Trip report: Cameroon (Apr 2004) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Keith Barnes. This was a custom tour.

There is no doubt that Cameroon is the finest country in both Central and West Africa for birding. Not only is it the richest destination for birds, but the long list of African MEGA-birds is impossible to ignore. Once again, our tour got an amazing host of incredible birds headlined by great views of Red-headed Picathartes (although we were made to sweat this year!). Other cracking “stonkers” included Quail Plover 1 meter away (!) with two fluffball chicks, White-crested Tiger Bittern, Congo Serpent Eagle, Long-tailed Hawk perched in a tree, fleeting views of Schlegel’s Francolin, the always gorgeous Egyptian Plover, the highly localized Adamawa Turtle Dove, Banded Wattle-eye and Bannerman’s Turaco, good views of all three of Africa’s Trogon species; Narina, Bar-tailed and Bare-cheeked Trogons, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, White-throated Mountain Babbler, Thrush Babbler, Green-breasted Bush shrike, Emin’s Shrike, Sudan Golden Sparrow, Woodhouse’s Antpecker, Yellow-winged Pytilia, Black-bellied Seedcracker and 19 Cameroon Mountain EBA birds (see our Feb 2004 trip report for the dedicated customized Cameroon Mountain EBA clean-up).

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