Gambia 1995 December

      

Crombecs, Coucals & Collared Sunbirds

My apologies – this is not a trip report – just a checklist of the birds seen in a 10 trip in late November 1995…

Our 1995 trip was a last minute cheapie from Gambia Experience. We hired a cab for the week and visited the well known birding sites at Kotu Creek, Tanji Forest, Banjul Road etc. We stayed at the Sennagambia Hotel and managed a hotel grounds list of 99 different bird species! So the list below is what can easily be achieved in a week’s stay in November, under your own steam, at coastal sites… I dream of returning and going up-river!

Birds Seen

1. LITTLE GREBE Podiceps ruficollis
2. WHITE PELICAN Pelecanus onocrotalus
3. PINK-BACKED PELICAN Pelecanus rufescens
4. WHITE-BREASTED CORMORANT Phalacrocorax carbo (lucidus)
5. LONG-TAILED SHAG Phalacrocorax africanus
6. AFRICAN DARTER Anhinga rufa
7. WHITE-BACKED NIGHT HERON Nycticorax leuconotus
8. NIGHT HERON Nycticorax nycticorax
9. SQUACCO HERON Ardeola ralloides
10. CATTLE EGRET Babulcus ibis
11. STRIRATED HERON Butorides striatus
12. BLACK HERON Egretta ardesciaca
13. WESTERN REEF-HERON Egretta gularis
14. LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta
15. INTERMEDIATE EGRET Egretta intermedia (brachyryncha)
16. GREAT WHITE EGRET Egretta alba (melanorynchos)
17. PURPLE HERON Ardea purpurea
18. GREY HERON Adea cinerea
19. BLACK-HEADED HERON Ardea melanocephala
20. GOLIATH HERON Ardea goliath
21. HAMMERHEAD Scopus umbretta
22. YELLOW-BILLED STORK Mycteria ibis
23. SACRED IBIS Threskiornis aethiopica
24. AFRICAN SPOONBILL Platalea alba
25. WHITE-FACED WHISTLING DUCK Dendrocygna viduata
26. OSPREY Pandion haleatus
27. BAT HAWK Macheirhamphus alcinus
28. BLACK-SHOULDERED KITE Elanus caeruleus
29. BLACK KITE Milvus migrans (parasitus)
30. PALM-NUT VULTURE Gypohierax angolensis
31. HOODED VULTURE Necrosyrtes monachus
32. AFRICAN WHITE-BACKED VULTURE Gyps africanus
33. RUPPELL’S GRIFFON VULTURE Gyps rueppellii
34. SHORT-TOED EAGLE Circaetus gallicus
35. BROWN HARRIER-EAGLE Circaetus cinereus
36. HARRIER HAWK Polyboroides typhus
37. MARSH HARRIER Circus aeruginosus
38. DARK CHANTING GOSHAWK Melierax metabates
39. GABAR GOSHAWK Melierax gabar
40. SHRIKA Accipter badius
41. LIZZARD BUZZARD Kaupifalco monogrammicus
42. TAWNY EAGLE Aquila rapax
43. LONG-CRESTED HAWK EAGLE Lophaetus occipitalis
44. KESTREL Falco tinnunculus
45. GREY KESTREL Falco ardosiaceus
46. RED-NECKED FALCAN Falco chicquera
47. DOUBLE-SPURRED FRANCOLIN Francolinus bicalaratus
48. BLACK-CROWNED CRANE Balearica pavonina
49. AFRICAN JACANA Actophilornis africanus
50. OYSTERCATCHER Haematopus ostralegus
51. BLACK-WINGED STILT Himantopus himantopus
52. SENEGAL THICK-KNEE Burhinus senegalensis
53. SPUR-WINGED PLOVER Vanellus spinosus
54. BLACK-HEADED PLOVER Vanellus tectus
55. SENEGAL WATTLED PLOVER Vanellus senegallus
56. GREY PLOVER Pluvialis squatarola
57. RINGED PLOVER Charadrius hiaticula
58. KENTISH PLOVER Charadrius alexandrius
59. BLACK-TAILED GODWIT Limosa limosa
60. BAR-TAILED GODWIT Limosa lapponica
61. WHIMBREL Numenius phaeopus
62. CURLEW Numenius arquata
63. REDSHANK Tringa totanus
64. MARSH SANDPIPER Tringa stagnatilis
65. GREENSHANK Tring nebularia
66. GREEN SANDPIPER Tringa ochropus
67. WOOD SANDPIPER Tringa glareola
68. COMMON SANDPIPER Tringa hypoleucus
69. TURNSTONE Arenaria interpres
70. SANDERLING Caladris alba
71. CURLEW SANDPIPER Caladris ferruginea
72. POMARINE SKUA Stercorarius pomarinus
73. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL Larus fuscus
74. GREY-HEADED GULL Larus cirrhocephalus
75. WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN Childonias leucoptera
76. BLACK TERN Childonais nigra
77. GULL-BILLED TERN Sterna nilotica
78. CASPIAN TERN Sterna caspia
79. COMMON TERN Sterna hirundo
80. LITTLE TERN Sterna albifrons
81. LESSER-CRESTED TERN Sterna bengalensis
82. ROYAL TERN Sterna maxima
83. SANDWICH TERN Sterna sandvicensis
84. ROCK PIGEON Columba livia
85. SPECKLED PIGEON Columba guinea
86. PINK-HEADED DOVE Streptopelia roseogrisea
87. MOURNING DOVE Strepopelia decipiens
88. RED-EYED DOVE Streptopelia semitorquata
89. VINACEOUS DOVE Streptopelia vinacea
90. LAUGHING DOVE Streptopelia senegalensis
91. BLACK-BILLED WOOD DOVE Turtur abyssinicus
92. RED-BILLED WOOD DOVE Turtur afer
93. NAMAQUA DOVE Oena capensis
94. GREEN FRUIT-PIGEON Treron calva
95. SENEGAL PARROT Poicephalus senegalus
96. ROSE-RINGED PARAKEET Psittacula krameri
97. GREY PLANTAIN-EATER Crinifer piscator
98. VIOLET TURACO Musophaga violacea
99. SENEGAL COUCAL Centropus senegalensis
100. PEARL-SPOTTED OWLET Glaucidium perlatum
101. LONG-TAILED NIGHTJAR Caprimulgus climacuras
102. USSHER’S SPINE-TAILED SWIFT Telacanthura ussherii
103. AFRICAN PALM SWIFT Cypsiurus paervus
104. COMMON SWIFT Apus apus
105. LITTLE SWIFT Apus affinis
106. WHITE-RUMPED SWIFT Apus caffer
107. GIANT KINGFISHER Megaceryle maixima
108. PIED KINGFISHER Ceryle rudis
109. SHINING BLUE KINGFISHER Alcedo quadribrachys
110. MALACHITE KINGFISHER Alcedo cristata
111. PYGMY KINGFISHER Ceyx picta
112. WOODLAND KINGFISHER Halcyon leucocephala
113. BLUE-BREASTED KINGFISHER Halcyon malimbica
114. LITTLE BEE-EATER Merops pussilus
115. WHITE-THROATED BEE-EATER Merops albicollis
116. LITTLE GREEN BEE-EATER Merops orientalis
117. BLUE-CHEEKED BEE-EATER Merops persicus
118. EUROPEAN BEE-EATER Merops apiaster
119. ABYSSINIAN ROLLER Coraceas abyssinica
120. RUFOUS-CROWNED ROLLER Coraceas naevia
121. BLUE-BELLIED ROLLER Coraceas cyanogaster
122. BROAD-BILLED ROLLER Coaracias glaucurus
123. HOOPOE Upupa eopos
124. GREEN WOOD HOOPOE Phoeniculus purpureus
125. GREY HORNBILL Tockus nasutus
126. RED-BILLED HORNBILL Tockus erythrorhynchus
127. YELLOW-FRONTED TINKERBIRD Pogniulus chrysoconus
128. BEARDED BARBET Lybius dubius
129. LESSER HONEY-GUIDE Indicator minor
130. WRYNECK Jynx torquilla
131. FINE-SPOTTED WOODPECKER Campethera punctuligera
132. CARDINAL WOODPECKER Dendropicus fuscescens
133. GREY WOODPECKER Dendropicus goertae
134. CRESTED LARK Galerida cristata
135. PLAIN MARTIN Riparia paludicola
136. SWALLOW Hirundo rustica
137. RED-CHESTED SWALLOW Hirundo lucida
138. WIRE-TAILED SWALLOW Hirundo smithii
139. PIED-WINGED SWALLOW Hirundo leucosoma
140. MOSQUE SWALLOW Hirundo senagalensis
141. YELLOW WAGTAIL Motacilla flava
142. AFRICAN PIED WAGTAIL Motacilla aguimp
143. PLAIN-BACKED PIPIT Anthus leucophrys
144. WHITE-VENTED BULBUL Pycnonotus barbatus
145. LONG-CRESTED HELMET SHRIKE Prionops plumata
146. BLACK-CROWNED TCHAGRA Tchagra senegala
147. GONOLEK Lanarius barbarus
148. LONG-TAILED SHRIKE Corvinella corvina
149. WOODCHAT SHRIKE Lanius senator
150. SNOWY-CROWNED ROBIN CHAT Cossypha niveicapilla
151. WHITE-CROWNED ROBIN CHAT Cossypha albicapilla
152. WHINCHAT Saxicola rubetra
153. WHEATEAR Oenanthe oenanthe
154. WEST AFRICA THRUSH Turdos pelios
155. BLACKCAP BABBLER Turdoides reinwardii
156. BROWN BABBLER Turdoides plebejus
157. AFRICAN REED WARBLER Acrocephalus boeticatus
158. MELODIUS WARBLER Hippolais polyglotta
159. OLIVACEOUS WARBLER Hippolais pallida
160. GARDEN WARBLER Sylvia borin
161. SUBALPINE WARBLER Sylvia cantillans
162. WILLOW WARBLER Phylloscopus trachilus
163. ZITTING CISTICOLA Cisticola juncidus
164. CROAKING CISTICOLA Cisticola natalensis
165. REDPATE CISTICOLA Cisticola ruficeps
166. SINGING CISTICOLA Cisticola cantans
167. WINDING CISTICOLA Cisticola galactotes
168. TAWNY-FLANKED PRINIA Prinia subflava
169. RED-WINGED WARBLER Prinia erythroptera
170. GREY-BACKED CAMAROPTERA Camaroptera brevicaudata
171. CROMBEC Sylvietta brachyura
172. NORTHERN BLACK FLYCATCHER Melaenornis edolioides
173. SPOTTED FLYCATCHER Muscicapa striata
174. SWAMP FLYCATCHER Muscicapa aquatica
175. MOUSE BROWN SUNBIRD Anthreptes gabonicus
176. COLLARED SUNBIRD Anthreptes collaris
177. SCARLET-CHESTED SUNBIRD Nectarinia senegalensis
178. VARIABLE SUNBIRD Nectarinia venusta
179. SPLENDID SUNBIRD Nectarinia coccinigaster
180. BEAUTIFUL SUNBIRD Nectarinia pulchella
181. GREY CANARY Serinus leucopygias
182. YELLOW-FRONTED CANARY Serinus mozambicus
183. SENEGAL FIRE-FINCH Lagonostica senegala
184. BLACK-FACED FIRE-FINCH Lagonostica rubricata
185. RED-CHEEKED CORDON-BLEU Uraeginthus bengala
186. LAVENDER WAXBILL Estrilda caerulescens
187. ORANGE-CHEEKED WAXBILL Estrilda melpoda
188. BLACK-RUMPED WAXBILL Estrilda troglodytes
189. WARBLING SILVERBILL Lonchura cantans
190. BRONZE MANNIKIN Lonchura cucullata
191. MAGPIE MANNIKIN Lonchura fringilloides
192. WHITE-BILLED BUFFALO WEAVER Bubalornis albirostris
193. CHESTNUT-CROWNED SPARROW-WEAVER Plocepasser superciliosis
194. HOUSE SPARROW Passer domesticus
195. GREY-HEADED SPARROW Passer griseus
196. BUSH PETRONIA Petronia dendata
197. LITTLE WEAVER Ploceus luteolus
198. BLACK-NECKED WEAVER Ploceus nigricollis
199. VILLAGE WEAVER Ploceus cucullatus
200. VIELLOT’S WEAVER Ploceus nigerrimus
201. BLACK-HEADED WEAVER Ploceus melanocephalus
202. RED BISHOP Euplectes orix
203. JAMBANDU INDIGO-FINCH Vidua raricola
204. PURPLE GLOSSY STARLING Lamprotornis purpureus
205. BLUE-EARED GLOSSY STARLING Lamprotornis chalybaeus
206. SPLENDID GLOSSY STARLING Lamprotornis splendidus
207. LONG-TAILED GLOSSY STARLING Lamprotornis caudatus
208. YELLOW-BILLED OXPECKER Buphagus africanus
209. SQUARE-TAILED DRONGO Dicrurus ludwigii
210. FORK-TAILED DRONGO Dicrurus adsimilis
211. BLACK MAGPIE Ptilostomus afer
212. PIED CROW Corvus albus

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