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Location Cameroon, North-west Province
Central coordinates 10o 35.00' East  6o 32.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 200 ha
Altitude 1,600 - 2,200m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Cameroon Biodiversity Conservation Society (Affiliate)



Site description This montane forest, known as Njinsing, is located west of the road between Kumbo and Nkambe, north-east of Mount Oku (CM012). The site comprises a small stand of submontane and montane forest mostly between 1,800 m and 2,200 m, but which descends to Tabenken village at 1,600 m. It is completely surrounded by farmland or degraded savanna among montane pastures of Sporobolus africanus. The vegetation is typically montane with emergent species including Croton macrostachyus, Podocarpus latifolius, Polyscias fulva, Albizia gummifera, Schefflera abyssinica and Prunus africana. The forest is greatly disturbed, as it is the main source of fuelwood for the surrounding villages.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bannerman's Turaco Tauraco bannermani resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Endangered 
Western Green-tinkerbird Pogoniulus coryphaeus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-spotted Barbet Buccanodon duchaillui resident  2000    Least Concern 
Banded Wattle-eye Platysteira laticincta resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Endangered 
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 
Black-winged Oriole Oriolus nigripennis resident  2000    Least Concern 
White-bellied Crested-flycatcher Elminia albiventris resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-backed Cisticola Cisticola discolor resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Green Longtail Urolais epichlorus 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 
Bangwa Forest Warbler Bradypterus bangwaensis resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
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 
Waller's Starling Onychognathus walleri resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Mountain Robin-chat Cossypha isabellae resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A2, A3  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 
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 
Brown-capped Weaver Ploceus insignis resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Fernando Po Oliveback Nesocharis shelleyi resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Oriole Finch Linurgus olivaceus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
other -
Notes: Firewood collection; harvesting medicinal products; local timber extraction.

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

Related state of the world's birds case studies

References Njabo and Languy (2000).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Njinsing - Tabenken. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/04/2014

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