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Mabamba Swamp, Uganda (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Mabamba Swamp, Uganda

Map of Mabamba Swamp, Uganda

Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) Long-toed Lapwing (Vanellus crassirostris) Village Weaver (Ploceus cucullatus) - Female African Pipit (Anthus cinnamomeus) White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Long-toed Lapwing (Vanellus crassirostris) Malachite Kingfisher (Corythornis cristatus) Sooty Chat (Myrmecocichla nigra) Swamp Flycatcher (Muscicapa aquatica) African Pygmy-goose (Nettapus auritus) African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus)
Yellow-billed Duck (Anas undulata) Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta) White-backed Duck (Thalassornis leuconotus) Weynss Weaver (Ploceus weynsi) Fan-tailed Widowbird (Euplectes axillaris) - Male African Pied Hornbill (Tockus fasciatus)
Rufous-bellied Heron (Ardeola rufiventris)



Uganda and stops between

1/1/2017: We drove over to Mabamba Swamp in order to look for the Shoebill. We boated around in the swamp for three hours with no Shoebill, at which point the local guide pulled a pricing scam claiming the initially quoted price was "per person" when, in fact, it was supposed to be the price for the whole boat. I was a bit concerned at this point that we were in for two weeks of scams, but this turned out to be the only place that was dishonest.

1/13/2017: After travelling all day and missing the Shoebill everywhere we looked, we took one last chance at Mabamba Swamp. Since we were scammed on our first trip to the swamp, we were able to negotiate a discount for the second try. And lucky stars, the Shoebill was spotted during the last minutes before sunset.

Previous Visit (Entebbe: 1/1/2017)
Next Visit (Road to Mburo: 1/1/2017)

Species Recorded (73)

Birds ( 73 )

Shoebill ( Balaenicipitidae )
Shoebill - Balaeniceps rex

Old World Flycatchers and Chats ( Muscicapidae )
Whinchat - Saxicola rubetra

Hawks, Eagles, and Kites ( Accipitridae )
African Marsh-Harrier - Circus ranivorus

Cormorants ( Phalacrocoracidae )
Long-tailed Cormorant - Microcarbo africanus

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Great Egret - Ardea alba
Yellow-billed Egret - Ardea brachyrhyncha
Purple Heron - Ardea purpurea
Squacco Heron - Ardeola ralloides
Rufous-bellied Heron - Ardeola rufiventris
Western Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis
Little Egret - Egretta garzetta

Ibises and Spoonbills ( Threskiornithidae )
Hadada Ibis - Bostrychia hagedash

Hamerkops ( Scopidae )
Hamerkop - Scopus umbretta

Storks ( Ciconiidae )
Saddle-billed Stork - Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis
Yellow-billed Stork - Mycteria ibis

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Yellow-billed Duck - Anas undulata
African Pygmy-goose - Nettapus auritus
Spur-winged Goose - Plectropterus gambensis

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Black-winged Kite - Elanus caeruleus
African Fish-Eagle - Haliaeetus vocifer
Lizard Buzzard - Kaupifalco monogrammicus
Black Kite - Milvus migrans
Osprey - Pandion haliaetus

( Dendrocygnidae )
White-backed Duck - Thalassornis leuconotus

Rails, Gallinules, and Allies ( Rallidae )
Eurasian Moorhen - Gallinula chloropus
African Swamphen - Porphyrio madagascariensis
Black Crake - Zapornia flavirostra

Guineafowl ( Numididae )
Helmeted Guineafowl - Numida meleagris

Plovers ( Charadriidae )
Common Ringed Plover - Charadrius hiaticula
Long-toed Lapwing - Vanellus crassirostris

Coursers ( Glareolidae )
Collared Pratincole - Glareola pratincola

Jacanas ( Jacanidae )
African Jacana - Actophilornis africanus
Lesser Jacana - Microparra capensis

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Little Stint - Calidris minuta
Wood Sandpiper - Tringa glareola

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
White-winged Tern - Chlidonias leucopterus
Gray-hooded Gull - Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus
Gull-billed Tern - Gelochelidon nilotica

Coucals ( Centropodidae )
Blue-headed Coucal - Centropus monachus

Mousebirds ( Coliidae )
Speckled Mousebird - Colius striatus

Sunbirds ( Nectariniidae )
Red-chested Sunbird - Cinnyris erythrocercus
Green-headed Sunbird - Cyanomitra verticalis
Collared Sunbird - Hedydipna collaris

Kingfishers ( Alcedinidae )
Pied Kingfisher - Ceryle rudis
Malachite Kingfisher - Corythornis cristatus

Bee-eaters ( Meropidae )
White-throated Bee-eater - Merops albicollis
European Bee-eater - Merops apiaster
Blue-breasted Bee-eater - Merops variegatus

Rollers ( Coraciidae )
Broad-billed Roller - Eurystomus glaucurus

Hornbills ( Bucerotidae )
Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill - Bycanistes subcylindricus
Congo Pied Hornbill - Lophoceros fasciatus

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
Black Sawwing - Psalidoprocne pristoptera

Bulbuls ( Pycnonotidae )
Common Bulbul - Pycnonotus barbatus

Prinias and Apalis ( Cisticolidae )
Winding Cisticola - Cisticola marginatus
Tawny-flanked Prinia - Prinia subflava

White-eyes ( Zosteropidae )
Green White-eye - Zosterops stuhlmanni

Shrike-flycatchers ( Platysteiridae )
Western Black-headed Batis - Batis erlangeri

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Northern Puffback - Dryoscopus gambensis
Brown-crowned Tchagra - Tchagra australis

Bishops ( Ploceidae )
Fan-tailed Widowbird - Euplectes axillaris

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Swamp Flycatcher - Muscicapa aquatica
Sooty Chat - Myrmecocichla nigra
African Thrush - Turdus pelios

Wagtails and Pipits ( Motacillidae )
African Pipit - Anthus cinnamomeus
African Pied Wagtail - Motacilla aguimp
Western Yellow Wagtail - Motacilla flava

Starlings and Mynas ( Sturnidae )
Rueppell's Starling - Lamprotornis purpuroptera

Old World Sparrows ( Passeridae )
Yellow-throated Longclaw - Macronyx croceus
Village Weaver - Ploceus cucullatus
Vieillot's Weaver - Ploceus nigerrimus
Weyns's Weaver - Ploceus weynsi
Bronze Mannikin - Spermestes cucullata




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