Ghana - with Ashanti African Tours led by Robert Ntakor

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Participants: Leader Robert Ntakor; participants were Stephen Wilkinson, John Day, Bob Strickland, Colin McKerrow, Wendy Forster, Robin Arch, John Threadgold, Audrey Threadgold.


Tour Highlights

This was a 14 day tour covering the entire vegetation zones of Ghana, from the coastal wetlands through the lowland evergreen upper guinea rainforest, transitional woodlands in central Ghana, the high mountainous ranges and finally the Guinea savannah of the North.

During the trip, Ghana’s 2 main National Parks were visited, in addition to other wildlife protected areas. We also visited some unprotected areas in search of the many quality bird species Ghana has to offer. In total there were 10 full days of birdwatching during this tour, each day was split into 2 birding sections each averaging approximately 4 hours in duration with a 3 hour afternoon break when the bird activities are down. The remainder of the days were dedicated to travelling to and from destinations with some stopovers at special birding areas.

The trip was very successful especially since approximately 30% of birding areas at Mole National Park were inaccessible due to the record rain fall of the previous 2 months. More than 350 birds species were recorded including the main target species of every Ashanti African birdwatching trip, ‘’the stunning Yellow–Headed Picathartes’’. Other highlights were the extraordinary Brown Nightjar, eye catching Rufous – Sided Broadbill, beautiful Blue-Headed and Black Bee–Eaters, Oriole Warbler, legendary Long–Tailed Hawk, distinguished Dwarf Hornbill, elusive African Finfoot as well as the majority of Ghana’s upper guinea endemic species.

Quality mammal species were in abundance which included the worlds largest land moving animal, ‘’African Elephant’’ seen on foot at a close range on a number of occasions. Primates were a plenty with the endangered Olive Colobus a highlight from the canopy walkway in the North Patas, Baboons and Vervet monkeys were common as were Kobs, Waterbuck and Bushbucks.

Daily Activities

Day 1+2

As the majority of flights arrive in the evening our first night was spent in Accra acclimatising ourselves to tropical Africa. Day 2 was the very first birding day and the only late start of the entire trip, our first destination was at the Sakumono lagoon in Tema which was teeming with shore birds and many species were recorded. We left the lagoon at around 10.30am and headed on for lunch at Winneba. From there, we visited the winneba plains for some coastal savannah birds and excellent views of Black Bellied Bustard after which we left and transferred to Hans Cottage Botel near Cape Coast. At this point, around 90 species had already been recorded including species such as, Collared Pratincole, African Spoonbill, Black coucal, Vieillot’s Barbet, and Snowy Crown Robin-chat.

Day 3 to 7

Day 3 was the beginning of our Upper Guinea Rainforest birding adventure at the amazing Kakum National Park. We started off on the wonderful canopy walkway, continuing the following day venturing deep into the park exploring the many trails it has to offer and incorporated birding on old timber roads around the reserve to cover both strict rainforest, canopy and forest edge species. The rainforest birding was excellent with many quality species recorded which included excellent views of some specialities like the secretive White-Spotted Fluftail, Blue –Headed Wood Dove, African Grey Parrot, Yellow Billed Turaco, African Emerald Cuckoo, the incredible Brown nightjar, Black Bee-eater, White-Crested, Piping, Black casqued, Yellow Casqued and Brown Cheeked Hornbills, Fraser’s Eagle Owl, an abundance of Barbets that included Bristle Nosed, Naked-Faced, Hairy-Breasted, Yellow-Spotted and Yellow Billed. Other sought after species included excellent views of African Piculet, displaying Rufous-sided Broadbill and the dream bird “Yellow Headed Picathartes” (what a bird). We should not overlook the beautiful White-throated Blue Swallow, many Greenbuls, Starlings and the four Malimbes of Ghana. By the time we left Kakum after five days of intensive rainforest birding we had recorded well over 240 species in 6 days of birding. We transferred to Kumasi, capital of the Ashanti region after evening birding on day 7.

Day 8

Today was dedicated to driving the 415km to Mole National Park in the Northern region of Ghana, leaving the upper guinea rainforest and moving into the guinea woodland and sahelian savannah plains of the dryer North. During the journey we picked different species not yet recorded, stopped for a packed lunch and a few leg stretch and scanning breaks. On our arrival at Mole we enjoyed the final few hours of daylight on the terrace overlooking the two watering holes picking more new bird and mammal species.

Day 9+10

The next two days were highly productive birding as we added to our lists barley catching our breath between new species, but taking our time to enjoy the wonderful birdlife and mammals Mole has to offer. The guinea savannah woodland produced some special birds like the immense Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Stone Partridge, Four Banded Sandgrouse, Woolly-necked and Saddle-billed Storks, African White-backed, and White-headed Vultures, Martial Eagle, Wahlbergs Eagle, Bruce’s Pigeon, Violet Turaco, Greyish Eagle Owl and Oriole Warbler. Considering 30% of the birding areas were not accessible due to the record rain fall during the previous 2 months which hindered our chance of more quality species we still achieved an impressive and enjoyable few days birding. Other species we had excellent views of included Striped Kingfisher, Red-throated Bee-eater, Northern Red billed-hornbill, Bearded Barbet, Greater Honeyguide Sulphur-Breasted Bush-shrike, White-breasted and Red-shouldered Cuckoo-Shrikes, African Golden oriole, Yellow-Throated Leaflove, Pygmy, Splendid, Scarlet-chested, and Beautiful Sunbirds, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow Weaver, Bush Patronia, Red-billed Firefinch, Red cheeked cordonbleu, Wilson’s indigobird, Togo and Exclamatory paradise whydahs and Cinnamon-Breasted (rock) Bunting to mention but a few species recorded.

Day 11

After spending three nights and two days in the northern woodland savannah of Ghana, we set off back to the upper guinea rainforest zone of the south, our guests always comment how nice it is to break up the forest and savannah birding and this tour combines both perfectly. The day was again dedicated to travel but as usual we always pick off new species en-route to new destinations.

Day 12+13

Day 12 took us to the beautiful Bobiri forest which is actually a sanctuary for butterflies you can see why when one bush has recorded more than 128 species. Here we recorded the rarely seen Afep Pigeon, excellent views of Black Dwarf Hornbill Purple-Throated Cuckoo-Shrike, Red-Thighed Sparrow Hawk, Western Bluebill, Black-capped Apalis. With the definite highlight being the stunning Long-Tailed Hawk. Atewa threw up some specialities and none more so than the beautiful Blue-Headed Bee-eater, Yellow Footed Honeyguide and Narinas Trogon. After a final mornings birding at Atewa on day 13 we returned to where we started as we transferred back to our beach front hotel near Accra. The following morning we visited the Shi-hills Resource Reserve picking up the final species for our trip and some only found here like the Mocking Cliff Chat other species included Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Blackcap Babbler, Double Toothed Barbet, and the impressive Blue Bellied Roller. We returned to our hotel freshened up and enjoyed a complementary late check out (curtesy of Ashanti African Tours) as our flights were not leaving until later in the evening. On reflection the trip was very successful with excellent feedback from all of the participants, we enjoyed well over 350 species which was an excellent achievement especially since so many birding areas were cut off due to the record rainfall of the previous two months.

Species Lists

Taxonomic order and nomenclature follow Clements, 6th edition updated 2007.
All bird species mentioned below were seen as we do not record heard or leader only

Cormorants & Shags Phalacrocoracidae
Long-Tailed Cormorant Phalacrocorax africanus

Herons, Egrets, & Bitterns Ardeidae
Striated Heron Butorides stratus
Squacco Heron Adeola ralloides
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Great White Egret Egretta alba
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
Intermediate Egret Egretta termdea
Black Heron Egretta ardsaica
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Western Reef Egret Egretta gularis
Black-headed Heron Ardea melanocephala

Hamerkop Scopidae
Hamerkop Scopus umbretta

Storks Ciconidae
Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus
Saddle-billled Stork Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis

Ibis &Spoonbills Threskiornithidae
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
Hadada Ibis Bostrychia hagedash
African Spoonbill Platalea alba

Swans, Geese & Ducks Anatidae
White-Faced Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna viduata

Hawks, Kites, Eagles & Vultures Accipitridae
Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus
Black [Yellow-billed] Kite Milvus [migrans] aegyptius
Ruppel’s Vulture Gyps ruooellii
Hooded Vulture Necrosyrtes monachus
Palm-nut Vulture Gypohierax angolensis
African White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus
White-headed Vulture Trindonoceps occipitalis
Dark Chanting-goshawk Meliterax metabates
Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus
Western [European] Marsh-Harrier Circus aerugenosus
African Harrier-Hawk [Gymnogene] Polyboroides typus
European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus
African Cuckoo-hawk Aviceda cuculoides
Black Sparrowhawk Accipiter melanoleucus
Red-thighed Sparrowhawk Accipiter erythropus
Gabar Goshawk Meliterax gabar
Red-necked Buzzard Buteo auguralis
Grasshopper Buzzard Butastur rufipennis
Lizard Buzzard Kaupifalco monogrammicus
Red-chested Goshawk Accipiter toussenelii
Shikra [Little Banded Goshawk] Accipiter badius
Wahlberg’s Eagle Aquila wahlbergi
Congo Serpent Eagle Dryotriorchis spectabilis
Martial Eagle Polemaetus bellicosus

Falcons & Caracaras Falconidae
Common [Eurasian] Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Grey Kestrel Falco ardosiaceus
African Hobby Falco cuvierii
Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus

Pheasants & Partridges Phasianidae
Ahanta Francolin Francolinus ahantesis
Double-spurred Francolin Francolinus bicalcaratus
Stone Partridge Ptilopachus petrosus

Guineafowl Numididae
Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris

Rails, Gallinules & coots Rallidae
Black Crake Amaurornis flavirostra
White-spotted Fluftail Sarothrura pulchra
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus

Finfoots Heliornithidae
African Finfoot Podica senegalensis

Bustards Otididae
Black Bellied Bustard Lissotis melanogaster

Jacanas Jacanidae
African Jacana Actophilornis africanus

Painted Snipes Rostratulidae
Painted Snipe Rostratula benghalensis

Stilts & Avocets Recurvirosteidae
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus

Thick-Knees Burhinidae
Senegal Thick-knee Buhinus senegalensis

Coursers & Pratincoles Glareolidae
Collared [Red-winged] Pratincole Glareola pratincola
Rock Pratincole Glareola nuchalis

Plovers & Lapwings Caradriidae
Spur-winged Plover [Lapwing] Vanellus spinosus
Senegal [Wattled] Plover [Lapwing] Vanellus senegalensis
Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola
Kittlitz’s Plover Charadrius pecuarius

Sandpipers & Allies Scolopacidae
Whimbrel Numenius pjaeopus
Common Redshank Tringa tetanus
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
Sanderling Calideis alba
Dunlin Calidris alpina
Little Stint Calidris minuta
Ruff Philomachus pugnax

Skuas Stercorariidae
Arctic Skua Stercorarius parasiticus

Terns Sternidae
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Black Tern Chlidonias niger
Little Tern Sterna albifrons

Sandgrouses Pteroclidae
Four-banded Sandgrouse Pterocles flavirostris

Doves & Pigeons Collumbidae
Rock [Feral] Pigeon Columba livia
Red-eyed Dove Streptopelia semitoquata
Vinaceous Dove Streptopelia vinacea
Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis
Black-billed Wood Dove Turtur abyssinicus
Red-billed [Blue-spotted] Wood Dove Turtur afar
Tambourine Dove Turtur tympanistria
Blue-headed Wood Dove Turtur brehmeri
Afep Pigeon Columba unicincta
Bronze-naped Pigeon Columba malherbii
Bruce’s Pigeon Treron waalia
African Green Pigeon Treron calva

Parrots, Macaws & Allies Psittacidae
Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri
African Grey Parrot Psittacus erithacus
Red-fronted Parrot Poicephalus gulielmi
Black-collared Lovebird Agapornis swinderniana
Senegal Parrot Poicephalus senegalensis

Turacos Musophagidae
Yellow-billed Turaco Tauraco macrorhynchus
Violet Turaco Musophaga violacea
Western Grey Plantain-eater Crinifer piscator

Cuckoos Cucullidae
Levaillant’s Cuckoo Clamator levaillantii
Black Cuckoo Cuculus clamosus
Diederik Cuckoo Chrysococcyx caprius
Klaas’ Cuckoo Chrysococcyx klaas
African Emerald Cuckoo Chrysococcyx cupreus
Thick-billed Cuckoo Pachycoccyx audeberti
Great-spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius
Black-throated Coucal Centropus leucogaster
Black Coucal Centropus grilii
Yellowbill [Green Malkhoa] Ceuthmochares aereus
Senegal Coucal Centropus senegalensis

Typical Owls Strigidae
Fraser’s Eagle-Owl Bubo poensis
Grayish Eagle-Owl Bubo cinerascens
Pearl-spotted Owlet Glaucidium perlantum

Nightjars & Allies Caprimulgidae
Brown Nightjar Caprimulgus binotatus
Long-tailed Nightjar Scotornis climacuras
Standared-winged Nightjar Macrodypterix longipennis

Swift Apodidae
Black Spinetail Telacanthura melanopygia
Sabine’s Spinetail Rhaphidura sabini
Cassin’s Spinetail Neafrapus cassini
African Palm-Swift Cypsiurus parvus
Common Swift Apus apus
Little Swift Apus affinis

Trogons Trogonidae
Narina’s Trogon Apaloderma narina

Kingfishers Alcedindae
Malachite Kingfisher Alcedo cristata
African Pygmy-Kingfisher Ispidina picta
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher Halcyon badia
Striped Kingfisher Halcyon cheliculi
Grey-headed Kingfisher Halcyon leucocephala
Woodland Kingfisher Halcyon senegalensis
Blue-breasted Kingfisher Halcyon malimbica
Giant Kingfisher Megaceryle maxima
Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis

Bee-eaters Meropidae
Blue-headed Bee-eater Merops muelleri
White-throated Bee-eater Merops albicollis
Black Bee-eater Merops gularis
Red-throated Bee-eater Merops bulocki
Little Bee-eater Merops pusilus

Rollers Coraciidae
Abyssinian Roller Coracias abyssinica
Rufous-crowned Roller Coracias naevia
Blue-bellied Roller Coracias cyanogaster
Broad-billed Roller Eurystomus glaucurus
Blue-throated Roller Eurystomus gularis

Woodhoopoes Phoeniculidae
Green Woodhoopoe Phoeniculus purpureus
White-headed Woodhoopoe Phoeniculus bollei
Forest Woodhoopoe Phoeniculus castaneiceps

Hornbills Bucerotidae
White-crested Hornbill Tockus albocristatus
Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill Tockus camurus
Black Dwarf Hornbill Tockus hartlaubi
Northern Red-billed Hornbill Tokus erythrorhynchus
African Pied Hornbill Tockus fasciatus
African Gray Hornbill Tockus nasutus
Piping Hornbill Ceratogymna fistulator
Brown-cheeked Hornbill Bycanistes cylindricus
Black- casqued Hornbill Ceratogymna atrata
Yellow-casqued Hornbill Ceratogymna elata

Barbets Capitonidae
Naked-faced Barbet Gymnobucco calvus
Bristle-nosed Barbet Gymnobucco peli
Speckle Tinkerbird Pogoniulus scolopaeceus
Red-rumped Tinkerbird Pogoniulus atroflavus
Yellow-throated Tinkerbird Pogoniulus subsulphureus
Yellow (Golden)-rumped Tinkerbird Pogoniulus bilineatus
Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird Pogoniulus chrysoconus
Yellow-spotted Barbet Buccanodon duchaillui
Hairy-breasted Barbet Tricholaema hirsuta
Vieillot’s Barbet Lybius vieilloti
Double-toothed Barbet Lybius bidentatus
Bearded Barbet Lybius dubius
Yellow-billed Barbet Trachyphonus purpuratus

Honeyguides Indicatoridae
Least Honeyguide Indicator exilis
Yellow-footed Honeyguide Melignomon eisentrauti
Cassin’s honeybird prodotiscus insignis

Woodpecker & Allies Picidae
Little Green Woodpecker Campethera maculosa
Buff-spotted woodpecker Campethera nivosa
Melancholy woodpecker Dendropicos lugubris
Fire-bellied woodpecker Dendropicos pyrrhogaster
Gray woodpecker Dendropicos goertae

Broadbills Eurylaimdae
Rufous-sided broadbill Smithornis rufolateralis

Swallows Hirundinidae
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Ethiopian Swallow Hirundo aethiopica
Wire-tailed Swallow Hirundo smithii
White-throated Blue Swallow Hirundo nigrita
Lesser-striped Swallow Cecropis abyssinica
Mosque Swallow Cecropis senegalensis
Preuss’ Cliff-Swallow Hirundo preussi
Fanti Sawwing Psalidoprocne abscura

Wagtails Pipits Motacillidae
African Pied Wagtail Motacilla aguimp
Yellow-throated Longclaw Macronyx croceus
Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava
Plain-backed Pipit Anthus leucophrys
Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis

Cuckoo-shrikes Campephagidae
Blue Cuckoo-shrike Coracina azurea
Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike Campephaga phoenicea
Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike Campephaga quiscalina

Bulbuls Pycnonotidae
Common Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus
Little Greenbul Andropadus virens
Ansorge’s Greenbul Andropadu ansorgei
Plain Greenbul Andropadus curvirostris
Slender-billed Greenbul Andropadus grcilirostris
Yellow-whisked Greenbul Andropadus latirostris
Golden Greenbul Calyptocichla serina
Honeyguide Greenbul Baeopogon indicator
Yellow-throated Greenbul Chlorochicla flavicollis
Simple Greenbul Chlorochicla simplex
Swamp-palm Greenbul Thescelocichla leucopleura
White-throated Greenbul Phyllastrephus albigularis
Red-tailed Greenbul Griniger calurus
Icterine Greenbul Phyllastrephus icterinus
Western Bearded Greenbul Criniger barbatus
Little-grey Greenbul Andropadus gracilis
Red-tailed Bristlebill Blada syndactyla
Gray-headed Bristlebill Blada canicapilla
Western Nicator Nicator chloris

Thrushes & Allies Turdidae
White-tailed Ant-thrush Neocossyphus poensis
Finsch’s Flycatcher-Thrush Neocossyphus finschii
African Thrush Turdus pelios
White-tailed Alethe Pseudalethe diademata
Snowy-crown Robin-chst Cossypha niveicapilla
Mockling Cliff-chat Myrmecocichla cinnamomeiventris
Forest Robin Stiphrornis erythrothorax

Old world Warblers Sylviidae
Red-faced Cisticola Cisticola erythrops
Siffling [Short-winged] Cisticola Cisticola brachypterus
Zitting [Fan-tailed] Cisticola Cisticola juncidis
Whistling Cisticola Cisticola lateralis
Singing Cisticola Cisticolacantaris
Tawny-flanked Prinia Prinia subflava
Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus
Red-winged Prinia [Warbler] Heliolais erythroptera
Black-capped Apalis Apalis nigriceps
Yellow-breasted Apalis Apalis flavida
Sharpe’s Apalis Apalis sharpie
Oriole Warbler Hypergerus atriceps
Gray-backed Camaroptera Camaroptera brachyura
Yellow-browed Camaroptera Camaroptera superciliaris
Olive-green Camaroptera Camaroptera chloronota
Moustached Grass-Warbler Melocichla mentalis
Senegal Eremomela Eremomela pusilla
Rufou-crowned Eremomela Eremomela badiceps
Green Crombec Sylvietta virens
Gray Longbill Macrosphenus concolor
Violet-backed Hyliota Hyliota violacea
Green Hylia Hylia prasina

Old World Flycatchers Muscicapidae
Pale Flycatcher Bradornis pallidus
Northern Black-Flycatcher Melaenornis edolioides
Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata
Ashy Flycatcher Muscicapa caerulescens
Ussher’s Flycatcher Artomyias ussheri
Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca
Forest Flycatcher Fraseria ocreata
Dusky-blue Flycatcher Muscicapa comitata
Grey-throated Tit Flycatcher Muscicapa griseigularis
Grey Tit-Flycatcher Myioparus plumbeus

Monarch Flycatchers Monarchidae
Chestnut-capped Flycatcher Erythrocercus mccallii
African Blue Flycatcher Elminia longicauda
Black-headed Paradise-Flycatcher Terpsiphone rufiventer
African Paradise-Flycatcher Terpsiphone viridis
Blue-headed Crested Flycatcher Trochocercus nitens

Wattle-eyes & Allies Platysteiridae
Chestnut Wattle-eye Platysteira castanea
Common Wattle-eye Platysteira cyanea
Senegal Batis Batis senegalensis

Picathartes Picathartidae
Yellow-headed Picathartes Picathartes gymnocephalus

Babblers Timaliidae
Black-cap Babbler Turdoides reinwardtii
Brown Babbler Turdoides plebejus
Brown Illadopsis Trichastoma fulvescens

Chickadees & Tits Paridae
White-shouldered Black Tit Melaniparus guineensis

Penduline Tits Remizidae
Tit-hylia Pholidornis rushiae

Sunbirds and Allies Nectariniidae
Collared Sunbird Anthreptes collaris
Fraser’s Sunbird Anthreptes fraseri
Green Sunbird Anthreptes rectirostris
Olive-bellied Sunbird Nectarinia chloropygia
Buff-throated Sunbird Nectarinia adelberti
Splendid Sunbird Nectarinia coccinigaster
Copper Sunbird Nectarinia cuprea
Blue-throated Brown Sunbird Nectarinia cyanolaema
Johanna’s Sunbird Nectarinia johannae
Tiny Sunbird Nectarinia minulla
Olive Sunbird Nectarinia olivacea
Pygmy Sunbird Hedydypna platura
Beautiful Sunbird Nectarinia pulchella
Little Green Sunbird Nectarinia seimundi
Scarlet-chested Sunbird Nectarinia senegalensis
Superb Sunbird Nectarinia superba
Green-headed Sunbird Nectarinia verticalis

White-eyes Zosteropidae
Yellow White-eye Zosterops senegalensis

True Shrikes Lanidae
Common Fiscal Lanius collaris
Yellow-billed Shrike Corvinella corvina

Bush-Shrikes Malaconotidae
Northern Puff-back Dryoscopus gambensis
Sabine’s Puff-back Dryoscopus sabini
Common Gonolek Laniarius barbarus
Sulpher-breasted Bush-shrike Malaconotus sulfureopectus
Black-crown Tchagra Tchagra senegala
Brubru Nilaus afer

Helmet-Shrikes Prionopidae
Red-billed Helmet-shrike Prionops caniceps
White-crested Helmet-shrike Prionops plumata

Orioles Oriolidae
African Golden Oriole Oriolus auratus
Black-headed Oriole Oriolus brachyrhynchus
Western Black-winged Oriole Oriolus nigripennis

Drongos Dicruridae
Velvet-mantled Drongo Dicrurus modestus
Shining Drongo Dicrurus atripennis
Fork-tailed Drongo Dicrurus adsimilis

Crows & Allies Corvidae
Pied Crow Corvus alba
Piapiac Ptilostomus afer

Starlings Sturnidae
Violet-backed Starling Cinnyricinclus leucogaster
Long-tailed Glossy Starling Lamprotornis caudatus
Bronze-tailed Glossy Starling Lamprotornis chalcurus
Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Copper-tailed Glossy Starling Lamprotornis cupreocauda
Purple Glossy Starling Lamprotornis purpureus
Splendid Glossy Starling Lamprotornis splendidus
Forest Chestnut-winged Starling Onychognathus fulgidus
Chestnut-bellied Starling Spreo pulcher

Sparrows Passeridae
Grey-headed Sparrow Passer griseus
Bush Petronia Petronia dentata
Chestnut-crown Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser superciliosus

Weavers & Allies
Grosbeak Weaver Amblyospiza albifrons
Maxwell’s Black Weaver Ploceus albinucha
Golden-backed Weaver Ploceus preussi
Orange Weaver Ploceus aurantius
Village Weaver Ploceus cuvullatus
Little Weaver Ploceus luteolus
Black-headed Weaver Ploceus melanocephalus
Vieillot’s Black Weaver Ploceus nigerrimus
Black-necked Weaver Ploceus nigricollis
Yellow-mantled Weaver Ploceus tricolor
Crested Malimbe Malimbus malimbicus
Grey’s Malimbe Malimbus nitens
Red-headed Malimbe Malimbus rubricollis
Red-vented Malimbe Malimbus scutatus
Red-headed Weaver Malimbus rubriceps
Yellow-mantled Widow-bird Euplectes macrourus
Northern Red Bishop Euplectes orix
Black-winged Red Bishop Euplectes hordeaceus
Red-headed Quelea Quelea erythrops

Finches Estrildidae
Red-cheeked Codrdonbleu Estrilda bengala
Orange-cheeked Waxbill Estrilda melpoda
Bar-breasted fire-Finch Lagonosticta rufopicta
Black-bellied fire-Finch Lagonosticta rara
Black & White Mannikin Lonchura bicolor
Bronze Mannikin Lonchura Cucullata
Chestnut-breasted Nigro-Finch Nigrita bicolor
Grey-headed Nigro-Finch Nigrita canicapilla
White-brested Nigro-Finch Nigrita fusconota
Weastern Blue-bill Spermophaga haematina

Indigobirds & Whydahs
Wilson’s Indigobird Vidua wilsoni
Pin-tailed Whydah Vidua macroura
Exclamtory Paradise Whydah Vidua interjecta

True Finches Fringillidae
Yellow-fronted Canary Serinus mozambicus

Buntings Emberizidae
Cinnamon-breasted Rock-bunting Emberiza tahapisi

This tour was lead by Robert Ntakor of Ashanti African Tours you can email Robert at or to visit their specialist birding website please follow this link