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Lake Langano - Bishangari Forest, Ethiopia (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Lake Langano - Bishangari Forest, Ethiopia

Map of Lake Langano - Bishangari Forest, Ethiopia

Bishangari Sunset
Ethiopian Bee-eater (Merops lafresnayii) Common Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) Anubis Baboon (Papio anubis) Black and White Colobus Monkey (Colobus guereza) - Male Scaly Francolin (Pternistis squamatus) Heuglins Courser (Rhinoptilus cinctus) (Three-banded Courser)
Ethiopian Bee-eater (Merops lafresnayii) Spur-winged Lapwing (Vanellus spinosus) Red-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) Woodland Kingfisher (Halcyon senegalensis) Narina Trogon (Apaloderma narina) - Male Black and White Colobus Monkey (Colobus guereza)
Banded Snake-Eagle (Circaetus cinerascens) Speckled Pigeon (Columba guinea) White-rumped Babbler (Turdoides leucopygius) Yellow-fronted Parrot (Poicephalus flavifrons) Northern Black-Flycatcher (Melaenornis edolioides) Rattling Cisticola (Cisticola chinianus)
Brown-throated Wattle-eye (Platysteira cyanea) African Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone viridis) Kittlitzs Plover (Charadrius pecuarius) Ruff (Calidris pugnax) - Immature Silvery-cheeked Hornbill (Bycanistes brevis) African Thrush (Turdus pelios)
Lesser Honeyguide (Indicator minor) Red-eyed Dove (Streptopelia semitorquata) Blue-spotted Wood-Dove (Turtur afer) Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill (Bucorvus abyssinicus) Wattled Ibis (Bostrychia carunculata) Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)
Mountain Wagtail (Motacilla clara) Narina Trogon (Apaloderma narina) - Female

Langano is a shallow Rift Valley lake about five hours by car from Addis Ababa.


Africa: Egypt and Ethiopia

1/4/2011: We left Addis Ababa for the Bishangari Forest in the early afternoon. The first couple of hours driving was pretty brutal considering the traffic and air pollution, and the constant swerving to avoid the goats and people in the road was starting to make me ill. We also got our first dose of faranji pricing when we were charged at least twice the going rate for a watermelon from a roadside vendor.

We finally reached the road to the lodge. The traffic was non-existent on the road, but we were no longer on pavement, and dust was starting to coat everything. Following another bumpy hour, we arrived at the lodge in time for darkness. The trip was worth it though as we found excellent food and accommodations.

The next morning was not so great either as I started the day with one of the worst Larium-fueled dreams of all time. The forest around the lodge was superb, however, and Hakim guided us for the entire morning to good birding and monkey-spotting spots.

Previous Visit (Addis Ababa: 1/3/2011)
Next Visit (Lake Awasa: 1/6/2011)

Species Recorded (107)

Birds ( 101 )

Shoebill ( Balaenicipitidae )
Great White Pelican - Pelecanus onocrotalus

Hawks, Eagles, and Kites ( Accipitridae )
Rueppell's Griffon - Gyps rueppelli
Hooded Vulture - Necrosyrtes monachus

Cormorants ( Phalacrocoracidae )
Great Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carbo

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Great Egret - Ardea alba
Gray Heron - Ardea cinerea
Goliath Heron - Ardea goliath
Western Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis
Little Egret - Egretta garzetta

Ibises and Spoonbills ( Threskiornithidae )
Wattled Ibis - Bostrychia carunculata

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Egyptian Goose - Alopochen aegyptiaca

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Banded Snake-Eagle - Circaetus cinerascens
Brown Snake-Eagle - Circaetus cinereus
African Fish-Eagle - Haliaeetus vocifer

Falcons and Allies ( Falconidae )
Gray Kestrel - Falco ardosiaceus

Grouse, Turkeys, and Allies ( Phasianidae )
Crested Francolin - Ortygornis sephaena
Scaly Francolin - Pternistis squamatus

Guineafowl ( Numididae )
Helmeted Guineafowl - Numida meleagris

Plovers ( Charadriidae )
Kittlitz's Plover - Charadrius pecuarius
Crowned Lapwing - Vanellus coronatus
Spur-winged Lapwing - Vanellus spinosus

Coursers ( Glareolidae )
Three-banded Courser - Rhinoptilus cinctus

Jacanas ( Jacanidae )
African Jacana - Actophilornis africanus

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Common Sandpiper - Actitis hypoleucos
Ruff - Calidris pugnax

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
White-winged Tern - Chlidonias leucopterus
Gray-hooded Gull - Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus
Black-headed Gull - Chroicocephalus ridibundus

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Lemon Dove - Aplopelia larvata
Speckled Pigeon - Columba guinea
Red-eyed Dove - Streptopelia semitorquata
Blue-spotted Wood-Dove - Turtur afer
Tambourine Dove - Turtur tympanistria

New World Parrots ( Psittacidae )
Black-winged Lovebird - Agapornis taranta
Yellow-fronted Parrot - Poicephalus flavifrons

Turacos ( Musophagidae )
White-cheeked Turaco - Tauraco leucotis

Cuckoos ( Cuculidae )
Klaas's Cuckoo - Chrysococcyx klaas

Coucals ( Centropodidae )
White-browed Coucal - Centropus superciliosus

Swifts ( Apodidae )
Nyanza Swift - Apus niansae

Mousebirds ( Coliidae )
Blue-naped Mousebird - Urocolius macrourus

Sunbirds ( Nectariniidae )
Scarlet-chested Sunbird - Chalcomitra senegalensis
Variable Sunbird - Cinnyris venustus
Collared Sunbird - Hedydipna collaris

Trogons ( Trogonidae )
Narina Trogon - Apaloderma narina

Kingfishers ( Alcedinidae )
Pied Kingfisher - Ceryle rudis
Malachite Kingfisher - Corythornis cristatus
Gray-headed Kingfisher - Halcyon leucocephala
Woodland Kingfisher - Halcyon senegalensis

Bee-eaters ( Meropidae )
Ethiopian Bee-eater - Merops lafresnayii
Northern Carmine Bee-eater - Merops nubicus

Scimitarbills ( Rhinopomastidae )
Black Scimitar-bill - Rhinopomastus aterrimus

Hornbills ( Bucerotidae )
Silvery-cheeked Hornbill - Bycanistes brevis
Hemprich's Hornbill - Lophoceros hemprichii

Ground Hornbills ( Bucorvidae )
Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill - Bucorvus abyssinicus

Barbets ( Lybiidae )
Double-toothed Barbet - Lybius bidentatus
Banded Barbet - Lybius undatus

Honeyguides ( Indicatoridae )
Lesser Honeyguide - Indicator minor

Piculets and Woodpeckers ( Picidae )
Nubian Woodpecker - Campethera nubica
Mountain Gray Woodpecker - Chloropicus spodocephalus

Paradise-flycatcher ( Monarchidae )
African Paradise-Flycatcher - Terpsiphone viridis

Drongos ( Dicruridae )
Fork-tailed Drongo - Dicrurus adsimilis

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Plain Martin - Riparia paludicola

Bulbuls ( Pycnonotidae )
Common Bulbul - Pycnonotus barbatus

Prinias and Apalis ( Cisticolidae )
Green-backed Camaroptera - Camaroptera brachyura
Rattling Cisticola - Cisticola chiniana
Ethiopian Cisticola - Cisticola lugubris

Shrike-flycatchers ( Platysteiridae )
Brown-throated Wattle-eye - Platysteira cyanea

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike - Campephaga phoenicea
Northern Puffback - Dryoscopus gambensis

Orioles ( Oriolidae )
African Golden Oriole - Oriolus auratus

Gonoleks ( Malaconotidae )
Ethiopian Boubou - Laniarius aethiopicus

Treecreepers ( Certhiidae )
African Spotted Creeper - Salpornis salvadori

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers ( Sylviidae )
Lesser Whitethroat - Curruca curruca
White-rumped Babbler - Turdoides leucopygia

Wheatears ( Muscicapidae )
Grayish Flycatcher - Bradornis microrhynchus

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Red-backed Scrub-Robin - Cercotrichas leucophrys
Red-capped Robin-Chat - Cossypha natalensis
Rueppell's Robin-Chat - Cossypha semirufa
Abyssinian Ground-Thrush - Geokichla piaggiae
Northern Black-Flycatcher - Melaenornis edolioides
Isabelline Wheatear - Oenanthe isabellina
Northern Wheatear - Oenanthe oenanthe
Pied Wheatear - Oenanthe pleschanka
African Thrush - Turdus pelios

Wagtails and Pipits ( Motacillidae )
Gray Wagtail - Motacilla cinerea
Mountain Wagtail - Motacilla clara
Western Yellow Wagtail - Motacilla flava

Shrikes ( Laniidae )
Gray-backed Fiscal - Lanius excubitoroides

Starlings and Mynas ( Sturnidae )
Red-billed Oxpecker - Buphagus erythrorynchus
Greater Blue-eared Starling - Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Rueppell's Starling - Lamprotornis purpuroptera
Red-winged Starling - Onychognathus morio

Cardueline Finches and Allies ( Fringillidae )
African Citril - Crithagra citrinelloides

Old World Sparrows ( Passeridae )
Red-billed Firefinch - Lagonosticta senegala
Green-backed Twinspot - Mandingoa nitidula
Swainson's Sparrow - Passer swainsonii
White-browed Sparrow-Weaver - Plocepasser mahali
Lesser Masked-Weaver - Ploceus intermedius
Little Weaver - Ploceus luteolus
Spectacled Weaver - Ploceus ocularis
Red-cheeked Cordonbleu - Uraeginthus bengalus




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