How your Photos can Contribute to Bird Mapping and Wildlife Conservation in Africa

Several people, whether on safari or just out enjoying nature around their home area, take photos of birds and other wildlife. Some use very big expensive cameras while others simply use their phones. Whatever your photographic tools or style, your photos can contribute to conservation by building our understanding of wildlife distribution in Africa. That's … Continue reading How your Photos can Contribute to Bird Mapping and Wildlife Conservation in Africa

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Bird ID Tips – Streptopelia Doves (Ring-necked Dove, Red-eyed Dove and allies)

Apart from the Firefinches in our first Bird ID Tips post, another group of birds that Kenya Bird Map observers tend to confuse often is doves of the genus Streptopelia;¬†especially the Ring-necked Dove Streptopelia capicola and Red-eyed Dove Streptopelia semitorquata. These two are quite similar in appearance and occur together in many areas so it's … Continue reading Bird ID Tips – Streptopelia Doves (Ring-necked Dove, Red-eyed Dove and allies)

Results from the Bird Atlas – Raptor changes since the first Atlas

This is an excerpt from an email by Colin Jackson to the KENYABIRDSNET on March 22 2018. It is a great example of how hard data collected by citizen scientist for the Kenya Bird Map is showing the dramatic changes that have occurred in species distribution since the first Bird Atlas of Kenya in 1989: … Continue reading Results from the Bird Atlas – Raptor changes since the first Atlas

Bird ID Tips – African Firefinch vs. Red-billed Firefinch

The most important part of collecting data for the Kenya Bird Map is being able to correctly identify the birds that you see. Correct bird ID is crucial because submitting records of mis-identified birds causes the bird map data to be inaccurate and therefore unreliable. For this purpose, we have decided to begin a Bird … Continue reading Bird ID Tips – African Firefinch vs. Red-billed Firefinch

List of Alternate Bird Names in BirdLasser – a guide to minimize confusion among bird mappers in Kenya

BirdLasser¬†is a great tool for recording and submitting observations of birds to the Kenya Bird Map project. However, with 3 taxonomy options (Howard and Moore; Clements; and IOC) available in the Regions and Languages settings, some bird names are bound to differ depending on the taxonomy you are using. After testing out all 3 of … Continue reading List of Alternate Bird Names in BirdLasser – a guide to minimize confusion among bird mappers in Kenya