|Town/Region||Forêt du Day|
|Date||20 Apr 2020|
The Djibouti Francolin is a vocal bird species endemic to Republic of Djibouti, known from only Forêt du Day (c 15 km2 of high altitude juniper forest - the only viable site for the species’ survival) in Goda Massif (Tadjoura), and the nearby Mabla Mountains (Obock).
Classified since 1994 as Critically Endangered species in the IUCN Red List, The Djibouti Francolin has an extremely small range severely fragmented, continuously declining in both, extend and quality within which the population is suspected to be undergoing continuing decline (BirdLife International 2020).
Referring to our previous successful works supported by The Ruford Foundation (Houssein Abdillahi Rayaleh: 18.03.09, 11021-2, 13301-B), the project aims:
(1) to carry out a feasibility study of a local community managed protected area creation by conducting consultations of all stakeholders, including government authorities, traditional and community leaders, civil society organisations at national and local levels to create a protected area managed by the local community living in the Forêt du Day area to save Djibouti Francolin and
(2) to advocate for BirdLife International's recommendations in Djibouti Francolin factsheet, which is to immediately declare Forêt du Day a protected area in order to create a safe haven for the survival of the species and other globally threatened species while improving the well-being of the local community (BirdLife International 2020).
Read about Houssein's previous project https://www.rufford.org/projects/houssein_abdillahi_rayaleh or for more information contact:
Sub-adult of Sombre Rock Chat, a common bird species in Foret du Day Ecosystem considered endemic to Ethiopia. © Houssein Rayaleh.
Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill, locally threatened bird species but widespread at low densities in semi-arid woodland in Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia. © Houssein Rayaleh.