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Birds of Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi is located in Kabale district south western Uganda and was formed due to lava damming, blocking the outlet river by volcanic eruption hence forming the lake, the deepest in Africa. The word Bunyonyi means “place of little birds”. Its 200 species of birds are found both on main land and on the islands. There are 29 islands with the biggest being Bwama Island, which is popularly known as” lepers colony”, and the smallest the “punishment island”, where the Bakiga used to drop unmarried girls who got pregnant before marriage to die of hunger. The lake is free from bilharzias, no hippos and crocodile are present, only otters which are not dangerous.

This is the list of common birds of Lake Bunyonyi: Pied kingfisher, Malachite kingfisher, Cinnamon chested bee eater, Bronzy sun bird, Knobed coot. Very rara, Pied wagtail, Black clake, Common stone chat, Grey shrike, Grey crowned crested crane, Hadada ibis, Swamp fly catcher, Black heron, Great commrant, Fan tailed widow bird, Streaky seed eater, Speckled mouse bird, Pin tailed whyder, Bronze manikin, Black headed weaver.

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