Birding in Murchison Falls

Uganda Birding sites: Murchison Falls National park

Murchison falls national park is found in north western Uganda and it is the largest park in Uganda. It is named after the Murchison waterfalls on the Victoria Nile which are found within its borders. It sometimes referred to as Kabalega. The Murchison falls are perhaps the biggest attraction in this park although it does have a lot more to offer by way of wildlife, birds, and scenery. The falls are like a magnificent center piece for Murchison fall national park. National park, after the Kabalega the Omukama of Bunyoro towards the end of the 19th century.

The park sits on 3840 sq. km of land and has an elevation of 619 to 1292m above sea level. It lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savannah. As a habitat for various creatures it is made up of iron wood forest, dry and moist woodlands with grassy under-thorns, riverine forest, Borassus palm savanna grassland with termitaria, papyrus lakes and rivers.

Wildlife in Murchison falls national park

Murchison falls national park is home to hundreds of animals, birds and other forms of wildlife. Some of the animal species found in the park include; hippos, crocodiles, water-bucks, buffaloes, lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, oribis, hartbeests, Uganda kobs, and a large population of chimpanzees.

There are over 460 different bird species recorded in this park including the much sought after shoebill stork.

Birding in Murchison falls national park

Murchison falls NP is every birder’s paradise. With over 460 bird species, there is so much variety you can’t see it all in one birding trip. The park has 14 of 22 Sudan-Guinea biome species recorded, four of the twelve Victoria species, 6 of 86 Afro-tropical highland species, 11 of 44 Guinea-Congo species and 3 of 32 Somali-Masai biome species. There are also African skimmers which gather of the banks of the Nile when the water level are a bit lower.

The shoe-bill stork is a major birding attraction to the park. It is one of the most elusive bird species that is found in Uganda and Murchison falls is one of the few places in the country where you can see them quite easily.

Some of the other birds found in the park include: White-faced Whistling Duck, Secretary Bird, Osprey, Dark Chanting-Goshawk, Martial Eagle,African Darter, Goliath Heron, Yellow-billed Stork, Abdim’s Stork, Shoebill, Hugli’s Francolin, Denham’s Bustard, Spotted Thick-knee, Senegal Thick-knee, Rock Pratincole, Black-headed Plover, Long-toed Plover, Black-billed Wood-Dove, Veracious Dove, Long Tailed Nightjar, Standard-winged Nightjar, Pennant-winged Nightjar, Blue-naped Moosebird, Giant Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Red-throated Bee-eater, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Black Scimitarbill, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Saddle-billed Stork, Sacred Ibis, Spur-winger Geese

Black Crake, Grey-crowned Crane, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Black-billed Barbet, White-fronted Black Chat, Silverbird, Beautiful Sunbird, Piapiac, Speckle-fronted Weaver, White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow Weaver, Vaseline Masked Weaver Bar-breasted Firefinch, White-rumped Seedeater, Blue-naped Moosebird, Spotted Morning Thrush, Nothern Crombec, Red-winged Grey Warbler, Black-headed Batis, Black-headed Gondola, Grey-headed Bush Shrike, Double-toothed Barbet, Yellow-throated Greenbul, Sulphur-breasted Bush Shrike, Fawn-breasted Waxbill Whistling Cisticola, Black-lored Babbler

Sulphur-breasted Bush Shrike, Fawn-breasted Waxbill, Black-faced Waxbill

Whistling Cisticola, Black-lored Babbler,, Black-faced Waxbill, Long-toed Plover, African Fish Eagle, and African Skimmer.

Other activities you can do in Murchison Falls National Park

On a birding safari to Murchison falls national park, you can also enjoy a launch trip on the Nile all the way from Paraa to the bottom of the beautiful falls. You can see crocodiles, hippos, elephants, buffaloes, water-bucks and a few other animals on the launch trip on the Nile. Not to mention several water bird species.

You can also go on a game drive and see some exciting wildlife such as lions and leopards.

Another exciting activity is chimpanzee tracking. Murchison falls has numerous chimpanzees and tracking them can be fun.

Other activities include guided walk and hikes.

Plan a birding trip to Murchison falls national park and enjoy lots of birds, animals, and amazing scenery.

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