Discover four of the best National Parks to see a Shoebill Stork on a Uganda Safari.
The Shoebill stork, a prehistoric-looking bird that makes your heart race whenever you encounter it: It’s indeed Uganda’s ultimate bird – a legendary bird species.
It’s intriguing how this “King whale-head” as it is often referred to because of its enormous head size, and can weigh up to 6kg but still manage to easily float on weak vegetation while hunting for fish.
The shoebill stork is named after its shoe-like bill which can grow up to 24cm in length and 20cm in width and a razor-sharp, curved hook at the end. Located in the marshes of East Africa, the shoebill is classified as vulnerable bird species and is a bucket-list sighting for any enthusiastic birder.
Aside from the Shoebill stork, Uganda is home to over 1100 bird species that constitutes 50% of the Africa’s bird species and 11% of the world’s bird species count, making it a prime destination for birders and the epitome of birding tours in Africa.
Other top spots where the Shoebill is known to thrive in Uganda include Mabamba Swamp which is quite close to Kampala-Uganda’s capital for those on short trips, Rugogo swamp in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is another prime spot.