Niger

SUB-REGION
West Africa

SIZE
1,267,000 km² (6th largest country in Africa)

BIRDS AND BIRDING

SPECIES
Diversity

Afrotropical avifauna
Approximately 540 recorded species

Quail-plover (Tasso Leventis)
Golden Nightjar (Nik Borrow)
Desert Lark (Paul van Giersbergen)

Taxa of interest
Golden Nightjar
Nubian Bustard
Savile’s Bustard
Quail-plover
Scissor-tailed Kite | African Swallow-tailed Kite
Little Grey Woodpecker
Sennar Penduline Tit
Rusty Bush Lark
Kordofan Lark
Rufous-rumped Lark
Sudan Golden Sparrow
White-rumped Seedeater (pallens)

Scissor-tailed Kite (Kevin Ravno)

MAIN HABITATS
Desert, arid savanna

BIRD AREAS
17 Important Bird Areas

BIRDING SITES
W National Park for Savile’s Bustard
Zinder area for Kordofan Lark and Rusty Bush Lark
Termit and Tin-Toumma National Nature Reserve for Nubian Bustard

TIMING (Oct–Nov, Feb)
Being arid, most birds breed at the end of the rains (Sep–Nov)
The cooler months (Dec–Feb), when most migrants are present, are also good
Avoid Apr–Jun due to heat

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
Niger by Joost Brouwer, S François Codjo & Wim C Mullié 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 du Complexe WAP by Gilles Balança, Daniel Cornélis & Roger Wilson (2007)
Articles in Malimbus, Bull. ABC, etc.

Websites
UNESCO World Heritage List: Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves and W-Arly-Pendjari Complex

Facebook groups
Birds of Pendjari , W and Arly Parks

ORGANISATIONS

There is currently no BirdLife Partner in Niger

The West African Bird DataBase (WABDaB) accepts records and images of birds from Niger

Bird or conservation organisations active in Niger include –
Contribution à la Gestion des Zones Humides du Niger (COGEZOH)
Aménagement des Terroirs et Productions Forestières (ATPF)
Sahara Conservation Fund (SCF)
Parcs de Noé (PDN): Réserve Naturelle Nationale de Termit et Tin-Toumma
Association des Campements Touristiques pour l’Appui à la Gestion du Parc Régional W (ACTAG-PRW)

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