The Regal Sunbird in Uganda is a small sunbird characterized by its olive-green upper plumage. Notably, its sides, from the breast to the flanks, are adorned with a striking yellow coloration, and it boasts a relatively shorter bill with a vibrant red hue that extends from the breast down to the vent.
This exquisite sunbird species can typically be encountered in high-altitude regions, primarily within the eastern section of the forest, particularly in the Ruhija area of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
For bird enthusiasts embarking on a birding expedition and planning to stay in Ruhija, which lies in the eastern part of Bwindi, the sunbird is a delightful sight to behold. The terrain here is characterized by heath and openness, making it conducive for birdwatchers to capture stunning photographs of these magnificent creatures. The Regal Sunbird is frequently spotted along community trails, particularly during the morning and evening hours. Birding in this area typically takes about two to three hours. Moreover, if you’re engaged in a full-day birding excursion in the region, you may also encounter this sunbird on your way to the Mubwindi swamp.
In some instances, while traveling by vehicle, you may catch a glimpse of the Regal Sunbird along the road that traverses the bamboo zone, which represents the highest part of the impenetrable forest. The bamboo zone offers excellent opportunities for sighting the Regal Sunbird.
One notable aspect of observing the Regal Sunbird in Uganda is that it is an everyday sight, irrespective of whether it is breeding season or not. Additionally, this sunbird species is responsive to bird calls and can often be attracted within minutes when its call is mimicked.
In the quest to spot the Regal Sunbird, you may also encounter several other captivating bird species, including the Rwenzori Hill Babbler (African Hill Babbler), White-starred Robin, Equatorial Akalat, Montane Oriole, Doherty’s Bush Shrike, Golden-breasted Bunting, Cinnamon Bee Eater, Grey-throated Barbet, Yellow White-eye, Chubb’s Cisticola, Black Sawing, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Ludher’s Bush Shrike, Mountain Black Boubou, Black-headed Waxbill, African Crowned Eagle, Banded Prinia, Fine-banded Woodpecker, Great Blue and Black-billed Turaco, among others. These avian species collectively contribute to the rich birdlife of the region, making it a birdwatcher’s paradise.