White-headed Robin Chat – first documented nest protected by local community in Angola

White-headed Robin Chat – first documented nest protected by local community in Angola


A small community in northern Angola found a local treasure, “our oil”, they call it there. The community is Kinjila, and the treasure is a special bird called the White-headed Robin Chat. The White-headed Robin Chat is one of the most special birds in the world, known only from two sites: one in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the other in gallery forests near the community of Kinjila, in northern Angola. For this reason Kinjila is the best place, worldwide, to observe this bird, which serves as the main attraction for bird-watching tourists to Kinjila. A group of local guides for bird watching in Kinjila, formed by a project of the Angolan Ministry of Tourism, had a great discovery: finding the first documented nest of the White-headed Robin Chat. This is the first documented nest and it is a great satisfaction, The guides are watching how the White-headed Robin Chat feeds the nestlings and it make us very happy. The guides’ passion for birds had an impact on the Kinjila community, which decided o ask for the support of the authorities to form a protected area to ensure the conservation of the White-headed Robin Chat and other birds that are important to attract the bird-watching tourists, a request that has a strong ally in the government of Angola: Today we start a new era: This village has an important species, the White-headed Robin Chat, which is your treasure. This project, of developing avitourism, will start here, in Kinjila

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