Togo

SUB-REGION
West Africa

SIZE
56,790 km²

BIRDS AND BIRDING

SPECIES
Diversity

Afrotropical avifauna
Approximately 610 recorded species

Yellow-billed Barbet (Paul van Giersbergen)
Red-billed Helmetshrike (Tasso Leventis)
Puvel’s Illadopsis (Daniel Danckwerts)

Proposed new species or splits not yet accepted by IOC
Togo Yellow-billed Barbet
Western Yellow-spotted Barbet

Other taxa of interest
Red-billed Helmetshrike
Puvel’s Illadopsis
Baumann’s Greenbul
Pied-winged Swallow
Buff-throated Sunbird
Western Bluebill (togoensis)
Togo Paradise Whydah

Pied-winged Swallow (Tasso Leventis)
Buff-throated Sunbird (Adam Riley)
Western Bluebill (Paul van Giersbergen)

MAIN HABITATS
Moist savanna, lowland forest, Guinea woodland

BIRD AREAS
4 Important Bird Areas

BIRDING SITES
Kéran National Park for savanna species
Misahöhe Forest Reserve for forest species

TIMING (Nov–Dec, Mar)
Best during the dry season when access is easier (Nov–Apr)
Avoid the main rains (May–Sep)

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
The Birds of Benin and Togo: an Atlas and Handbook by Françoise Dowsett-Lemaire & Robert J Dowsett (2019)
Togo by R A Cheke in Important Bird Areas in Africa and Associated Islands: Priority Sites for Conservation edited by Lincoln D C Fishpool & Michael I Evans (2001)
The Birds of Togo: an Annotated Checklist by Robert A Cheke & J Frank Walsh (1996)
Articles in Malimbus, Bull. ABC, etc.

Websites
Togo Tours – Ashanti African Tours

ORGANISATIONS

There is currently no BirdLife Partner in Togo

Bird or conservation organisations active in Togo include –
Société Togolaise pour la Conservation de la Nature (AGBO-ZEGUE ONG)
Case Togo – Amis de la Nature
Les Amis de la Terre-Togo
Les Compagnons Ruraux (LCR)
Jeunes Volontaires pour l’Environnement Togo (JVE)
Alliance Nationale des Consommateurs et de l’Environnement au Togo (ANCE Togo)
Centre de Développement des Actions Communautaires (CDAC-ONG)
Action Environnementale pour le Développement Durable (AE2D)
The International Bird Conservation Partnership (IBCP)

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