Ultimate Uganda Birding Tour: Shoebill, Albertine Rift Endemics and Great Apes, August 2022


1 – 19 AUGUST 2022

By Dylan Vasapolli

The highly sought-after Green-breasted Pitta was once again seen very well on our tour!


For a long time Uganda has been a popular country for visiting birders, with its high species diversity, notable Albertine Rift endemics, and  easily the most accessible country in the world for the highly-prized Shoebill all contributing to this. Our set departure tour spans 19-days, covering the ‘main’ birding circuit through the western half of the country. This is one of our most popular tours, and a full group was present for our 2022 tour. While this tour took place during the Covid-19 pandemic, worldwide travel restrictions were for the most part tremendously eased – which made transit to, and within the country, smooth and easy. We were fortunate with weather conditions being kind to us – although we do time this tour to take place during the dry season the weather can sometimes be rainy in this equatorial country. We lost neither time nor birds due to inclement weather.

Dusky Crimsonwing is one of several Albertine Rift endemics possible on this tour. We were rewarded on several occasions with exceptional views of this shy bird this year!

Beginning in Entebbe, on the shores of Lake Victoria, a search for the iconic Shoebill kicked this tour off, before venturing to the first of several excellent national parks – Lake Mburo National Park. Here we got our first taste of more open savanna birding, along with various mammals, and netted some prized birds like Red-faced Barbet, African Finfoot, White-backed Night Heron and Long-tailed Cisticola, amongst others. We then transited to the very south-western corner of Uganda, bordering Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Here we got our first taste of Albertine Rift birding in the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – a park sadly skipped on most birding tours to the country. This is the only easily accessible area in Uganda, where Rwenzori Turaco and Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird can be found and we did well on both these fronts, obtaining great views of both species. A number of other Albertine Rift endemics were seen here, including the likes of Rwenzori Batis, Mountain Masked Apalis, Strange Weaver, Dusky Crimsonwing, along with the always difficult Lagden’s Bushshrike. In addition, the papyrus swamps in this part of the country are also the best areas to search for Papyrus Yellow Warbler and Papyrus Canary – both decidedly tricky birds missed on most other birding tours to the country. We again hit the jackpot, scoring both species. We found the rare Ruaha Chat  again this year – having successfully found breeding birds on our 2021 tour. A short hop followed, as we spent 5 nights within the incredible Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, exploring both the higher-lying, and lower-lying reaches of the park, searching for yet more Albertine Rift endemics. The highly sought-after Grauer’s (African Green) Broadbill was a major highlight, as were many others including the ultra-shy Doherty’s Bushshrike and Grey-chested Babbler. The higher-lying areas also yielded the likes of Handsome Spurfowl, Dwarf Honeyguide, Purple-breasted Sunbird and the scarce Grauer’s Warbler. The lower-lying reaches of the park were equally successful, if not more so, with both Neumann’s Warbler and Willard’s Sooty Boubou showing themselves, along with many others including Red-throated Alethe, Bar-tailed Trogon, African Broadbill, White-bellied, Blue-shouldered and Grey-winged Robin-Chats. We also enjoyed several primates here, including our first views of Chimpanzees, along with the gentle giants, Eastern (Mountain) Gorillas. Naturally, we incorporated time for folks to track the Eastern Gorillas that call this area home. More game drives and boat trips followed during our brief stop in Queen Elizabeth National Park, where  both Lion and Leopard were major highlights, along with a host of exciting birds from the delightful Blue-breasted Kingfisher to African Skimmer and so many more.

Lion is one of several mammals we always search for in the savanna parks in Uganda. Queen Elizabeth National Park in particular often produces the goods.

The Kibale Forest National Park followed, where the mega Green-breasted Pitta was our main target, and was enjoyed at length once again on our tour (we’ve yet to miss this species on our set-departure tours to Uganda). We also got to see Chimpanzees here again, along with other primates, and further exciting birds including the scarce Lowland Masked Apalis and the bright Red-headed Bluebill. A quick stop at the Budongo Forest and Royal Mile broke up our drive to Murchison Falls National Park, where yet more excellent birds were found. Murchison Falls National Park is always a firm favorite amongst the group, with its scenic landscapes, game-filled plains, and bird-rich woodlands keeping everyone on their toes. Here we enjoyed a vast assemblage of birds and mammals, raking up the sought-after Abyssinian Ground Hornbill and Northern Carmine Bee-eater, to more scarce species like Brown-rumped Bunting and Yellow-billed Shrike, amongst so many others. The last stop on our tour was at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, where we undertook rhino tracking, getting up close and personal with White Rhinos – the only place in Uganda where rhinos can be seen. Birding is part and parcel of our tour, and we added the last of our highlights here with Marsh Widowbird and the incomparable Pennant-winged Nightjar being found. The tour ended in Entebbe following a successful 19-day loop through this incredible country!

This tour never fails to produce vast numbers of birds, and 2022 was no different, with the tour falling just shy of 550 species recorded, with an incredible 535 species being seen. A high mammal count was also achieved with more than 40 species being found, including ‘The Big 5’, and a host of primates and Great Apes. The detailed lists can be found at the end of this report.

Detailed Report

Day 1, 1st August. Arrival, and birding around Entebbe

We had a slightly leisurely start to the day, with most folks having arrived in the early hours of the morning. Following breakfast, we set off on a stroll around the grounds of our lodge, and the surrounding area, which was productive. A family of the bright Ross’s Turaco’s started things off, as did noisy Eastern Plaintain Eaters and a few of the sought-after Grey Parrot. We also familiarized ourselves with the more widespread species such as Northern Black Flycatcher, Splendid and Ruppell’s Starlings, African Thrush, Red-chested and Scarlet-chested Sunbirds and Bronze Mannikin. Some careful scrutineering yielded the likes of Meyer’s Parrot, Double-toothed Barbet, snazzy Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Grey-headed Nigrita and Grey-capped Warbler. Checking out our Bat Hawk spot produced the goods, and we enjoyed excellent views of a pair of these sought-after birds! A large flock of Piapiacs was the surprise of the morning. Following our last clients’ arrival into Uganda, we headed off to the always-excellent Entebbe Botanical Gardens for the afternoon. Overcast conditions kept activity high, and we began the walk off with a pair of roosting African Wood Owls that showed well. The massive Great Blue Turaco and Black-and-white-casqued Hornbills were also early highlights, before we headed towards the lake edge for a short while. Scarce weavers were our primary goal, and played hard-ball with us – with the hoped-for Orange and Weyne’s Weavers not showing, and us having to settle for the likes of Vieillot’s Black, Black-necked, Village and Slender-billed Weavers. There was a constant hive of activity here, and we enjoyed several waterbirds such as African Fish Eagle, African Openbill, Striated Heron, Pied Kingfisher and Winding Cisticola, amongst others, while some non-waterbird sightings went to African Hobby, Grey Parrot, masses of Broad-billed Rollers hawking insects, Yellow-throated Leaflove, Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher and Olive-bellied Sunbird. We eventually had to tear ourselves away, and settled in for the evening.

Day 2, 2nd August. Shoebill, and transfer to Lake Mburo

As we headed out to the Mabamba Swamps to look for the one-of-a-kind Shoebill – one of the worlds most sought-after birds – a sense of excitement gripped us. Following our arrival, we made our way onto our small boats, and headed off into the swamp. Luck was on our side, as we immediately headed straight out towards a Shoebill, and soon were basking in the glory of this incredible bird! We spent a short while with the bird, following it as it moved deeper into the swamps, and were rewarded with it catching a lungfish, and promptly swallowing it whole! To say we had satisfactory views would be an understatement! We then had a bit of time to try and track down some of the other waterbirds occurring here – chief amongst those being Lesser Jacana. We hunted high and low, and had a few close calls with several juvenile African Jacanas, but failed to find any Lesser’s. We enjoyed a wide range of other waterbirds however, with the beautiful Malachite Kingfishers darting in front of us, while noisy Long-toed Lapwings patrolled the muddy edges, whilst Black Crakes skulked about in the reeds. A Blue-headed Coucal showed well, eventually popping out into the open, while a brief Rufous-bellied Heron flew in and showed to some in the group.

Shoebill is one of the most prized birds in the world, and is readily found in Uganda.

We eventually made our way back to land, and set off to our end destination at Lake Mburo. Stops along the way yielded several exciting birds from the massive Great Blue Turaco, to dainty White-shouldered Black Tits, and lovely Blue-spotted Wood Doves. We paused on the equator, not only for lunch, but also to see the Coriolis Effect. We arrived at the turnoff to Lake Mburo in the late afternoon, with enough time left in the day for a few stops. Our first stop in some dry scrub gave us Trilling Cisticola, Black-headed Gonolek and a few Lesser Masked Weavers in amongst hordes of Red-billed Quelea. Another stop produced others such as Crested Francolin, a brief African Pygmy Kingfisher, Cardinal Woodpecker, Little Bee-eater and the delightful Red-billed Firefinch, amongst many others. We checked into our excellent lodge and settled in for a wonderful evening.

Day 3, 3rd August. Birding Lake Mburo National Park

We awoke to a dense fog covering the area – a result of the recent heavy rains that had fallen prior to our arrival. The first part of our morning was spent in the fog, as it gradually thinned out, before totally disappearing. We found ourselves birding along the road to the entrance of Lake Mburo National Park, where we enjoyed a few species such as Red-headed Lovebird, Orange-breasted Bushshrike, Grey-capped Warbler, Southern Black Flycatcher and White-winged Black Tit, amongst others. Whilst completing the formalities at the gate, our searching finally paid off and we added a fine pair of the highly sought-after Red-faced Barbets. We enjoyed the birds for a while, before they were joined by a Black-collared Barbet – a widespread species in southern Africa, but very scarce in this part of the world. We were bound for the lake within the park, where we had a late morning boat ride. We slowly birded our way to the lake, with several exciting birding stops along the way. We added some typical bushveld birds like Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Red-headed Weaver, while also finding some more special birds like Long-tailed Cisticola, Crested Barbet (another localized bird in Uganda and East Africa generally) and Little Weaver. Our raptor list also began growing, with us adding White-backed and Lappet-faced Vultures, Bateleur and a close-up Wahlberg’s Eagle.

We eventually arrived at the lake, and set off on our cruise, which was excellent! It was virtually within the first minute when we latched onto our first African Finfoot, swimming in between a pod of Hippos. This species is arguably the main attraction for the lake, as it is surely the easiest place in the world to find this normally secretive bird. While the bird kept its distance, we enjoyed a good sighting, before moving on. The papyrus birds proved difficult with only brief views of Papyrus Gonolek leaving us wanting more, while Greater Swamp and White-winged Swamp Warblers remained hidden. Carruthers’s Cisticola was also present in the area. A wide range of swallows were seen drinking, and we added the likes of Red-rumped, Red-breasted, Mosque and Lesser Striped Swallows, along with many of the snazzy White-headed Saw-wings. We also struck gold finding a pair of nesting White-backed Night Herons, that showed amazingly well. We were sure to keep our distance, so as to not disturb the birds, and left them in peace. The rest of our cruise saw us enjoying a few more African Finfoots, including a fine male, along with many African Fish Eagles, Malachite Kingfishers and several shorebirds such as Water Thick-knee and Common and Wood Sandpipers. We also notched up some of our first plains game, with the likes of Plains Zebra, (Rothschild’s) Giraffe, African Buffalo and Impala being seen. Following a midday break, we resumed our birding in the afternoon where cool and overcast conditions rolled in, and kept the bird activity high. No less than four White-headed Barbets were an early highlight, before a group of Black-lored Babblers flew in and stole the show. We had great looks at the normally secretive Slate-coloured Boubou, and after a bit of a search, we were also finally rewarded with the sought-after Brown-chested Lapwings, with some Senegal Lapwings nearby for comparison. Two rival pairs of Wahlberg’s Eagles interacting provided some good entertainment with lots of aerial maneuvering, and several of the brightly colored Golden-backed Weavers were another highlight. As it started to get dark we enjoyed both Freckled and Black-shouldered Nightjars around the lodge, while Square-tailed Nightjar called in the distance. Following which we set off on a night drive, which was marred with rain for the first half – but did produce excellent sightings of an African Civet and Central African Large-spotted Genet. A lovely dinner rounded off a truly superb day!

A fine male African Finfoot patrols the edges of Lake Mburo.

Day 4, 4th August. Lake Mburo to Kisoro

Armed with a full day of travel ahead, we began early in the day with a short walk around the lodge to start our morning off. It was incredibly birdy, and we notched up the likes of Klaas’s Cuckoo, Black Cuckooshrike, Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat, Brown-throated Wattle-eye and the tricky Striped Pipit. We also enjoyed several other species such as Ross’s Turaco, before we gathered our things and set off – bound for Kisoro, in the very south-west of Uganda. Our primary reason for visiting this part of the country, which is often missed on conventional birding tours, is to visit the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and try for several Albertine Rift Endemics (AREs) that are not easily possible elsewhere. It is a long drive, and our route was punctured with a stop for the rare Ruaha Chat, which showed brilliantly well, and a stop at Lake Bunyonyi, where we would try for a few rare papyrus birds.

Our lunch break along the lake was very birdy and we quickly added the likes of Brown-backed Honeybird, White-tailed Blue Flycatcher, Bronzy Sunbird and the smart Black-crowned Waxbill. Our actual papyrus birding proved more difficult and we had to go away largely empty handed, having only heard White-winged Swamp Warbler, and not even had a sniff of either Papyrus Yellow Warbler or Papyrus Canary. We made our final stop for the day at the Echuya Forest Reserve, where we had some extremely productive birding, and got introduced to the first of our AREs. Almost immediately after hopping out the cruiser, we had our eyes locked on the difficult Archer’s Ground Robin, before a Rwenzori Apalis showed up. Before long we had also added the spectacular Regal Sunbird, along with Rwenzori Batis, Mountain Masked Apalis, Red-faced Woodland Warbler and Strange Weaver as yet more AREs, and an honorable mention to Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater and Mountain Yellow Warbler. A pair of White-collared Olivebacks inspecting some old weaver nests rounded off the day in style!

Day 5, 5th August. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park An exciting day awaited us, as we ventured to the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. This park gives birders access to a few AREs not easily possible elsewhere in the country, in particular, Rwenzori Turaco and Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird. Shortly after arriving and completing all the formalities, we started off up the slopes of Mount Sabyinyo, and immediately were halted with our first major target – Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird. We took in our first views, and as it would turn out, we would see many individuals throughout the day with the many flowering plants attracting good numbers of them. Further stops yielded Rwenzori Hill Babbler, along with providing us repeat views of Rwenzori Batis and Mountain Masked Apalis. Rwenzori Turaco was proving hard to get, with us having heard several birds early on in the hike, but failing to see any of them. Eventually, our patience and persistence was rewarded as we found an individual that wanted to be seen, and after a bit of back and forth, we tracked the bird down, perched in the open, and enjoyed sublime views of this handsome and very special bird!

Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird is a species missed on most birding tours to Uganda – however, a trip to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park will change that.

With our two main targets out the way, we could concentrate on some of the many other species found here. Doherty’s Bushshrike and Albertine Sooty Boubou played hard ball, with only the latter being briefly seen by some, before some excitement ensued when we located the difficult Lagden’s Bushshrike, which unfortunately disappeared before everyone could get onto it. Our spirits were lifted soon though with a bird party that produced Chestnut-throated Apalis, along with several others like Northern Puffback, Mountain Masked Apalis, Rwenzori Batis and Strange Weaver, before we picked up on a pair of the decidedly tricky Dusky Crimsonwings. After some initially brief views, we were blown away when the pair popped out into the open and gave us the most incredible sighting. With spirits firmly high, we broke for lunch, before resuming our hike back down to the gate. Initial stops along the way gave us White-bellied Crested Flycatcher, Kandt’s Waxbill and Mountain Buzzard. While more dedicated stops produced a showy Western Tinkerbird, along with some much better views of Albertine Sooty Boubou and several Cinnamon Bracken Warblers that actually popped out for us (after having heard many throughout the morning and only seen bushes moving). More widespread species such as Olive Woodpecker, White-starred Robin and Dusky Turtle Dove were also seen during the course of our hike. We made it back down to the bottom, and called it a day – with a bit of free time in the afternoon.

Day 6, 6th August. Kisoro to Ruhija, birding en route

Our morning began off in the Echuya Forest Reserve, en route to Ruhija, where we spent a short while. Bright Mountain Orioles sat in the treetops, while skulking White-browed Crombecs bounced about in the vine tangles, before a strange sound led us to a party of Sharpe’s Starling. These scarce birds showed very well, giving us views at length. We also did well notching up Grey Cuckooshrike, Northern Puffback, Abyssinian Thrush and Northern Double-collared Sunbird while a few of the tricky Horus Swifts gave us looks overhead. Various other species we’d become acquainted with over the past few days showed well again. We then turned our attention to the papyrus wetlands around Lake Bunyonyi where we’d spend some time. Papyrus Yellow Warbler was our first target, and unlike a few days ago, we managed to find a pair very soon after arriving at our site. There were a few nervous moments when only some in the group could see the birds, but we didn’t have to worry as a short while the bird hopped out into the open and we had great looks! A vocal African Rail showed only to some, as did White-winged Swamp Warbler – while a calling Red-chested Flufftail refused to come out for us, despite a concerted effort. Following a break for lunch (where delightful Bronzy Sunbirds and two Spotted-necked Otters kept us company), we resumed with some further papyrus birding. We struck gold almost immediately once more, finding the tricky Papyrus Canary, which also showed remarkably well! Some further exploration of the area yielded a skulking Greater Swamp Warbler, repeat views of Carruthers’s Cisticola, along with a host of seedeaters – Common, Fawn-breasted, Black-crowned and Yellow-bellied Waxbills and Black-and-white Mannikin. Following our successful birding, we made our way to Ruhija, set in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. A confiding Handsome Spurfowl was the only sighting of note along the way. After checking into our lodge set in the highlands, we headed out for our afternoon birding. The afternoon was a bit slow, but we did enjoy sublime views of both Great Blue and Black-billed Turacos, along with our first Grey-throated Barbets and Thick-billed Seedeaters, while repeat views of Sharpe’s Starling were welcomed. A Purple-breasted Sunbird seen by me sadly refused to cooperate, but a pair of Grey-chinned Sunbirds gave us scope views. Before long, it was dusk, and we began searching for Montane (Rwenzori) Nightjar – which took a little while of searching, but showed well in the end!

Papyrus Canary is a scarce species, regularly missed on tours to Uganda.

Day 7, 7th August. Birding on the Mubwindi Swamp walk

This was one of the most anticipated days of the tours, as we made the rather arduous hike down to the Mubwindi Swamp (and back again), in search of a heap of Albertine Rift Endemics (AREs) and in particular Grauer’s Broadbill (African Green Broadbill). This is one of the only sites in the world, and the only ‘easily’ accessible site for this species, which is only possible during a short period around their breeding season, when they stay relatively localized in a small area. The day began early, when we started the walk down to the swamp, with early stops yielding a lively party of Mountain Illadopsis along with some skulky Black-faced Prinias. We tried to keep our stops brief on the way down, in favor of reaching the site for the broadbill and focusing the bulk of our time on this species. This was done, as the birds had left the nest several weeks prior to our visit, and were beginning to range more widely in the area, and becoming trickier and trickier to find. Despite this, we did stop whenever we found an interesting birds, and stops were made for the stunning Blue-headed Sunbird, shy Red-throated Alethes, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatchers, snazzy Stripe-breasted Tits a fine Bar-tailed Trogon, and for the skulking Grey-chested Babbler. The latter in particular is a scarce and infrequently-seen species, and we spent a while working this vocal individual. Sadly, we were only rewarded with brief views that left us wanting a bit more. We eventually arrived into the area for the broadbill, and were soon shepherded up the surrounding hill slopes, where we soon found a pair of Grauer’s Broadbills. We spent some time with the birds, and watched as they gradually moved closer to where we were stationed – with the birds eventually settling just above us, giving spectacular views! This area was also alive with activity, and we enjoyed heaps of other birds, such as Brown-capped Weaver, Waller’s Starling, White-headed Wood Hoopoe, Fine-banded (Tullberg’s) Woodpecker, Black-throated Apalis and Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, amongst others. With smiles still brimming, we made our way to the actual swamp where we quickly managed to get the Grauer’s Swamp Warbler, along with a bonus Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle. Following lunch, we began the ascent back to the top, pausing for bouts of bird activity. We did well, with several exciting stops that produced the scarce Dwarf Honeyguide and a very showy Doherty’s Bushshrike – the latter was much-welcomed, as we had heard many over the preceding days, but not seen any of them. A final stop gave us another excellent view of Dusky Crimsonwing, before we finally reached the top. We could not have asked for a better trip down to the swamp, and enjoyed a well-earned afternoon’s rest.

Grauer’s Broadbill is one of a few mega species that this trip aims to find!

Day 8, 8th August. Ruhija to Buhoma, birding en route

Although this day was set aside as a travel day, we transited only a short distance, from Ruhija set in the high altitudes of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, to Buhoma, set in the lower lying parts of Bwindi – and as such, we had essentially the entire day to cover the short distance. We began our morning off birding the School Trail, at Ruhija, where we were hoping to clean up on some of our missing targets. Purple-breasted Sunbird proved quite easy to find, with two large flowering trees hosting a great deal of sunbirds. We had to be a bit patient, but we were eventually rewarded with good looks at this often-tricky species, in amongst the hordes of Northern Double-collared and Regal Sunbirds, with a few Blue-headed Sunbirds spread in between. Grauer’s Warbler too, didn’t present too much of a challenge, and coincidentally right when we found our Purple-breasted Sunbirds, we heard the tell-tale call, and were soon enjoying excellent views of this skulking species! We then set off, bound eventually for Buhoma, with a few obligatory stops along the way. Our first stop to look for Dusky Twinspot was a roaring success, and almost immediately after arriving on site, latched onto a single Dusky Twinspot, which paused for all to enjoy good scope views! We spent a short while longer here, enjoying repeat and better views of the twinspots along with a great sighting of a pair of courting African Harrier Hawks. Our next stop was at “The Neck”, where we spent a few hours birding in the late morning. As always, birding here can be tricky especially given the time of day, but we managed to find a few feeding flocks, and raked up a few birds in the process. One bout of activity had us all struggling to keep pace with the new birds flooding in. A Red-tailed Greenbul hopped into the open, before a Grey-headed Sunbird zipped into view, when a Buff-spotted Woodpecker stole the limelight for a bit. The shy Black-faced Rufous Warbler showed well, and a pair of Black Bee-eaters, with a sub-adult bird, took our breath away, with some further birding in the area yielding Many-colored Bushshrike, the scarce Kakamega Greenbul and a fantastic aerial displaying Crowned Eagle.

We eventually had to move onwards, arriving at our great lodge in Buhoma – Ride 4 a Women. This establishment has strong ties to the community, and contribute directly to a number of excellent community initiatives and projects, many of which they run. Following a bit of a break, we set off for the nearby forest, where we started off birding the forest edges. The mass of flowering plants on the outskirts proved to be extremely productive, with Green-throated and Blue-throated Brown Sunbirds as new species, along with several other species we had become used to, such as Bronzy, Collared and Green-headed Sunbirds. Here we also did well finding the scarce Green Twinspot, along with Red-headed Malimbe, while Luhder’s Bushshrike showed only to some. It took quite some effort, and a great deal of careful scanning, but we eventually managed to lay our eyes on a calling Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, which seemed rather unconcerned with our presence. A Red-capped Robin-Chat also showed well, though also took some effort to track down. A flock of Scarce Swifts reeling about overhead brought our day to a close, and we settled in for the evening.

Day 9, 9th August. Birding the Buhoma Main Trail

Ready for a full day of forest birding, we set off on the Buhoma Main Trail early in the morning, bound for the depths of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The morning started off a bit slow, with us adding the likes of Rufous Flycatcher Thrush and Sooty Flycatcher, before we found a pair of the scarce Chapin’s Flycatchers feeding a youngster. While enjoying the flycatchers, things picked up with a nearby fruiting tree producing Elliot’s Woodpecker, Chestnut Wattle-eye, Ansorge’s Greenbul and the snazzy Yellow-spotted Barbet, while the shy White-tailed Ant-Thrush showed lower down in the forest. White-bellied Robin-Chat showed well nearby, while the similar Equatorial Akalat played hide and seek with us, showing well to most in the group, and offering the rest only brief views. Further stops were made where we enjoyed a fine displaying African Broadbill, along with a lovely Bar-tailed Trogon. One of our main targets for the day was the recently described Willard’s Sooty Boubou,  a shy and down-right difficult species. Fortunately, luck was on our side as we found a vocal and showy pair without major difficulty, and enjoyed great looks at this rare species. The equally difficult Neumann’s Warbler was another major target, and it took a great deal of effort and patience before we were all rewarded with some good views of this shy species – which is no small feat given the nature of this species! In fact, we had all but given up, having only heard the bird, and seen a few branches shaking after a lengthy search, and were starting to make our way back to the main trail, when we lucked into the bird hopping near to the ground around a bend. We carefully positioned ourselves, and had enjoyed our views a short while later – truly fortuitous!

Some final late afternoon activity yielded a plethora of species, and we added Grey-throated Tit Flycatcher, African Shrike-Flycatcher, Bocage’s Bushshrike and the shy Grey-winged Robin-Chat, while a large party of Scaly-breasted Illadopsis bounding through the thickets left us wanting more. As always, many other species were seen and further highlights during the day went to Black Bee-eater, Luhder’s Bushshrike, Dusky Tit, Olive-green Camaroptera, Red-tailed Greenbul, Cabanis’s Greenbul, Red-throated Alethe and Grey-chinned and Blue-throated Brown Sunbirds. Despite our best efforts to try and see them, we also only heard a number of species, including Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Western Bronze-naped Pigeon and Willcock’s Honeyguide. An early mammal highlight was a few Chimpanzees that were seen running across the trail in front of us!

Day 10, 10th August. Gorilla trekking, and birding Buhoma

This day was set aside for Gorilla trekking, with some in the group venturing into the hills of Bwindi to see these gentle giants – more specifically Eastern (Mountain) Gorilla. Those that took part in the gorilla trekking came back regaling fine stories of their incredible encounters with these animals. The remainder of the group opted not to go Gorilla trekking, and along with them we once more set out for the morning,  birding the Buhoma Main Trail and surrounds. While we didn’t venture as deep into the forest as previously, the area was bustling with life this morning, and we barely made any ground, with early bird parties giving away new species such as Black-billed Weaver, Yellow-throated Tinkerbird, Green Hylia and Red-tailed Bristlebill. Of course, a great deal of other species were seen, and we far improved our views of several species such as Many-colored Bushshrike, Buff-spotted Woodpecker, Pink-footed Puffback, Bocage’s Bushshrike, and enjoyed repeat views of others like Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Red-throated Alethe, Ansorge’s Greenbul and Chestnut Wattle-eye. Mountain Wagtail was eventually found along a stream, and a last-gasp bit of activity gave us Petit’s Cuckooshrike and Toro Olive Greenbul, along with others such as White-headed Wood Hoopoe, Black Cuckooshrike, Luhder’s Bushshrike, Black-throated Apalis and Brown-capped Weaver. Just as we were rounding things off some grumbling close by put us on full alert, as it belonged to a Gorilla, and as if on cue, we picked up on a few Eastern Gorillas climbing up into the trees (well spotted, Rosy!). We enjoyed the animals for a short while, before they soon disappeared from sight. We caught up with the rest of the group who had been out trekking gorillas at lunch, and regaled stories from the two encounters. A break during the heat of the day allowed us to catch up on some rest before we resumed with some farmland birding in the late afternoon. We centered our time on trying for Red-chested Flufftail in some wetland areas, and while we spent a long while working various calling birds, we went without a sighting of this elusive species. A number of other birds were around to keep us distracted, and we enjoyed bright Double-toothed Barbets and African Golden Orioles, along with many Bronzy Sunbirds, while also netting others like Woolly-necked Stork, Black Sparrowhawk, Mckinnon’s Shrike, Yellow-throated Leaflove and Black-and-white Mannikin. We rounded our day off with views of the shy Highland Rush Warbler moving about in the surrounding marshlands.

Comical White-headed Wood Hoopoes were a highlight of our time in the forests of Bwindi.

Day 11, 11th August. Birding Queen Elizabeth National Park

Having satisfied our Bwindi birding desires, we set off this morning bound for the more open savannas of Queen Elizabeth National Park. We started off in the Ishasha sector of this massive park . Here a wide range of more open-country birds kept us going, along with a mix of mammals. Early highlights went to the likes of Croaking Cisticola, Moustached Grass Warbler and Crimson-rumped Waxbill, along with our first herd of African Elephants. In no time, we had stumbled into some of the famous Ishasha Lions, as they were camped up in the branches of a fig tree. Our bird list rapidly rose as we added many other species. Notable sightings went to our first group of migrating White-throated Bee-eaters, along with a few groupings of White-headed Barbets, a surprise Brown-backed Honeybird, tiny Grey Penduline-Tits and lively Purple-banded Sunbirds. Wetland areas held yet more widespread species along with others like Grey Crowned Crane and Long-toed Lapwing. With the mercury rising, raptors also started becoming more obvious and several kettles of vultures and other birds of prey were obvious. Small numbers of White-headed and Lappet-faced Vultures were seen amongst the more common White-backed Vulture. While masses of Bateleurs cruised overhead,  we also did well notching up Brown Snake Eagle, Martial Eagle and Shikra, amongst others. Just as we were on our way out, we ran into a glorious Leopard perched up in a tree, right next to us (well spotted, Rosie!). We spent a short while with this beautiful cat, before she grew tired of us and disappeared into the vegetation. Following a short break at our lodge, where we would spend the evening, we resumed our birding later in the day with the temperature more reasonable, along the Kasenyi Track sector of the park. While things were quiet initially, activity picked up and we had a great evening drive. Scanning open areas revealed dainty Red-capped Larks and Kittlitz’s Plovers, while grassy areas held the likes of Flappet Lark and the tricky Stout Cisticola. A mass of cars piled up meant there was something of interest, and sure enough, it was Lions. We hung back away from the masses, and as if on cue, one of the Lionesses, walked right up next to us, and along the side of the vehicle, giving us excellent views – all the while the other cars scurried around. Needless to say, we moved on quite quickly, leaving the melee of cars behind us, and soon found a Black-bellied Bustard, which was followed by many more individuals throughout the rest of the drive. Lapwings were also well represented, with Senegal and Brown-chested being notable finds, with African Wattled and Crowned also present. A stop at one of the crater lakes gave up numbers of Lesser Flamingos, along with others like the massive Great White Pelican and Black-winged Stilt, before we found ourselves making our way out the park. Just before we exited, two Small Buttonquails slowly crossed the road, giving us excellent views as well! A short night drive followed, where we managed a Square-tailed Nightjar, while the hoped-for Pennant-winged Nightjar sadly didn’t materialize for us. Content and slightly tired from a good but long day out, we settled in for the evening.

This was a two-cat day, with this glorious Leopard sighting, accompanied by two separate Lion sightings during the day.

Day 12, 12th August. Queen Elizabeth to Kibale

We set off for a half-day in the park shortly after dawn, with our first stop coming in the papyrus along the Kazinga Channel. Here our two targets, Papyrus Gonolek and White-winged Swamp Warbler showed remarkably well for all to see. We were soon heading on our way into the Mweya Peninsula where we would eventually join a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. With overcast conditions, the activity level was high, and we enjoyed a very birdy morning. A Grey Tit-Flycatcher played hide and seek with us for a bit, before a pair of the stunning Blue-breasted Kingfishers flew in and gave us great views. We also finally managed to get good looks at Buff-bellied Warbler, while further views of White-throated Bee-eaters followed and were appreciated by all. A lovely pair of Western Banded Snake Eagles calling to one another was another major highlight, whilst other interesting birds went to Western Black-headed Batis, Grey-headed and African Pygmy Kingfishers, Red-headed Lovebird and Copper Sunbird. Soon it was time for our boat cruise and we enjoyed a very productive spell on the Kazinga Channel. Aside from the many African Buffalos and Hippos, and other mammals, a large flock of African Skimmers and the beautiful Red-throated Bee-eaters were big highlights. We also enjoyed a wide range of other more widespread waterbirds, with notable species being Goliath Heron, Yellow-billed Stork, Water Thick-knee and a large mixed flock of Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans. Try as we might, we couldn’t pull out any rare species on the cruise. After a hearty break for lunch back at our lodge, we loaded our things and set off to Kibale – our next destination where we would be based for the next two nights. A brief Chimpanzee sighting on our way through the forest halted us, before we arrived at our comfortable lodge.

A pair of Western Banded Snake Eagles calling to one another with their very strange call was a firm highlight.

Day 13, 13th August. Green-breasted Pitta at Kibale

Another highly anticipated day lay in wait, as we set out to track down the scarce and spectacular Green-breasted Pitta. This is still the only easily accessible site in the world for this rare and poorly known species. Rain earlier in the morning, together with a spate of recent sightings of the pitta, boded well. Following some early excitement with a large Chimpanzee and both Red-tailed and White-tailed Ant Thrushes we arrived in the forest. Fortunately, luck was on our side and we soon found ourselves in the right area and then right on cue, watching two Green-breasted Pittas. We spent a while with the birds, and enjoyed simply superb views as they bounded around the floor eating a wide array of worms and insects, and also perching atop logs and branches. The birds were totally unphased by us, and came within a few meters at times, and after having our fill, we left the birds in peace and continued on with our birding. Aside from the incredible success with the pitta, it was a tricky morning with only a few birds cooperating. A Brown-chested Alethe paused long enough for some views, while a Blue Malkoha sat uncharacteristically out in the open for all to admire it! White-throated Greenbul took a while to track down, but we eventually managed good views, while a Western Oriole left us wanting a bit more. The forest edge proved slightly better, as we quickly notched up the scarce Lowland Masked Apalis, while the tricky Jameson’s Wattle-eye was nowhere to be found. Yellow-billed Barbet and the shy Western Nicator were also enjoyed by all.

Following a midday break, we resumed in the afternoon with a walk through the forest. This was incredibly productive with heaps of birds moving about, and we made little progress due to the virtually constant stream of birds. Some early excitement came with both Mottled and Sabine’s Spinetails moving overhead, before a pale-morph Ayres’ Hawk Eagle came into view, giving us a good flyby and even stooping. Bare trees held numbers of Narrow-tailed Starling, and some careful watching saw us locate their nests, and we even noticed a sneaky Least Honeyguide visiting the nest, and disappearing into the cavity nest for periods of time – all without the starlings being the wiser. Some careful scanning revealed new species such as Velvet-mantled Drongo, Purple-headed Starling and a brief African Emerald Cuckoo, whilst we also enjoyed repeat views of others like the gorgeous Black Bee-eater, Sooty Flycatcher and Petit’s Cuckooshrike. Vast numbers of Thick-billed Weavers and Violet-backed Starlings moved overhead, while we also tracked down others like Hairy-breasted Barbet and Toro Olive Greenbul, amongst others. Kibale is also renowned for being home to many primates, and we added Grey-cheeked Mangabey and Ashy Red Colobus to our list. Eventually, we had to tear ourselves away with the light fading, and we settled in for a wonderful evening following another successful day out!

Day 14, 14th August. Birding Bigodi, and transfer to Masindi

Faced with a long transfer to Masindi, we gave ourselves the morning to bird in and around Kibale, and focused our efforts at the locally run Bigodi Swamp, with Roger, a local guide joining us. Although we accumulated quite a high birdlist, nearing 100 species for the morning, the new species were rather few and far between, and it was a fairly slow morning. A very responsive White-spotted Flufftail kicked things off, and we barely had to wait 5 seconds, before the male appeared and crossed the track in front us! As if in direct comparison, a Brown-eared Woodpecker proved to be extremely elusive, and took a while to obtain good views of. A displaying African Goshawk showed well, as did the mighty Superb Sunbird. We put in a lot of time trying to track down several local specialties such as Jameson’s Wattle-eye, Compact Weaver, Speckle-breasted Woodpecker and Joyful Greenbul, amongst others, but were unsuccessful. A large group of Magpie Mannikins was also eventually tracked down and showed well.

Following lunch, we loaded up, and set off on the long drive to Masinid, which has become much quicker in recent years with the newly paved road all the way. Several stops were made along the way where we enjoyed Alpine and Mottled Swifts and hordes of Village Indigobirds. Easily the highlight of the day came when a Red-headed Bluebill crossed the road right in front us and we screeched to a halt and piled out of the car. Fortunately, the birds stuck around and we enjoyed the most spectacular views of this normally shy species as two males chased one another, almost in slow motion, while a female sat perched close by. After having had our fill, we shifted our focus to some nearby Afep Pigeons which showed well, while groups of Narrow-tailed Starlings passed by overhead. We eventually arrived at our comfortable hotel in the early evening, where we settled in and prepared for the exciting day ahead.

Day 15, 15th August. Birding the Royal Mile, and transfer to Murchison Falls

This was another much-anticipated day, as we visit the famous ‘Royal Mile’. This section of the Budongo Forest is so named because it refers to the old 1-mile portion of track where the kings of the Bunyoro Kingdom used to hunt wildlife. Fortunately, though, in today’s era this is a formally protected patch of mature forest that houses some excellent birds, and is a must-visit site for any birder. After an early breakfast, we loaded up, and set off, and were soon birding in the agricultural lands surrounding the forest. As usual, this was extremely birdy, and we eventually had to tear ourselves away after a brief period of time. Small groups of Grey-headed Olivebacks flitted about, while the also skulking Brown Twinspot eventually showed well to all. A Marsh Tchagra crept about in the grass, in between bouts of various waxbills, mannikins and widowbirds, while a vocal Whistling Cisticola called from the treetops. Male Yellow-mantled Widowbird and Black Bishop were both noted displaying in the area, and several groupings of Compact Weaver were also enjoyed.

Proceeding into the forest, we made slow progress along the exactly 1-mile piece of dead-straight track, with regular interludes for various birds. Lively groups of Rufous-crowned Eremomelas and Chestnut-capped Flycatchers kept to the canopies, while Little Grey Greenbul crept about in the thickets. Noisy and fast-flying Spotted Greenbuls gave us good, albeit brief views, before we lucked into a beautiful African Dwarf Kingfisher that showed remarkably well! A vocal Ituri Batis eventually showed to all, while a few different Lemon-bellied Crombecs also obliged. A fast-moving Uganda Woodland Warbler kept to the upper canopy as well. Paying attention to the lower strata eventually rewarded us with excellent views of the shy Forest Robin. Hulking White-thighed Hornbills showed, with the similar Black-and-white-casqued Hornbills nearby for comparison, and we also found a lovely Narina Trogon that gave us excellent views. Fraser’s Forest Flycatcher was eventually found, and we were also very fortunate to run into an ant swarm that was attended by both Fire-crested and Brown-chested Alethes – both of which showed very well, feeding in the open road right in front of us. Try as we might though, we just couldn’t locate Chocolate-backed Kingfisher – despite hearing birds virtually throughout the morning during our time in the forest. We also had to pull ourselves out of the forest, following a mightily successful morning, and continue on our way to Murchison Falls National Park. A stop off at the Butiaba Escarpment along the way was incredibly productive despite the searing temperatures. A large party of Green-backed Eremomelas obliged soon after we left the van, while the new birds came in thick and fast. A trio of Black-billed Barbets called from the treetops, whilst flowers held a few Beautiful Sunbirds. Delightful Swallow-tailed Bee-eaters hawked insects from the treetops, whilst both Foxy and Short-winged Cisticolas were also seen well. Several Black-winged Red Bishops were never far away, and we also eventually managed to see one of the many calling Vinaceous Doves. A Lesser Blue-eared Starling was picked up, and we also enjoyed prolonged views of a pair of the scarce Yellow-bellied Hyliotas. Many other birds were present in the area, and as became a trend during the day, we had to pull ourselves away and proceed onwards. Short stops on the way produced dainty Namaqua Doves and a pair of the rare Cut-throat Finches, while a few bright Northern Red Bishops showed well. In the late afternoon, following a most successful day out with a day list nearly reaching 150 species, we arrived at our comfortable lodge, where we would spend the next 3 nights!

The tiny African Dwarf Kingfisher is one of many sought-after specials that we found in the Royal Mile section of the Budongo Forest.

Day 16, 16th August. Birding Murchison Falls National Park

Another majorly exciting day lay ahead as we explored the northern reaches of Murchison Falls National Park, from Paraa to the Albert Nile. Some vehicle issues delayed us for a short while, but we made lemonade from the situation and found ourselves our first Spotted Palm Thrushes and Silverbirds in the process. Once we got going, early highlights went to the prehistoric-looking Abyssinian Ground Hornbill and a surprise Yellow-billed Shrike, and once we got north of the Nile River and into the plains, the new trip birds flowed. Patches of acacia scrub held Shelley’s Sparrow, and the surrounding open plains were littered with the likes of Piapiacs, Croaking and Zitting Cisticolas and Rufous-naped and Flappet Larks, along with a very vocal Brown-rumped Bunting. An old carcass still held masses of vultures, and here we enjoyed several of the rather attractive Ruppell’s Vulture, along with a Tawny Eagle. We were never far from birds, and as we slowly worked various tracks we added the likes of Black-billed Wood Dove, Jacobin Cuckoo, Speckle-fronted Weaver, White-browed and Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weavers, groups of the delightful Black-rumped Waxbills, amongst others. Indeed this strip was very birdy, and we also thoroughly enjoyed repeat views of numerous Swallow-tailed Bee-eaters, noisy Black-billed Barbets, along with slightly less impressive species such as Buff-bellied Warbler, Familiar Chat and Little Weaver. Bright Northern Red Bishops perched conspicuously atop the bushes, and a stop for lunch along the Nile River added further species including Black-headed Lapwing and Senegal Thick-knee. Further exploration along the Nile River and the delta with Lake Albert gave us our first Saddle-billed Storks, along with many other waterbirds. Northern Carmine Bee-eater had only given us brief views earlier in the day, and we were rewarded with excellent views of an entire tree filled with them on our way back out of the northern section. Indeed, our drive out was as excellent as the drive in, and we also found further specialties like Denham’s Bustard, Heuglin’s Francolin and the scarce Red-necked Falcon. Of course, this is just a small sampling of the species seen during our time in the northern part of the park, and with our tally reaching nearly 150 species, once again, just for this portion, it is always difficult to list all the species. Raptors were well represented with many species, and a wide range of various passerines were seen including many weavers, sunbirds, flycatchers, robins, starlings, cisticolas and so many more. Of course, mammals were part and parcel, and we had a healthy stream of various large herbivores such as Kob, Hartebeest, Oribi, Waterbuck and African Buffalo, whilst also enjoying other large mammals like Giraffe and African Elephant, and many Hippos near the Nile River. Several groups of Patas’s Monkeys were seen on the plains and we also did well adding Side-striped Jackal and Slender Mongoose. A massive thunderstorm brought our afternoon to a close. Things settled down later in the afternoon back at the lodge, and we did well, adding extraordinary views of White-crested Turaco, along with others such as White-shouldered Black Tit, Red-shouldered Cuckooshrike and Western Violet-backed Sunbird. We had a great evening following another immense day out in the field.

The prehistoric-looking Abyssinian Ground Hornbill was a major target for the group, and put on a good show for us, with several excellent sightings in Murchison Falls.

Day 17, 17th August. Birding Murchison Falls National Park

Our last full day in Murchison Falls saw us focusing on the south bank of the Nile River, where we’d explore the more broad-leafed dominant woodland – in stark contrast with other sections of the park. While it was quite a birdy morning, we were familiar with many of the species seen and only managed to add a handful of new species. A beautiful African Cuckoo Hawk glided in and gave us good views, while a party of the comical White-crested Helmetshrikes showed well also. A small group of Pale Flycatchers cooperated, as did a Grey-headed Bushshrike. We also enjoyed repeat views of several species we had only seen a few times before such as Brown Twinspot, Green-backed Eremomela, Lesser Blue-eared Starling, Red-throated Bee-eater, Nubian and African Grey Woodpeckers, Moustache Grass Warbler and Black-rumped Waxbill. We also enjoyed a close-up sighting of a rare cream-backed Bateleur. We also devoted some time this morning to tracking down Red-winged Grey Warbler, which had frustrated us yesterday, along with Dusky Babbler, and while we saw a few birds that may have been the babblers, we unfortunately didn’t come close to either of these two targets.

Red-throated Bee-eater is one spectacular-looking bird, and occur along the Nile River and surrounding woodlands.

Before we knew it, late morning had arrived and we boarded our boat as we headed up to the base of the Murchison Falls. As always, boat trips are a great way of getting close to waterbirds and we had a productive boat trip. The river level wasn’t high this year, as it has been in some years, and as such meant the sought-after Rock Pratincoles were present in good numbers. An open sandbar also held a flock of African Skimmers. The riverside vegetation held a number of more widespread waterbirds, including various ducks and geese, herons, egrets, storks and shorebirds. A brilliant Saddle-billed Stork showed well, and we also enjoyed several raptors such as Western Banded Snake Eagle and Grey Kestrel. We also finally tracked down Giant Kingfisher. Following a late lunch and a bit of a snooze, we resumed our birding in the late afternoon with a visit to the top of the Murchison Falls. It was a rather slow afternoon, with a Black-headed Oriole and many Rock Pratincoles about the only birds of interest about.  We consoled ourselves with the splendid environment, and the somewhat relaxing nature of watching the Nile River plunge through this tiny gap that forms the falls. A night drive on the return journey to the lodge was sadly unsuccessful, and a few brief mammal sightings and some owls that all got away before we could get good looks were all that we could muster.

Day 18, 18th August. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, and transfer to Entebbe

This was our last full day of the tour and saw us exiting Murchison Falls National Park in the morning, before we transited to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Here we would participate in the rhino tracking, along with doing some birding in the process, of course. We arrived in good time, were soon off and in no time had wonderfully up-close views of these gentle giants that sadly face an unnecessary fight for survival. As the time went along, we found no less than thirteen of the White Rhinos that inhabit Ziwa. This is indeed the only place in Uganda where one can see these animals in the wild, though there are plans to reintroduce these White Rhinos back into Murchison Falls National Park in the coming years. Of course, birds were part and parcel of our time in Ziwa as well, and we started off with a bang, finding a lovely male Pennant-winged Nightjar on the ground, which gave views to all. We also did well to find several of the difficult Marsh Widowbirds, and enjoyed repeat views of many species such as Western Banded Snake Eagle, Bateleur, Dark Chanting Goshawk, African Marsh Harrier, White-headed Barbet and Yellow-throated Longclaw, amongst others. After lunch, we settled in for the long drive to Entebbe, where we arrived in the late afternoon and settled in for the evening, reminiscing about all the many good times and birds we had on the trip.

Day 19, 19th August. Departure from Entebbe

With the group only leaving later in the day, we opted to spend a bit of time this morning exploring the Entebbe Botanical Gardens. It was a birdy morning, and we enjoyed seeing many of our favorite birds from the trip like Ross’s and Great Blue Turacos, Black-and-white-casqued Hornbills, to other attractive birds like Grey-capped Warbler and Klaass’s Cuckoo. Raptors were well represented throughout the morning, and in between the throngs of Yellow-billed Kites and Palm-nut Vultures, we also found African Goshawk, Shikra, African Cuckoo Hawk and African Hobby. One of our missing targets, Orange Weaver, required a concerted effort to track down, but we were eventually rewarded with good views of this scarce species. We retired back to our comfortable lodge for lunch,and enjoyed our final meal together before afternoon and evening departures took us all home.

I would like to thank all the participants who joined this set departure tour for contributing to making this tour the success it was. Thanks must also go to our excellent ground operator for ensuring a smooth tour, with hitches few and far between.

Without further ado, here are the top birds on the trip, as voted for by the participants:

  • Green-breasted Pitta
  • White-crested Turaco
  • Ross’s Turaco
  • Shoebill
  • Grauer’s Broadbill
  • Great Blue Turaco
  • Red-headed Bluebill
  • Regal Sunbird

Some honorable mentions go to:

  • Lilac-breasted Roller
  • Yellow-billed Barbet
  • Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
  • Grey Crowned Crane
  • Papyrus Gonolek
  • African Dwarf Kingfisher

The stunning Grey Crowned Crane is the National Bird of Uganda, and occurs widely throughout the country.

Bird ListFollowing IOC 12.2

Birds ‘heard only’ are marked with (H) after the common name, all other species were seen.

The following notation after species names is used to show conservation status following the IUCN Red List:
CR = Critically Endangered, EN = Endangered, VU = Vulnerable, NT = Near Threatened. Albertine rift endemics are bolded.

Common nameScientific name
Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)
White-faced Whistling DuckDendrocygna viduata
Spur-winged GoosePlectropterus gambensis
Knob-billed DuckSarkidiornis melanotos
Egyptian GooseAlopochen aegyptiaca
Yellow-billed DuckAnas undulata
Guineafowl (Numididae)
Helmeted GuineafowlNumida meleagris
Pheasants & Allies (Phasianidae)
Crested FrancolinOrtygornis sephaena
Handsome SpurfowlPternistis nobilis
Heuglin’s SpurfowlPternistis icterorhynchus
Red-necked SpurfowlPternistis afer
Nightjars (Caprimulgidae)
Black-shouldered NightjarCaprimulgus nigriscapularis
Montane NightjarCaprimulgus poliocephalus
Freckled NightjarCaprimulgus tristigma
Square-tailed NightjarCaprimulgus fossii
Pennant-winged NightjarCaprimulgus vexillarius
Swifts (Apodidae)
Scarce SwiftSchoutedenapus myoptilus
Mottled SpinetailTelacanthura ussheri
Sabine’s SpinetailRhaphidura sabini
Cassin’s SpinetailNeafrapus cassini
African Palm SwiftCypsiurus parvus
Alpine SwiftTachymarptis melba
Mottled SwiftTachymarptis aequatorialis
Common SwiftApus apus
Little SwiftApus affinis
Horus SwiftApus horus
White-rumped SwiftApus caffer
Turacos (Musophagidae)
Great Blue TuracoCorythaeola cristata
Bare-faced Go-away-birdCrinifer personatus
Eastern Plantain-eaterCrinifer zonurus
Rwenzori TuracoGallirex johnstoni
Ross’s TuracoTauraco rossae
White-crested TuracoTauraco leucolophus
Black-billed TuracoTauraco schuettii
Bustards (Otididae)
Denham’s BustardNeotis denhami
Black-bellied BustardLissotis melanogaster
Cuckoos (Cuculidae)
Senegal CoucalCentropus senegalensis
Blue-headed CoucalCentropus monachus
White-browed CoucalCentropus superciliosus
Blue MalkohaCeuthmochares aereus
Jacobin CuckooClamator jacobinus
Diederik CuckooChrysococcyx caprius
Klaas’s CuckooChrysococcyx klaas
African Emerald CuckooChrysococcyx cupreus
Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo (H)Cercococcyx mechowi
Red-chested CuckooCuculus solitarius
African CuckooCuculus gularis
Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)
Rock DoveColumba livia
Speckled PigeonColumba guinea
Afep PigeonColumba unicincta
African Olive PigeonColumba arquatrix
Western Bronze-naped Pigeon (H)Columba iriditorques
Dusky Turtle DoveStreptopelia lugens
Mourning Collared DoveStreptopelia decipiens
Red-eyed DoveStreptopelia semitorquata
Ring-necked DoveStreptopelia capicola
Vinaceous DoveStreptopelia vinacea
Laughing DoveSpilopelia senegalensis
Emerald-spotted Wood DoveTurtur chalcospilos
Black-billed Wood DoveTurtur abyssinicus
Blue-spotted Wood DoveTurtur afer
Tambourine DoveTurtur tympanistria
Namaqua DoveOena capensis
African Green PigeonTreron calvus
Finfoots (Heliornithidae)
African FinfootPodica senegalensis
Flufftails (Sarothruridae)
White-spotted FlufftailSarothrura pulchra
Red-chested Flufftail (H)Sarothrura rufa
Rails, Crakes & Coots (Rallidae)
African RailRallus caerulescens
Common MoorhenGallinula chloropus
African SwamphenPorphyrio madagascariensis
Black CrakeZapornia flavirostra
Cranes (Gruidae)
Grey Crowned Crane – ENBalearica regulorum
Flamingos (Phoenicopteridae)
Lesser FlamingoPhoeniconaias minor
Buttonquail (Turnicidae)
Common ButtonquailTurnix sylvaticus
Stone-curlews, Thick-knees (Burhinidae)
Senegal Thick-kneeBurhinus senegalensis
Water Thick-kneeBurhinus vermiculatus
Spotted Thick-kneeBurhinus capensis
Stilts, Avocets (Recurvirostridae)
Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus
Plovers (Charadriidae)
Long-toed LapwingVanellus crassirostris
Spur-winged LapwingVanellus spinosus
Black-headed LapwingVanellus tectus
Senegal LapwingVanellus lugubris
Crowned LapwingVanellus coronatus
African Wattled LapwingVanellus senegallus
Brown-chested LapwingVanellus superciliosus
Kittlitz’s PloverCharadrius pecuarius
Three-banded PloverCharadrius tricollaris
Jacanas (Jacanidae)
African JacanaActophilornis africanus
Sandpipers, Snipes (Scolopacidae)
RuffCalidris pugnax
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
Coursers, Pratincoles (Glareolidae)
Rock PratincoleGlareola nuchalis
Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)
African SkimmerRynchops flavirostris
Grey-headed GullChroicocephalus cirrocephalus
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterus
Storks (Ciconiidae)
Yellow-billed StorkMycteria ibis
African OpenbillAnastomus lamelligerus
Woolly-necked StorkCiconia episcopus
Saddle-billed StorkEphippiorhynchus senegalensis
Marabou StorkLeptoptilos crumenifer
Anhingas, Darters (Anhingidae)
African DarterAnhinga rufa
Cormorants, Shags (Phalacrocoracidae)
Reed CormorantMicrocarbo africanus
White-breasted CormorantPhalacrocorax lucidus
Ibises, Spoonbills (Threskiornithidae)
African Sacred IbisThreskiornis aethiopicus
Hadada IbisBostrychia hagedash
Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
African SpoonbillPlatalea alba
Herons, Bitterns (Ardeidae)
White-backed Night HeronGorsachius leuconotus
Striated HeronButorides striata
Squacco HeronArdeola ralloides
Rufous-bellied HeronArdeola rufiventris
Western Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Grey HeronArdea cinerea
Black-headed HeronArdea melanocephala
Goliath HeronArdea goliath
Purple HeronArdea purpurea
Great EgretArdea alba
Intermediate EgretArdea intermedia
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Hamerkop (Scopidae)
HamerkopScopus umbretta
Shoebill (Balaenicipitidae)
Shoebill – VUBalaeniceps rex
Pelicans (Pelecanidae)
Great White PelicanPelecanus onocrotalus
Pink-backed PelicanPelecanus rufescens
Kites, Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)
Black-winged KiteElanus caeruleus
African Harrier-HawkPolyboroides typus
Palm-nut VultureGypohierax angolensis
African Cuckoo-HawkAviceda cuculoides
Hooded Vulture – CRNecrosyrtes monachus
White-backed Vulture – CRGyps africanus
Rüppell’s Vulture – CRGyps rueppelli
White-headed Vulture – CRTrigonoceps occipitalis
Lappet-faced Vulture – ENTorgos tracheliotos
Black-chested Snake EagleCircaetus pectoralis
Brown Snake EagleCircaetus cinereus
Western Banded Snake EagleCircaetus cinerascens
Bateleur – ENTerathopius ecaudatus
Bat HawkMacheiramphus alcinus
Crowned EagleStephanoaetus coronatus
Martial Eagle – ENPolemaetus bellicosus
Long-crested EagleLophaetus occipitalis
Wahlberg’s EagleHieraaetus wahlbergi
Ayres’s Hawk-EagleHieraaetus ayresii
Tawny Eagle – VUAquila rapax
Cassin’s Hawk-EagleAquila africana
Lizard BuzzardKaupifalco monogrammicus
Gabar GoshawkMicronisus gabar
Dark Chanting GoshawkMelierax metabates
African GoshawkAccipiter tachiro
ShikraAccipiter badius
Little SparrowhawkAccipiter minullus
Black SparrowhawkAccipiter melanoleucus
African Marsh HarrierCircus ranivorus
Black KiteMilvus migrans
Yellow-billed KiteMilvus aegyptius
African Fish EagleHaliaeetus vocifer
Mountain BuzzardButeo oreophilus
Augur BuzzardButeo augur
Barn Owls (Tytonidae)
Western Barn Owl (H)Tyto alba
Owls (Strigidae)
Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl (H)Bubo lacteus
African Wood OwlStrix woodfordii
Mousebirds (Coliidae)
Speckled MousebirdColius striatus
Blue-naped MousebirdUrocolius macrourus
Trogons (Trogonidae)
Narina TrogonApaloderma narina
Bar-tailed TrogonApaloderma vittatum
Hoopoes (Upupidae)
African HoopoeUpupa africana
Wood Hoopoes (Phoeniculidae)
White-headed Wood HoopoePhoeniculus bollei
Green Wood HoopoePhoeniculus purpureus
Common ScimitarbillRhinopomastus cyanomelas
Ground Hornbills (Bucorvidae)
Abyssinian Ground Hornbill – VUBucorvus abyssinicus
Hornbills (Bucerotidae)
Crowned HornbillLophoceros alboterminatus
African Pied HornbillLophoceros fasciatus
African Grey HornbillLophoceros nasutus
White-thighed HornbillBycanistes albotibialis
Black-and-white-casqued HornbillBycanistes subcylindricus
Rollers (Coraciidae)
Lilac-breasted RollerCoracias caudatus
Broad-billed RollerEurystomus glaucurus
Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher (H)Halcyon badia
Grey-headed KingfisherHalcyon leucocephala
Striped KingfisherHalcyon chelicuti
Blue-breasted KingfisherHalcyon malimbica
Woodland KingfisherHalcyon senegalensis
African Dwarf KingfisherIspidina lecontei
African Pygmy KingfisherIspidina picta
Malachite KingfisherCorythornis cristatus
Shining-blue Kingfisher (H)Alcedo quadribrachys
Giant KingfisherMegaceryle maxima
Pied KingfisherCeryle rudis
Bee-eaters (Meropidae)
Black Bee-eaterMerops gularis
Swallow-tailed Bee-eaterMerops hirundineus
Little Bee-eaterMerops pusillus
Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaterMerops oreobates
Red-throated Bee-eaterMerops bulocki
White-throated Bee-eaterMerops albicollis
Olive Bee-eaterMerops superciliosus
Northern Carmine Bee-eaterMerops nubicus
African Barbets (Lybiidae)
Grey-throated BarbetGymnobucco bonapartei
Speckled TinkerbirdPogoniulus scolopaceus
Western TinkerbirdPogoniulus coryphaea
Yellow-throated TinkerbirdPogoniulus subsulphureus
Yellow-rumped TinkerbirdPogoniulus bilineatus
Yellow-fronted TinkerbirdPogoniulus chrysoconus
Yellow-spotted BarbetBuccanodon duchaillui
Hairy-breasted BarbetTricholaema hirsuta
Spot-flanked BarbetTricholaema lacrymosa
White-headed BarbetLybius leucocephalus
Red-faced BarbetLybius rubrifacies
Black-billed BarbetLybius guifsobalito
Black-collared BarbetLybius torquatus
Double-toothed BarbetLybius bidentatus
Yellow-billed BarbetTrachyphonus purpuratus
Crested BarbetTrachyphonus vaillantii
Honeyguides (Indicatoridae)
Brown-backed HoneybirdProdotiscus regulus
Dwarf HoneyguideIndicator pumilio
Willcocks’s Honeyguide (H)Indicator willcocksi
Least HoneyguideIndicator exilis
Lesser HoneyguideIndicator minor
Greater HoneyguideIndicator indicator
Woodpeckers (Picidae)
Red-throated WryneckJynx ruficollis
Buff-spotted WoodpeckerPardipicus nivosus
Brown-eared WoodpeckerPardipicus caroli
Nubian WoodpeckerCampethera nubica
Little Spotted WoodpeckerCampethera cailliautii
Fine-banded WoodpeckerCampethera taeniolaema
Yellow-crested WoodpeckerChloropicus xantholophus
Cardinal WoodpeckerDendropicos fuscescens
Elliot’s WoodpeckerDendropicos elliotii
African Grey WoodpeckerDendropicos goertae
Olive WoodpeckerDendropicos griseocephalus
Caracaras, Falcons (Falconidae)
Common KestrelFalco tinnunculus
Grey KestrelFalco ardosiaceus
Red-necked FalconFalco chicquera
African HobbyFalco cuvierii
African & New World Parrots (Psittacidae)
Grey Parrot – ENPsittacus erithacus
Meyer’s ParrotPoicephalus meyeri
Old World Parrots (Psittaculidae)
Red-headed LovebirdAgapornis pullarius
Typical Broadbills (Eurylaimidae)
Grauer’s Broadbill – VUPseudocalyptomena graueri
African & Green Broadbills (Calyptomenidae)
African BroadbillSmithornis capensis
Pittas (Pittidae)
Green-breasted PittaPitta reichenowi
Wattle-eyes, Batises (Platysteiridae)
Rwenzori BatisBatis diops
Chinspot BatisBatis molitor
Western Black-headed BatisBatis erlangeri
Ituri BatisBatis ituriensis
Chestnut Wattle-eyePlatysteira castanea
Brown-throated Wattle-eyePlatysteira cyanea
Bushshrikes (Malaconotidae)
Grey-headed BushshrikeMalaconotus blanchoti
Lagden’s BushshrikeMalaconotus lagdeni
Many-colored BushshrikeChlorophoneus multicolor
Bocage’s BushshrikeChlorophoneus bocagei
Orange-breasted BushshrikeChlorophoneus sulfureopectus
Doherty’s BushshrikeTelophorus dohertyi
Marsh TchagraBocagia minuta
Brown-crowned TchagraTchagra australis
Black-crowned TchagraTchagra senegalus
Pink-footed PuffbackDryoscopus angolensis
Northern PuffbackDryoscopus gambensis
Albertine Sooty BoubouLaniarius holomelas
Willard’s Sooty BoubouLaniarius willardi
Slate-colored BoubouLaniarius funebris
Lühder’s BushshrikeLaniarius luehderi
Tropical BoubouLaniarius major
Papyrus GonolekLaniarius mufumbiri
Black-headed GonolekLaniarius erythrogaster
BrubruNilaus afer
Vangas & Allies (Vangidae)
White-crested HelmetshrikePrionops plumatus
African Shrike-flycatcherMegabyas flammulatus
Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcherBias musicus
Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)
Grey CuckooshrikeCeblepyris caesius
Black CuckooshrikeCampephaga flava
Red-shouldered CuckooshrikeCampephaga phoenicea
Petit’s CuckooshrikeCampephaga petiti
Shrikes (Laniidae)
Yellow-billed ShrikeCorvinella corvina
Mackinnon’s ShrikeLanius mackinnoni
Grey-backed FiscalLanius excubitoroides
Northern FiscalLanius humeralis
Figbirds, Old World Orioles, Piopios (Oriolidae)
Western OrioleOriolus brachyrynchus
Black-headed OrioleOriolus larvatus
Mountain OrioleOriolus percivali
African Golden OrioleOriolus auratus
Drongos (Dicruridae)
Velvet-mantled DrongoDicrurus modestus
Fork-tailed DrongoDicrurus adsimilis
Monarchs (Monarchidae)
Red-bellied Paradise FlycatcherTerpsiphone rufiventer
African Paradise FlycatcherTerpsiphone viridis
Crows, Jays (Corvidae)
PiapiacPtilostomus afer
Pied CrowCorvus albus
White-necked RavenCorvus albicollis
Fairy Flycatchers (Stenostiridae)
African Blue FlycatcherElminia longicauda
White-tailed Blue FlycatcherElminia albicauda
White-bellied Crested FlycatcherElminia albiventris
Tits, Chickadees (Paridae)
White-shouldered Black TitMelaniparus guineensis
White-winged Black TitMelaniparus leucomelas
Dusky TitMelaniparus funereus
Stripe-breasted TitMelaniparus fasciiventer
Penduline Tits (Remizidae)
Grey Penduline TitAnthoscopus caroli
Nicators (Nicatoridae)
Western NicatorNicator chloris
Larks (Alaudidae)
Rufous-naped LarkMirafra africana
Flappet LarkMirafra rufocinnamomea
Red-capped LarkCalandrella cinerea
Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)
Slender-billed GreenbulStelgidillas gracilirostris
Red-tailed BristlebillBleda syndactylus
Yellow-throated LeafloveAtimastillas flavicollis
Spotted GreenbulIxonotus guttatus
Honeyguide GreenbulBaeopogon indicator
Kakamega GreenbulArizelocichla kakamegae
Olive-breasted GreenbulArizelocichla kikuyuensis
Red-tailed GreenbulCriniger calurus
Little GreenbulEurillas virens
Yellow-whiskered GreenbulEurillas latirostris
Plain GreenbulEurillas curvirostris
Little Grey GreenbulEurillas gracilis
Ansorge’s GreenbulEurillas ansorgei
White-throated GreenbulPhyllastrephus albigularis
Cabanis’s GreenbulPhyllastrephus cabanisi
Yellow-streaked GreenbulPhyllastrephus flavostriatus
Toro Olive GreenbulPhyllastrephus hypochloris
Dark-capped BulbulPycnonotus tricolor
Swallows, Martins (Hirundinidae)
Black Saw-wingPsalidoprocne pristoptera
White-headed Saw-wingPsalidoprocne albiceps
Banded MartinNeophedina cincta
Brown-throated MartinRiparia paludicola
Rock MartinPtyonoprogne fuligula
Wire-tailed SwallowHirundo smithii
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Angola SwallowHirundo angolensis
Red-breasted SwallowCecropis semirufa
Mosque SwallowCecropis senegalensis
Lesser Striped SwallowCecropis abyssinica
Red-rumped SwallowCecropis daurica
Crombecs, African Warblers (Macrosphenidae)
Moustached Grass WarblerMelocichla mentalis
Northern CrombecSylvietta brachyura
Red-faced CrombecSylvietta whytii
Green CrombecSylvietta virens
Lemon-bellied CrombecSylvietta denti
White-browed CrombecSylvietta leucophrys
Cettia Bush Warblers & Allies (Cettiidae)
Neumann’s WarblerHemitesia neumanni
Yellow Flycatchers (Erythrocercidae)
Chestnut-capped FlycatcherErythrocercus mccallii
Hylias (Hyliidae)
Green HyliaHylia prasina
Leaf Warblers (Phylloscopidae)
Red-faced Woodland WarblerPhylloscopus laetus
Uganda Woodland WarblerPhylloscopus budongoensis
Reed Warblers & Allies (Acrocephalidae)
Grauer’s WarblerGraueria vittata
Greater Swamp WarblerAcrocephalus rufescens
African Yellow WarblerIduna natalensis
Mountain Yellow WarblerIduna similis
Papyrus Yellow Warbler – VUCalamonastides gracilirostris
Grassbirds & Allies (Locustellidae)
Evergreen Forest Warbler (H)Bradypterus lopezi
Cinnamon Bracken WarblerBradypterus cinnamomeus
White-winged Swamp WarblerBradypterus carpalis
Grauer’s Swamp Warbler – VUBradypterus graueri
Highland Rush WarblerBradypterus centralis
Cisticolas & Allies (Cisticolidae)
Red-faced CisticolaCisticola erythrops
Singing Cisticola (H)Cisticola cantans
Whistling CisticolaCisticola lateralis
Trilling CisticolaCisticola woosnami
Chubb’s CisticolaCisticola chubbi
Rattling CisticolaCisticola chiniana
Winding CisticolaCisticola marginatus
Carruthers’s CisticolaCisticola carruthersi
Stout CisticolaCisticola robustus
Croaking CisticolaCisticola natalensis
Short-winged CisticolaCisticola brachypterus
Foxy CisticolaCisticola troglodytes
Long-tailed CisticolaCisticola angusticauda
Zitting CisticolaCisticola juncidis
Tawny-flanked PriniaPrinia subflava
Black-faced PriniaPrinia melanops
White-chinned PriniaSchistolais leucopogon
Rwenzori ApalisOreolais ruwenzorii
Red-winged Grey Warbler (H)Drymocichla incana
Buff-bellied WarblerPhyllolais pulchella
Yellow-breasted ApalisApalis flavida
Lowland Masked ApalisApalis binotata
Mountain Masked ApalisApalis personata
Black-throated ApalisApalis jacksoni
Chestnut-throated ApalisApalis porphyrolaema
Buff-throated ApalisApalis rufogularis
Grey ApalisApalis cinerea
Grey-capped WarblerEminia lepida
Grey-backed CamaropteraCamaroptera brevicaudata
Olive-green CamaropteraCamaroptera chloronota
Black-faced Rufous WarblerBathmocercus rufus
Green-backed EremomelaEremomela canescens
Rufous-crowned EremomelaEremomela badiceps
Sylviid Babblers (Sylviidae)
Rwenzori Hill BabblerSylvia atriceps
White-eyes (Zosteropidae)
Green White-eyeZosterops stuhlmanni
Northern Yellow White-eyeZosterops senegalensis
Ground Babblers (Pellorneidae)
Brown Illadopsis (H)Illadopsis fulvescens
Mountain IlladopsisIlladopsis pyrrhoptera
Scaly-breasted IlladopsisIlladopsis albipectus
Laughingthrushes & Allies (Leiothrichidae)
Brown BabblerTurdoides plebejus
Arrow-marked BabblerTurdoides jardineii
Black-lored BabblerTurdoides sharpei
Dapple-throat & Allies (Modulatricidae)
Grey-chested BabblerKakamega poliothorax
Hyliotas (Hyliotidae)
Yellow-bellied HyliotaHyliota flavigaster
Starlings, Rhabdornises (Sturnidae)
Wattled StarlingCreatophora cinerea
Purple-headed StarlingHylopsar purpureiceps
Lesser Blue-eared StarlingLamprotornis chloropterus
Splendid StarlingLamprotornis splendidus
Rüppell’s StarlingLamprotornis purpuroptera
Violet-backed StarlingCinnyricinclus leucogaster
Waller’s StarlingOnychognathus walleri
Stuhlmann’s StarlingPoeoptera stuhlmanni
Narrow-tailed StarlingPoeoptera lugubris
Sharpe’s StarlingPoeoptera sharpii
Oxpeckers (Buphagidae)
Yellow-billed OxpeckerBuphagus africanus
Thrushes (Turdidae)
Fraser’s Rufous ThrushStizorhina fraseri
White-tailed Ant ThrushNeocossyphus poensis
Red-tailed Ant ThrushNeocossyphus rufus
African ThrushTurdus pelios
Abyssinian ThrushTurdus abyssinicus
Chats, Old World Flycatchers (Muscicapidae)
Fire-crested AletheAlethe castanea
Brown-backed Scrub RobinCercotrichas hartlaubi
White-browed Scrub RobinCercotrichas leucophrys
Fraser’s Forest FlycatcherFraseria ocreata
Grey-throated Tit-FlycatcherMyioparus griseigularis
Grey Tit-FlycatcherMyioparus plumbeus
White-eyed Slaty FlycatcherMelaenornis fischeri
Yellow-eyed Black FlycatcherMelaenornis ardesiacus
Northern Black FlycatcherMelaenornis edolioides
Southern Black FlycatcherMelaenornis pammelaina
Pale FlycatcherMelaenornis pallidus
SilverbirdEmpidornis semipartitus
Ashy FlycatcherMuscicapa caerulescens
Swamp FlycatcherMuscicapa aquatica
Chapin’s Flycatcher – VUMuscicapa lendu
African Dusky FlycatcherMuscicapa adusta
Dusky-blue FlycatcherMuscicapa comitata
Sooty FlycatcherMuscicapa infuscata
Red-throated AletheChamaetylas poliophrys
Brown-chested AletheChamaetylas poliocephala
White-bellied Robin-ChatCossyphicula roberti
Archer’s Ground RobinCossypha archeri
Grey-winged Robin-ChatCossypha polioptera
Blue-shouldered Robin-ChatCossypha cyanocampter
White-browed Robin-ChatCossypha heuglini
Red-capped Robin-ChatCossypha natalensis
Snowy-crowned Robin-ChatCossypha niveicapilla
White-starred RobinPogonocichla stellata
Forest RobinStiphrornis erythrothorax
Equatorial AkalatSheppardia aequatorialis
Spotted Palm ThrushCichladusa guttata
African StonechatSaxicola torquatus
Sooty ChatMyrmecocichla nigra
Ruaha ChatMyrmecocichla collaris
Familiar ChatOenanthe familiaris
Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)
Grey-headed SunbirdDeleornis axillaris
Western Violet-backed SunbirdAnthreptes longuemarei
Little Green SunbirdAnthreptes seimundi
Grey-chinned SunbirdAnthreptes tephrolaemus
Collared SunbirdHedydipna collaris
Green-headed SunbirdCyanomitra verticalis
Blue-throated Brown SunbirdCyanomitra cyanolaema
Blue-headed SunbirdCyanomitra alinae
Olive SunbirdCyanomitra olivacea
Green-throated SunbirdChalcomitra rubescens
Scarlet-chested SunbirdChalcomitra senegalensis
Purple-breasted SunbirdNectarinia purpureiventris
Bronzy SunbirdNectarinia kilimensis
Olive-bellied SunbirdCinnyris chloropygius
Rwenzori Double-collared SunbirdCinnyris stuhlmanni
Northern Double-collared SunbirdCinnyris reichenowi
Regal SunbirdCinnyris regius
Beautiful SunbirdCinnyris pulchellus
Red-chested SunbirdCinnyris erythrocercus
Purple-banded SunbirdCinnyris bifasciatus
Superb SunbirdCinnyris superbus
Variable SunbirdCinnyris venustus
Copper SunbirdCinnyris cupreus
Old World Sparrows, Snowfinches (Passeridae)
Shelley’s SparrowPasser shelleyi
Northern Grey-headed SparrowPasser griseus
House SparrowPasser domesticus
Weavers, Widowbirds (Ploceidae)
White-browed Sparrow-WeaverPlocepasser mahali
Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-WeaverPlocepasser superciliosus
Speckle-fronted WeaverSporopipes frontalis
Thick-billed WeaverAmblyospiza albifrons
Baglafecht WeaverPloceus baglafecht
Slender-billed WeaverPloceus pelzelni
Little WeaverPloceus luteolus
Spectacled WeaverPloceus ocularis
Black-necked WeaverPloceus nigricollis
Strange WeaverPloceus alienus
Black-billed WeaverPloceus melanogaster
Holub’s Golden WeaverPloceus xanthops
Orange WeaverPloceus aurantius
Northern Brown-throated WeaverPloceus castanops
Lesser Masked WeaverPloceus intermedius
Vitelline Masked WeaverPloceus vitellinus
Village WeaverPloceus cucullatus
Vieillot’s Black WeaverPloceus nigerrimus
Black-headed WeaverPloceus melanocephalus
Golden-backed WeaverPloceus jacksoni
Compact WeaverPloceus superciliosus
Brown-capped WeaverPloceus insignis
Red-headed MalimbeMalimbus rubricollis
Red-headed WeaverAnaplectes rubriceps
Red-billed QueleaQuelea quelea
Black BishopEuplectes gierowii
Black-winged Red BishopEuplectes hordeaceus
Southern Red BishopEuplectes orix
Northern Red BishopEuplectes franciscanus
Yellow BishopEuplectes capensis
Fan-tailed WidowbirdEuplectes axillaris
Yellow-mantled WidowbirdEuplectes macroura
Marsh WidowbirdEuplectes hartlaubi
Red-collared WidowbirdEuplectes ardens
Waxbills, Munias & Allies (Estrildidae)
Bronze MannikinSpermestes cucullata
Magpie MannikinSpermestes fringilloides
Black-and-white MannikinSpermestes bicolor
White-collared OlivebackNesocharis ansorgei
Yellow-bellied WaxbillCoccopygia quartinia
Green TwinspotMandingoa nitidula
Dusky CrimsonwingCryptospiza jacksoni
Jameson’s Antpecker (H)Parmoptila jamesoni
White-breasted NigritaNigrita fusconotus
Grey-headed NigritaNigrita canicapillus
Grey-headed OlivebackDelacourella capistrata
Black-crowned WaxbillEstrilda nonnula
Kandt’s WaxbillEstrilda kandti
Fawn-breasted WaxbillEstrilda paludicola
Common WaxbillEstrilda astrild
Black-rumped WaxbillEstrilda troglodytes
Crimson-rumped WaxbillEstrilda rhodopyga
QuailfinchOrtygospiza atricollis
Cut-throat FinchAmadina fasciata
Orange-breasted WaxbillAmandava subflava
Red-cheeked Cordon-bleuUraeginthus bengalus
Red-headed BluebillSpermophaga ruficapilla
Green-winged PytiliaPytilia melba
Dusky TwinspotEuschistospiza cinereovinacea
Brown TwinspotClytospiza monteiri
Red-billed FirefinchLagonosticta senegala
African FirefinchLagonosticta rubricata
Indigobirds, Whydahs (Viduidae)
Village IndigobirdVidua chalybeata
Pin-tailed WhydahVidua macroura
Wagtails, Pipits (Motacillidae)
Cape WagtailMotacilla capensis
Mountain WagtailMotacilla clara
African Pied WagtailMotacilla aguimp
Yellow-throated LongclawMacronyx croceus
African PipitAnthus cinnamomeus
Plain-backed PipitAnthus leucophrys
Striped PipitAnthus lineiventris
Finches, Euphonias (Fringillidae)
Western CitrilCrithagra frontalis
Papyrus CanaryCrithagra koliensis
Yellow-fronted CanaryCrithagra mozambica
Brimstone CanaryCrithagra sulphurata
Thick-billed SeedeaterCrithagra burtoni
Streaky SeedeaterCrithagra striolata
Yellow-crowned CanarySerinus flavivertex
Buntings (Emberizidae)
Cinnamon-breasted BuntingEmberiza tahapisi
Golden-breasted BuntingEmberiza flaviventris
Brown-rumped BuntingEmberiza affinis
Species seen:535
Species heard:13
Total recorded:548


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