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Location Ghana, Northern
Central coordinates 2o 10.00' West  10o 30.00' North
IBA criteria  
Area 56,500 ha
Altitude 200 - 300m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Ghana Wildlife Society

Site description Gbele Resource Reserve is situated in the north-west of the country (the nearest town is Tumu to the north-east). The topography is rather flat; it is traversed by a seasonal, sandy river (the Kulpawn) flowing from the west to the south-east. The vegetation consists mainly of various types of broad-leaved Sudanian woodland. In the vicinity of Gbele village, in the north-centre, there are some thicket clumps with Adansonia digitata, Acacia albida and Ficus sycomorus. The Kulpawn river is flanked by an interrupted line of low thickets or patches of dry forest; these are more extensive in the north, on the edge of permanent large pools. Between Gbele village and the reserve entrance in the north, the soil is shallow, or even rocky, and the woodland there is rather short and open, especially around flat rock slabs

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Senegal Parrot Poicephalus senegalus   Least Concern 
Violet Turaco Musophaga violacea   Least Concern 
Red-throated Bee-eater Merops bulocki   Least Concern 
Bearded Barbet Lybius dubius   Least Concern 
Willcocks's Honeyguide Indicator willcocksi   Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Shrike Corvinella corvina   Least Concern 
Piapiac Ptilostomus afer   Least Concern 
Yellow Penduline-tit Anthoscopus parvulus   Least Concern 
Pied-winged Swallow Hirundo leucosoma   Least Concern 
Rufous Cisticola Cisticola rufus   Least Concern 
Oriole Warbler Hypergerus atriceps   Least Concern 
Senegal Eremomela Eremomela pusilla   Least Concern 
Purple Glossy-starling Lamprotornis purpureus   Least Concern 
White-crowned Robin-chat Cossypha albicapilla   Least Concern 
White-fronted Black-chat Myrmecocichla albifrons   Least Concern 
Gambaga Flycatcher Muscicapa gambagae   Least Concern 
Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser superciliosus   Least Concern 
Bush Petronia Petronia dentata   Least Concern 
Red-winged Pytilia Pytilia phoenicoptera   Least Concern 
Red-faced Pytilia Pytilia hypogrammica   Least Concern 
Bar-breasted Firefinch Lagonosticta rufopicta   Least Concern 
Black-bellied Firefinch Lagonosticta rara   Least Concern 
Black-throated Firefinch Lagonosticta larvata   Least Concern 
Lavender Waxbill Estrilda caerulescens   Least Concern 
Black-rumped Waxbill Estrilda troglodytes   Least Concern 
Long-tailed Paradise-whydah Vidua interjecta   Least Concern 
Togo Paradise-whydah Vidua togoensis   Least Concern 
Brown-rumped Bunting Emberiza affinis   Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Gbele Game Production Reserve 56,540 is identical to site 56,500  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Woodland - transition  major

Other biodiversity Various small game animals still occur; of larger species there is a small population of Hippotragus equinus (LR/cd).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gbele Resource Reserve. Downloaded from on 24/04/2014

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