Bird Species in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Bird Species in Mgahinga Gorilla Park, Bird Watching in Mgahinga Park, Uganda Birding Safaris, Handsome francolin, Dusky crimson wing, Red throated alethe, Kivu ground thrush. The varied habitats of Uganda’s smallest park make it home to a variety of birds with 179-184 Bird species recorded. The list includes the Ibis, Pin-tailed Whydah, Speckled Mousebird, Stone Chat, Grey-capped Warbler, Wax Bills, Yellow-vented Bulbul, Firefinch, White-naped Raven, Black Kite, Rwenzori Turaco, Blue-headed Coucal, Paradise Flycatcher, Rwenzori Batis, Double-collared Sunbird, and Rwenzori Nightjar.
A variety of bird Species found at Mgahinga National Park
Handsome francolin: This bird species has a dark reddish brown plumage, grey head, red legs and bills with a rufous grey under part and brown iris. The younger handsome francolin has a duller plumage but in adulthood both male and female birds look the same with a wing spans of up to 35 cm long.
Dusky crimson wing
Dusky crimson wing: The dusky crimson wing birds have an average length of 11cm and average weight of 14 grams. The males have their heads in red nape grey with dark crimson red upper parts but the upper wings and tail blackish grey with the side of the neck to chin, throat and underparts being dark grey. This species makes a call voice of a soft “tzeek” or “tsit” sound and also a soft trilling “geegeegeegee” sound
Red throated alethe
Red throated alethe: The red throated alethe has an average body length of 12cm with a body weight of 30-45grams. Male red throated alethe have a black crown encircled by broad grey line from forehead through supercilium to nape. The red throated alethe make a monotonous and noisey single down slurred “piiiyuu” sound
Other Bird Species in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Kivu ground thrush. The kivu ground thrush has a body length of 19-20 cm and an average weight of 43-65grams. The male kivu ground thrush bird is pale olive brown from cheeks to hind crown and underparts, with darker wing-coverts and double white spotted wingbars.
Rwenzori batis: This is a small, active black and white flycatcher like bird with dark bluish black underparts, a white stripe along the wing and black thighs, the rwezori batis has also glossy bluish black breast band in its underparts. Both the male and female Rwenzori batis look alike although the males have red eyes while the females sometimes have orangey red eyes. The young ones are also similar to adults except that their plumage has a more rufous cast. This species has a length of 11-12 cm and an average weight of 8-15.5 grams. This bird habituates in the afro montane forests at an altitude between 1340-3300 m
Rwenzori double collared sunbird: This species is closely related to the ludwig’s double collared sunbird and prirogrine’s double collaered sunbird. The only difference arises from their different locations and habitats. The Rwenzori double collared sunbird therefore is an Albertine rift endemic sunbird that is located in the Rwenzori and Albertine rift regions.
Mountain masked apalis: This species is also called the black faced apalis. It has an average body length of 11-12 cm and an average weight of 9-12grams. The mountain masked apalis has a dark forested apalis with a white spot on the neck side. The male mountain masked apalis makes a series of dry notes of “chirrupip chirrupip chirrupip” sounds
Blue headed sunbird: The blue headed sunbird has a body length of 12-14 cm and an average weight of 10-16 grams. This species makes a relatively quiet twittering with a series of loud chips that come after every 3-4seconds
Archer’s ground robin: The archer’s ground robin is 15 cm in length with an average weight of 20-26 grams. The species has a curious melancholy loud trilled piping voice that is made throughout the day.
Regal sunbird: Regal sunbirds have a body length of 10-11 cm and an average weight of 5-8 grams. The adult male regal sunbird has its head and underparts colored in an iridescent golden green dark wings and tail and also a boldly marked red and yellow breast and belly but the adult females have dull olive upper parts and yellowish, faintly streaked underparts. These birds make a sound of repititions of rapid twittering with rising and falling notes.
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