Due to its dense population of the 350 recorded bird species, avid birders can’t get enough of Bwindi’s magnificent forest, which sprawls over steep hills. Considered one of Nature’s masterpieces, Bwindi offers an intriguing insight into a remarkable tropical rainforest estimated to be 25,000 years old. In here you will find 23 bird species endemic to the Albertine Rift. Examples include Short-tailed Warbler and Blue-headed Sun bird. Bwindi is equally a preferred habitat for seven IUCN red data listed species such as Common Bulbul, African Emerald Cuckoo, Red-headed Bluebill, African Blue and White-tailed Blue Flycatchers.
As you take a walk along Buhoma Waterfall Trail and Mubwindi Swamp trail, you will come across a profusion of finches, warblers and forest greenbuls. There are also rarities such as Bar-tailed trogon and Black bee-eater. Other notables include African broadbill, Shelley’s crimsonwing, Purple-breasted sunbird , Regal sunbird, Grauer’s broadbill, Handsome francolin, Blue-headed sunbird, Cinnamon-chested bee-eater, Black-faced rufous warbler, Rwenzori apalis, Yellow-streaked greenbul, Mountain masked apalis…the list is endless.
As you crown your experience with a walk on the plains and plantations at the foot of Ruhija, you are likely to see a bird that is dear to all Ugandans, the grey crown crested crane, the national emblem.
Best time to visit
The breeding season that runs from March to September presents the most remarkable birding experiences. Migratory species can best be seen from November to April.