Bird atlasses in Africa

Several bird atlasses have been published that include maps showing absence/presence in grids, allowing accurate distributions to be mapped. The map shows the countries that have had at least one bird atlas published. Below the map there is a list of the atlasses.

A list of the atlasses, in sequence of publication, is shown in the table. The publication details are given below the table.
SA = South Africa
Maps = no. of weaver maps in atlas

Country Maps Years Grid size Reference
SA - central Transvaal 7 (1953)-1968   Tarboton 1968a
SA - Kruger NP 15     Kemp 1974a
SA - KwaZulu Natal 20 1970-1980 15'x15' Cyrus 1980a
SA - Transvaal 19 1960-1986 15'x15' Tarboton 1987b
SA - Free State 15 1983-1986 15'x15' Earle 1987b
Sudan 39 1976-1984   Nikolaus 1987a
SA - W Cape 4 1982-1986   Hockey 1989a
Kenya 47 1980-1989   Lewis 1989b
Lesotho   1986-1989   Osborne 1990a
Senegal & Gambia 21 (1930)-1990   Morel 1990a
Somalia   1982-1988   Douthwaite 1991a
Botswana 18 1980-1990 30'x30' Penry 1994a
Mali & Mauritania       Lamarche 1994a
Mauritania 9   30'x30' Isenmann 2010a
Swaziland 19 1985-1991   Parker 1994a
Southern Africa 27 1986-1991 15'x15' Harrison 1997a
Liberia 17 1981-1994   Gatter 1997a
Somalia 24     Ash 1998a
Mozambique, south 19 1980-1997   Parker 1999a
Uganda 46 (1891)-   Carswell 2005a
Mozambique, central 22     Parker 2005b
Malawi 26 (1980)-2005   Dowsett-Lemaire 2006b
Zambia 34 1975-2007   Dowsett 2008a
Comores 2 1981-2006 1'x1' Louette 2008a
Ethiopia & Eritrea 38 (1850)-1969,1970-2007 30'x30' Ash 2009a
Ghana 29 2004-05,2008-11 30'x30' Dowsett-Lemaire 2014a
Tanzania   on-going 30'x30' See here (sp) and here (grid)
Angola   on-going   See here
Rwanda   2006-, on-going   See here ; see *
* email sightings Marcell Claassen, marcellc67 [at]

More projects

Arabia - Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Arabia.
Niger, Chad - West African Bird DataBase.


Ash 1983b. Birds of Somalia: their habitat, status and distribution. Scopus Supplement 1
Ash 1998a. Birds of Somalia. Pica Press, Sussex
Ash 2009a. Birds of Ethiopia and Eritrea. An atlas of distribution. Helm, London
Carswell 2005a. Bird atlas of Uganda. Tring: British Ornithological Union checklist.
Cyrus 1980a. Bird Atlas of Natal. University of Natal Press, Pietermaritzburg
Douthwaite 1991a. Additions to Birds of Somalia, their habitat, status and distribution (Ash & Miskell 1983). Scopus 14: 37-60
Dowsett-Lemaire F, Dowsett RJ 2014 The Birds of Ghana: An Atlas and Handbook. Tauraco Press
Dowsett 2008a. The Birds of Zambia. An Atlas and Handbook. Tauraco Press & Aves (Liège, Belgium)
Earle 1987b. First atlas of bird distribution in the Orange Free State. National Museum, Bloemfontein
Gatter 1997a. Birds of Liberia. Pica Press, Sussex
Harrison 1997a. The atlas of southern African birds. Vol. 2: Passerines. BirdLife South Africa, Johannesburg
Hockey 1989a. Atlas of the birds of the south-western Cape. Cape Bird Club, Cape Town
Isenmann 2010a. Birds of Mauritania. Paris.
Jensen 1980b. The birds of the Gambia. Arhus, Denmark: Aros Nature Guides
Kemp 1974a. The distribution and status of the birds of the Kruger National Park. Koedoe monograph 2
Kemp 1985a. A catalogue of the birds of the Transvaal. Pretoria: Transvaal Museum/Transvaal Nature Conservation Division. Cyclostyled manuscript.
Lamarche 1994a. Atlas de Répartition des Oiseaux du Mali et de Mauritanie. Nouakchott: Association des Naturalistes Sahariens et Quest-Africaines Vol 1-8
Lewis 1989b. A bird atlas of Kenya. A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam
Louette 2008a. Atlas des oiseaux nicheurs de la Grande Comore, de Moheli et d'Anjouan. Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale (Studies in Afrotropical Zoology) 294
Morel 1990a. Les oiseaux de Sénégambie. Notices et cartes de distribution. Cah. O.R.S.T.O.M., sér. Biol., Paris
Nikolaus 1987a. Distribution atlas of Sudan's birds with notes on habitat and status. Bonner Zoologische Monogr. 25
Osborne 1990a. The status and distribution of birds in Lesotho. Unpub., Nature Conserv. Bureau Ltd, Newbury, Berkshire.
Parker 1994a. Swaziland bird atlas 1985-1991. Websters, Mbabane, Swaziland
Parker 1999a. The atlas of the birds of Sul do Save, Southern Mozambique. Avian Demography Unit, Cape Town and Endangered Wildlife Trust, Johannesburg
Penry 1994a. Bird atlas of Botswana. University of Natal Press, Pietermaritzburg
Tarboton 1968a. Check list of the birds of the south-central Transvaal. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand Bird Club
Tarboton 1987b. Birds of the Transvaal. Pretoria: Transvaal Museum.