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Democratic Republic of Congo Part2
Sunday, 26 October 2008 06:52
Written by Neil Gray

25 October 2008 Three more weeks at the DRC field camp with a trip list of 100 has boosted my list of identified sightings (or calls) from 80 to 126 for the area around the camp. Notable additions to the list were Retz’s Helmetshrike, Long-tailed Cisticola, Greater Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Yellow-mantled Widowbird, Black-eared Seed-Eater, Green-backed Woodpecker, Collared Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Hyliota, Woodland Pipit and Red-capped Crombec.


My daily walks up the hill behind the camp into the Miombo woodland for 45 minutes before 7am and again before 6:15pm are still turning up the odd surprise, even though I can now predict with a >80% certainty what birds I will see where – almost to the tree!

My full 126 species list (heard and/or seen) for the DRC field camp is now:

Non-RSA species (or very limited distribution)in italics

Barbet, Black-collared

Barbet, Crested


Batis, Chinspot

Bee-Eater, European

Bee-Eater, Little

Boubou, Tropical

Bulbul, Dark-capped

Bulbul, Black-collared

Bunting, Cabaniss

Bunting, Cinnamon-breasted

Bunting, Golden-breasted

Bush-Shrike, Grey-headed

Bush-Shrike, Orange-breasted

Buzzard, Lizard

Camaroptera, Grey-backed

Chat, FamiliarCisticola, Long-tailed

Cisticola, Red-faced

Cisticola, Short-winged

Cormorant, Reed

Coucal, Senegal

Coucal , White-browed

Crombec, Long-billed

Crombec, Red-capped

Crow, Pied

Cuckoo, Black

Cuckoo, Diederik

Cuckoo, Eurasian

Cuckoo, Klaas's

Cuckoo, Red-chested

Cuckooshrike, Black

Cuckooshrike, White-breasted

Darter, African

Dove, Cape Turtle

Drongo, Fork-tailed

Drongo, Square-tailed

Duck, White-faced

Duck, Yellow-billed

Eagle, Wahlberg's

Egret, Little

Eremomela, Green-capped

Fiscal, Common

Flycatcher, Collared

Flycatcher, Southern Black

Flycatcher, Spotted

Francolin, Coqui

Goshawk, Dark Chanting

Guineafowl, Helmeted

Gull, Grey-headed

Helmetshrike, Retzs

Helmetshrike, White-crowned

Heron, Black-headed

Heron, Grey

Honeyguide, Scaly-throated

Hoopoe, African

Hornbill, Pale-billed

Hyliota, Yellow-bellied

Kingfisher, Grey-hooded

Kingfisher, Malachite

Kingfisher, Pied

Kite, Black (for those that still like to split it from the YBK)

Kite, Black-shouldered

Kite, Yellow-billed

Lark, Flappet

Mousebird, Speckled

Nightjar, Fiery-necked

Nightjar, Freckled

Nightjar, Pennant-winged

Oriole, African Golden

Oriole, Black-headed

Paradise-Flycatcher, African

Paradise-Whydah, Broad-tailed

Parrot, Meyer's

Petronia, Yellow-throated

Pigeon, African Green

Pipit, African

Pipit, Woodland

Prinia, Tawny-flanked

Puffback, Black-backed

Pygmy-Kingfisher, African

Rockthrush, Miombo

Roller, Broad-billed

Roller, Racket-tailed

Scrub-Robin, Miombo

Scops-Owl, Southern White-faced

Seed-Eater, Black-eared

Snake-Eagle, Brown

Sparrow, House

Sparrow, Northern Grey-headed

Sparrowhawk, Little

Spurfowl, Red-necked

Starling, Splendid Glossy

Starling, Violet-backed

Sunbird, Amethyst

Sunbird, Copper

Sunbird, Miombo Double-collared

Swallow, Barn

Swallow, Wire-tailed

Swift, African Palm

Swift, Common

Swift, Horus

Tchagra, Black-crowned

Tchagra, Brown-crowned

Thrush, Groundscraper

Thrush, Kurrichane

Tinkerbird, Golden-rumped

Tinkerbird, Yellow-fronted

Tit, Miombo

Tit, White-winged

Turaco, Schalow's

Wagtail, African Pied

Wagtail, Cape

Warbler, Garden

Warbler, Willow

Weaver, Red-headed

Whitethroat, Greater

Widowbird, Yellow-mantled

Wood-Dove, Emerald-spotted

Wood-Owl, African

Woodhoopoe, Green

Woodpecker, Bearded

Woodpecker, Bennetts

Woodpecker, Cardinal

Woodpecker, Golden-tailed

Woodpecker, Green-backed [note: all 5 woodpeckers can be seen regularly within 250m of the camp

Very careful observation/listening is needed to split one from the other]

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 September 2012 10:59 )