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Country checklist and status


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The birdlife of Mozambique is poorly known and as yet, there is no definitive checklist for the country. Approximately 690 bird species have been recorded in Mozambique, with 8 of the 10 families endemic to the African continent being represented and only one endemic species, the *Namuli Apalis Apalis (thoracica) lynesi, being restricted to the region. More than 530 species breed within the country.

The Mozambique Bird Atlas Project was started in December 1994 and covered the southern areas of the country between the Sabe River and the KwaZulu Natal border in South Africa for the first three years. Subsequently, the survey has concentrated on the northern part of the country. Records can be sent to Vincent Parker - see contact section for address. Bird Numbers 5:15-16 December 1995 and ABC Bulletins 3:2 75-76, 4:1 10, 6:2 86.

Endemic species

*Namuli Apalis Apalis (thoracica) lynesi

* Although some authorities raise Namuli Apalis Apalis lynesi to full species level, it is recorded in the African Bird Club checklist as a subspecies of Bar-throated Apalis Apalis (thoracica) lynesi.

Near endemic species (found in 3 countries at most)

Stierling’s Woodpecker Dendropicos stierlingi
Swynnerton’s Robin Swynnertonia swynnertoni
East Coast Akalat Sheppardia gunningi
Brown Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas signata
Cholo Alethe Alethe choloensis
Kretschmer’s Longbill Macrosphenus kretschmeri
Long-billed Tailorbird Orthotomus moreaui
African Tailorbird Orthotomus metopias
Briar Warbler Oreophilais robertsi
White-winged Apalis Apalis chariessa
Chirinda Apalis Apalis chirindensis
Dappled Mountain-Robin Arcanator orostruthus
Uluguru Violet-backed Sunbird Anthreptes neglectus
Neergaard’s Sunbird Cinnyris neergaardi
Southern Tchagra Tchagra tchagra
Zanzibar Bishop Euplectes nigroventris
Lesser Seedcracker Pyrenestes minor
Pink-throated Twinspot Hypargos margaritatus

The following has been raised to full species status by some authorities but is treated as a subspecies by the African Bird Club.

Malawi Batis Batis (capensis) dimorpha

Threatened species

Madagascar Pond Heron Ardeola idae Vulnerable
Slaty Egret Egretta vinaceigula Vulnerable
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres Vulnerable
Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotus Vulnerable
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni Vulnerable
Corncrake Crex crex Vulnerable
Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus Vulnerable
Blue Swallow Hirundo atrocaerulea Vulnerable
Swynnerton’s Robin Swynnertonia swynnertoni Vulnerable
East Coast Akalat Sheppardia gunningi Vulnerable
Cholo Alethe Alethe choloensis Endangered
Long-billed Tailorbird Orthotomus moreaui Critical
Namuli Apalis Apalis (thoracica) lynesi Vulnerable
White-winged Apalis Apalis chariessa Vulnerable
Dappled Mountain-Robin Arcanator orostruthus Vulnerable

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.

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