Djibouti | جيبوتي

SUB-REGION
Horn of Africa

SIZE
23,200 km²

BIRDS AND BIRDING

SPECIES
Diversity
Significant Afrotropical and Palaearctic elements in the avifauna
Approximately 330 recorded species

Somali Bulbul (Paul van Giersbergen)
Crab-plover (Jacques de Spéville)
Somali Sparrow (Paul van Giersbergen)

Endemics (E)
Djibouti Francolin (CR)

Birds best found in Djibouti but occurring more widely (BT)
Somali Starling
Arabian Golden Sparrow

Birds best found in two territories of the ABC region but occurring in more (B2)
Somali Bulbul

Other taxa of interest
Crab-plover
Sooty Gull
White-eyed Gull
White-cheeked Tern
Great Grey Shrike (aucheri)
Arabian Warbler
Gambaga Flycatcher
Sombre Rock Chat
Nile Valley Sunbird
Somali Sparrow
Yellow-throated Seedeater

White-cheeked Tern (Sergio Maria Bianchi)
Somali Starling (Nik Borrow)
Yellow-throated Seedeater (John Caddick)
Rosy-patched Bushshrike (Paul van Giersbergen)

MAIN HABITATS
Highland juniper forest, coastal mudflats and mangroves

BIRD AREAS
Djibouti juniper forests Endemic Bird Area
7 Important Bird Areas

BIRDING SITES
Forêt du Day for Djibouti Francolin and Somali Starling
Djibouti City area for Arabian Golden Sparrow and waders/shorebirds

TIMING (Nov, Feb–Mar)
Because Djibouti is a dry country, it is best to visit in the wettest months when most birds breed (Mar–Apr, Nov)
Passage migrants are most prominent Sep–Oct and Mar–Apr
Avoid the hottest time of the year (May–Sep)

RESOURCES
Apps
eGuide to Birds of East Africa

Field guides
Birds of the Horn of Africa by Nigel Redman, Terry Stevenson & John Fanshawe (2011)
Birds of Eastern Africa by Ber Van Perlo (2009)

Further reading
Djibouti by Georgina Magin in Important Bird Areas in Africa and Associated Islands: Priority Sites for Conservation edited by Lincoln D C Fishpool & Michael I Evans (2001)
Catalogue Commenté des Oiseaux de Djibouti by Alain Laurent (1990)
Articles in Scopus, Bull. ABC, etc.

ORGANISATIONS

There is currently no BirdLife Partner in Djibouti

The BirdLife International UNDP/GEF Migratory Soaring Birds Project works in Djibouti

Other bird or conservation organisations active in Djibouti include –
Djibouti Nature (formerly Wildlife Protection Organisation)
Décan Djibouti

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