Working for birds in Africa

Introduction

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:20 -- abc_admin

Liberia is a small country with a bird list of about 617 species, a number of which are found in Liberia and a few adjacent countries only. There have been few ornithological expeditions to Liberia however, and much still remains to be discovered about the distribution of Liberian birds. With a recent civil war, lasting almost continuously from 1990 to 2003, travel and birding has been restricted for some time.

The following report from a correspondent who travelled in the Monrovia area of Liberia in early 2012 provides more encouraging news. "Although it is just now beginning to recover from the devastating effects of two decades of civil war, Liberia has now stabilized, and it is safe for birders to begin venturing afield. Except in Monrovia, facilities (accommodations and restaurants) are very limited. But I was able to contact the Society for the Conservation of Nature in Liberia (SCNL) and spent several days in the field with a former staff member (now with UNDP) who is a trained bird guide." See the visiting page for further information.

The purpose of this document is to provide a summary of Liberia 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 and / or wulfgatter@aol.com. You should note that the names of birds used in this document are those of African Bird Club checklist.

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