Birding in Murchison Falls National Park is one of the memorable activities you can have on Uganda safari tours. The park contains 451 species of birds that thrive in the varied environments within the park posing a rich ground for birding adventures in Murchison. The birding activity can be arranged as an activity of its own though it can also be done on the game drives and the boat cruise.

The savannah landscapes, water logged environments along the Nile and the forested landscapes of the south present ideal birding encounters for birders on Uganda safari tours. The vulnerable shoe bill stork which dates back in the pre historic era thrive along the banks of the Nile and the best period to encounter it is between January and March. A range of other bird species that can be encountered include; grey crowned crane, White headed vulture, Abyssinian ground horn bill, Black headed lapwing and Senegal thick- knee among others.

Birds at Murchison National Park


The low lying plains of Murchison contain bird species like; Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Marabou Stork, Secretary Birds, Black-bellied Bustards, Window Bird and Open-billed Storks. Apart from the open savannah of the north, the southern environments are also ideal for birding experiences.

Crested Cranes

crested crane

The Rabongo forests and Kaniyo Pabidi offers opportunities of spotting a wide range of species including; Swallow-tailed and Red-throated Bee-eaters – particularly in the Nyamusika Cliffs; Giant and Malachite Kingfishers; Woodland, Pied Kingfisher, Grey heron; Francolin, Hornbills, Hamerkop, Flycatchers, Cuckoos; Crombecs, Warblers and Woodpeckers.
The river banks are habitat for species like geese, plovers, ducks and stilts

Marabou Stork