موريتانيا | Mauritanie | Mauritania

SUB-REGION
West Africa

SIZE
1,030,700 km² (11th largest country in Africa)

BIRDS AND BIRDING

SPECIES
Diversity

Significant Afrotropical and Palaearctic elements in the avifauna
Approximately 540 recorded species

Kordofan Lark (Johannes Heip)
Dunn’s Lark (Tim Wacher)
Black Wheatear (Tomasz Kaliszewski)

Birds best found in Mauritania but occurring more widely (BT)
Kordofan Lark

Birds best found in two territories of the ABC region but occurring in more (B2)
Dunn’s Lark

Proposed new species or splits not yet accepted by IOC
Pallid Heron (would-be endemic)
Saharan Scrub Warbler

Other taxa of interest, including endemic subspecies (ESS)
Golden Nightjar
Nubian Bustard
Savile’s Bustard
Eurasian Spoonbill (ESS balsaci)
Grey Heron (ESS monicae)
West African Crested Tern
Little Grey Woodpecker
Maghreb Lark
Temminck’s Lark
Cricket Warbler
Fulvous Babbler
Black Wheatear
Desert Sparrow
Sudan Golden Sparrow
Trumpeter Finch
House Bunting

Golden Nightjar (Nik Borrow)
Stone Partridge (Paul van Giersbergen)

MAIN HABITATS
Coastal wetlands, arid savanna, desert

BIRD AREAS
25 Important Bird Areas

BIRDING SITES
Banc d’Arguin for waterbirds
Wadi Initi for desert species

TIMING (Nov–Jan)
Best in the cool season (Oct–Feb)
Avoid the hottest time of the year (May–Sep), when Palaearctic migrants are also absent

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

Atlases
Atlas des Oiseaux de Mauritanie/Atlas of the Birds of Mauritania
Atlas de Répartition des Oiseaux du Mali et de Mauritanie by B Lamarche (1993)

Further reading
Oiseaux de Mauritanie/Birds of Mauritania by Paul Isenmann, Maurice Benmergui, Peter Browne, Amadou Diam Ba, Checkh Hamallah Diagana, Yelli Diawara & Zeine El Abidine ould Sidaty (2010)
The Birds of the Banc d’Arguin by Paul Isenmann (2006)
Wader and Waterbird Census at the Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania, January 2000 by Ward Hagemeijer, Cor Smit, Peter de Boer, Arend van Dijk, Neil Ravenscroft, Marc van Roomen & Mick Wright (2004)
Mauritania by Tara Shine, Peter Robertson & Bruno Lamarche in Important Bird Areas in Africa and Associated Islands: Priority Sites for Conservation edited by Lincoln D C Fishpool & Michael I Evans (2001)
Homeward Bound: Problems Waders Face When Migrating from the Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania, to Their Northern Breeding Grounds in Spring by B J Ens, T Piersma, W J Wolff & L Zwarts (1990)
Wintering Waders at the Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania by W Altenburg, M Engelmoer, R Mes & T Piersma (1982)
Articles in Malimbus, Bull. ABC, etc.

Websites
Parc National du Banc d’Arguin (PNBA)
Banc d’Arguin National Park – UNESCO World Heritage List

Blogs
Birding for a Lark by the late Robert Tovey

ORGANISATIONS

Nature Mauritanie – Association Mauritanienne de Conservation de la Nature is the BirdLife Partner in Mauritania

Other bird or conservation organisations active in Mauritania include –
Association Naforé pour la Protection de l’Environnement (NAFORE)
Club des Amis de la Nature et Protection de l’Environnement (CANPE)
Fonds Fiduciaire du Banc d’Arguin et de la Biodiversité Côtière et Marine/Banc d’Arguin and Coastal and Marine Biodiversity (BACoMaB) Trust Fund
Partenariat Régional pour la Conservation de la Zone Côtière et Marine (PRCM) en Afrique de l’Ouest

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