Guinée | Guinea

West Africa

245,857 km²



Strongly Afrotropical avifauna
Approximately 670 recorded species

White-necked Rockfowl (Paul van Giersbergen)
Rufous Fishing Owl (Paul van Giersbergen)
Emerald Starling (Paul van Giersbergen)

Proposed new species or splits not yet accepted by IOC
Black-shouldered Nightjar
Western Piping Hornbill
Western Little Hornbill
Western Long-tailed Hornbill
Western Yellow-spotted Barbet
Western Yellow-billed Barbet
West African Pitta
Rufous-bellied Wattle-eye
Fanti Drongo
Glossy-backed Drongo
Western Square-tailed Drongo
Highland Lark (henrici)
Yellow-bellied Crombec
Grey-hooded Capuchin Babbler
Black-faced Quailfinch
Vinaceous Firefinch
Bannerman’s Pipit

Other taxa of interest, including Upper Guinea endemics (UGE)
Latham’s Francolin | Forest Francolin
Ahanta Spurfowl
Double-spurred Spurfowl
Plain Nightjar
Long-tailed Nightjar
Sabine’s Spinetail
Cassin’s Spinetail
Great Blue Turaco
Western Plantain-eater
Yellow-billed Turaco
Guinea Turaco | Green Turaco
Black-throated Coucal
Blue Malkoha
Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo
Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo
Afep Pigeon
Western Bronze-naped Pigeon | Bronze-naped Pigeon
Blue-headed Wood Dove
African Finfoot
White-spotted Flufftail
Forbes’s Plover
Greater Painted-snipe
Rock Pratincole
African Skimmer
West African Crested Tern
Brown Booby
White-crested Tiger Heron | White-crested Bittern
Western Reef Heron
Long-tailed Hawk
Red-thighed Sparrowhawk
Rufous Fishing Owl (UGE)
Forest Wood Hoopoe | Forest Scimitarbill
West African Pied Hornbill
Brown-cheeked Hornbill (UGE)
Black-casqued Hornbill
Yellow-casqued Hornbill
Blue-throated Roller
White-bellied Kingfisher
Blue-moustached Bee-eater
Black Bee-eater
Bristle-nosed Barbet
Naked-faced Barbet
Speckled Tinkerbird
Red-rumped Tinkerbird
Yellow-throated Tinkerbird
Hairy-breasted Barbet
Vieillot’s Barbet
Double-toothed Barbet
Cassin’s Honeybird
Willcock’s Honeyguide
Spotted Honeyguide
Lyre-tailed Honeyguide
Buff-spotted Woodpecker
Brown-eared Woodpecker
Little Green Woodpecker
Fire-bellied Woodpecker
Melancholy Woodpecker
Timneh Parrot
Rufous-sided Broadbill
West African Wattle-eye
Brown-throated Wattle-eye
Red-cheeked Wattle-eye
Fiery-breasted Bushshrike
Many-colored Bushshrike
Lowland Sooty Boubou
Turati’s Boubou
Red-billed Helmetshrike
African Shrike-flycatcher
Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher
Purple-throated Cuckooshrike
Western Wattled Cuckooshrike | Ghana Cuckooshrike (UGE)
Blue Cuckooshrike
Western Oriole
Black-winged Oriole
Shining Drongo
Blue-headed Crested Flycatcher | Western Crested Flycatcher
Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher | Black-headed Paradise Flycatcher
White-necked Rockfowl | Yellow-headed Picathartes (UGE)
Dusky Crested Flycatcher
Dusky Tit
Western Nicator
Golden Greenbul
Red-tailed Bristlebill
Green-tailed Bristlebill (UGE)
Grey-headed Bristlebill
Spotted Greenbul
Swamp Palm Bulbul | Swamp Greenbul
Simple Greenbul
Honeyguide Greenbul
Western Bearded Greenbul
Red-tailed Greenbul
Yellow-bearded Greenbul (UGE)
Plain Greenbul
Little Grey Greenbul | Gray Greenbul
Ansorge’s Greenbul
White-throated Greenbul
Icterine Greenbul
Red-tailed Leaflove | Leaf-love
Baumann’s Olive Greenbul
Square-tailed Saw-wing
Fanti Saw-wing
White-bibbed Swallow | White-throated Blue Swallow
Red-chested Swallow
West African Swallow
Preuss’s Cliff Swallow
Kemp’s Longbill
Grey Longbill
Lemon-bellied Crombec
Chestnut-capped Flycatcher
Green Hylia
Tit Hylia
Black-backed Cisticola
Sierra Leone Prinia (UGE)
Black-capped Apalis
Sharpe’s Apalis (UGE)
Yellow-browed Camaroptera
Olive-green Camaroptera
Black-headed Rufous Warbler | Black-capped Rufous Warbler (UGE)
Rufous-crowned Eremomela
Brown Illadopsis
Pale-breasted Illadopsis
Blackcap Illadopsis
Puvel’s Illadopsis
Rufous-winged Illadopsis (UGE)
Violet-backed Hyliota
Copper-tailed Starling (UGE)
Splendid Starling
Emerald Starling
Purple Starling
Chestnut-winged Starling
White-tailed Ant Thrush
White-tailed Alethe
Forest Scrub Robin
Fraser’s Forest Flycatcher | African Forest Flycatcher
White-browed Forest Flycatcher
Nimba Flycatcher (UGE)
Cassin’s Flycatcher
Olivaceous Flycatcher
Little Grey Flycatcher | Little Flycatcher
Dusky-blue Flycatcher
Ussher’s Flycatcher
Brown-chested Alethe
Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat
Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat
Orange-breasted Forest Robin
Grey-winged Robin-Chat
Lowland Akalat
Fraser’s Sunbird
Mangrove Sunbird | Mouse-brown Sunbird
Little Green Sunbird
Yellow-chinned Sunbird
Blue-throated Brown Sunbird
Buff-throated Sunbird
Tiny Sunbird
Beautiful Sunbird
Splendid Sunbird
Johanna’s Sunbird
Superb Sunbird
Olive-naped Weaver
Chestnut-and-black Weaver
Yellow-mantled Weaver
Maxwell’s Black Weaver
Preuss’s Weaver
Gola Malimbe | Ballman’s Malimbe (UGE)
Red-vented Malimbe
Blue-billed Malimbe
Red-headed Malimbe
Crested Malimbe
Red-fronted Antpecker
White-breasted Nigrita
Chestnut-breasted Nigrita
Grey-headed Nigrita
Western Bluebill
Crimson Seedcracker
Dybowski’s Twinspot

Sierra Leone Prinia (Nik Borrow)
Long-tailed Glossy Starling (Paul van Giersbergen)

Lowland forest, savanna woodland

Upper Guinea forests Endemic Bird Area
18 Important Bird Areas

Réserve Naturelle Intégrale des Monts Nimba, Réserve de la Biosphère du Massif du Ziama & Forêt Classée de Diécké for Rufous Fishing Owl, Brown-cheeked Hornbill, Western Wattled Cuckooshrike, Green-tailed Bristlebill, Black-headed Rufous Warbler, Sharpe’s Apalis, Rufous-winged Illadopsis, Copper-tailed Starling, Nimba Flycatcher and Gola Malimbe
Réserve Naturelle de Kounoukan for White-necked Rockfowl
Dalaba, Pic de Fon, Pic de Tibé & Mont Tétini for Sierra Leone Prinia
Labé and Kankan Regions for savanna woodland species including Stone Partridge, White-throated Francolin, Standard-winged Nightjar, Violet Turaco, Four-banded Sandgrouse, Adamawa Turtle Dove, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Egyptian Plover, Beaudouin’s Snake Eagle, Grasshopper Buzzard, Northern White-faced Owl, Black Scimitarbill, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Western Red-billed Hornbill, Abyssinian Roller, Blue-bellied Roller, Striped Kingfisher, Red-throated Bee-eater, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Bearded Barbet, Fine-spotted Woodpecker, Golden-tailed Woodpecker, African Grey Woodpecker, Brown-backed Woodpecker, Fox Kestrel, Senegal Parrot, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Red-headed Lovebird, Senegal Batis, Yellow-crowned Gonolek, Red-shouldered Cuckooshrike, Yellow-billed Shrike, Piapiac, African Blue Flycatcher, White-shouldered Black Tit, Rufous-rumped Lark, Sun Lark, Pied-winged Swallow, Northern Crombec, Rock-loving Cisticola, Rufous Cisticola, Red-winged Prinia, Oriole Warbler, Senegal Eremomela, Brown Babbler, Blackcap Babbler, Yellow-bellied Hyliota, African Spotted Creeper, Lesser Blue-eared Starling, Bronze-tailed Starling, Long-tailed Glossy Starling, Neumann’s Starling, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Grey Tit-Flycatcher, Gambaga Flycatcher, White-crowned Robin-Chat, White-fronted Black Chat, Western Violet-backed Sunbird, Pygmy Sunbird, Sahel Bush Sparrow, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver, Heuglin’s Masked Weaver, Northern Red Bishop, Grey-headed Oliveback, Lavender Waxbill, Black-rumped Waxbill, Red-winged Pytilia, Yellow-winged Pytilia, Black-bellied Firefinch, Bar-breasted Firefinch, Wilson’s Indigobird, Cameroon Indigobird, Exclamatory Paradise Whydah, Togo Paradise Whydah, Cuckoo-finch, West African Seedeater, Gosling’s Bunting, Brown-rumped Bunting and Cabanis’s Bunting

TIMING (Feb–Apr)
Best to travel when it is dry and easier to get around (Dec–Mar)
Avoid the main rainy season (Jun–Sep)

Birds of Africa (iOS or Android)

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

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

Further reading
Guinea 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)
Inventaire de la Présence et de l’Abondance Relative des Rapaces de Guinée Soumis à un Commerce International/Survey of the Occurrence and Relative Abundance of Raptors in Guinea Subject to International Trade by Guy Rondeau, Mohammed Moussa Condé, Bernard Ahon, Ousmane Diallo & Daniel Pouakouyou (2008)
A Rapid Survey of the Birds of Boké Préfecture, Northwestern Guinea by Ron Demey (2006)
Rapid Surveys of the Birds of the Forêts Classées of Déré, Diécké and Mont Béro, Southeastern Guinea by Ron Demey & Hugo J Rainey (2006)
Land Cover and Avian Biodiversity in Rice Fields and Mangroves of West Africa by Daan Bos, Ion Grigoras & Abdoulaye Ndiaye (2006)
The Status and Conservation of Threatened Birds in the Upper Guinea Forest by Gary Allport (1991)
Ornithological Importance of Coastal Wetlands in Guinea by Wibe Altenburg & Jan van der Kamp (1991)
Étude Ornithologique Préliminaire de la Zone Côtière du Nord-Ouest de la Guinée by Wibe Altenburg & Jan van der Kamp (1989)
Le Peuplement Animal du Mont Nimba: Guinée, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia edited by Maxime Lamotte & Roger Roy (2003)
Articles in Malimbus, Bull. ABC, etc.

Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve – UNESCO World Heritage List


Guinée-Ecologie is the BirdLife Partner in Guinea

Other bird or conservation organisations active in Guinea include –
Acteurs Unis pour le Développement Rural (AUDER)
Synergies & Développement (SYDEV)
Initiative de Base pour la Gestion des Ressources Naturelles (IBGRN)
ONG SAPE: Synergie d’Action pour la Protection de l’Environnement
Mouvement Sauvons Nos Îles
Association-Conseil pour les Actions de Développement (ACAD)
Green Transformation 2050
Wara Conservation Project
Partenariat Régional pour la Conservation de la Zone Côtière et Marine (PRCM) en Afrique de l’Ouest
Association Sylvatrop
Fauna & Flora International (FFI)

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