Although only just over 100 hectares in size, the Abuko Nature Reserve can boast sightings of over 270 species of bird. Being close to the majority of hotels, it is probably one of the most accessible birding sites in Gambia.
Abuko Nature Reserve was established in 1968, making it the oldest conservation reserve in Gambia. The flora of the reserve is made up of gallery forest and savanna and is home to Patas, Vervet and Red Colobus monkeys. It’s purpose is conservation and protection of the nature of the area. It is a popular destination for Bird Watching, and is a familiar site for Bird Guide, Ebou Barry.
The main attraction for birders is the range of primary forest birds to be found here that are difficult to see elsewhere in Gambia.
Among these are Black Kite, Hooded Vulture, Palm-nut Vulture, African Goshawk, Red-thighed Sparrowhawk, Shikra, Lizard Buzzard, African Harrier Hawk, Lanner Falcon, Western-little Sparrowhawk, Northern Black Flycatcher, African Paradise Flycatcher, Pygmy Sunbird, Collared Sunbird, Ahanta Francolin, Snowy-crowned Robin Chat, White-crowned Robin Chat, West African Thrush, White-spotted Flufftail, Stone Partridge, Green
Pied-winged Swallow, Red-chested Swallow, Grey Backed Camaroptera, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Speckled Pigeon, Laughing Dove, Red-billed Wood-Dove, Mottle-throated Spine-tailed Swift, Long-tailed Nightjar, Standard-winged Nightjar, Little Bee-eater, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater.
Lemon-rumped Tinkerbird, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Willow Warbler, Bearded Barbet, Red-bellied Fly Catcher, Red-shouldered Cuckoo Shrike, Sulphur-breasted Bushshrike, White Helmetshrike, Purple Glossy-Starling, Splendid Glossy-Starling, Grey-headed Bristlebill, Common Bulbul, Little Greenbul, Leaf-love, African Pied Hornbill, Black-throated Honeyguide, Spotted Honeyguide, Lesser Honeyguide, Oriole Warbler, Brown-throated Wattle-eye.
Green Hylia, Cut-throat Finch, Red-cheeked Cordonbleu, Lavender Waxbill , Buff-spotted Woodpecker, Fine-spotted Woodpecker, Grey Woodpecker, Glossy-backed Drongo, Fork Tailed Drongo, Red-billed Firefinch, Village Weaver, Black-headed Weaver, Black-necked Weaver, Vitelline Masked-Weaver and Western Bluebill.
The pool regularly attracts African Darter, Lily trotters, Green-backed Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Squacco Heron, Cattle Egret, Western Reef Heron, Black Heron, Black-headed Heron, Purple Heron, as well as Hamerkop, Black Crake, Pied Kingfishers, African Pygmy Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher and Senegal Kingfisher.
Less-common species that can be seen White-backed Night Heron, African Finfoot and African Crake.
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Touraco, Violet Turaco, Senegal Wattled Plover, Spur-winged Plover, African Jacana, Abyssinian Roller, Verreaux's Eagle Owl, White-faced Scops Owl, Western Grey Plantain-eater, Klaas's Cuckoo, Senegal Parrot, Fanti Saw-wing Swallow,
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