Classified as an Important Birding Area (IBA) by Birding International, Queen Elizabeth National Park’s great variety of habitats mean it is home to over 600 species. This is the greatest of any of Uganda’s national parks, and a phenomenal number for such a small area. The parks confluence of savanna and forest, linking to the expansive forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) allow visitors to spot East as well as Central African species, some of which are only otherwise seen in the DRC.
Present in the park are numerous water birds, woodland and forest dwellers in the Maramagambo Forest, 54 raptors and various migratory species. Key species include the Martial Eagle, Black-rumped Buttonquail, African Skimmer, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Pinkbacked Pelican, African Broadbill, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Black Bee-eater, Whitetailed Lark, White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Canary, Corncrake, Lesser and Greater Flamingo, Shoebill and Bar-tailed Godwit.