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Aberdare Mountains

Aberdare Mountains

The Aberdare or Nyandarua mountains are an isolated volcanic range that form the easternmost wall of the Gregory Rift Valley, to the east of the high Kinangop/Laikipia plateau. They are c.100 km long from north to south (the northern end almost reaching the equator). There are two main peaks, Ol Donyo Lesatima (3,999 m) to the north and Kinangop (3,906 m) to the south, separated by a long ‘saddle’ of land above 3,000 m. The small peak of Kipipiri (3,349 m) flanks the main range to the west, linked to it by a formerly forested valley at around 2,700 m.
Key species;-Resident Moorland Francolin (Francolinus psilolaemus), Jackson's Francolin (Francolinus jacksoni), Mountain Buzzard (Buteo oreophilus), Striped Flufftail (Sarothrura affinis), Hartlaub's Turaco (Tauraco hartlaubi), Montane Nightjar (Caprimulgus poliocephalus), Scarce Swift (Schoutedenapus myoptilus), Nyanza Swift (Apus niansae), Bar-tailed Trogon (Apaloderma vittatum), Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater (Merops oreobates), Moustached Green-tinkerbird (Pogoniulus leucomystax), Tullberg's Woodpecker (Campethera tullbergi), Doherty's Bush-shrike (Malaconotus dohertyi), Grey Cuckooshrike (Coracina caesia),Black-tailed Oriole (Oriolus percivali), White-tailed Crested-flycatcher (Elminia albonotata), Hunter's Cisticola (Cisticola hunteri), Aberdare Cisticola (Cisticola aberdare), Black-collared Apalis (Apalis pulchra), Chestnut-throated Apalis (Apalis porphyrolaema), Grey-throated Greenbul (Andropadus tephrolaemus), Cinnamon Bracken-warbler (Bradypterus cinnamomeus), Mountain Flycatcher-warbler (Chloropeta similis), Brown Woodland-warbler (Phylloscopus umbrovirens), White-browed Crombec (Sylvietta leucophrys), African Hill Babbler (Pseudoalcippe abyssinica), Montane White-eye (Zosterops poliogastrus), Sharpe's Starling (Cinnyricinclus sharpii), Abbott's Starling (Cinnyricinclus femoralis), Waller's Starling (Onychognathus walleri), Slender-billed Starling (Onychognathus tenuirostris), Abyssinian Ground-thrush (Zoothera piaggiae), Orange Ground-thrush (Zoothera gurneyi), White-starred Robin (Pogonocichla stellata), Rueppell's Robin-chat (Cossypha semirufa), Moorland Chat (Cercomela sordida), White-eyed Slaty-flycatcher (Dioptrornis fischeri), Northern Double-collared Sunbird (Nectarinia preussi), Eastern Double-collared Sunbird (Nectarinia mediocris), Tacazze Sunbird (Nectarinia tacazze), Bronze Sunbird (Nectarinia kilimensis), Golden-winged Sunbird (Nectarinia reichenowi), Red-tufted Sunbird (Nectarinia johnstoni), Baglafecht Weaver (Ploceus baglafecht), Black-billed Weaver (Ploceus melanogaster), Brown-capped Weaver (Ploceus insignis),Jackson's Widowbird (Euplectes jacksoni), Abyssinian Crimson-wing (Cryptospiza salvadorii), Sharpe's Longclaw (Macronyx sharpei), Western Citril (Serinus frontalis), Streaky Seedeater (Serinus striolatus), Thick-billed Seedeater (Serinus burtoni), Oriole Finch (Linurgus olivaceus) (birdlife International).

A Field Guide to the Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania
Zimmerman, Turner and Pearson
'This book is a must for anyone visiting East Africa.....Birding in Kenya will never be so hard again'.. British Birds Magazine.
Paperback 124 colour plates.800+ maps.Click here for ordering details.....
A Field Guide to the Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania
Field Guide to the Birds of East AfricaField Guide to the Birds of East Africa
Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi
Terry Stevenson and John Fanshawe

The Birds of East Africa is the first comprehensive field guide to a spectacular region for birding. Covering all the resident, migrant and vagrant birds of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi it describes a remarkable 1388 species. Three experienced artists have painstakingly prepared 287 new plates showing 3400 images illustrating all the plumages and major races likely to be encountered. Set opposite the plates are concise descriptive accounts describing identification, status, range, habits and voice, and range maps for each species. Introductory sections provide notes on how to use the species accounts, the nomenclature adopted, conservation issues, where to send records, and maps of protected and other important bird areas.Click here for ordering details......

Masai Mara

This area includes the Masai Mara National Reserve (181,200 ha) and the surrounding wildlife dispersal areas (482,800 ha) in south-western Kenya. Collectively, the reserve and its surrounds are often called the Greater Mara; here, Masai Mara refers to the entire IBA. The site adjoins the Serengeti National Park along the Kenya/Tanzania border, and is considered part of the same ecosystem. The National Reserve is Kenya’s most-visited protected area, world famous for its high density of herbivores and predators, and the annual migrations of wildebeest Connochaetes taurinus.(Birdlife International)
Key Species;- Resident Yellow-necked Spurfowl (Francolinus leucoscepus), Black-faced Sandgrouse (Pterocles decoratus), Sombre Nightjar (Caprimulgus fraenatus), Montane Nightjar (Caprimulgus poliocephalus), Scarce Swift (Schoutedenapus myoptilus), Nyanza Swift (Apus niansae), Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater (Merops oreobates), Von der Decken's Hornbill (Tockus deckeni), D'Arnaud's Barbet (Trachyphonus darnaudii), Usambiro Barbet (Trachyphonus usambiro), Tullberg's Woodpecker (Campethera tullbergi), Grey-crested Helmet-shrike (Prionops poliolophus), Grey Cuckooshrike (Coracina caesia), Long-tailed Fiscal (Lanius cabanisi), Teita Fiscal (Lanius dorsalis), Red-throated Tit (Parus fringillinus), Grey Wren Warbler (Camaroptera simplex), Joyful Greenbul (Chlorocichla laetissima), Brown Warbler (Sylvia lugens), Banded Warbler (Sylvia boehmi), African Hill Babbler (Pseudoalcippe abyssinica), Hildebrandt's Starling (Lamprotornis hildebrandti), Sharpe's Starling (Cinnyricinclus sharpii), Large Flycatcher (Bradornis microrhynchus), White-eyed Slaty-flycatcher (Dioptrornis fischeri), Bronze Sunbird (Nectarinia kilimensis), Golden-winged Sunbird (Nectarinia reichenowi), Rufous-tailed Weaver (Histurgops ruficaudus), White-headed Buffalo-weaver (Dinemellia dinemelli), Baglafecht Weaver (Ploceus baglafecht), Black-billed Weaver (Ploceus melanogaster), Brown-capped Weaver (Ploceus insignis), Jackson's Widowbird (Euplectes jacksoni), Purple Grenadier (Uraeginthus ianthinogaster), Grey-headed Silverbill (Lonchura griseicapilla), East African Citril (Serinus hypostictus), White-bellied Canary (Serinus dorsostriatus), Streaky Seedeater (Serinus striolatus), Thick-billed Seedeater (Serinus burtoni)
Further information from Birdlife International...

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