Where In Uganda Are Shoebills Found?

Where In Uganda Are Shoebills Found? Uganda is beautiful country and it is ranked to be among the best birding destinations in the East Africa. This country alone has a total number of 1063 bird species, which attract many tourists to travel from all over the world with an aim of sightseeing the bird species. however, the rare shoebill stork is one of the top bird species that has attracted many tourists and Uganda has around 1000 shoebills that can be available and tourists can also sight see some of the other bird species include; the Rwenzori Turaco, the brown chested pullover, the Karamoja Apalis, the red fronted ant pecker, the African broadbill, the Nahans francolin, and the Purcell’s illadopsis and many others while on their birding safari in the country.

Therefore, tourists can get in touch with our trusted tour operators while planning to go on a birding safari in Uganda and also Book with our tours and travel companies such as; Achieve Global safaris who will offer you with the tour packages while on birding safari in the country and take you through different destinations where you can be able to sight see the rare shoebill stork. In addition, these bird species include;

The Ishasha sector.

The rare shoebill stork can be easily spotted within the Ishasha sector which is located within Queen Elizabeth National park which is considered to be the second largest national park in the country and the most visited game park because of its tree climbing lions however, visiting this park one can also get chances to see other wildlife species like; antelopes, Topi, Impala, elephants, leopards, antelopes, bush bucks and many others.

Queen Elizabeth National park is also known to be among the best birding destinations because it harbours around 600 bird species therefore touring around the Ishasha sector doesn’t only give you chances to see the rare shoebill stork but also see other bird species such as; the yellow throated long claw, the grey woodpeckers, the African grey hornbill, black winged bishop, pink-backed pelicans, Rufous-chested swallow, pink-backed pelicans, goliath heron and blue kingfishers and many others. 

Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary.

Bigodi wetland Sanctuary is located in Kibale National park is one of the best destinations where one can be visit and be able to see the rare shoebill stork and this sanctuary is also a home to over 138 bird species that bird lovers can see such as; white-spotted fluff tail, the yellow spotted barbet, Hairy-breasted barbet, the grand blue turaco, grey-winged robin chat, western Nictor, the black crowned waxbill and many others. more so, during the birding safaris tourists are also able to overlook at other wildlife species such as; black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, sitatunga, bush pigs, bush bucks, Mongoose, Red colobus monkeys, L’hoest monkeys and many others.

Where In Uganda Are Shoebills Found?
Shoebill stork

Mabamba Swamp.

Mabamba swamp is located in Entebbe along Lake Victoria and the best time to spot the rare shoebill stork within this swamp is during the morning hours when they are moving many places while looking for food along the swamp. More so, there are so many other bird species that tourists can see while touring around the swamp and these include; the blue swallow, papyrus canary, papyrus yellow warbler, white winged warbler, pallid harrier, blue-headed caucua, Malachite kingfisher, gull-billed terns, goliath herons, northern brown, grey-headed gulls and many others.

Murchison falls national park.

Murchison falls National Park is one of the best birding destinations in the country, which is located in the Northern region of Uganda in Masindi. Tourists exploring within in Murchison falls national park can be able to see very many bird species like; blue-headed cauca, fish eagles, white-browed sparrow-weaver, palm-nut vulture, black-billed, Goliath Heron, king fishers, swamp flycatcher, speckle fronted, bee-eaters, malachite kingfisher, , silver bird and many others.

Apart from the mentioned places, there are more destinations where bird lovers can see the rare shoebill stork such as; Lake Mburo national park, Toro-semiliki wildlife reserve, in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and many others.

In conclusion, bird lovers should note that Uganda is a best destination for birding activities.

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