Saturday, May 17, 2014

Birds in orchards in Gambia

Western Gambia is full of small orchards with mango tree or palm oil plantations. These are good places to watch birds. Especially for smaller birds like flycatchers or finches, orchards are attractive habitats because they are not as tidy and industrial as in Europe. I made these photos on a place with mango trees and dense bush vegetation close to a street.

Bar-breasted Firefinch (Lagonosticta rufopicta)
A Bar-breasted Firefinch. 

Bearded Barbet (Lybius dubius) in Gambia
Bearded Barbet in an oil palm.

Bronze Munia (Lonchura cucullata) in Gambia
A flock of Bronze Mannikins.

Fine-spotted Woodpecker (Campethera punctuligera) in Gambia
Fine-spotted Woodpecker.

Gambian Sun Squirrel (Heliosciurus gambianus) in Gambia
Not a bird but also common, a Gambian Sun Squirrel.

A flock of Piacpiac (Ptilostomus afer)
The Piac Piac is a common bird, the juveniles have red bills. 

Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone rufiventer) in Gambia.
A female Red-billed Paradise Flycatcher.


  1. Very original birds !! Thanks for sharing !
    Have a great weekend :)

  2. Lovely to spot your birds from Gambia on this weeks Saturday Critters as I'm in Western Africa too this week (well not really but sort of!!)
    Have a great weekend
    Wren x

  3. Lovely to see birds I've never seen before. Wonderful post. Happy Critter Day!

  4. Such a beautiful the dapper color combination of the Paradise

  5. Such exotic birds, and sweet squirrel!

  6. Very beautiful! I loved the Gambian Sun Squirrel and the Woodpecker!

  7. Lovely birds and a very cute squirrel.

  8. They are nice photographs, new to me.

  9. Lovely slection of Critters especially the woodpecker.

  10. The pictures are wonderful -- some of those birds I've never heard of, so exotic and interesting. Very interesting to think about your words too ... It is too bad that so many orchards and gardens everywhere are pruned and weeded and neatened up so much that it becomes unfriendly habitat for the birds. I wish more people would leave them a bit wild like this one is. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Great post!! Boom,Bobbi and Gary.

  12. Beautiful, exotic birds!

  13. Loving these exotic birds. Great shots!

  14. Great photos and a very interesting series of birds. Very nice to see birds like this that looks so exotic!

  15. this week the last bird is my favourite. :)

  16. Really unusual birds. Thank you for posting these photos from this part of the world. Not often I get to see a Barbet! What a stunner!

  17. What an awesome place for birding.. A wonderful variety of birds and I love the cute critter. Great photos, thank you for sharing your post with my critter party! Have a happy day!


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