TripReports The Gambia Birding Tour January 2010

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Tourleader: Pieter Verheij
Guides: Peter Jones & Mustapha Manneh
Author: Pieter Verheij

Day One – January 12th - Arrival at Banjul Airport – Mannjai Lodge
We and all members of the group arrived in the afternoon at Banjul Airport where we met our Guide Mustapha Manneh. After the completion of all necessary formalities we went to the hotel, close to the Kotu area, and it did not take long before we all sat together within the inner courtyard of the hotel to enjoy our first drinks together. Our guide was friendly enough to change our Euros and pounds for some local money, the Dalasi. We all got our bunch of filthy notes (probably the notes had never been renewed after their introduction in 1971).

Day Two – January 13th – Birding in Koku area – Mannjai Lodge
African-Black-KiteAfter breakfast we drove to the Koku Bridge. This place is well known by many birdwatchers visiting The Gambia and is the place where many local guides are waiting to enroll clients. The Koku Stream is a nice place to visit with many good species coming very close. We had very close different Kingfisher species such as Giant Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher and Blue-breasted Kingfisher, water birds seen included Western Reef Heron, Great White Egret, Whimbrel, Black-winged Stilt and many more. Other species we saw in the area were Blue-bellied Roller, Yellow-crowned Gonolek, Red-chested and Wire-tailedSwallow, many African Black Kites and Hooded Vultures, Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters, Village Weavers and Senegal Thick-knee. We walked around in the nearby rice-fields and Sewage Ponds and we soon added more species to our list. We had a very good lunch at Sailors beach restaurant on our way to the Fajara Golf Course. Here we had good views of Grey Kestrel, Broad-billed Roller and many more. When the temperature got too high we went back to our hotel to relax having cold beers. A very good first day of our trip.

Day Three – January 14th – Abuko Nature Reserve – Mannjai Lodge

This morning we found our guide nervously walking around. Our minivan was not there and probably somewhere stuck in a traffic jam. After some time another minivan showed up quite a few years older than the one we started with. We drove to Abuko Nature Reserve around 15 km south of Banjul. A very nice ever green forest following the Lamin stream. Black-crowned-Night-HeronThere are some fresh water ponds which are good places for Crocodile and for many interesting species. Among the species we saw were Bearded Barbat, Black-crowned Night Heron, Squacco Heron, Violet Turaco, Pygmy Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, a pair of Grey Woodpeckers feeding their young, Black-necked Weaver, Little Bee-eater, African Grey Hornbill and many more. We also were spectators to a Monitor Lizard, killing and eating a snake. The Nature Reserve also has a sanctuary for Monkeys. We had lunch at a very picturesque restaurant on the Lamin stream, where we had good views of different Terns. The afternoon was quiet. We had a visit to another hotel to see if this could be an option to change on our way back at the end of the trip. It was nice to observe a Shikra playing with a water tube in the hotel gardens.

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Day Four – January 15th – Transfer and Birding to Tendaba – Tendaba Camp
This morning we had an early start, because we had to travel more than a 150 km. Normally that is not so far, but Gambia Inland is something different than Europe. Leaving the Coastal Area the roads are changing into tracks (on the south side of the Gambia River, which is the most interesting side for birders), with from time to time a piece of tar still there from the old days. It was not surprising that we soon had our first flat tyre. We had several very nice stops on the roads, walking around in the typical African woodland. Being inland now we saw everywhere the beautiful Abyssinian Roller. Temminck's-CoursorWe also had good views of Dark Chanting Goshawk. Another stop showed us the Temminck’s Courser, Black-headed Plover and Pygmy Sunbird. We had lunch at Kanpanti Bridge, a kind of restaurant on the riverside. A very basic place, but great food. We saw several birds around the river Senegal Thick-knees, Spur-winged Plover, Mottled Spinetail, Western Marsh Harrier, Brown Babblers and many more. We arrived at Tendaba Camp at 14.00. Tendaba Camp is nicely located on the bank of the Gambia River. There are a good number of Rondavels (round huts) some with en-suite bathroom (w.c. and cold shower), some even with Air conditioning. The problem is that for the greater part of the day the electricity is switched off which of course also affects the water pumps. No electricity and no water. It is lovely to sit on the jetty with a cold beer looking at Great White Heron, Hamerkop, Dunlin, Pied and Blue-chested Kingfisher and all kind of other birds. In the afternoon we had a walk on the nearby airfield.

Day Five – January 16th – Boat ride and Birding around Tendaba Camp – Tendaba Camp
After breakfast we went on a boat ride in the mangrove swamps on the north side of the Gambia River going through the Kissi and Tunku Bolongs. The boat ride was very productive and gave us many different species. Yellow-billed-OxpeckerAmong others the African Darter, Wooly-necked Stork, Montagu’s Harrier, White-throated Bee-eater, Rufous-crowned Roller and the difficult to find White-backed Night Heron. We arrived back at Tendaba Camp at 12.00 all very satisfied. After lunch we had a rest and we came together again at 16.00. We left the Tendaba Camp in the direction of Kiang West National Park. The afternoon was quite productive with nice views of Yellow-billed Oxpecker, White-shouldered Black Tit, Brown Snake Eagle and we also found sitting on the road the Long-tailed Nightjar. Coming back in Tendaba Camp our driver Sutay told us that unfortunately we needed to change the minivan, because he had heard some sounds coming from the engine which he did like very much and he did not dare to go with this vehicle the whole way to Senegal. Normally those changes are not for better cars and it gave me an anxious foreboding for the coming days

Day Six – January 17th – Transfer and Birding to Georgetown – Boabolang Camp
Our “new” minivan had passed its best days already a longtime ago, but according to our driver Sutay the car was technically speaking in perfect condition. We left in time because we needed to catch the ferry at Bambatenda. Here we crossed the Gambia River and continued our trip on the Northern Side. Taking a ferry in The Gambia is a very interesting and colorful experience. It looks all very uncontrolled and it probably is. Many people are trying to sell their goods to the passing travellers and also many people are trying to “sell” their story especially to foreigners.

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Getting on and off the boat is a special experience and better to be left to local drivers who probably are used to maneuver their vehicles on the half broken ramps. We made it safely and had our first stop in Farafenni, a busy real African town. Abyssinian-RollerOur Guide Mustapha disappeared to buy our packed lunch (sandwich with meat and onions or omelette), which turned out to be quite nice. Staying now on the north side of the Gambia River the roads were quite good and we could spend more time for birding now. We passed several marshes and made a special stop to look for the Black-bellied Bustard which we indeed found. Other species we saw were a big flock of White-faced Duck, Chestnut-backed Sparrow Lark, Black Heron fishing, kingfishers, many Herons and other Water birds.
Georgetown is located on an island in the Gambia River and we had to take another ferry to get there. At around 16.00 in the afternoon we arrived in Boabolong Camp. A place very much alike Tendaba Camp. Before we had a walk around the camp in the nearby rice-fields giving us very good views of the Abyssinian Roller, a pair of Pearl-spotted Owlets and Four-banded Sandgrouse coming for a drink.

Day Seven – January 18th – Boatride and birding around Boabolong Camp – Boabolong Camp

Palmnut-VultureAfter breakfast we left for a boat-ride around the Janjanbureh Island. Although this boat-ride is a different one from the one we did in Tendaba Camp, this time not going into a swamp area and not being on brackish water, we were lucky to see some nice new species and we had very good views of others. Among the ones we saw were Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Striated Heron, Swamp Flycatcher, a big flock of Red-billed Quelea, Little Egret, Snowy-crowned Robin, Grey-headed Kingfisher and very good views of Palmnut Vulture in typical pose in a Palm tree. We had lunch at Boabolong Camp and a nice rest until 16.30. In the afternoon we went to see another lodge on the Island, Bird Safari Camp, which everybody liked more. We decided to stay in this camp on our way back to give it a try. We finally had a nice walk in another rice-field on the island where we had good views of Senegal Coucal, Blue-eared Glossy Starling, Wood Sandpiper and others

Day Eight – January 19th – Transfer into Senegal – Sementi Hotel in Niokoloba National Park

SceneryThe distance to our next location, the Sementi Hotel in Niokoloba National Park made an early start necessary. We left the Janjanbureh Island crossing the small river to Sankula Kunda taking the South Bank Road to Basse. We did not have stops because we wanted to go as quick as we could, because we had another technical matter to solve. Sutay our driver had detected the day before that one of the tires was losing pressure and with less than two spare wheels he found it too risky to enter into Senegal. We needed a pit stop in Basse at a repair shop on the side of the road. It was interesting to observe how the repair was done without using any of our modern means. Our guide Mustapha took advantage of the time going for our packed lunch. The border crossing point was somewhere between Basse and Vélingara (Senegal) a distance of around 30 km. This piece of road was the worst by far we had experienced in Gambia.

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Passport control took around one hour although there were no other travellers and we took advantage of the waiting time to have our lunch. Finally we could continue our journey and being stopped at every check-point in every village we passed, we finally arrived at around 18.00 at the gate of Niokoloba National Park. Everybody was relieved that we had made it so far. It took some time to get registered but finally half an hour later we could enter the National Park accompanied by a Park guide, which everyone who enters the National Park is obliged to hire. Going to the hotel took us more than one hour and when we finally arrived at our destination everybody was exhausted and covered with a layer of dust. It took at least 3 beers to get back to normal. Unfortunately we did not do any bird watching this day

Day Nine – January 20th - Niokoloba National Park – Simenti Hotel.
African-Fish-EagleThe Sementi Hotel is located on a beautiful spot on the bank of the same Gambia River. The rooms are nice (staying in one of those round huts) and the food is great. Having breakfast some Egyptian Plovers came very close, looking for food near the kitchen area. That already made our day. We left in the morning for a 2 hour boat-ride on the Gambia River. The river here is very different from what we had seen in The Gambia, much smaller, much shallower and sandbanks in many places. Better for birds and also for Crocodiles and Hippos. We were very happy to get good views of Finfoot. We saw a Juvenile, a female and a male finfoot all in 2 hours. We also saw Helmeted Guineafowl, white-crowned Plover. We had beautiful views of an African Fish Eagle and Hadaba Ibis. Double-spurred-FrancolinComing back to the hotel we had a coffee and we went off to the nearby hides overlooking a big marshland. Here we saw African Jacana with young ones, Red-throated Bee-eater, many different Herons and Egrets and also some mammals such as Warthog and deer. After lunch we had our rest and when it became a bit cooler we took the car to visit another marshland. On our way we saw many black-spotted Wood Dove. We had excellent views of Double-spurred Francolin and Black Crowned Cranes flying over. All together a very pleasant day specially after the very tiring day before.


Day Ten – January 21st - Niokoloba National Park – Simenti Hotel
CrocodileEverybody had liked yesterday’s boat-ride very much, so we decided to do the boat-ride today too, going upstream this time. Before we left we again had beautiful views of the Egyptian Plover coming very close. We also saw a pair of Red-necked Falcons flying over. The boat-ride was a great success again. We were watching quite a while a baboon family playing in the trees, we came close to a group of Hippos and crocodiles. The highlights were without any doubt this morning an African Hobby perching in a tree, and a Saddle-billed Stork giving everybody all opportunities to make nice photos. We arrived back at the hotel at Lunchtime. Most of the group took a free afternoon to be prepared for the long day of driving back to The Gambia the next day. The others made a walk to the hides and enjoyed a big mixed group of Orange-cheeked Waxbills and Pint-tailed Whydays being around for quiet a while.

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Day Eleven – January 22nd – Transfer back to The Gambia – Bird Safari Lodge
Vieillot-s-BarbetWe started our journey back at 07.00 and our objective was to be back at The Gambia border around lunchtime. Once left behind the Niokoloba National Park and being on the tarmac road we made good progress. We even had time to look at a Lizard Buzzard and some other birds around. In every village we passed we were stopped and the driver and guide had to show there papers. Just when we started to think that this time everything would go trouble-free, the problems started. At one of the check-points the officer took the papers of the car and driving-license of Sutay with him into the office and did not come back. When Sutay went for it, they first told him that they had given the documents accidently to somebody else but later we found out that somebody had taken the documents to the police office in a nearby city because “something” was not correct. Not having any other solution we left and looked for the Police – office. The documents indeed were there and negotiations started to “buy” them back. Red-breasted-Bee-eaterOn our way back to The Gambia they did the same “trick” by other check points, every time trying to get some money. This time we stopped for some birding in the no mans land between the Senegal border post and the Gambian border post. We found Black-crowned Tchagra, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow Weaver, Vieillot’s Barbet and on our way back the Abyssinian Ground Hornbill. Before taking the ferry to Janjanbureh island we went to Bansang Quarry, the breeding place of many Red-throated Bee-eaters. Here we also saw Cinnamon-breasted Bunting. We arrived at Bird Safari Lodge at 17.30.
Day Twelve – January 23rd – Birding Janjanbureh Island – Bird Safari Lodge
Bird Safari Lodge is one of the better places of Inland Gambia. Accommodation is still basic, but it gives a much better impression. Maybe having Wifi internet during the day makes a difference for some people. Verreaux-Eagle-OwlThe camp is located on the bank of The River Gambia and inside the camp a lot of birds can be found. We started the day with a walk before breakfast of course for everyone this was optional, to join in or not. We first went to some palm trees on the river bank to look at the Verreaux Eagle Owl pair, their normal place to sleep during the day. We were lucky they were there! We also saw amongst others Western Grey Plantain Eater, Northern Puffback, African Grey Hornbill, Bearded Barbet, Blackcap Babbler, Red-cheeked Cordonblue, Black-rumped Waxbill. After breakfast we went out for a walk again until it got too hot. We could add some Zitting Cisticola, Red-billed Firefinch, Senegal Parrot, black-billed Wood Dove, and Long-tailed Glossy Starling to our list.
After lunch we had our rest and we went out again to another part of the Island in the late afternoon. This time we saw again the Four-banded Sandgrouse but now we had much better views.

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Day Thirteen – January 24th – Transfer back to Banjul – Senegambia Hotel
We had decided to go back to Banjul staying on the North Road, taking the ferry at Barra. This is one of the most important ferry crossings of the Gambia River, and especially on a Sunday it can be very busy. We did not want to miss the ferry and decided to drive straight on and not loose too much time on our way. Pomarine-SkuaWe arrived at Barra at 12.00 and we could take the first ferry that left for Banjul. However the minivan had to wait for the next one. Waiting for the minivan we walked on the beach where we were watching Pied Crows, Grey-headed Gull, Sandwich-, Caspian-, Lesser-crested- and Gull-billed Tern, Pomarine Skua all looking for food. After having lunch in a nearby restaurant we went to our Hotel. The Senegambia Hotel is the hotel where most birders are staying during their birding holiday in The Gambia. The hotel has nice gardens, where you can spot many different birds. The rooms are a bit outdated, but the nice hot shower, after 10 days of cold showers, was a luxury for everybody.
In the late afternoon we went out for a short walk finding Purple Swamphen, Yellow-billed Shrikes and various Herons and Egrets.

Day Fourteen – January 25th – Brufut Woods, Coastal Area – Senegambia Hotel

Green-TuracoAfter breakfast we left to visit Brufut Woods a half an hour drive. Brufut Woods turns out to be a very good place for birding. It contains areas of undisturbed savannah woodland attracting many different types of species. A selection of the species we saw: Brown Babbler, Oriole Warbler, Splendid Sunbird, African Scops Owl, Verreaux Eagle Owl, Violet Turaco, Green Turaco, Black-winged Red Bishop, Little Bee-eater, Long-tailed Nightjar, Fine-spotted Woodpecker. For lunch we went to Paradise Beach at Sayang. A nice and quiet place where, after lunch, we could have a rest in the shade. Slowly we drove back to Banjul having a few stops to watch the beach for new species. We saw a nice group of slender-billed Gulls, an Osprey flying over with a big fish, one Royal Tern, broad-billed Roller and two African Pied Hornbills. We arrived back to our hotel at 17.00

Day Fifteen – January 26th - Departure

After a late breakfast we slowly made our way to the airport where we left behind our guide Mustapha and our driver Sutay who really took good care of us during our first visit to The Gambia. It had been a very interesting and a very good “recce” trip and we were happy to hear that our fellow travellers, in spite of the “small” inconveniences, had enjoyed this trip as much as we did. From now on we certainly will have a birding tour to the Gambia in our program.

Bird List

PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae
Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollis

PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae
Great White Pelican - Pelecanus onocrotalus
Pink-backed Pelican - Pelecanus rufescen

PELECANIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Great Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carbo
Long-tailed Cormorant - Phalacrocorax africanus

PELECANIFORMES: Anhingidae

Darter - Anhinga melanogaster

CICONIIFORMES: Ardeidae
Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea
Black-headed Heron - Ardea melanocephala
Goliath Heron - Ardea goliath
Purple Heron - Ardea purpurea
Great Egret - Ardea alba
Black Heron - Egretta ardesiaca
Intermediate Egret - Egretta intermedia
Western Reef-Heron - Egretta gularis
Little Egret - Egretta garzetta
Squacco Heron - Ardeola ralloides
Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis
Striated Heron - Butorides striata
Black-crowned Night-Heron - Nycticorax nycticorax
White-backed Night-Heron - Gorsachius leuconotus

CICONIIFORMES: Scopidae
Hamerkop - Scopus umbretta

CICONIIFORMES: Ciconiidae
Woolly-necked Stork - Ciconia episcopus
Saddle-billed Stork - Ephippiorhynchus senegale

CICONIIFORMES: Threskiornithidae
Sacred Ibis - Threskiornis aethiopicus
Hadada Ibis - Bostrychia hagedash
African Spoonbill - Platalea alba

ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

White-faced Whistling-Duck - Dendrocygna viduata
Spur-winged Goose - Plectropterus gambensis
Comb Duck - Sarkidiornis melanotos
African Pygmy-goose - Nettapus auritus

FALCONIFORMES: Pandionidae

Osprey - Pandion haliaetus

FALCONIFORMES: Accipitridae

Black-shouldered Kite - Elanus caeruleus
Scissor-tailed Kite - Chelictinia riocourii
Black Kite - Milvus migrans
African Fish-Eagle - Haliaeetus vocifer
Palm-nut Vulture - Gypohierax angolensis
Hooded Vulture - Necrosyrtes monachus
White-backed Vulture - Gyps africanus
Short-toed Eagle - Circaetus gallicus
Brown Snake-Eagle - Circaetus cinereus
Banded Snake-Eagle - Circaetus cinerascens
Bateleur - Terathopius ecaudatus
Western Marsh-Harrier - Circus aeruginosus
Montagu's Harrier - Circus pygargus
African Harrier Hawk - Polyboroides typus
Lizard Buzzard - Kaupifalco monogrammicus
Dark Chanting-Goshawk - Melierax metabates
Shikra - Accipiter badius
Grasshopper Buzzard - Butastur rufipennis
Tawny Eagle - Aquila rapax
Wahlberg's Eagle - Aquila wahlbergi
Booted Eagle - Aquila pennatus
Martial Eagle - Polemaetus bellicosus
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae
Lesser Kestrel - Falco naumanni
Eurasian Kestrel - Falco tinnunculus
Grey Kestrel - Falco ardosiaceus
Red-necked Falcon - Falco chicquera
African Hobby - Falco cuvierii
Lanner Falcon - Falco biarmicus

GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae
Double-spurred Francolin - Francolinus bicalcaratus
Stone Partridge - Ptilopachus petrosus

GALLIFORMES: Numididae
Helmeted Guineafowl - Numida meleagris

GRUIFORMES: Gruidae

Black Crowned-Crane - Balearica pavonina

GRUIFORMES: Rallidae
Black Crake - Amaurornis flavirostris
Purple Swamphen - Porphyrio porphyrio
Common Moorhen - Gallinula chloropus

GRUIFORMES: Heliornithidae

African Finfoot - Podica senegalensis

GRUIFORMES: Otididae

Savile's Bustard - Eupodotis savilei
Black-bellied Bustard - Lissotis melanogaster

CHARADRIIFORMES: Jacanidae
African Jacana - Actophilornis africanus

CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged Stilt - Himantopus himantopus

CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Senegal Thick-knee - Burhinus senegalensis

CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae
Egyptian Plover - Pluvianus aegyptius
Temminck's Courser - Cursorius temminckii
Collared Pratincole - Glareola pratincola

CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Spur-winged Plover - Vanellus spinosus
Black-headed Lapwing - Vanellus tectus
White-headed Lapwing - Vanellus albiceps
Wattled Lapwing - Vanellus senegallus
Grey Plover - Pluvialis squatarola
Common Ringed Plover - Charadrius hiaticula
Little Ringed Plover - Charadrius dubius
Kentish Plover - Charadrius alexandrinus

CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae
Bar-tailed Godwit - Limosa lapponica
Whimbrel - Numenius phaeopus
Common Redshank - Tringa totanus
Common Greenshank - Tringa nebularia
Green Sandpiper - Tringa ochropus
Wood Sandpiper - Tringa glareola
Common Sandpiper - Actitis hypoleucos
Ruddy Turnstone - Arenaria interpres
Little Stint - Calidris minuta
Ruff - Philomachus pugnax

CHARADRIIFORMES: Stercorariidae

Pomarine Skua - Stercorarius pomarinus

CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae
Lesser Black-backed Gull - Larus fuscus
Grey-hooded Gull - Larus cirrocephalus
Black-headed Gull - Larus ridibundus
Slender-billed Gull - Larus genei
CHARADRIIFORMES: Sternidae
Gull-billed Tern - Sterna nilotica
Caspian Tern - Sterna caspia
Lesser Crested Tern - Sterna bengalensis
Sandwich Tern - Sterna sandvicensis
Royal Tern - Sterna maxima
Common Tern - Sterna hirundo
Arctic Tern - Sterna paradisaea
White-winged Tern - Chlidonias leucopterus

PTEROCLIFORMES: Pteroclidae

Four-banded Sandgrouse - Pterocles quadricinctus

COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae
Rock Pigeon - Columba livia
Speckled Pigeon - Columba guinea
Eurasian Turtle-Dove - Streptopelia turtur
African Mourning Dove - Streptopelia decipiens
Red-eyed Dove - Streptopelia semitorquata
Vinaceous Dove - Streptopelia vinacea
Laughing Dove - Streptopelia senegalensis
Black-billed Wood-Dove - Turtur abyssinicus
Blue-spotted Wood-Dove - Turtur afer
Namaqua Dove - Oena capensis
Bruce's Green-Pigeon - Treron waalia
African Green-Pigeon - Treron calva

PSITTACIFORMES: Psittacidae

Rose-ringed Parakeet - Psittacula krameri
Brown-necked Parrot - Poicephalus robustus
Senegal Parrot - Poicephalus senegalus

CUCULIFORMES: Musophagidae
Guinea Turaco - Tauraco persa
Violet Turaco - Musophaga violacea
Western Plantain-eater - Crinifer piscator

CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae
Red-chested Cuckoo - Cuculus solitarius
Senegal Coucal - Centropus senegalensis

STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae
African Scops-Owl - Otus senegalensis
Verreaux's Eagle-Owl - Bubo lacteus
Pearl-spotted Owlet - Glaucidium perlatum

CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae
Long-tailed Nightjar - Caprimulgus climacurus

APODIFORMES: Apodidae
Mottled Spinetail - Telacanthura ussheri
African Palm-Swift - Cypsiurus parvus
Common Swift - Apus apus
Pallid Swift - Apus pallidus
Little Swift - Apus affinis
White-rumped Swift - Apus caffer

CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae
Malachite Kingfisher - Alcedo cristata
African Pygmy-Kingfisher - Ispidina picta
Grey-headed Kingfisher - Halcyon leucocephala
Blue-breasted Kingfisher - Halcyon malimbica
Striped Kingfisher - Halcyon chelicuti
Giant Kingfisher - Megaceryle maximus
Pied Kingfisher - Ceryle rudis

CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

Red-throated Bee-eater - Merops bulocki
Little Bee-eater - Merops pusillus
Swallow-tailed Bee-eater - Merops hirundineus
White-throated Bee-eater - Merops albicollis
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater - Merops persicus
European Bee-eater - Merops apiaster
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae
Abyssinian Roller - Coracias abyssinica
Rufous-crowned Roller - Coracias naevia
Blue-bellied Roller - Coracias cyanogaster
Broad-billed Roller - Eurystomus glaucurus

CORACIIFORMES: Upupidae
Hoopoe - Upupa epops

CORACIIFORMES: Phoeniculidae
Green Woodhoopoe - Phoeniculus purpureus

CORACIIFORMES: Bucerotidae

Red-billed Hornbill - Tockus erythrorhynchus
African Pied Hornbill - Tockus fasciatus
African Grey Hornbill - Tockus nasutus
Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill - Bucorvus abyssinicus

PICIFORMES: Capitonidae

Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird - Pogoniulus chrysoconus
Vieillot's Barbet - Lybius vieilloti
Bearded Barbet - Lybius dubius

PICIFORMES: Indicatoridae
Greater Honeyguide - Indicator indicator

PICIFORMES: Picidae
Fine-spotted Woodpecker - Campethera punctuligera
Grey Woodpecker - Dendropicos goertae
Brown-backed Woodpecker - Dendropicos obsoletus

PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Lark - Eremopterix leucotis
Black-headed Lark

PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae
Bank Swallow - Riparia riparia
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
Red-chested Swallow - Hirundo lucida
Wire-tailed Swallow - Hirundo smithii
Red-rumped Swallow - Cecropis daurica
Common House-Martin - Delichon urbica

PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

White Wagtail - Motacilla alba
African Pied Wagtail - Motacilla aguimp
Yellow Wagtail - Motacilla flava
Plain-backed Pipit - Anthus leucophrys

PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae

Common Bulbul - Pycnonotus barbatus
Little Greenbul - Andropadus virens
Leaf-love - Phyllastrephus scandens
Yellow-throated Leaf-love

PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae
African Thrush - Turdus pelios

PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae
Zitting Cisticola - Cisticola juncidis
Tawny-flanked Prinia - Prinia subflava
Yellow-breasted Apalis - Apalis flavida
Oriole Warbler - Hypergerus atriceps
Green-backed Camaroptera - Camaroptera brachyura
Olive-green Camaroptera - Camaroptera chloronota

PASSERIFORMES: Sylviidae
Melodious Warbler - Hippolais polyglotta
Northern Crombec - Sylvietta brachyura
Willow Warbler - Phylloscopus trochilus
Common Chiffchaff - Phylloscopus collybita
Grey-back Aramonela -
Subalpine Warbler - Sylvia cantillans
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae
Swamp Flycatcher - Muscicapa aquatica
Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat - Cossypha niveicapilla
White-crowned Robin-Chat - Cossypha albicapilla
Whinchat - Saxicola rubetra
Northern Wheatear - Oenanthe oenanthe
Isabelline Wheatear - Oenanthe isabellina

PASSERIFORMES: Platysteiridae
Senegal Batis - Batis senegalensis

PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Black-headed Paradise-Flycatcher - Terpsiphone rufiventer
African Paradise-Flycatcher - Terpsiphone viridis

PASSERIFORMES: Timaliidae

Blackcap Babbler - Turdoides reinwardtii
Brown Babbler - Turdoides plebejus

PASSERIFORMES: Paridae
White-shouldered Black-Tit - Melaniparus guineensis

PASSERIFORMES: Nectariniidae
Mouse-brown Sunbird - Anthreptes gabonicus
Pygmy Sunbird - Hedydipna platura
Scarlet-chested Sunbird - Chalcomitra senegalensis
Beautiful Sunbird - Cinnyris pulchellus
Splendid Sunbird - Cinnyris coccinigaster
Variable Sunbird - Cinnyris venustus

PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae
African Golden Oriole - Oriolus auratus

PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae
Woodchat Shrike - Lanius senator
Yellow-billed Shrike - Corvinella corvina

PASSERIFORMES: Malaconotidae

Northern Puffback - Dryoscopus gambensis
Black-crowned Tchagra - Tchagra senegala
Common Gonolek - Laniarius barbarus
Grey-headed Bushshrike - Malaconotus blanchoti

PASSERIFORMES: Dicruridae

Fork-tailed Drongo - Dicrurus adsimilis

PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae
Piapiac - Ptilostomus afer
Pied Crow - Corvus albus

PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling - Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Lesser Blue-eared Glossy-Starling - Lamprotornis chloropterus
Bronze-tailed Glossy-Starling - Lamprotornis chalcurus
Purple Glossy-Starling - Lamprotornis purpureus
Long-tailed Glossy-Starling - Lamprotornis caudatus
Yellow-billed Oxpecker - Buphagus africanus

PASSERIFORMES: Ploceidae
White-billed Buffalo-Weaver - Bubalornis albirostris
Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver - Plocepasser superciliosus
Little Weaver - Ploceus luteolus
Black-necked Weaver - Ploceus nigricollis
Village Weaver - Ploceus cucullatus
Vieillot's Weaver - Ploceus nigerrimus
Red-billed Quelea - Quelea quelea
Yellow-crowned Bishop - Euplectes afer
Black-winged Bishop - Euplectes hordeaceus
Red Bishop - Euplectes orix
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae
Western Bluebill - Spermophaga haematina
Bar-breasted Firefinch - Lagonosticta rufopicta
Red-billed Firefinch - Lagonosticta senegala
Black-faced Firefinch - Lagonosticta larvata
Red-cheeked Cordonbleu - Uraeginthus bengalus
Lavender Waxbill - Estrilda caerulescens
Orange-cheeked Waxbill - Estrilda melpoda
Black-rumped Waxbill - Estrilda troglodytes
Bronze Mannikin - Spermestes cucullatus
Cut-throat - Amadina fasciata

PASSERIFORMES: Viduidae

Village Indigobird - Vidua chalybeata
Pin-tailed Whydah - Vidua macroura

PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting - Emberiza tahapisi

PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae
White-rumped Seedeater - Serinus leucopygius
Yellow-fronted Canary - Serinus mozambicus

PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae
House Sparrow - Passer domesticus
Grey-headed Sparrow - Passer griseus
Bush Petronia - Petronia dentata
Visit The Gambia
Birders Paradise
Many colourful birds
and friendly people
Economically Priced
A real bonus in Winter
Birding Safari in Morocco
Book for our tour in March
We will visit the desert areas
looking for such birds as
Desert Sparrow &
Cream-coloured Courser
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