How Many Bird Species Are In Volcanoes National Park In Rwanda? Volcanoes national park is located in the Northwestern part of Rwanda covering a total surface area of about 160 square kilometers. This national park is dominated by a rainforest and it encompasses around five volcanoes within the Virunga Mountains such as; karasumi, muhabura, bisoke, Gahinga, sabyinyo and many others. This national park is well renowned for its unique features, its rich history and it hosts endangered mountain gorillas. More so, this national park is part of Virunga Massif and it extends to other countries like; Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Volcanoes national park is surrounded with beautiful landscapes, bamboo forests, open grasslands, swamps and heath, lush forests and it holds remarkable conservation efforts which aim at protecting all the endangered inhabitants within the park for example; the parks management works together with the local communities to implement innovative strategies and balance all the needs of conservation and the wellbeing of the nearby residents. More so, the community-based tourism initiates and empowers local people by providing them with economic opportunities in order to reduce too much reliance on activities, which may cause harm to the parks ecosystems.
Volcanoes national park is also ranked to be among the best birding destinations in East Africa because it hosts over 200 bird species including the 17 Albertine Endemics. Therefore, it is noted that Birdwatching is a top tourist activity that one should engage in while on a safari in Rwanda in Volcanoes National Park and below is the list of birds that one is likely to spot while exploring around different areas in the park.
African Black Duck
African Emerald Cuckoo
Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo
African Palm Swift
African Sacred Ibis
African Pygmy Kingfisher
Willard’s Sooty Boubou
White-tailed Blue Flycatcher
Grauer’s Swamp Warbler
Lesser Striped Swallow
Eastern Mountain Greenbul
Rwenzori Hill Babbler
African Dusky Flycatcher
Northern Double-collared Sunbird
Northern Gray-headed Sparrow
African Pied Wagtail
Best Time for Bird Watching in Volcanoes National Park
Bird watching in Volcanoes National Park can be done anytime throughout the year, however the best time is during the dry season months of June to August and December to February.
This is a great time for bird watching because there is less rainfall in the park therefore bird watching trails will be dry and passable.
Contact our trusted tour operators for more information about what birds are there to see in Volcanoes national park and then book with our tours and travel companies such as; Explore tours Rwanda who offer the best tour packages while on a safari in Rwanda.