The Papyrus gonolek also referred to as Laniarius mufumbiri belongs to family Malaconotidae and thrives in the destinations of Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania Kenya and Uganda where it is explored on Africa birding safaris including birding safaris and tours in Uganda.
as a medium sized bush shrike, the Papyrus gonolek stretches to 18cm
marked with a dull yellow crown, black head, tail, wings and upper parts
except the white bar on their wings. The papyrus gonolek has a whitish
lower belly while the upper belly feature an orange crimson as viewed on
Uganda birding safaris.
Papyrus gonoleks thrive in pair or can keep single in the papyrus
swamps hanging within the vegetation. They fly few times and cover a
short distance across the water to patch in the adjacent papyrus. The
Papyrus gonoleks can be identified by their calls marked with grating
and whistling. The diet of the Papyrus gonolek constitutes of majorly
insects including; flies, beetles along with ants. They also consume
fruit, snails and seeds when available.
This bird species is
limited to papyrus swamps in terms of habitat distribution which
increases its vulnerability since such habitats are threatened by
pollution and encroachment. It is listed on the red list of
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as the Near
The Papyrus Gonolek is thus considered a water
bird and wetland habitats are normally targeted if planning to explore
it during a birding safari to Uganda.