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Tue, 01/15/2013 - 13:17 -- abc_admin

White-necked Picathartes Picathartes gymnocephalus nest, Ghana

Image Credit: 
Ben Phalan

Country checklist and status


We are delighted that our Corporate Sponsor iGoTerra has made its country checklists, including subspecies (IOC or Clements) as well as all other species groups like mammals, butterflies etc. available through the ABC website. The only thing required is a Basic membership / registration which is free of charge. Go to Ghana checklists. If you are already a member of iGoTerra, you will be taken directly to the country page. In case you are not a member, you will be redirected automatically to the registration form and from there can go straight to the country page.

The total bird list for Ghana is 725 or so species of which 494 are known or thought to be resident and 176 are regular seasonal migrants, including 100 from the Palearctic (NTIAMO-BAIDU et al 2001).

Endemic species

There are no endemic species in Ghana.

Near-endemic species (found in 3 or less African countries)

There are no near-endemic species but see Upper Guinea Forest endemic species below.

Threatened species

White-breasted Guineafowl Agelastes meleagrides Vulnerable
Rufous Fishing-owl Scotopelia ussheri Endangered
Western Wattled Cuckoo-Shrike Lobotos lobatus Vulnerable
Green-tailed Bristlebill Bleda eximius Vulnerable
Yellow-bearded Greenbul Criniger olivaceus Vulnerable
Nimba Flycatcher Melaenornis annamarulae Vulnerable
White-necked Picathartes Picathartes gymnocephalus Vulnerable
Aquatic Warbler Acrocephalus paludicola Vulnerable

Upper Guinea Forest endemic species

Twelve of the fifteen Upper Guinea Forest endemics have been recorded in Ghana, and of these all but one, Sharpe’s Apalis Apalis sharpii, are also of global conservation concern.

White-breasted Guineafowl

Agelastes meleagrides
Rufous Fishing-owl Scotopelia ussheri
Brown-cheeked Hornbill Bycanistes cylindricus
Western Wattled Cuckoo-Shrike Lobotos lobatus
Green-tailed Bristlebill Bleda eximius
Yellow-bearded Greenbul Criniger olivaceus
Black-headed Rufous Warbler Bathmocercus cerviniventris
Nimba Flycatcher Melaenornis annamarulae
Rufous-winged Illadopsis Illadopsis rufescens
White-necked Picathartes Picathartes gymnocephalus
Sharpe’s Apalis Apalis sharpii
Copper-tailed Glossy Starling Lamprotornis cupreocauda

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