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Wondo Genet, Ethiopia (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Wondo Genet, Ethiopia

Map of Wondo Genet, Ethiopia

African Citril (Crithagra citrinelloides) - Female Abyssinian Ground-Thrush (Geokichla piaggiae) Black-winged Lovebird (Agapornis taranta) Double-toothed Barbet (Lybius bidentatus) Mountain Gray Woodpecker (Dendropicos spodocephalus) Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)
Swainsons Sparrow (Passer swainsonii) African Spotted Creeper (Salpornis salvadori) Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird (Pogoniulus chrysoconus) Grey Cuckooshrike (Coracina caesia) Brown-rumped Seedeater (Crithagra tristriatus) African Citril (Crithagra citrinelloides) - Male
Abyssinian Slaty-Flycatcher (Dioptrornis chocolatinus) Grosbeak Weaver (Amblyospiza albifrons) Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash) White-browed Robin-Chat (Cossypha heuglini)

Wondo Genet is the former resort of one of Ethiopia's emperors. It consists of a mainly agricultural valley.


Africa: Egypt and Ethiopia

1/12/2011: From Lake Awassa, we headed toward Wondo Genet to spend the night, and perhaps the next morning we could walk around the forest. We passed through the Ethiopian pineapple capitol, and despite the mob of pineapple sellers, it was still difficult to get a good price.

I wasn't really sold on visiting Wondo since I figured that it would be too similar to the Bishargari forest. However, the first thing that I noticed about Wondo Genet is that there is very little forest remaining. Amazingly, some very steep hills above the town have been completely stripped of trees. A lot of the other trees in the area are eucalyptus plantations.

Our first visit was to the hot springs swimming pool. This was the first sustained hot water that we encountered since staying in the fancy hotel in Addis Ababa. Of course, all of the water around also meant mosquitoes. We were kept up much of the night by mosquitoes in our hotel room. You would think that when you pay double the going rate for a room that they would at least have a mosquito net.

Considering the massive human imprint in the area, I was not expecting to find many birds around. But, in the morning, we hired a guide anyway. We walked around the various plantations and squatter logging camps above the town.

Despite the sparse forest, we did actually see a lot of bird life. We also saw some larger trees lying on the ground, cut down by machete. The guide seemed extremely bored by the whole adventure, but he did find a lot of birds.
Still, by the time 10AM rolled around, I was looking forward to moving on. We arrived to the car to find that our driver had stocked up on papaya being that Wondo is the papaya capitol of Ethiopia.

Previous Visit (Hawassa Bridge: 1/11/2011)
Next Visit (Bale Mountains National Park: 1/13/2011)

Species Recorded (38)

Birds ( 36 )

Ibises and Spoonbills ( Threskiornithidae )
Hadada Ibis - Bostrychia hagedash

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Augur Buzzard - Buteo augur
Crowned Hawk-Eagle - Stephanoaetus coronatus

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Tambourine Dove - Turtur tympanistria

New World Parrots ( Psittacidae )
Black-winged Lovebird - Agapornis taranta

Turacos ( Musophagidae )
White-cheeked Turaco - Tauraco leucotis

Trogons ( Trogonidae )
Narina Trogon - Apaloderma narina

Barbets ( Lybiidae )
Double-toothed Barbet - Lybius bidentatus
Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird - Pogoniulus chrysoconus

Piculets and Woodpeckers ( Picidae )
Abyssinian Woodpecker - Chloropicus abyssinicus
Mountain Gray Woodpecker - Chloropicus spodocephalus

Cuckoo-shrike ( Campephagidae )
Gray Cuckooshrike - Coracina caesia

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Black Sawwing - Psalidoprocne pristoptera

White-eyes ( Zosteropidae )
Broad-ringed White-eye - Zosterops poliogastrus

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike - Campephaga phoenicea

Treecreepers ( Certhiidae )
African Spotted Creeper - Salpornis salvadori

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers ( Sylviidae )
African Hill-Babbler - Sylvia abyssinica
Eurasian Blackcap - Sylvia atricapilla

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
White-browed Robin-Chat - Cossypha heuglini
Rueppell's Robin-Chat - Cossypha semirufa
Abyssinian Ground-Thrush - Geokichla piaggiae
Abyssinian Slaty-Flycatcher - Melaenornis chocolatinus
Little Rock-Thrush - Monticola rufocinereus
Dusky-brown Flycatcher - Muscicapa adusta
Rusty-Breasted Wheatear - Oenanthe frenata
White-winged Cliff-Chat - Thamnolaea semirufa

Shrikes ( Laniidae )
Northern Fiscal - Lanius humeralis

Starlings and Mynas ( Sturnidae )
Slender-billed Starling - Onychognathus tenuirostris

Cardueline Finches and Allies ( Fringillidae )
African Citril - Crithagra citrinelloides
Streaky Seedeater - Crithagra striolata
Brown-rumped Seedeater - Crithagra tristriata

Old World Sparrows ( Passeridae )
Grosbeak Weaver - Amblyospiza albifrons
Yellow-bellied Waxbill - Coccopygia quartinia
African Firefinch - Lagonosticta rubricata
Swainson's Sparrow - Passer swainsonii
Baglafecht Weaver - Ploceus baglafecht




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