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AFROTROPICAL Tropical & Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forest

Family Platysteiridae, Wattle-eyes & Batises

Platysteira cyanea'Brown-throated Wattle-Eye', male (Isunga Lodge, Uganda).

Batis capensis, 'Cape Batis' (Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, South Africa). Found in the cooler forests and gardens of southern Africa.

Family Vangidae

Bias musicus, 'Black and White Shrike Flycatcher' (Bigodi, Uganda).

Family Laniidae: Shrikes

Lanius mackinnoni, 'Mackinnon's Fiscal Shrike' (Ruboni Camp, Uganda). Found in wetter habitats, including rainforest and forest edge and gardns, in a distjunct distribution in central eastern and western Africa.

Family Stenostiridae: 'Crested Flycatchers'

Elminia longicauda, 'African Blue Flycatcher', (Ruboni Camp, Uganda). Found in wetter habitats, including rainforest, in a distjunct distribution in central eastern and western Africa.

Family Cisticolidae

(Bwindi, Uganda)

Cisticola chubbi, 'Chubb's Cistociola'. Found in open montane habitats, including forest edge across equatorial Africa.

Entebbe, Uganda

Camaroptera brevicaudata, 'Grey-backed Camaroptera'. Found in bushy undergrowth  across much of Africa.

Black-throated Apalis (image by Damon Ramsey)(Bwindi, Uganda)

Apalis jacksoni, 'Black-throated Apalis'. Found in rainforest of tropical Africa, mainly lowland rainforest of west Africa and montane forest of Albertine Rift.

Family Zosteropidae, White-eyes

Zosterops senegalensis, 'Northern Yellow White-eye'. Found in many habitats, including edge of forest and into gardens.

Zosterops virens, 'Cape White-eye' (Nature's Valley, South Africa). Found in various habitats in southern Africa.

Sturnidae: Starlings & Mynas

Family Turdidae, Thrushes

Neocossyphus poensis, White-tailed Ant-Thrush (Bigodi, Uganda).

Family Muscicapidae: Old World Flycatchers, Chats


? Melaenornis pallidus, 'Pale Flycatcher'. A plain brown bird with slight yellow tinge on underbelly. Often sits still on a perch. More a bird of woodland habitats, but sometimes found on edge of forest as pictured here. Found across western, eastern and southern Africa.

Family Nectariniidae, Sunbirds

Chalcomitra rubescens, 'Green-throated Sunbird' immature (Bigodi, Uganda).

Nectarinia kilimensis, 'Bronze Sunbird' (Isunga Lodge, Uganda).

Cinnyris bouvieri, 'Orange-tufted Sunbird',  (Isunga Lodge, Uganda).

Cinnyris regia, 'Regal Sunbird', (Isunga Lodge, Uganda).

Cinnyris afer, '(Greater?) Double-collared Sunbird', (Garden Route, South Africa). Found on forest edge, and also in coastal scrub and fynbos, in South Africa.

Family Ploceidae: Weavers

Ploceus ocularis, 'Spectacled Weaver' male (Ruboni Camp, Uganda). Found in many habitats, including forest, across much of sub-saharan Africa.

Ploceus baglafecht, 'Baglafecht Weaver'. Found in various habitats, including edge of forest, in eastern Africa (and a small distribution in western Africa).

 Ploceus nigerrimus, 'Vieillot's Black Weaver'. Found on the edge of the forest (Bigodi, Uganda).

Family Viduidae, Indigobirds & Whydahs

Family Estrildidae: 'Estrildid Finches', including mannikins, bluebills & waxbills

These 'finches' are not closely related to the finches of other families, but are related to house sparrows. They are always small, and often colourful. They eat seeds with their stout bills. They are found in the old world tropics of Africa, Asia and Australasia.

Black-headed Waxbill (image by Damon Ramsey)(Bwindi, Uganda)

Estrilida atricapilla, 'Black-headed waxbill'. Striking coloured small bird of rainforest of central and western Africa.

Lonchura bicolor, 'Black and White Mannikin' (Rwenzori, Uganda). Found on the edge of moist forest.

Spermophaga ruficapilla'Red-headed Bluebill' (Bigodi, Uganda).

Cryptospiza jacksoni, 'Dusky Crimsonwing' (Rwenzori, Uganda). Restricted distribution, endemic to the mountain forests of the Albertine Rift in Uganda, DRC, Burundi & Rwanda.

Coccopygia melanotis, 'Swee Waxbill' (Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, South Africa).

Motacillidae: Wagtails & Pipits
Fringillidae: Finches, Euphonias

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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.