Uganda birding checklist; Uganda popularly known as a welcoming and a loving country. When it comes to Uganda safaris is mention as one of the top tourist destination on African continent. Boosting with lots of interesting attractions, bio diversity of wildlife animals, scenic landscape and when it comes to birding. Uganda is among the top birding destination with over 1095 bird species checklist. Of the total 60% are birds of Africa and 11% global species.

Anseriformes Species

The anseriformes species to see on Uganda birding safaris include; White –faced Whistling –Duck, White-backed Duck, Comb Duck, Hartlaub’s Duck, Spur-winged Goose, African Pygmy-Goose, Fulvous Whistling –Ducky, Ferruginous Duck, Common Pochard, Green-winged Teal, Red-billed Duck, Northern Pintail, African Black Duck, Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Shoveled, Hottentot Teal, Tufted Duck Maccoa Duck among others.

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Hottentot Teal

Galliformes Bird Species

They include; Helmeted Guinea fowl and Crested Guinea fowl.

Galliformes Species

 They include Stone partridge and Nahan’s Francolin.

Galliformes bird species

These bird species include; Shelley’s Francolin, Moorland Francolin, Orange River Francolin, Red-winged Francolin ,Latham’s Francolin ,Coqui Francolin ,Crested Francolin ,Red-nested Francolin ,Clapper ton’s Francon ,Yellow-necked Francolin ,Scaly Francolin ,Hildebrandt’s Francolin ,Jackson’s Francolin,Heuglin’s Francolin ,Handsome Francolin ,Blue Quill ,Common Quit many others species.

Podicidediformes bird species

 Bird include; Eared grebe, Little grebe, great crested grebe among others.

Phoenicopteriformes bird species

They include; Greater Flamingo and Lesser Flamingo bird species, Uganda birding checklist.

Procellariiformes bird species

They include; Southern giant-petrel.

Ciconiiformes bird species

Bird species include Yellow-billed stork, White stork, Saddle-billed stork, Marabou Stork, Woolly-necked stork, Abdim’s stork, Black stork, African Openbilla among others.

Suliformes bird species

 They include; Long tailed Cormorant and Great Cormorant.

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Great Cormorant

Suliformes bird species

The bird species include African Darter.

Pelecaniformes bird species

They include; Great white pelican and pink-backed pelican.


Bird species include hamerkop.

Pelecaniformes –Ardeidae

The bird species include; White-backed Night –Heron, Black-crowned Night –Heron, Striated Heron, Rufous-bellied Heron ,Madagascar Pond-Heron ,Squacco Heron ,Cattle Egret ,Black Heron ,Western Reef-Heron ,Purple Heron , Intermediate Egret ,Little egret many more.

Pelecaniformes –Threskiomithidae

 They include; Glossy ibis, African Spoonbill, Hadada Ibis, Eurasian Spoonbill, Olive Ibis, Sacred Ibis among others.

Accipitriformes -Sagittariidae

Bird species include; Secretary bird.

Accipitriformes -Pandionidae

Birds include Osprey.

Bucerotiformes –Upupidae

They include; Eurasian Hoopoe.


They include; Common Scimitar bill, Abyssinian Scimitar bill, White-headed Wood hoopoe, Green wood hoopoe, Black scimitar bill, White –headed wood hopper, Abyssinian scimtarbill many more.

Bucerotiformes –Bucerotidae

Birds species include; Black and white casqued Hornbill, White-crested Hornbill, Northern Red-billed Hornbill, Von der Decken’s Hornbill, Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill, African Gray Hornbill, African pied hornbill, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, Crowned Hornbill, Hemp rich’s Hornbill, Brown-cheeked Hornbill, Piping Hornbill White-thigned Hornbill among others.

Coraciiformes –Alcedinidae

 Bird species which fall in Coracifomermes group include; Gray –headed kingfisher, Chocolate-backed kingfisher, African Dwarf Kingfisher, African pygmy-kingfisher, White-bellied Kingfisher, Shining-blue kingfisher, Malachite kingfisher, Half-collared kingfisher, Blue-breasted kingfisher, striped kingfisher, Giant kingfisher, pied kingfisher among others.

Coraciiformes –Meropidae

Bird species that falls in Caraciiformes-Meropidae species include; Green Bee-eater, White-throated Bee-eater, Swallow-tailed bee-eater, White-fronted bee-eater, Little bee-eater, Red-throated bee-eater, Black bee-eater, Cinnamon-chested bee –eater, Southern Carmine bee-eater ,Northern Carmine bee-eater ,European bee-eater ,Madagascar bee-eater many more, Uganda birding checklist.

Caraciiformes –Caraciidae

Birds found Caraciiformes-Caraciidae species include; Blue-throated Roller, Broad-billed Roller, Rufous-crowned Roller ,Abyssinian Roller ,Lilac-breasted Roller ,European Roller among others.

Piciformes –Lybiidae

Birds species found Piciformes –Lybiidae include; Yellow-throated Tinker bird, Mustached Tinker bird ,Western Tinker bird ,Gray-throated Barbet ,Speckled Tinker bird ,D’Arnaud’s Barbet ,Red and yellow Barbet ,Crested Barbet ,Yellow-billed Barbet many more.

Piciformes –Indicatoridae

Birds species include; Lesser Honey guide, Thick-billed Honeyguide, Least Honeyguide, Pallid Honeyguide, Willcocks’s Honeyguide, Dwarf Honey guide, Zenkers Honeyguide, Wahlberg’s Honeyguide, Cassin’s Honeyguide.

Piciformes –picidae

Bird species found in this list of Picidae includes; Speckle-breasted Woodpecker, Brown-eared woodpecker, Buff-spotted woodpecker ,Green-backed woodpecker ,Tullberg’s woodpeckers , Golden-tailed woodpecker ,Nubian woodpecker ,African piculet ,Rufous –necked Wryneck ,Eurasian Wryneck ,Brown-backed woodpecker ,Olive woodpecker, African Gray woodpecker ,Elliot’s woodpecker ,Golden-crowned woodpecker ,Bearded woodpecker ,Gabon woodpecker ,Cardinal woodpecker among others .

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Green-backed woodpecker

Falcomiformes –Falconidae

Bird species found in list of Falconidae includes; Fox Ketrel, Greater Ketrel, Pygmy Falcon ,Lesser kestrel, Taita falcon ,Peregrine Falcon ,Saker Falcon , Lanner Falcon ,African Hobby ,Eurasian Hobby , Sooty Falcon  ,Eleanora’s Falcon ,Amur Falcon ,Red-footed Falcon ,Red-nested Falcon ,Gray Kestrel .

Psittaciformes –Psittaculidae

Bird species found in list of Psittaculidae includes; Rose-ringed parakeet, Black-collared lovebird, Red –headed lovebird, Gray parrot, Brown-necked parrot ,Meyer’s parrot among others.

Passeriformes –Calyptomenidae

Bird species found in the list of Calyptomenidae includes; African Broadbill and Rufous-sided Broadbill.

Passeriformes; Eurylaimidae

 They include; Grauer’s Broadbill.

Passeriformes –Pittidae

 Bird species includes ;Green-breasted pitta ,African pitta among others.

Passeriformes –Platysteiridae

Bird species found in this list includes; Ituri Batis, Pygmy Batis, Black-headed Batis, Gray-headed Batis. Chin spot Batis ,Ruwenzori Batis ,Yellow-bellied Wattle-eye ,Jameson’s wattle-eye ,Brown –throated wattled –eye, Black-throated wattle –eye ,Chestnut wattle –eyes many more.

Passeriformes –Vangidae

Bird species includes; White Helmet shrike, Black -and -white shrike-flycatcher, Rufous-bellied Helmet shrike, African Shrike-flycatcher, Red-billed Helmet shrike, White Helmet shrike, Yellow-crested Helmet shrike among others.

 Passeriformes –Malaconotidae

 Bird species include; Papyrus Gonolek, Black-headed Gonolek, Tropical Boubou, Three-streaked Tchagra, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Marsh Tchagra, Pink-footed Puff back, Northern puff back ,Black-backed puff back among others.

Other species includes; Slate-colored Boubou, Lowland Sooty Boubou, Gray-headed Bush shrike, Lagden’s Bush shrike, Fiery-breasted Bush shrike, Doherty’s Bush shrike, Many-colored Bush shrike, Gray-green Bush shrike, Mountain Sooty Boubou ,Purple-throated Cuckoo shrike ,Red-shouldered Cuckoo shrike ,Petit’s Cuckoo shrike ,Black Cuckoo shrike many more, Uganda birding checklist.


 Birds species includes; Gray-backed fiscal, Lesser Gray Shrike, Emin’s shrike, Isabel line shrike, Red-tailed shrike, Red-backed shrike, White-rumped shrike, Yellow-billed shrike ,Woodchat shrike ,Masked shrike ,Souza’s shrike ,Mackinnon’s Shrike others.

Passeriformes –Oriolidae

 Bird species includes; Black-tailed Oriole, African Black –headed Oriole, Eurasian Golden Oriole, African Golden Oriole.

Passeriformes –Dicruridae

 They include; Fork-tailed Drongo, Velvet-mantled Drongo.

Passeriformes –Monarchidae

They include; African paradise –Flycatcher, Black-headed paradise –Flycatcher, African Crested-Flycatcher, Blue-headed Crested –Flycatcher many more.

Passeriformes –Monarchidae

 They include; African Paradise-Flycatcher, Black-headed Paradise-Flycatcher, Blue-headed Crested –Flycatcher, African Crested-Flycatcher many more.

Passeriformes –Carvidae

 They include; White-necked Raven, Fan tailed Raven, Piapiac, Pied Crow, Somali Crow.

Passeriformes –Nicatoridae

 They include; Yellow –throated Nicator, Western Nicator.

Passeriformes –Alaudidae

 They includes; Fischer’s Sparrow –Lark, Rufous-rumped lark, Chestnut-baked Sparrow-Lark, Sun Lark, Red-capped Lark, Singing Bush lark, Fappet Lark, Red winged Lark ,White-tailed Lark.

Passeriformes –Hirundinidae

They include; Rock Martin, Banded Martin, Plain Martin, Bank Swallow, Common House-Martin, Black Saw wing, Gray-rumped Swallow, Lesser stripped-Swallow, Wire-tailed Swallow, White-throated Blue Swallow, Angola Swallow, White-throated Blue Swallow among more.

Passeriformes –Stenostiridae

They include; White-tailed Crested –Flycatcher, White-bellied Crested –Flycatcher, African Blue Flycatcher.

Passeriformes –Paridae

They include; White-shouldered Black-Tit, White-bellied Tit, White-winged Black –Tit, Somali Tit.

Passeriformes –Remizidae

 They include; Mouse-colored Penduline –Tit, African penduline-Tit, Yellow Penduline –Tit.

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Mouse-colored Penduline

 Passeriformes –Pycnonotidae

They include; Lesser Bristle bill, Slender-billed Green bill.

Passeriformes –Viduidae

They include; Parasitic weaver, Wilson’s Indigo bird, village indigo bird, Straw –tailed whydah, Pin-tailed whydah, Broad-tailed Paradise-Whyday, Eastern Paradise-Whydah

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