Bird Mapping in the Muumoni Hills, Kitui County

A small team of four birders recently did a short bird mapping trip to the Muumoni Hills of Kitui where we recorded 114 species. We completed full protocol lists for 7 pentads and added some ad-hoc records to a few other pentads. We got an interesting mix of coastal and dry country birds. Check out … Continue reading Bird Mapping in the Muumoni Hills, Kitui County

Bird Atlassing in Kora, Mwingi and Meru

The wild and dry east is currently the least-covered area on the Kenya Bird Map. It's remoteness and relative insecurity being key reasons for this. To try and increase the coverage of this area, we conducted a four-day bird mapping trip to Kora National Park and its environs at the end of May. It was … Continue reading Bird Atlassing in Kora, Mwingi and Meru

Using Major Roads to Cover Unmapped Pentads on the Kenya Bird Map

During our 2018 series on The Current Status of Kenya's Bird Atlas, many of the major gaps in coverage that were highlighted appeared very difficult to reach due to their remoteness. Kenya is, however, a rapidly developing country and there is a fairly decent road network in most parts of the country today. These roads … Continue reading Using Major Roads to Cover Unmapped Pentads on the Kenya Bird Map

The Current Status of Kenya’s Bird Atlas: Part 7 of 7 – The East

We have come to the final part of our assessment of the current coverage of the Kenya Bird Map. We end our assessment with what is no doubt the wildest, remotest and most hostile part of Kenya - the east. This is also, by far, the least explored part of the country, mainly due to … Continue reading The Current Status of Kenya’s Bird Atlas: Part 7 of 7 – The East

The Current Status of Kenya’s Bird Atlas: Part 6 of 7 – The North

As we continue analyzing the current coverage of the Kenya Bird Map, we now shift focus to northern Kenya. This is another major section of Kenya's dry county, dominated by dry savannahs, scrubland and deserts. Several of the dryland endemic and near-endemic birds of the Somali-Masai biome already mentioned in the previous post on southern … Continue reading The Current Status of Kenya’s Bird Atlas: Part 6 of 7 – The North

The Current Status of Kenya’s Bird Atlas: Part 5 of 7 – The South

Our analysis of the coverage of the Kenya Bird Map continues with southern Kenya. The three areas we have looked at so far (the central highlands, the coast and the west) all lie within high rainfall zones. As we switch our focus to southern Kenya, we are now moving away from these green zones and … Continue reading The Current Status of Kenya’s Bird Atlas: Part 5 of 7 – The South

The Current Status of Kenya’s Bird Atlas: Part 4 of 7 – The West

Western Kenya, like the coast, hosts a large number of species found nowhere else in Kenya. The rich bird faunas of this region are mainly associated with the Lake Victoria Basin and the Guinea-Congo Forests biomes, both of which only barely extend into Kenya. A few species of the Sudan-Guinea Savanna biome of northern Africa, … Continue reading The Current Status of Kenya’s Bird Atlas: Part 4 of 7 – The West

The Current Status of Kenya’s Bird Atlas: Part 3 of 7 – The Coast

Our look at the current coverage of Kenya on the Kenya Bird Map continues with the coast. This area is special because it hosts many bird species that are not found anywhere else in Kenya. These are endemic and near-endemic species of the Zanzibar-Inhambane Coastal Forest Mosaic that extends across nearly the entire coast of … Continue reading The Current Status of Kenya’s Bird Atlas: Part 3 of 7 – The Coast

The Current Status of Kenya’s Bird Atlas: Part 2 of 7 – The Central Highlands

As stated in our previous blog post, over the next few weeks we will be assessing the coverage so far achieved on the Kenya Bird Map - Kenya's current bird atlas project. The first area of the country that we will take a close look at is┬áthe central highlands. This region includes the capital city, … Continue reading The Current Status of Kenya’s Bird Atlas: Part 2 of 7 – The Central Highlands

The Current Status of Kenya’s Bird Atlas: Part 1 of 7 – Overview

It has been nearly six years since the Kenya Bird Map project began. A lot has been achieved and a lot still remains to be achieved. It's always good to track progress in order to appreciate achievements and identify what needs to be done moving forward. In this 7-part blog series, we will take a … Continue reading The Current Status of Kenya’s Bird Atlas: Part 1 of 7 – Overview