République du Congo | Republic of the Congo

SUB-REGION
Central Africa

SIZE
342,000 km²

BIRDS AND BIRDING

SPECIES
Diversity
Strongly Afrotropical avifauna
Approximately 680 recorded species

Congo Moor Chat (Paul van Giersergen)
Grey-throated Rail (Nik Borrow)
Zenker’s Honeyguide (Gareth Knass)

Birds best found in Congo but occurring more widely (BT)
Olivaceous Flycatcher
Bob-tailed Weaver

Birds occurring in only two territories of the ABC region but not near-endemics or BT (1/2)
Congo Martin
Congo Sunbird

Other taxa of interest
Finsch’s Francolin
Grey-throated Rail
Black-headed Bee-eater
Zenker’s Honeyguide
African River Martin
Brazza’s Martin
Forest White-eye
Congo Moor Chat
Loango Weaver
Black-chinned Weaver

Rosy Bee-eater (Paul van Giersbergen)
African River Martin (Lionel Sineux)

MAIN HABITATS
Lowland forest, grasslands, coastal savanna

BIRD AREAS
9 Important Bird Areas

BIRDING SITES
Odzala-Kokoua National Park (NP) and Nouabalé-Ndoki NP for lowland forest species
Léfini on the Téké Plateau for grassland species
Conkouati-Douli NP for Rosy Bee-eater and African River Martin
Brazzaville area for Congo River species

TIMING (Jun–Jul, Dec)
Best in the dry season when access is easier, although this varies between the north (Dec–Feb) and south (Jun–Aug, Dec)
Avoid the main rains (Sep–Oct, Apr–May)

RESOURCES
Field guides
Birds of Western Africa by Nik Borrow & Ron Demey (2014)
Guide de Poche des Oiseaux de Pointe-Noire et du Kouilou, République du Congo by Christine Gonzalez-Dunia, Vincent Delhaye-Prat & Jérôme Mokoko Ikonga (2014)

Sounds
African Bird Sounds Vol 2: West and Central Africa by Claude Chappuis
Une Journée dans la Forêt Équatoriale/One Day in the Equatorial Forest by Pierre Huguet

Further reading
Les Oiseaux du Kouilou: de la Côte Atlantique aux Contreforts du Mayombe by Vincent Delhaye-Prat, Christine Gonzalez-Dunia, Xavier Rufray & Teva Kami (2018)
Congo by Françoise Dowsett-Lemaire 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)
Parc National d’Odzala: Carnet de Voyage by Patrice Christy (1999)
Flora and Fauna of Odzala National Park, Congo/Flore et Faune du Parc National d’Odzala, Congo edited by Robert J Dowsett & Françoise Dowsett-Lemaire (1997)
Flora and Fauna of the Kouilou Basin (Congo) and Their Exploitation/Flore et Faune du Bassin du Kouilou (Congo) et Leur Exploitation edited by Robert J Dowsett & Françoise Dowsett-Lemaire (1991)
Enquête Faunistique dans la Forêt du Mayombe et Check-liste des Oiseaux et des Mammifères du Congo edited by Françoise Dowsett-Lemaire & Robert J Dowsett (1989)
Articles in Malimbus, Bull. ABC, etc.

Websites
Sangha Trinational – UNESCO World Heritage List

Blogs
Congo Birds

ORGANISATIONS

There is currently no BirdLife Partner in Congo

Bird or conservation organisations active in Congo include –
Conservation de la Faune Congolaise (CFC)
Alliance Nationale pour la Nature (ANN)
Congo Environnement et Développement (CEDEV)
Réseau International Arbres Congo (RIAT-Congo)
Association pour la Conservation de la Nature de la Likouala (ACNL)
Association pour la Protection des Éco-systèmes Tropicaux et de Développement de la Sangha (APETDS)
Plateforme pour la Gestion Durable des Forêts (PGDF)
Endangered Species International (ESI Congo)
Renatura
African Parks: Odzala-Kokoua
Parcs de Noé: Parc National de Conkouati-Douli
WCS Congo
WWF

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