Monday, 13 February 2017

BIRDING IN UGANDA - MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

Why go birding in Murchison falls national park?

Murchison falls national park, being an icon of tours in Uganda has been on the bucket list  of almost every traveler on a safari in Uganda. Among the many tour activities in this popular national park, birding tours have been identified as one of the leading activities 
Birding in Murchison falls national park is popular in the most forested areas of Budongo forest reserve; Among the various bird species that have been recorded in this forest are more than 460 species that will certainly reward you with a very amazing birding safari experience in this magical forest in
Uganda.  In addition, there are 290 butterfly species, 130 Moths species, and 465 tree species.

Budongo Forest reserve is among the most breathtaking birding safari destinations in Uganda, and is strategically situated along the escarpments northeast of the stunning Lake Albert within the drier regions. There are 2 endemic bird species within the Budongo forest which cannot be seen in other parts of East Africa. 
Budongo forest follows Semuliki National Park as the most important forest in Uganda with species of the Guinea Congo forest-Biome. The Yellow-footed Flycatcher, simply known in Budongo within Uganda, was common within mature forest, however today it is extremely rare to see. Illadopsis puveli, a new addition, isn’t seen in another place in East Africa. Additional species that make Budongo stand out proudly as one of the finest bird watching destinations in East Africa include the , Ceratogymna fistulator, Zoothers camaronensis, Neafrapus cassini, Smithornis rufolateralis, Batis ituriensis, Sylvietta denti as well as Ixonotus guttatus. 
These different species are as well seen in just a few additional forests within Uganda. Rare forest birds have recently several times been recorded within the forest and among these are the Pitta reichenowi as well as Parmoptila woodhousei. Within Budongo forest, Bird watching is perfectly facilitated with an extensive and properly maintained 115 kilometer truck system.

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