Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, Senegal

  • Vanda Claudino-Sales
Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 28)


The Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary, in Senegal, is in the delta of the Senegal River, on the border with Mauritania. The river flows to the Atlantic Ocean, and its valley creates a wetland of 160 km2, the third largest in the world. It includes seasonally flooded areas of lakes, ponds, and bayous surrounded by streams and backwaters and irregularly flooded alluvial plains. The wetland is one of the first stops after the Sahara Desert for birds migrating from Europe. The environment provides a living and fragile sanctuary for up to 1.5 million birds. The sanctuary can, during winter months, host up to 3 million migrating birds. It is characterized by a large breeding population, including white pelican, purple heron, African spoonbill, and cormorant.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vanda Claudino-Sales
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  1. 1.Federal University of Ceará StateFortalezaBrazil

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