The Budongo Forest Reserve (the "royal mile" to avid birders) is Uganda's most significant forest reserve, northwest of Kampala on the way to Murchison Falls National Park on the escarpment northeast of Lake Albert. It is known for its former abundance of East African mahogany trees (Khaya sp.) and its large population of chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes, the largest population in Uganda. It hosts more than 360 bird species, 290 butterflies, 130 moths, 465 trees, and 24 mammals including 9 primates, making it one of East Africa's most ecologically diverse rainforests.
Red-tailed monkey, Cercopithecus ascanius
Copper sunbird, Cinnyris cupreus
Variable sunbird, Cinnyris venustus igneiventris
Village indigobird, Vidua chalybeata
Fawn-breasted waxbill, Estrilda paludicola
Bronze mannikin, Spermestres cucullata (right image: adult left, immature right)
Village weaver, Ploceus cucullatus
Vieillot's black weaver, Ploceus nigerrimus
Baglafecht weaver, Ploceus baglafecht
Cabanis's greenbul, Phyllastrephus cabanisi
Nubian woodpecker, Campethera nubica
Yellow-throated longclaw, Macronyx croceus
Wooly-necked stork, Ciconia episcopus
Ross's tuaco, Musophaga rossae
White-thighed hornbill, Bycanistes albotibialis
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