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Birds of Karamoja

Field Guide to Northeastern Uganda

Birders have featured Northeastern Karamoja sub-region as ‘Undiscovered Outback of Uganda‘ and ‘A truly unique birding Environment’ due to the magnificent scenery, remarkable tribal cultures, birds and wildlife that you won’t see elsewhere in Uganda.

(East-Africa) Endemic

“Where there is a Fox’s Weaver there is a Karamoja Apalis, where there is a Karamoja Apalis there is a Fox’s Weaver.” Fox’s Weaver is Uganda’s only endemic bird species and Karamoja Apalis is endemic to East Africa.  Both inhabitants of wooded grasslands dominated by the Whistling-thorn Acacia, favored for nesting and feeding.

Resident birds

While exploring Mountain Moroto’s southern rocky slopes, acacia and broad-leaved woodlands, we added a couple of incredible birds that included the Orange River (Archer’s) Francolin, Wahlberg’s Honeyguide, Grey Wren-warbler, Uncommon Hemprich’s Hornbill and The restricted-range African Citril.”

Unique habitat

Bird Watching on Mount Moroto and the surroundings provide an impressive collection of the Somali-Masai biome bird species. Birding this area is a whole new adventure for one who has only covered the traditional Uganda birding tour that traverses the central, southwestern and western parts of the country.

Birds of Karamoja, sightings

Birds in Uganda’s Northeastern Karamoja has guaranteed bird sightings including Yellow-necked Spur fowl, Red-winged Lark, Black-throated Barbet, Grey-wren Warbler, Yellow-spotted Petronia and Purple Grenadier.


With luck and the help of our experienced Kara-Tunga birding guides, there’s a chance of viewing the Shoebill, Fox’s Weaver and Karamoja Apalis.

More info about the sightings of Herbert Byaruhanga (Bird Uganda Safaris).


  • White-bellied Canary
  • White-Headed Buffalo Weaver
  • Silverbird
  • Superb Starling
  • Namaqua Dove
  • Morning Collard Dove
  • Speckled Pigeon
  • Rock Pigeon
  • African Palm swift
  • African Open-bill
  • Pink-backed Pelican
  • Long-tailed cormorant
  • Marabou Stork
  • Black-headed Heron
  • Cattle Egret
  • Little Egret
  • Black-winged Kite
  • Long-crested Eagle
  • Dark Chanting Goshawk
  • Black Kite
  • Stripped Kingfisher
  • Pied Kingfisher
  • Abyssinian Roller
  • Red-fronted Barbet
  • Nubian Woodpecker
  • Fork-tailed Drongo
  • Northern Fiscal
  • Pied Crow
  • Rattling Cisticola
  • Bank Swallow
  • Dark-capped bulbul
  • Rupell’s Starling
  • Carruther’s Cisticola
  • White-winged Swamp Warbler
  • Barn Swallow
  • Swamp Flycatcher
  • Red-Chested Sunbird
  • White-browed Sparrow Weaver
  • Little Weaver
  • Black-headed Weaver
  • Red-cheecked Cordonbleu
  • Northern Grey-headed Sparrow
  • Ross’s Turaco
  • Pia Piac
  • Less-blue Eared Starling
  • Common Kestrel

More info about the sightings of David Yekutiel on a birding trip with Mamaland Safaris.


  • Blue-naped Mousebirds
  • Common Fiscal
  • Cutthroat Finch
  • Fan-tailed Raven
  • Karamoja landscape
  • Namaqua Doves
  • Red-and-yellow Barbet
  • Rufous-crowned Roller
  • Silverbird, stretching
  • Steppe Eagles
  • The stunning Green-backed Twinspot
  • White-crested Turaco
  • Winding Cisticola
  • White-crested Helmet-shrike
  • The infamous Boran Cisticola
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Mocking Cliff-chat
  • Little Rock Thrush
  • Common Rock Thrush
  • African Hill-babbler
  • Abyssinian Roller
  • Beaudouin’s Snake-eagle
  • D’Arnoud’s Barbet
  • Dark Chanting Goshawk
  • Hemprich’s Hornbill (female)
  • Hemprich’s Hornbill (male)
  • Long-crested Eagle
  • Nubian Woodpecker
  • Pied Wheatear
  • Pygmy Falcon
  • Rufous Chatterers
  • Rufous Sparrows
  • Tawny Eagle

More info about the sightings of Crammy Wanyama on a birding trip with Avian Safaris.


1. Crested Francolin
2. Red-eyed Dove
3. Ring-necked Dove
4. Laughing Dove
5. Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove
6. Namaqua Dove
7. African Green-Pigeon
8. Buff-crested Bustard
9. White-bellied Go-away-bird
10. White-browed Coucal
11. Dideric Cuckoo
12. Long-crested Eagle
13. Dark Chanting-Goshawk
14. Augur Buzzard
15. Pearl-spotted Owlet
16. Speckled Mousebird
17. Blue-naped Mousebird
18. Green Woodhoopoe
19. Hemprich’s Hornbill
20.African Gray Hornbill
21. Northern Red-billed Hornbill
22. African Pygmy-Kingfisher
23. Gray-headed Kingfisher
24. Striped Kingfisher
25. Little Bee-eater
26.Abyssinian Roller
27. Lilac-breasted Roller
28. Red-and-yellow Barbet
29 D’Arnaud’s Barbet
30. Red-fronted Tinkerbird
31. Red-fronted Barbet
32. Greater Honeyguide
33. Nubian Woodpecker
34. Pygmy Falcon
35. Fox Kestrel
36. Lanner Falcon
37. African Black-headed Oriole
38. Black-crowned Tchagra
39. Three-streaked Tchagra
40. Slate-colored Boubou
41. Fork-tailed Drongo
42. African Paradise-Flycatcher
43. Gray-backed Fiscal
44. Pied Crow
45. White-bellied Tit
46. Mouse-colored Penduline-Tit
47.Red-faced Crombec
48.Yellow-bellied Eremomela
49. Green-backed Camaroptera
50.Buff-bellied Warbler
51. Yellow-breasted Apalis
52. Boran Cisticola
53.Rattling Cisticola
54. Tiny Cisticola
55. Barn Swallow
56. Red-rumped Swallow
57. Lesser Striped Swallow
58. White-headed Sawwing
59. Common Bulbul
60. African Yellow White-eye
61. Rufous Chatterer
62. Red-billed Oxpecker
63. Yellow-billed Oxpecker
64. Violet-backed Starling
65. Red-winged Starling
66. Rüppell’s Starling
67. Greater Blue-eared Starling
68. Bronze-tailed Starling
69. African Gray Flycatcher
70. Red-backed Scrub-Robin
71. Spotted Morning-Thrush
72. Little Rock-Thrush
73. Mocking Cliff-Chat
74. Familiar Chat
75. Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird
76.Amethyst Sunbird
77. Beautiful Sunbird
78. Mariqua Sunbird
79. Purple-banded Sunbird
80. White-headed Buffalo-Weaver
81. White-browed Sparrow-Weaver
82. Chestnut Weaver
83. Red-cheeked Cordonbleu
84. Purple Grenadier
85. Orange-winged Pytilia
86. Eastern Paradise
87. Straw-tailed Whydah
88. Northern Gray-headed Sparrow
89. Chestnut Sparrow
90. Yellow-spotted Bush Sparrow/Petronia
91. African Pied Wagtail
92. Plain-backed Pipit
93. Yellow-fronted Canary
94. Reichenow’s Seedeater
95. Cabanis’s Bunting

Brian Lokutae is a son of the soil and indigenous inhabitant of Moroto and the Karamoja sub-region at large. His passion for birding has attracted the attention of Uganda national birding elite and is one of the greatest promoters of birding in Uganda’s Northeastern and Moroto in particular.

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More info about the sightings of Onongo Jonathan on a birding trip with Fox’s Weaver Conservation Project.


  • Fox’s Weaver
  • Karamoja Apalis
  • Mosque Swallow
  • Hort-toed Snake-Eagle
  • Rufous-crowned Roller
  • Red-billed Hornbill
  • Red-headed Weaver
  • African Hoopoe
  • Black-chested Snake-Eagle
  • Wattled Starling
  • Rüppell’s Griffon Vulture
  • Rufous-crowned Roller

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