Wildlife

In and Around the Sierra Leone River Estuary

Pink-backed Pelican

Pelecanus rufescens

Estuary resident/migrant

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Long-tailed Cormorant

Microcarbo africanus

Estuary resident

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Green-Backed Heron

Butorides striata

Estuary resident

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Black Heron

Egretta ardesiaca

Estuary resident/migrant

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Western Reef Egret (Heron)

Egretta gularis

Estuary resident

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Little Egret

Egretta garzetta

Estuary resident/migrant

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Intermediate Egret

Ardea intermedia

Estuary resident

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Purple Heron

Ardea purpurea

Estuary migrant

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Grey Heron

Ardea cinerea

Estuary resident/migrant

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Osprey

Pandion haliaetus

Estuary migrant

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African Fish Eagle

Haliaetus vocifer

Estuary resident

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Palm-nut Vulture

Gypohierax angolensis

Estuary resident

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Eurasian Oystercatcher

Haematopus ostralegus

Estuary migrant

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Little Ringed Plover

Charadrius dubius

Estuary migrant

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Common Ringed Plover

Charadrius hiaticula

Estuary migrant

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Grey Plover

Pluvialis squatarola

Estuary migrant

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Black-tailed Godwit

Limosa limosa

Estuary migrant

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Bar-tailed Godwit

Limosa lapponica

Estuary migrant

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Whimbrel

Numenius phaeopus

Estuary migrant

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Eurasian Curlew

Numenius arquata

Estuary migrant

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Curlew Sandpiper

Calidris ferruginea

Estuary migrant

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Ruff

Calidris pugnax

Estuary migrant

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Common Redshank

Tringa totanus

Estuary migrant

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Common Greenshank

Tringa nebularia

Estuary migrant

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Common Sandpiper

Actitis hypoleucos

Estuary migrant

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Royal Tern

Thalasseus maximus

Estuary resident/migrant

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Sandwich Tern

Thalasseus sandvicensis

Estuary migrant

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Pied Kingfisher

Ceryle rudis

Estuary resident

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On The Island Itself

Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis

Island resident

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Hooded Vulture

Necrosyrtes monachus

Island resident

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Yellow-billed Kite

Milvus migrans parasitus

Island resident/migrant

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African Harrier Hawk

Polyboroides typus

Island resident

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Double-Spurred Francolin

Pternistis bicalcaratus

Island resident

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Laughing Dove

Streptopelia senegalensis

Island resident

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Red-eyed Dove

Streptopelia semitorquata

Island resident

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Western Grey Plantain-eater

Crinifer piscator

Island resident

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Senegal Coucal

Centropus senegalensis

Island resident

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Blue-Cheeked Bee-eater

Merops persicus

Island migrant

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Common Bulbul

Pycnonotus barbatus

Island resident

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Variable Sunbird

Cinnyris venustus

Island resident

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Fork-Tailed Drongo

Dicrurus adsimilis

Island resident

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Pied Crow

Corvus albus

Island resident

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Red-Billed Fire-Finch

Lagonosticta senegala

Island resident

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Bronze Mannikin

Spermestes cucullata

Island resident

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This RAMSAR site was chosen to mark World Wetland Day (February 2016).

Nearby

Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Located just on the outskirts of Freetown, Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary was founded in 1995 to enforce wildlife laws and rescue and rehabilitate orphaned chimpanzees. Tacugama has grown into a diverse conservation organization.

Caring for close to 100 chimpanzees on-site, Tacugama is also actively engaged offsite in community outreach, wildlife field research, environmental sustainability, conservation education and alternative livelihoods programs. Tacugama is also an ecotourism hub for Freetown – home to 6 eco-lodges, and a variety of activities.

Gola Rainforest

The vision of Gola Rainforest National Park is to act as a catalyst for peace, prosperity and national pride in Sierra Leone. It is home to a diverse population of species, including rare and endangered animals such as the Pygmy Hippo, White-necked Picathartes, Rufous Fishing-Owl, White-breasted Guinea fowl and Gola Malimbe.

The project area is listed as an Important Bird Area and holds a high proportion of the threatened and endemic species of the region and a good representation of Guinea-Congolian forest biome species.