Birding Factoids

862 species

2 endemic species
27 speciality species
10 endangered species

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For some pictures of Nigerian Birds, see Charlie's Bird Blog trip to Lagos, Nigeria
Nigerian Specialities
Black Crowned-Crane - ENDANGERED national bird of Nigeria - Photo copyright International Crane Foundation
Photo copyright International Crane Foundation
    ....The Hadejia-Jama'are River Basin and the Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands
      Although this site does not provide any birding information, maps are provided. This River Basin is a key breeding ground for a number of birds, including the endangered Black Crowned-Crane.

    ....Trip Report: Abuja, Nigeria: 11 and 12 December 2004, by Charlie

    ....Trip Report: Birding Nigeria, October/November 2001 - by Marietta

      Deming. I do see the Senegal Parrot nearly every day. They are such beautiful birds! Although their voice leaves something to be desired. The first one that I heard flew past me close, and I jumped as it called! The birding in this part of Nigeria is fantastic!  When I last wrote on Oct 24, I had seen 82 species, that is now at 107.  Nearly all of the birds have been seen around the village where I am staying.  On Oct 27 a British birder who lives in Jos came out to bird with us here in Jengre.  Mark has lived in Jos for 11 years, has a Nigerian list of over 500 species and a list for this State (Plateau) of 360 birds, and he had never birded out this way.

    ....Trip Report: Nigeria - 14-28 October 2003. A Tropical Birding Trip

      Report.  You've probably never thought of Nigeria as a birding destination; neither had we until we met Phil Hall earlier this year on one of our Ecuador tours. Phil has lived in Nigeria for close to 30 years and is in charge of many of Nigeria's current conservation projects. He wants to see Nigeria become a birding destination, and with that in mind he invited Iain Campbell and I over for a two week trip so we could get to know the country and scope out the possibility of running a tour there next year. While this was by no means a comprehensive tour of the whole country, we did visit many of the best areas and saw some fantastic birds. 
    "Although Nigeria has one of the most diverse avifaunas in Africa, no one in their right mind would recommend birders to take a trip to this country, until violence and corruption are stamped out and the infrastructure is greatly improved." - Nigel Wheatley. 

    Factoids taken from Where to Watch Birds in Africa - by Nigel Wheatley

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Tours and Guides

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Endemics and Specialities

in Nigeria

Information on endemics and specialities is derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists and bird distribution lists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.05, supplemented by material found in Where to Watch Birds in Africa - by Nigel Wheatley. African speciality birds, while not endemic, are those that can only be found in three or less countries of Africa. Information on endangered birds is derived from the IUCN Red List, Birdlife International.  The endemic, endangered and speciality birds may be uncommon, extremely rare vagrants, may be extirpated in the country now or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of each species noted below have been made in Nigeria. 

Endemics in Nigeria
___ Anambra Waxbill ___ Ibadan Malimbe
Endangered Birds in Nigeria
(endemics are printed in bold italic)

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

___ Anambra Waxbill
___ Bannermann's Weaver
___ Fernando Po Swift
___ Green-breasted Bushshrike
___ Grey-necked Rockfowl
___ Ibadan Malimbe
___ White-throated 
___ Mountain-Babbler
___ Ferruginous Pochard
___ Lesser Kestrel

Other Speciality and Spectacular Birds in Nigeria
(adapted from Where to Watch Birds in Africa - by Nigel Wheatley.)

___ Bannerman's Weaver
___ Bates Swift
___ Black-capped 
___ Woodland-Warbler
___ Black-headed Bee-eater
___ Brown-cheeked Hornbill
___ Brown-chested Lapwing
___ Cameroon Mountain Greenbul
___ Cameroon Olive-Greenbul
___ Cameroon Pigeon
___ Cameroon Sunbird
___ Chestnut-bellied Helmetshrike
___ Egyptian Plover
___ Finsch's Flycatcher-Thrush
___ Forbes' Plover
___ Green Longtail
___ Green-breasted Bushshrike
___ Grey-headed Greenbul
___ Grey-necked Rockfowl
___ Long-tailed Hawk
___ Mountain Robin-Chat
___ Mountain Sawwing
___ Rachel's Malimbe
___ Red-faced Pytilia
___ Red-winged Grey Warbler
___ Rosy Bee-eater
___ White-throated 
___ Mountain-Babbler
___ Yellow-breasted Boubou

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