ATEWA RANGE FOREST RESERVE
Ankwadum and Kyebi, Eastern Region ()
Lat: 6°09′48′′N 0°36′41′′W, 17,400 ha, 250 to 836 m ()
Protected/registered status Special Biological Protection Area (IBA)
Best Time for visit; anytime ()
Birding Site Guide
This area is in SE Ghana not far from the coast below (SW) the Kwahu plateaux of Lake Volta. Three main rivers have their watersheds in the Atewa Range and these are the Ayensu and Densu and the Birim which after a long detour joins the River Pra.
Ahanta Francolin Pternistis ahantensis, Latham's Francolin Peliperdix lathami, Hooded Vulture Necrosyrtes monachus Critically endangered, Crowned Eagle Stephanoaetus coronatus Near-threatened, Afep Pigeon Columba unicincta, Tambourine Dove Turtur tympanistria, Dideric Cuckoo Chrysococcyx caprius, Yellow-throated Cuckoo Chrysococcyx flavigularis, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo Cercococcyx olivinus, Red-chested Cuckoo Cuculus solitarius, Brown-cheeked Hornbill Bycanistes cylindricus Vulnerable, Woodland Kingfisher Halcyon senegalensis, Blue-headed Bee-eater Merops muelleri (photo), Willcocks's Honeyguide Indicator willcocksi, Least Honeyguide Indicator exilis, Spotted Honeyguide Indicator maculatus, African Broadbill Smithornis capensis, Bioko Batis Batis poensis, African Shrike-flycatcher Megabyas flammulatus, Sabine's Puffback Dryoscopus sabini, Ghana Cuckooshrike Lobotos lobatus Vulnerable, Blue-headed Crested-Flycatcher Trochocercus nitens, Dusky Crested-Flycatcher Elminia nigromitrata, Red-tailed Bristlebill Bleda syndactylus, Green-tailed Bristlebill Bleda eximius Near-threatened, Yellow-bearded Greenbul Criniger olivaceus Vulnerable, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher Erythrocercus mccallii, Rufous-winged Illadopsis Illadopsis rufescens Near-threatened, Gray-throated Tit-Flycatcher Fraseria griseigularis, Tessmann's Flycatcher Fraseria tessmanni Data deficient, Nimba Flycatcher Melaenornis annamarulae Vulnerable, Copper-tailed Starling Hylopsar cupreocauda Near-threatened, Green Sunbird Anthreptes rectirostris, Collared Sunbird Hedydipna collaris, Black-winged Bishop Euplectes hordeaceus, Grosbeak Weaver Amblyospiza albifrons, Red-fronted Antpecker Parmoptila rubrifrons Near-threatened, Green-backed Twinspot Mandingoa nitidula, Pin-tailed Whydah Vidua macroura.
Rare primates include Geoffroy's Pied Colobus (Colobus vellerosus) and Olive Colobus (Procolobus verus).
Amphibians of 32 species are found many of which are threatened. The Critically Endangered Togo Slippery Frog Conraua derooi has its main population here.
Of butterfly 570 species have been recorded including two that are known only from this forest (Mylothis atewa and Anthene helpsi).
There are 765 vascular plant species including 106 endemic to Upper Guinea (humid forests west of Togo/Benin) and six with highly localised distributions.
Trips can be booked through Kwame Brown:
Name / Kwame Brown
Company / Adventure Birding Tours Ghana
Website / www.adventurebirdingtours.com
Number / 233-554626748
Whatsapp / 233-271392937
Country / Ghana
Province / Tema Accra
Interests / Birdwatching, Twitching, Photography, Adventure, Culture, Bespoke, Walking, Long walk, Tourist sites, Museum, Monument, Aboretum, Architecture appreciation and Sports.
Hotspots / Parks, Forests, Reserves, Preserves, Conservations, Sanctuaries, Mountains and Wetlands.
Sites / Shai-hills, Sakumono Lagoon, Muni Lagoon, Winneba Plains, Kakum National Park and surroundings, Nsuta Forest, Ankasa Forest, Picathartes site, Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary, Opuro Forest, Mole National Park, Tongo Hills, Tono Dam, Egyptian Plover site, Atewa Forest, Kalakpa Forest.
Author: Kwame Brown, BSG