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  • Photograph of Quail Plover

    Cameroon is the only country in the world where the strange Quail Plover is regularly seen. This one was photographed there by Simon Colenutt.

    CAMEROON

    Photograph of African Swallow-tailed Kite

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


    Best Wildlife in Cameroon

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

    Birds

    Specialities
    Six of the seven Cameroon Mountain Endemics (Mount Cameroon Francolin is inaccessible); Bannerman’s Turaco, Mount Kupe Bushshrike, Banded Wattle-eye, Bamenda Apalis, Mount Cameroon Speirops and Bates's Weaver.

    30 or so near-endemics (mostly shared with southeast Nigeria and/or the Gulf of Guinea island of Bioko) including Cameroon Olive Pigeon, Green-breasted Bush Shrike, Yellow-breasted Boubou, Mountain Sawwing, greenbuls, Green Longtail, Bangwa Forest, Black-capped Woodland and White-tailed Warblers, Crossley’s Ground Thrush, White-throated Mountain and Spotted Thrush Babblers, Ursula’s Sunbird, Bannerman’s Weaver, Red-headed (Woodhouse’s) Antpecker and Little (Shelley’s) Oliveback.

    Other specialities
    Quail Plover, Egyptian Plover, 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, Arabian and Savile’s Bustards, Brown-chested Lapwing, Vermiculated Fishing Owl, Fraser’s Eagle Owl, Sjostedt’s Owlet, Golden, Pennant-winged and Standard-winged Nightjars, Blue Cuckoo Shrike and Spotted Creeper.

    Others
    African Swallow-tailed Kite, Black Crowned Crane, Grey Pratincole, African Skimmer, Abyssinian and Blue-bellied Rollers, and hornbills including White-crested, as well as Hartlaub’s Duck, francolins, Hadada Ibis, Hamerkop, Grasshopper and Red-necked Buzzards, White-bellied Bustard, Four-banded Sandgrouse, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Adamawa Turtle Dove, Senegal Parrot, Red-headed Lovebird, Great Blue, Green, Violet, White-crested and Yellow-billed Turacos, cuckoos, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Bar-tailed and Narina’s Trogons, kingfishers, bee-eaters, woodhoopoes, barbets, woodpeckers, Chestnut 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, Sennar Penduline Tit, 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 including Pygmy, Oriole Finch, Sudan Golden Sparrow, malimbes, weavers, firefinches, pytilias, Dybowski’s Twinspot and Exclamatory Paradise Whydah. Also a chance of Saddle-billed Stork and White-spotted Flufftail.

    Reptiles
    Nile Crocodile.

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