Uganda, is known as Africa’s premier birding destination with the list of birds found in the country topping 1 000! Many of these birds live only in these tropical forests with rare sightings being described as “mythical” while it is believed that some of the birds living in the remote forests of Uganda may not even be classified as of yet!

In the October 2013 issue of Africa Geographic magazine we meet the Uganda Bird Guide Club and chat to them about their lives spent birding in Uganda. This beautiful country must be on any birders bucket list and this is our list of the top 10 birds to see in Uganda.

This is a list of the bird species recorded in Uganda. The avifauna of Uganda included a total of 1065 confirmed species as of August 2019. Of them, one is endemic, 63 are accidental, and three have been introduced by humans. Three additional species are hypothetical as defined below and are not included in the counts. Unless otherwise noted, the list is that of iGoTerra.[1]

This list’s taxonomic treatment (designation and sequence of orders, families and species) and nomenclature (English and scientific names) are those of The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World, 2019 edition.[2]

The following tags highlight several categories of occurrence other than regular migrants and residents.

  • (A) Accidental – a species that rarely or accidentally occurs in Uganda (also called a vagrant)
  • (E) Endemic – a species endemic to Uganda
  • (I) Introduced – a species introduced to Uganda as a consequence, direct or indirect, of human actions
  • (H) Hypothetical – a species possibly present but which has not been documented

1 Ostriches 2.Ducks, geese, and waterfowl  3.Guineafowl  4.New World quail  5Pheasants, grouse, and allies  6.Flamingos  .7Grebes  8.Pigeons and doves  9.Sandgrouse  10.Bustards  11.Turacos 12Cuckoos 13Nightjars and allies 14Swifts 15Flufftails16Rails, gallinules, and coots 17Finfoots 18Cranes 19Thick-knees 20Egyptian plover 21Stilts and avocets 22Oystercatchers 23Plovers and lapwings 24Painted-snipes 25Jacanas 26Sandpipers and allies 27Buttonquails 28Pratincoles and coursers 29Skuas and jaegers 30Gulls, terns, and skimmers31Storks 32Anhingas 33Cormorants and shags 34Pelicans 35Shoebill 36Hamerkop 37Herons, egrets, and bitterns 38Ibises and spoonbills 39Secretarybird 40Osprey 41Hawks, eagles, and kites 42Barn-owls 43Owls 44Mousebirds 45Trogons 46Hoopoes 47Woodhoopoes and scimitarbills 48Ground-hornbills 49Hornbills 50Kingfishers 51Bee-eaters 52Roller  53African barbets  55Woodpeckers 56Falcons and caracaras 57Old World parrots 58African and New World parrots 59African and green broadbills 60Asian and Grauer’s broadbills 61Pittas 62Cuckooshrikes63Old World orioles 64Wattle-eyes and batises 65Vangas, helmetshrikes, and allies 66Bushshrikes and allies 67Drongos 68Monarch flycatchers 69Shrikes 70Crows, jays, and magpies71Hyliotas 72Fairy flycatchers 73Tits, chickadees, and titmice 74Penduline-tits 75Larks 76Nicators 77African warblers 78Cisticolas and allies 79Reed warblers and allies 80Grassbirds and allies 81Swallows 82Bulbuls 83Leaf warblers 84Bush warblers and allies 85Sylviid warblers, parrotbills, and allies86White-eyes, yuhinas, and allies 87Ground babblers and allies88Laughingthrushes and allies 89Treecreepers 90Oxpeckers 91Starlings 92Thrushes and allies 93Old World flycatchers 94Dapple-throat and allies 95Sunbirds and spiderhunters 96Weavers and allies 97Waxbills and allies 98Indigobirds 99Old World sparrows 100Wagtails and p

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