Zoological Programme

Zoological Programme

OS Sahara specimineFollowing training at the National History Department of the British Museum, 0. W. N. Shepard completed collections for them as follows:

  • In the sand dunes 20 km north of El Golea in Algeria specimens of skink or sand lizard were trapped and preserved. These proved useful in establishing the location of sub-genus of skink some 100 miles further south than previously thought to exist.
  • In the savannah region of Goundam in Mali specimens of fruit bat were trapped and preserved to complete gaps in the Museum’s collection.
  • In the rain forest zone of the Bandama Rouge river in the Ivory Coast, specimens of bilharzia-bearing water snails were collected and preserved for research under Dr. C. W. Wright.


Note: Lists of bird sightings during the journey included 141 recognized species.

Bird Sightings in Algeria, Mali and Ivory Coast compiled by O.W.N. Shepard (Total 175)


African Darter
Dwarf Bittern
Senacco Heron
Great White Egret
Yellow Billed Egret
Black Heron
Little Egret
Grey Heron
Purple Heron
White Stork
Sacred Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Fulvous Tree Duck
White Faced Tree Duck
Egyptian Goose
Knob Billed Goose
Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture
Hooded Vulture
Egyptian Vulture
Palm Nut Vulture
Pallid Harrier
Marsh Harrier
Short Toed Eagle
West African Goshawk
Chanting Goshawk
Gabar Goshawk
Lizzard Buzzard
Red-Tailed Buzzard
West African River Eagle
Black Kite
Black Shouldered Kite
Swallow-Tailed Kite
Lanner Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Grey Kestrel
Fox Kestrel
Double-Spurred Frankolin
Grey Breasted Helmet
King Reed Hen
Allen’s Reed Hen
Senegal Bustard
Oyster Catcher
Spur-Winged Plover
Black-Headed Plover
Ringed Plover
Kittlitz’s Sand Plover
Black-Tailed Godnit
Wood Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Common Snipe
Little Stint
Black Winged Stilt
Painted Snipe
Crocodile Bird
Cream Coloured Courser
Gull Billed Tern
Caspian Tern
White Winged Tern
Chestnut Bellied Sand Grouse
Red-Eyed Dove
Mourning Dove
Vinaceout Dove
Rose Grey Dove
Laughing Dove
Long Tailed Dove
Tambourine Dove
Black Tailed Wood Dove
Green Fruit Pigeon
Senegal Long Tailed Parakeet
Violet Plantain Eater
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Senegal Coucal
Pearl Spotted Owlet
West African Wood Owl
Long Tailed Nightjar
European Swift
Little African Swift
Palm Swift
Blue Naped Mousebird
Pied Kingfisher
Malachite Kingfisher
Senegal Kingfisher
Little Green Bee-Eater
Carmine Bee-Eater
Abyssinian Roller
European Roller
Senegal Wood Hoopoe
Lesser Wood Hoopoe
Grey Hornbill
Red Beaked Hornbill
Black and White Tailed Hornbill
White Crested Hornbill
Piping Hornbill
Speckled Tinker Bird
Singing Bush Lark
Rufous-Naped Lark
Chestnut Backed Finch Lark
Crested Lark
Hoopoe Lark
African Sand Martin
Mosque Swallow
Yellow Wagtail
Red Wagtail
Tawny Pipit
Brubru Shrike
Great Grey Shrike
African Golden Oriole
Glossy Backed Drongo
Purple Glossy Starling
Chestnut Bellied Starling
Black Magpie
Pied Crow
Brown Necked Raven
Common Garden Bulbul
Slender Billed Bulbul
Simple Leaf Dove
Swamp Palm Bulbul
Ant Chat
White Rumped Black Chat
Black Scrub Robin
Melodious Warbler
Olivaceous Warbler
Willow Warbler
Green Hylia
Spotted Flycatcher
Dusky Blue Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher
Mouse Brown Sunbird
Collared Sunbird
Olive Sunbird
Rock Bunting
Orange Weaver
Vitellene Masked Weaver
Village Weaver
Red Vented Malibe
Yellow Crowned Bishop
Fire Crowned Bishop
Yellow Mantled Wydah
Red Bishop
Sparrow Weaver
Grey Headed Sparrow
Golden Sparrow
Bush Sparrow
Pintailed Wydah
Senegal Indigo Finch
Broad Tailed Paradise Wydah
White-Checked Olive Weaver
Cut-Throat Weaver
Orange-Checked Waxbill
Black-Rumped Waxbill
Lavender Fire Finch
Red Checked Cordon Bleu
Senegal Fire Finch
Bar Breasted Fire Finch