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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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Fox Kestrel Falco alopex resident  2000    Least Concern 
White-spotted Flufftail Sarothrura pulchra resident  2000    Least Concern 
Guinea Turaco Tauraco persa resident  2000    Least Concern 
White-crested Turaco Tauraco leucolophus resident  2000    Least Concern 
Fraser's Eagle-owl Bubo poensis resident  2000    Least Concern 
Bar-tailed Trogon Apaloderma vittatum resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
White-bellied Kingfisher Alcedo leucogaster resident  2000    Least Concern 
Red-throated Bee-eater Merops bulocki resident  2000    Least Concern 
Western Green-tinkerbird Pogoniulus coryphaeus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-breasted Boubou Laniarius atroflavus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Mountain Boubou Laniarius poensis resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Petit's Cuckooshrike Campephaga petiti resident  2000    Least Concern 
Brown-backed Cisticola Cisticola discolor resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Black-collared Apalis Oreolais pulchra resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Cameroon Montane Greenbul Andropadus montanus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Western Mountain Greenbul Andropadus tephrolaemus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Cameroon Olive Greenbul Phyllastrephus poensis resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Bangwa Forest Warbler Bradypterus bangwaensis resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Blackcap Illadopsis Illadopsis cleaveri resident  2000    Least Concern 
Grey-chested Babbler Kakamega poliothorax resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
African Hill Babbler Pseudoalcippe abyssinica resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Blackcap Babbler Turdoides reinwardii resident  2000    Least Concern 
Crossley's Ground-thrush Zoothera crossleyi resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Mountain Robin-chat Cossypha isabellae resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A2, A3  Least Concern 
White-crowned Robin-chat Cossypha albicapilla resident  2000    Least Concern 
Cameroon Sunbird Nectarinia oritis resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Northern Double-collared Sunbird Nectarinia preussi resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Splendid Sunbird Nectarinia coccinigaster resident  2000    Least Concern 
Bannerman's Weaver Ploceus bannermani resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Baglafecht Weaver Ploceus baglafecht resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black-billed Weaver Ploceus melanogaster resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Fernando Po Oliveback Nesocharis shelleyi resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A2, A3  Least Concern 
White-cheeked Oliveback Nesocharis capistrata resident  2000    Least Concern 
Red-faced Pytilia Pytilia hypogrammica resident  2000    Least Concern 
Dybowski's Twinspot Euschistospiza dybowskii resident  2000    Least Concern 
Thick-billed Seedeater Serinus burtoni resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Oriole Finch Linurgus olivaceus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  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 -

Other biodiversity Mammals include isolated populations of Redunca fulvorufula adamauae (EN) and Hylochoerus meinertzhageni (EN).

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 18/04/2014

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