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Location Congo, Cuvette,Sangha
Central coordinates 16o 0.00' East  0o 0.20' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 300,000 ha
Altitude 300 - 375m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Summary The Ntokou Pikounda National park is located closely to the Odzala National Park. As this latter is benefiting of a large status of conservation by various programme, related conservation efforts extend to the Ntokou Pikounda site.

Site description The Ntokou Pikounda reserve constitutes a forest area that encompasses dense and rain partially flooded forests, gallery forests and savanna. The site, located in the Likouala –Mossaka and the Lengoué basin, lies mainly in a permanent or temporally swamps (Moutsamboté and Nsongola, 2007). A mixed forest developed on terra firma occupies only 11% of the total area. The main forested area is located in the western side and is covered widely by a mosaic of forest and savanna intersected by gallery forest along the river course way. Gallery swamp forest is mainly located eastwards.

Key Biodiversity The bird check list provided is a list made during a ten days surveys carried out by Jerome Mokoko Ikonga in 2008 along the rivers Lengoué-Bokiba and Kandeko, department of the Sangha. A total count of more than 100 bird species was recorded. More interesting is the record of the species Podica senegalensis with the largest population in Central Africa.

Non-bird biodiversity: The site is believed to be hosting a very important fish resources.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Hartlaub's Duck Pteronetta hartlaubii A3  Least Concern 
Long-tailed Hawk Urotriorchis macrourus A3  Least Concern 
Afep Pigeon Columba unicincta A3  Least Concern 
Western Bronze-naped Pigeon Columba iriditorques A3  Least Concern 
Blue-headed Wood-dove Turtur brehmeri A3  Least Concern 
Psittacus erithacus A3  Not Recognised 
Sjostedt's Owlet Glaucidium sjostedti A3  Least Concern 
Sabine's Spinetail Rhaphidura sabini A3  Least Concern 
Bates's Swift Apus batesi A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Roller Eurystomus gularis A3  Least Concern 
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher Halcyon badia A3  Least Concern 
African Dwarf-kingfisher Ispidina lecontei A3  Least Concern 
Black Bee-eater Merops gularis A3  Least Concern 
Bycanistes fistulator A3  Not Recognised 
Tockus fasciatus A3  Not Recognised 
Dwarf Hornbill Lophoceros camurus A3  Least Concern 
Grey-cheeked Hornbill Bycanistes subcylindricus A3  Least Concern 
White-thighed Hornbill Bycanistes albotibialis A3  Least Concern 
Black-casqued Hornbill Ceratogymna atrata A3  Least Concern 
Brown-eared Woodpecker Campethera caroli A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-sided Broadbill Smithornis rufolateralis A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut Wattle-eye Platysteira castanea A3  Least Concern 
White-spotted Wattle-eye Platysteira tonsa A3  Least Concern 
Red-eyed Puffback Dryoscopus senegalensis A3  Least Concern 
Sooty Boubou Laniarius leucorhynchus A3  Least Concern 
Blue Cuckooshrike Coracina azurea A3  Least Concern 
Western Black-headed Oriole Oriolus brachyrhynchus A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone rufiventer A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Blue Swallow Hirundo nigrita A3  Least Concern 
Chattering Cisticola Cisticola anonymus A3  Least Concern 
Olive-green Camaroptera Camaroptera chloronota A3  Least Concern 
Grey Greenbul Andropadus gracilis A3  Least Concern 
Plain Greenbul Andropadus curvirostris A3  Least Concern 
Golden Greenbul Calyptocichla serina A3  Least Concern 
Honeyguide Greenbul Baeopogon indicator A3  Least Concern 
Spotted Greenbul Ixonotus guttatus A3  Least Concern 
Swamp Greenbul Thescelocichla leucopleura A3  Least Concern 
Leaf-love Pyrrhurus scandens A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Greenbul Phyllastrephus albigularis A3  Least Concern 
Icterine Greenbul Phyllastrephus icterinus A3  Least Concern 
Xavier's Greenbul Phyllastrephus xavieri A3  Least Concern 
Common Bristlebill Bleda syndactylus A3  Least Concern 
Lesser Bristlebill Bleda notatus A3  Least Concern 
Red-tailed Bulbul Criniger calurus A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-spotted Nicator Nicator chloris A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-throated Nicator Nicator vireo A3  Least Concern 
African Forest Flycatcher Fraseria ocreata A3  Least Concern 
White-browed Forest Flycatcher Fraseria cinerascens A3  Least Concern 
Sooty Flycatcher Muscicapa infuscata A3  Least Concern 
Cassin's Grey Flycatcher Muscicapa cassini A3  Least Concern 
Scarlet-tufted Sunbird Anthreptes fraseri A3  Least Concern 
Reichenbach's Sunbird Nectarinia reichenbachii A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Brown Sunbird Nectarinia cyanolaema A3  Least Concern 
Vieillot's Black Weaver Ploceus nigerrimus A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Malimbe Malimbus cassini A3  Least Concern 
Gray's Malimbe Malimbus nitens A3  Least Concern 
Crested Malimbe Malimbus malimbicus A3  Least Concern 
Red-headed Malimbe Malimbus rubricollis A3  Least Concern 
White-breasted Negrofinch Nigrita fusconotus A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch Nigrita bicolor A3  Least Concern 
Western Bluebill Spermophaga haematina A3  Least Concern 
Red-rumped Tinkerbird Pogoniulus atroflavus A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ntokou Pikounda Reserve 0 is identical to site 300,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   major
Savanna   minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry major
Notes: The area is still a natural area.
agriculture minor
Notes: The area is still a natural area with small scale use by the population.

Protection status This area is under a process of being gazetted as a Protected Area.

References Moutsamboté and Nsongola, 2007.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ntokou Pikounda Reserve. Downloaded from on 31/03/2015

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