Uganda Women Bird Watchers

We believe in bird watching for all sexes in Uganda and have come to realise that the activity is a great inspiration to those who have decided to be part of it.

Our aim is to train, equip, connect, support and promote girl bird guides. Today, we are happy to have 2 girl bird guides on our team of six professional local bird guides in Uganda. And working together with the Uganda Bird Guides Club, we have seen the birth of the Uganda Women Birders Club. The club although with lots of challenges, is seeing some progress.

Anne and Veronica after a succefull look out for Shoebills in the Mabamba Marsh.

Anne with her guide Veronica - We have answers to female birding guide requests.

A group of Uganda Women Birders pose for a photo after one of the weekly bird walks.

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.

Blue-breasted Bee-eater (Merops variegatus)

Kingdom: Amimalia, Phylum: Chordata, Class: Aves, Order: Coraciiformes, Family: Meropidae, Genus: Merops

The Blue-breasted Bee-eater is endemic to Africa and just as the name suggests, predominantly eats flying insects, especially bees and wasps, which are caught in the air by sallies from an open perch. While pursue any type of flying insect, honey bees predominate in their diet. Hymenoptera (ants, bees and wasps) comprise from 20% to 96% of all insects eaten, with honey bees comprising approximately one-third of the Hymenoptera.

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