The ardent birdwatcher has quite a lot of species that they will encounter on a safari to Kigali. Akagera’s savannah and aquatic habitats support over 525 avian species. Forest birds include: the crested barbet, Ross’s Turaco, Arnot’s chat and Souza’s shrike. Savannah birds that can be identified here include: the little bee-eater, Heuglin’s robin-chat, black-headed Gonolek, brown parrot, lilac-breasted roller, grey hornbill, bare-faced go-away bird. Resident raptors include: bateleur eagle, brown snake eagles, White-backed and Ruppell’s griffon vultures, and hooded vultures. Aquatic species include: goliath heron, black-capped night heron and reed-dwelling purple heron, pelicans, crowned crane, open-bill stork, marabou stork, kingfishers, shorebirds and fish eagles. Restricted papyrus swamp species include: papyrus Gonolek, white-winged warbler, Caruther’s cistocal, and the shoebill.
Over 180 avian species have been recorded in PNV with the Grauer’s rush warbler as local specialty. Albertine Rift endemics include: Rwenzori double-collared sunbird, Archer’s ground robin, strange weaver, handsome francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, collared Apalis, Rwenzori batis, red-faced woodland warbler and dusky crimson-wing. The beautiful lake of Burera and Ruhondo also give opportunities to spot a number of unique avian species.
Nyungwe also harbors quite a good number of avian species and is an important ornithological site with currently over 280 recorded bird species. The habitat specializes in forest specialists and regional endemics. Resident species include: paradise flycatcher, drab Chubb’s Cisticola, the red throated Alethe and green pigeon, forest hornbills, the great blue Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, red breasted sparrow hawk and white headed wood hoopoe.