SEEN - SE European Bird Migration Network
Notes to the occurrence of Palearctic migrants in Cameroon

David Hořák1, Ondřej Sedláček2, Jan Riegert3, Jiří Reif1, Michal Pešata4

1 Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Czech Republic
2 Department of Ecology, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Czech Republic
3 Biological Faculty of the University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic
4 Faculty of Agriculture, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic

We present results of our observations of Palearctic migrants in sub-Saharan Africa. The data were gathered during two expeditions to the Republic of Cameroon (equatorial Africa), which were held from November to January in 2000/2001 and 2003/2004, respectively. We visited a wide range of habitats from lowland forest, montane habitats and grasslands to savannah woodland. In total, we recorded 35 Palearctic migrants at nine sites. For each species we describe its habitat selection, number of recorded individuals, feeding behaviour and coexistence of migrants and African residents. Migrants outnumber resident species of the same guild at several sites. They occupy a wide range of habitats but generally avoid primary forests, resort to drier and more open habitats in comparison to their breeding grounds. A few species prefer montane environments of the Bamenda Highlands. We recorded singing in five migratory species. We discuss winter territoriality and winter site fidelity of migrants.

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