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Location Cameroon, West Province
Central coordinates 10o 44.00' East  5o 57.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 12,000 ha
Altitude 1,100 - 2,335m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Cameroon Biodiversity Conservation Society (Affiliate)



Site description Mount Mbam, also known as the Mbam Hill Forest, is a massif situated between the towns of Foumban and Jakiri and includes about 2,000 ha of montane forest, mainly on the plateau at about 2,000 m. The massif is an abrupt, isolated mountain with montane savanna grassland mixed with large patches of gallery forest on the plateau and the slopes, where they line the numerous streams, some of which are seasonal and some permanent. Many large forest patches extend down to about 1,400 m. The numerous galleries on the plateau range between 5 m and 100 m in width and 500–1,000 m or more in length. The forest is dominated by Albizia gummifera, Polyscias fulva and Schefflera mannii while other common species include Syzygium guineense, Carapa procera, Ficus spp., Nuxia congesta, Olea capensis, Croton macrostachyus and Eugenia gilgii. Emergent shrubs in the Sporobolus africanus grassland include Hypericum revolutum, H. riparium and Agauria salicifolia. The hills are dotted with small settlements of mainly Fulani cattle grazers. Population densities at lower altitudes are higher, with at least 10 villages at the foot of the hills.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Cameroon Olive-pigeon Columba sjostedti resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Bannerman's Turaco Tauraco bannermani resident  2000  present  A1, A2, A3  Endangered 
Bar-tailed Trogon Apaloderma vittatum resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-breasted Boubou Laniarius atroflavus resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Grey Cuckooshrike Coracina caesia resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-bellied Crested-flycatcher Elminia albiventris resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-backed Cisticola Cisticola discolor resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Green Longtail Urolais epichlorus resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Black-collared Apalis Oreolais pulchra resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bamenda Apalis Apalis bamendae resident  2000  present  A1, A2  Least Concern 
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 
African Hill Babbler Pseudoalcippe abyssinica resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Waller's Starling Onychognathus walleri resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
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 
Baglafecht Weaver Ploceus baglafecht resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-capped Weaver Ploceus insignis resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fernando Po Oliveback Nesocharis shelleyi resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Western Green Tinkerbird Pogoniulus coryphaea resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Montane forest - mixed  -
Grassland Grassland - montane  -
Wetlands (inland) Montane bogs, swamps and mires; Rivers & streams  -

Land use

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

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Njabo and Languy (2000).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mount Mbam. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/07/2014

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