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The Following Reports are available from Ghana:
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Ghana November 7-19th 2011

  • Ghana has proven to be a highly enjoyable destination. In all respects the trip was a resounding success. Logistics ran very smoothly, accommodation and transport were comfortable, and the birds played along fairly well. The final total for the 12 days trip was 352 species of birds. In addition to all these birds 17 species of mammal were identified on the trip....Jan Vermeulen reports.

Ghana March 4th-15th 2011

  • This report covers the 12-day trip I made to southern Ghana. The main target was of course the almost mythical Yellow-headed Picathartes. Ghana is probably the easiest country to observe this rare species....Henk Hendriks reports.

Ghana (Upper Guinea Rainforests) December 19 -31st 2009

  • A first time visit for a 12 day trip to Ghana focussing upon Upper Guinea rainforest endemics and taking in Kakum, Ankassa, Bobiri, Atewa, Shai Hills and Sukumona Lagoon. A trip list of 277 species was garnered including 127 “lifers” and many of the endemics, including the enigmatic Yellow-headed Picathartes...Alf King reports.

Ghana and Central Mali February 2nd - April 4th 2004

  • Ghana boasts a list of more than 740 species which surpasses those of all of its neighbouring countries. There are no endemics but a good selection of Upper Guinea Forest endemics can be encountered, including Brown-cheeked Hornbill and Sharpe's Apalis. Last but not least, the people are exceptionally friendly and helpful.....Johannes Vermehren reports

Birding Ghana 18th -30th October 2003

  • Ghana is a country not much visited by birders but it certainly has great potential to become one. We hope that this report will encourage lots of birders around the world to visit this excellent birding destination in the near future...Jos Wanten & Roland Holz report.


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Some Useful bird books for Ghana:
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Field Guide to the Birds of Ghana (Helm Field Guides) [Paperback]
Nik Borrow, Ron Demey: Buy from or

  • From the authors of the superb and comprehensive Birds of West Africa, this is a compact country specific bird guide to Ghana, one of the safest and most accessible countries in Western Africa and rapidly becoming a top tourist and birdwatching destination. It uses illustrations from the Birds of Western Africa, with new text and maps specific to Ghana. The result is a compact and up-to-date guide to all the birds that Ghana offers.

The Birds of Western Africa
Nik Borrow, Ron Demey: Buy from or

  • A major new fieldguide, and a classic from the "Helm" stable that will set the standard for Western Africa for years to come. It covers all the 1282 species expected to be seen in the c.20 nations inside a triangle enclosing The Congo, Chad and Mauritania. For several of the countries it is the only single guide that covers all of the nations birds in one book. Nicely illustrated with over 3000 drawings on 142 colour plates which cover all the species described apart from a few vagrants. Distribution maps are provided for the majority of species. As the first comprehensive guide to the region in over 25 years this is a "must buy" for any serious birder visiting Western Africa.

Birds of Africa
Chris Stuart, Tilde Stuart: Buy from or

  • A comprehensive account of the birds of Africa. The text covers all the avifaunal families that occur in Africa, discusses the species that occur within each family, and provides representative examples of each family in depth. Also included is a general introduction to the major avifaunal regions of Africa.

Where to Watch Birds in Africa
Nigel Wheatley: Buy from or

  • One of a series of guides devoted to birdwatching, this book contains site accounts, plans, maps, lists of birds in the regions and advice on planning bird-watching trips. It deals with over 200 sites in detail, and mentions many others. Each country is covered alphabetically, including archipelagos and isolated islands off the African mainland, for example, the Azores. Bird lists are included under the headings "Endemics", "Specialities", "Others" and also "Other Wildlife", if relevant. Access details are given, often with detailed site maps. The emphasis of the book is "bird finding", that is, where to go for the "best" species.

Recommended Travel Guides

The Rough Guide to West Africa
Richard Trillo, Jim Hudgens: Buy from or

  • This is a marvellous guide to the region, packed with hard-nosed advice and information, streets ahead of any other travel guide. For the bird watcher to the Gambia, sections on the Abuko Nature Reserve, Kiang West Nature Reserve, the access to off shore islands and boat trips into the mangrove lagoons are particularly useful.

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