For birding enthusiasts, the captivating call of the Rwenzori Turaco beckons. This elusive avian wonder, seldom spotted in the Albertine Rift, finds its home in the Rwenzori Mountain National Park, nestled at altitudes ranging from 2,000 to 3,000 meters above sea level. A fascinating feature of the Rwenzori Turaco is its preference for the bountiful bounty of figs in the montane forests. When in flight, like its Turaco counterparts, this splendid bird displays reddish wings, a striking sight to behold.
Birdwatchers in pursuit of the Rwenzori Turaco’s iridescent beauty can seek this avian gem in the montane forests. The bird responds to its distinct call, guiding observers to its ethereal perch in the lofty trees of the montane forests. These remarkable interactions have provided bird enthusiasts with opportunities to capture the stunning Rwenzori Turaco, a bird usually found at high altitudes.
The Rwenzori Turaco graces the landscapes of western Uganda, appearing in Rwenzori National Park and the depths of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park within the gorge and bamboo-laden areas. Occasionally, lucky observers can spot it in the southern realms of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, particularly around Rushaga Gate, where it forages for sustenance.
To embark on the quest to glimpse this rare and resplendent bird, birdwatchers should come prepared with essential gear. Equip yourself with a quality pair of binoculars, sturdy hiking shoes, rain jackets, warm attire, a small medical kit, ample drinking water, effective insect repellent, and, of course, reliable cameras to capture the mesmerizing moments. Porters are a valuable asset for carrying the heavier equipment during your forest expedition, rendering the journey far more manageable.
Birding in Uganda beckons throughout the year, but the prime season for bird breeding spans from June to early October. The rainy season, characterized by substantial rainfall, tends to be challenging in the southwestern regions of Uganda, encompassing areas such as Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Rwenzori National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, and Semuliki National Park.
Please note that birding in Uganda calls for a specialist birding guide to enhance your experience. To embark on this captivating journey and gather essential travel information about Uganda, we recommend contacting Trek Africa Expeditions. Their expertise and insights will be instrumental in making your birding adventure truly remarkable.