Birding In Queen Elizabeth National Park

Birding In Queen Elizabeth National Park : Queen Elizabeth National park is located in the Eastern region of Uganda in Kasese district and it is situated at the back of the Rwenzori Mountains, which blesses tourists in the park with stunning and staggering, classic views of the crater lakes. More so, there are the Katwe explosion craters, which stand at an elevated area of about 1350meters. More so, this Queen Elizabeth national park is considered to be the second largest largest national park in the country which covers a total surface area of about 1980 square kilometers and it derived its name after the visit of the Queen of England who was named as Queen Elizabeth.

More so, this national park is considered as the best destination birding because it is a home to over 600 bird species  therefore this place is a must to visit while on your safari in Uganda most especially for bird lovers. In addition, for those planning to travel and see the birds can move at any time through the year however, the best period is between months of November to April when the migratory birds are always moving from one place to another.  And there other types of birds such as; endemic birds and during these birding activities, tourists are always accompanied with birding guides who lead and guide them through birding trails and due to the fact they are more familiar with many parts within the park. In addition, in Queen Elizabeth national park, there are many-habituated area where these bird species can easily be spotted and these places are listed below;

1.      Katwe area.

Katwe area is one of good destinations where to spot very many bird species because it consists of Lake Munanyange which harbours large numbers  of lesser flamingos and a few number of the greater flamingos and some of the water birds such as; chestnut wattle eye, white breasted nigro-finch, marsh tchagra, black bishop, Sulphur breasted bush shrike and many others.

2.      Maragambo forest area.

The Maramagambo forest area is located within the right side of the western rift valley arm which is along the Kichambwa escarpment species such as;  yellow bill, the African fin foot, the black coucal, the African emerald cuckoo, barbets, the African mustached warbler, the red throated wryneck, brown illadopsis, blue shouldered robin  chat and many others.

3.      Katunguru Bridge Area.

The Katunguru bridge area is one of the best birding destinations in the park and this area is surrounded by papyrus swamps around the Katunguru Bridge where the Kazinga channel crosses from Kasese district to Rubirinzi district. In addition, this area acts a good natural habitat and some of these birds include; pied kingfisher, the white winged warbler, the malachite kingfisher, the pied kingfisher, the white winged tern, papyrus gonolek, greater swamp warbler, lesser swamp warbler and many others.

4.      The Kasenyi area.

The Kasenyi area is the famous spot for birding because it is surrounded with savannah grasslands and tourists touring around this area can spot bird species like; the black belied bustard, white tailed lark, flapet lark, long created eagle, the palm but culture, white backed vulture, brown backed scrub robin, croaking cisticola, hooded vulture, ripeopls griffon vulture, grey backed fiscal and many others.

Birding In Queen Elizabeth National Park
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5.      Lake Kikorongo area.

The Lake Kikorongo is an extension of Lake George which and large numbers of bird species are spotted around this area such as;  the sacred ibis, the yellow wagtail, the African Jacana, black crake, the rare shoebill stork, the saddle billed stork, black crake among others.

6.      The Ishasha sector.

The Ishasha sector is one of the areas that is famously known as an area where to spot the tree climbing lions but still considered among the best destinations where to see bird species like; the marital eagle, the African green pigeon, the African wattled plover, cisticola, the grey kestrel , the rare shoebill stork and many others.

7.      The Mweya Penisular area.

The Mweya Peninsular area lies just next to the Kazinga channel and here are some of the bird species that are found in this area such as the swamp flycatcher, grey headed king fisher, the African mourning dove, little beef eater, swifts, Nubian woodpecker, martins, the swamp flycatcher and many others.

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