Birding around Accra

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Subject: Birding around Accra
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 17:57:43 -0400
Hi all,

Seeing as I have been asked whats around here in Ghana, I have put a trip
list together of what Keith Barnes and myself saw in three days birding
earlier this year. We concentrated on trying to get the (destroyed)forest
species not found elsewhere, so you could rack up loads more "African
trash" if you hit the savanna or the coast. 

Oh, I still have spare rooms for any birders who bother heading to this
part of the world.


Iain Campbell

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) 
Black-crowned Night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus)    
Black Kite (Milvus migrans) 
Palm-nut Vulture (Gypohierax angolensis) 
Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus) 
Short-toed Snake-eagle (Circaetus gallicus) 
Brown Snake-eagle (Circaetus cinereus) 
Western Marsh-harrier (Circus aeruginosus) 
African Harrier-hawk (Polyboroides typus [radiatus]) 
African Goshawk (Accipiter tachiro) 
Black Goshawk (Accipiter melanoleucus) 
Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) 
Grey Kestrel (Falco ardosiaceus) 
Ahanta Francolin (Francolinus ahantensis) 
Grey-throated Rail (Canirallus oculeus) 
Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) 
African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus) 
Common Sandpiper (Tringa hypoleucos)
Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis) 
Blue-spotted Wood-dove (Turtur afer) 
Blue-headed Wood-dove (Turtur brehmeri) 
Bruce's Green-pigeon (Treron waalia) 
Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus)
Red-fronted Parrot (Poicephalus gulielmi)
Guinea Turaco (Tauraco persa) 
Western Grey Plantain-eater (Crinifer piscator) 
Yellowbill (Ceuthmochares aereus) 
Black-throated Coucal (Centropus leucogaster) 
Red-chested Owlet (Glaucidium tephronotum) 
Mottled Spinetail (Telacanthura ussheri) 
Cassin's Spinetail (Neafrapus cassini) 
African Palm-swift (Cypsiurus parvus) 
Little Swift (Apus affinis) 
Shining-blue Kingfisher (Alcedo quadribrachys) 
Dwarf Kingfisher (Ispidina lecontei) 
Woodland Kingfisher (Halcyon senegalensis) 
Giant Kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima) 
Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) 
Black Bee-eater (Merops gularis) 
Little Bee-eater (Merops pusillus) 
White-throated Bee-eater (Merops albicollis) 
Forest Wood-hoopoe (Phoeniculus castaneiceps) 
White-crested Hornbill (Tockus albocristatus) 
Black Dwarf Hornbill (Tockus hartlaubi) 
African Pied Hornbill (Tockus fasciatus) 
Piping Hornbill (Ceratogymna fistulator) 
Black-casqued Hornbill (Ceratogymna atrata) 
Naked-faced Barbet (Gymnobucco calvus) 
Speckled Tinkerbird (Pogoniulus scolopaceus) 
Hairy-breasted Barbet (Tricholaema hirsuta) 
Least Honeyguide (Indicator exilis)
Green-backed Woodpecker (Campethera cailliautii) 
Fire-bellied Woodpecker (Dendropicos pyrrhogaster) 
Rufous-sided Broadbill (Smithornis rufolateralis) 
Rock Martin (Hirundo fuligula) 
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 
White-throated Blue Swallow (Hirundo nigrita) 
Lesser Striped-swallow (Hirundo abyssinica) 
House Martin (Delichon urbica)
Square-tailed Sawwing (Psalidoprocne nitens) 
Blue Cuckooshrike (Coracina azurea) 
Common Bulbul (Pycnonotus barbatus) 
Little Greenbul (Andropadus virens) 
Honeyguide Greenbul (Baeopogon indicator) 
Simple Greenbul (Chlorocichla simplex) 
Yellow-spotted Nicator (Nicator chloris) 
Forest Scrub-robin (Cercotrichas leucosticta) 
White-tailed Alethe (Alethe diademata) 
Sharpe's Apalis (Apalis sharpei) 
Rufous-crowned Eremomela (Eremomela badiceps) 
Green Crombec (Sylvietta virens) 
Green Hylia (Hylia prasina) 
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) 
Dusky-blue Flycatcher (Muscicapa comitata) 
Black-headed Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone rufiventer) 
Mouse-brown Sunbird (Anthreptes gabonicus) 
Collared Sunbird (Anthreptes collaris) 
Little Green Sunbird (Nectarinia seimundi) 
Olive Sunbird (Nectarinia olivacea)
Blue-throated Brown Sunbird (Nectarinia cyanolaema) 
Buff-throated Sunbird (Nectarinia adelberti) 
Olive-bellied Sunbird (Nectarinia chloropygia) 
Tiny Sunbird (Nectarinia minulla)
Splendid Sunbird (Nectarinia coccinigastra) 
Western Black-headed Oriole (Oriolus brachyrhynchus [monachus]) 
Northern Puffback (Dryoscopus gambensis) 
Black-crowned Tchagra (Tchagra senegala) 
Chestnut Wattle-eye (Platysteira castanea) 
Common Fiscal (Lanius collaris) 
Square-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus ludwigii) 
Shining Drongo (Dicrurus atripennis) 
Fork-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis) 
Pied Crow (Corvus albus) 
Narrow-tailed Starling (Poeoptera lugubris) 
Chestnut-winged Starling (Onychognathus fulgidus) 
Purple Glossy-starling (Lamprotornis purpureus) 
Splendid Glossy-starling (Lamprotornis splendidus) 
Violet-backed Starling (Cinnyricinclus leucogaster) 
Grey-headed Sparrow (Passer griseus) 
Orange Weaver (Ploceus aurantius) 
Heuglin's Masked-weaver (Ploceus heuglini) 
Village Weaver (Ploceus cucullatus) 
Vieillot's Black Weaver (Ploceus nigerrimus) 
Yellow-mantled Weaver (Ploceus tricolor) 
Crested Malimbe (Malimbus malimbicus) 
Red-headed Malimbe (Malimbus rubricollis) 
Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch (Nigrita bicolor)    
Grey-headed Negrofinch (Nigrita canicapilla) 
Bar-breasted Firefinch (Lagonosticta rufopicta) 
Red-billed Firefinch (Lagonosticta senegala)
Orange-cheeked Waxbill (Estrilda melpoda)    
Bronze Mannikin (Lonchura cucullata)
Village Indigobird (Vidua chalybeata) 

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