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Republic of 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.

Contributor

Wikipedia

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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

Checklist

iGoTerra Checklist

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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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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…

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…

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.

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….

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...

2016 [09 September] - David Hoddinott

PDF Report

...On arrival, we were greeted by a superb pair of Spotted Eagle Owls which gave a great show...

2016 [09 September] - Mark Van Beirs

PDF Report

The magnificent Braun’s Bushshrike, the unique White-headed Robin-Chat, the captivating Angolan Cave Chat and the alluring Red-crested Turaco were the favourites of our third tour to Angola...

2016 [09 September] - Michael Mills

PDF Report

We fared exceptionally well on the birds, enjoying good views of all of Angola’s endemic species and a whole host of other goodies among the 535 species logged. The charts were topped by a fantastic crowing male Swierstra’s Francolin (overleaf) at Tundavala that gave prolonged views right out in the open and approached me within one metre! Angola’s striking national bird, Red-crested Turaco, was John’s 8000th bird and several people’s final member of the family, and was voted number two of the trip. Some great looks at Braun’s Bushshrike put this bright endemic at number three, and the attractive White-headed Robin-Chat near Kalandula came in fourth. A long walk for exceptional views of a pair of Margaret’s Batis at Mount Moco put this rare species at fifth. The charismatic Angola Cave Chat at Tundavala was voted number six, followed by a trio of Rüppell’s Korhaan in the coastal deserts of Namibe at seven. The localised endemics Gabela Helmetshrike and Gabela Bushshrike came in at eight and nine, and incredible views of Brazza’s Martin at its nest, the first confirmed breeding record for Angola, rounded out the top ten.

Organisations

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.

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…

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…