AFROTROPICAL Tropical Moist Broadleaf Forest
non-passerine birds

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'.

Knysna Turaco (Nature's Valley, South Africa)

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

Family Threskiornithidae: Ibises, Spoonbills

Bostrychia hagedash, 'Hadada Ibis' (Isunga Lodge, Uganda).

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. 

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

Family Meropidae: Bee-eaters

Merops oreobates, 'Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater' (Isunga Lodge, Uganda).

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