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Birding in Burundi

In RUVUBU National Park.

Ornithological information More than 200 bird species have been recorded, including Ardeola idae, Circus macrourus, Falco naumanni and Gallinago media. Large numbers of waterbirds occur with counts of over 1,000 Pelecanus onocrotalus and large numbers of Mycteria ibis. Other species recorded include Neotis denhami. In addition, three species of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome and 10 of the Afrotropical Highlands biome have also been recorded (see Table 3).

Site description Located in north-eastern Burundi, the park extends south-westwards from the border with Tanzania along a 65 km stretch of the valley of the Ruvubu river. The south-western boundary of the park lies some 20 km to the east of the town of Gitega. The Ruvubu river valley comprises a series of meanders flanked by swamp vegetation, gallery forest and, further inland, savanna woodland. The latter comprises Hyparrhenia grassland with Brachystegia, Julbernardia, Combretum and Terminalia spp. and Acacia seyal plus Pericopsis and Parinari spp. on hillsides. Riverine forest lines the Ruvubu, interspersed with areas of Cyperus papyrus and Phoenix reclinata. There are also areas of flood-plain grassland, while papyrus swamps with sparse Syzygium occur along the drainage lines of the smaller valleys. On the high ridge which forms the southern boundary of the park, Protea sp. is common. The vegetation of the park includes Zambezian elements at the northern limits of their distribution. The rain season extends from October to May.


Populations of IBA trigger species 

Species Season Period IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ring-necked Francolin Francolinus streptophorus resident  1999  A3  Near Threatened 
White-spotted Flufftail Sarothrura pulchra resident  1999    Least Concern 
Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater Merops oreobates resident  1999    Least Concern 
Red-faced Barbet Lybius rubrifacies resident  1999  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Black-backed Barbet Lybius minor resident  1999  A3  Least Concern 
Papyrus Gonolek Laniarius mufumbiri resident  1999  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Rufous-bellied Tit Parus rufiventris resident  1999  A3  Least Concern 
Chubb's Cisticola Cisticola chubbi resident  1999    Least Concern 
Carruthers's Cisticola Cisticola carruthersi resident  1999  A3  Least Concern 
White-winged Scrub-warbler Bradypterus carpalis resident  1999  A3  Least Concern 
Papyrus Yellow Warbler Chloropeta gracilirostris resident  1999  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Mountain Illadopsis Illadopsis pyrrhoptera resident  1999    Least Concern 
Sharpe's Pied-babbler Turdoides sharpei resident  1999  A3  Least Concern 
Angola Babbler Turdoides hartlaubii resident  1999  A3  Least Concern 
White-headed Black-chat Myrmecocichla arnoti resident  1999  A3  Least Concern 
Miombo Rock-thrush Monticola angolensis resident  1999  A3  Least Concern 
White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher Dioptrornis fischeri resident  1999    Least Concern 
Green-throated Sunbird Nectarinia rubescens resident  1999    Least Concern 
Bronze Sunbird Nectarinia kilimensis resident  1999    Least Concern 
Red-chested Sunbird Nectarinia erythrocerca resident  1999  A3  Least Concern 
Baglafecht Weaver Ploceus baglafecht resident  1999    Least Concern 
Black-billed Weaver Ploceus melanogaster resident  1999    Least Concern 
Northern Brown-throated Weaver Ploceus castanops resident  1999  A3  Least Concern 
Vieillot's Black Weaver Ploceus nigerrimus resident  1999    Least Concern 
White-collared Oliveback Nesocharis ansorgei resident  1999  A3  Least Concern 
Swee Waxbill Estrilda melanotis resident  1999    Least Concern 
Broad-tailed Paradise-whydah Vidua obtusa resident  1999  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-browed Citril Serinus frontalis resident  1999    Least Concern 
Papyrus Canary Serinus koliensis resident  1999  A3  Least Concern 
Thick-billed Seedeater Serinus burtoni resident  1999    Least Concern




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