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Golden Nightjar with Birding Africa in Cameroon

March 17, 2010
Golden Nightjar found on a Birding Africa tour in Cameroon © tour participant Hector Galbraith

Golden Nightjar found on a Birding Africa tour in Cameroon © tour participant Hector Galbraith

Golden Nightjar found on Birding Africa tour in Cameroon © Callan Cohen.

Golden Nightjar found on Birding Africa tour in Cameroon © Callan Cohen.

Callan Cohen, who is leading our Birding Africa Cameroon tour this year, reports a sighting of Golden Nightjar. This highly-desired and little-known species is known from scattered places on the southern border of the Sahara and there are not many recent records. It is a magnificently camouflaged gold-spangled bird, revealing striking black and white wing patches when it flies. This is the picture he took yesterday 16 March 2010. Click here to see the amazing photograph taken in 2003 by Ron Hoff on a Birding Africa tour when the species was discovered in Cameroon for the first time.

Other good birds over the last three days have included Yellow-casqued Wattled Hornbill, Grey Pratincole, Mount Cameroon Speirops, Quail Plover and Rock Firefinch.

To read our latest Cameroon trip report and see participants’ birds photographs, please click here.

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  1. April 29, 2010 8:12 am

    Cameroon is really rich in bio-diversity
    Cameroon wildlife and bio-diversity is uncountable. From the Korup national park, Waza and the other WWF national reserves , make Cameroon an oasis for animal and plant lovers alike.

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