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Location Cameroon, Adamaoua Province
Central coordinates 12o 9.00' East  7o 16.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 30,000 ha
Altitude 800 - 2,456m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

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Site description Tchabal Mbabo lies close to the Nigerian border and, at 2,456 m, its summit is the highest point on the Adamaoua plateau. It is situated some 50 km west of the town of Tignère and about 80 km north-east of the Gangirwal Peak of Mambilla plateau in neighbouring Nigeria, practically contiguous with Gashaka-Gumti National Park (NG002). The high plateau takes the shape of a west–east oriented crescent; the north and west-facing slopes bear extensive montane forest (at c.1,600–2,000 m) and there are numerous galleries of montane forest on the grassy plateau. Sudanian woodland occurs on the lower slopes. The plateau grasslands are grazed by Fulani cattle; the surrounding country is very sparsely inhabited.

Key Biodiversity See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Two short surveys resulted in a total of 134 species which include, in addition to those mentioned below, nine Sudan–Guinea Savanna biome (A04) and six Guinea–Congo Forests biome (A05) species (Table 3). Tchabal Mbabo is evidently important for a number of montane range-restricted species; more surveys are needed and Apalis bamendae should be looked for in gallery forest on the lower slopes.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals include isolated populations of Redunca fulvorufula adamauae (EN) and Hylochoerus meinertzhageni (EN).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Western Green Tinkerbird Pogoniulus coryphaea resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bar-tailed Trogon Apaloderma vittatum resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-breasted Boubou Laniarius atroflavus resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Mountain Boubou Laniarius poensis resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-backed Cisticola Cisticola discolor resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Black-collared Apalis Oreolais pulchra resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Cameroon Montane Greenbul Andropadus montanus resident  2000  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Western Mountain Greenbul Andropadus tephrolaemus resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Cameroon Olive Greenbul Phyllastrephus poensis resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Bangwa Forest Warbler Bradypterus bangwaensis resident  2000  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Grey-chested Babbler Kakamega poliothorax resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
African Hill Babbler Pseudoalcippe abyssinica resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Crossley's Ground-thrush Zoothera crossleyi resident  2000  present  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Mountain Robin-chat Cossypha isabellae resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Cameroon Sunbird Nectarinia oritis resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Northern Double-collared Sunbird Nectarinia preussi resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bannerman's Weaver Ploceus bannermani resident  2000  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Baglafecht Weaver Ploceus baglafecht resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-billed Weaver Ploceus melanogaster resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fernando Po Oliveback Nesocharis shelleyi resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Thick-billed Seedeater Serinus burtoni resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Oriole Finch Linurgus olivaceus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Montane forest - mixed  -
Grassland Grassland - montane  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
not utilised -

References Larison et al. (1995), Smith and McNiven (1993), WWF (2000).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tchabal-Mbabo. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/12/2014

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