Endemic Animals of Angola








Red-crested turaco
Red-crested turaco
The red-crested turaco is a turaco, a group of African Otidimorphae birds. It is a frugivorous bird endemic to western Angola. Its call sounds somewhat like a jungle monkey.
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Red-crested turaco
Giant sable antelope
Giant sable antelope
The giant sable antelope or royal sable antelope, also known in Portuguese as the palanca-negra-gigante, is a large, rare subspecies of the sable antelope native and endemic to the region between the Cuango and Luando Rivers in Angola. There was a great degree of uncertainty regarding the number of animals that survived during the Angolan Civil War. In January 2004, a group from the Centro de Estudos e Investigação Científica of the Catholic Un ...
iversity of Angola, led by Dr. Pedro Vaz Pinto, was able to obtain photographic evidence of one of the remaining herds from a series of trap cameras installed in the Cangandala National Park, south of Malanje. The giant sable antelope is the national symbol of Angola, and is held in a great regard by its people. This was perhaps one of the reasons the animals survived the long civil war. In African mythology, just like other antelopes, they symbolize vivacity, velocity, beauty and visual sharpness. The giant sable antelope is evaluated as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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Giant sable antelope
Swierstra's spurfowl
Swierstra's spurfowl
Swierstra's spurfowl is a species of bird in the family Phasianidae. It is found only in Angola in the rapidly shrinking Afromontane forests of peaks such as Mount Moco and Mount Soque.
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Swierstra's spurfowl
Gabela helmetshrike
Gabela helmetshrike
The Gabela helmetshrike is a species of bird in the Vanga family Vangidae, formerly usually included in the Malaconotidae.
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Gabela helmetshrike
Pulitzer's longbill
Pulitzer's longbill
Pulitzer's longbill is a species of bird. Formerly considered an "Old World warbler" and placed in the family Sylviidae, it is now considered to belong to a group of enigmatic African warblers in the family Macrosphenidae. It is found only in Angola.
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Pulitzer's longbill
Angolan slaty flycatcher
Angolan slaty flycatcher
The Angolan slaty flycatcher is a small passerine bird in the flycatcher family Muscicapidae. It is sometimes placed in the genus Dioptrornis instead of Melaenornis. As suggested by its common name, it is endemic to Angola.
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Angolan slaty flycatcher
Grey-striped spurfowl
Grey-striped spurfowl
The grey-striped spurfowl is a species of bird in the family Phasianidae. It is found only in Angola.
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Grey-striped spurfowl
Golden-backed bishop
Golden-backed bishop
The golden-backed bishop is a species of bird in the family Ploceidae. It is found in western Angola and São Tomé Island.
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Golden-backed bishop
Braun's bushshrike
Braun's bushshrike
Braun's bushshrike is a species of bird in the family Malaconotidae. It is endemic to Angola. An alternative name for this bird is the orange-breasted bushshrike, but the English name is also used for Chlorophoneus sulfureopectus.
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Braun's bushshrike
Gabela akalat
Gabela akalat
The Gabela akalat is a species of bird in the family Muscicapidae. It is endemic to Angola. The name is in part derived from the town where they were first observed, Gabela.
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Gabela akalat
Angolan waxbill
Angolan waxbill
The Angolan waxbill or Angola waxbill is a species of estrildid finch endemic to Angola. Some taxonomists consider it to be conspecific with the swee waxbill.
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Angolan waxbill
Monteiro's bushshrike
Monteiro's bushshrike
Monteiro's bushshrike is a species of bird in the bush-shrike family . It is found in Angola and Cameroon.
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Monteiro's bushshrike
Hartert's camaroptera
Hartert's camaroptera
Hartert's camaroptera is a small bird in the family Cisticolidae. It is endemic to Angola.
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Hartert's camaroptera
White-fronted wattle-eye
White-fronted wattle-eye
The white-fronted wattle-eye is a species of bird in the family Platysteiridae. It is endemic to Angola.
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White-fronted wattle-eye
Hyperolius gularis
Hyperolius gularis
Hyperolius gularis is a species of frogs in the family Hyperoliidae.
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Hyperolius gularis
Arthroleptis carquejai
Arthroleptis carquejai
Arthroleptis carquejai is a species of frog in the family Arthroleptidae. It is known with certainty only from northwestern Angola, but there is also a recent record from Gabon. If this is correct, its distribution might also include intervening areas in the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The specific name carquejai honours Bento Carqueja, Portuguese professor, journalist, and philanthropist. Common names ...
Cambondo screeching frog and Carqueja's squeaker have been proposed for it.
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Arthroleptis carquejai
Anchieta's tree frog
Anchieta's tree frog
Anchieta's tree frog, also known as the Huila forest treefrog, is a species of frog in the family Arthroleptidae. It is endemic to Angola. It is closely related to the West Cameroon forest tree frog and the Garamba forest tree frog .
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Anchieta's tree frog
Leptopelis jordani
Leptopelis jordani
Leptopelis jordani is a species of little-known frog in the family Arthroleptidae. Common name Congulu forest treefrog has been coined for it.
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Leptopelis jordani
Hyperolius bocagei
Hyperolius bocagei
Hyperolius bocagei is a species of frog in the family Hyperoliidae. It occurs in an area spanning from Angola and northwestern Zambia through southern Democratic Republic of the Congo to southwestern Tanzania. It lives in seasonally flooded, lowland grassy pans. It may suffer localized habitat loss and degradation, but is not considered threatened overall.
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Hyperolius bocagei
Hyperolius vilhenai
Hyperolius vilhenai
Hyperolius vilhenai is a species of frog in the family Hyperoliidae. It is only known from its type locality, Cuílo, along the Luita River in northern Angola, although it is likely to occur in adjacent Democratic Republic of the Congo. Additional specimens from the Cangandala National Park have been provisionally assigned to this species. The specific name vilhenai honours Ernesto Jardim de Vilhena, a Portuguese naval officer, politician, and ...
businessman. Common names Luita River reed frog and Vilhena's reed frog have been proposed for this frog.
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Hyperolius vilhenai
Hyperolius maestus
Hyperolius maestus
Hyperolius maestus is a species of frog of questionable status in the family Hyperoliidae. Described more than a century ago, it is only known from its type locality, Landana, in the Cabinda Province of northern Angola. The holotype was originally deposited in Museo Bouvier and—if it survives at all—now presumably lies unidentified in the National Museum of Natural History, France. Hyperolius maestus might be a synonym of Hyperolius marmoratus.
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Hyperolius maestus
Hyperolius cinereus
Hyperolius cinereus
Hyperolius cinereus, Monard's reed frog or ashy reed frog, is a species of frog in the family Hyperoliidae. It is found in Angola and possibly Democratic Republic of the Congo. Its natural habitats are rivers, swamps, freshwater marshes, and intermittent freshwater marshes.
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Hyperolius cinereus
Hyperolius rhizophilus
Hyperolius rhizophilus
Hyperolius rhizophilus is a species of frog in the family Hyperoliidae. It is endemic to Angola. Its natural habitats are swamps, freshwater marshes, and intermittent freshwater marshes.
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Hyperolius rhizophilus
Poyntonophrynus grandisonae
Poyntonophrynus grandisonae
Poyntonophrynus grandisonae is a species of toad in the family Bufonidae. It is endemic to Namibe Province, Angola. Its range may be more widespread than currently known, including the nearby Iona National Park. It is only known from a few specimens because there has not been much research in the surrounding area, and thus its 2014 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species assessment remained at "Data Deficient".
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Poyntonophrynus grandisonae
Leptopelis marginatus
Leptopelis marginatus
Leptopelis marginatus is a species of frog in the family Arthroleptidae. It is endemic to western Angola and only known from the holotype collected from Quissange. The holotype was lost in the fire of the Natural History Museum of Lisbon in 1978. The validity of this species is in question; it might be a synonym of Leptopelis bocagii or considered a nomen dubium. Common name Quissange forest treefrog has been proposed for it.
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Leptopelis marginatus
Hyperolius bicolor
Hyperolius bicolor
Hyperolius bicolor is a species of frog in the family Hyperoliidae. It is endemic to Angola. Its natural habitats are rivers, freshwater marshes, and intermittent freshwater marshes.
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Hyperolius bicolor
Hyperolius lucani
Hyperolius lucani
Hyperolius lucani is a species of frog in the family Hyperoliidae. It is endemic to Angola. Its natural habitats are rivers, freshwater marshes, and intermittent freshwater marshes.
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Hyperolius lucani
Hyperolius protchei
Hyperolius protchei
Hyperolius protchei is a species of frog of questionable status in the family Hyperoliidae. Described more than a century ago, it is only known from its type locality, Landana, in the Cabinda Province of northern Angola. The holotype was originally deposited in Museo Bouvier and—if it survives at all—now presumably lies in the National Museum of Natural History, France. Hyperolius maestus might be a synonym of Hyperolius marmoratus.
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Hyperolius protchei
Hyperolius fasciatus
Hyperolius fasciatus
Hyperolius fasciatus is a species of frog in the family Hyperoliidae.
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Hyperolius fasciatus
Hyperolius fuscigula
Hyperolius fuscigula
Hyperolius fuscigula is a species of frog in the family Hyperoliidae. It is endemic to Angola. Its natural habitats are rivers, freshwater marshes, and intermittent freshwater marshes.
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Hyperolius fuscigula
Angolan adder
Angolan adder
Bitis heraldica is a venomous viper species found only in Angola, easily distinguished from B. caudalis by its heavily speckled belly and lack of any supraocular "horns". No subspecies are currently recognized.
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Angolan adder
Angolan girdled lizard
Angolan girdled lizard
The Angolan girdled lizard, also known as the Angolan spiny-tailed lizard, is a species of lizard in the genus Cordylus. The species is endemic to Angola, as its names testify, and is ovoviviparous.
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Angolan girdled lizard
Pedioplanis huntleyi
Pedioplanis huntleyi
Pedioplanis huntleyi is a species of lizard in the family Lacertidae. The species is endemic to Angola.
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Pedioplanis huntleyi
Pedioplanis haackei
Pedioplanis haackei
Pedioplanis haackei is a species of lizard in the family Lacertidae. The species is endemic to Angola.
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Pedioplanis haackei
Nucras scalaris
Nucras scalaris
Nucras scalaris, the scaled sandveld lizard, is a wall lizard in the family of true lizards . It is endemic to Angola.
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Nucras scalaris
Rhoptropus montanus
Rhoptropus montanus
Rhoptropus montanus, the mountain day gecko, is a species of lizard in the family Gekkonidae. The species is endemic to Angola.
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Rhoptropus montanus
Rhoptropus benguellensis
Rhoptropus benguellensis
Rhoptropus benguellensis, the Benguela day gecko, is a species of lizard in the family Gekkonidae. The species is endemic to Angola.
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Rhoptropus benguellensis
Machadoe's girdled lizard
Machadoe's girdled lizard
Machadoe's girdled lizard is a flattened girdled lizard from southwestern Angola and northwestern Namibia. They are found as solitary individuals or in pairs on rock outcrops in arid savannah. It can be identified, along with Cordylus vittifer, by have an elongate first row of dorsal scales. Machadoe's girdled lizard is uniform yellow brown above and paler below. The head is dark brown with pale lips. The pale vertebral stripe found in the ...
Cordylus vittifer is not present. Adults reach 78 mm in length from snout to vent.
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Machadoe's girdled lizard
Monopeltis welwitschii
Monopeltis welwitschii
Dalophia welwitschii is a species of amphisbaenian in the family Amphisbaenidae. The species is endemic to Angola.
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Monopeltis welwitschii
Monopeltis luandae
Monopeltis luandae
Monopeltis luandae is a species of amphisbaenian in the family Amphisbaenidae. The species is endemic to Angola.
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Monopeltis luandae
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