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Picathartes and more in Ghana!

April 20, 2011

Callan has recently returned from a birding tour in Ghana, where he encountered a mind-boggling diversity of West Africa forest birds (and butterflies!). Perhaps the highlight of his trip was the superb Yellow-headed Picathartes: this enigmatic and mysterious cave-nesting bird (which is sometimes called the White-necked Rockfowl) was only discovered in Ghana in 2003. Ghana must be one of the easiest places to see Picathartes — although Michael Mills who has just got back from leading our annual Cameroon tour claims that our new site in Cameroon only requires a ten-minute walk — keep an eye on this blog for his Cameroon trip report. Other highlights in Ghana included Rosy Bee-eater and Johanna’s Sunbird.

Yellow-headed Picathartes on a Ghana Tour with Birding Africa © Callan Cohen www.birdingafrica.com

Yellow-headed Picathartes on a Ghana Tour with Birding Africa © Callan Cohen http://www.birdingafrica.com

Rosy Bee-eater on a Ghana Tour with Birding Africa © Callan Cohen www.birdingafrica.com

Rosy Bee-eater on a Ghana Tour with Birding Africa © Callan Cohen http://www.birdingafrica.com

Johannas Sunbird on a Ghana Tour with Birding Africa © Callan Cohen www.birdingafrica.com

Johannas Sunbird on a Ghana Tour with Birding Africa © Callan Cohen http://www.birdingafrica.com

Male Blue Diadem Hypolimnas salmacis © Callan Cohen www.birdingafrica.com

Male Blue Diadem Hypolimnas salmacis © Callan Cohen http://www.birdingafrica.com

Ghana holds an amazing diversity of butterflies © Callan Cohen www.birdingafrica.com

Ghana holds an amazing diversity of butterflies in Ghana © Callan Cohen http://www.birdingafrica.com

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