Bird life in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park boasts of 612 bird species, the diversity of birdlife is due to the impressive range of habitats that can be found in this amazing park. It is a dream come true for any avid bird watcher. Some of the bird species that can be seen include; Chapin’s flycatcher, pink-backed pelicans, greater and lesser flamingo, African skimmer and many more.
Notable Birds and birding specials in and around QENP include;
Verreaux’s Eagle Owl
Lesser and Greater Flamingo
African White-backed Vulture
Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture
Brown Snake Eagle
African Wattled Plover
Rufous napped Lark
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There are many more birds in the Kasenyi area, the Mweya Peninsular, the maramagambo forest, the Katwe area, the Ishasha sector, around the Lake Kikorongo and Katunguru bridge area.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is good for birding almost all year round. You can catch sight of magnificent bird species both in the wet and dry seasons. The best time to go bird watching in the park however, is March to May and September to November. May and June are the main nesting months and it is easy to catch sight of the birds since they are in breeding plumage. There are also migratory birds in the park during this time.
Tracking chimpanzees and viewing wild life is best done in the dry season, when the trails are dry and easy to navigate, and the animals are drawn to the water sources.
The best parks for bird watching:
Queen Elizabeth NP is very close to the top of the list with its impressive 612 species. This number is only exceeded by the neighbouring Virunga National Park. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is famous for gorilla trekking, and Mgahinga National park are famous spots for watching albertine endemic birds. Kibale National Park has some very rare and beautiful birds.
History Geography and Environment
QENP was established in 1952, and named after Queen Elizabeth. It is located on the rift valley floor, and lies between Lake George and Lake Edward. It is surrounded by amazing features in almost every direction. You can get a clear view of the blue Rwenzori mountain to the North, to the West are the Mitumbe Hills, its eastern boundary is marked by the green escarpment of the western Rift valley. There are numerous lakes, rivers and hills in and around the park.
All this comes together to make such beautiful scenery that every Uganda safari trip should include a stopover at this park to take in its beauty.