ENTEBBE ZOO SURROUNDINGS, AS GOOD AS IT GETS


 

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The surroundings of Entebbe Zoo, also known as Uganda Wildlife Educational Centre, are great to do some bird watching, with more than 170 species of birds.

Some of its main highlights are Giant Kingfisher, Swamp Flycatcher, Broad-billed Roller, Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill, Pied Hornbill, Crowned Hornbill, Splendid Starling, Vulturine and African Fish Eagle, Verreaux’s Eagle-owl, Olive-bellied Sunbird, Red-chested Sunbird, Ross’s and Great Blue Turaco, Open-billed Stork, Great Reed Warbler, Grey-caped Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Orange Weaver, the rare Northern Masked Weaver, Golden Backed Weaver, Black Necked Weaver, Northern Brown Throated Weaver, Grosbeak Weaver, Baglafecht Weaver, Black-and-white Shrike-Flycatcher, Lead colored Flycatcher, Pale Flycatcher, Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher, African Paradise Flycatcher and African Blue Flycatcher.All the birds that i spotted here and i took a picture were wild birds.

Just sitting in the restaurant, i usually  saw Hooded Vulture, Grey-Crowned Crane and Marabou Stork, see picture below, at any time of the day.

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From the restaurant i went downstairs and took a stroll along the trail that follows the shore of lake Victoria early morning. There were many Pied Kingfishers on the ground, see first picture below.Common-ringed Plover, see second picture below, and Gull-billed Tern, see third picture below, were also found here in good numbers.

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On the right side of the trail, there where some bushes where i had great views of the stunning Black-headed Gonolek,see picture below and on top of the post.Another good location where i saw this beautiful bird was among the bushes that are near the entrance of the zoo.This bird is quite active foraging mainly for insects, but also small fruits, lizards and eggs.

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Near the entrance there are also some flowers where I usually spotted Red-chested Sunbird feeding on nectar late morning.

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On the back of the zoo there is a nature trail that goes through a patch of forest that I visited it many times early afternoon.

At 3 o’clock i could see a couple of Great Blue Turacos on the top branches of the tree at the end of this trail.This colourful bird is a magnificent bird with an intense blue back and head, white chest and belly, long tail, red and yellow beak and conspicuous dark crest.This bird feeds mainly on fruits, but also on leaves, flowers and leaves.Notice the green fruits that they were feeding on when i took the picture below.

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An individual of De Brazza Monkey was also seen moving among the branches  in this area.

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Palm-nut Vulture was another excellent bird spotted here at about 4 o’clock.

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Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher was another nice addition seen here while nesting.I also spotted a Scaly-breasted Honeyguide on a branch beside this trail as well.

Double-Toothed Barbet was another great bird spotted in this forested area.This bird has a characteristic yellowish ring around its eyes and an intense reddish neck and belly.The bird has a heavy bill that allow him to feed on fruits and insects.

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Red-billed Firefinch was a bird seen looking for seeds in a shadow area in another narrow trail.

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The path that leads from the entrance to my room was another good location to check for birds.Eastern Grey Plantain Eater and Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill were common sights late afternoon.African Pied Hornbill sometimes appeared in this area at the same time as well.

I enjoy a lot exploring this area in my free time.Some of the most iconic ugandan birds were found here !!!

Next stop, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary with lots of birds and an interesting diversity of monkeys !!!

See you soon my friends !!!

 

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