Papyrus Gonolek Interesting Facts, Photos: On any bird watching tour in Uganda, one is likely to see the shy papyrus gonolek. Although common, it is not easy to see as it skulks with great skill. This in addition to its bold patterns makes it one of the most sought after birds in Uganda.
The papyrus gonolek is a bird in the family Malaconotidae. Scientific name is Laniarius mufumbiri. It is a bush shrike with bold patterns and of medium size. It is just 18cm (7 Inches) long.
Below are some interesting facts about it:
The papyrus gonolek is found in most East African countries of Uganda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. In Uganda, the best place to see this colorful bird is Mabamba Swamp.
Currently the bird is listed as a near-threatened species. Habitat loss (drainage of wetlands) environmental degradation and pollution are some of the threats to its continued existence.