Gonolek of the papyruses
The Gonolek of the papyruses or Gonolek with gilded head ( Laniarius mufumbiri ) is a bird of the family of the Corvidae, formerly placed in the family of the Malaconotidae. This endemic bird of the African east is an inhabitant of the marshes with papyrus (qualified species of endemic of the papyrus).
HabitatGonolek of the papyruses lives only in the marshes with papyrus, at an altitude lower than 1.600 Mr.
Distribution and populationThe population of this bird is estimated at 2 million individuals.
Statute and safeguardingThe principal threat for this species is the destruction of its habitat per drainage of the marshes or burning and overexploitation of the papyruses.
IUCN classified this species in category NT (quasi threatened) because of reduction of its habitat.
PhilatelyKenya emitted a stamp with the effigy of this bird in 1984 (see the stamp here).
Photographs and vidéos
- on African Bird Club
- Video IBC: an adult in the papyruses (Uganda)
- Photo Flickr on Avibase
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