Working for birds in Africa


Saturday, April 25, 2020

The following series of talks have been organised and hosted by Leadership for Conservation in Africa.


Date: 26 April 2020; Time: 18:45 for 19:00 (GMT+2)

Topic: Biodiversity and Conservation in Angola



Date: 28 April 2020; Time: 18:45 for 19:00 (GMT+2)

Topic: Sangha Pangolin Project – working with the Ba’Aka to protect Pangolins in the Central African Republic

Monday, April 20, 2020

Join health professionals, conservation organizations, celebrities, and others in a global movement to call on our world’s governments to permanently end the commercial trade and sale in markets of wild terrestrial animals worldwide. Together we are urging the world’s governments to recognize that this is among the most important decisions that the global community can make to prevent future pandemics and global disruption. Every voice counts. Can youtake action?

Monday, April 6, 2020

Dear fellow birdwatchers,
Corona has changed our lives and we want to study its influence on birdwatching in different countries. Please help us and answer a few simple questions. The questionnaire is in different languages. The study is run by Piotr Tryjanowski (University of Poznan) and Christoph Randler (University of Tuebingen).

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Friday, January 31, 2020

Gabela Helmetshrike Prionops gabela is an endangered bird found only in western Angola. In November 2019 the first known nest of this bird was found by Arnon Dattner, near the community of Santa Ambuleia in north-western Angola. The nest, as well as the 5 territories of Gabela Helmetshrike found near the community, were protected by local bird-watching guides who worked with the local population to prevent fires, logging or hunting at these territories.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

White-headed Robin Chat is an African endangered bird, known only from two sites worldwide: one site is in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the other is near the community of Kinjila in northern Angola. Although the first nest of this special bird was found by Pedro Vaz Pinto and Ian Sinclair in 2005, there was no documentation of the nest. This nest, found by Arnon Dattner, was protected by a group of local birdwatching guides who act to conserve the forests and the birds around the community of Kinjila.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The 1st edition (1994) went out of print and was commanding high prices for copies online. A reprint was produced a few years ago but the superb image quality of the 1st edition was drastically diminished. This 2nd edition (2020) fully revises the text, restores the spectacular image quality, and adds 16 new species, bringing the total to 74.


Saturday, November 2, 2019

Françoise Dowsett-Lemaire and Robert J. Dowsett have kindly provided 10 ornithological reports for use on this website. These reports are summaries of their travels to Benin and Togo and can be found at Benin/references and Togo/references. You will find a wealth of detail relating to habitats, locations, sightings and checklists. The reports are written in French, and some in English with a French summary.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

A new organisation called the Madagascar Birding Association (MBA) has been founded to promote the protection and preservation of Madagascar’s birds, among other goals. MBA has since produced the first ever bird field guide in the Malagasy language with the collaboration of a local partner. It is entitled “Ny Vorontsika eto Madagasikara” – Our Birds in Madagascar. You can find more about MBA and its activities at

Saturday, July 13, 2019

On the small island of Príncipe in the Gulf of Guinea, a community beekeeping project is empowering communities to obtain honey in a way that doesn't risk their lives. This initiative is already restoring forests and enriching livelihoods.

Traditionally, honey collectors on Príncipe Island extracted honey from wild colonies found in the forest by burning their nests. Not only does this method kill most of the bees and risk starting forest fires, but it is also dangerous for the honey collectors themselves, who must scale tall trees with minimal safety equipment.


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