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Trip Report

Complete Cameroon

- Summary and Highlights-

March - April 2007

- A report by Michael Mills -

Trip Leader:

Michael Mills

Summary and Highlights:

This comprehensive Cameroon tour is conveniently spliced into three segments, allowing those with time on their hands to visit all essential sites in this bird-rich country, while at the same time catering for those that can only afford 1-2 weeks away. We visited, in sequence, the Mora area, Waza National Park and surrounds, Benoué National Park, Ngaoundaba Ranch, Lake Dang, Benoué River at Garoua, Mount Cameroon, Bakossi Mountains, Mount Kupé, Lake Awing and Mount Oku in the Bamenda Highlands, Yaoundé, the Sanaga River, Korup National Park and the Wouri River at Douala, amassing just over 600 species, including all but two Cameroon Mountains Endemics and many other specials.

Highlights on the Northern tour included, in sequence seen: Stone Partridge, White-crowned Cliff Chat, Rock Firefinch, Black Scrub-Robin, Cricket Warbler, Quail-plover, African Swallow-tailed Kite, Grasshopper Buzzard, River Prinia, Four-banded Sandgrouse, Long-tailed Nightjar, Egyptian Vulture, Black Crowned Crane, Black-faced Quailfinch, Fox Kestrel, Arabian Bustard, Sennar Penduline Tit, Egyptian Plover, Bearded Barbet, Spotted Creeper, White-crested Turaco, Bar-breasted Firefinch, Red-winged Grey Warbler, Oriole Warbler, Adamawa Turtle Dove, Grey-headed Oliveback, White-fronted Black Chat, Blue-bellied Roller, White-throated Francolin, Yellow Penduline Tit, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Rufous Cisticola, Dorst’s Cisticola, Red-winged Pytilia, Dybowski’s Twinspot, White-collared Starling, Brown Twinspot, Yellow-winged Pytilia, Standard-winged Nightjar, Spotted Thrush-Babbler, Willcock’s Honeyguide, Ross’s Turaco, Bamenda Apalis, Bronze-tailed Starling, Black-bellied Firefinch, Temminck’s Courser, Red-headed Lovebird, Brown-rumped Bunting, Gambaga Flycatcher, White-spotted Flufftail, African Pygmy Goose and Marsh Widowbird.

The Southern Highlands tour was memorable for Brown-backed Cisticola, Oriole Finch, Green Longtail, Little Oliveback, Western Green Tinkerbird, African Piculet, Yellow-breasted Boubou, Mountain Robin-Chat, Mount Cameroon Speirops, Red-faced Crimsonwing, Cameroon Olive Greenbul, Mountain Sawwing, Red-chested Flufftail, Tullberg’s Woodpecker, Masked Apalis, White-tailed Warbler, Cameroon Sunbird, White-naped Pigeon, Black-capped Woodland Warbler, Grey-headed Greenbul, Bar-tailed Trogon, Alexander’s/Bocage’s Akalat, Mount Kupe Bush-Shrike, White-throated Mountain-Babbler, Grey-headed Broadbill, Black-necked Wattle-eye, Ursula’s Sunbird, Golden Greenbul, Yellow-footed Flycatcher, Black Bee-eater, Tit-Hylia, Forest Swallow, Preuss’s Weaver, West African Batis, Woodhouse’s Antpecker, Bangwa Forest Warbler, Bannerman’s Weaver, Black-collared Apalis, Banded Wattle-eye, Cameroon Olive Pigeon, Bannermann’s Turaco, Cameroon Pipit, Brown Twinspot, Marsh Tchagra and West African Seedeater.

Finally, the Picathartes tour kicked off with Red-headed Picathartes as its first bird seen by all participants! To follow were Chestnut-breasted Nigrita, Spotted Greenbul, Grey Pratincole, African Skimmer, Orange Weaver, Hartlaub’s Duck, Cassin’s Hawk Eagle, Cassin’s Spinetail, Red-vented Malimbe, Lesser Bristlebill, Sjostedt’s Honeyguide Greenbul, Rachel’s Malimbe, Yellow-casqued Hornbill, Black-casqued Hornbill, Bare-cheeked Trogon, Blue Cuckooshrike, Woodhouse’s Antpecker, Blue-headed Wood Dove, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Forest Robin, White-browed Forest Flycatcher, Rock Pratincole,Vermiculated Fishing-Owl, White-crested Tiger Heron, White-crested Hornbill and Johanna’s Sunbird.

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Birding Africa is a specialist birding tour company customising tours for both world listers and more relaxed holiday birders, and combining interests in mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, plants and other natural history. Our guides know the continents birds like few others; we've written two acclaimed guide books on where to find Southern Africa's and Madagascar's best birds and will guide you to Africa's and Madagascar's most diverse birding destinations. Birding is more than our passion, it's our lifestyle and we are dedicated to making professional best value trips filled with endemic species and unique wildlife experiences. Since 1997, we've run bird watching tours in South Africa and further into Africa for individual birders, small birding groups and top international tour companies. We've run Conservation Tours in association with the African Bird Club and work with and consult for a number of other top international tour companies and the BBC Natural History Unit

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