République Centrafricaine (RCA) | Ködörösêse tî Bêafrîka | Central African Republic (CAR)

SUB-REGION
Central Africa

SIZE
622,980 km²

BIRDS AND BIRDING

SPECIES
Diversity
Strongly Afrotropical avifauna
Approximately 750 recorded species

Near-endemics (NE)
Niam-niam Parrot

Birds occurring in only two territories of the ABC region but not NE (1/2)
Sladen’s Barbet

Birds best found in two territories but occurring in more (B2)
Schlegel’s Francolin

Schlegel’s Francolin (Nik Borrow)
Fox Kestrel (Paul van Giersbergen)
Heuglin’s Spurfowl (Nik Borrow)

Proposed split not yet accepted by IOC
Sangha Forest Robin (would-be endemic)

White-collared Starling (Kevin Ravno)
Dybowski’s Twinspot (Kevin Ravno)
Dja River Scrub Warbler (Adam Riley)

Other taxa of interest
Heuglin’s Spurfowl
Black-breasted Barbet
Emin’s Shrike
Rufous-rumped Lark
Dja River Scrub Warbler
Forest White-eye
White-collared Starling
Dybowski’s Twinspot

MAIN HABITATS
Lowland forest, moist savanna

BIRD AREAS
8 Important Bird Areas

BIRDING SITES
Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park (NP) and Bamingui-Bangoran NP for savanna species including Niam-niam Parrot, Black-breasted Barbet, Emin’s Shrike and White-collared Starling
Dzanga-Sangha Protected Area for lowland forest species

TIMING (Jan–Mar)
Best to go when it is dry to avoid access problems (Dec– Apr), which is probably when most forest birds breed
Avoid the main rains (Aug–Oct)

RESOURCES
Apps
Birds of Africa (iOS or Android)

Field guides
Birds of Western Africa by Nik Borrow & Ron Demey (2014)

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

Further reading
Découverte du Nord de la Centrafrique: sur les Terres de la Grand Faune by Willy Delvingt & José L P Lobão Tello (2004)
Central African Republic (République Centrafricaine) by R J Dowsett in Important Bird Areas in Africa and Associated Islands: Priority Sites for Conservation edited by Lincoln D C Fishpool & Michael I Evans (2001)
Les Oiseaux d’Afrique Centrale: Liste Faunistique by Patrice Christy & Jean Pierre Vande weghe (1999)
Birds of the Central African Republic by Richard W Carroll (1988)
Articles in Malimbus, Bull. ABC, etc.

Websites
UNESCO World Heritage List: Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park and Sangha Trinational
Sangha Lodge

ORGANISATIONS

There is currently no BirdLife Partner in CAR

Bird or conservation organisations active in CAR include –
Association pour la Protection de la Faune en Centrafrique (APFC)
Réseau des Initiatives Communautaires d’Aménagement et de Gestion Intégrée des Ressources Naturelles de la Forêt de Bangassou (RICAGIRN-FB)
African Parks: Chinko
Chengeta Wildlife
WWF: Dzanga-Sangha
WCS

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