a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
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.
Bias musicus, 'Black and White Shrike Flycatcher' (Bigodi, Uganda).
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.
Elminia longicauda, 'African Blue Flycatcher', (Ruboni Camp, Uganda). Found in wetter habitats, including rainforest, in a distjunct distribution in central eastern and western Africa.
Cisticola chubbi, 'Chubb's Cistociola'. Found in open montane habitats, including forest edge across equatorial Africa.
Camaroptera brevicaudata, 'Grey-backed Camaroptera'. Found in bushy undergrowth across much of Africa.
Apalis jacksoni, 'Black-throated Apalis'. Found in rainforest of tropical Africa, mainly lowland rainforest of west Africa and montane forest of Albertine Rift.
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.
Neocossyphus poensis, White-tailed Ant-Thrush (Bigodi, Uganda).
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.
Ploceus ocularis, 'Spectacled Weaver' male (Ruboni Camp, Uganda). Found in many habitats, including forest, across much of sub-saharan Africa.
Ploceus nigerrimus, 'Vieillot's Black Weaver'. Found on the edge of the forest (Bigodi, Uganda).
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.
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).
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