Togo has a bird list of 625 species but there has been little ornithological activity in recent years. In the 1980s tourism was encouraged and excellent hotel facilities were available at Lomé, Fazao and Kara. Political upheavals in the 1990s hindered these developments but the country is recovering.

There is much of interest for the birder to see in Togo. Non-endemic specialities and spectacular species include Saddle-billed Stork, Crowned Eagle, Black Crowned Crane, Denham's Bustard, Egyptian Plover and Damara Tern.

Kéran National Park is situated in the north-eastern part of Togo, near Mango, approximately 450 kilometres from Lomé. The flood-plain of the Koumongou river forms the basis of the Park's area, with good gallery forest along the river's edge, where Narina's Trogon and Oriole Warbler.

Fazao-Malfakassa National Park Forest and grassy hills along the Atacora escarpment on the western edge of the central part of Togo supports populations of rarer birds such as Ayres's Hawk Eagle, Cassins Hawk Eagle, Crested Guineafowl and Latham's Forest Francolin. (Text courtesy African Bird Club)

Saddle-billed Stork

Saddle-billed Stork, copyright Andy Adcock

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