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Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus in flight Burkina Faso

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Yvan Perré (IRD)

The following largely unconfirmed records have been published for interest only in ABC Bulletins.

from ABC Bulletin 23.1

In February 2015, an expedition to investigate relationships between Palearctic passerine migrants and trees, part of the ‘Living on the Edge’ project of Vogelbescherming (BirdLife Netherlands), also produced some unusual records of Afrotropical birds. An African Scops Owl Otus senegalensis was heard calling 50 km south-west of Dori, on 15th; this is quite far north for this species. Also rather far north was a well-observed Brown-backed Woodpecker Ipophilus obsoletus just north of Kaya on 13th. A Plain-backed Pipit Anthus leucophrys and a pair of Familiar Chats Oenanthe familiaris uttering alarm calls were observed 60 km north-west of Ouagadougou on 7th. A group of three Sennar Penduline Tits Anthoscopus punctifrons was found 60 km north of Kaya on 12th and a group of three Yellow Penduline Tits A. parvulus just 60 km from there, north-west of the same locality, on 10th. A group of six Common Waxbills Estrilda astrild was recorded 50 km north-east of Kaya on 14th, further indicating that some Sudano- Guinean species can be found in drier regions.

from ABC Bulletin 21.1

A Steppe Buzzard Buteo buteo vulpinus was claimed from Koubri Monastery, south-east of Ouagadougou, on 24 October 2013; this species would be an addition to the country list. 

from ABC Bulletin 20.2

In the late afternoon of 25 January 2012, a falcon identified as an adult pale-morph Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae was circling near the village of Tankougounadie, near the Burkina Faso / Niger border. No photographs could be obtained, but the dark underwing coverts were clearly seen. A presumed Ashy-headed Wagtail Motacilla (flava) cinereocapilla in breeding plumage was video-taped on the shores of Lake Higa on 22 February 2012. In the same area, at least one Yellow Wagtail Motacilla (flava) flavissima was photographed in late February.

from ABC Bulletin 20.1

Records from October 2012 include the following. A European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus flew south over Koubri, 20 km south of Ouagadougou, on 19th. Three Bronze-winged Coursers Rhinoptilus chalcopterus were encountered in farmbush just south of Ouaga on 30th. At Koubri, two Great Spotted Cuckoos Clamator glandarius were observed on 16th, whilst two Blackcap Babblers Turdoides reinwardtii were mist-netted on 3rd.

from ABC Bulletin 19.1

In August 2011, during field work in the region of Lac Higa, a remote area in the north-east, two singing male Blackstarts Cercomela melanura were photographed; this record constitutes the first for Burkina Faso.

from ABC Bulletin 18.2

In February 2011, two new species for the country were photographed: an adult Ovampo Sparrowhawk Accipiter ovampensis at Karfiguela, in the south-west, on 18th and, rather surprisingly, a Green Turaco Tauraco persa in the Urban Park Bangré Wéogo (=Ouagadougou's Forest Reserve) on 21st. Other noteworthy records included six African Pygmy Geese Nettapus auritus, a Lesser Jacana Microparra capensis and a Great Snipe Gallinago media at Karfiguela on 19th, with another Lesser Jacana at Lake Tengrela on 18th, and Neumann's Starlings Onychognathus neumanni at Pics du Sindou on 18th and Karfiguela the next day.

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Two Common Waxbills Estrilda astrild were observed at close range (and the black undertail-coverts noted) at the base of the Niansogoni Escarpment, west of Sindou, c.5 km from the border with Mali and 15 km from Côte d'Ivoire, on 13 August 2010; this appears to be the first record for the country.

In Arli National Park, just a few kilometres from the Benin border, 27 African Pygmy Geese Nettapus auritus were counted on 27 December 2009; this species is considered rare in the park. A European Roller Coracias garrulus was also observed there on 20–21 December; there are few records each year.

In February 2005, two Pharaoh's Eagle Owls Bubo ascalaphus, probably a pair, were photographed in the Markoye area, in the extreme north-east; the first record for the country.

A Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus was seen at Gonse on 8 November 2003; this is more to the north than previously published records. Four-banded Sandgrouse Pterocles quadricinctus with chicks were seen at Gonse on 24 January 2004; there are few breeding records from Burkina Faso .

Records from December 2002 to October 2003 that represent extensions of the species' known range (cf. the maps in Borrow & Demey 2001, Birds of Western Africa) include the following. A White-backed Night Heron Gorsachius leuconotus was flushed from its tree roost along a dry river bed at Boromo, about half way between Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso, on 22 December. Yellow-billed Oxpeckers Buphagus africanus were noted in Gonse Forest Reserve, just north of Ouagadougou, on 5 January and 1 October, and at Gandefabou, north-west of Dori, on 11 February. Black-necked Weavers Ploceus nigricollis were seen along a stream in Ouagadougou forest, from May to July.

Records from November 2001 to April 2002 include the following. Several species were added to the Nazinga list including Saddle-billed Stork Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis (an adult on 22 December), European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus (one on 25 April, five on 28 April and three on 29 April, all migrating north), Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni (a male on 23 April), Little Stint Calidris minuta (five on 20 April), Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius (one on 20 April), Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus (three on 20 November), Bluethroat Luscinia svecica cyanecula (one on 20 November) and Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus (one on 9 November). A Secretary Bird Sagittarius serpentarius seen during this period may constitute the first sighting in Nazinga since 1983. A Golden-breasted Bunting Emberiza flaviventris was found at Gonsé, near Ouagadougou, on 13 April.

During field training in bird identification organised by BirdLife Partner NATURAMA in October and November 2000, two species were identified that appear not to have been documented for the country: Siffling Cisticola Cisticola brachypterus and Yellow-bellied Hyliota Hyliota flavigaster. Both were seen at Nazinga Game Ranch, south of Po National Park. The cisticola, a widespread and generally common species in West Africa, was also recorded recently at other localities in the country by other observers. White-backed Night Heron Gorsachius leuconotus, another addition to the Burkina list, was also recently discovered at Nazinga, and since this discovery, more than 30 sightings have been obtained, totalling 63 individuals, with a maximum of 11 adults together on 14 May 2001.

An African Swallow-tailed Kite Chelictinia riocourii was observed at Banfora on 25 February and again on 12 March. Two adult Lappet-faced Vultures Torgos tracheliotus, seen on 19 February, were the first for Nazinga. Five Lesser Jacanas Microparra capensis, found at Tengrela on 25 February, were still there on 12 March. The first Egyptian Plover Pluvianus aegyptius for Nazinga was recorded from 4 to 16 April, and the first European Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur on 7 March. Twelve White-rumped Swifts Apus caffer on 6 June was a remarkable high number for Nazinga; usually only one or two are seen. Two Yellow-breasted Apalis Apalis flavida were observed near Bobo-Dioulasso on 24 February.

Two new species for the country were recorded in the extreme north-east in June 1999. Kordofan Lark Mirafra cordofanica was discovered 10 km south of Forage Christine on 16th; recordings made of its song appear to be the first for this species. Two pairs of Desert Larks Ammomanes deserti with a probable juvenile were found near Markoye on 18th; the birds were much darker than the nearest known subspecies and apparently constitute a hitherto undescribed form.

Map

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References

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BALANCA, G. and de VISSCHER, M.N. (1997) Composition et evolution saisonneire d'un peuplement d'oiseaux au nord du Burkina Faso (nord Yatenga). Malimbus 19 pp 68-94.

BirdLife International (2000) Threatened Birds of the World. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International.

FISHPOOL, L., OUEDA, G. and COMPAORE, P. (2000) Kordofan Bush Lark Mirafra cordofanica and Desert Lark Ammomanes deserti, additions to the avifauna of Burkina Faso. Malimbus 22 pp 49-54.

LESAFFRE, Gu. and PERRÉ, Y. (2006) Première mention du Grand-duc du désert Bubo (bubo) ascalaphus pour le Burkina Faso [First record of Desert Eagle Owl for Burkina Faso]. ABC Bulletin 13(1) pp 78-79.

LUNGREN, C., OUEDA, G.H., WALSH, F. and BELEMSOBGO, U. Burkina Faso chapter pp 117-125 in FISHPOOL, L.D.C. and EVANS M.I. editors (2001) Important Bird Areas in Africa and Associated Islands: Priority sites for conservation. Newbury and Cambridge, UK. Pisces Publications and BirdLife International (BirdLife Conservation Series No.11).

MAUVAIS, G. (1998) Recensement des especes d'oiseaux du Bois de Boulogne Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) en saison des pluies. Alauda 66 pp 324-328.

PORTIER, B., LUNGREN, C., & OUEDA, G.H. (2002) Birding in Burkino Faso, more than just birding. Dutch Birding 24 pp 127-141.

PORTIER, B. (2005) White-backed Night Heron Gorsachius leuconotus at Nazinga Game Ranch, Burkina Faso. ABC Bulletin 12(1) pp 18-23.

VAN DEN BERGH, M. (2012) First record of Blackstart Cercomela melanura for Burkina Faso. ABC Bulletin 19(2) pp 202-203.

WEESIE P.D.M. (1996) Waterfowl in Burkino Faso. Important sites as a result of eight visits from 1989-1993. Alauda 64 pp 307-332.

Contacts

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African Bird Club representative

The African Bird Club is seeking to appoint a representative in this region. If you are interested in supporting and promoting the Club, have any queries or require further information relating to the ABC representatives scheme, please contact the Membership Secretary at membership@africanbirdclub.org.

Bird recorder and checklist compiler

Peter Bijmakers
s/c Ambassade des Pays-Bas
BP 1302
Ouagadougou 01
Burkina Faso

peter.yvonne@cenatrin.bf

Clubs / contacts

Fondation des Amis de la Nature (NATURAMA) is the BirdLife Partner in Burkina Faso.

01 B.P. 6133
Ouagadougou 01
Burkina Faso

Email: naturama@fasonet.bf
www.naturama.org

Conservation

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Swarm of Locusts Burkina Faso

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Yvan Perré (IRD)

Burkina Faso has 78 protected areas covering some 14% of the total area of the country. A legislative framework defines classified forests, total or partial wildlife reserves, national parks, game ranches, biosphere reserves and Ramsar sites. Although most conservation areas have remained with little management or investment until recently, progress is being made.

Burkina Faso has signed several international conventions regarding nature conservation, the most important being CITES, Bonn (migratory species), UNESCO World Heritage, Bern, Ramsar Humid Zones, Biodiversity Conservation, African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (Organisation of African Unity), and Convention on Climatic Change. International co-operation programmes are carried out on natural resource management and biodiversity conservation.

The African Bird Club made a conservation award to the Conservator of La Mare d’Oursi in 2001 for a study of water birds of Sahel Burkinabé in Oudalan Province. The project aims were to find which species were present and their relative numbers, and the award also helped purchase equipment, such as binoculars, for the surveys. The project, our first in Burkina Faso, is an exciting one and will hopefully stimulate projects in this important region.

Books & Sounds

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The western and central parts of Africa now have an excellent guide in the Birds of Western Africa by Borrow and Demey. It is a fantastic reference work and thoroughly recommended. It covers 23 countries south of the Sahara, from Mauritania in the northwest, to Chad and Central African Republic in the east, and Congo Brazzaville in the southeast, include the Cape Verde and Gulf of Guinea Islands. The paperback version is much more portable than the hard cover edition and it is ideal for the field, although there is less detail.

Birds of Africa south of the Sahara also covers the same countries except the Cape Verde Islands.

You can purchase these and other books from WildSounds, one of the largest specialist UK mail-order companies, via our book and media sales page. Many birdwatchers are not only interested in birds, so we have added the most useful books for other taxa on this page.

*** Wildsounds donates 5% of each order generated via these links to the ABC Conservation Fund. Please order here, get a good price and support ABC! ***

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Birds of Western Africa, Nik Borrow & Ron Demey, Helm, Hardback.
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Helm Identification Guide. 147 plates depicting over 1280 species in 2800 individual figures. Covers Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Rio Muni, Gabon, Congo, Central African Republic, Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, part of Mauritania and the islands of Sao Tome, Principe and Bioko (Fernando Po). All the species described are illustrated in colour apart from a few vagrants, which are depicted in black-and-white in the text. Distribution maps are provided for the majority of species (except vagrants). 832 pages.

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Field Guide to the Birds of Western Africa, Nik Borrow & Ron Demey, Helm, Softback.
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Helm Field Guide. Utilises all the plates from the Helm ID Guide by the same authors, with a concise, authoritative text on facing pages, to create a guide covering all 1,304 species found in the region. The guide also contains an updated colour distribution map for each species and a number of new images have been painted just for this guide. Covers Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Rio Muni, Gabon, Congo, Central African Republic, Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, part of Mauritania and the islands of Sao Tome, Principe and Bioko (Fernando Po). 512 pages.

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Birds of Africa South of the Sahara, Ian Sinclair & Peter Ryan, New Holland, Softback.
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Second edition, including 500 new images and 400 updated distribution maps. Unrivalled coverage of African birds in a single volume. 2129+ species covered with an additional 101 vagrants briefly described. Revised to reflect the latest changes in taxonomy. Species descriptions give precise identification features highlighting differences between similar species as well as briefly reporting habitat, status and call. Annotated illustrations portray distinctive plumages as well as diagnostic flight patterns and major geographic variants where applicable.

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Visiting

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Sandstorm at Markoye Burkina Faso

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Yvan Perre

Birding tours

Ashanti operate tours to Burkina Faso.

Trip reports

PORTIER et al 2002 has considerable information about many of the important sites.

Guides

There are no bird guides known in Burkina Faso.

Logistics

Burkina Faso can be reached by daily flights from Paris to Ouagadougou. There are also flights from the Netherlands via Accra. Game ranches, national parks and wildlife reserves are the usual destinations for visitors. You will be able to hire 4WD vehicles and guides but birding is an unusual activity and you will need to explain your requirements. Most parks are open throughout the year but the rainy season frequently makes paths and tracks impassable therefore the best period for visiting is from mid-October to mid-July.

Safety

Safety and health issues are no different from those in many African countries. Guidebooks, travel companies and websites provide much of the advice one needs, but key points warrant repetition here: (1) be aware of the risk of malaria and seek current advice, sleep in a sealed tent or under a net and take prophylaxis as recommended; (2) always ensure you have sufficient water and some method of purification (even if this comprises a pot and a campfire for boiling); (3) do not underestimate the danger of being in the sun for too long, ensure you use sun-block, drink plenty of water and wear a hat; (4) be aware of the risk of AIDS; (5) ensure that you take a reasonably-equipped first-aid pack with you including supplies of hypodermic and suturing needles. See the following 2 websites or your own local embassy website for the latest safety and travel information: US Travel and UK FCO.

Hotspots

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Lake Darkoye and the Sahel Burkina Faso

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Yvan Perré (IRD)
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Lake Darkoye in March Burkina Faso

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Yvan Perré (IRD)

Ouagadougou Classified Forest Situated near the centre of Ouagadougou, this site consists of small patches of scrub and tree savanna, savanna woodland and small riparian forests. It is currently the focus of considerable efforts by the government to establish it as a recreational nature area. The site is worth a visit for those that only have a short time to spend birding in Burkina Faso as well over 200 species have been recorded in the area and a few hours birding can provide many West African specialities e.g. Senegal Coucal Centropus senegalensis, Abyssinian Roller Coracias abyssinicus, Red-throated Bee-eater Merops bulocki, Senegal Eremomela Eremomela pusilla, Black-crowned Tchagra Tchagra senegalus, Yellow-crowned Gonolek Laniarius barbarus and Yellow-billed Shrike Corvinella corvina. Some less common species such as Long-crested Eagle Lophaetus occipitalis, Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus, Jacobin Cuckoo Clamator jacobinus, Bearded Barbet Lybius dubius and African Golden Oriole Oriolus auratus may also be found.

Loumbila Reservoir is some 30 km to the north-east of Ouagadougou. A recent visit here produced a number of Palearctic migrants including Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava, Bluethroat Luscinia svecica, Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis, Isabelline Shrike Lanius isabellinus (first for Burkina Faso) and Woodchat Shrike L. senator. Waders were represented by Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula, Black-headed Lapwing Vanellus tectus, Little Stint Calidris minuta, Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia and Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos. This is a large reservoir but the shores nearest to the main road are a good area for seeing birds.

Two sites to the south and south-east of Ouagadougou were also productive. One is at Bagre, a dam on the White Volta, another massive body of water. Sightings in this area included Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Lark Eremopterix leucotis, Rufous Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas galactotes, Cut-throat Finch Amadina fasciata, African Silverbill Euodice cantans and Cinnamon-breasted Bunting Emberiza tahapisi. The second was in the grounds of, and adjacent to, a monastery called Koubri. A substantial river flows here, and there were plenty of good birds in the surrounding bush and overgrown farmland - more Palearctic migrants like Bluethroat Luscinia svecica, Rufous Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas galactotes and various warblers but also Little Green Bee-eater Merops orientalis, Greater Honeyguide Indicator indicator and Speckle-fronted Weaver Sporopipes frontalis.

Gonsee Classified Forest This suburban forest is a half-hour drive from Ouagadougou on the road heading eastward to Fada N'Gourma. If time is limited, one could spend half-a-day birding here where you may find Grasshopper Buzzard Butastur rufipennis, White-bellied Bustard Eupodotis senegalensis, Savile's Bustard Eupodotis savilei and White-throated Bee-eater Merops albicollis. A visit after dusk is recommended when Spotted Thick-knee Burhinus capensis, Four-banded Sandgrouse Pterocles quadricinctus, Northern White-faced Owl Ptilopsis leucotis, Long-tailed Nightjar Caprimulgus climacurus or the mythical Standard-winged Nightjar Macrodipteryx longipennis may be visible in car headlights.

Lake Darkoye is one of the largest lakes of the Lake Oursi-Lake Darkoye Important Bird Area and occurs in steppe to the west of the town of Markoye in the far north of the country. Lake water levels vary from year to year depending on the rainfall and associated run-off in the July to September period. A correspondent reports recent sightings of the following species from this area: Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus; Northern Pintail Anas acuta; Garganey Anas querquedula (up to 3,000 in flight in March); Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata; Little Crake Porzana parva; Black Crowned Crane Balearica pavonina; Lesser Jacana Microparra capensis; Greater Painted-snipe Rostratula benghalensis; Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor; Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida; European Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur (up to 2,000 in 2003/04 but absent in 2004/05), Eurasian Scops Owl Otus scops; Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla; Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris; Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe; Black-eared Wheatear O. hispanica; Orphean Warbler Sylvia hortensis; Subalpine Warbler S. cantillans and Sennar Penduline Tit Anthoscopus punctifrons.

Nazinga Game Ranch Situated 200 km south of Ouagadougou along the Ghana border, the Nazinga Game Ranch occupies 91,300 hectares. Up to 330 bird species have been recorded including seven species of stork, 43 species of diurnal raptor, five species of nightjar, seven species of bee-eater and 14 species of swallow and martin. Due to its southerly location, Nazinga is a good place for finding Afro-tropical migrants or birds in the northernmost part of their range e.g. Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus, Western Banded Snake Eagle Circaetus cinerascens, Verreaux's Eagle Owl Bubo lacteus, Violet Turaco Musophaga violacea, Mottled Spinetail Telacanthura ussheri, Sulphur-breasted Bush Shrike Telophorus sulfureopectus, Heuglin's Wheatear Oenanthe heuglini, Grey Tit-Flycatcher Myioparus plumbeus and Brown-rumped Bunting Emberiza affinis. Palearctic migrants, raptors, waders and insectivores will also be present from October to March.

Mare aux hippopotames This site is located some 50 km north of the city of Bobo-Dioulasso in the upper Mouhoun valley. Over 240 species of birds have been identified at this site and some species which are difficult to observe elsewhere in Burkina Faso can be found here without too much trouble e.g. Lesser Jacana Microparra capensis, Red-headed Lovebird Agapornis pullarius and Oriole Warbler Hypergerus atriceps. Narina Trogon Apaloderma narina has been seen on several occasions.

W National - ArIi National - Singou complex Situated at the extreme south eastern edge of the country, this is the largest remaining wilderness in the country and the area available for wildlife extends into Benin and Niger. The Gobnangou cliffs which run for 50 km along the north of the park provide important nesting sites for raptors like Rüppell's Griffon Vulture Gyps rueppellii and White-headed Vulture Trigonoceps occipitalis. Specialities like Golden-tailed Woodpecker Campethera abingoni, Red-faced Cisticola Cisticola erythrops, Croaking Cisticola C. natalensis, Rock-loving Cisticola C. aberrans, Ashy Flycatcher Muscicapa caerulescens and Gambaga Flycatcher M. gambagae can also be found in the area.

Bérégadougou HilI and Banfora Cliffs Situated in south-western Burkina Faso, north of the town of Banfora, Bérégadougou Hill covers 15,000 ha, of which 5,000 ha is a forest reserve. Many forest birds can be found easily including Square-tailed Drongo Dicrurus ludwigii, Yellow-breasted Apalis Apalis flavida and Black-necked Weaver Ploceus nigricollis. Violet Turaco Musophaga violacea, Blue-bellied Roller Coracias cyanogaster and Green-headed Sunbird Cyanomitra verticalis can be found at Karfiguela Falls. 16 of the 32 species of the Sudan-Guinea Savanna biome which occur in Burkina Faso have been recorded here including Fox Kestrel Falco alopex, White-crowned Robin-Chat Cossypha albicapillus, Blackcap Babbler Turdoides reinwardtii and Grey-headed Oliveback Nesocharis capistrata.

Species

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Spur-winged Goose Plectropterus gambensis Burkina Faso

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Yvan Perré (IRD)

Country checklist and status

You can download and print a checklist for Burkina Faso.

A country checklist for Burkina Faso with 495 species can also be downloaded as a spreadsheet from this link: Burkina Faso checklist. For each species, the family name, the scientific name, the French and English names are mentioned as well as a bibliographical reference. The checklist was provided by Yvan Perré (IRD).

Endemic species

There are no endemic species in Burkina Faso.

Near endemic species (found in 3 or less African countries)

There are no near endemic species in Burkina Faso.

Threatened species

Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotus Vulnerable
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni Vulnerable

The lists have been compiled from a number of sources including the African Bird Club, BirdLife International including Threatened Birds of the World — see reference (iv), and Birds of the World Version 2.0 ® 1994-1996, Dr. Charles Sibley and Thayer Birding Software, Ltd.

Important Bird Areas

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Sudan Guinea Savanna Burkina Faso

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Yvan Perré (IRD)
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Lake Darkoye in August Burkina Faso

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Yvan Perré (IRD)

The Sudan-Guinea Savanna biome with some 800 mm of rainfall per annum lies in the south of Burkina Faso, and 32 species restricted to this biome have been found within its borders including Senegal Parrot Poicephalus senegalus, Violet Turaco Musophaga violacea, Blue-bellied Roller Coracias cyanogaster, Bearded Barbet Lybius dubius, Pied-winged Swallow Hirundo leucosoma, Blackcap Babbler Turdoides reinwardtii and Oriole Warbler Hypergerus atriceps.

The north of the country lies in the Sahel biome and 8 of its restricted species occur in Burkina Faso including Arabian Bustard Ardeotis arabs, Sudan Golden-Sparrow Passer luteus and Cricket Warbler Spiloptila clamans. In addition, there are a number of significant wetlands which support large numbers of both resident and migratory waterbirds).

10 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) have been identified in Burkina Faso covering 20,260 km2, equivalent to 7.4% of the land-surface area of the country. The list of IBAs is as follows: Béli River; Lake Oursi—Lake Darkoye; Lake Sourou; Ouagadougou forest; Mare aux Hippopotames; Kaboré Tambi—Nazinga—Sissili complex; Lake Kompienga; Arli-W-Singou complex; Bérégadougou hill and Diéfoula-Logoniégué forest.

For further details, download the country IBAs from BirdLife International.

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