The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest: A mecca for finch enthusiasts

18 Oct
The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is situated within the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) in southwestern Uganda. It’s nicknamed the ‘place of darkness’, although for finch enthusiasts, it is neither dark nor impenetrable!
Over 43 finch species have been spotted by birdwatchers in the forest, making it a finch enthusiast’s haven. In the upcoming weeks, the RFCG blog will be writing more posts on Uganda (and the Bwindi) as a viable destination for prospective travellers and birdwatchers.
In the meantime, let’s hope we can add the Shelley’s Crimsonwing Finch to this growing list of finch species found in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

PLOCEIDAE : Weavers,etc…

Grosbeak Weaver Amblyospiza albfrons

Yelow Bishop Eupletes capensis

Red-headed Malimbe Malimus rubricollis

Strange Weaver Ploceus alienus

Baglafecht Weaver Ploceus baglafecht

Brown-capped Weaver Ploceus insignis

Black-billed Weaver Ploceus nigerrimus

Veillot’s Black Weaver Ploceus nigerrimus

Black-necked Weaver Ploceus nigricollis

Compact Weaver Ploceus superciliosus

Yellow-mantled Weaver Ploceus tricolor

Holub’s Golden Weaver Ploceus xanthops

Grey-headed Sparrow Passer griseus

Red-billed Firefinch Lagonosticta senegala

Village Indigobird Vidua chalybeata

Pin-tailed Whydah Vidua macrou

ESTRILDIDAE : Waxbills, etc…

Dusky Twinspot Euschistospiza cinereovinacea

Dusky Crimsonwing Cryptospiza jacksoni

Red-faced Crimsonwing Cryptospiza reichenovii

Abyssinian Crimsonwing Cryptospiza salvadori

Shelley’s Crimsonwing Cryptospiza shelleyi

Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild

Black-headed Waxbill Estrilda atricapilla

Yellow-bellied Waxbill Estrilda quartinia

Black-crowned Waxbill Estrilda nonnula

Green-backed Twinspot Mandingoa nitidula

White-collared Olive-back Nesocharis ansorgei

Grey-headed Negrofinch Nigrita canicapilla

White-breasted Negrofinch Nigrita fusconota

Red-fronted Antpecker Parmoptila woodhousei

Red-headed Bluebill Spermophaga ruficapilla

Black and White Mannikin Lonchura bicolor

Bronze Mannikin Lonchura cucullata

FRINGILLIDAE : Buntings, Canaries , Seed-eaters

Golden-breasted Bunting Emberiza flaviventris

Cinnamon-breasted Rock Bunting Emberiza tahapisa

Oriole Finch Linurgus olivaceus

Yellow-rumped Seed-eater Serinus reichenowi

Thick-billed Seed-eater Serinus burtoni

Yellow-crowned Canary Serinus canicollis

Yellow-fronted Canary Serinus mozambicus

African Citril Serinus citrinelloides

Streaky Seed-eater Serinus striolatus

Brimstone Canary Serinus sulphuratus

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