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SPECIES ACCOUNTS

PART FOUR

 

Abbreviations of Birding Sites

 

SH= Shai Hills Reserve

AB= Aburi Botanical Garden

OW= Owabi  Wildlife Sanctuary

BO= Bobiri Forest Reserve

AN= Ankobra Beach Resort

AM= Amansuri Wetland

AK= Ankasa Conservation Area

KA= Kakum National Park

HC= Hans Cottage Botel

 

Between brackets are numbers of birds recorded (h)= heard only

 

  1.  

Long-tailed Cormorant (50+)

Common at HC, Single at OW

  1.  

Grey Heron (2)

Lagoon Takoradi

  1.  

Squacco Heron (1)

HC (juvenile)

  1.  

Western-reef Heron (21)

Takoradi lagoon & Ankobra River

  1.  

Cattle Egret (100)

Common HC

  1.  

Little Egret (7)

Takoradi lagoon & Ankobra River

  1.  

Intermediate Egret (60)

Common in suitable habitat

  1.  

Great Egret (8)

Takoradi Lagoon

  1.  

Striated Heron (1)

HC

  1.  

African Pygmy-Goose (4)

AM

  1.  

African Harrier-hawk (3)

KA (canopy walk)

  1.  

Bateleur (1)

SH

  1.  

Hooded Vulture (200+)

Very common throughout

  1.  

Black Kite (250+)

Very common throughout (yellow-billed race)

  1.  

Long-tailed Hawk (1)

KA (canopy walk)

  1.  

Shikra (3)

SH & HC

  1.  

Dark-chanting Goshawk (1)

SH

  1.  

African Goshawk (2)

AN, HC

  1.  

Crowned Hawk-Eagle (2)

KA (canopy)

  1.  

Grey Kestrel (1)

HC

  1.  

Double-spurred Francolin (1)

SH

  1.  

Helmeted Guineafowl (8)

AB (domestic?)

  1.  

Common Moorhen (6)

Lagoon between Cape Coast and Accra

  1.  

African Jacana (10+)

Common in suitable habitat

  1.  

African Finfoot (1)

Mangroves Ankobra River

  1.  

Water Thick-knee (2)

AN at beach

  1.  

Black-winged Stilt (3)

Muni-Pomadze Lagoon

  1.  

Eurasian Curlew (20+)

Common at Ankobra River

  1.  

Common Sandpiper (20+)

Common in suitable habitat

  1.  

Bronze-naped Pigeon (2)

AN, KA

  1.  

African Green-Pigeon (30+)

Common in forested areas

  1.  

Tambourine Pigeon (1)

KA (canopy)

  1.  

Laughing Dove (50+)

Common

  1.  

Speckled Pigeon (1)

HC

  1.  

Rock Dove (6)

SH

  1.  

Red-eyed Dove (5)

AN, HC

  1.  

Vinaceous Dove (2)

HC

  1.  

Blue-spotted Wood-dove (9)

BO, HC, KA

  1.  

Senegal Parrot (20+)

SH

  1.  

Red-fronted Parrot (7)

BO, KA

  1.  

Yellow-billed Turaco (1)

AK

  1.  

Western Grey Plantain-eater (8)

SH, HC

  1.  

Levaillant’s Cuckoo (1)

SH

  1.  

Yellowbill (6)

OW, BO, AN, AK, KA

  1.  

Black Coucal (1)

AN

  1.  

Senegal Coucal (5)

SH, KA and coastal scrubs

  1.  

Blue-headed Coucal (1)

Between Takoradi and Cape Coast

  1.  

Sabine’s Spinetail (15)

Common at KA

  1.  

Common Swift (2)

KA

  1.  

Little Swift (800+)

Common (mostly in large flocks)

  1.  

African Palm-Swift (50+)

Common

  1.  

African Pygmy Kingfisher (1)

Ankobra river

  1.  

Malachite Kingfisher (1)

HC

  1.  

Pied Kingfisher (10+)

Common in suitable habitat

  1.  

Woodland Kingfisher (15+)

OW, HC (common in South-west)

  1.  

Blue-breasted Kingfisher (1)

Near AM

  1.  

Giant Kingfisher (1)

HC (female)

  1.  

Little Bee-eater (8)

Flock along road to AM

  1.  

White-headed Wood-hoopoe (4)

KA (canopy)

  1.  

Red-billed Dwarf-hornbill (1)

AK

  1.  

Black Dwarf-hornbill (2)

AK

  1.  

African Pied-hornbill (100+)

Common

  1.  

Piping Hornbill (1)

AK (in flight)

  1.  

African Grey Hornbill (2)

SH

  1.  

Brown-cheecked Hornbill (1)

KA (canopy)

  1.  

Black-casqued Hornbill (4)

KA (canopy)

  1.  

White-crested Hornbill (2)

AK, KA

  1.  

Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird (4)

SH

  1.  

Speckled Tinkerbird (6)

AB, AN, KA

  1.  

Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird (2)

AB, HC

  1.  

Yellow-throated Tinkerbird (1)

KA (canopy)

  1.  

Red-rumped Tinkerbird (1)

KA (canopy)

  1.  

Hairy-breasted Barbet (2)

AB

  1.  

Naked-faced Barbet (6)

BO, KA

  1.  

Double-toothed Barbet (1)

HC

  1.  

Buff-spotted Woodpecker (1)

KA

  1.  

Fire-bellied Woodpecker (1)

KA (canopy)

  1.  

White-throated Blue-Swallow (4)

AN river

  1.  

Barn Swallow (30+)

BO, KA

  1.  

Ethiopean Swallow (8)

KA and along road to Kumasi

  1.  

Lesser-striped Swallow (10+)

KA, HC

  1.  

Mosque Swallow (10)

KA (canopy)

  1.  

Preuss’ Swallow (4)

KA (canopy)

  1.  

Common House-Martin (2)

KA (canopy)

  1.  

Plain-backed Pipit (1)

AM

  1.  

African Pied Wagtail (10+)

AB, OW, AM, HC

  1.  

Blue Cuckoo-shrike (2)

KA (canopy)

  1.  

Little Greenbul (5)

BO, AK, KA, HC

  1.  

Grey Greenbul (1)

AK

  1.  

Slender-billed Greenbul (2)

AK, KA

  1.  

Yellow-whiskered Bulbul (2)

AK

  1.  

Common Bulbul (100+)

Common

  1.  

Yellow-throated Leaflove (1)

SH

  1.  

Simple Greenbul (7)

KA, HC

  1.  

Swamp Greenbul (15+)

BO, AK, KA

  1.  

Honeyguide Greenbul (1)

KA

  1.  

Icterine Greenbul (1)

AK

  1.  

Golden Greenbul (1)

KA

  1.  

Yellow-spotted Nicator (1)

BO

  1.  

Western Bearded Greenbul (1)

AK

  1.  

Green Hylia (4)

AN, AK, AM, KA

  1.  

Rufous-crowned Eremomela (10+)

BO, KA (canopy)

  1.  

Senegal Eremomela (1)

SH

  1.  

Green Crombec (4)

HC

  1.  

Lemon-bellied Crombec (2)

OW, AN

  1.  

Violet-backed Hyliota (1)

KA (canopy)

  1.  

Yellow-browed Camaroptera (1)

BO

  1.  

Green-backed Camaroptera (3)

AB, HC

  1.  

Grey Longbill (3)

KA

  1.  

Tawny-flanked Prinia (7)

SH, HC

  1.  

Sharpe’s Apalis (1)

KA (canopy)

  1.  

Siffling Cisticola (1)

SH

  1.  

Red-faced Cisticola (2)

SH, HC

  1.  

Singing Cisticola (2)

SH

  1.  

Winding Cisticola (1)

Muni-Pomadze Lagoon

  1.  

Spotted Flycatcher (2)

SH, HC

  1.  

Cassin’s Flycatcher (1)

AN

  1.  

Dusky-blue Flycatcher (1)

HC

  1.  

Fraser’s Forest-flycatcher (1)

BO

  1.  

Black-headed Paradise-flycatcher (4)

OW, AN, KA, AK

  1.  

Chestnut-capped Flycatcher (4)

KA (canopy)

  1.  

Bioko Batis (2)

KA (canopy)

  1.  

Brown-throated Wattle-eye (2)

HC

  1.  

Chestnut Wattle-eye (1)

AK

  1.  

White-winged Black-tit (1)

SH

  1.  

Dusky Tit (1)

AK

  1.  

Tit-hylia (20+)

AK (flocks)

  1.  

African Yellow White-eye (3)

HC

  1.  

Scarlet-tufted Sunbird (2)

AN, AK

  1.  

Green Sunbird (2)

AN

  1.  

Olive Sunbird (2)

AK, KA

  1.  

Collared Sunbird (25+)

Common

  1.  

Bates’ Sunbird (1)

KA

  1.  

Little Green Sunbird (1)

KA (canopy)

  1.  

Buff-throated Sunbird (8)

AB, KA, Kumasi hotel

  1.  

Reichenbach’s Sunbird (1)

AN

  1.  

Green-headed Sunbird (4)

AB, BO, HC

  1.  

Blue-throated Brown-Sunbird (2)

OW, KA

  1.  

Tiny Sunbird (2)

AB

  1.  

Olive-bellied Sunbird (30+)

Common

  1.  

Copper Sunbird (7)

HC

  1.  

Splendid Sunbird (2)

SH, HC

  1.  

Superb Sunbird (6)

SH, OW, KA, HC

  1.  

Common Fiscal (6)

Kumasi to Cape Coast road

  1.  

Yellow-billed Shrike (1)

SH

  1.  

White Helmet-shrike (5)

SH

  1.  

Northern Puffback (1)

SH

  1.  

Tropical Boubou (1)

AK (canopy)

  1.  

Black-crowned Tchagra (2)

SH

  1.  

Western Black-headed Oriole (5)

BO, KA

  1.  

Black-winged Oriole (2)

KA (canopy)

  1.  

Velvet-mantled Drongo (30+)

OW, BO, AK, KA

  1.  

Shining Drongo (4)

AK, KA

  1.  

Pied Crow (100+)

Common

  1.  

Chestnut-winged Starling (10+)

AB, KA

  1.  

Copper-tailed Glossy-Starling (3)

OW, HC, KA

  1.  

Splendid Glossy-Starling (20+)

AB, AN, KA

  1.  

Violet-backed Starling (75+)

KA, HC (large flocks)

  1.  

Grey-headed Sparrow (80+)

Common in dry areas

  1.  

Orange Weaver (25+)

AN, HC

  1.  

Village Weaver (300+)

Common

  1.  

Black-necked Weaver (4)

AB, HC

  1.  

Maxwell’s Black-Weaver (8)

KA (canopy)

  1.  

Vieillot’s Black Weaver (70+)

Several sites. Large flock at KA entrance

  1.  

Yellow-mantled Weaver (2)

BO, KA

  1.  

Preuss’ Weaver (1)

KA

  1.  

Gray’s Malimbe (10+)

AN, AK, KA

  1.  

Crested Malimbe (1)

BO

  1.  

Black-throated Malimbe (1)

AK

  1.  

Red-vented Malimbe (3)

AN, KA

  1.  

Red-headed Malimbe (8)

BO, KA

  1.  

Red-headed Quelea (5)

OW

  1.  

Black-winged Bishop (15+)

SH. OW and scrubs along coast

  1.  

Jameson’s Antpecker (1)

KA (canopy)

  1.  

Grey-headed Negrofinch (2)

KA (canopy)

  1.  

Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch (2)

AN, KA

  1.  

Pale-fronted Negrofinch (1)

AK

  1.  

Orange-cheeked Waxbill (8)

AM, KA

  1.  

Bar-breasted Firefinch (6)

HC

  1.  

Red-billed Firefinch (10)

HC and along road to Cape Coast

  1.  

Bronze Mannikin (100+)

Common

  1.  

Magpie Mannikin (10+)

OW, HC

  1.  

Black-and-White Manniin (4)

In hills between SH and AB

  1.  

Pin-tailed Whydah (20+)

Fairly common on wires along roads

  1.  

Yellow-fronted Canary (2)

SH

 

 

 

 

 

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