43 finch species at Bwindi. Can you believe it…

9 Nov

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda. Home to 43 finch species and 380 of the world's last remaining Mountain Gorilla's. Photo taken by Russell Kingston

Following on our recent announcement on the planned 2012 RFCG EcoTour to South Africa and Uganda we have had several requests to list all the 43 finch species that can be seen at Bwindi in Uganda.

The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is only 331 square kilometers ( 126 square miles ) in size and for many years it has been famous for not only its magnificent scenery and its rich and varied ecosystem , but also for the fact that 380 of the world’s last remaining Mountain Gorilla’s can be found in this beautiful tropical rain forest. It is one of the most important forests in Africa, it has more than 350 bird species , 310 butterfly species , 324 tree species , 120 species of mammals of which 10 species are primates .

Today thanks to the exposure that  the Rare Finch Conservation Group has given to the area more and more bird enthusiasts are becoming aware of the fact that no less than 43 finch species have been sighted and recorded in the forest . This is probably the highest variety of finch species that can be seen  anywhere in the world . Below is the list of finches that have been seen in the forest .

PLOCEIDAE : Weavers,etc…

Grosbeak Weaver Amblyospiza albfrons

Yellow 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

Hopefully with time more and more finch enthusiasts, from all over the world , will visit the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and when doing so will provide valuable ecotourist employment for Uganda and the local communities living on the edge of the forest  

The Rare Finch Conservation Group has no full-time staff members and every member of the group volunteers their skills and services in the interests of advancing finch conservation work. The RFCG is registered in South Africa as a non-profit organisation . It is totally dependent on donations and sponsorships for its future survival . The RFCG is currently raising funds ( US$ 25,000 is needed ) to finance its planned Phase 3 field research work in Uganda.  For more information on this pioneering conservation group please contact editor@avitalk.co.za

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