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Monitoring projects in Africa

Atlas projects in Africa are crucial for understanding and conserving the continent’s rich avifauna, protecting ecosystems and promoting sustainable land-use development. The Swiss Ornithological Institute supports national initiatives to better understand the distribution of breeding and migratory birds in Africa.

Domain Conservation
Unit Species Recovery
Topic Species Recovery, Habitat Promotion, Birds and Human Beings, Migratory Birds
Habitat farmland, rocky terrain, wetlands, rivers & streams, semi-open farmland, alpine habitats, wasteland, settlements, forest, meadows and pastures
Project start 2021
Project status ongoing
Project management Alain Jacot
Project region Switzerland, Africa, Asia, Europe


Project objectives

The aim of an atlas project is to obtain comprehensive and up-to-date information on breeding and migratory bird populations, distribution and habitat use. This information forms an important basis for biodiversity conservation and is essential for the development of species-specific conservation strategies.


The Swiss Ornithological Institute supports national atlas projects and specifically promotes cooperation between countries. In particular, we try to bridge language barriers between African countries and projects and help to integrate the local population in data collection and raise awareness for birds.


In 2023, the Swiss Ornithological Institute supported the new atlas project in Senegal called «Atlas des oiseaux du Sénégal». This is the first national atlas project in a francophone African country.

Project partner(s)


Species concerned

Alpine Swift
Tree Pipit
Western Bonelli’s Warbler
European Bee-eater
Blue Rock-thrush
European Roller
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Tawny Pipit
Spectacled Warbler
Blyth’s Reed-warbler
Booted Warbler
Common Whitethroat
Great Reed-warbler
Pallid Swift
Paddyfield Warbler
Common Grasshopper-warbler
Eurasian Crag Martin
Willow Warbler
Garden Warbler
Common Redstart
Icterine Warbler
Spotted Flycatcher
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Semi-collared Flycatcher
Collared Flycatcher
Rufous-tailed Scrub-robin
Isabelline Shrike
Black-headed Bunting
Common Rosefinch
Lesser Whitethroat
Common Cuckoo
Greater Short-toed Lark
Common Swift
Northern House Martin
Black-eared Wheatear
Eurasian Blackcap
Common Nightingale
Western Orphean Warbler
Melodious Warbler
Ortolan Bunting
Eurasian Golden Oriole
Great Grey Shrike
Barn Swallow
Savi’s Warbler
Red-rumped Swallow
Red-throated Pipit
Woodchat Shrike
Sardinian Warbler
Western Yellow Wagtail
Sedge Warbler
River Warbler
Lesser Grey Shrike
Aquatic Warbler
Barred Warbler
Thrush Nightingale
Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush
Northern Wheatear
Marsh Warbler
Common Reed-warbler
European Pied Flycatcher
European Turtle-dove
Collared Sand Martin
Common Quail
Wood Warbler
Subalpine Warbler
White-throated Robin
Eurasian Wryneck
Common Hoopoe
Meadow Pipit
European Nightjar
Common Chiffchaff
Citrine Wagtail
Red-breasted Flycatcher
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Species Recovery

Wildlife conservation coordinates the development, improvement and dissemination of measures in favour of priority bird species that cannot be helped by habitat protection alone. Together with BirdLife Switzerland and the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), the department also coordinates the “Species Recovery for Swiss Birds” programme.

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