Birds in the area of SIB Hotel, Dalaba, Guinea February 2004

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by Mary Crickmore

SIB Hotel is at the top of a slope with grass and tall trees at the edge of Dalaba town. There is an area of trees and dense herbage right by the hotel. Next to it is a grassy area with scattered trees that had been recently burned. Beyond this is a rocky outcrop which is forested on the top and on the side closer to town. In some areas the shrubbery is too thick to walk through. There was no standing or running water in February.

SIB Hotel has been newly renovated and is quite upscale for West Africa. They can be contacted at 69-71-10, and the address is BP 20, Dalaba, Guinea. For hikes in the various ecosystems around Dalaba, contact Mr. Sekou Bangoura, ADTA Dalaba, who has a bureau de tourisme on the road that leads to the hotel. Mr. Bangoura knows the area but be aware that he cannot identify birds except for the very common species.

There are two other less expensive hotels in Dalaba quite close to the SIB.

One is the Tangama, BP 26, Dalaba, Tel. 69.11.09. The other is the Auberge which is right on the edge of the forest area. However, when I was there the manager was on a trip and the Auberge was not open.

Getting to Dalaba: I was fortunate to be transported by colleagues in Guinea since I was on business. They say that taxis do run between Conakry and Dalaba, and we saw quite a few overloaded taxis on the road.

Species Lists

The following birds were present February 10-13 2004. (*palearctic migrants)

Elanus caeruleus, Black-shouldered kite - flew overhead
Necrosyrtes monachus, Hooded vulture - flew overhead
Ptilopachus petrosus, Stone partridge - perched in a tree!
Streptopelia senegalensis, Laughing dove - abundant
Turtur afer, Blue-spotted wood dove - common
Centropus senegalensis, Senegal coucal - common
Tyto alba, Barn owl - heard at night
Apus affinis, Little swift - in the residential area
*Merops apiaster, European bee-eater - 4, in tall trees in an open area
Tockus fasciatus, African pied hornbill - flew overhead
Tockus nasutus, Grey hornbill - heard
Pogoniulus chrysoconus, Yellow-fronted tinkerbird - heard
Poginiulus bilineatus, Yellow-rumped tinkerbird - heard
Lybius vielloti, Veillot's barbet - in a tree in the burned area
Campethera abingoni, Golden-tailed woodpecker - in a tree next to the rocky part of the hill
Mesopicos goertae, Grey woodpecker - in the forested patch on the hill
Psalidroprocne obscura, Fanti saw-wing - large group around a tall tree in residential area
Hirundo daurica, Red-rumped swallow - abundant, vocal, perched on electric wires next to houses
Hirundo fuligula, African rock martin - flying around rocky area and perched in crevice of high rock
Hirundo lucida, Red-chested swallow - abundant, vocal, perched on electric wires next to houses and mixed with daurica
*Delichon urbica, Common house martin - group circling over a house
*Anthus trivialis, Tree pipit - 4 feeding on ground in burned area
Campephaga phoenicea, Red-shouldered cuckoo shrike - a pair in thick forest patch
Andropadus virens, Little greenbul - heard in forest patch on hill
Pycnonotus barbatus, Common bulbul - abundant
Turdus pelios, African thrush - in thicket
*Luscinia megarhyncos, Common nightingale - in tall grass and weeds with short trees, perched on low branches
Cossypha niviecapilla, Snowy-crowned robin chat - feeding on grassy road next to forest patch
Melocichla mentalis, African moustached warbler - in tall grass and weeds with short trees, perched on herbage
*Phylloscopus trochilus, Willow warbler - actively working its way through tree branches
Cisticola cantans, Singing cisticola - in tall grass and weeds with short trees, perched on herbage
Heliolais erythroptera, Red-winged warbler - in tall grass and weeds with short trees, also in short trees in the burned area
Camaroptera brachyura, Grey-backed camaroptera - in tall grass and weeds with short trees, and thickets
Melaenornis edoliodes, Northern black flycatcher - perched on low branches on road on top of hill next to forest patch
*Ficedula hypoleuca, Pied flycatcher - perched on a low branch in a clearing
Platysteria cyanea, Common wattle-eye - heard; saw in upper branches of forest patch
Eliminia longicauda, African blue flycatcher - working through medium and taller trees at edge of forest patch next to burned area
Turdoides plebejus, Brown babbler - in gardens in town and by hotel
Turdoides reinwardtii, Blackcap babbler - working steadily turning dead leaves in thickest part of forest
Nectarina venusta, Variable sunbird - very abundant and vocal everywhere
Zosterops senegalensis, Yellow white-eye - in trees next to cliff
Lanius collaris, Common fiscal - very abundant through town and in burned area
Dryoscopus gambensis, Northern puffback - one in tree next to cliff
Tchagra australis, Brown-crowned tchagra - in low shrubbery in thick forest patch at bottom of rocky hill
Tchagra senegala, Black-crowned tchagra - very tame, in shrubbery in vacant lot next to a residence
Lanarius turatii, Turati's boubou - in thick forest - duet singing, and individual working through high branches feeding. Note: I got a long closeup look at one individual with a white throat, and the pinkish tinge covered the entire belly, unlike the illustration in Birds of Western Africa
Malconotus sulfureopectus, Sulphur-breasted bush shrike - In a tall tree in the dense forest patch on the top of the hill.
Dicrurus ludwigii, Square tailed drongo - In larger trees in a forest patch at the bottom of a rocky hill (same place as T.australis)
Dicrurus adsimilis, Fork-tailed drongo - Several places with trees and some open area
Corvus alba, Pied crow - flew overhead
Onychognathus morio (neumanni), Red-winged (Neumann's) starling - perched on termite mound in burned area, perched on houses
Lamportornis purpeus, Purple glossy starling - in tall tree in burned area
Cinnyricinclus leucogaster, Violet-backed starling - heard
Passer griseus, Grey-headed sparrow - near houses
Ploceus nigricollis, Black-necked weaver - in fruiting tree on the edge or rocky cliff
Ploceus cucullatus, Village weaver - tree in residential area
Ploceus heuglini, Heuglin's masked weaver - in forest patch on hill and in trees near hotel. Note: Unlike the illustrations in Birds of the Gambia and Birds of Western Africa, the forehead of the bird was orange.
Euschistospiza dybowskii, Dybowski's twinspot - on the ground and in shrubs at the very top of the hill, next to the forest in an area that had been cleared
Lagonosticta senegala, Red-billed firefinch - proximity to houses
Estrilda caerulescens, Lavender waxbill - in trees on the edge of rocky cliff
Uraginthus bengalus, Red-cheeked cordon-bleu - in the scrub near the burned area and the unburned shrubbery
Lonchura cucullata, Bronze mannikin - large groups in the scrub near the burned area and the unburned shrubbery
Serinus mozambicus, Yellow-fronted canary - large groups in the scrub near the burned area and the unburned shrubbery
Emberiza tahapisi, Cinnamon-breasted bunting - abundant on the rocky part of the hill
Emberiza cabanisi, Cabanis's bunting - singing in a low shrub on the rocky part of the hill