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Mabira forest, in luganda "great forest", with its more that 200 species of trees, 200 species of butterflies, and 300 species of birds is surely among the most important forest reserves in Uganda. Heavily exploited for its wood during the colonial age, extends over more than 300 sq. km.
Many species of birds can be seen walking through the many paths like the Great Blue Turaco (Corythaeola cristata), Gray Parrot (Psittacus erithacus), 3 different species of hornbill, many species of Sunbirds.
Mabira forest is one of only two places in East Africa where it is possible to see the Tit hylia (Pholidornis rushiae), and one of the few places in Uganda where the Forest Woodhoopoe (Phoeniculus castaneiceps), Leaf-love (Phyllastrephus scandens), Weyns's Weaver (Ploceus weynsi), Nahan's Francolin (Francolinus nahani) and the Blue Swallow (Hirundo atrocaerulea) have been recorded regularly.
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