Guiné-Bissau | Guinea-Bissau

SUB-REGION
West Africa

SIZE
36,130 km²

BIRDS AND BIRDING

SPECIES
Diversity

Afrotropical avifauna
Approximately 470 recorded species

Crimson Seedcracker (Nik Borrow)
Turati’s Boubou (Nik Borrow)
Ahanta Spurfowl (Adewale G Awoyemi)

Taxa of interest
Ahanta Spurfowl
Blue Malkoha
Black Crowned Crane
Egyptian Plover
Rock Pratincole
Scissor-tailed Kite | African Swallow-tailed Kite
Yellow-casqued Hornbill
Blue-bellied Roller
Timneh Parrot
Turati’s Boubou
Pied-winged Swallow
Bronze-tailed Starling
White-tailed Alethe
Ussher’s Flycatcher
Crimson Seedcracker

Red-fronted Antpecker (Adam Riley)
Neumann’s Starling (Paul van Giersbergen)

MAIN HABITATS
Coastal wetlands and islands, moist savanna

BIRD AREAS
9 Important Bird Areas

BIRDING SITES
Cufada lagoons for Turati’s Boubou
Bijagós archipelago and coastal wetlands for waders/shorebirds

TIMING (Oct, Mar–Apr)
The best time to visit is just after and before the rains, when it is dry

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
Guinea-Bissau by Peter Robertson in Important Bird Areas in Africa and Associated Islands: Priority Sites for Conservation edited by Lincoln D C Fishpool & Michael I Evans (2001)
Important Bird Areas in Guinea-Bissau/Zonas Importantes para as Aves na Guiné-Bissau by Tim Dodman, Clive Barlow, Joãozinho Sá & Peter Robertson (2004)
Land Cover and Avian Biodiversity in Rice Fields and Mangroves of West Africa by Daan Bos, Ion Grigoras & Abdoulaye Ndiaye (2006)
Waterbird Monitoring in the Bijagos Archipelago, Guinea-Bissau/Monitorizacao de Aves Aquaticas no Arquipelago dos Bijagos, Guiné-Bissau by Tim Dodman & Joãozinho Sá (2005)
The End of the East Atlantic Flyway: Waders in Guinea-Bissau, October 1992-May 1993 edited by W J Wolff (1998)
Ornithological Importance of the Coastal Wetlands of Guinea-Bissau by W Altenburg, E Wymenga & L Zwarts (1992)
Birding the Bijagós Archipelago: João Vieira, Poilão and Orango Islands, a trip report by David Karr (2018)
Birding Bissau and Biombo Regions, another trip report by David Karr (2017)
Articles in Malimbus, Bull. ABC, etc.

ORGANISATIONS

There is currently no BirdLife Partner in Guinea-Bissau

Instituto da Biodiversidade e das Áreas Protegidas (IBAP) is the national institution responsible for protecting and managing the biodiversity and protected areas of Guinea-Bissau

Non-governmental bird or conservation organisations active in Guinea-Bissau include –
Organização para a Defesa e Desenvolvimento das Zonas Húmidas na Guiné-Bissau (OZDH)
ONG Palmeirinha
ONG Tiniguena
Partenariat Régional pour la Conservation de la Zone Côtière et Marine (PRCM) en Afrique de l’Ouest

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