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Rwanda tour: Red-collared Babbler wins!

August 10, 2011

The votes are out: the Birding Africa Rwanda tour, in support of the African Bird Club Conservation Fund, treated us with some beautiful and rare sightings, set among the mist-filled Nyungwe mountains in the west and the rolling wooded hills and papyrus swamps of Akagera in the east.

Highlights included extended and close-up views of four Red-collared Babblers (Kupeornis rufocinctus), a highly sought-after Albertine Rift endemic; three Red-faced Barbet (Lybius rubrifacies) displaying to conclude our visit to Akagera, an endearing Miombo Wren-Warbler (Calamonastes undosus), an unusually close and obliging Papyrus Gonolek (Laniarius mufumbiri), many stunning Ruwenzori Turacos (Ruwenzorornis johnstoni), beautiful l’Hoest Monkeys, an inquisitive Red-throated Alethe (Pseudalethe poliophrys) that much enjoyed our close company, and breath-taking Dusky Crimsonwing (Cryptospiza jacksoni) at our feet.

Join our next Rwanda tour in July 2012. This will be an extension of our Uganda Specials tour (trip report from 2011 here).
Contact Birding Africa info@birdingafrica.com or +27 21 531 9148.

 Red-collared Babbler an Albertine Rift endemic seen on a Birding Africa Rwanda tour (c) Callan Cohen & Deirdre Vrancken www.birdingafrica.com

Miombo Wren-Warbler on a Birding Africa Rwanda tour (c) Callan Cohen & Deirdre Vrancken www.birdingafrica.com

Red-faced Barbet on a Birding Africa Rwanda tour (c) Callan Cohen & Deirdre Vrancken www.birdingafrica.com

Nuyngwe National Park on a Birding Africa Rwanda tour (c) Callan Cohen & Deirdre Vrancken www.birdingafrica.com

Dusky Crimsonwing on a Birding Africa Rwanda tour (c) Callan Cohen & Deirdre Vrancken www.birdingafrica.com

l'Hoest Monkey at Nuyngwe on a Birding Africa Rwanda tour (c) Callan Cohen & Deirdre Vrancken www.birdingafrica.com

Red-throated Alethe on a Birding Africa Rwanda tour (c) Callan Cohen & Deirdre Vrancken www.birdingafrica.com

Ruwenzori Turaco on a Birding Africa Rwanda tour (c) Callan Cohen & Deirdre Vrancken www.birdingafrica.com

Papyrus Gonolek on a Birding Africa Rwanda tour (c) Callan Cohen & Deirdre Vrancken www.birdingafrica.com

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