Birding Factoids

659 species
in 72 families

No endemic species
12 speciality birds
8 endangered species 
2 week trip expectation -
about 250 species

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Senegal Specialities
Helmeted Guinea-fowl - Photo copyright Ross Warner
Photo copyright Ross Warner

Malachite Kingfisher -  Photo copyright Birdlife On-Line Magazine

Photo copyright Birdlife On-Line Magazine

Grey-headed Gull - Photo copyright Eric Van Poppel

Photo copyright Eric Van Poppel

Ruff - Photo copyright Erik Kleyheeg

Photo copyright Erik Kleyheeg

Black-headed Paradise-Flycatcher - Photo copyright Minnattallah Boutros

Photo copyright Minnattallah Boutros
    ....Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, Senegal -
      In the Senegal River delta, the Djoudj Sanctuary is a wetland of 16,000 hectares, comprised of a large lake surrounded by streams, ponds and backwaters. More information on the sanctuary.
    ....Niokolo-Koba National Park - There are about 330
      species of bird recorded in the park. Birds include Denham's bustard, ground hornbill, violet turaco, spur-winged goose, white-faced tree duck, martial eagle and bateleur.
    ....Seabirds off Senegal, West Africa: by Tony Marr, Dick Newell and 
      Richard Porter, from Bulletin of the African Bird Club, volume 5.1, March 1998. Despite its location on the extreme western coast of Africa, Senegal has attracted attention from only a few intrepid seabird observers. This is surprising given the unique location of the capital, Dakar, on a low-lying peninsula, the tip of which projects 50 km out to sea from the main north-south line of the coast, offering exceptional opportunities for observations, especially in autumn. 
    ....Pelagic Birding in Senegal and Cape Verde Islands - by Angus Wilson.
      The Cape Verde Peninsula, in the West African nation of Senegal, juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. The seawatching potential of this locality has only just been realized and initial results are very exciting.
    0....Senegal, Birder's Paradise - by Irma Weinstein. During the last 
      ten days in May, I visited Senegal as part of a group observing literacy programs and small business development. In the course of my travels in and around Dakar, the capital, and Goree Island off the coast of Dakar, I observed fifteen bird species. 
    ....Senegal Parks - brief information is provided on:
      • Parc National du Djoudj 
      • Parc National de la Basse Casamance 
      • Parc Nationale de la Langue de Barbarie 
      • Parc National du Niokolo-Koba 
      • Parc National de Sine Saloum 
    ....Senegal - Directory of Wetlands of International Importance - includes 
      information on all Senegal's Ramsar designated sites, including:
      • Djoudj
      • Bassin du Ndiaël
      • Delta du Saloum
      • Gueumbeul
    ....Trip Report: Senegal: January-February, 2001, by J. P. Paris. 
      We visited all the West part of the Country except the Casamance. The both sites the most remarkable were the Djoudj in the North well known by naturalists, and the delta of the Sine Saloum in the South with the forest of Fatala. Finaly I saw more than 220 species and more than 150 in the Sine Saloum
    ....Trip List: Senegal, June 30 - July 14, 1998. By Artur Degollada i
    Factoids taken from Where to Watch Birds in Africa - by Nigel Wheatley.

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Tours and Guides

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Senegal Coucal - Photo copyright Hans Martens
Photo copyright Hans Martens

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Senegal Plover - Photo copyright Guiliano Gerra and Silvio Sommazzi
Photo copyright Guiliano Gerra and Silvio Sommazzi

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Endemics and Specialities

in Senegal

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 Senegal. 

Endemics in Senegal
Endangered Birds in Senegal
(endemics are printed in bold italic)

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

___ Marbled Teal
___ Northern Bald Ibis
___ River Prinia
___ Yellow-bearded Bulbul
___ Audouin's Gull
___ Aquatic Warbler
___ Ferruginous Pochard
___ Lesser Kestrel

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

___ African Collared-Dove
___ Arabian Bustard
___ Audouin's Gull
___ Chestnut-bellied Starling
___ Cricket Longtail
___ Egyptian Plover
___ Golden Nightjar
___ Kordofan Lark
___ Northern Anteater-Chat
___ River Prinia
___ Sennar Penduline-Tit
___ Sudan Golden-Sparrow

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