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Cameroon Birding Trip Report

20 March - 13 April 1997

By Jon Hornbuckle

Mt. Kupé Bushshrike, Telophorus kupeensis, by Mark Andrews, African Bird Club

Cameroon offers the best birding in western Africa and is relatively safe, cheap (apart from vehicle hire) and hassle-free. Simon Aspinall, Alan Greensmith, Nick Gardner and I spent 24 days following Richard Webb's recommended route. We recorded 551 species during this time, including Schlegel's Francolin, Brown-chested Lapwing, Bannerman's Turaco, Mount Kupé Bushshrike, Cameroon Speirops and, best of all, Grey-necked Rockfowl.

The following notes are intended to complement RW's excellent report, the essential reference.

TRANSPORT

We flew with Air France, booked through WildWings at a cost of £600 including taxes (but not the 100 French Franc Douala departure tax). The internal return flight to Garoua was with Cameroon Airlines for £104. We only experienced minor delays but the other crew had a 5 hour delay and Sunbird over 2 days! We advanced our first flight by a day and were wait-listed, along with several others, but after an anxious hour were just able to get on.

Car hire was (a) Suzuki Vitara 4-wheel drive with Hertz in Douala at a cost of 6200FF for 8 days (with 20% BA discount) - Hertz impressed by their efficiency, although the vehicle was somewhat underpowered (we only just made it up Mt Cameroon); and (b) Toyota Corolla saloon with Avis in Garoua at a cost of 5280FF for 7 days, 1000FF more than quoted by Avis in UK (refund subsequently applied for). We were belatedly offered a 4-wheel drive vehicle for 500FF a day, unlimited mileage, via the Benoue Hotel and would have used Hertz but believed (possibly wrongly) that they did not have an office in Garoua. The 4-wheel drive was only really necessary on Mt Cameroon, although the road from Mundemba to Korup was sandy and could have been difficult in a standard car. It is possible to arrange lifts to the Park from Mundemba.

Elsewhere, we hired taxis, which with negotiation were quite reasonable, eg 300FF for a 7 hour morning to Sanaga River and back.

ACCOMMODATION

We were satisfied with all the accommodation, especially Foyer du Marin, Deutsche Seemannsmission in Douala, the only problems being power-cuts, which affected water supply as well as lights and air-conditioning and lasted several days at Mundemba. Reasonable meals were available everywhere, but snack-food was more difficult to come by, so it is worth bringing a supply of say meusli bars. There is a new hotel in Mundemba, "Queens", which may be worth trying.

ESSENTIAL REFERENCES

Cameroon: 27 Dec 94 to 18 Jan 95 - Richard Webb

Cameroon: 16 Sept to 3 Dec 92 - Steve Keen

Birds of Africa, Vols 1-6

Birds of West Central and Western Africa - Vol 2 - Mackworth-Praed and Grant.

[JWW additions:

The Grey-necked Rockfowl of Cameroon

"The Birds of Mount Kupé, southwest Cameroon", by Christopher G.R. Bowden. Malimbus 23(1): 13-44 (March 2001).

Forthcoming field guides:

Ron Demey & Nik Borrow. Birds of Western Africa: An Identification Guide. 143 colour plates depicting over 1200 species. 784 pages. Helm & Princeton. Due in early 2002.

Ber van Perlo. Collins Illustrated Checklist: Birds of Western Africa. HarperCollins. Due in 2002.

Les Oiseaux du Cameroun by Jean-Michel Lapios: field guide available now in draft black & white version (724 pp). The authors hope to publish it with color plates.]

MISCELLANEOUS

The weather was good throughout, with relatively little daytime rain except for a few heavy showers, but it was rather hot and very humid at times. We had virtually no health problems and saw surprisingly few mosquitoes, the only real nuisance being minute biting flies at Nyasoso / Mt Kupé.

Visas were obtained by taking the applications to the embassy in London, paying £39.22 per visa in cash, and collecting the passports the next day, thereby avoiding the 6 week postal application. A travel agent invoice with flight details was accepted in lieu of the actual air-ticket requested on the paperwork.

Note that it is impossible to exchange CAFs at the international air terminal, so use them up before the end of the trip and then spend French Francs, which are widely accepted.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Many thanks to Nick Gardner for all the pre-trip preparations and ensuring we kept on course until Kupé (when we were able to take it a little more easily), and Alan Greensmith for clarifying the taxonomic issues. They both made a number of valuable comments on the draft Systematic List, thereby improving its accuracy, for which I am very grateful. Richard Webb and Mark Andrews were helpful to Nick at the planning stage, and Brian Gee, Steve Smith and Keith Turner were good company at Kupé.

Jon Hornbuckle 35 Grove Road, Sheffield S7 2GY

ITINERARY

We spent the bare minimum of time at most sites except for Mount Kupé. Extra time would have been particularly useful at Korup.

March 20 Arrived at Douala on Air France at 21.45. Hotel Lido.

21 06.00 - 12.00 drive to Bafut-Nguemba "Forest Reserve". Hotel Skyline, Bamenda.

22 05.30 to Bafut-Nguemba. 11.30 - 18.00 drive to Buea. Buea Mountain Hotel.

23 04.45 - 19.00 Mount Cameroon. Buea Mountain Hotel.

24 06.00 - 12.30 drive to Mundemba, with stops. 15.15 - 18.00 Mana River, Korup NP. Hotel Iyaz

25 06.15 - 17.30 Korup NP. Hotel Iyaz, Mundemba

26 08.15 - 15.30 walk to Rengo Camp, Korup, then to Picathartes Knoll. Rengo Camp.

27 06.00 - 08.30 birding near camp, then walk back to Mana River. Hotel Iyaz

28 06.30 - 12.30 drive to Konso with stops, then Douala airport at 15.30. Flight to Garoua 19.35 - 20.35 (delayed). Hotel Relais de Saint Hubert.

29 06.30 - 09.30 local birding + car arranging. Garoua - Ngaoundaba Ranch, lakeside 16.30 - 18.30.

30 06.00 - 12.00 gallery forest, then grassland. Afternoon around lake, followed by spotlighting on dirt roads. Ngaoundaba Ranch.

31 06.00 - 18.00 all around Ngaoundaba Ranch.

April 1 06.00 - 09.30 search for Brown-chested Lapwing, then gallery forest & lakeside. 11.30 - 16.00 drive to Benoue NP with stops, then camp and riverside. Campement du Buffle Noir.

2 06.00 - 09.00 riverside /bed. 09.30 - 16.30 drive to Maroua, looked for Cliffchat till 18.15 then drive to Mora. Auberge de Mora Massif.

3 06.00 - 09.00 search for Quail-plover. Drive to Waza with stops till 12.00. Afternoon at Campement de Waza then Water Pumping Station area.

4 05.15 - 06.15 drive to Mora. Search for Quail-plover till 10.30. Drive to Garoua till 14.15. Afternoon along Benoue River. Flight to Douala via Yaounde 19.15 - 21.45. Foyer du Marin.

5 06.00 - 10.00 taxi to Nyasoso. 11.00 - 17.30 Shrike Trail, Mount Kupé.

6-11 Mount Kupé. Nights in local guest-house.

12 06.15 - 10.30 Farmbush. 11.00- 15.00 taxi to Douala with stop at mudflats. Chill out at Foyer du Marin.

13 06.00 - 13.00 trip to Sanaga River with final stop at La Digue. Afternoon at Foyer du Marin. To airport at 17.45, flight to Paris - delayed till 21.30.

SITES

Bafut - Nguemba "Forest Reserve"

This site has been almost completely destroyed, with the largest forest fragment recently cleared. Bannerman's Turaco is still present in the small forest patches around Lake Awing, and Banded Wattle-eye and Bannerman's Weaver in the few native trees and bushes along the stream before the lake, but for how long? Some "Forest Reserve"!

Mount Cameroon

Another disaster area, with much deforestation on the SE slope and only one sizeable belt of forest remaining, at around 1500m. Our start up the mountain was delayed by hassle from the locals (the only time we experienced this) and the incompetence of our guide who could not even remember where the track started. (He also demanded an exorbitant fee for the day at the end, having refused to quote a fee at the start - unfortunately, it is essential to have a guide, purely to get permission from the locals to go up.) This may have contributed to our failure to see Cameroon Francolin, although we did reach the right elevation quite early. Important birds found were Cameroon Speirops and Scrub-Warbler and Mountain Saw-wing (all easy) and Cameroon Pigeon, but no Pipits. There is a worthwhile path in the forest at 1500m leading down from below the only small concrete bridge thereabouts.

Korup NP

This was the one major forested site where there was no evidence of degradation. The requirement to be accompanied by a guide was not a hindrance, nor much of a help as neither of the two we had knew much about the birds. Having heard how difficult it can be to see birds here, I was pleasantly surprised how many we did see. Three full days was certainly not enough to do it justice, and we all missed some good birds that others saw as we split up for lengthy periods. Day trips are worthwhile but a night at the very basic Rengo Camp almost essential to have a good chance for Rockfowl. Other nights at Ibene Irene Camp, where there are walled huts, and Chimpanzee Camp (which we did not go to) would doubtless be profitable. Prior homework or experience on greenbuls is also a necessity. The understorey is generally not very thick and so it pays to go in for feeding flocks off the trail, but be sure to take compass readings if you go out of sight of the trail!

Although March is reputedly not a good time to see Rockfowl, both we and, a week later, BG et al saw it in the late afternoon at Picathartes Knoll, near Rengo Camp. There had been recent heavy rain which might have encouraged birds to visit the nest site - 5 birds were already there when we arrived at around 16.30; the other crew arrived a little earlier and had to wait an hour for one to appear (with the bonus of a Forest Francolin).

According to the article "Birds of Korup" by Jane Thomas (1991, Malimbus 13, p11-23), other birds we could have seen included White-crested Tiger-Heron, Long-tailed Hawk, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, both Dwarf-Hornbills (Red-billed being the commoner), White-crested Hornbill and Olivaceous Flycatcher. She only saw Bare-cheeked Trogon once in over a year of fieldwork!

Ngaoundaba Ranch

Another good site, where this time we all saw all the expected specialities in the two and a half days allotted, although Schlegel's Francolin and Brown-chested Lapwing took lengthy systematic searching to find. Only SA found the rare Puvel's Illadopsis and we were unaware of the presence of Willcock's Honeyguide, seen by the other crew, or Adamawa Turtle-Dove claimed by Sunbird a few days earlier.

Benoue NP

We entered this by the shortest route, a little used 36km track to the HQ. This was a pleasant drive through continuous miombo-type open woodland, easily driven in a 2-wheel drive apart from 4 or 5 crossings of dry stream / river beds, some of which were touch-and-go. We left by the main route to Banda which was very easy but less rewarding. Although interesting, this is not an essential site, the only key bird being Adamawa Turtle-Dove which we did not see, despite using a tape. However, we did get our best views by far of Egyptian Plover and White-headed Lapwing, and our only Speckle-breasted Woodpecker and Spotted Creeper.

Waza

The main objective of the Mora - Waza region was to see Quail-Plover. The major disappointment of the trip was that we failed to find it, despite many hours of walking in the yellow "feather-grass", reputedly favoured by this enigmatic species. Perhaps they had moved away as it was very hot and dry and most of the feather-grass had been cut, so there were no extensive areas remaining. Because of this search we had no time to go in to the National Park, which cost us a few species and mammals but probably no ticks (as we had all seen Arabian Bustard in Ethiopia). We also failed to see the tiny Little Grey Woodpecker, Dendropicos elachus which has been found just S of Waza. However we did see Sennar Penduline-tit, and many 1000s of birds, including Chestnut-bellied and Four-banded Sandgrouse, drinking at the only pool with water, some 12km S of Waza. A water-leak at Campement de Waza also attracted a variety of birds, including Black-rumped Waxbill, Sudan Golden-Sparrow and White-rumped Seedeater.

Mount Kupé

We spent 6 full days here to ensure we saw as many of the specialities as possible. All went well early on so that by the end of the third full day we had seen most of them and new birds were fairly thin after that. We concentrated on Max's trail, where all the forest species occurred except Zenker's Honeyguide, seen on the first day only on Shrike trail, and then the farmbush. Good views of Mt Kupé Bushshrike were had by all at 1350m.

Two previously undocumented areas were found to be good, namely the farmbush below the Nature Trail and the main road beyond Nyasoso towards Ndum. The former was reached by going towards the Nature Trail but continuing straight on over the stream instead of turning left at the small Korup signpost before the stream. A path goes up a hill, skirting the forest - SA had Long-tailed Hawk here - and then curves round to the right through nearly 180 degrees - Swamp Palm-Bulbul and Tit-hylia here - before dropping back down to the stream, where Grey-green Bushshrike and White-bellied Kingfisher were seen. The main road was only explored briefly and found to be quite promising with many farmbush species.

It was disappointing to find that the BirdLife conservation projects, which had clearly been running successfully, had been terminated and although the WWF had staff and an office in Nyasoso, nothing positive appeared to be happening - merely pious hopes that "the project" would be restarted. The one thing WWF had cornered was the allocation of accommodation for visitors. We were told the scheme was to spread the potential income out amongst the villagers, to demonstrate that conservation / ecotourism is worthwhile. However, we were allocated to a family who had just housed part of the Sunbird party... We had no complaints other than being awoken at 05.30 or earlier by hymn-singing by half the village in the lounge, and having to go to the village "guesthouse", where the other crew were staying, for a cold beer and risking the attentions of the local ladies who had been callously spurned by BG et al.

This is still an excellent site but it is to be hoped that WWF will pull its finger out, otherwise there is a risk that substantially more of the lower forest will be cleared for farming. We insisted on a receipt for the 52 000 CAF entrance fees paid to WWF (2000 per person per day) to try to ensure it was accounted for.

Sanaga River

We had to go here because there were no Grey Pratincoles in the N - we expected to find them at the Benoue River, but failed despite 3 attempts. It was 61km from Douala to the Sanaga River bridge where you turn right and follow the river. The 10 or so pratincoles and skimmers were almost opposite the road barrier outside a large settlement, some 15km from the bridge.

Douala

On the western outskirts the main road runs by a large lagoon with extensive mudflats. These held many egrets and Mouse-brown Sunbird was in the roadside scrub. If had not rained, I would have returned on the last afternoon to cross the spit to a wooded islet which might have held something interesting, eg Carmelite Sunbird.

DAILY LOG

March 21 06.00 - 12.00 drive to Bafut-Nguemba "Forest Reserve", a right turn 8km before Bamenda.

Very little native forest but birds in the remnants included Red-necked Buzzard, thick-billed Honeyguide, Yellow-breasted Boubou, Banded Wattle-eye, Collared and Grey Apalises, Bangwa Forest-Warbler, Mountain Robinchat, Mountain and Cameroon Olive Greenbuls, Senegal Batis, Ruwenzori Hill Babbler, Cameroon Sunbird, Oriole Finch and Bannerman's Weaver. Heard Bannerman's Turaco at Lake Awing but none seen. Hotel Skyline, Bamenda cost 26 000CAF (10CAF = 1FF) for 2 twin rooms with hot water.

22 05.30 (after breakfast!) departure to Lake Awing where soon found the Turaco to be not uncommon. New birds around here were Hairy-breasted Barbet, White-bellied Crested Flycatcher, Orange-tufted and Johanna's Sunbirds, Fernando Po Oliveback and Preuss' Weaver. Stop at forest patch by the last stream on the road out gave White-bellied Kingfisher on stream and Cabanis' Bunting in the scrub. 11.30 - 18.00 drive to Buea, chosing the most direct route which by-passed a large town but led to a dirt-road and slow descent down a forested escarpment, where Sabine's Spinetail, Black Bee-eater and Preuss' Swallow were seen. At the main Douala - Buea road, 2 Hartlaub's Ducks flew past but remaining journey uneventful. Tourist Office at Buea was no help but a guide was located through the Buea Mountain Hotel - Amado, not the one recommended as he was said to be up the mountain. Bought bottle of whiskey, for princely sum of 2500CAF - recommended gift for the Paramount Chief.

23 04.40 departure in the rain with Amado for Mt Cameroon. Difficult drive up from 1000m to 2500m, after argument with locals about permission, despite whiskey and 10 000CAF sweetener. Habitat badly trashed but Cameroon Pigeon en route and Speirops, Bush-Warbler and Saw-wing common around 1600m. Spent afternoon birding forest patch at 1500m: Yellow-billed Turaco, Piculet, Elliot's Woodpecker, Mountain Boubou, Green Longtail, Black-capped and White-tailed Warblers, Green Crombec and Black-winged Oriole. Arrived back at Buea Mountain Hotel in the dark.

24 06.00 - 08.00 drive to Kumba, stopping in hacked forest 4km short: Speckled Tinkerbird, Gabon and Yellow-crested Woodpeckers, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Slender-billed and Spotted Greenbuls and Green Sunbird. After breakfast in Kumba, drove to Mundemba arriving 12.30 after stops forCassin's Flycatcher, White-breasted Negrofinch and Red-vented Malimbe. Booked in at Korup National Park office, paying 3500CAF per person annual entrance fee, 3500 a day for a guide, 2000 for a porter and 500 per person to camp. 15.15 - 17.30 at Mana River, bordering Korup: Rock Pratincole, Yellow-casqued Hornbill, Cassin's Spinetail and White-throated Blue Swallow. On 10km return journey 2 African Crake and many Yellow Wagtail. Good chicken and chips with cold beer at Hotel Iyaz, Mundemba.

25 Breakfast at 05.45, slow service, left for Korup at 06.15 with Chief Adolf as guide. All day on trail to and from Ibene Irene Camp, with some time at the camp and on other trails nearby. Birds included Blue-headed Wood-Dove, Buff-spotted Woodpecker, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Blue-headed Crested-Flycatcher, Blue Cuckoo-Shrike, Fire-crested Alethe, Forest Robin, Gray's Malimbe and a variety of greenbuls, but I missed Black Guineafowl, Forest Francolin and Woodhouse's Antpecker. Returned to Hotel Iyaz at dusk, for fish and chips.

26 Late start due to the need for a new guide (Joseph) and porter, as Adolf's brother-in-law had died. Departed at 07.40 after they had borrowed and packed rucksacs. Slow walk the 8km to Rengo Camp, arriving 15.30, seeing Bare-cheeked Trogon, Blue-headed Bee-eater, Black-casqued Hornbill, Sjostedt's Greenbul, Yellow Longbill, African and White-browed Forest-Flycatchers, Maxwell's Black Weaver and Rachel's Malimbe, but missed several ticks including Dwarf and Chocolate-backed Kingfishers. After setting up camp, 30 mins to Picathartes Knoll where soon succeeded in seeing the no.1 target bird of the trip. Returned to camp at 18.00 for a meagre supper, then failed to see the calling Sjostedt's Owlet.

27 Caught up with the owl at dawn, then birded round the camp till 08.30 - Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch. Another slow walk back, in my case via Ibene Irene Camp and the Riverside trail, gave Nkulengu Rail, Yellow-bellied and White-spotted Wattle-eyes, Woodhouse's Antpecker and Crested Malimbe, while others had White-spotted Flufftail, Dwarf and Chocolate-backed Kingfishers, Red-tailed Ant-Thrush, Sooty Boubou and Dusky Crested-Flycatcher. The food and beer at Hotel Iyaz were very welcome.

28 06.30 departure for Ekondo Titi with stops: 10km Yellow-mantled Weaver and Blue Cuckoo-Shrike; 18.4km Purple-throated Roller, Yellow-browed Camaroptera and Black-bellied Seedcracker. 12.30 at Konso, phoned Cameroun Air to advance flight to today, and Hertz. Then to Douala airport, arriving 15.30. Flight to Garoua 19.35 - 20.35 (delayed 1hr+). Free transfer to Hotel Relais de Saint Hubert where good a/c double room was 14 000 CAF.

29 06.30 - 09.30 local birding + car arranging: Cuckoo-Falcon, singing Olivaceous Warbler, Pygmy and many Beautiful Sunbirds. 340km drive to Ngaoundaba Ranch, first stop Benoue River - no Grey Pratincoles but nice colony of Carmine Bee-eaters. Piapiac and Yellow-billed Shrike en route, and Red-winged Prinia and Brown Twinspot 21km before Ngaoundere. Reached Ranch at 16.30 and rented 4-bed cottage for 20 000 CAF. At lake till dusk: Simple Greenbul, Moho, Purple Glossy-Starling, Grey-headed Oliveback and Dybowski's Twinspot.

30 06.00 - 12.00 gallery forest: White-spotted Flufftail, Red-headed Lovebird, White-crested Turaco, Black-shouldered Nightjar, Grey-winged and Snowy-crowned Robin-Chats, Yellow-bellied Hyliota, White-collared Starling, Black-necked Weaver, Green-headed and Copper Sunbirds. Afternoon in grassland - Sun Lark but no francolins or lapwings - then around lake - Ross' Turaco, Blackcap Babbler, and Puvel's Illadopsis for SA - but no joy spotlighting on the dirt roads.

31 06.00 - 09.00 in grassland: Violet-tipped Courser, Brown-backed Woodpecker, Heuglin's Wheatear, Red-faced Pytilia and the only Red-footed Falcons (4) of the trip. Back to the gallery forest where all caught up with Thrush Babbler and Bamenda Apalis. Afternoon at the lake - Violet-backed Sunbird and Greater Swamp-Warbler - then grassland where finally scored with Schlegel's Francolin, plus Large-tailed Nightjar, 2 small, dark unidentified larks and Temminck's Courser at dusk.

April 1 06.00 - 07.30 systematic search for Brown-chested Lapwing succeeded 800m in from entrance gate, 300m in from main track, then to gallery forest where I had Red-throated Bee-eater and Red-winged Grey Warbler, the latter also found by the others at the lake. 10.30 left for Benoue; Fox Kestrel and Heuglin's Wheatear were at the prominent rocks left of Ngaoundere but no Marsh Widowbirds at Dang Lake. "Beaudouin's" Snake-Eagle in flight by escarpment before entry to National Park where pleasant but risky drive gave Four-banded Sandgrouse, Bearded Barbet and Spotted Creeper. At 16.00 rented 4-bed rondavaal at Campement du Buffle Noir for 21 000 CAF, then attempted to find Adamawa Turtle-Dove before rain stopped play: Egyptian Plover, Red-throated Bee-eater, Preuss' Swallow, and White-throated Francolin for SA. Relatively expensive but good dinner.

2 Steamy night as a/c off due to no power. 06.00 - 09.00 in river-bed and adjacent woodland: Speckle-breasted Woodpecker, Gambaga Flycatcher, Red-winged Pytilia and West African Seedeater. Easy drive to Garoua, stopping at Benoue River again - Collared but no Grey Pratincoles and a rare Whiskered Tern. Tried to reconfirm flight with Cameroon Airlines but closed 12.00-14.30. Continued N to Maroua, with 2 graceful Scissor-tailed Kites after 145km, arriving 16.30. Tried 3 rocky hillsides to the N for White-crowned Cliff-Chat, only finding Clapperton's Francolin, Spotted Eagle-Owl, Black Scrub-Robin, Red-pate Cisticola and Melba Finch. At dusk continued N to Mora where the recommended scruffy-looking Auberge le Podoko was said to be full! So went to Auberge de Mora Massif - 3000 CAF per single with fan + water in bucket - as only 2 fans worked, NG and SA slept outside, at recommendation of French girl doing same…………

3 06.00 - 09.00 abortive search for Quail Plover, after a good night's sleep by all. Another Scissor-tailed Kite 15km N of Mora and White-billed Buffalo-Weaver on drive to Waza, where arrived at 12.00 after stops - 4 White-faced Scops-Owls roosting in large tree some 200m N of Water Pumping Station. Good, cheap brunch at Bamenda Club which also offered 2 rooms at 3000 each - declined for lack of fans as temperature was scorching. Retired to Campement de Waza where took a 4-bed a/c room for 25 800 (doubles cost 16 000); much activity at leeking pipe, with Black-rumped Waxbill, White-rumped Seedeater, and 1 Sudan Golden Sparrow for NG. Returned to Pumping Station area - Sennar Penduline-tit, Grey-headed Batis and Southern Hyliota - nearby grassland, track along southern boundary of Waza NP (15km S of Waza, E side of road) - Black-headed Lapwing - and the only active waterhole, which attracted a myriad of birds plus Warthog, Jackals and a Patas Monkey. Supper at Bamenda Club, costing of 9000 for us all, much cheaper than the Campement.

4 05.15 - 06.15 drive to Mora. Search for Quail Plover till 08.30, then 8km N to large kopje E of road where found fine pair of Cliff-Chat and party of Stone Partridge. A further 3km N looked potential Quail-plover habitat, so recruited locals to help in the search, but 90 mins of hot slog only produced a heart-stopping Small Buttonquail. 10.30 - 14.15 drive to Garoua with refreshment stop at Mora and birding stop at the broken bridge: Fox Kestrel, Black-tailed Godwit and Three-banded Plover. Reconfirmed flight (later than originally told), then chicken and chips. Afternoon along Benoue River - fewer birds as water level higher; small lake 2-3km beyond bridge held Purple Gallinule and Black-backed Cisticola. Returned car to town office, after 1540km - abortive argument on price, then lift to airport where flight on time: 19.15 - 21.45 via Yaounde. Taxi to Foyer du Marin (Deutsche Seemannsmission) 4000 CAF.

5 06.00 - 10.00 taxi to Nyasoso (36 000) - 4 police checks on a 15km stretch, 2 tyre changes and dirt road for last 25km. WWF allotted 3 bedroom guesthouse, at standard charge of 3000 per person, 2000 for supper, 1000 each for breakfast and for packed lunch. 11.00 - 17.30 Shrike Trail, Mount Kupé - steep and slippery but only 2-3km for 850-1250m climb; Zenker's Honeyguide (950m), Bocage's Akalat (1050m), Grey-headed Broadbill (1200m), and in farmbush at bottom, Dusky-blue Flycatcher and White-chinned Prinia. Fish, chips, spagetti and mangoes, followed by unsuccessful owling.

6-11 Max's trail (start behind last house on left and fork left after 100m or so, easy climb to campsite at 1550m) on 6th, 8th, 9th and 11th; Shrike trail on 7th and farmbush on 10th and p.m. on 11th. NG departed for home a.m. on 10th. Highlights: Max's trail -

(a) Forest - Tullberg's Woodpecker, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, Dusky Crested-Flycatcher, Mount Kupé Bushshrike, Black-and-white Shrike-Flycatcher, Black-necked Wattle-eye, Crossley's Ground-Thrush, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Grey-chested Illadopsis, White-throated Mountain-Babbler, Antpecker and Red-faced Crimsonwing.

(b) Farmbush - Red-chested Goshawk, Black Cuckoo, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Least & Cassin's Honeyguide, Many-coloured Bushshrike, Red-eyed and Pink-footed Puffbacks, Verreaux's Batis, Honeyguide Greenbul, Black-capped, Black-throated and Masked Apalises, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, Forest Starling, Chattering Cisticola and Pale-fronted Negrofinch

Farmbush below Nature Trail - Long-tailed Hawk (SA), Yellow-throated Tinkerbird, Tit-Hylia, Grey-green Bush-shrike, Swamp Greenbul, Green-throated Sunbird and Magpie Mannikin.

12 06.15 - 10.30 farmbush. 11.00- 15.00 taxi to Douala with stop at mudflats - Black and Reef Egrets and Mouse-brown Sunbird, with Reichenbach's Sunbird just outside the hotel. Chilled out at Foyer du Marin (10 000 a double a/c room, hot shower and swimming-pool).

13 06.00 - 13.00 taxi trip to Sanaga River - Grey Pratincole and Skimmer - with final stop at La

Digue where Royal and c.1000 Black Terns were off-shore and the identity of a party of pipits puzzling, but assumed to be Long-legged. Wet afternoon at Foyer du Marin, where allowed to keep one room free of charge. To airport at 17.45 but flight to Paris delayed till 21.30, so only just caught connection to Manchester, arriving a little late at around 08.00 on 14th.

SYSTEMATIC LIST OF BIRDS

Taxonomy, names and sequence based on Birds of the World: A Checklist by JF Clements (1991) except where indicated. Notable records by only one or two observers are initialled in parenthesis.

Little Grebe, Tachybaptus ruficollis 3 near Bamenda and 10 Bamenda - Buea.

Long-tailed Cormorant, Phalacrocorax africanus Widespread, with a max of 50 at Douala.

Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo 2 off-shore Douala.

African Darter, Anhinga rufa A few Ngaoundaba Ranch and Dang Lake and 1 Mana River, Korup.

White-faced Whistling-Duck, Dendrocygna viduata 40 Benoue River, Maroua and 1 near Waza.

Hartlaub's Duck, Pteronetta hartlaubii 2 in flight at road junction Douala /Bamenda /Buea and 1 near Mundemba.

Comb Duck, Sarkidiornis melanotos A female at Benoue River on 29th and 3 there on 2nd.

African Black Duck, Anas sparsa 2 Lake Awing (Bafut-Nguemba) and Ngaoundaba Ranch

Black Heron, Egretta ardesiaca 1 Douala mudflats.

Little Egret, Egretta garzetta Widespread in small numbers with an exceptional 200 at Douala mudflats.

Western Reef-Egret, Egretta gularis 2 Douala mudflats.

Intermediate Egret, Egretta intermedia 1 Mana River and 2 Douala mudflats.

Grey Heron, Ardea cinerea 25 Garoua - Ngaoundaba Ranch and a few elsewhere.

Black-headed Heron, Ardea melanocephala Similar numbers but a slghtly different distribution to A.cinerea, with 10 on Benoue River, Garoua.

Purple Heron, Ardea purpurea 3 en route to Bamenda, 2 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 1 Douala mudflats.

Great Egret, Casmerodius albus Widespread in small numbers with an exceptional 200 at Douala mudflats.

Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis Common throughout.

Squacco Heron, Ardeola ralloides 1 Dang Lake, 6 near Waza and 40 Douala mudflats.

Striated Heron, Butorides striatus Singles Mana River and La Digue.

Black-crowned Night-Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax Up to 30 at Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Hamerkop, Scopus umbretta Widespread with a max of 10 Garoua - Ngaoundaba Ranch and Sanaga River - La Digue.

Hadada Ibis, Bostrychia hagedash Up to 4 at Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Sacred Ibis, Threskiornis aethiopicus 50 Garoua - Ngaoundaba Ranch and up to 10 at the Ranch.

African Openbill, Anastomus lamelligerus 20 Benoue River, Garoua on 29th but only 3 on 4th.

Abdim's Stork, Ciconia abdimii 5 Benoue River on 29th and 2 on 4th.

African Cuckoo-Falcon, Aviceda cuculoides 1 perched in open woodland at Garoua.

European Honey-buzzard, Pernis apivorus Singles at Mundemba and near Garoua.

Black-shouldered Kite, Elanus caeruleus A few singles, with 2 at Douala airport and 5 Mora - Garoua.

Scissor-tailed Kite, Chelictinia riocourii Two 145km N of Garoua and 5 near Mora on both dates.

Black Kite, Milvus migrans Common throughout the lowlands, with a max of c.150 at Sanaga River.

Palm-nut Vulture, Gypohierax angolensis 1 or 2 most days in the south, with 5 near Korup and 4 Douala - Senaga River.

Hooded Vulture, Necrosyrtes monachus Small numbers in the N, with a max of 20 Mora - Garoua.

White-backed Vulture, Gyps africanus 7 Ngaoundere - Benoue NP.

Lappet-faced Vulture, Torgos tracheliotus 1 near Waza.

Black-chested Snake-Eagle, Circaetus pectoralis 2 of the race beaudouini when leaving the escarpment approaching Benoue NP.

Brown Snake-Eagle, Circaetus cinereus One 11km N of Mora.

Bateleur, Terathopius ecaudatus Singles on 3 dates in the N.

Western Marsh-Harrier, Circus aeruginosus 2 near Buea, on Mount Cameroon and at Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Montagu's Harrier, Circus pygargus One Ngaoundaba Ranch and 4-6 daily Maroua - Waza.

African Harrier-Hawk, Polyboroides typus Up to 8 almost daily in the S but only 1, at Benoue NP, in the N.

Lizard Buzzard, Kaupifalco monogrammicus Singles on 3 dates in the S and 3 Mundemba - Konso.

Dark Chanting-Goshawk, Melierax metabates Up to 4 daily N of Garoua and 1 Nyasoso - Douala.

Gabar Goshawk, Melierax gabar Singles Bafut-Nguemba , Garoua and Benoue NP.

Red-chested Goshawk, Accipiter toussenelii Singles Ngaoundaba Ranch and Mt Kupé. A medium-sized accipiter flushed in thick forest at Korup was probably this sp. although could possibly have been Chestnut-flanked Sparrowhawk, A. castanilius (JH).

Shikra, Accipiter badius 1 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Black Goshawk, Accipiter melanoleucus 2 singles Mt Kupé and 1 Sanaga River.

Long-tailed Hawk, Urotriorchis macrourus 1 at the forest edge (800m), Farmbush Trail, Mt Kupé (SA).

Grasshopper Buzzard, Butastur rufipennis 1 or 2 daily Ngaoundaba Ranch and 2 Mora - Garoua.

Red-necked Buzzard, Buteo auguralis Singles Bafut-Nguemba and Mt Cameroon and 2 Buea - Mundemba.

Wahlberg's Eagle, Aquila wahlbergi 1 Benoue NP.

Long-crested Eagle, Lophaetus occipitalis 1 near Garoua and 1 or 2 Mt Kupé on 3 dates.

Cassin's Hawk-Eagle, Spizaetus africanus Singles on 4 dates and 2 on 8th Mt Kupé.

Eurasian Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus 1 or 2 around Bafut-Nguemba and in the N.

Fox Kestrel, Falco alopex 2 near Ngaoundere and Benoue NP - Maroua, and 1 at river N of Maroua on 4th.

Red-footed Falcon, Falco vespertinus 4 Ngaoundaba Ranch on 31st.

Eurasian Hobby, Falco subbuteo Singles Bafut-Nguemba and Mundemba - Ekondo Titi.

African Hobby, Falco cuvieri Singles Bafut-Nguemba and Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Lanner Falcon, Falco biarmicus 2 Nyasoso.

Black Guineafowl, Agelastes niger 1 crossed the trail to Ibene Irene Camp, Korup (NG).

Helmeted Guineafowl, Numida meleagris Several parties in the N.

Forest Francolin, Francolinus lathami Singles Ibene Irene Camp (AG), and Rengo Camp trail (SA), Korup.

White-throated Francolin, Francolinus albogularis 6 Campement du Bouffle Noir, Benoue NP (SA).

Schlegel's Francolin, Francolinus schlegelii 2 Ngaoundaba Ranch - an excellent sight!

Scaly Francolin, Francolinus squamatus 2-4 on 3 dates in farmbush Mt Kupé. 2 single francolins flushed from the roadside high on Mt Cameroon were either this sp. or the rare Cameroon Francolin F.camerunensis.

Double-spurred Francolin, Francolinus bicalcaratus Up to 40 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 20 Benoue NP.

Clapperton's Francolin, Francolinus clappertoni 4 N of Maroura and 20 around Waza.

Stone Partridge, Ptilopachus petrosus 8 Benoue NP and N of Mora.

Small Buttonquail, Turnix sylvatica One 11km N of Mora.

White-spotted Flufftail, Sarothrura pulchra 1 taped out and others heard Korup, a pair and a male in gallery forest Ngaoundaba Ranch and 1 heard Mt Cameroon.

Buff-spotted Flufftail, Sarothrura elegans 1 heard Nyasoso.

Red-chested Flufftail, Sarothrura rufa 1 heard Mundemba - Korup.

Nkulengu Rail, Himantornis haematopus 1 flushed Ibene Irene Camp, Korup (JH).

African Crake, Crecopsis egregia 2 Korup - Mundemba.

Black Crake, Amaurornis flavirostra 5 Mundemba - Ekondo Titi, 2 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 1 Garoua.

Purple Swamphen, Porphyrio porphyrio 2 Garoua.

Common Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus 1 Bafut-Nguemba.

White-bellied Bustard, Eupodotis senegalensis 12 near Mora on 3rd and 5 on 4th, and 4 S of Waza.

African Jacana, Actophilornis africanus A few throughout the lowlands.

African Finfoot, Podica senegalensis 1 Korup (AG).

Greater Painted-snipe, Rostratula benghalensis Up to 3 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Common Snipe, Gallinago gallinago 1 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Black-tailed Godwit, Limosa limosa 1 N of Garoua.

Marsh Sandpiper, Tringa stagnatilis 1 Benoue River

Common Greenshank, Tringa nebularia 2 Benoue River and singles Benoue NP and Sanaga River

Green Sandpiper, Tringa ochropus 1 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Wood Sandpiper, Tringa glareola 2 Ngaoundaba Ranch and Benoue NP and 1 Sanaga River.

Common Sandpiper, Tringa hypoleucos A few on waters throughout.

Little Stint, Calidris minuta 20 Benoue River.

Curlew Sandpiper, Calidris ferruginea 1 Benoue River on 2nd.

Ruff, Philomachus pugnax Up to 300 Benoue River.

Senegal Thick-knee, Burhinus senegalensis 5-8 Benoue River and 4 Sanaga River.

Black-winged Stilt, Himantopus himantopus 2-4 Benoue River

Egyptian Plover, Pluvianus aegyptius 3 Benoue River on 29th and 2 on 4th, and 3 Benoue NP.

Bronze-winged Courser, Rhinoptilus chalcopterus 2 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Temminck's Courser, Cursorius temminckii 2 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Collared Pratincole, Glareola pratincola Up to 20 Benoue River.

Rock Pratincole, Glareola nuchalis Up to 5 Mana River, Korup.

Grey Pratincole, Glareola cinerea c.10 Sanaga River.

Little Ringed Plover, Charadrius dubius 4 Benoue River.

Three-banded Plover, Charadrius tricollaris 3 N of Garoua.

White-fronted Plover, Charadrius marginatus 4 Benoue River on 30th.

Spur-winged Plover, Vanellus spinosus 20 Benoue River.

Black-headed Lapwing, Vanellus tectus Up to 10 Mora - Waza.

White-headed Lapwing, Vanellus albiceps 2 Mana River, 5 Benoue NP and 4 Sanaga River.

Wattled Lapwing, Vanellus senegallus 4 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Brown-chested Lapwing, Vanellus superciliosus 2 Ngaoundaba Ranch (+ 2 young seen earlier by BG, SS, KT).

Whiskered Tern, Chlidonias hybridus 1 Benoue River on 2nd.

Black Tern, Chlidonias niger 50 Douala mudflats and 1000+ La Digue.

Royal Tern, Sterna maxima c.10 La Digue.

African Skimmer, Rhynchops flavirostris c.10 Sanaga River.

Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Pterocles exustus 60 S of Waza.

Four-banded Sandgrouse, Pterocles quadricinctus 2 Benoue NP and 100 S of Waza.

Feral Pigeon, Columba livia Fairly common in towns.

Speckled Pigeon, Columba guinea 2 Benoue River and Benoue NP.

Cameroon Pigeon, Columba sjostedti 1 Mt Cameroon. A Columba in flight at 1050m on Mt Kupé on 6th must have been this sp. or the rare White-naped Pigeon, Columba albinucha.

European Turtle-Dove, Streptopelia turtur Singles Ngaoundaba Ranch and S of Waza.

Laughing Dove, Streptopelia senegalensis Common throughout the N.

African Mourning Dove, Streptopelia decipiens Common from Ngaoundaba Ranch to Garoua.

Vinaceous Dove, Streptopelia vinacea Up to 50 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Red-eyed Dove, Streptopelia semitorquata Up to 15 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 4 at Benoue NP.

African Collared-Dove, Streptopelia roseogrisea 50 around Waza.

Black-billed Wood-Dove, Turtur abyssinicus A few daily in the N.

Blue-spotted Wood-Dove, Turtur afer 5 Buea - Korup and 2 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Tambourine Dove, Turtur tympanistria Up to 3 most days at Mt Kupé.

Blue-headed Wood-Dove, Turtur brehmeri 3 on 25th and 2 on 27th at Korup.

Namaqua Dove, Oena capensis Up to 3 Ngaoundaba Ranch and common N of Maroua.

Bruce's Green-Pigeon, Treron waalia Up to 20 Ngaoundaba Ranch and Benoue NP.

African Green-Pigeon, Treron calva Up to 25 Mt Kupé, 20 Mundemba - Ekondo Tit, a few elsewhere in the SW and 5 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Grey Parrot, Psittacus erithacus Up to 40 daily at Korup, up to 5 most days at Mt Kupé and singles Bafut-Nguemba and Senaga River.

Senegal Parrot, Poicephalus senegalus Up to 6 Ngaoundaba Ranch and Benoue NP.

Red-headed Lovebird, Agapornis pullarius Up to 15 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Speckled Mousebird, Colius striatus Small parties throughout except in thick forest and N of Garoua.

Blue-naped Mousebird, Urocolius macrourus 15 Benoue NP.

Guinea Turaco, Tauraco persa 1 or 2 on 4 dates in farmbush at Mt Kupé.

Bannerman's Turaco, Tauraco bannermani 3 heard at Lake Awing, Bafut-Nguemba 21st p.m. and 8 seen early on 22nd.

Yellow-billed Turaco, Tauraco macrorhynchus 8 Mt Cameroon, heard daily at Korup and up to 8 Mt Kupé.

White-crested Turaco, Tauraco leucolophus Up to 4 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 2 Benoue NP.

Violet Turaco, Musophaga violacea 5 Benoue NP.

Ross' Turaco, Musophaga rossae Up to 10 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Western Grey Plantain-eater, Crinifer piscator Up to 15 daily in the N.

Great Blue Turaco, Corythaeola cristata 1 Riverside trail, Korup and 2 heard daily elsewhere at Korup.

Levaillant's Cuckoo, Oxylophus levaillantii 2 on 30th and 1 on 31st Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Red-chested Cuckoo, Cuculus solitarius Singles Mundemba - Ekondo Titi and twice at Mt Kupé but heard occasionally throughout except N of Garoua.

Black Cuckoo, Cuculus clamosus 3 singles of the distinctive gabonensis race in farmbush at Mt Kupé.

Common Cuckoo, Cuculus canorus 2 in farmbush at Mt Kupé.

Klaas' Cuckoo, Chrysococcyx klaas 1 Ngaoundaba Ranch and up to 3 daily Mt Kupé.

African Emerald Cuckoo, Chrysococcyx cupreus Surprisingly common at Mt Kupé with up to 5 seen daily; 1 Mundemba - Ekondo Titi and singles heard at Korup and Senaga River.

Dideric Cuckoo, Chrysococcyx caprius 1 in farmbush at Mt Kupé and 1 flew over the hotel at Douala, calling, on 13th.

Yellowbill, Ceuthmochares aereus 2 Korup, 1 Mundemba - Ekondo Titi, 2 Ngaoundaba and up to 8 daily Mt Kupé.

Blue-headed Coucal, Centropus monachus 1 Mundemba - Korup and heard in farmbush Mt Kupé.

Senegal Coucal, Centropus senegalensis Up to 5 daily in the N and 1 or 2 en route in the S.

Spotted Eagle-Owl, Bubo africanus 1 perched on a crag N of Maroua.

Fraser's Eagle-Owl, Bubo poensis 1 heard Mt Kupé.

Verreaux's Eagle-Owl, Bubo lacteus 1 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

[Owlet, Glaucidium sp.] 1 heard in farmbush Mt Kupé was probably Pearl-spotted G.perlatum. A small owl flushed by birds at c.1200m on Mt Kupé could have been Red-chested Owlet, G. tephronotum but was not seen well enough to be sure (JH).

Sjostedt's Owlet, Glaucidium sjostedti 1 at Kengo Camp, Korup and 2 others heard there, and 1 heard Mt Kupé.

Eurasian Nightjar, Caprimulgus europaeus A nightjar on Mt Cameroon appeared to be this sp.

Black-shouldered Nightjar, Caprimulgus nigriscapularis 3 flushed from gallery forest Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Long-tailed Nightjar, Caprimulgus climacurus 2 flushed in thick scrub Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Mottled Spinetail, Telacanthura ussheri 2 Buea - Mundemba.

Sabine's Spinetail, Rhapidura sabini 2 Bafut-Nguemba and 1 Buea - Mundemba.

Cassin's Spinetail, Neafrapus cassini 2 over Mana River, Korup and 7 Nyasoso on 11th.

African Palm-Swift, Cypsiurus parvus Common throughout.

Common Swift, Apus apus 10 Mt Cameroon and 400 Buea - Mundemba.

African Swift, Apus barbatus 20 L Awing and 80 Benoue NP; 1000+ black Apus sp. after heavy rain at Nyasoso on 11th were thought to be this sp. as calls were unlike A.apus (SA), which is said to be always silent in Africa anyway. There is a possibility that some of these swifts were of the resident race A.b.sladeniae, accorded specific status as Fernando Po Swift by Collar et al. (1994) and classed as "Threatened, Data Deficient".

Little Swift, Apus affinis Common throughout except in forest and N of Garoua.

White-rumped Swift, Apus caffer 10 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Bates' Swift, Apus batesi 20 Bafut-Nguemba.

Narina Trogon, Apaloderma narina A pair at c.1200m Max's trail Mt Kupé.

Bare-cheeked Trogon, Apaloderma aequatoriale Singles on all 3 dates at Korup: 1 at Ibene Irene Camp and 2 on trail to Rengo Camp.

Malachite Kingfisher, Alcedo cristata Occasional throughout.

White-bellied Kingfisher, Alcedo leucogaster 1 Bafut-Nguemba and 1 heard Nyasoso (seen by BG et al).

African Pygmy-Kingfisher, Ispidina picta A few throughout, with up to 6 daily at Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Dwarf Kingfisher, Ispidina lecontei 2 singles on Rengo Camp trail, Korup (SA, AG).

Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Halcyon badia 2 singles on Rengo Camp trail, Korup (SA, AG).

Grey-headed Kingfisher, Halcyon leucocephala 1 Bafut-Nguemba, up to 6 daily in the N and 2 near Douala.

Woodland Kingfisher, Halcyon senegalensis Singles Mundemba - Ekondo Titi and Nyasoso - Loum, 2 Senaga River.

Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Halcyon malimbica Singles Korup, Mundemba - Ekondo Titi and Ngaoundaba Ranch, up to 6 on 3 dates Mt Kupé.

Striped Kingfisher, Halcyon chelicuti Up to 3 daily Ngaoundaba Ranch and 2 at Benoue NP.

Giant Kingfisher, Megaceryle maxima Singles Mana River and Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Pied Kingfisher, Ceryle rudis Up to 5 daily in the N.

Black Bee-eater, Merops gularis 3 Bamenda - Buea; 2 at Nyasoso on 9th and 12th included a leucistic bird.

Blue-headed Bee-eater, Merops muelleri 3 Rengo Camp trail, Korup.

Red-throated Bee-eater, Merops bulocki 2 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 40-60 Benoue NP.

Little Bee-eater, Merops pusillus 2 Ngaoundaba Ranch and Garoua; 20 Nyasoso and Sanaga River.

Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Merops variegatus A pair with 2 juvs Nyasoso, of the nominate race. Note that the Ethiopian M.v.lafresnayii is a potential split from the other races.

White-throated Bee-eater, Merops albicollis Parties of this non-breeding migrant were seen throughout, including 15 Bafut-Nguemba, 30 near Mundemba, 25 near Mora and 20 Nyasoso.

Green Bee-eater, Merops orientalis 10 N of Garoua.

European Bee-eater, Merops apiaster Up to 15 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Merops nubicus A colony of 50 at Benoue River.

Abyssinian Roller, Coracias abyssinica 15 Garoua - Ngaoundaba Ranch and up to 10 N of Maroua.

Rufous-crowned Roller, Coracias noevia 1 Benoue NP.

Broad-billed Roller, Eurystomus glaucurus 2 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 1 Benoue NP.

Blue-throated Roller, Eurystomus gularis 5 Mundemba - Ekondo Titi.

Eurasian Hoopoe, Upupa epops 5 near Waza.

Black Scimitar-bill, Rhinopomastus aterrimus 1 or 2 Ngaoundaba Ranch, 10 Benoue NP and 4 S of Waza.

Black /Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, Tockus hartlaubi/ camurus 1 heard near Rengo Camp trail, Korup.

Red-billed Hornbill, Tockus erythrorhynchus Up to 10 Mora - Waza.

African Pied Hornbill, Tockus fasciatus 40 Kumba - Mana River, up to 10 daily at Korup and up to 5 at Mt Kupé.

African Grey Hornbill, Tockus nasutus Up to 4 daily Ngaoundaba Ranch, a few Benoue NP and 20 N of Garoua.

Piping Hornbill, Ceratogymna fistulator 8 Bafut-Nguemba, 20 Ekondo Titi - Mana River and 25 en route to Sanaga River.

Black-casqued Hornbill, Ceratogymna atrata 1-2 Korup.

Yellow-casqued Hornbill, Ceratogymna elata 12 Mana River. 2 singles Korup, 3 Mundemba - Ekondo Titi and 1 Mt Kupé.

Abysssinian Ground-Hornbill, Bucorvus abyssinicus 2-3 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Naked-faced Barbet, Gymnobucco calvus 2 Mt Cameroon, 3 near Kumba and common at Mt Kupé with up to 30 daily.

Speckled Tinkerbird, Pogoniulus scolopaceus 1 near Kumba and 1-2 most days in farmbush Mt Kupé.

Western Green-Tinkerbird, Pogoniulus coryphaeus 1-2 Bafut-Nguemba and 3 Mt Cameroon.

Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Pogoniulus atroflavus A few singles Mt Kupé and heard at Korup.

Yellow-throated Tinkerbird, Pogoniulus subsulphureus 1 Mt Cameroon and 1-2 Mt Kupé on 9-11th.

Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Pogoniulus bilineatus 4 Bafut-Nguemba, 1 Korup, 2 Ngaoundaba Ranch and up to 5 daily Mt Kupé.

Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Pogoniulus chrysoconus 2-4 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Yellow-spotted Barbet, Buccanodon duchaillui Commonly heard but only 1-2 seen at Korup, but up to 8 daily at Mt Kupé.

Hairy-breasted Barbet, Tricholaema hirsuta 2 Bafut-Nguemba.

Vieillot's Barbet, Lybius vieilloti 1-2 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 3 N of Mora.

Double-toothed Barbet, Lybius bidentatus 2 Ngaoundaba Ranch and up to 4 Benoue NP.

Bearded Barbet, Lybius dubius 2 Benoue NP and 2 singles Nyasoso.

Yellow-billed Barbet, Trachyphonus purpuratus Up to 3 Mt Kupé on 8-11th.

Greater Honeyguide, Indicator indicator Singles Ngaoundaba Ranch and Benoue NP.

Lesser Honeyguide, Indicator minor 1-2 Garoua and Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Thick-billed Honeyguide, Indicator conirostris 2 Bafut-Nguemba, 1 Mundemba - Ekondo Titi and 1-2 Mt Kupé 8-11th.

Least Honeyguide, Indicator exilis 1 Mt Kupé farmbush on 10th (SA, NG).

Zenker's Honeyguide, Melignomon zenkeri 1 Shrike trail, Mt Kupé.

Cassin's Honeyguide, Prodotiscus insignis 2 singles at fruiting tree at 1050m Mt Kupé.

Wahlberg's Honeyguide, Prodotiscus regulus 1 by the lake, Ngaoundaba Ranch (JH).

Eurasian Wryneck, Jynx torquilla 1 Mt Cameroon.

African Piculet, Sasia africana 1 Mt Cameroon, 1 and a pair Korup and 1-2 on 4 dates at Mt Kupé.

Green-backed Woodpecker, Campethera cailliautii 1-2 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Tullberg's Woodpecker, Campethera tullbergi 3 singles Mt Kupé.

Buff-spotted Woodpecker, Campethera nivosa 2-3 daily at Korup and 2 Mt Kupé on 7th.

Speckle-breasted Woodpecker, Dendropicos poecilolaemus 2 Benoue NP.

Cardinal Woodpecker, Dendropicos fuscescens Widespread in small numbers.

Gabon Woodpecker, Dendropicos gabonensis Singles near Konso and Ngaoundaba Ranch; up to 6 daily Mt Kupé.

Elliot's Woodpecker, Dendropicos elliotii 2 Mt Cameroon and Mt Kupé.

Grey Woodpecker, Dendropicos goertae 2 Bafut-Nguemba, 1-3 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 3 S of Waza.

Brown-backed Woodpecker, Dendropicos obsoletus 1 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Grey-headed Broadbill, Smithornis sharpei Up to 3 heard daily Mt Kupé but only seen when taped in.

Rufous-sided Broadbill, Smithornis rufolateralis A superb display on 25th and a few others heard at Korup.

Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, Erythrocercus mccallii Up to 5 Mt Kupé on 7-9th.

African Blue-Flycatcher, Elminia longicauda Common at Ngaoundaba Ranch and Mt Kupé, with 3 at Benoue NP.

Dusky Crested-Flycatcher, Trochocercus nigromitatrus 2 Korup and 1 at 1100m Mt Kupé.

White-bellied Crested-Flycatcher, Trochocercus albiventris 1-3 Bafut-Nguemba, 8 Mt Cameroon and 1 Mt Kupé.

Blue-headed Crested-Flycatcher, Trochocercus nitens Up to 3 daily at Korup.

Black-headed Paradise-Flycatcher, Terpsiphone rufiventer 1 Mt Cameroon, 3-6 Korup and up to 4 daily Mt Kupé.

Rufous-vented Paradise-Flycatcher, Terpsiphone rufocinerea 2 Bafut-Nguemba and up to 10 daily Mt Kupé.

African Paradise-Flycatcher, Terpsiphone viridis Up to 8 Ngaoundaba Ranch, 5 Benoue NP and 4 Nyasoso

Square-tailed Drongo, Dicrurus ludwigii 2 Korup and 1-2 Mt Kupé.

Shining Drongo, Dicrurus atripennis 2-4 Korup and up to 4 Mt Kupé.

Fork-tailed Drongo, Dicrurus adsimilis Up to 8 Ngaoundaba Ranch, 15 Benoue NP and a few further N.

Velvet-mantled Drongo, Dicrurus modestus 4 Mundemba - Ekondo Titi and 5 beyond Nyasoso.

Piapiac, Ptilostomus afer 20 S of Garoua, up to 5 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 2 Benoue NP.

Pied Crow, Corvus albus Common and widespread.

African Golden-Oriole, Oriolus auratus Up to 5 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 2 Mt Kupé on 7th..

Western Black-headed Oriole, Oriolus brachyrhynchus 2 Korup, 1 Ngaoundaba Ranch and up to 5 daily Mt Kupé.

Black-winged Oriole, Oriolus nigripennis Singles Mt Cameroon and Mt Kupé.

White-breasted Cuckoo-shrike, Coracina pectoralis Up to 5 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Blue Cuckoo-shrike, Coracina azurea 2 near Ibene Irene Camp and 1 at Rengo Camp, Korup; 1 Mundemba - Ekondo Titi and 2 Max's trail, Mt Kupé on 7-8th.

Petit's Cuckoo-shrike, Campephaga petiti Up to 5 most days at Mt Kupé.

Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Campephaga phoenicea 1 Bafut-Nguemba and 1-2 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Mackinnon's Shrike, Lanius mackinnoni 2-3 Bafut-Nguemba and 1-2 daily Nyasoso.

Common Fiscal, Lanius collaris 2 Bafut-Nguemba and up to 5 Ngaoundaba Ranch and Benoue NP.

Woodchat Shrike, Lanius senator 1-2 Ngaoundaba Ranch and up to 4 Mora - Waza.

Yellow-billed Shrike, Corvinella corvina Up to 8 daily Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Brubru, Nilaus afer 1 Benoue NP.

Northern Puffback, Dryoscopus gambensis Up to 3 daily Ngaoundaba Ranch and 2 Benoue NP.

Red-eyed Puffback, Dryoscopus senegalensis 2 Mt Kupé on 6th and 11th.

Pink-footed Puffback, Dryoscopus angolensis Up to 4 Mt Kupé on 4 dates.

Large-billed Puffback, Dryoscopus sabini Up to 3 Mt Kupé on 3 dates.

Black-crowned Tchagra, Tchagra senegala 2-4 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 5 en route to and in Benoue NP.

Luehder's Bushshrike, Laniarius luehderi 2 Nyasoso (SA, NG).

Tropical Boubou, Laniarius aethiopicus 2-4 daily Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Common Gonolek, Laniarius barbarus 1 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Yellow-breasted Boubou, Laniarius atroflavus 6-8 Bafut-Nguemba and 2 Mt Cameroon.

Sooty Boubou, Laniarius leucorhynchus 1 Rengo Camp trail, Korup (AG).

Mountain Boubou, Laniarius poensis 3 Mt Cameroon; 2 on 2 dates Mt Kupé with others heard, including 3 at Max's Camp.

Grey-green Bushshrike, Telophorus bocagei 1-2 Nyasoso on 10-12 (SA, JH).

Sulphur-breasted Bushshrike, Telophorus sulfureopectus 3 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Many-coloured Bushshrike, Telophorus multicolor Two singles Mt Kupé farmbush on 10th, with 2 others heard, and singles heard 9-12th.

Mt. Kupé Bushshrike, Telophorus kupeensis An adult and immature at 1350m on Max's trail, Mt Kupé on 8th and 1 at Max's Camp on 9th (SA, NG), the latter at 1550m, above the published elevation range.

Green-breasted Bush-shrike (above) and Monteiro's Bush-shrike, by Mark Andrews - African Bird ClubGreen-breasted Bushshrike, Malaconotus gladiator 1 heard on 2 days at Max's Camp, Mt Kupé.

Grey-headed Bushshrike, Malaconotus blanchoti 1-3 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

White Helmetshrike, Prionops plumatus 6-7 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

African Shrike-flycatcher, Bias flammulatus Single pairs on 2 dates Mt Kupé.

Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Bias musicus A pair near Kumba and 2 singles Nyasoso.

Senegal Batis, Batis senegalensis 2 Bafut-Nguemba.

Grey-headed Batis, Batis orientalis 3 S of Waza.

Verreaux's Batis, Batis minima 3-4 in farmbush, Mt Kupé on 9-10th.

Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Platysteira cyanea 2 Bafut-Nguemba, 4 Mt Cameroon, up to 8 Ngaoundaba up to 5 Mt Kupé.

Banded Wattle-eye, Platysteira laticincta 1-3 Bafut-Nguemba.

Chestnut Wattle-eye, Platysteira castanea 1-2 Rengo Camp trail, Korup and 4 Max's trail Mt Kupé on 8th.

White-spotted Wattle-eye, Platysteira tonsa 1-2 Rengo Camp trail, Korup and 1 Mt Kupé.

Black-necked Wattle-eye, Platysteira chalybea 2 Max's trail and Max's Camp, Mt Kupé on 8-9th.

Yellow-bellied Wattle-eye, Platysteira concreta 2 pairs Rengo Camp trail, Korup and a pair Mt Kupé on 4 dates.

Rufous Flycatcher-Thrush, Neocossyphus fraseri 2-3 Korup and 1-2 Mt Kupé.

Red-tailed Ant-Thrush, Neocossyphus rufus 1 Rengo Camp trail, Korup.

White-tailed Ant-Thrush, Neocossyphus poensis 4 Rengo Camp trail, Korup and 1 Mt Kupé.

Crossley's Ground-Thrush, Zoothera crossleyi Up to 3, mainly on Max's trail, Mt Kupé - more often heard than seen.

African Thrush, Turdus pelios Common throughout excluding Korup.

Brown-chested Alethe, Alethe poliocephala 1 Mt Cameroon and 2 Max's trail, Mt Kupé on 8th.

Fire-crested Alethe, Alethe castanea Fairly common at Korup and 1 at the start of Shrike trail, Mt Kupé.

Narrow-tailed Starling, Poeoptera lugubris 25 Mt Cameroon and up to 15 Nyasoso.

White-collared Starling, Grafisia torquata 6-8 daily Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Chestnut-winged Starling, Onychognathus fulgidus 25 Bafut-Nguemba and up to 30 Mt Kupé.

Purple Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis purpureus Up to 50 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Bronze-tailed Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis chalcurus A few Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Greater Blue-eared Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis chalybaeus A few Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Lesser Blue-eared Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis chloropterus Common Ngaoundaba Ranch and throughout the N.

Splendid Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis splendidus 3 Mundemba - Ekondo Titi ands 30 Nyasoso.

Long-tailed Glossy-Starling, Lamprotornis caudatus 20 near Waza.

Chestnut-bellied Starling, Lamprotornis pulcher Fairly common N of Garoua.

Violet-backed Starling, Cinnyricinclus leucogaster 30 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 2 Benoue NP.

Wattled Starling, Creatophora cinerea Up to 40 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Buphagus africanus 5 S of Waza.

Pale Flycatcher, Bradornis pallidus 1-2 daily Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Northern Black-Flycatcher, Melaenornis edolioides Up to 8 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 1 N of Mora.

African Forest-Flycatcher, Fraseria ocreata 1-2 Korup.

White-browed Forest-Flycatcher, Fraseria cinerascens Only a single sighting at a stream by Rengo Camp trail, Korup.

Spotted Flycatcher, Muscicapa striata Singles Ngaoundaba Ranch and Nyasoso.

Gambaga Flycatcher, Muscicapa gambagae 1 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 2 singles Benoue NP.

Sooty Flycatcher, Muscicapa infuscata Up to 5 Mt Kupé on 3 dates.

Little Grey Flycatcher, Muscicapa epulata 6 Bafut-Nguemba, 3 Mt Cameroon and 2-3 Korup on 3 dates.

Yellow-footed Flycatcher, Muscicapa sethsmithi 1 Kengo Camp, Korup and up to 7 daily Mt Kupé.

Dusky-blue Flycatcher, Muscicapa comitata 1-2 Mt Kupé on 4 dates.

Cassin's Flycatcher, Muscicapa cassini 4 Mundemba - Ekondo Titi, 2 singles at Korup and 2 Benoue NP.

European Pied Flycatcher, Ficedula hypoleuca 2 Bafut-Nguemba, up to 8 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 1 Benoue NP.

Forest Robin, Stiphrornis erythrotorax 2-4 daily Korup.

Bocage's Akalat, Sheppardia bocagei 1-2 on both trials Mt Kupé.

Common Nightingale, Luscinia megarhynchos 5 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Mountain Robin-Chat, Cossypha isabellae 2 Bafut-Nguemba and 6 Mt Cameroon.

White-bellied Robin-Chat, Cossypha roberti 1-2 Max's trail, Mt Kupé.

Grey-winged Robin-Chat, Cossypha polioptera 2-3 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat, Cossypha niveicapilla 1-2 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

White-crowned Robin-Chat, Cossypha albicapilla Up to 15 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 4 Benoue NP.

Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin, Cercotrichas galactotes 4-6 daily N of Maroua.

Black Scrub-Robin, Cercotrichas podobe Up to 25 daily N of Maroua.

Common Redstart, Phoenicurus phoenicurus Singles Benoue NP and near Waza.

Whinchat, Saxicola rubetra Widespread in the lowlands, with a max of 15 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Common (African) Stonechat, Saxicola torquata (axillaris) Up to 10 Bafut-Nguemba and 80 Mt Cameroon, the race involved being salex.

Northern Wheatear, Oenanthe oenanthe Singles at Bafut-Nguemba and near Waza.

Heuglin's Wheatear, Oenanthe heuglini 3 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 5 Benoue NP.

Familiar Chat, Cercomela familiaris 1-2 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 2-3 Benoue NP.

Northern Anteater-Chat, Myrmecocichla aethiops 3 10km N of Mora.

White-crowned Cliff-Chat, Thamnolaea coronota A single pair of this distinctive species, split from Mocking Cliff-Chat Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventris on a kopje 8km N of Mora.

Spotted Creeper, Salpornis spilonotus 1 Benoue NP.

Sand Martin, Riparia riparia 2 S of Waza.

Rock Martin, Hirundo fuligula 1+ Benoue NP.

Barn Swallow, Hirundo rustica Locally common throughout.

Red-chested Swallow, Hirundo lucida 30 Bafut-Nguemba.

Ethiopian Swallow, Hirundo aethiopica 4 Buea - Mundemba and up to 20 S of Waza.

Wire-tailed Swallow, Hirundo smithii 2 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 5 Benoue NP.

White-throated Blue Swallow, Hirundo nigrita 2 Mana River, Korup.

Lesser Striped-Swallow, Hirundo abyssinica Fairly common throughout.

Rufous-chested Swallow, Hirundo semirufa Up to 10 Mundemba - Mana River.

Preuss' Swallow, Hirundo preussi 15 at base of escarpment en route from Bamenda - Buea and 30 Benoue NP.

Forest Swallow, Hirundo fuliginosa 8 Bafut-Nguemba and up to 50 daily Mt Kupé.

House Martin, Delichon urbica 20 en route from Bamenda - Buea.

Mountain Sawwing, Psalidoprocne fuliginosa 50 Mt Cameroon.

Petit's Sawwing, Psalidoprocne petiti 15 Bafut-Nguemba, up to 30 Ngaoundaba Ranch and Benoue NP, and up to 10 Mt Kupé.

Common Bulbul, Pycnonotus barbatus 5 of the nominate race at Waza. Elsewhere, tricolor race, sometimes split as Dark-capped Bulbul, was very common and a few gabonensis were seen.

Cameroon Mountain Greenbul, Andropadus montanus 2 both days at Bafut-Nguemba only.

Little Greenbul, Andropadus virens Widespread in small numbers except in the N where the only record was 1 at Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Grey Greenbul, Andropadus gracilis Up to 10 daily Mt Kupé and 4 Buea - Mundemba.

Ansorge's Greenbul, Andropadus ansorgei 2 Rengo Camp trail, Korup (AG).

Slender-billed Greenbul, Andropadus gracilirostris Singles near Kumba and Mundemba - Ekondo Titi.

Yellow-whiskered Bulbul, Andropadus latirostris 2 singles Korup and up to 5 daily Mt Kupé.

Mountain Greenbul, Andropadus tephrolaemus Up to 10 Bafut-Nguemba and Mt Kupé, and 6 Mt Cameroon.

Golden Greenbul, Calyptocichla serina 1 Ibene Irene Camp, Korup (JH).

Honeyguide Greenbul, Baeopogon indicator 2 on 2 dates in farmbush at Korup.

Sjostedt's Greenbul, Baeopogon clamans Up to 5 Rengo Camp trail, Korup and 1 Mundemba - Ekondo Titi.

Spotted Greenbul, Ixonotus guttatus 3 near Kumba, 2 Mana River and Korup, and 3 Mundemba - Ekondo Titi.

Simple Greenbul, Chlorocichla simplex Up to 8 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 1-2 Mt Kupé on 11-12th.

Yellow-throated Greenbul, Chlorocichla flavicollis Up to 4 daily Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Swamp Greenbul, Thescelocichla leucopleura 2-4 Nyasoso.

Leaf-love, Phyllastrephus scandens 4 Ngaoundaba Ranch (NG).

Cameroon Olive-Greenbul, Phyllastrephus poensis 1 Bafut-Nguemba, 4 Mt Cameroon and up to 8 Mt Kupé.

Grey-headed Greenbul, Phyllastrephus poliocephalus 6 Mt Cameroon and up to 10 Mt Kupé.

White-throated Greenbul, Phyllastrephus albigularis 1 Max's trail, Mt Kupé on 6th was the only record.

Icterine Greenbul, Phyllastrephus icterinus 15-20 daily Korup.

Xavier's Greenbul, Phyllastrephus xavieri Up to 5 daily Korup.

Common Bristlebill, Bleda syndactyla Up to 4 Korup.

Green-tailed Bristlebill, Bleda eximia 4 on 25th and 10 on 27th at Korup.

Yellow-spotted Nicator, Nicator chloris Commonly heard at Korup and Mt Kupé but only 1-2 seen on a few days.

Eastern Bearded Greenbul, Criniger chloronotus 5 daily at Korup.

Red-tailed / White-bearded Greenbul , Criniger calurus/ ndussumensis Up to 6 daily Korup. C. calurus is the more likely but the 2 species appear to be visually indistinguishable in the field.

Cameroon Speirops, Speirops melanocephalus 50 Mt Cameroon, including an albino.

African Yellow White-eye, Zosterops senegalensis Widespread, often in small parties.

Whistling Cisticola, Cisticola lateralis Up to 4 by the lake at Ngaoundaba Ranch and 2 Benoue NP.

Chattering Cisticola, Cisticola anonymus 1-2 daily Nyasoso.

Brown-backed Cisticola, Cisticola discolor 6 Bafut-Nguemba and 40 Mt Cameroon.

Rock-loving Cisticola, Cisticola emini 1-2 at 3 sites in the N.

Red-pate Cisticola, Cisticola ruficeps Several Mora - Waza.

Winding Cisticola, Cisticola galactotes 2 at the pool S of Waza.

Pectoral-patch Cisticola, Cisticola brunnescens 1-2 Bafut-Nguemba.

Fan-tailed Cisticola, Cisticola juncidis 3 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 1 Garoua.

Croaking Cisticola, Cisticola natalensis 2 singles Ngaoundaba Ranch and 6 Benoue NP.

Siffling Cisticola, Cisticola brachypterus 3 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Rufous Cisticola, Cisticola rufus 2 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 1 Benoue NP.

Tawny-flanked Prinia, Prinia subflava Up to 4 Ngaoundaba Ranch, 8 Benoue NP, 10 N of Mora and 2 Nyasoso.

White-chinned Prinia, Prinia leucopogon 4-5 Ngaoundaba Ranch and up to 15 in farmbush Mt Kupé.

Banded Prinia, Prinia bairdii 2 Mt Cameron and 1-2 Mt Kupé on 3 dates.

Red-winged Prinia, Prinia erythroptera 1-2 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Red-winged Grey Warbler, Drymocichla incana 3 Ngaoundaba Ranch on 1st.

Green Longtail, Urolais epichlora 10 Mt Cameroon and up to 3 Mt Kupé on 4 dates.

Black-collared Apalis, Apalis pulchra 4-8 Bafut-Nguemba.

Black-capped Apalis, Apalis nigriceps Up to 6 Mt Kupé most days and 1 heard Mundemba - Ekondo Titi.

Black-throated Apalis, Apalis jacksoni 1 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 1-2 Mt Kupé on 3 dates.

Masked Apalis, Apalis binotata 1 in farmbush Mt Kupé on 10th.

Yellow-breasted Apalis, Apalis flavida 4 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Bamenda Apalis, Apalis bamendae 2-4 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Grey Apalis, Apalis cinerea 4 Bafut-Nguemba, Mt Cameroon and Mt Kupé.

Oriole Warbler, Hypergerus atriceps Up to 5 daily Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Grey-backed Camaroptera, Camaroptera brevicaudata Widespread in small numbers.

Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Camaroptera superciliaris 1 Mundemba - Ekondo Titi.

Olive-green Camaroptera, Camaroptera chloronota 1 Mundemba - Ekondo Titi and heard daily on Mt Kupé but only seen twice.

Bangwa Forest-Warbler, Bradypterus bangwaensis 10 Bafut-Nguemba.

Cameroon Scrub-Warbler, Bradypterus lopesi 10 Mt Cameroon.

Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Bathmocercus rufus Up to 4 on 3 dates Mt kupé.

Moustached Grass-Warbler, Melocichla mentalis 1-2 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 1 Benoue NP.

Sedge Warbler, Acrocephalus schoenobaenus 1 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Eurasian Reed-Warbler, Acrocephalus scirpaceus 2 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Great Reed-Warbler, Acrocephalus arundinaceus 1 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Greater Swamp-Warbler, Acrocephalus rufescens 1-2 Ngaoundaba Ranch and up to 4 Nyasoso.

Olivaceous Warbler, Hippolais pallida Singles Garoua and Waza.

White-tailed Warbler, Poliolais lopezi 1 Mt Cameroon, and 2 Max's Camp, Kupé (NG).

Senegal Eremomela, Eremomela pusilla Up to 6 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 4 Benoue NP.

Rufous-crowned Eremomela, Eremomela badiceps 1-2 in farmbush Mt Kupé on 3 dates.

Green Crombec, Sylvietta virens 1 Mt Cameroon and 1-3 on 2 dates Mt Kupé.

Northern Crombec, Sylvietta brachyura 3 Benoue NP and S of Waza.

Yellow Longbill, Macrosphenus flavicans Up to 8 Korup and 1 Mt Kupé.

Green Hylia, Hylia prasina 2 Korup on 2 dates.

Black-capped Woodland-Warbler, Phylloscopus herberti 2 Mt Cameroon and up to 10 daily Mt Kupé.

Willow Warbler, Phylloscopus trochilus 3 Bafut-Nguemba, 6 Mt Cameroon and 1-2 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Wood Warbler, Phylloscopus sibilatrix 2 Mt Cameroon, singles Mundemba - Ekondo Titi and Benoue NP, and 1-2 Mt Kupé on 4 dates.

Yellow-bellied Hyliota, Hyliota flavigaster 1-2 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 1 Benoue NP.

Southern Hyliota, Hyliota australis 2 Benoue NP and 1-2 in farmbush Mt Kupé on 9-11th.

Violet-backed Hyliota, Hyliota violacea 1-2 in farmbush Mt Kupé on 9-11th.

Greater Whitethroat, Sylvia communis 1 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 2 Mora - Waza on both days.

Garden Warbler, Sylvia borin 3 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Blackcap Illadopsis, Illadopsis cleaveri Up to 4 Korup and 1-2 on 2 dates Max's trail, Mt Kupé.

Puvel's Illadopsis, Illadopsis puveli 2 in gallery forest by the lake, Ngaoundaba Ranch (SA).

Brown Illadopsis, Illadopsis fulvescens Up to 15 Korup and 2 almost daily Mt Kupé.

Ruwenzori Hill-Babbler, Illadopsis (Pseudoalcippe) atriceps 3 Bafut-Nguemba on 21st.

Abyssinian Hill-Babbler, Illadopsis (Pseudoalcippe) abyssinica 5 Mt Cameroon.

Grey-chested Illadopsis, Kakamega poliothorax 2 Max's trail, Mt Kupé at 1150m on 6th and 1 on 9th.

Thrush Babbler, Ptyrticus turdinus 2 Ngaoundaba Ranch and others heard.

Blackcap Babbler, Turdoides reinwardtii Up to 20 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Brown Babbler, Turdoides plebejus Up to 20 Maroua - Ngaoundaba Ranch.

White-throated Mountain-Babbler, Kupeornis gilberti 3 Shrike trail at 1270m and up to 10 Max's trail above 1400m.

Grey-necked Rockfowl, Picathartes oreas 5 at Picathartes Knoll, Korup on 26th - bird of the trip.

White-shouldered Black-Tit, Parus guineensis Up to 10 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 5 Benoue NP.

White-bellied Tit, Parus albiventris 1 Bafut-Nguemba.

Sennar Penduline-Tit, Anthoscopus punctifrons 3 Water-pumping Station S of Waza.

Tit-hylia, Pholidornis rushiae 1 Farmbush trail, Nyasoso on11th (JH, KT).

Singing Bushlark, Mirafra cantillans 4 N of Mora.

Flappet Lark, Mirafra rufocinnamomea 1 N of Mora.

Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Lark, Eremopterix leucotis Upto 200 Mora - Waza

Crested Lark, Galerida cristata 1 S of Waza.

Sun Lark, Galerida modesta Up to 6 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Grey-headed Sparrow, Passer griseus Widespread and common.

Sudan Golden-Sparrow, Passer luteus 1 Campement de Waza (NG).

Bush Petronia, Petronia dentata Common in the N, with a max of 100 S of Waza.

Woodhouse's Antpecker, Parmoptila woodhousei 2 singles Korup and 1 Max's trail, Mt Kupé on 6th, with another feeding a juv on 8th.

White-breasted Negrofinch, Nigrita fusconota 1 near Kumba and 4 Mt Kupé on 10th.

Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch, Nigrita bicolor 2 singles at Korup and 1 in Mt Kupé farmbush.

Pale-fronted Negrofinch, Nigrita luteifrons Up to 8 Mt Kupé farmbush.

Grey-headed Negrofinch, Nigrita canicapilla Up to 4 Korup and 1-2 Mt Kupé farmbush.

Fernando Po Oliveback, Nesocharis shelleyi 2 Bafut- Nguemba, 20 Mt Cameroon and up to 20 Max's Camp, Mt Kupé.

Grey-headed Oliveback, Nesocharis capistrata Up to 6 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 2 Benoue NP.

Red-winged Pytilia, Pytilia phoenicoptera 2 Ngaoundaba Ranch and Benoue NP.

Green-winged Pytilia, Pytilia melba Up to 6 N of Maroua.

Red-faced Pytilia, Pytilia hypogrammica 1 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Green-backed Twinspot, Mandingoa nitidula 1 start of Shrike trail, Mt Kupé (SA).

Red-faced Crimson-wing, Cryptospiza reichenovii 1 Bafut- Nguemba, 2 Mt Cameroon; 2 Max's trail and 1 Max's Camp, Mt Kupé.

Black-bellied Seedcracker, Pyrenestes ostrinus 2 Mundemba - Ekondo Titi (SA, AG).

Brown Twinspot, Clytospiza monteiri One 21km N of Ngaoundere and up to 6 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Dybowski's Twinspot, Euschistospiza dybowskii Up to 10 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Red-billed Firefinch, Lagonosticta senegala Common in the N.

Black-bellied Firefinch, Lagonosticta rara Up to 10 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 2 Benoue NP.

African Firefinch, Lagonosticta rubricata Fairly common in the N.

Red-cheeked Cordonblue, Uraeginthus bengalus Common in the N.

Orange-cheeked Waxbill, Estrilda melpoda Widespread in small parties.

Black-rumped Waxbill, Estrilda troglodytes 80 around Waza, mainly at the hotel.

Common Waxbill, Estrilda astrild 1 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Black-crowned Waxbill, Estrilda nonnula Widespread and locally common; absent from Korup and N of Ngaoundaba.

Zebra Waxbill, Amandava subflava 40 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

African Silverbill, Lonchura cantans 10 Waza.

Bronze Mannikin, Lonchura cucullata Widespread in small parties.

Black-and-white Mannikin, Lonchura bicolor 15-20 Bafut-Nguemba, Mundemba - Ekondo Titi, Nyasoso and Douala.

Magpie Mannikin, Lonchura fringilloides 10-15 Nyasoso (SA, JH).

Pin-tailed Whydah, Vidua macroura Widespread in small parties, excluding Mts Kupé and Cameroon.

Northern Paradise-Whydah, Vidua orientalis 30 around Waza.

African Pied Wagtail, Motacilla aguimp Singles Mana River and Benoue NP, and 3 Sanaga River.

Yellow Wagtail, Motacilla flava Widespread, though absent from Nyasoso /Mt Kupé, with a max of 300 near Mundemba - mostly of the thunbergi race.

Mountain Wagtail, Motacilla clara 2 Bafut-Nguemba and 1 Korup.

Yellow-throated Longclaw, Macronyx croceus Up to 4 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Plain-backed Pipit, Anthus leucophrys 2 singles Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Long-legged Pipit, Anthus pallidiventris 2 Korup - Mundemba, 4 Mundemba - Eondo Titi and 10 La Digue.

Long-billed Pipit, Anthus similis 2 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 3 Benoue NP of the bannermani race, sometimes split as Bannerman's Pipit.

Tree Pipit, Anthus trivialis Up to 30 Bafut-Nguemba and Ngaoundaba, and 5 Mt Cameroon and near Waza.

Red-throated Pipit, Anthus cervinus 2 Waza.

White-billed Buffalo-Weaver, Bubalornis albirostris Up to 20 Mora - Waza.

Speckle-fronted Weaver, Sporopipes frontalis 100 S of Waza and N of Mora.

Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver, Plocepasser superciliosus 2 Benoue NP, 30 Garoua - Mora and 50 S of Waza.

Bannerman's Weaver, Ploceus bannermani 2-4 Bafut-Nguemba and 1 Mt Cameroon.

Baglafecht Weaver, Ploceus baglafecht 2 Bafut-Nguemba and 10 Ngaoundaba Ranch and Benoue NP.

Little Weaver, Ploceus luteolus 2 Benoue NP and 6 Waza.

Spectacled Weaver, Ploceus ocularis 1-2 Ngaoundaba Ranch, 5 Benoue NP and up to 15 Nyasoso.

Black-necked Weaver, Ploceus nigricollis 5-6 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Black-billed Weaver, Ploceus melanogaster 1 Bafut-Nguemba and 2 Mt Cameroon.

Village Weaver, Ploceus cucullatus Widespread and common, with a max of 200 a day.

Vieillot's Black Weaver, Ploceus nigerrimus 50 Bafut-Nguemba and Douala - Nyasoso, 30 Mundemba - Ekondo Titi and up to 10 Nyasoso.

Yellow-mantled Weaver, Ploceus tricolor 4 Mundemba - Ekondo Titi.

Maxwell's Black Weaver, Ploceus albinucha 1 Rengo Camp trail, Korup in a mixed species feeding flock (JH).

Forest Weaver, Ploceus bicolor 3 Mt Cameroon and up to 10 Mt Kupé.

Preuss' Weaver, Ploceus preussi 2 Bafut-Nguemba.

Rachel's Malimbe, Malimbus racheliae 1 Rengo Camp trail, Korup.

Red-vented Malimbe, Malimbus scutatus 3 near Kumba and 15 Mundemba - Ekondo Titi.

Gray's Malimbe, Malimbus nitens Up to 10 Korup and 5 Mundemba - Ekondo Titi.

Crested Malimbe, Malimbus malimbicus 1 Rengo Camp trail, Korup (JH).

Red-headed Malimbe, Malimbus rubricollis Up to 4 Korup and 2 on 2 dates Mt Kupé.

Red-billed Quelea, Quelea quelea Tens, possibly hundreds, of 1000s S of Waza, mainly at the drinking pool.

Yellow Bishop, Euplectes capensis 3-6 Bafut-Nguemba and 60 Mt Cameroon.

Yellow-shouldered Widowbird, Euplectes macrourus Up to 50 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Scarlet-tufted Sunbird, Anthreptes fraseri 1-2 Korup and Mt Kupé.

Mouse-brown Sunbird, Anthreptes gabonicus 2 in roadside vegetation at Douala mudflats.

Western Violet-backed Sunbird, Anthreptes longuemarei 1-2 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Green Sunbird, Anthreptes rectirostris 1-2 near Mundemba and up to 15 Mt Kupé on 3 dates.

Collared Sunbird, Anthreptes collaris Widespread in small numbers.

Pygmy Sunbird, Anthreptes platurus 3 Garoua, 5 Benoue NP, 10 around Waza and 1 N of Mora.

Bates' Sunbird, Nectarinia batesi Up to 4 Mt Kupé and 1 probable at Korup.

Olive Sunbird, Nectarinia olivacea Up to 15 Korup and up to 6 daily at Mt Kupé.

Reichenbach's Sunbird, Nectarinia reichenbachii 2 in a roadside tree outside Foyer du Marin, Douala.

Cameroon Sunbird, Nectarinia oritis 6 Bafut- Nguemba, 3 Mt Cameroon and up to 3 Mt Kupé.

Green-headed Sunbird, Nectarinia verticalis Up to 10 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 1 Benoue NP.

Blue-throated Brown Sunbird, Nectarinia cyanolaema 1 Korup.

Green-throated Sunbird, Nectarinia rubescens 4 Nyasoso 11-12th.

Variable Sunbird, Nectarinia venusta 2 Benoue NP.

Ursula's Sunbird, Nectarinia ursulae Common on Mt Kupé with up to 10 daily.

Orange-tufted Sunbird, Nectarinia bouverI 2 Bafut- Nguemba

Northern Double-collared Sunbird, Nectarinia preussi 4-6 Bafut- Nguemba and up to 3 Mt Kupé farmbush.

Olive-bellied Sunbird, Nectarinia chloropygia Up to 5 Ngaoundaba Ranch, 1-3 Mt Kupé and 4 La Digue.

Copper Sunbird, Nectarinia cuprea 1-3 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Splendid Sunbird, Nectarinia coccinigastra 3 Mundemba - Ekondo Titi, 2-3 Ngaoundaba Ranch and 1-2 Mt Kupé farmbush.

Johanna's Sunbird, Nectarinia johannae 2 Bafut- Nguemba.

Superb Sunbird, Nectarinia superba 1-2 males in farmbush Mt Kupé.

Beautiful Sunbird, Nectarinia pulchella 30 Garoua and a few N to Waza.

White-rumped Seedeater, Serinus leucopygius 10 Waza.

Yellow-fronted Canary, Serinus mozambicus Several Bafut- Nguemba, Ngaoundaba Ranch and Benoue NP.

West African Seedeater, Serinus canicapillus 2 S of Garoua and at Benoue NP.

Thick-billed Seedeater, Serinus burtoni 3-5 Bafut-Nguemba and 6 Mt Cameroon.

Oriole Finch, Linurgus olivaceus 3-5 Bafut-Nguemba and 10 Mt Cameroon.

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting, Emberiza tahapisi Common in the N.

Golden-breasted Bunting, Emberiza flaviventris 2 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Cabanis' Bunting, Emberiza cabanisi Singles Bafut-Nguemba and Benoue NP.

Additional species seen by BG, SS & KT

Congo Serpent-eagle, Dryotriorchis spectabilis 1 Ekondo Titi - Mundemba.

Quail Plover, Ortyxelos meiffrenii 2 1.3km N of Mora.

Bar-tailed Trogon Singles Mt Cameroon and Max's trail, Mt Kupé.

Shining-blue Kingfisher 2 Ekondo Titi - Mundemba.

Fraser's Eagle-Owl, Bubo poensis 1 Max's trail, Mt Kupé (KT).

Willcock's Honeyguide, Indicator willcocksi 1 lake at Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Bar-breasted Firefinch, Lagonosticta rufopicta A few Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Grey Ground-Thrush, Zoothera princei 1 Korup (KT).

LIST OF MAMMALS

Taxonomy, names and sequence according to Kingdon, J (1997) The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals.

Preuss's Red Colobus, Colobus preussi 1 Korup.

Guereza Colobus, Colobus guereza 5 Benoue NP.

Olive Baboon, Papio anubis Small numbers throughout the N.

Red-capped Mangabey, Cercocebus torquatus 5-10 Korup.

Patas Monkey, Cercopithecus patas 1 at pool S of Waza.

Tantalus Monkey, Cercopithecus (aethiops) tantalus A few Ngaoundaba Ranch.

Putty-nosed Monkey, Cercopithecus nictitans 1+ Bafut-Nguemba and a small troop at Korup.

Lesser Galago, Gelago senegalensis 1 Ngaoundaba Ranch.

African Hedgehog, Atelerix albiventris 1 dug up by local for roasting 11km N of Mora.

Cape Hare, Lepus capensis A few

Scrub Hare, Lepus saxatilis Several

Striped Ground-Squirrel, Euxerus erythropus Several in the N.

Green Sun-Squirrel, Paraxeruspoensis Several in forest.

African Giant-Squirrel, Protexerus stangeri A few in forest.

Side-striped Jackal, Canis adustus 4 at pool S of Waza.

Slender Mongoose, Herpestes sangueneus A few throughout

Banded Mongoose, Mungos mungo A few in the N.

White-tailed Mongoose, Ichneumia albicauda 1 in the N.

Spotted Hyena, Crocuta crocuta 1 S of Waza.

Rock Hyrax, Procavia johnstoni / ruficeps A few in the N.

Common Warthog, Phacochoerus africanus A few in the N.

Giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis 1 S of Waza.

Kob, Kobus kob 20 Benoue NP

Duiker sp., Cephalophus sp A few unidentified in forest.

Red-fronted (Thomson's) Gazelle, Gazella rufifrons A few Benoue NP.

A number of other small rodents were seen but not identified.

Other notable sightings were single Green Mambas at Korup and Ngaoundaba Ranch, a Black Mamba on the road to Sanaga River and a chameleon on Mt Cameroon.

Other Cameroon Websites (added by JWW):

March 2001 Cameroon Highlands Trip Report by Charles Davies (on WorldTwitch)

WWF Cameroon - Highly recommended

Cameroon Dragonfly Project

Mt Cameroon Eruption

The Cameroons Campaign, WWI


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