Burundi | Uburundi

SUB-REGION
East Africa

SIZE
27,830 km²

BIRDS AND BIRDING

SPECIES
Diversity
Strongly Afrotropical avifauna
Approximately 610 recorded species

Papyrus Gonolek (Adam Riley)
Mountain Masked Apalis (Tasso Leventis)
Kungwe Apalis (Bradley Hacker)

Proposed splits not yet accepted by IOC
Eastern Black-billed Turaco
Reichenow’s Turaco
Northern Olive Woodpecker

Other taxa of interest
Shoebill
Rwenzori Turaco
Red-faced Barbet
Papyrus Gonolek
Albertine Sooty Boubou
Willard’s Sooty Boubou
Grauer’s Swamp Warbler
Papyrus Yellow Warbler
Kungwe Apalis
Red-collared Babbler
Shelley’s Crimsonwing
White-collared Oliveback
Papyrus Canary

Rwenzori Turaco (John Caddick)
Red-faced Barbet (John Caddick)
Shelley’s Crimsonwing (Bertin Murhabale)

MAIN HABITATS
Afromontane forest, swamps

BIRD AREAS
Albertine Rift mountains Endemic Bird Area
5 Important Bird Areas

BIRDING SITES
Kibira National Park (NP) for montane forest species
Ruvubu NP for Red-faced Barbet and swamp species

TIMING (Jun–Aug)
Best in the main dry season when most montane birds breed (Jun–Sep)
The height of the rains (Mar–Apr, Dec) is best avoided

RESOURCES
Apps
Birds of Africa (iOS or Android)
eGuide to Birds of East Africa

Field guides
Birds of East Africa by Terry Stevenson & John Fanshawe (2020)

Sounds
African Bird Sounds Vol 2: West and Central Africa by Claude Chappuis

Further reading
Burundi by Samuel Kanyamibwa & Jean-Pierre Vande weghe in Important Bird Areas in Africa and Associated Islands: Priority Sites for Conservation edited by Lincoln D C Fishpool & Michael I Evans (2001)
Burundi’s Important Bird Areas: Status and Trends 2008 compiled by Léonidas Nkezabahizi & Dieudonné Bizimana (2009)
Burundi’s Important Bird Areas: Status and Trends 2009 compiled by Léonidas Nkezabahizi & Arsène Manirambona (2010)
Burundi’s Important Bird Areas: Status and Trends 2010 compiled by Léonidas Nkezabahizi & Arsène Manirambona (2011)
Articles in Scopus, Bull. ABC, Malimbus, Inyomvyi (ABN newsletter), etc.

ORGANISATIONS

Association Burundaise pour la Protection de la Nature (ABN), formerly Association Burundaise pour la Protection des Oiseaux, is the BirdLife Partner in Burundi

The East African Rarities Committee assesses records of new and very rare birds occurring in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi

Other bird or conservation organisations active in Burundi include –
Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS)
Association Assemble pour la Protection de l’Environnement (ASEPE) Dukingire Ibidukikije Asbl
Association des Amis de la Nature (AAN)
Association Protection des Ressources Naturelles pour le Bien-Être de la Population au Burundi (APRN/BEPB)
Association pour la Gestion Durable de la Biodiversité au Burundi (AGDB)
Association Catholique pour la Protection de l’Environnement au Burundi (ACAPE-Burundi)
Association Dusanurivyasambutse de Mubaragaza
Twizeyegukira (Rukoma Site Support Group)

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