Teso is recognised internationally as having significant and important wetland birding habitats. It is a “must visit” area for keen birdwatchers. Having our base in Teso, Homestead Tours and Safaris is uniquely placed to help ornithologists get the most out of their visit.


Lake Opeta and Lake Bisina have been listed since 2006 as two of only twelve Ramsar Sites in the whole of Uganda, as well as being IBAs (Important Bird Areas). Ramsar actually state on their website that Lake Opeta is “One of the remaining intact and probably most important wetland marshes in Uganda.” Lake Nakuwa, not far across Lake Kyoga from Teso, is also a Ramsar site.

There are over 350 species of birds which can be seen in Teso as there is such a wide variety of habitats, most of which are easily accessible.

Of these 350 species, one is endemic to Teso – Fox’s Weaver. Other very special and rare birds are the Shoebill (which occurs in only three other places in Uganda)Papyrus Gonolek, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, White-winged Warbler, Carruther’s Cisticola and Papyrus Canary, among others.

The Pygmy Falcon has also been seen in Teso.

In a few days of concentrated birding in Teso, you should hopefully be able to see at least 100 species (although nothing can be guaranteed with wildlife!) Some of our Driver-Guides come from Teso and are bird experts.



The 100 birds you are most likely to see in a short visit are highlighted in blue.

Apalis, Yellow-breasted
Babbler, Brown
Barbet, Black-billed
Barbet, Double-toothed
Barbet, Red-fronted
Barbet, Spot-flanked
Barbet, White-headed
Barbet, Yellow-fronted
Batis, Black-headed
Batis, Chin-spot
Bee-eater, Blue-cheeked
Bee-eater, European
Bee-eater, Little
Bee-eater, Madagascar
Bee-eater, Swallow-tailed
Bee-eater, White-throated
Bishop, Black
Bishop, Black-winged
Bishop, Northern Red
Bishop, Yellow-crowned
Bittern, Dwarf
Bittern, Little
Boubou, Tropical
Buffalo-Weaver, White-headed
Bulbul, Common
Bunting, African Golden-breasted
Bush-Shrike, Grey-headed
Bush-Shrike, Sulphur-breasted
Bustard, Black-bellied
Button-Quail, Common
Buzzard, Augur
Buzzard, Common
Buzzard, Lizard
Cameroptera, Grey-backed
Canary, Yellow-fronted
Chanting-Goshawk, Dark
Chanting-Goshawk, Eastern
Chat, Cliff
Chat, Sooty
Cisticola, Croaking
Cisticola, Rattling
Cisticola, Red-faced
Cisticola, Singing
Cisticola, Whistling
Cisticola, Winding
Citril, African
Cordon-Bleu, Red-cheeked
Cormorant, Long-tailed
Coucal, Senegal
Coucal, White-browed
Courser, Temminck’s
Crake, African
Crake, Black
Crake, Spotted
Crane, Grey Crowned
Crombec, Northern
Crombec, Red-faced
Crow, Pied
Cuckoo, African
Cuckoo, African Emerald
Cuckoo, Black
Cuckoo, Black-and-White
Cuckoo, Common
Cuckoo, Diederik
Cuckoo, Great Spotted
Cuckoo, Klaas’s
Cuckoo, Levaillant’s
Cuckoo, Red-chested
Cuckoo-Hawk, African
Cuckoo-Shrike, Black
Cuckoo-Shrike, Red-shouldered
Cuckoo-Shrike, White-breasted
Darter, African
Dove, African Mourning
Dove, Laughing
Dove, Namaqua
Dove, Red-eyed
Dove, Ring-necked
Dove, Tambourine
Dove, Vinaceous
Drongo, Fork-tailed
Duck, Knob-billed
Duck, White-backed
Eagle, African Fish
Eagle, Booted
Eagle, Long-crested
Eagle, Martial
Eagle, Steppe
Eagle, Tawny
Eagle, Wahlberg’s
Eagle-Owl, Spotted
Eagle-Owl, Verreaux’s
Egret, Cattle
Egret, Great
Egret, Intermediate
Egret, Little
Eremomela, Green-backed
Eremomela, Yellow-bellied
Falcon, Amur
Falcon, Lanner
Falcon, Peregrine
Falcon, Pygmy
Falcon, Red-necked
Falcon, Sooty
Firefinch, African
Firefinch, Bar-breasted
Firefinch, Black-bellied
Firefinch, Red-billed
Fiscal, Grey-backed
Flufftail, Buff-spotted
Flycatcher, Northern Black
Flycatcher, Pale
Flycatcher, Semi-collared
Flycatcher, Spotted
Francolin, Crested
Francolin, Scaly
Gallinule, Allen’s
Gonolek, Black-headed
Goose, Egyptian
Goose, Spur-winged
Goshawk, African
Grebe, Little
Greenbul, Yellow-throated
Greenshank, Common
Ground-Hornbill, Abyssinian
Guineafowl, Helmeted
Gull, Common Black-headed
Harrier, African Marsh
Harrier, Eurasian Marsh
Harrier, Montagu’s
Harrier, Pallid
Harrier-Hawk, African
Hawk-Eagle, African
Helmet-Shrike, White-crested
Heron, Black-headed
Heron, Common Squacco
Heron, Goliath
Heron, Grey
Heron, Purple
Heron, Striated
Hobby, African
Hobby, Eurasian
Honey-Buzzard, European
Honeyguide, Greater
Honeyguide, Lesser
Honeyguide, Scaly-throated
Hornbill, African Grey
Hornbill, Black-and-White Casqued
Hornbill, Crowned
Ibis, Glossy
Ibis, Hadada
Ibis, Sacred
Indigobird, Village
Jacana, African
Jacana, Lesser
Kestrel, Common
Kestrel, Grey
Kestrel, Lesser
Kingfisher, African Pygmy
Kingfisher, Grey-headed
Kingfisher, Malachite
Kingfisher, Pied
Kingfisher, Striped
Kingfisher, Woodland
Kite, Black
Kite, Black-shouldered
Lapwing, African Wattled
Lapwing, Long-toed
Lapwing, Spur-winged
Lark, Flappet
Lark, White-tailed
Longclaw, Yellow-throated
Lovebird, Red-headed
Mannikin, Black-and-White
Mannikin, Bronze
Martin, Banded
Martin, Common House
Martin, Plain
Martin, Sand
Moorhen, Common
Moorhen, Lesser
Morning-Thrush, Spotted
Mousebird, Blue-naped
Mousebird, Speckled
Night-Heron, Black-crowned
Nightjar, Eurasian
Nightjar, Freckled
Nightjar, Long-tailed
Nightjar, Pennant-winged
Nightjar, Plain
Nightjar, Slender-tailed
Nightjar, Standard-winged
Oriole, African Black-headed
Oriole, African Golden
Oriole, Eurasian Golden
Oxpecker, Red-billed
Oxpecker, Yellow-billed
Paradise-Flycatcher, African (white & rufous)
Parrot, Brown
Pelican, Great White
Pelican, Pink-backed
Pigeon, African Green
Pigeon, Speckled
Pipit, Grassland
Pipit, Plain-backed
Pipit, Red-throated
Pipit, Tree
Plantain-eater, Eastern Grey
Plover, African-wattled
Plover, Caspian
Plover, Common Ringed
Plover, Kittlitz’s
Plover, Little Ringed
Plover, Three-banded
Pratincole, Collared
Prinia, Tawny-flanked
Puffback, Northern
Pygmy-goose, African
Quail, Blue
Quail, Common
Quail, Harelquin
Quelea, Cardinal
Quelea, Red-billed
Redshank, Spotted
Redstart, Common
Robin-Chat, Snowy-headed
Robin-Chat, White-browed
Rock-Thrush, Common
Roller, Abyssinian
Roller, Broad-billed
Roller, European
Roller, Rufous-crowned
Sandpiper, Common
Sandpiper, Curlew
Sandpiper, Green
Sandpiper, Marsh
Sandpiper, Wood
Saw-wing, White-headed
Scops-Owl, African
Scops-Owl, White-faced
Scrub-Robin, White-browed
Shrike, Isabelline
Shrike, Lesser Grey
Shrike, Red-backed
Shrike, Woodchat
Shrike, Yellow-billed
Snake-Eagle, Black-chested
Snake-Eagle, Brown
Snake-Eagle, Western-banded
Snipe, Common
Snipe, Great
Sparrow, Grey-headed
Sparrow, Rufous
Sparrowhawk, Great
Sparrowhawk, Little
Sparrow-Weaver, White-browed
Spoonbill, African
Starling, Bronze-tailed
Starling, Greater Blue-eared
Starling, Lesser Blue-eared
Starling, Purple
Starling, Ruppell’s Long-tailed
Starling, Violet-backed
Starling, Wattled
Stilt, Black-winged
Stint, Little
Stint, Temminck’s
Stork, Abdim’s
Stork, African Open-billed
Stork, Black
Stork, Marabou
Stork, Saddle-billed
Stork, White
Stork, Woolly-necked
Stork, Yellow-billed
Sunbird, Beautiful
Sunbird, Copper
Sunbird, Green-headed
Sunbird, Marico
Sunbird, Red-chested
Sunbird, Scarlet-chested
Swallow, Rufous-chested
Swallow, Angola
Swallow, Barn
Swallow, Lesser Striped
Swallow, Mosque
Swallow, Red-rumped
Swallow, Wire-tailed
Swamphen, Purple
Swift, African Palm
Swift, Eurasian
Swift, Little
Swift, White-rumped
Tchagra, Black-crowned
Tchagra, Brown-crowned
Tchagra, Marsh
Tern, White-winged
Thick-knee, Water
Thrush, African
Tinkerbird, Yellow-fronted
Tinkerbird, Yellow-rumped
Tit, White-shouldered
Turaco, White-crested
Vulture, African White-backed
Vulture, Hooded
Vulture, Lappet-faced
Vulture, Palm-nut
Vulture, Ruuppell’s Griffon
Vulture, White-headed
Wagtail, African Pied
Wagtail, White
Warbler, African Reed
Warbler, Barred
Warbler, Buff-bellied
Warbler, Eurasian Reed
Warbler, Garden
Warbler, Great Reed
Warbler, Icterine
Warbler, Olivaceous
Warbler, Sedge
Warbler, Willow
Wattle-eye, Brown-throated
Waxbill, Common
Waxbill, Crimson-rumped
Waxbill, Fawn-breasted
Waxbill, Zebra
Weaver, Baglafecht’s
Weaver, Black-headed
Weaver, Compact
Weaver, Fox’s
Weaver, Golden-backed
Weaver, Little
Weaver, Northern Brown-throated
Weaver, Spectacled
Weaver, Yellow-backed
Wheatear, Isabelline
Wheatear, Northern
Wheatear, Pied
Whistling-Duck, Fulvous
Whistling-Duck, White-faced
White-eye, Yellow
Whitethroat, Common
Whydah, Pin-tailed
Widowbird, Fan-tailed
Wood-Dove, Blue-spotted
Wood-Dove, Emerald-spotted
Wood-hoopoe Green
Woodpecker, Bearded
Woodpecker, Brown-backed
Woodpecker, Cardinal
Woodpecker, Grey
Woodpecker, Nubian
Wryneck, Eurasian


For more photos of birds in Uganda by Margaret Stevens, go to her FLICKR BIRD ALBUM.