Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the best birding destinations in Africa. There are 348 bird species have been recorded at Bwindi. They include 25 restricted-range species, of which 23 are confined to the Albertine Rift and four are globally threatened: African Green Broadbill -Pseudocalyptomena graueri-Vulnerable, Grauer’s Rush Warbler -Bradypterus graueri; Endangered, Chapin’s Flycatcher -Muscicapa lendu; Vulnerable and Shelley’s Crimson-wing -Cryptospiza Shelley- Vulnerable.

Tourists can not only visit Bwindi for mountain gorillas but the place is also a bird watchers haven. Bwindi has three bird species that are the only surviving representatives of their respective genera: African Green Broadbill, Grauer’s Warbler (Graueria vittata) and Short-tailed Warbler (Hemitesia Neumann). Indeed, both the broadbill and Short-tailed Warbler are thought to be more closely related to Asian- than to African species!

Bwindi hosts at least 220 butterfly species including 8 Albertine rift endemics. Three butterflies occur only in Bwindi including the Cream- banded swallowtail (Papilio leucotaenia), Graphium gudenusi and Charaxes fournierae. The threatened African giant swallowtail (Papilio antimachus) is also found in Bwindi.

BWINDI BIRD LIST

The major bird species to see in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park include:
Handsome Francolin
African Wood Owl
Rwenzori Nightjar
Bar-tailed Trogon
Black Bee-eater
Western Green Tinkerbird
Dwarf Honeyguide
Fine-banded Woodpecker
African Green Broadbill
Grey Cuckoo-shrike
Shelly’s Greenbul
Yellow-streaked Greenbul
Red-throated Alethe
Archer’s Robin-Chat
White-bellied Robin-Chat
Kivu Ground-Thrush
Mountain Yellow Warbler
Grauer’s Rush Warbler
Red-faced Woodland Warbler
Short tailed Warbler
Black-faced Rufous Warbler
Grauer’s Warbler
Chestnut-throated Apalis
Collared Apalis
Mountain Masked Apalis
Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher
Chapin’s Flycatcher
Rwenzori Batis
Strip-breasted Tit
Tit Hylia
Purple-breasted Sunbird
Blue-headed Sunbird
Regal Sunbird
Lagden’s Bush Shrike
Doherty’s Bush Shrike
Montane Oriole
Strange Weaver
Brown-capped Weaver
Red-fronted Antpecker
Dusky Twinspot
Dusky Crimsonwing
Shelley’s Crimsonwing