Come Bird Ghana with Malimbe Tours!

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My name is Kalu Afasi, I am a birding guide from Ghana, a country in West Africa. In the more recent past, I have founded my own company, MALIMBE TOURS, also known as GHANA BIRD TOURS. I regularly apply my expertise in aid of bird conservation in Ghana.

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Ghana – Rainforest Birding on the Brink by Adam Riley

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My connection with Ghana began rather unexpectedly (and as it turned out, rather humorously) more than ten years ago. We already had South Africa, Zambia and Uganda under our belts, but my clients’ request for the next year came right out of the blue: Ghana! I must admit that I was astonished as I had never considered Ghana a potential birding destination, nor knew of any birders who had ever been there. What makes Ghana so special? Birding Ghana rainforest

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The longest way to Costa Rica goes around the world!

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In such a case, you might opt to book an eastbound flight, or a series of flights, from Lisbon to Sao Tome and Principe, Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda, then Sri Lanka, Thailand, Borneo, PNG, Tahiti, Ecuador, Guyana and finally to Costa Rica…. Not far from it, on the shores of West Africa there is Ghana with its 750 birds, of which some 350 are possible in two weeks. Presuming that you want to bird Costa Rica, you would book a southbound flight (from N. America) or westbound (from Europe).

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Piping Hornbill

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For me and my birding opportunities, this means Accra in Ghana. Still, if you find yourself with the chance to visit Ghana, grab it forcefully. But at the end of last year, I eventually confirmed one in the University of Ghana, Botanic Gardens, Accra. Birding Accra Accra Botanic Gardens Ghana Piping HornbillThe Piping Hornbill , Bycanistes fistulator , has been evading me for 10 years.

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Migration and More: A Bird News Update

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Don’t put off that birding trip to Ghana on your to-do list—if trends continue, illegal logging may leave you with nothing left to see. News Audubon Bahamas California Condor Egypt European Kestrel geolocator Ghana International Bird Rescue logging migration power lines Prothonotary Warbler September 11th Tribute in LightWith fall migration well underway everywhere, it’s a good time to see what’s flying in bird news.

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Picathartes – Africa’s strangest birds

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White-necked or Yellow-headed Picathartes, Bonkro, Ghana. Photo by Keith Valentine (Rockjumper Birding Tours) This past December I visited Ghana specifically to search for White-necked Picathartes. Colonies of this most wanted bird had historically been recorded throughout the rainforest zone of Ghana, however relentless forest clearance resulted in all known populations being destroyed, and it was considered extinct in Ghana when I first visited ten years ago.

GHANA – Upper Guinea Forest Birding at its best!

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Through his extensive travels, Chris has come to know Ghana very well and shares why this West African country should be high on every birder’s bucket list. Giant Kingfisher – A fairly localised bird in Ghana Shining Blue Kingfisher – A speciality of forested rivers and can be found in Mole NP Then just as we thought there was time to draw our breath our ears were instead drawn to a rare gem indeed as our pulses race to the loud almost “meowing” call of a Congo Serpent Eagle.

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Wrapping Up Birding Tourism February

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Ghana. We here at 10,000 Birds dedicated the month of February to highlighting a variety of birding tourism companies, destinations, and guides. We did this to help our favorite industry come back, to some small degree, from the ravages of COVID.

Redgannet’s Year List 2015

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African Golden Oriole Oriolus auratus – University of Ghana, Botanic Gardens – Jan 1st. African Gray Hornbill Tockus nasutus – University of Ghana, Botanic Gardens – Jan 1st. African Gray Woodpecker Dendropicus goertae – University of Ghana, Botanic Gardens – Jan 1st. African Pied Hornbill Tockus Fasciatus – University of Ghana, Botanic Gardens – Jan 1st.

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Largest Ever Trafficking Bust in Africa

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Body said arrests and seizures were part of a five-country law enforcement operation co-ordinated by INTERPOL, and involved more than 300 law enforcement officers from police, customs, national wildlife and national intelligence agencies in Congo (Brazzaville), Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia, further saying this represented largest-ever international wildlife law enforcement operation conducted in Africa. Just five days ago.

New Year, New Birds

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in the Botanical Gardens of the University of Ghana. Dragging salutations for the New Year half way through January may be stretching the point just a little too far, but I was otherwise engaged during my last post where best wishes for 2015 would best have been wished. In fact, 2015 dawned without me (I am ashamed to admit). While all good birders were out making first submissions on eBird 2015 , I was nursing a sore head and struggled to make it out by mid-afternoon.

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The Bee-eaters of Africa

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The Northern Carmine is readily seen in Ghana’s Mole National Park, Ethiopia’s Rift Valley and in Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park. The best locations for finding this beautiful bird is over Kakum National Park in Ghana (non-breeding) and Loango National Park in Gabon for breeding birds. The best places to see these birds are the aforementioned Kakamega Forest for Blue-headed, and Ghana’s Atewa Forest or Cameroon’s Korup National Park for Blue-moustached.

Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

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601-800 sp: Canada, Costa Rica, Panama; Russia; Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo (Brazzaville), Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa; Laos, New Guinea (PNG); Australia. Summer is normally the vacation season, for ordinary tourists at least. Birders follow different patterns of bird migration and their local activities and travel accordingly. But – where?

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Collaborative List – February 2019

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Without including the new pin in the map, countries this month featured; USA, Australia, Serbia, Bahrain, India, Kuwait, New Zealand, UK, Ghana and of course, Costa Rica. University of Ghana Botanical Gardens. University of Ghana Botanical Gardens. University of Ghana Botanical Gardens. University of Ghana Botanical Gardens. University of Ghana Botanical Gardens. University of Ghana Botanical Gardens. University of Ghana Botanical Gardens.

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Weavers

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Image taken by Adam Riley in Ghana. Photo taken by Adam Riley in Ghana. Photo taken by Adam Riley in Ghana. Weavers are truly magical birds, combining bright plumages with ingenious weaving talents and cheerful, noisy social lives. The IOC world birdlist recognizes 90 species that bear the name “weaver” or “malimbe” Not all of these are true weavers as we will discuss below. Of these 90, all occur in Africa bar 5 Asian and 2 Malagasy weavers.

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Your Best Birds of the Year for 2012

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Attila Steiner, who I was lucky enough to meet while I was in Hungary , was ecstatic to see a rare rail in Ghana: It was my last afternoon in Ankasa Reserve, Ghana. On this final day of 2012 it is time, just like it was on the final days of 2010 and 2011 , to share your Best Birds of the Year. Well, actually, your Best Bird of the Year will only be shared here if you took the time to respond to the post in which we here at 10,000 Birds shared our Best Birds of the Year.

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Collaborative list – May 2019

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So that was May. Despite looking way older than his years, we cannot attribute Regannet’s haggard appearance to hard birding, scoring only 19 during eBird’s Big Day was not the greatest effort expended on May 4th. In fairness, he had to celebrate Star Wars Day with his teenage son as this is their only means of effective conversation. 3 guesses as to where the award for biggest day and best follow-up post goes ?

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Collaborative list – April 2019

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It’s official. It’s spring. By all measures, meteorological, astronomical and anatomical, spring is sprung. The meteorological date is from March 1st, the Vernal Equinox was passed on March 20th which accounts for the astronomical marker when the sun crosses the equator on its northwards ramble. April is now behind us and Old Tom’s arthritis is clearing up nicely, thank you very much for asking. The migrants are coming (Hurray!). Some are already here, or passing through.

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Collaborative List – March 2019

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Collaborative list – August 2019

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12 beats visited 12 countries (USA, UK, Costa Rica, Ghana, Nigeria, New Zealand, Serbia, Ireland, Australia, Mexico, China and Argentina), sharing 148 lists along the way and noting 844 species (old and new). University of Ghana Botanical Gardens. University of Ghana Botanical Gardens. University of Ghana Botanical Gardens. University of Ghana Botanical Gardens. University of Ghana Botanical Gardens. University of Ghana Botanical Gardens.

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Combined Beats’ List – September

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Introducing the African Birding Beat

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Ethiopia – the roof of Africa, fascinating endemic birds and wildlife and an incredible cultural and historical destination; Namibia , Botswana & Zambia – a fantastic overland tour can combine these three countries boasting vast wildernesses and superb birds and wildlife; and Ghana – the friendliest country in the world and great birding opportunities with Africa’s only rainforest canopy walkway and endangered Upper Guinea endemics.

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Combined Beats’ list

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Combined Beats’ List – August

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Combined Beats’ List – July 2016

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Combined Beats List – June 2016

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The law of diminishing returns brings the inevitability of repeat sightings and has checked the momentum of the combined beats’ list for June. Despite recording 370 species during the month, the list total has advanced by just 45. As at June 30 th , it stands at 1796. Just to confuse things a little, only 14 new species were recorded since June 1 st. A late submission from May boosted last month’s total after publication and life is just too short to issue a correction.

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Combined Beats’ List, May 2016

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Africa’s remarkable long tailed birds

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Image taken in Ghana by David Shackelford/Rockjumper Birding Tours.

Africa’s Barbets

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This image was taken in Nsuta Forest, Ghana. Barbets are a group of medium sized, chunky, generally colorful, frugivorous, hole-nesting near-passerines, that are popular targets for anyone birding in the tropics. They occur in three biogeographic regions; the Neotropic, Afrotropic and Indo-Malaya ecozones, basically tropical South and Central America, Africa south of the Sahara and tropical Asia.