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non-passerine birds
AFROTROPICAL Tropical Moist Broadleaf Forest

The non-passerine birds of the lowland and mountain African rainforest

Family Columbidae, Pigeons and Doves

Columba arquatrix, 'African Olive Pigeon', 'Rameron', 'Geelbekbosduif', 'iVukuthu-lehlathi' (Nature's Valley, South Africa). Found in various habitats, including cooler forests, in southern and eastern Africa

Streptopelia semitorquata, 'Red-eyed Dove' (Isunga Lodge, Uganda). Found in various habitats, including forest edge, throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Family Musophagidae: including 'Turacos'

This is one of the few families of birds endemic to Africa. They are large and often colourful birds. They eat fruit, with the family name meaning 'banana-eater'.

(Entebbe Botanical gardens, Uganda)

Musophaga rossae, 'Ross's Turaco'. When it flies, the open wings underside reveal crimson. Found in woodlands, rainforest edge and in forest along rivers across tropical Africa, mostly in the east. 'Ross's Turaco' often have an on-again off-again relationship with 'Rachel's Turaco'. That last bit is not true.

Knysna Turaco (Nature's Valley, South Africa)

Tauraco corythaix, 'Knysna Turaco'. Found in forests of southern Africa.

(Entebbe Botanical gardens, Uganda)

Corythaeola cristata , 'Great Blue Turaco'. The largest of the Turacos. Found in rainforest in eastern and western Africa.

Family Threskiornithidae: Ibises, Spoonbills

(Isunga Lodge, Uganda)

Bostrychia hagedash, 'Hadada Ibis'.

Family Coliidae: Mousebirds

Mousebirds are cute 'n scruffy. They are mostly an open habitat bird, but they sometimes appear on the edge of forest (not inside), where they are acrobatic, scurrying through the vegetation in groups. In cooler forests, they may swing upside down and expose themselves to the sun to warm up. 

(Isunga Lodge, Uganda)

Colius striatus, 'Speckled Mousebird'. The largest and most common of the Mousebirds can be seen on the edge of the forest.

Family Family Bucerotidae: Hornbills

Hornbills are found in the 'old world' tropics of Africa and Asia. They are large birds with huge bills, the ecological and morphological equivalent to the new world tropical Toucans.

(Botanical Gardens, Entebbe, Uganda)

Lophoceros alboterminatus , 'Crowned Hornbill'. Can be found along edge of forest and gardens and in wetter woodland, in southern, eastern and parts of western Africa.

Bycanistes subcylindricus, 'Black and White Casqued Hornbill'. Found in rainforest and edge, including gardens, in eastern and western Africa.

Family Meropidae: Bee-eaters

(Isunga Lodge, Uganda)

Merops oreobates, 'Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater'.

Family Alcedinidae: Kingfishers

Halcyon senegalensis, 'Woodland Kingfisher'. Large Kingfisher coloured bright blue if back is seen, and with a contrasting red bill. Similar to African Mangrove Kingfisher, but that species has an all red bill and grey wash to head. Found mostly in open habitats, but also on forest edge, and human settlements, throughout tropical Africa.

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Throughout the virus I am working in Australia on and off as local borders close, mostly in the Kimberley with Coral Expeditions (May-September). If you can't go travelling until everything settles down, then until then, here I am doing online guided walks for Noble Caledonia and online lectures for Silversea.