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

Inside the Upper Guinea Forest, Gola National Park

Image Credit: 
Clara Cassell

Coastal lagoon, Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County

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Clara Cassell

Blue Lake, Tubmansburg and nearby forests, Bomi county

Image Credit: 
Christoph Jud

Liberia covers just over 100,000 km2 and hosts about 617 bird species, many of which are endemic to the Upper Guinea Forest. The hotspot which previously covered the entire area of Liberia and surrounding countries, now exists in patches, the most intact blocks being in Liberia, and serves as a refuge for forest species in the region such as greenbuls, malimbes, hornbills, woodpeckers, cuckoos, flycatchers, illadopses, shrikes, owls, honeyguides, sunbirds, and hawks

Close to the northern borders, the Nimba and Wologizi mountain hotspots support other higher altitude rock-dwelling forest species. The entire southern edge of Liberia comprises a long coastline dotted with swamps, lagoons and other coastal habitats which support a wide variety of water birds such as herons, ducks, moorhens, kingfishers, and plovers and other waders.

Some near-endemic species occurring in Liberia include Gola Malimbe, Brown-cheeked Hornbill, White-crested Hornbill, Olive long-tailed Cuckoo, Pel’s fishing Owl, Narina trogon, Willcocks’s Honeyguide, Brown-backed Woodpecker, Yellow-bearded Greenbul, Black-capped Rufous Warbler, Black-winged Oriole, Red-billed Helmetshrike, Lagden’s Bushshrike, Blue-billed Malimbe, Copper-tailed Starling, White-breasted Guineafowl, Latham’s Forest Francolin, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Blue Malkoha, and White-breasted Nigrita. Yellow-headed Picathartes, Timneh Parrots and many species of cuckoos (resident and migrant) can also be found here.

The purpose of this page 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

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