Ngaoundaba Ranch

Country/territory: Cameroon

IBA criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2001)
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Area: 1,500 ha

Site description (2001 baseline)
Situated on the Adamaoua plateau, about 35 km south-east of Ngaoundéré, this site is a privately-owned ranch. The vegetation comprises a mix of Sudanian savanna and gallery forests as well as some grassland, used for cattle-ranching. There are also two small crater lakes.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. The avifauna is well known with just over 300 species recorded, including a good representation of Sudan–Guinea Savanna biome species. In addition, nine species of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome (A05) and one of the Afrotropical Highlands biome (A07), also occur (see Table 3). The site is a well-known locality for Francolinus schlegelii and Apalis bamendae, but the francolin has not been reported from here in recent years. One of the lakes harbours a huge roost of weavers and starlings, including at times up to 100 Creatophora cinerea, for which Ngaoundaba is the only known site in Cameroon. A number of rarely seen species may be observed in the area, including Rhinoptilus chalcopterus, Vanellus superciliosus and Grafisia torquata, all of which are likely to breed.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ngaoundaba Ranch. Downloaded from on 28/11/2023.