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Location Cameroon, Adamaoua Province
Central coordinates 13o 42.00' East  7o 8.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 1,500 ha
Altitude 1,220 - 1,240m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Cameroon Biodiversity Conservation Society (Affiliate)



Site description Situated on the Adamaoua plateau, about 35 km south-east of Ngaoundéré, this site is a privately-owned ranch. The vegetation comprises a mix of Sudanian savanna and gallery forests as well as some grassland, used for cattle-ranching. There are also two small crater lakes.

Key Biodiversity See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. The avifauna is well known with just over 300 species recorded, including a good representation of Sudan–Guinea Savanna biome species. In addition, nine species of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome (A05) and one of the Afrotropical Highlands biome (A07), also occur (see Table 3). The site is a well-known locality for Francolinus schlegelii and Apalis bamendae, but the francolin has not been reported from here in recent years. One of the lakes harbours a huge roost of weavers and starlings, including at times up to 100 Creatophora cinerea, for which Ngaoundaba is the only known site in Cameroon. A number of rarely seen species may be observed in the area, including Rhinoptilus chalcopterus, Vanellus superciliosus and Grafisia torquata, all of which are likely to breed.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bearded Barbet Pogonornis dubius resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-chested Lapwing Vanellus superciliosus breeding  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Adamawa Turtle-dove Streptopelia hypopyrrha resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Senegal Parrot Poicephalus senegalus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-crested Turaco Tauraco leucolophus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-bellied Roller Coracias cyanogaster resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-throated Bee-eater Merops bulocki resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Shrike Corvinella corvina resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Piapiac Ptilostomus afer resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sun Lark Galerida modesta resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-winged Grey Warbler Drymocichla incana resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bamenda Apalis Apalis bamendae resident  2000  present  A1, A2  Least Concern 
Oriole Warbler Hypergerus atriceps resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Senegal Eremomela Eremomela pusilla resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blackcap Babbler Turdoides reinwardii resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Purple Glossy-starling Lamprotornis purpureus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bronze-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis chalcurus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-collared Starling Grafisia torquata resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-crowned Robin-chat Cossypha albicapilla resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Gambaga Flycatcher Muscicapa gambagae breeding  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Splendid Sunbird Nectarinia coccinigaster resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bush Petronia Petronia dentata resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-cheeked Oliveback Nesocharis capistrata resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-winged Pytilia Pytilia phoenicoptera resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-faced Pytilia Pytilia hypogrammica resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Dybowski's Twinspot Euschistospiza dybowskii resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bar-breasted Firefinch Lagonosticta rufopicta resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-bellied Firefinch Lagonosticta rara resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Long-tailed Paradise-whydah Vidua interjecta resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-rumped Bunting Emberiza affinis resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Savanna Wooded grassland  -
Forest   100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
tourism/recreation -

References Anon. (1993).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ngaoundaba Ranch. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/12/2014

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