Top Birds of Bwindi impenetrable national park will give you the utmost adventure watching a number of rewarding bird species that tourists like to see in addition to watching mountain gorillas. The activity can be done with the help of binoculars to watch the different bird species at a distance or by us using your eyes to watch the bird species that are closest to you. The park is home to 360 bird species with 14 species being endemic to the Albertine rift which was among the main reasons it was ranked as the number one birding destination in Africa in 2011 and this has attracted a number of bird lovers to visit the park in order not to miss out on the adventure of watching at least 100 bird species on your birding expedition in the park.

If you’re thinking of taking part in birding in Bwindi impenetrable national park, the best time to take part in the activity is during the months of November-April where you will get to see the migratory species from Europe that are running away from harsh winter conditions, the months of December-February ae quite ideal for bird watching because there are less rains, May and June food is readily available which limits the movement of the birds and this is the main nesting season.


Also known as the African broad bill, is a unique eye catching bird with a buffy crown, can be found usually in pairs but they can also be found singly. The fly catcher can be seen in the lower canopy and at middle levels of primary Albertine rift forest within 1760m and 2500m. this Albertine rift endemic bird species can only be found in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Kahuzi Biega national park The bird commonly feeds on fruit flower buds and invertebrates like centipedes, millipedes, larvae.


This medium sized bird has a small pale mark in the outer wing which is among the most eye catching feature of the species. This can be seen in the forest clearings of Bwindi forests clearings and edges and the grasslands of the park and when you approach them you will hear the distinctive high pitch whistles ‘’chwee- chwee that are also among the most catching features of the species and just like the grauer’s broadbill, they can be seen feeding on fruit, invertebrates and larvae.


The black billed turaco can be seen within sub-Saharan Africa and central Africa, Bwindi impenetrable national park. The bird is 40cm long which is similar to the green turaco but with a difference of its all black bill and white crest.  The bird can be found 16 feet above the ground within the montane forests of the park and once you get to it you can hear it making the ‘’khwa kkhaw kwah’’ sound.


The black-bee eater appears all black from a distance but once you get closer to it you will get to see how beautiful it is with good lights as you watch the beautiful colours of its bright red throat and electric blue belly and from a distance you can hear it making the ji-lip sound in the secondary rain forest.

Top Birds Of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Black Bee Eater


The montane oriole can be seen in large numbers in the park however important to note about them is the fact that they are always seen moving in pairs or small family groups during breeding or food concentration within the forest edge. It’s one of the loudest birds in the park that you can first hear making the before even noticing its bright feather


The handsome francolin the most common bird species that can be seen during your birding experience in Bwindi impenetrable national park and this has gained popularity over the years because of their general appearance. They can be seen during the evenings on road paths in pairs walking on their feet. As you get closer to them, you will get to hear them call one another with the kroo and kree notes.


The kivu ground thrush also known as the Abyssinian ground thrush is an Albertine rift endemic bird species that you can only see in Bwindi impenetrable national park, Mgahinga national park, volcanoes national park and Virunga national park however the sightings of the kivu ground thrush are quite many in Bwindi as compared to other national park.


The regal sunbird is also native to the Albertine rift and as you participate in your birding expedition in the park, you will get the chance to see the males colourful green, yellow and red bird species with a long bill and tail and the females drabbing a brown colour. The females have a similarity to the double collared sunbirds but are much paler than them coming more to the yellow tones.


The Doherty’s bushrike I a medium sized coloured bird species with bright red forehead, broad black breast band and a right lemon yellow lemon and yellow green underparts for the adults and for the young ones, they are pale green with finely defined yellow green underparts.

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