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Location Cameroon, South-west Province
Central coordinates 9o 10.00' East  4o 51.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 50,000 ha
Altitude 100 - 1,768m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Cameroon Biodiversity Conservation Society (Affiliate)



Site description The Rumpi Hills, situated to the north of Mount Cameroon (CM027), west of the Bakossi mountains (CM022) and south-east of Korup National Park (CM019), include a number of peaks over 1,000 m, the highest of which is Mount Rata, 1,768 m. Many of the peaks are the result of extensive faulting, so that there are no classic volcanic cones with craters. Part of the site comprises an area of mid-altitude forest, largely degraded by logging and agricultural encroachment. Mount Rata has more intact forest than the surrounding areas. In addition to the mid-altitude forest, coastal evergreen and drier northern semi-evergreen forest elements occur. There are many permanent watercourses.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Cassin's Hawk-eagle Aquila africana resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-spotted Flufftail Sarothrura pulchra resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Cameroon Olive-pigeon Columba sjostedti resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
White-naped Pigeon Columba albinucha resident  2000  present  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Psittacus erithacus resident  2000  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Yellow-billed Turaco Tauraco macrorhynchus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo Cercococcyx olivinus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Coucal Centropus leucogaster resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bubo poensis resident  2000  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Sjostedt's Owlet Glaucidium sjostedti resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sabine's Spinetail Rhaphidura sabini resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bates's Swift Apus batesi resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bar-tailed Trogon Apaloderma vittatum resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Roller Eurystomus gularis resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-bellied Kingfisher Corythornis leucogaster resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black Bee-eater Merops gularis resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bycanistes fistulator resident  2000  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Tockus fasciatus resident  2000  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Dwarf Hornbill Lophoceros camurus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-thighed Hornbill Bycanistes albotibialis resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-casqued Hornbill Ceratogymna atrata resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-casqued Hornbill Ceratogymna elata resident  2000  present  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Spotted Honeyguide Indicator maculatus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Lyre-tailed Honeyguide Melichneutes robustus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Campethera tullbergi resident  2000  present  A3  Not Recognised 
African Piculet Verreauxia africana resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-spotted Woodpecker Campethera nivosa resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-eared Woodpecker Campethera caroli resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-crested Woodpecker Dendropicos xantholophus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-headed Broadbill Smithornis sharpei resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
West African Batis Batis occulta resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut Wattle-eye Platysteira castanea resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-necked Wattle-eye Platysteira chalybea resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-green Bush-shrike Telophorus bocagei resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green-breasted Bush-shrike Malaconotus gladiator resident  2000  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Red-eyed Puffback Dryoscopus senegalensis resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Large-billed Puffback Dryoscopus sabini resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Mountain Boubou Laniarius poensis resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Cuckooshrike Coracina caesia resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue Cuckooshrike Coracina azurea resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Petit's Cuckooshrike Campephaga petiti resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Western Black-headed Oriole Oriolus brachyrhynchus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-winged Oriole Oriolus nigripennis resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Shining Drongo Dicrurus atripennis resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone rufiventer resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-headed Crested-flycatcher Trochocercus nitens resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-vented Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone rufocinerea resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Dusky Crested-flycatcher Elminia nigromitrata resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-bellied Crested-flycatcher Elminia albiventris resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-capped Flycatcher Erythrocercus mccallii resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-necked Picathartes Picathartes oreas resident  2000  present  A1, A2, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Square-tailed Saw-wing Psalidoprocne nitens resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Forest Swallow Hirundo fuliginosa resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Chattering Cisticola Cisticola anonymus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Longtail Urolais epichlorus resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Masked Apalis Apalis binotata resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Apalis rufogularis resident  2000  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Yellow-browed Camaroptera Camaroptera superciliaris resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Cameroon Montane Greenbul Andropadus montanus resident  2000  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Grey-headed Greenbul Phyllastrephus poliocephalus resident  2000  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Grey Greenbul Andropadus gracilis resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Western Mountain Greenbul Andropadus tephrolaemus resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Golden Greenbul Calyptocichla serina resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Spotted Greenbul Ixonotus guttatus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Simple Greenbul Chlorocichla simplex resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Swamp Greenbul Thescelocichla leucopleura resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Cameroon Olive Greenbul Phyllastrephus poensis resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Icterine Greenbul Phyllastrephus icterinus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Common Bristlebill Bleda syndactylus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Lesser Bristlebill Bleda notatus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green-backed Bulbul Criniger chloronotus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-spotted Nicator Nicator chloris resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-tailed Warbler Poliolais lopezi resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Green Hylia Hylia prasina resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-capped Woodland-warbler Phylloscopus herberti resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Green Crombec Sylvietta virens resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blackcap Illadopsis Illadopsis cleaveri resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown Illadopsis Illadopsis fulvescens resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-chested Babbler Kakamega poliothorax resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Mountain-babbler Kupeornis gilberti resident  2000  present  A1, A2, A3  Endangered 
Purple-headed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis purpureiceps resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Waller's Starling Onychognathus walleri resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Narrow-tailed Starling Poeoptera lugubris resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Crossley's Ground-thrush Zoothera crossleyi resident  2000  present  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
White-tailed Ant-thrush Neocossyphus poensis resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Alethe diademata resident  2000  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Forest Robin Stiphrornis erythrothorax resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-bellied Robin-chat Cossyphicula roberti resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Mountain Robin-chat Cossypha isabellae resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
African Forest Flycatcher Fraseria ocreata resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sooty Flycatcher Muscicapa infuscata resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-footed Flycatcher Muscicapa sethsmithi resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Dusky-blue Flycatcher Muscicapa comitata resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Cassin's Grey Flycatcher Muscicapa cassini resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Sunbird Anthreptes rectirostris resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bates's Sunbird Nectarinia batesi resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Cameroon Sunbird Nectarinia oritis resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Brown Sunbird Nectarinia cyanolaema resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green-throated Sunbird Nectarinia rubescens resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Ursula's Sunbird Nectarinia ursulae resident  2000  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Northern Double-collared Sunbird Nectarinia preussi resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Tiny Sunbird Nectarinia minulla resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Johanna's Sunbird Nectarinia johannae resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Superb Sunbird Nectarinia superba resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-billed Weaver Ploceus melanogaster resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Vieillot's Black Weaver Ploceus nigerrimus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Preuss's Weaver Ploceus preussi resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-capped Weaver Ploceus insignis resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Gray's Malimbe Malimbus nitens resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Crested Malimbe Malimbus malimbicus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Woodhouse's Antpecker Parmoptila woodhousei resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch Nigrita bicolor resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-faced Crimson-wing Cryptospiza reichenovii resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Western Bluebill Spermophaga haematina resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Oriole Finch Linurgus olivaceus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Gymnobucco calvus resident  2000  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Trachyphonus purpuratus resident  2000  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Bristle-nosed Barbet Gymnobucco peli resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Speckled Tinkerbird Pogoniulus scolopaceus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Western Green Tinkerbird Pogoniulus coryphaea resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-rumped Tinkerbird Pogoniulus atroflavus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-throated Tinkerbird Pogoniulus subsulphureus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-spotted Barbet Buccanodon duchaillui resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Hairy-breasted Barbet Tricholaema hirsuta resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Rumpi Hills Forest Reserve 45,675 protected area contained by site 45,675  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial Farmbush, fallow & ruderal land; Perennial crops, orchards and groves  -
Forest Lowland forest - dry evergreen; Lowland forest - mixed moist evgn & semi-evgn; Mid-altitude forest - transitional  -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers & streams  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
water management -

Other biodiversity Hunters still report the presence of Mandrillus leucophaeus (EN) and Cercopithecus preussi (EN), and among others Procolobus (badius) preussi (EN) may occur, but the current status of all needs re-assessing. On present evidence Myosorex rumpii (CR) is endemic to this site, although whether or not this forest shrew (closely related to other species) is really critically threatened remains to be investigated. Another species endemic to Cameroon for which this is the type-locality is Paraxerus cooperi (VU), widespread in the mountain chain.

Further web sources of information 

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) species/site profile. This site has been identified as an AZE due to it containing a Critically Endangered or Endangered species with a limited range.

References Eisentraut (1973), Heim de Balsac (1968), Laurent (1992), Stuart (1986).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mount Rata and Rumpi Hills Forest Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/07/2014

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