Saturday, April 12, 2014

Birds in the Bijilo Forest Park in Gambia

The Bijilo Park is a small nature reserve on the Gambian coast, in the North of the city Bijilo and a good birding place. It is also known a monkey park or Bijilo Nature Reserve. The complete area is covered by dense forest and palm bushes. In the park live more than 130 bird and several monkey species. The park is home to the Western Red Colobus (Piliocolobus badius) an endangered species, which have a distribution focus in the park.
They are two ways to make a round in the area, a short and a long one. Along the short way were many noisy people with children feeding the monkeys. II was there on afternoon and took the long way which takes about 3 or 4 hours with many stops for birding. In the forest it was relatively dark and sometimes hard to see the birds. The photos are a small collection of the sightings on this tour. There was a high number of kingfishers (Blue Breasted and Woodland Kingfisher) as well as some Blue-bellied Rollers, Western Red-billed Hornbills, African Grey Hornbills and Blackcap Babblers. A highlight are Yellow Crowned Gonoleks, a key species but hidden in dense bushes and difficult to see.

African Grey Hornbill
An African Grey Hornbill.

Blackcap Babblers in Gambia
A group of Blackcap Babblers.

A Blue Bellied Roller
A Blue Bellied Roller in a plam tree.

Blue Breasted Kingfisher
Shy and fast, a Blue Breasted Kingfisher.

Grey Backed Camaroptera hidden in tree in Gambia
Almost overlooked Grey Backed Camaroptera.

Western Red-billed Hornbill
Western Red-billed Hornbill.

Woodland Kingfisher
Woodland Kingfisher.

Yellow Crowned Gonolek
Yellow Crowned Gonolek.
And after all the birds:

Western Red Colobus in Gambia
a Western Red Colobus.


  1. Gorgeous variety of birds and I love the cute monkey!! Thank you for linking up your critters, have a happy weekend!

  2. They all look so exotic to mt Canadian eyes.

  3. Wonderful shots of birds. Great variety.

  4. these birds & monkey are amazing... i especially enjoyed seeing the blue bellied roller and the blue breasted kingfisher... so glad they all have a protected space to thrive in. have a great day~

  5. An adorable monkey and some very excotic looking birds.

  6. Wow! Great Photos! Very interesting subjects! :)

  7. Super selection from your walk.

  8. Beautiful selection of birds and the monkey, brilliant images.

  9. all really exotic to me! love the hornbills, but that roller stole the show for me. :)

  10. A WONDERFUL variety of birdlife - and the little monkey too -- all so wonderful see from my side of the world, thankyou Christian

  11. I can't imaging birding being boring in Gambia, but birding in forest is difficult. You have some brilliant shots there, especially the roller - fantastic/

  12. That yellow-crowned gonolek [hope I spelled that correctly] ---is extraordinary!!!

    Beautiful, absolutely BEAUTIFUL birds this week.

  13. so many cool birds in Gambia. Never knew about it. Surley worth a visit.

  14. HI Wonderful critter post. I would love to go to the GAmbia.

  15. I had no idea that there was such a variety of kingfishers. I presume that the blue bellied roller is in the same family too. A fascinating series of photos.


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