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Birdwatching in Murchison Falls National

Birdwatching in Murchison Falls National Park which is Uganda’s oldest and largest national park is a must do activity.

Birdwatching in Murchison Falls National Park
The black crowned crane (Balearica pavonina)

The park was established in 1952 covering 3,893 per square kilometers (1,503 sq mi) stretching beside two wildlife reserves like Bugungu and Karuma making the Murchison Falls Conservation Area together with the park.

This park has an estimated 451 bird species making bird watching a suitable activity in the park and around other areas of interest outside the park like the Budongo forest. The birds found here include the savanna forest birds, water birds and Albertine rift endemics. Below are some of the bird species available for watching in the park.

  • Shoebill stork
  • The goliath
  • Pairs of grey crowned cranes
  • Blue-headed coucal
  • Swamp flycatcher
  • Squaco heron
  • African jacana
  • Sand pipers
  • Denhams bustard
  • Abyssiniuan ground hornbill
  • Black-billed barbet
  • Dark Chanting-Goshawk
  • Black-billed Wood-Dove
  • Veracious Dove
  • Long Tailed Nightjar
  • Standard-winged Nightjar
  • Pennant-winged Nightjar
  • Blue-naped Moosebird
  • Giant Kingfisher
  • Pied Kingfisher
  • Malachite Kingfisher
  • Martial Eagle
  • Hugli’s Francolin
  • Denham’s Bustard
  • Spotted Thick-knee
  • Senegal Thick-knee
  • Rock Pratincole
  • Black-headed Plover
  • Long-toed Plover
  • Swallow-tailed Bee-eater
  • Speckle-fronted Weaver
  • White-browed Sparrow Weaver
  • Chestnut-crowned Sparrow
  • Weaver
  • Vaseline Masked Weaver
  • Bar-breasted Firefinch
  • White-rumped Seedeater
  • Saddle-billed Stork
  • Sacred Ibis
  • Red-throated Bee-eater
  • Northern Carmine Bee-eater
  • Black Scimitarbill
  • Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
  • Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird
  • Black-billed Barbet
  • White-fronted Black Chat
  • Silverbird
  • Beautiful Sunbird
  • Piapiac

Birding areas in the park

The park has strategic birding areas with massive concentrations of birds and they include;

  • The Red Chili rest Camp areas
  • Nile Safari Lodge areas
  • River Nile banks where guests can do birding watching while in for a launch cruise
  • Kaniyo Padibi and Rabongo forests

Apart from bird watching in Murchison Falls National Park, there are other major activities that take place in the park and they include;

  • Game drives in the park along the commonest Buligi tracts.
  • Hiking up the mighty Murchison Falls in the park
  • Waterfall viewing which now a payable activity in the park.
  • Launch cruise on the historic Nile River
  • Nature walks within the parks swamps and forests like Kaniyo Pabidi and Rabongo forests
  • Cultural encounters like the Mubako people
  • Sport fishing up to the bottom of the Murchison falls
  • Hot air balloon flying giving you the beautiful panoramic views of the park

If you plan on visiting Murchison Falls National Park for a birding expedition, and we will give the most memorable birding safari in Murchison Falls National Park.

When preparing to go for birdwatching in Murchison Falls National, we recommend you carry with you binoculars to assist in spotting distant and tiny birds.

If birding isn’t what you’re looking for, kindly check our blog on Why You Should Visit Uganda



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