Grant's Bluebill

If you are Planning a Uganda Birding Safari. Then plan to enjoy the rare Grant's Bluebill.

In this section of the Uganda Birding Safari Guide we share with you information about Grant's Bluebill birds that can help you enjoy your Bird watching tour to Africa.

You will find information about:

Where to find the GRANT’S BLUEBILL (Spermophaga poliogenys)

Bluebills are heavy billed red and black, or red and brown waxbills.

These birds are shy and normally are quick to take cover if disturbed.

You will find Bluebills only in the Semliki Valley in when in Uganda.

What a rare jewel!

So if you want to watch this bird that i think was named after Grant the explorer you have to visit the Semliki valley.

Characteristics of The Grant's Bluebill

The adult Grant's Bluebill is around 14cm and the male bird has part of the head, breast and flanks red but black of upper parts extends up the nape.

This bird has a blue-grey bill with a pink tip and a cutting edge.

The black tail distinguishes it from the black-bellied seed cracker.

The adult female has a dark grey head with a red throat and bold white spots from the breast to the vent.

To easily identify these birds, you will use, the red color on the head and tail.

The immature birds are dark with blackish-grey color and red rump.

In their habitat

Grant's Bluebills are rare species of bird you will find only in the western part of Uganda at an altitude of 700-800m above sea level.

Semliki Valley is well known for being their resident area.

You can find them in singles or pairs and you will hear them sing seeu-sisi-su swiswiswiswiswiswiswiswi.

Don’t miss the chance to watch Grant’s bluebill while you are in Semliki.

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