open flat areas. They make a relatively long 1–2 m tunnel in which 6 to 7 spherical white eggs are laid. Both the male and the female take care of the eggs, but up to five helpers also assist with caring for the young.

Predominantly, they eat insects, especially bees, wasps, ants, beetles and hornets, which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch.


Woodland Kingfisher (Halcyon senegalensis)

Woodland Kingfisher

This brightly coloured medium-sized Kingfisher ranges from 20 - 23 cm, from bill tip to tail.

The bird is endemic to Africa, preferring a variety of wooded habitats with some trees, especially Acacias, including around human habitation. The Woodland Kingfisher is aggressively territorial, attacking intruders including humans. It has a striking display in which the wings are spread to show the white linings.

They nest in tree holes excavated by Woodpeckers or Barbets, where they lay up to three round white eggs.

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