Embarking on a birding safari in Uganda unveils a world of avian wonders, and one such gem is the Purple-Breasted Sunbird. This tiny sunbird, with its strikingly long tail and resplendent plumage, is a marvel to behold. During its breeding plumage, its petite body glistens with an array of captivating colors, including purple, violet, gold, copper, and green.
The Purple-Breasted Sunbird thrives in the Albertine Rift Valley, and fortunate bird enthusiasts can spot it in several national parks during their birding safaris in Uganda. This sunbird is typically found at altitudes ranging from 1450 to 3000 meters above sea level.
Purple-Breasted Sunbirds have a penchant for tall flowering Symphonia trees, where they seek nectar. Their distinctive trilling call, resembling “trt trt trt trtt…,” often betrays their presence amidst the foliage.
In Uganda, the Purple-Breasted Sunbird can be observed in various parts of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Birders visiting the northern section of Bwindi, known as Buhoma gate, can encounter these charming birds along the waterfall trail. In Ruhija, on the main road amidst Symphonia trees, and along the trail leading to Mubwindi Swamp, Purple-Breasted Sunbirds delight birdwatchers. Venturing into the southern part of Bwindi, visitors to Nkuringo and Rushaga gates can spot these sunbirds on days when the trees are in full bloom. Additionally, chances to observe them are prevalent in Mgahinga and Rwenzori Mountains National Parks.
Even outside the flowering season, Purple-Breasted Sunbirds are known to roam freely throughout forests adjacent to the park in search of nectar. They may even make appearances along the routes leading to lodges in Ruhija, Bwindi’s eastern sector.
In the Rwenzori National Park, these sunbirds are often observed in high-elevation areas, beginning from the lower forests near the park gate and ascending into primary forest zones.
For the most rewarding Purple-Breasted Sunbird sightings, plan your birding safari between August and March, when Symphonia flowers are in bloom. To ensure a positive birdwatching experience, dress in nature-friendly attire that won’t startle the birds as they go about their forest activities.
Contact Trek Africa Expeditions to arrange a birding safari led by specialist bird guides, providing you with the best opportunities to marvel at the Purple-Breasted Sunbird and a plethora of other avian wonders that Uganda’s diverse landscapes have to offer.