Why Murchison Falls National park has a diversity of wild specials.

Are you looking for an adventure spot? Do you wish to explore the source of the world’s longest river-Nile River? Do you want to have the big 5 wildlife encounter? Or a birding safari in Uganda? Murchison Falls National park being the largest national park in Uganda 3,840sqkm (1,503sqmi) is home to diversity. Here is a detailed explanation of the bird species for bird watching.

Murchison Falls National Park besides being one of the top Uganda adventure safari destination, it’s the third best spot for a Uganda birding safari.  The park plays host to more than 450 bird species inclusive of the Albertine rift endemics, savannah birds and water birds. Bird species diversity is a result of the large land mass ranging from forest land, swamps, riverine woodland, savannah and plains of acacia trees.

Birds in Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park

After getting Uganda to your safari bucket list, Murchison Falls National Park has these species waiting for each passionate birder to tick on their list. The most sought-after bird by most birders on a Uganda birding tour – the elusive Shoebill stork can be sighted at the river banks. The Grey crowned crested crane-Uganda’s beautiful national bird Can be seen at the park. The Goliath heron-the largest heron in the whole world also finds home at the park.

The Grey crowned crested crane

The Grey crowned crested crane

Within Murchison Falls National park’s diversity are other bird species like the Swamp Flycatcher, Northern red bishop, red-throated bee-eater, African quail Finch, Pied malachite, Giant kingfisher, Denham’s Bustard, Long-toed Plover, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Veracious Dove, Black-headed Lapwing.

More bird species include Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Rock Pratincole, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Black-billed Barbet, Long-tailed Nightjar, Weaver Birds, Yellow-billed Stork, Martial Eagle, Silver bird, Giant Heron, African Jacana, Secretary Bird, Saddle-billed stork, Senegal Thick-Knee, Red winged Grey Warbler, Sandpipers, Pied Kingfishers, Standard-winged Nightjar, Malachite Kingfishers, Blue-headed Coucal.

The malachite kingfisher

The malachite kingfisher

Certainly, during birding safaris in Uganda at Murchison Falls National Park, the birder will have a glimpse on the Nile River water birds like the pelicans, Darters and various heron species.

Elusive shoebill sighted on a birding safari in Uganda

Elusive shoebill sighted on a birding safari in Uganda

Where to find bird species near Murchison Falls National Park

With this numerous number of bird species, the birder is excited with great melodies from the whistling and singing birds but that’s not all.  In the adjacent Budongo forest about 47.3km from the park, there are about 59 “restricted range” species like  the dwarf kingfisher, white thighed hornbill, Goliath heron and the great blue turaco to be sighted that can be sighted.

Best time for a birding safari in Uganda- Murchison Falls National Park

The park is open for birding all year round but for exceptional birding memories, the best time of the year for a birding safari Uganda tour is during the dry months of January to March when the rains are low leaving the slopes dry and the grass not very long to obstruct. The month of June however is a breeding season and the birds are very colorful to be watched. Migratory birds like Abdims stork, Eurasian Harrier, Eurasian curlew, common teal can be sighted in the months of November-March.

What to carry for a birding safari in Uganda’s Murchison Falls National park.

After planning a birding safari in Uganda, a birder should check their bags and see if these things are not missing.

A birding guide book with Uganda bird species, this will help to keep evidence of each bird sighted.

Carry sun glasses since during the dry season the sun is out almost all day. Carry a hat for protection from the scotching sun.

Do not forget to carry a pair of binoculars, it’s not easy to sight the birds clearly from a far with your eyes.

Carry sturdy shoes for hiking to the top of the falls as you find the birds.

Have the best ever perfect birding in Uganda experience at Murchison Falls National Park with an array of birds in diverse habitats at both sides of the Nile River banks.