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Angola

Lilac-breasted Roller Coracias caudata ©Jens Eriksen

Angola, officially the Republic of Angola is a country in south-central Africa bordering Namibia to the south, Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, and Zambia to the east, and with a west coast along the Atlantic Ocean.

The exclave province Cabinda has a border with the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Angola was a Portuguese colony from the 16th century to 1975. The country is the second-largest petroleum and diamond producer in sub-Saharan Africa, yet its people are among the continent's poorest.

According to the International Monetary Fund, more than $4 billion in oil receipts have disappeared from Angola's treasury in the 2000s. In August 2006, a peace deal was signed with a faction of the FLEC, a separatist guerrilla from the Cabinda exclave in the North, which is still active. About 65% of Angola's oil comes from that region.

At 481,321 square miles (1,246,700 km²), Angola is the world's twenty-third largest country (after Niger). It is comparable in size to Mali and is nearly twice the size of the US state of Texas, or five times the area of the United Kingdom.

Angola is bordered by Namibia to the south, Zambia to the east, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north-east, and the South Atlantic Ocean to the west. The exclave of Cabinda also borders the Republic of the Congo to the north. Angola's capital, Luanda, lies on the Atlantic coast in the north-west of the country.

Angola's average temperature on the coast is 60 degrees Fahrenheit (16 °C) in the winter and 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 °C) in the summer.

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Number of Species

Number of bird species: 993

Endemics

Number of endemics: 12

Grey-striped Francolin Francolinus griseostriatus Swierstra's Francolin Francolinus swierstrai Red-backed Mousebird Colius castanotus Red-crested Turaco Tauraco erythrolophus Braun’s Bush-Shrike Laniarius brauni Gabela Bush-Shrike Laniarius amboimensis Gabela Helmet-Shrike Prionops gabela Angola Slaty Flycatcher Melaenornis brunneus Gabela Akalat Sheppardia gabela Angola Cave-Chat Xenocopsychus ansorgei Pulitzer's Longbill Macrosphenus pulitzeri Montane Double-collared Sunbird Cinnyris ludovicensis

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Useful Reading

Birds of Angola

WRJ Dean 2000 BOU - A monumental avifauna covering this hugely ornithologically neglected country. Angola is extremely bird-rich (over 900 species) and has a range of biomes and ecosystems that are almost unequalled in Africa. 2000. 444 pages, 16 pages of colour photographs, figures, diagrams and maps.

ISBN: 0907446221

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Southern African Birdfinder

Where to find 1400 bird species in southern Africa and Madagascar Callan Cohen, Claire Spottiswoode and Jonathan Rossouw 456 pages, 80 col photos, 100 maps, pull-out route map. New Holland Publishers 2006

ISBN: 1868727254

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Guides & Tour Operators

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Birding Africa

Tour Operator

Gabela! The name epitomises the excitement of birding in Angola, and the frustration that 27 years of civil war has previously prevented access to the region. With its own akalat, bush-shrike and helmet-shrike, Gabela lies at the centre of the Angolan scarp forest…

Birdquest

Tour Operator

Amazingly enough, one of the African countries that seemed just a few years ago to be a veritable ‘no go’ area was Angola. Torn apart by civil war since its independence from Portugal in 1975, a peace accord was finally reached in 1992, although fighting continued up until as recently as 2002 when a final cease-fire was announced after the death of the insurgent leader Jonas Savimbi. For birders, the growing stability of the country means that a wealth of mouth-watering specialities is now once more within reach…

Rockjumper Birding Tours

Tour Operator

With the fourth highest rate of avian endemism on the African continent, Angola is a must-visit destination for any serious birder, and our comprehensive overland safari targets every single endemic species – and many more besides!

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2005 [10 October] - Michael Mills

Report

Our new joint initiative to raise funds for the Conservation Fund of the African Bird Club kicked off on a high note this October, with an 8-day trip to the fabled Angolan escarpment…

2005 [12 December] - Nik Borrow

Report

…At last birders are trickling into the country to gather up the ornithological gems that are scattered over this huge country. We undertook our first exploratory visit with the assistance of Pedro Vaz Pinto, the man behind the rediscovery of many of the ‘lost’ endemics (including recently the Giant Sable in Cangandala National Park unfortunately outside the scope of this tour) and during our visit we recorded 469 species of birds of which 458 were seen…

2006 [08 August] - Michael Mills

Report

With light drizzle on the escarpment making last year’s tour slightly damp, we decided to move forward by a month or two this year’s tour. But would birds be as vocal, and would we be able to match the success of last year’s week-long visit?

2010 [10 October] - David Hoddinott

Report

Our tour started off in Luanda. From the airport we made our way through the bustling Angolan capital, which showed signs of a growing economy with many new flashy buildings and lots of construction underway….

2011 [09 September] - David Hoddinott

Report

Since Rockjumper initiated birding tours to Angola in 2004, there have been remarkable changes in the country. Luanda is now one of the fastest growing cities in the world with many new office blocks and housing estates being built while the road network throughout the country has been vastly improved, with a great improvement even when compared to our last year’s trip….

2011 [09 September] - Michael Mills

Report

…Every participant enjoyed outstanding views of every single Angolan endemic bird, plus local specials such as Bocage’s Sunbird, Brazza’s Martin, Black-and-rufous Swallow, Anchieta’s Barbet, Bocage’s Weaver, Bannerman’s Sunbird, White-headed Robin-Chat and Cinderella Waxbill….

2012 [09 September] – David Hoddinott

Report

This tour simply gets better and better – and for a number of reasons! Good tar roads now cover 90% of the trip, while the other 10% of gravel roads used have also been drastically improved. This makes the tour far more comfortable and enables us to get from one locality to another timeously, allowing for maximum birding time in the field…

2014 [09 September] - Michael Mills

Report

Tour highlights as voted by participants: Swierstra's Francolin, Angolan Cave Chat, Monteiro's Bushshrike, Margaret's Batis, White-headed Robin-Chat, Finsch's Francolin, Bocage's Sunbird, Locust Finch, Pennant-winged Nightjar, Red-crested Turaco, Red-chested Flufftail and Pallid Honeyguide...

2016 [09 September] - Batis Birding

PDF Report

This tailor made tour to Angola on the request from Intercontact Germany, commenced in Luanda, Angola and ended in Windhoek Namibia...

Organisations

African Bird Club

Website

Angola has a bird list of more than nine hundred species but there has been little ornithological activity for some thirty years. Sadly, a long running war and political instability have impacted habitat and species adversely as well limiting opportunities for visiting birders. There is evidence of an improving situation and Birding Africa is running a flagship tour with the African Bird Club in 2005…

Kissama Foundation

Website

The Kissama Foundation was formed in order to solicit support for its mission - to rehabilitate conservation areas and national parks, to reintroduce wildlife species that have dissappeared, to nurture back those that are on the brink of extinction such as the Giant Sable (our national symbol); and to give back to the people of Angola that which a war fuelled by foreign ideologies took away from them.

Reserves

Quiçama National Park

Information

Satellite View

The Atlantic Ocean forms the Park's 120 km long western border, while the perennial Cuanza and Longa rivers constitute the northern and southern borders respectively. The eastern border consists of a belt of dense, tall thicket. Quiçama covers an area of roughly 9 960 square kilometres/1.2 million hectares.

Other Links

Angola reveals some of its bird secrets…

Website

A six-day expedition visited northern Angola at the end of January 2005 to look for three little-known species: the Orange-breasted Bush-shrike Laniarius brauni is only known from this region and had not been seen since 1957; the White-headed Robin-chat Cossypha heinrichi, found only in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo, was also last seen in 1957; and the Black-tailed Cisticola Cisticola melanurus, also restricted to Angola and the DRC, was last seen in 1972…