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The Mount Kupé Bushshrike in the Bakossi Mountains

HalsbandwürgerA fresh, sunny morning in the Bakossi Mountains. The initial stretches of the trail are even for a fairly distance, getting steeper and even insanely steep inside the core primary forest. The last patch we did inside primary forest before getting to one of the territorial spots of the Serle’s Bushshrike – better known as Mount Kupe Bushshrike (Telophorus kupeensis), we did not see especially many birds. It was a fairly quiet forest. Finally, we have found a territorial pair of Serle’s Bushshrike or Mount Kupe Bushshrike. The birds are even quite low to detect inside the forest – almost just above the undergrowth. We pass lianas and fallen tree trunks and then stand just below the top of a ridge. A little further down the slope, a couple of the Serle’s Bushshrike (Mount Kupe Bushshrike) cling to twigs and branches in a not too dense, but mossy and lichen-covered undergrowth. It is very similar to the habitat description “Primary forest with relatively open understorey, sometimes on steep hillsides; at 930-1550 m “, which is described in the Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Editions, Barcelona.

Obviously, the two birds have chosen a special place and perform something like a dance, which is only known to a few ornithologists and is very observable. Definitely a mating display; a reminiscence Continue reading The Mount Kupé Bushshrike in the Bakossi Mountains

Blutbrustwürger am Mount Kupe/ Kamerun

BlutbrustwürgerAuf Augenhöhe einen Blutbrustwürger (Malaconotus cruentus) im lichten Berg-Regenwald zu entdecken ist ein ganz besonders Privileg eines Birding-Trips am Mount Kupe. Schon bei unserem Aufstieg sehen wir nach den ersten 100 Höhenmetern, daß sich vom Mt. Kupe über den Mt. Oko bei Kumbo bis zum Mt. Cameroon eine Kette von Berg-Regenwäldern erstreckt.

Schnell sehen wir etliche Urwaldspezialisten, wie das Schuppenbartvogel (Pogoniulus scolopaceus) oder die Gelbschnabel-Bartvogel (Trachyphonus purpuratus) im Kronendach. Eindrucksvolle Vögel. Vor allem wenn man sie im Spektiv richtig gut sehen kann. Der Blick hoch in das Kronendach ist recht anstrengend. Als Dave aber einen großen, kräftigen Vogel hoch oben zwischen Epiphyten und Moosen des Kronendachs findet, sind alle Blicke wieder nach oben gerichtet. Diese Aufsitzerpflanzen genannten Pflanzen wurzeln ja nicht im Boden, sondern auf Stämmen, Ästen und Blättern. Epiphyten nutzen andere Pflanzen lediglich als Lebensraum und entziehen ihnen keine Mineralstoffe. Sie siedeln im Continue reading Blutbrustwürger am Mount Kupe/ Kamerun

Fiery-breasted Bushshrike in the Cameroon Highlands

BlutbrustwürgerTo discover a Fiery-breasted Bushshrike (Malaconotus cruentus) in the mountain rainforest of south-western Cameroon is a very special privilege of a birding trip. As soon as we started to climb a hiking trail at Mount Kupe, we saw the mountain chain of Mt. Kupe, Mt. Oko near Kumbo and Mt. Cameroon. A beautiful chain of mountain rainforests.

Right in the beginning we could observe some of the primeval forest specialists, such as Speckled Tinkerbird (Pogoniulus scolopaceus) or the Yellow-billed Barbet (Trachyphonus purpuratus) in the canopy. Impressive birds. Especially when you can see them in the spotting real good. The view up into the canopy is quite exhausting – if you perform it for a while. But when our bird guide was able to detect a large, powerful bird high up between epiphytes and mosses of the canopy, all eyes were directed upwards again. These plants occur only in areas with frequent rainfall and high humidity. For this purpose, the light tropical rainforest of Mount Kupes is predestined. It is a Fiery-breasted Bushshrike, a colorful bird from the family of Bush shrikes (Malaconotidae). The Fiery-breasted Bushshrike first stands on a thick branch and moves there without great haste. Despite its striking colors, it still looks very unobtrusive and can easily be overlooked. He reminds me a bit of a Cutia (Cutia nipalensis), one member of the Shrike Babblers from the Continue reading Fiery-breasted Bushshrike in the Cameroon Highlands