Republic of Equatorial Guinea
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea is a Spanish-speaking country located in Central Africa. With an area of 28,000 km2 it is one of the smallest countries in continental Africa, having a population estimated at half a million. It comprises two parts: a Continental Region (Río Muni); and an Insular Region containing Annobón island, Bioko island (formerly Fernando Po) where the capital Malabo is situated, and several offshore islands like Corisco.
Annobón is the southernmost island of Equatorial Guinea and is situated just north of the equator. Bioko island is the northernmost point of Equatorial Guinea. Between the two islands and to the east is the mainland region. Equatorial Guinea is bordered by Cameroon on the north, Gabon on the south and east, and the Gulf of Guinea on the west, where the island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe is located between Bioko and Annobón. Formerly the colony of Spanish Guinea, its post-independence name is suggestive of its location near both the equator and the Gulf of Guinea. It is one of the few territories in mainland Africa where Spanish is an official language, besides the Spanish exclaves of Ceuta and Melilla.
Equatorial Guinea is the third smallest country in continental Africa in terms of population. (Seychelles, The Gambia, Djibouti, Rwanda, Burundi, Cape Verde, Comoros, Swaziland, and São Tomé and Príncipe are smaller in terms of area, and Djibouti and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic have smaller populations (though the latter's population is disputed). It is also the smallest United Nations member from continental Africa. The discovery of sizeable petroleum reserves in recent years is altering the economic and political status of the country.
Despite its name, no part of Equatorial Guinea's territory lies on the equator.
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Number of Species
Number of bird species: 817
Number of endemics: 2
Both in Fernando Po [Bioko] Fernando Po Swift Apus sladeniae Fernando Po Speirops Speirops brunneus
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African Bird Club
Few birdwatchers have ever visited this small country in West Africa or even know where it is situated, ornithological records are limited and many areas have not been surveyed. Only about 340 species have been recorded on the mainland, Rio Muni, whilst 198 species have been recorded on the island of Bioko and 19 species on the island of Annobón. Bioko and Annobón both have endemic species and subspecies. It is a country therefore which offers potential opportunities for the professional ornithologist and perhaps much of interest for the more adventurous birdwatcher…
Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program
Welcome to the Bioko Web Site, a site created and maintained by the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP); a non-profit conservation organization based at Beaver College, Glenside, PA, USA. BBPP`s conservation efforts protect the wildlife of Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea, West Africa.
West African Ornithological Society
The West African Ornithological Society grew out of the Nigerian Ornithologists’ Society, which was founded in February 1964. Its object is to promote scientific interest in the birds of West Africa and to further the region’s ornithology, mainly by means of its journal Malimbus (formerly the Bulletin of the Nigerian Ornithologists’ Society). This journal is biannual and bilingual, a unique feature in Africa.The West African Ornithological Society grew out of the Nigerian Ornithologists’ Society, which was founded in February 1964. Its object is to promote scientific interest in the birds of West Africa and to further the region’s ornithology, mainly by means of its journal Malimbus (formerly the Bulletin of the Nigerian Ornithologists’ Society). This journal is biannual and bilingual, a unique feature in Africa.
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Monte Alen National Park
Located on mainland Equatorial Guinea (a small country between Gabon and Cameroun); the Monte Alen Park is quite entirely covered by primary and secondary rainforest. It had been spared from logging because of the rugged terrain. It covers an area of around 1,200km2 and has a dense network of watercourses. Walking with guides and porters of the fang group people, you will discover an exceptionnal rainforest and abundant fauna as elephant, gorilla, sitatunga, mandrill, giant frog (up to 4 kg) and many birds…
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Bioko (Fernando Po) Checklist