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Bird Watching In Kidepo Valley National Park
For travelers on bird watching tours in Uganda, Kidepo Valley National Park host over 457 species of birds, the second-highest population of any protected area in Uganda, following only Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Sixty birds on its list haven’t been recorded in any other Uganda safari park. No comprehensive survey has been done, so visitors could easily see some species not previously recorded for the park.
Kidepo is a perfect for Uganda safari destination for spotting raptors, with 56 species on record, of which the most commonly observed include;
- Pygym falcon
- Dark chanting goshawk
- Tawny eagle
- Bateleur eagle, and
- Several types of vultures such Egyptian vultures, White-headed vultures and others
The Narus Valley is a great site where biders can look for Clapperton’s francolin and the spectacular African rose-ringed parakeet, most especially around Apoka. Othe unique bird species to look for in Narus Valley include Abyssinian ground hornbill, Superb starling, Bateleur, Meyer’s parrot, and Black coucal (only seen in the rainy season).
The lily covered crocodiles ponds in the Narus Valley also host a great variety of waterbirds such as White-faced whistling ducks, African jacan, yellow billed storks, several egrets and herons.
The thicket bush around Kanangorok Hot Springs in the Kidepo valley is the only place in Uganda to look for Ostriches. Secretary birds, Jackson’s hornbills, Speckle fronted weavers, and other bird species can also be seen around this area.
Other Kidepo National Park special to look for whing on your birding tour to Kidepo Valley National Park include Fox kestrel, Greater kestrel, Abyssinian roller, Abyssinian Scimitarbill, White-billed go-away bird, Northern carmine bee-eater, Little green bee-eater, Red and yellow barbet, Black-breasted barbet, Kori bustard, Karamoja Apalis, Golden pipit, Chestnut weaver and several others.
Guided Birding Tour Fees In Kidepo Valley National Park
- US$30—Foreign Non-Resident and Foreign Resident Visitors
- UGX 10,000 —East African citizens