Lango, located a few kilometers from Mboko along the Lango wetland system, offers a unique birding experience with its elevated boardwalk and the Lango Bai. While the birding communities in Lango may be similar to those in Mboko, the interraction with the various habitats are quite different.
One of the highlights at Lango Bai is the opportunity to witness massive congregations of birds early in the morning or sometimes along the day. Green Pigeons, Afep Pigeons, and Grey Parrots gather in numbers that can reach the hundreds or even thousands, right in front of the lodge. This gathering creates a stunning and loud spectacle, as the birds fill the air with their calls. It is an awe-inspiring experience for bird enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.
The elevated boardwalk at Lango Lodge offers a distinct advantage for birdwatching. The continued human presence around the lodge has habituated many bird species, allowing for close-up and unique observations of forest birds that would typically be difficult to spot. The close proximity and the combination of lodge and the bai, all within a 100m radius, provides an excellent opportunity to appreciate forest biodiversity in its intimacy and enhances the birding experience by offering a direct immersion in the ecosystem. Whether it’s the dramatic congregations of pigeons and parrots at the bai or the habituated forest birds on the various decks and between the rooms. Lango provides an fantastic birdwatching adventure.
Here are a few species photographed while exploring Lango.
African Green Pigeon – Treron calvus
Guinea Turaco – Tauraco persa
Blue-breasted Kingfisher – Halcyon malimbicus
Yellow-throated Thinkerbird – Pogoniulus subsulphureus
Red-rumped Thinkerbird – Pogoniulus atroflavus
Speckled Thinkerbird – Pogoniulus scolopaceus
Spotted Honeyguide – Indicator maculatus
Green-backed Woodpecker – Campethera caillautii
Lowland Sooty Boubou – Laniarius leucorhynchus
Plain Greenbul – Eurillas curvirostris
Slender-billed Greenbul – Stelgidillas gracilirostris
Icterine Greenbul – Phyllastrephus icterinus
Swamp Greenbul – Thescelocichla leucopleura
Eastern Bearded-Greenbul – Criniger chloronotus
White-browed Forest-Flycatcher – Fraseria cinerascens
African Forest-Flycatcher – Fraseria ocreata
Black-necked Wattle-eye – Platysteira chalybea
Blue-headed Crested-Flycatcher – Trochocercus nitens
Chattering Cisticola – Cisticola anonymus
Green Crombec – Sylvietta virens
Black-capped Apalis – Apalis nigriceps
Olive-green Camaroptera – Camaroptera chloronota
Rufous-crowned Eremomela – Eremomela badiceps
Olive Sunbird – Cyanomitra olivacea
Tiny Sunbird – Cinnyris minullus
Little Green Sunbird – Anthreptes seimundi
Blue-billed Malimbe – Malimbus nitens
Chestnut-breasted Nigrita – Nigrita bicolor