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A Checklist of the Birds of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Kenya

Latest version published by National Museums of Kenya on Aug 1, 2018 National Museums of Kenya

Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, located just south of Gede in Kilifi County, Kenya, has been studied ornithologically for over 100 years. This list represents a checklist of 261 species of bird recorded within the boundaries of the forest together with those recorded from the section of Arabuko Swamp that occurs within the northern boundary near Arabuko / Mijomboni. Records have been collated from as many reputable sources as possible, vetted for accuracy and include specimen records together with sight observations and mist-net capture records.

Data Records

The data in this checklist resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 261 records.

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.

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Versions

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Jackson C, Ochieng J, Fanshawe J (2018): A Checklist of the Birds of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Kenya. v1.0. National Museums of Kenya. Dataset/Checklist. http://ipt.museums.or.ke/ipt/resource?r=asfbirds&v=1.0

Rights

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The publisher and rights holder of this work is National Museums of Kenya. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC-BY-NC) 4.0 License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: a2c09692-fe1d-405e-a7b4-62e6a2240e86.  National Museums of Kenya publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by GBIF Kenya.

Keywords

birds; checklist; Arabuko-Sokoke; coastal forest; Kilifi County; Kenya; Inventoryregional

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Colin Jackson
National Director
A Rocha Kenya Beach Road, Plot 28, Watamu 383 - 80202 Malindi Coast KE
http://www.arocha.or.ke
Judith Ochieng
Data Clerk
A Rocha Kenya Beach Road, Plot 28, Watamu 383 - 80202 Malindi Coast KE
John Fanshawe
Science & Conservation Adviser
BirdLife International Boscastle, Cornwall, PL35 0DY GB

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Colin Jackson
National Director
A Rocha Kenya Beach Road, Plot 28, Watamu 383 - 80202 Malindi Coast KE
http://www.arocha.or.ke
Judith Ochieng
Data Clerk
A Rocha Kenya Beach Road, Plot 28, Watamu 383 - 80202 Malindi Coast KE
John Fanshawe
Science & Conservation Adviser
BirdLife International Boscastle, Cornwall, PL35 0DY

Who filled in the metadata:

Colin Jackson
National Director
A Rocha Kenya Beach Road, Plot 28, Watamu 383 - 80202 Malindi Coast KE
http://www.arocha.or.ke

Who else was associated with the resource:

Publisher
Lawrence Monda
ICT Manager
National Museums of Kenya Museum Hill Road 40658 Nairobi Nairobi KE
http://www.museums.or.ke
Processor
Esther Mwangi
Research Scientist
National Museums of Kenya Museum Hill Road 40658 Nairobi Nairobi KE

Geographic Coverage

Birds recorded within the boundaries of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest and the Arabuko Swamp. 3° 20’ S 39° 50’ E

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Class  Aves

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1995-01-01 / 2018-01-01

Project Data

On the north coast of Kenya lies the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest (ASF) and, once contiguous to ASF, the Gede Ruins National Monument forest. A forest locally, nationally and internationally recognised for its threatened forest landscape and unique biodiversity, ASF is a UNESCO biosphere reserve, considered by Birdlife as the second most important forest for threatened bird species conservation on mainland Africa and listed among the ccoastal forests of eastern Africa hotspot; because of many globally threatened and endemic species. The combined effect of climate-change and socio-economic change in the region poses a high risk to this forest and its biodiversity. Management of the forest has also to accommodate competing conservation demands. In particular, the elephant population is fenced within the forest to mitigate conflict with surrounding communities but has a direct impact on habitat and biodiversity. But, too little evidence currently exists to quantify biodiversity trends and status. Existing data are scattered and often ‘locked up’ in non-digitised or inaccessible digital form. These data could provide significant insights to inform ASF management decisions for biodiversity conservation and research if they were in an accessible format. BID funds would bring together A Rocha Kenya, the National Museum of Kenya (NMK), Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Animal Demography Unit of University of Cape Town (ADU), and the Arabuko- Sokoke Forest Guides Association (ASFGA) to access, assess, digitize, engage and improve the data for birds, mammals, invertebrates, reptiles and higher plants in order to inform the management of this important, unique and threatened forest ecosystem.

Title Application of biodiversity monitoring data to resolve competing conservation management priorities in an East African forest landscape
Identifier BID-AF2017-0274-NAC
Funding The final formatting and digitisation of checklist was funded by the European Union through the Biodiversity Information for Development project of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility https://bid.gbif.org/en/calls/africa-2017/national-grants/
Study Area Description Arabuko-Sokoke Forest is the largest remaining patch of indigenous coastal forest in East Africa. It is located south of Malindi on the north coast of Kenya at 03° 20’ S, 39° 50’ E. It predominantly consists of three distinct forest habitat types. Cynometra Forest (c. 23,500 ha) is dominated by Cynometra webberi and Manilkara sulcata; it used also to be dominated by Brachylaena huilliensis but this has been largely selectively removed. The Brachystegia Woodland (c. 7,700 ha) is dominated by Brachystegia spiciformis on white sandy soil. Mixed Forest (c.7,000 ha) occurs on the eastern side of the forest and has a diverse tree flora including Afzelia quanzensis (formerly dominant), Hymenaea verrucosa, Combretum schumannii and Manilkara sansibarensis and the cycad Encephalartos hildebrandtii. A series of seasonal wetlands run north-south along the length of the forest where the more clay-rich red soils underlie the permeable white sandy soil of the Brachystegia. Arabuko Swamp is the northernmost of these wetlands and straddles the northern boundary of the forest. Only records of birds known to have been observed within the boundary are included in this list.
Design Description Records of birds found in Arabuko-Sokoke Forest were collated into a single checklist. Data were taken from published papers, specimens, confirmed observations and mist-netting. The initial list was compiled in 1995 (Fanshawe, 1995). Since then additional species have been appended and three species removed which were strongly out of range and lacked sufficient evidence to warrant their inclusion. Data were aligned to the Darwin Core Standards before publishing through the IPT at the National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi.

The personnel involved in the project:

Principal Investigator
Colin Jackson
Content Provider
Judith Ochieng

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Fanshawe, J.H. 1995. The effects of selective logging on the bird community of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Kenya. Ph.D thesis. University of Oxford.

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers http://ipt.museums.or.ke/ipt/resource?r=asfbirds