Working for birds in Africa

Introduction

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Cercle_Nautique_Bujumbura_Burundi

Cercle Nautique, Bujumbura, Burundi

Image Credit: 
Bram Piot

Given its recent history, few birdwatchers have been to Burundi for a decade or more and records are limited. With a species list of almost 600 in such a small country, one can only hope that travel possibilities improve in the not too distant future.

This note from a correspodent who visited Burundi in February 2011 indicates that the situation has improved. "With great birds and given that the political situation in the country is now generally stable, the infrastructure is improving (including hotels), and that travelling around is cheaper than in other countries in the region (especially compared to Rwanda – for instance, entrance fee to Rusizi is less than 5 US Dollars, and in Kibira one is just expected to tip the forest ranger), I would definitely recommend Burundi to anyone who is interested in the region’s birds. Many of the Albertine Rift endemics can be found within a short distance of the capital."

The purpose of this document is to provide a summary of Burundi and its birds for birders interested in the country and potentially planning a visit. The information has been put together from a number of sources and it is intended to add new information as it becomes available. As such, readers are welcome to submit contributions by e-mail to info@africanbirdclub.org. You should note that the names of birds used in this document are those of the African Bird Club checklist.

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