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Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:22 -- abc_admin

Country checklist and status


We are delighted that our Corporate Sponsor iGoTerra has made its country checklists, including subspecies (IOC or Clements) as well as all other species groups like mammals, butterflies etc. available through the ABC website. The only thing required is a Basic membership / registration which is free of charge. Go to Congo checklists. If you are already a member of iGoTerra, you will be taken directly to the country page. In case you are not a member, you will be redirected automatically to the registration form and from there can go straight to the country page.

The national list stands at some 640 species which includes 237 which have been proven to breed out of a total of 496 which are likely to breed ( DOWSETT-LEMAIRE, F. and DOWSETT, R.J. 1998).

Endemic species

There are no endemic species in Congo.

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

African River Martin Pseudochelidon eurystomina
Congo Sand Martin Riparia congica
Brazza’s Martin Phedina brazzae
Congo Sunbird Cinnyris congensis
Jameson's Antpecker Parmoptila jamesoni
Black-chinned Weaver Ploceus nigrimentus
*Loango Weaver Ploceus subpersonatus
Bob-tailed Weaver Brachycope anomala

* Read the ABC feature article on the Loango Weaver in the Congo (BULENS, P. and DOWSETT, R.J. 2001).

Threatened species

Lesser Kestrel* Falco naumanni Vulnerable
Corncrake* Crex crex Vulnerable
Loango Weaver Ploceus subpersonatus Vulnerable

* rare passage migrants. The lists of endemic, near endemic and threatened species have been compiled from a number of sources including the African Bird Club, BirdLife International, and Birds of the World Version 2.0 ® 1994-1996, Dr. Charles Sibley and Thayer Birding Software, Ltd. For further information on Congo’s threatened species, see BirdLife International.

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