oa Journal of East African Natural History - Notes on the Birds of Kakamega Forest

Volume 1965, Issue 111
  • ISSN : 0012-8317



Thanks to its remoteness from Nairobi, Kakamega Forest has seldom been regularly visited by ornithologists, so although the following notes are based only on sight records, they add considerably to what is known about the species of birds to be found there. As is well known, the Kakamega Forest is, in its botanical composition, different from any of the other Kenya forests, being in fact an outlier of Uganda and West African types. It contains some valuable timber trees which are being exploited and as a result there are large parts of the forest where the majority of the trees which formed the canopy have been felled. In these areas, thanks to the high rainfall, a dense secondary growth twenty to forty feet high has quickly formed. The Forest Department is carrying out a programme of ""enrichment"" of the cut-over areas and of some untouched areas which contain few valuable trees. For this purpose small clearings are made so that useful timber trees can be introduced in the natural habitat. Such small clearings are attractive to some species for feeding. Another feature of the forest is the occurrence of scattered grass glades, fringed with scrub, some having a fire-climax cover of scattered trees.

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