Original Research Article I Volume 11 I Issue 4 I 2023

New Bird Species Records from the Ruzizi Delta: Rusizi Burundian Delta and Ruzizi Congolese Delta, in the African Great Lakes Region, 2019-2021

Bashonga Bishobibiri Alexis, Eric Sande, Charles Kahindo3 & Gaspard Ntakimazi, Majaliwa Mwanjololo Jean Gilbert and Claver Sibomana

Biolife, Volume 11, Issue 4, 2023, pp 27-35



The new bird species records from the Ruzizi Delta were identified from April 2019 until November 2021 during our doctoral fieldwork in five sites of the Rusizi Burundian Delta (RBD) and five sites of the Ruzizi Congolese Delta RCD). Each site was visited three times a year during the years 2019, 2020 and 2021. The investigation was conducted by direct observation on transect counts, point counts and on road bird counting, using binoculars and two telescopes. Travel was facilitated by the motorized fiberglass boat and the double cabin field vehicle of the Centre for Research in Hydrobiology (CRH) in Uvira, DRC. The Ruzizi Delta includes terrestrial dry areas in wooded and tree-steppe, marshes, rivers, ponds and the northern shoreline of Lake Tanganyika in Bujumbura (Burundi) and Uvira (Democratic Republic of Congo). On the coast and on the ponds, the investigation sometimes resorted to traveling in non-motorized canoes to inform us, among other things, of illegal exploitation in supposedly protected areas. At the end of our investigations, we have drawn up the list of 18 orders, 84 families and 490 species of birds of which 60 bird species that we present in this publication are newly recorded in the Ruzizi Delta


New bird species record; Rusizi Burundian Delta; Ruzizi Congolese Delta; African Great Lakes Region; Northern Shoreline of Lake Tanganyika.


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Article Dates:

Received: 22 October 2023; Accepted: 3 December 2023: Published online: 10 December 2023

How To Cite:

Bashonga Bishobibiri Alexis, Eric Sande, Charles Kahindo & Gaspard Ntakimazi, Majaliwa Mwanjololo Jean Gilbert and Claver Sibomana (2023). New Bird Species Records from the Ruzizi Delta: Rusizi Burundian Delta and Ruzizi Congolese Delta, in the African Great Lakes Region, 2019-2021. Biolife. 11(4), 27-35. DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.10340328

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