ABC Country Checklists
The African Bird Club (ABC) is developing authoritative country checklists of bird species as a resource for the use of ornithologists, birders and conservationists in the ABC region. These checklists are features of ABC’s Birds of Africa app, which can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play.
The ABC country checklists complement and can be used in conjunction with the Country Accounts on this website. They are not the official country lists but all the species on them have been been recorded in the country concerned and documented in scientific and peer-reviewed publications.
Underpinning these checklists is a database containing tens of thousands of records of all bird species currently known from the ABC region and their occurrence within its constituent countries and territories. These records have been assembled from a number of referenced works and validated with country recorders.
We will continue to develop and improve these checklists and will incorporate new published records as they become available.
These annotated country checklists, which represent a major revision to those drawn up by Bob Dowsett and published in 1993, will be incorporated in his new Checklist and Atlas of the Birds of Western Africa. This publication will cover the same countries as the Helm field guide Birds of Western Africa by Nik Borrow and Ron Demey, and will complement that work.
Each country checklist is available in an easy-to-read format showing English, French and scientific names (in the Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World) for each bird species, as well as their status and subspecies within that country. The lists also contain notes on nomenclature, abbreviations, references and taxonomy.
Bob Dowsett has made available these two initial drafts:
on which we would welcome any corrections, additions, comments or suggestions. You can email these to us at [email protected]
There are a number of species on the lists for which records have never been properly published in a refereed journal. If you made the observation, or know of other species which are not on the list, please let us know and prepare a note for Bull. ABC, Malimbus or another similar publication.
iGoTerra is a corporate sponsor of ABC. It provides globally unique tools and services to record, manage and share wildlife observations, lists, photos and trips, and it has made some of its country checklists available through this website. These checklists show the common and scientific names for each bird species, the species’ worldwide distribution and in-country status. They are not endorsed by ABC but we help try to keep them up to date.
There are also checklists of other species groups, including mammals, insects and plants.
All you need to access the checklists is a basic membership of iGoTerra, which is free.
Click on a country or territory below to view the iGoTerra checklists for that country or territory. If you are already a member of iGoTerra, you will be taken directly to the relevant page from which you can design the checklist you want, choosing your preferred taxonomy (IOC or Clements) and whether you want subspecies and vagrants included or not. Otherwise, you will be redirected automatically to the registration form for a free account, which takes just a few minutes to complete, and from there can go straight to the relevant page.
- Atlantic Ocean (at sea)
- Azores (part of Portugal)
- Burkina Faso
- Cabo Verde
- Canary Islands (part of Spain)
- Central African Republic
- Côte d’Ivoire
- DR Congo
- Equatorial Guinea
- Indian Ocean (at sea)
- Madeira (part of Portugal)
- Mayotte (part of French Southern and Antarctic Lands)
- Réunion and Îles Éparses (part of French Southern and Antarctic Lands)
- St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
- Saint-Paul and Amsterdam (part of French Southern and Antarctic Lands)
- São Tomé and Príncipe
- Sierra Leone
- Socotra (part of Yemen)
- South Africa
- South Sudan
- Western Sahara