Echuya Forest Reserve is a fantastic birding destination located in the South Western part of the country near the Rwandan border.  It is home to roughly 150 species of birds, eighteen of which are endemic to the reserve, including the elusive Grauer’s Swamp warbler.  The forest is ranked as Uganda’s most important forest habitat due to the rarity of its flora and fauna and has much potential for sustainable tourism initiatives due to the dense human population of the area and the growing interactions between these people and the forest.

Any birder heading to this reserve should be sure to use to local guides to help find and identify birds as they are the true experts of this environment.

A few birds located in this area include:

  • Dwarf Honeyguide
  • Red-throated Alethe
  • Archer’s Robin-Chat
  • Kivu Ground Thrush
  • Grauer’s Rush Warbler
  • Red-faced Woodland Warbler
  • Grauer’s Warbler
  • Collared Apalis
  • Mountain Masked Apalis
  • White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher
  • Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher
  • Rwenzori Batis
  • Strip-breasted Tit
  • Regal Sunbird
  • Doherty’s Bush-Shrike
  • Montane Oriole
  • Strange Weaver
  • Brown-capped Weaver
  • Strange Weaver