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Birding in Mabira Forest – The threatened kingdom

Successful Birding in The “THREATENED KINGDOM” Mabira Forest.


Work work work, our on going research on Avian density through consecutive birding in the Bird-life international IBAs around the L. Victoria basin catchment. Among the top Birding spots in Uganda with the visiting birdwatchers and resident members of Uganda bird-guides club, We have now concertrated in Mabira forest A Threatened Kingdom, which habits a great deal of Congo-guinea forest with a great concentration of Croton, paper mulberry, Cola gigantea, Meopsis eminii, with the help of National Forest authority forest sector manager Christine, Paul and Tony, our head guide plus the forest research assistants Charismatic, hard working Eric Bogere have been birding in Mabira forest area for different entry times of days for several days.


A (a) Among the days in this semi – deciduous forest, keen focus on trees which act as perches, roosting bases for several species, fruit source for frugivores, riverine sectors with water insects, flies, butterflies, caterpillars attracting from the smallest passerine, near passerine and Top of the chain raptors.

birding Mabira forest

Jameson’s wattle eye in Mabira Forest

birding Mabira forest

Diedrik cuckoo in Mabira Forest

The common trees that will charm botanists with keen interest in tropical ecology are Cordia Africana, Paper mulberry, Albizhia coriaria, Warburgia ugandensis, Zanthoxylum chalebuem, Ficus ovate, Terminalia superba and several other with most posing to cure over 35 ailments a top place for medicinal tourism.


B (a) Threats to the biggest scavenger of carbon emissions in the Central region Being loggers with chain saws, communities encroachers for settling and farming, charcoal burning activities for energy, thank the patrol men from NFA as we need and call for more efforts to save the Forest from destruction with critical maximum strategies.


With this recent consistence of the forest visit as Birding in Uganda gathers pace, the checklist composition made by these birding guides includes the notoriously difficult birds to see in the area which are a charm when gripped by any birdwatcher! 


Our start is boosted by exciting contact calls of the rare forest robin, its hard to see as it flashes from end to end! With the Green Crombec call above us, we despair to tick it as heard! The yellow white eye calls too as its lower pitch gives it away immediately. It’s a great start as the forest is alive! With our Bird Population Programme in Uganda initiated by our top conservation body NatureUganda, as we monitor birds everywhere. Our Monitoring forms are dominated by top birds as we use the BPM programme scheme. As we apply the line transact method.

birding Mabira forest

Olive sunbird in Mabira Forest

birding Mabira forest

Cola gigantea – a fascinating tree in Mabira Forest

Here is a list in Taxa order bellow with the birds commonly seen while birding in Mabira Forest.

1 Reed cormorant

2 Black headed heron

3 Marabou stork

4  Hadada ibis

5 Yellow-billed kite

6 Black-shouldered Kite

7 Hooded vulture

8 European Honey-Buzzard

9 African Harrier-Hawk

10 Ayres’s Hawk Eagle

11 Long-crested Eagle

12 Crowned eagle

13 Helmeted Guineafowl

14 Crested Guineafowl

15 White-spotted Fluff tail

16 Red eyed dove

17 African Green-pigeon

18 Ring-necked Dove

19 Grey Parrot

20 Great Blue Turaco

21 Eastern Grey Plantain-eater

22 Red-chested Cuckoo

23 Black Cuckoo

24 Diederik Cuckoo

25 Klaas`s Cuckoo

26 African Emerald Cuckoo

27 Little Swift

28 African Palm swift

29 Speckled Mousebird

30 Narina Trogon

31 Striped Kingfisher

32 Blue-breasted Kingfisher

33 African Pygmy kingfisher

34 White-throated Bee-eater

35 Forest Wood-hoopoe

36 Crowned Hornbill

37 African Pied Hornbill

38 Black-and- white- casqued Hornbill

39 Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird

40 Speckled Tinkerbird

41 Hairy-breasted Barbet

42 Yellow-spotted Barbet

43 Double-toothed Barbet

44 Yellow-billed Barbet

45 Least honey guide

46 Buff-spotted Woodpecker

47 Brown-eared woodpecker

48 Yellow-crested Woodpecker

49 Sand Martin

50 Lesser Striped Swallow

51 Angola swallow

52 Black Saw-wing

53 White-headed saw-wing

54 African Pied Wagtail

55 Yellow Wagtail

56 Yellow-throated Longclaw

57 Common bulbul

58 Yellow-whiskered Greenbul.

59 Little Greenbul

60 Slender-billed Greenbul

61 Cameroon Sombre Greenbul

62 Red-tailed Bristlebill

63 Green-tailed bristlebill

64 Red-tailed Greenbul

65 White throated greenbul

66 Honey guide Greenbul.

67 Forest robin

68 Fire-crested Alethe

69 White-browed Robin-Chat.

70 Snowy-headed Robin Chat

71 Red-capped Robin-Chat

72 African Thrush

73 Rufous-fly catcher thrush

74 Whin chat

75 Garden Warbler

76 Willow Warbler

77 Green hylia

78 Green crombec

79 Red faced cisticola

80 Tawny-flanked Prinia

81 Grey-capped warbler

82 Grey-backed Camaroptera.

83 Buff-throated apalis

84 Black-throated apalis

85 Northern black flycatcher

86 Pale flycatcher

87 African dusky flycatcher

88 Lead coloured Fly catcher

89 African Shrike-flycatcher

90 Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher

91 Brown throated wattle eye

92 Chestnut wattle eye

93 Jameson wattle eye

94 African paradise-flycatcher

95 Red-billed paradise-flycatcher

96 African blue- flycatcher

97 Scaly- breasted illadopsis

98 White shouldered tit

99 Yellow white eye

100 Coppery sunbird

101 Scarlet chested sunbird

102 Olive bellied Sunbird

103 Red chested sunbird

104 Green sunbird

105 Olive sunbird

106 Green throated sunbird

107 Collared sunbird

108  Bocage’s Bush-shrike

109 Velvet mantled Drongo

110 Pied crow.

111 Western black headed oriole

112 Grey headed sparrow

113 Baglafetcht weaver

114 Compact weaver

115 Grosbeak weaver

116 Black necked weaver

117 Black – bellied seed cracker

118 Violets black weaver

119 Black necked weaver

120 Red-headed Malimbe

121 White-breasted Negrofinch

122 Fan tailed widow bird

123 Red head blue bill

124 Fawn breasted waxbill

125 Black-crowned waxbill

126 Village indigo bird

birding Mabira forest

Tony with the local birding guide at Mabira forest

Mabira Forest is along the way between Kampala and Jinja so a stop can be planned into a birding safari heading that way.