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Mon, 01/14/2013 - 13:12 -- abc_admin
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Male Nubian Bustard Neotis nuba, Chad

Image Credit: 
Lajos, GreenEye Ecotours and Images

After decades of civil war and with limited tourist infrastructure, it is not surprising that there are few ornithological records from Chad in recent years. However, with a bird list of over 500 species including Schlegel’s Francolin Francolinus schlegelii, Niam-Niam Parrot Poicephalus crassus, River Prinia Prinia fluviatilis and Rusty Bush Lark Mirafra rufa, it offers opportunities for the more adventurous birder should the security situation improve.

We received the following correspondence and photographs from Lajos of GreenEye Ecotours and Images in March 2013 which should encourage more people to visit. 

"Just back from a trip to the remote north-east corner of Chad: Faya - Ennedi Mountains- Ounianga Lakes. I have spent a good part of the last 20 years with travel, but this was certainly among the most incredibly beautiful places I ever been. The landscape is indescribable, Ounianga Lakes are fantastic. Birdlife was quite abundant, especially in the well-vegetated wadis, like Wadi Bachikele, Guelta D'Archei, etc. Lots of Marbled Ducks Marmaronetta angustirostris on the lakes, several Sahara (Pharaoh) Eagle Owls Bubo ascalaphus, Nubian Bustards Neotis nuba, Barn Owls Tyto alba, Verreauxs' Eagle Aquila verreauxii, Beaudouin's Snake Eagle Circaetus beaudouini, Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus, Fine-spotted Woodpecker Campethera puntuligera, and - of course - many more."

The purpose of this document is to provide a summary of Chad 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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