Special Birds in Uganda take our list to over 500!

White-headed Barbet shows off in the sunshine

We are enjoying still more amazing birdlife here in Uganda, exploring new areas with our superb local guide, Crammy. We birded some forested areas not far from the source of the Nile at Jinja. Here we were particularly lucky to see the rare and elusive Nahan's Francolin along with lots of other fantastic species.

The little-photographed Nahan's Francolin, photo taken by Crammy

We then moved way to the west of Uganda, within sight of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Here we birded the lowland Semliki Forest National Park. We were accompanied by Justice, a local ranger, who came along with his AK47 to ward off any marauding forest elephants. Sadly we didn't encounter any of these wonderful animals, although there were plenty of dinnerplate-sized footprints along our trail to show they were not that far away! Semliki is also home to a very healthy population of primates including a new species for us, de Brazza's monkey.

The birding highlights included Crested Malimbe, Blue-billed Malimbe, Cabanis's Greenbul, Red-tailed Ant-thrush, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Piping Hornbill and White-crested Hornbill, to name just a few.

Piping Hornbill, Semliki Forest

Yellow-throated Cuckoo, a very good bird to catch up with

We're heading back to Entebbe tomorrow to celebrate New Year and of course for more birding adventures, so do check back for our next Bird Blog

Happy New Year!

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