Birds of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda.
Birds in Bwindi Forest National Park, Bird Watching in Bwindi Forest Park, Uganda Birding Safaris. Bwindi Forest park is Ranked as the number one Africa’s birding destination by Africa’s Bird Club, Bwindi Impenetrable Park is a prime birding destination a birder can ever encounter while on birding safari in Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest offers impressive fro-montane birding opportunities with 350 species of birds of which 23 are endemic to the Albertine rift and 14 of them existing nowhere else in Uganda. The forest of Bwindi also has globally threatened species of birds like African Green Broadbill and Shelly’s Crimson wing.
Other bird species that exist in Bwindi include among others; Handsome Francolin; Black-billed Turaco, Blue-headed and Regal Sunbirds; Cinnamon-chested, Purple, Black-breasted Bee-eaters; Western Green Tinkerbird; Many-colored Bush-Shrike, Mountain-masked and Collared Apalis, Short-tailed and Black-faced Rufous Warblers and Mountain and Yellow-streaked Greenbuls among others. the eastern sect of Bwindi (Ruhija) has got great bird count and the morning bird walk in the region gives you opportunities of encountering handsome Francolin, white-tailed crested Flycatcher, Cinnamon-chested bee-eater, Ruwenzori batis, western Green Tinkerbird, red-faced woodland Warbler, chestnut-throated Apalis, Mountain plus yellow-streaked Greenbuls among other birds.
African green Broadbill: The African green broadbill has a body length of 13.6-15.6cm and weighs between 29-32.5g. this bird has a short tail and a green broadbill. Adult green broadbills have a finely black-streaked buff crown with their eye stripes being narrow black. This bird makes a weak “Tsi-Tsi or Cree-Cree” voice call that is reapeated3-8 times at c.4 per second
Northern double collared sunbird: The male bird of this species has its head and back in a metallic green color with a steely blue sheen in some light that sits main flight feathers are dark brown in color the throat of this species has a narrow purple collar beneath the metallic green color. The adult female is more drab with its upper parts being dark olive green and a dark tail.
Shelly’s crimson wing: The male birds of this species have a bright red crown, face and back while its wings have a contrasting black color. The females are drabber with an olive head and some red on the mantle and rump. Both males and females have bright red bills.
Grey crown crested crane: This is a majestic and gentle bird species. It has a body height of about 1 meter and a weight of about 3.5 kg with a matching wingspan of 2 meters. Its body color is mainly grey but its wings are predominantly white with a few feathers containing an assortment of colors its crown is made up of stiff golden feathers, while its head is white on either side. Due to its nobility nature, this species was chosen as one of the Uganda national emblem symbols.
Butterfly species: Bwindi national park has about 220 species of butterflies, Bwindi impenetrable park becomes a paradise for any bird watcher. Some of the common butterflies’ species here include
Nymphalidae butterflies: They are also called brush-footed butterflies since they only use four legs for mobility. These butterflies are big with a wingspan of about 17cm. the top part of their wings has a bright blue color which it uses to attract and select mates while its bottom part of the wings is dull so as to enable it to disguise when not in flight. While in flight, this butterfly has a colorful display of dull color and bright blue flashing on and off.
Swallowtails butterflies: This butterflies species has ornamental tails, it has a wingspan of about 14 cm and its wings have a bright blue color on top while their bottom also has a dull color for a disguise while at rest.
Birdwings butterflies: This species of butterflies have a green and blue shade of color on the upper side of its wings and have a wingspan of over 13 cm
Mimicry butterflies: These butterflies have a black and orange shade of color dotted with big yellow spots on the upper part of their wings and a dull color on the bottom part of their wings.
The Bwindi impenetrable national park has various attractions and these include mountain gorillas, other mammals like chimpanzees, monkeys and bush elephants, tree species, butterflies species, bird species, and the Batwa people.
Mountain gorillas; Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Scientifically termed as Gorilla beringei beringei, mountain gorillas are typically gentle and amazingly shy and calm animals that have thick and long fur and this enables them to live in cooler temperature climatic zones, each gorilla can be identified basing on its nose print which is unique to each individual Read More
Trees species in Bwindi; Bwindi impenetrable park has many equatorial rain forest trees and these trees can grow to a height of up to 55-75 feet, they form thick canopies, many trees have broad leaves and contain hard wood. Bwindi forest has a thick under growth which makes it hard to access hence its name Bwindi which means impassable or impenetrable. Read More
Chimpanzee in Bwindi; These are close relatives of humans with a 99% matching DNA to that of humans, there are two species of chimpanzees, Common chimpanzee species and the Bonobo species, Bwindi impenetrable national park has the common chimpanzee species with an estimated population of 350 chimpanzees Read More
Black and white colobus monkeys; These monkeys have a black color with a strip of white color on the side of their body, limbs and around their face and also at their tail ending, these strips are called mantle, these monkeys live in groups of 5-15 members led by a male, their weight ranges between 4-14 kg, they have a body length of up to 75 cm or 30 inches Read More
Cultural Encounters; On the hinges of Bwindi impenetrable national park, are two tribes of people and these include the Bakiga and the Batwa. Bakiga people; On the peripherals of this park, are communities of bantu people called the bakiga. According to the 2014 population census, there are 2,390,446 bakiga in western Uganda which represents. Read More
Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest Park; Gorilla tracking is done in any of the four sectors of Ruhija, Buhoma, Rushaga, and Nkuringo. Families in Ruhija include; Orozogo family, Bitukura family and Kyaguliro family. In Buhoma there is Habibanja family, Rushegura family, Mubare family and Katwe family. In Rushaga there is Nshongi family, Bweza family, Kahugye family, Busigye family, Mishaya family and Bikiyingi family. Read More
Nature walks in Bwindi Forest Park; The park has developed nature trails that can be taken by tourists and each of these can enable a tourist to have a glimpse at many of the bird species, primates, beautiful butterflies and the tree species at your disposal while in the park. These nature trails enable a tourist to indulge almost all his or her sensory organs while in the park because mother nature here keeps giving you more than what you imagined. Read More
Cultural visits in Bwindi Forest Park; These visits are aimed at creating a thrilling encounter between the tourists and the local communities in order to appreciate the culture and way of life of people living on the peripherals of this park and also develop an understanding of the challenges existing between the locals and the park. Some of the cultural encounters that can be undertaken by tourists include; the Batwa cultural experience. Read More
Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda & Chimps 10 days; This Uganda Safari is the highlight of Uganda Safaris & Tours. It features Gorilla trekking, wildlife game drives, chimps trekking, boat cruises and beautiful scenery viewing….. Read More