Mozambique Recce Trip

20/01/2011:Brent has just returned from a recce trip to central and northern Mozambique to visit some of the sites which will be including in future Mozambique itineraries as well as revisiting some of the sites we currently use. Due to the erratic rainfall in the lowland forests the African Pitta was not calling over the two-day period at M’phingwe and Coutada 12. January is unfortunately a little late for the Pitta which is why we normally target this bird between late November and the end of December when they are most likely to be calling.

Good birds on the trip included Green-headed Oriole, Mangrove Kingfisher, Eastern Saw-wing, Swynnerton’s Robin, East-coast Akalat, White-Starred Robin, Stripe-cheeked Greenbul, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Robert’s Prinia, Barrat’s Warbler, Singing Cisticola, Wailing Cisiticola, Red-winged Warbler, Chestnut-fronted Helmet-Shrike, Tambourine Dove, Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon, Anchieta’s Tchagra, Moustached Grass-Warbler, Blue-spotted Dove, Cinnamon-breasted Tit, Red-throated Twinspot, Pink-throated Twinspot, Green Twinspot, Twinspot Indigobird, Bohm’s Spinetail, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Chirinda Apalis, Woodward’s Batis, Pale Batis, Whyte’s Barbet and White-eared Barbet.

Much of the country has been reduced to farmland but there are still large tracts of pristine lowland, coastal and montane forests where eastern specials abound. Look out for our new Mozambique itineraries for 2012!

Mount Gorongosa and the montane forest which is home to the Green-headed Oriole

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