BIRDING IN
ODZALA

PART I - MBOKO

October 2019

463 species of birds are known from Odzala National Park. Many of these species are typical representatives of the Guineo-congolian rain forests and have relatively wide distribution between Cameroun and Eastern DRC. 

Bird observation in Odzala is made made quite easy by the network of trails and boardwalk in a variety of habitats. With a bit of time and at the right seasons, many species can observed here without too many difficulties. 

Mboko lodge located in the south-center part of the Park is bordered by the Lekoli River and its wide riverine forest, and by a humid savanna mozaic.

Here is a small sample of some typical birds fround around the Mboko ecosystem.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Ayres’s Hawk-eagle Hieraaetus ayresii

Flying above the airstrip.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Cassin’s Hawk-eagle Aquila africana

Seen above the boardwalk behind the camp.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Forbes’s Plover Charadrius forbesi

In the grasses around the camp.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo | Cercococcyx mechowi

Common in the galleries around the Lekoli

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Narina Trogon | Apaloderma narina 

Male calling in the trees and showing his blue throat.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Shining Blue-kingfisher | Alcedo quadribrachys

Seen on the swamp forest of the Lekoli

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Dwarf Hornbill Lophoceros camurus

Common in most forests in Odzala.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Buff-spotted Woodpecker Campethera nivosa

Common but shy, in the forest understory.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Brown-eared Woodpecker | Campethera caroli

Common with the former species in most forests.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Elliott’s Woodpecker Hieraaetus elliotii

Often seen in swamp forests.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Yellow-lored Greenbul Bleda notata

Commonly heard in the forest understory but hard to see.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Red-tailed Greenbul Criniger calurus

Common in small group throughout.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Little Greenbul | Eurillas virens

Common and singing all day long in all types of forests.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Western Black-headed Batis Batis erlangeri

Common in the savannas.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Rufous Ant-thrush Stizorhina fraseri

Common in most forests.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Cassin’s Flycatcher Muscicapa cassini

A typical bird of the rivers.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Sooty Flycatcher Bradornis fuliginosus

A pair seen from one of the rooms.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Lowland Akalat Sheppardia cyornithopsis

One seen along the small river behind the lodge, along the boardwalk.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Yellow-breasted Forest-robin Stiphrornis xanthogaster

An individual surprised very low in dry gallery forest.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Western Black-headed Oriole | Oriolus brachyrhynchus

Single individuals are common in most forests.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Chestnut Wattle-eye Dyaphorophya castanea

An inquisitive female in the riverine forest behind the lodge.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Chestnut Wattle-eye Dyaphorophya castanea

A male in the understory forest along the Lekoli.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Red-eyed Puffback | Dryoscopus senegalensis

Seen from the boardwalk behind the lodge.

Grey Longbill Macrosphenus concolor

Common and often singing in entangled vegetation high up in trees.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Rufous-crowned Eremomela | Eremomela badiceps

Seen in a small group in trees on the Lekoli.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Blue-throated Brown Sunbird Cyanomitra cyanolaema

A common forest species.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Red-throated Swallow Petrochelidon rufigula

Present in small numbers around Mboko.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Banded Martin | Riparia cincta

Common in the savannas, but usually seen flying.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Long-legged Pipit Anthus pallidiventris

Common in the savannas, and often seen on termite mounts and on roads.

Odzala National Park Republic of Congo Rainforest

Marsh Widowbird | Euplectes hartlaubi

Seen in small numbers in the temporarily flooded savannas.

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