With over 800 species recorded in South Sudan, there would be plenty to attract the keen bird watcher were it not for major concerns over security, safety and ease of access. One can only hope that the situation improves sufficiently to allow greater travel in this country in future. There have been few visits by bird watchers in recent years but those that have been to the country have found a number of new species and range extensions.
The Nile which flows north to south through the country is an important migration highway. The Sudd is one of the world's largest swamplands and the country has a range of habitat types. Five major biomes are represented each of which includes range restricted species: Sudan Guinea-Savanna; Somali-Masai; Sahel; Guinea-Congo Forests and Afrotropical Highlands.
The purpose of this document is to provide a summary of South Sudan 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You should note that the names of birds used in this document are those of the African Bird Club checklist.