Monday, March 15, 2010

Angola: An Emerging Haven for 'Birders'

For almost thirty years, because of the safety aspects of the civil war, Angola's highly sought after endemic birds like the Red Crested Turaco pictured above were beyond safe reach to all bird watchers.   Now, with the advent of safety and freedom of travel in the country, 'birders' or ornithologists can see the wealth of over 170 bird species which inhabit the country of Angola.  

Birders can view rarely seen birds such as Swierstra’s Spurfowl, Gabela Helmetshrike, Gabela Bushshrike, White-headed Robin-Chat, Angola Cave Chat, Pulitzer’s Longbill or Gabela Akalat. (To be honest, this is not my area of expertise, so I guess these are gold-mine sightings for the most serious birders!)  Here, I will try to show just a few of the beautiful, unusual and rare bird species of the country.

White-Fronted Wattle Eye

Black-Bellied Buzzard

Yellow-Billed Hornbill

Angola Cave Chat


1 comment:

Anonymous said...


I've been recently to Kissama Safari Park, 90km from Luanda, and I was disappointed because there aren't many animals. Surprisingly we could see many birds. Last week I could actually see the flamingos on Mussulo Island. It seems wildlife in Angola is getting «wild».