Njinsing - Tabenken

Country/territory: Cameroon

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2001)
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Area: 200 ha

Site description
This montane forest, known as Njinsing, is located west of the road between Kumbo and Nkambe, north-east of Mount Oku (CM012). The site comprises a small stand of submontane and montane forest mostly between 1,800 m and 2,200 m, but which descends to Tabenken village at 1,600 m. It is completely surrounded by farmland or degraded savanna among montane pastures of Sporobolus africanus. The vegetation is typically montane with emergent species including Croton macrostachyus, Podocarpus latifolius, Polyscias fulva, Albizia gummifera, Schefflera abyssinica and Prunus africana. The forest is greatly disturbed, as it is the main source of fuelwood for the surrounding villages.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. A total of 80 species have so far been recorded, the result of a single day’s visit. Afrotropical Highland biome species are well represented and the site is particularly important for Tauraco bannermani and Platysteira laticincta, for both of which this is the northernmost site known. Three species of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome (A05) also occur (see Table 3).

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Njinsing - Tabenken. Downloaded from on 06/02/2023.