Ghana has become a popular birding destination in recent years and tourism is being actively encouraged. There is a good support infrastructure, Ghanaians are among the most friendly people in West Africa and the national language is English. Moreover, it has some great birds many of which are easier to find in Ghana than elsewhere. Much of the original Upper Guinea rainforest has been removed but that which is intact in protected areas such as Kakum and Ankasa is very productive. Special birds of these forests include the magnificent Long-tailed Hawk Urotriorchis macrourus, the rarely seen Nkulengu Rail Himantornis haematopus, Akun Eagle Owl Bubo leucostictis, Black Spinetail Telacanthura melanopygia, Green-tailed Bristlebill Bleda eximius, Red-cheeked Wattle-eye Dyaphorophyia blisetti, White-necked Picathartes Picathartes gymnocephalus, Rufous-winged Illadopsis Illadopsis rufescens, Copper-tailed Starling Lamprotornis cupreocauda and Preuss's Weaver Ploceus preussi.
The purpose of this document is to provide a summary of Ghana and its birds for birders interested in the country and possibly planning a visit. Readers are welcome to submit contributions by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the names of birds used in this document are those of the African Bird Club checklist.