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At least 525 species are known from the park, reflecting the extremely wide diversity of habitat. These include 44 species of raptor, Balaeniceps rex and many Palearctic migrants, amongst which Falco naumanni, Gallinago media and Glareola nordmanni have been recorded.

The park represents the northern limit of distribution of a number of Zambezian biome species, including Lanius souzae, Myrmecocichla arnotti and Cisticola angusticauda. In addition, one species of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome and seven of the Afrotropical Highlands biome also occur (see Table 3).

However, all these data need to be reviewed in the light of the recent reduction in size of the park, which means that some species are no longer likely to occur within it, e.g. species of gallery forests (e.g. Camaroptera chloronota, Cossypha cyanocampter) and montane forests (e.g. Illadopsis pyrrhoptera, Cisticola chubbi).

Some of the commonest bird species you will see on your safari in Rwanda include the gorgeous lilac-breasted roller, the grey hornbill, the crested barbet, heuglin’s robin-chat, black headed gonalek and ross’s turaco, among others.

Bird Habitats in Akagera National Park

Akagera park is located off-the-beaten-track close to the border of Rwanda and Tanzania. Its terrain mainly comprises of low altitude plains covered with grass and patches of forests. Also there several swamps plus small lakes following the winding course of Akagera River. All these offer a great habitat to the large number of bird species living in this park.

Bird List

Species

Season

Year

Ring-necked Francolin (Francolinus streptophorus) resident 1998
Madagascar Pond-heron (Ardeola idae) non-br (during br season)
Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) resident
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) non-breeding
White-spotted Flufftail (Sarothrura pulchra) resident 1998
Black-shouldered Nightjar (Caprimulgus nigriscapularis) resident 1998
Red-faced Barbet (Lybius rubrifacies) resident 1998
Buff-spotted Woodpecker (Campethera nivosa) resident 1998
Papyrus Gonolek (Laniarius mufumbiri) resident 1998
Carruthers’s Cisticola (Cisticola carruthersi) resident 1998
Olive-green Camaroptera (Camaroptera chloronota) resident 1998
Leaf-love (Pyrrhurus scandens) resident 1998
White-winged Scrub-warbler (Bradypterus carpalis) resident 1998
Mountain Illadopsis (Illadopsis pyrrhoptera) resident 1998
Sharpe’s Pied-babbler (Turdoides sharpei) resident 1998
Green-throated Sunbird (Nectarinia rubescens) resident 1998
Bronze Sunbird (Nectarinia kilimensis) resident 1998
Red-chested Sunbird (Nectarinia erythrocerca) resident 1998
Baglafecht Weaver (Ploceus baglafecht) resident 1998
Black-billed Weaver (Ploceus melanogaster) resident 1998
Northern Brown-throated Weaver (Ploceus castanops) resident 1998
White-collared Oliveback (Nesocharis ansorgei) resident 1998
Swee Waxbill (Estrilda melanotis) resident 1998
Western Citril (Serinus frontalis) resident 1998
Thick-billed Seedeater (Serinus burtoni) resident 1998