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  • Photograph of Quail Plover

    Cameroon is one of the few places where it is possible to see the strange Quail Plover. This one was photographed there by Simon Colenutt.

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  • CAMEROON

    Photograph of African Swallow-tailed Kite

    The superb African Swallow-tailed Kite at Mora in Cameroon by Lars Petersson.


    Best Birds and other wildlife in Cameroon

    Birds

    Endemics
    Mount Cameroon Francolin, Bannerman’s Turaco, Banded Wattle-eye, Mount Kupe Bushshrike, Mount Cameroon Speirops and Bates's Weaver.

    Near-endemics
    (30 or so, mostly shared with southeast Nigeria and/or the Gulf of Guinea island of Bioko) Cameroon Olive Pigeon, Green-breasted Bushshrike, Yellow-breasted Boubou, Cameroon Mountain, Cameroon Olive, Grey-headed and Western Mountain Greenbuls, Mountain Saw-wing, Forest Swallow, Bamenda Apalis, Green Longtail, Bangwa Forest, Black-capped Woodland and White-tailed Warblers, White-throated Mountain and Spotted Thrush Babblers, Crossley’s Ground Thrush, Mountain Robin Chat, Gabon Forest Robin, Cameroon and Ursula’s (Mouse-coloured) Sunbirds, Bannerman’s Weaver, Red-headed (Woodhouse’s) Antpecker and Shelley’s (Little) Oliveback. Also a chance of Chad Firefinch.

    Other specialities
    Olive Ibis, Quail Plover, Egyptian Plover, Grey Pratincole, Adamawa Turtle Dove, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Pennant-winged and Standard-winged Nightjars, Bare-cheeked Trogon, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Black Bee-eater, Grey-headed and Rufous-sided Broadbills, and Red-headed Picathartes. Also a chance of Black Guineafowl, Long-tailed Hawk, Congo Serpent Eagle, Arabian and Savile’s Bustards, Brown-chested Lapwing, Vermiculated Fishing Owl, Fraser’s Eagle Owl, Sjostedt’s Owlet, Golden Nightjar and African Spotted Creeper.

    Others
    Hartlaub’s Duck, francolins, African Swallow-tailed Kite, Grasshopper and Red-necked Buzzards, Black Crowned Crane, African Skimmer, Four-banded Sandgrouse, Afep and Western Bronze-naped Pigeons, Grey Parrot, Red-headed Lovebird, White-crested and Yellow-billed Turacos, cuckoos, Bar-tailed and Narina’s Trogons, kingfishers, bee-eaters, Abyssinian, Blue-bellied and Blue-throated Rollers, woodhoopoes, hornbills including White-crested, barbets, woodpeckers, Blue Cuckooshrike, Chestnut, White-spotted and Yellow-bellied Wattle-eyes, Senegal Batis, Black-headed Gonolek, shrikes including Emin’s, Bates’s and Red-bellied Paradise Flycatchers, Piapiac, swallows including White-throated Blue, Forest and Sennar Penduline Tits, greenbuls, Oriole Warbler (Moho), Cricket Warbler, Banded and River Prinias, Tit Hylia, Vanga Flycatcher, Heuglin’s Wheatear, Black Scrub Robin, robin chats, alethes, akalats, starlings including Chestnut-bellied and White-collared, sunbirds, Oriole Finch, Sudan Golden Sparrow, malimbes, weavers, firefinches, pytilias, Dybowski’s Twinspot and Exclamatory Paradise Whydah. Also a chance of White-spotted Flufftail and Pel's Fishing Owl.

    Mammals
    Giraffe, Hippo, Roan, Topi, Red-fronted Gazelle, and Guereza Colobus, Preuss’s Red Colobus, Crowned, Red-capped Mangabey, Mona, Northern Talapoin, Patas, Putty-nosed and Red-tailed Monkeys. Also a chance of African Elephant, Lion and Sand Fox, and an outside chance of Drill.

    Reptiles
    Nile Crocodile.

    Photograph of Yellow-throated Cuckoo

    The rarely-seen Yellow-throated Cuckoo by Dubi Shapiro.

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