Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Birding in Lake Mburo National park Uganda

Birds as tour attractions in Lake Mburo National Park Uganda 
Birds in Lake Mburo national park Uganda
Around 350 bird species have been recorded to date in this part of the country. These include the Red-faced Barbet, only found here, the endemic African Fin foot and the elusive Shoebill stork. Other popular species are the Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Saddle-billed Stork, Brown-chested Lapwing, African-wattled Lapwing, Tabora (Long-tailed) Cisticola, African Scops Owl, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill and White-winged Warbler.

Acacia woodland bird species are well featured here also, while forest species may be found in Rubanga forest. These include Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Hairy-breasted Barbet and Yellow-rumped Tinker bird, among others.
Due to the diversity of birds, Lake mburo national park has been a one stop destination for birding tours in Uganda.
The best birding spots in Lake Mburo National Park include the swampy valleys of Warukiri and Miriti, and the roadsides between Rwonyo camp and the jetty. There are also ideally-situated viewing platforms at the salt lick, and in Miriti Valley. Species observed at these locations include the Rufous-bellied Heron, Bateleur, Coqui Francolin, Grey Crowned Crane, Black-bellied Bustard, Brown-chested Lapwing, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Brown Parrot, Red-headed Lovebird, among others. 
While areas around Rubanga Forest can be visited using a vehicle or on foot. This is a real draw for avid birders, and prior communication is needed to make arrangements with the park officials. The rare Red-faced Barbet – only seen in Lake Mburo National Park – is one of the forest’s famous species.

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