a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
The non-passerine birds of the lowland and mountain African rainforest
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.
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'.
Tauraco corythaix, 'Knysna Turaco'. Found in forests of southern Africa.
Bostrychia hagedash, 'Hadada Ibis' (Isunga Lodge, Uganda).
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.
Merops oreobates, 'Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater' (Isunga Lodge, Uganda).
Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? The first expedition I am booked to work on after the virus is Micronesia, New Guinea & Indonesia in 2021 with Silversea.