Birds/Birding in Kibale Forest National Park


Besides being a prime chimpanzee destination, Kibale Forest National Park is also a prime birding spot. The Park is home to over 375 bird species including the most sought after, the African Pitta. Among these bird species, 6 of them are endemic to the Albertine Rift Valley area. Because of its diverse and dense vegetation, Kibale Forest is the perfect spot several birds to breed and find plenty of food. Birding is usually done early in the early mornings and late evenings. Birding tourists in Kibale can get to see these attractive bird species on guided nature walks in the forest.

The various bird species to look out for include, the African Pitta, Abyssinian ground thrush, Collared Apalis, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, the Black-eared ground thrush, the Black bee-eater, Crowned Eagle, Green-breasted Pitta, White-napped Pigeon, Little Greenbul, Yellow-throated Nicator, Yellow-spotted barbet, and Dusky-blue Flycatcher. You can also look out for the Blue-headed Bee-eater, the Cassin’s spinetail, Nahan’s Francolin and the Masked Apalis. Birding in Kibale is best enjoyed in Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary.

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