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Location Ghana, Volta
Central coordinates 0o 35.00' East  8o 25.00' North
IBA criteria A2, A3
Area 21,800 ha
Altitude 150 - 850m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Ghana Wildlife Society

Site description The proposed Kyabobo National Park is adjacent to the larger Fazao-Malfakassa N.P. in Togo. It is bordered to the east by the Koue river (which flows northwards, forming the international boundary) and to the west the proposed boundaries come close to Koue village in the north and Odome in the south-west. The reserve is set in a range of steep hills in the forest/savanna transition zone, where forest (mainly semi-evergreen), transition woodland and broad-leaved woodland intermingle extensively. Several hills reach over 800 m and the vegetation on hilltops is locally reduced to open, pebbly wooded grassland. A striking feature of the whole area is the current expansion of forest over woodland, which is happening at a very fast rate.

Key Biodiversity The ornithology of Kyabobo had remained completely undocumented; a few species listed by Moyer (1996) are from an area to the south of the proposed park. Being in the forest/savanna transition zone, with forest presently expanding, the avifauna of Kyabobo is varied, with an important Guineo-Congolian biome component. The avifauna has an important forest component next to a rather impoverished savanna component: the most important biome represented is Guineo-Congolian, with 67 species, a very high figure for the forest/savanna transition zone. Practically all observations of forest birds represent "range extensions" to the north (e.g. Dryotriorchis spectabilis, Accipiter erythropus, Spizaetus africanus, Bubo poensis, Eurystomus gularis, Indicator maculatus, Phyllastrephus albigularis, Alethe diademata, Apalis sharpii, Macrosphenus concolor, both Fraseria spp., Megabyas flammulatus, both Dyaphorophyia spp., Phyllanthus atripennis, Illadopsis fulvescens, I. puveli, all four Nigrita spp.). When discovered in July 2004 the owlet Glaucidium capense was new for Ghana. The "Data Deficient" bulbul Phyllastrephus baumanni is considered as common. The discovery of the bush shrike Malaconotus lagdeni is particularly important, since this is the first observation in Ghana of a rare forest bird collected once (near Kumasi) in the 19th century. The localized pipit Anthus similis belongs to an isolated population in eastern Ghana and is known to breed on hilltops.

Non-bird biodiversity: The galago Galagoides thomasi was discovered (tape-recorded) in June 2005 by S. Bearder and colleagues and is completely new for Ghana. There have been occasional records of Lycaon pictus (EN), Tragelaphus eurycerus (LR/nt), Cephalophus silvicultor (LR/nt); C. maxwellii (LR/nt) and C. rufilatus (LR/cd) also occur

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ahanta Francolin Pternistis ahantensis A3  Least Concern 
White-crested Tiger-heron Tigriornis leucolopha A3  Least Concern 
Congo Serpent-eagle Dryotriorchis spectabilis A3  Least Concern 
Red-legged Sparrowhawk Accipiter erythropus A3  Least Concern 
Cassin's Hawk-eagle Aquila africana A3  Least Concern 
White-spotted Flufftail Sarothrura pulchra A3  Least Concern 
Nkulengu Rail Himantornis haematopus A3  Least Concern 
Western Bronze-naped Pigeon Columba iriditorques A3  Least Concern 
Blue-headed Wood-dove Turtur brehmeri A3  Least Concern 
Green Turaco Tauraco persa A3  Least Concern 
Violet Turaco Musophaga violacea A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Coucal Centropus leucogaster A3  Least Concern 
Bubo poensis A3  Not Recognised 
Caprimulgus nigriscapularis A3  Not Recognised 
Blue-bellied Roller Coracias cyanogaster A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Roller Eurystomus gularis A3  Least Concern 
Tropicranus albocristatus A3  Not Recognised 
Tockus fasciatus A3  Not Recognised 
Bycanistes fistulator A3  Not Recognised 
Spotted Honeyguide Indicator maculatus A3  Least Concern 
Dendropicos gabonensis A3  Not Recognised 
Buff-spotted Woodpecker Campethera nivosa A3  Least Concern 
Fire-bellied Woodpecker Dendropicos pyrrhogaster A3  Least Concern 
African Shrike-flycatcher Megabyas flammulatus A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut Wattle-eye Platysteira castanea A3  Least Concern 
Red-cheeked Wattle-eye Platysteira blissetti A3  Least Concern 
Black-winged Oriole Oriolus nigripennis A3  Least Concern 
Fanti Saw-wing Psalidoprocne obscura A3  Least Concern 
Sharpe's Apalis Apalis sharpii A2, A3  Least Concern 
Oriole Warbler Hypergerus atriceps A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-browed Camaroptera Camaroptera superciliaris 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 
Honeyguide Greenbul Baeopogon indicator A3  Least Concern 
Simple Greenbul Chlorocichla simplex A3  Least Concern 
Swamp Greenbul Thescelocichla leucopleura A3  Least Concern 
Leaf-love Pyrrhurus scandens A3  Least Concern 
Baumann's Greenbul Phyllastrephus baumanni A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Greenbul Phyllastrephus albigularis A3  Least Concern 
Icterine Greenbul Phyllastrephus icterinus A3  Least Concern 
Grey-headed Bristlebill Bleda canicapillus A3  Least Concern 
Red-tailed Bulbul Criniger calurus A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-spotted Nicator Nicator chloris A3  Least Concern 
Grey Longbill Macrosphenus concolor A3  Least Concern 
Green Hylia Hylia prasina A3  Least Concern 
Senegal Eremomela Eremomela pusilla A3  Least Concern 
Green Crombec Sylvietta virens A3  Least Concern 
Puvel's Illadopsis Illadopsis puveli A3  Least Concern 
Brown Illadopsis Illadopsis fulvescens A3  Least Concern 
Capuchin Babbler Phyllanthus atripennis A3  Least Concern 
Rufous Flycatcher-thrush Stizorhina fraseri A3  Least Concern 
Alethe diademata A3  Not Recognised 
Forest Robin Stiphrornis erythrothorax A3  Least Concern 
Blue-shouldered Robin-chat Cossypha cyanocampter A3  Least Concern 
African Forest Flycatcher Fraseria ocreata A3  Least Concern 
White-browed Forest Flycatcher Fraseria cinerascens A3  Least Concern 
Scarlet-tufted Sunbird Anthreptes fraseri A3  Least Concern 
Green Sunbird Anthreptes rectirostris A3  Least Concern 
Little Green Sunbird Nectarinia seimundi A3  Least Concern 
Buff-throated Sunbird Nectarinia adelberti A3  Least Concern 
Superb Sunbird Nectarinia superba A3  Least Concern 
Bush Petronia Petronia dentata A3  Least Concern 
Vieillot's Black Weaver Ploceus nigerrimus A3  Least Concern 
Gray's Malimbe Malimbus nitens A3  Least Concern 
White-breasted Negrofinch Nigrita fusconotus A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch Nigrita bicolor A3  Least Concern 
Pale-fronted Negrofinch Nigrita luteifrons A3  Least Concern 
Red-faced Pytilia Pytilia hypogrammica A3  Least Concern 
Bar-breasted Firefinch Lagonosticta rufopicta A3  Least Concern 
Black-bellied Firefinch Lagonosticta rara A3  Least Concern 
Togo Paradise-whydah Vidua togoensis A3  Least Concern 
Trachyphonus purpuratus A3  Not Recognised 
Speckled Tinkerbird Pogoniulus scolopaceus A3  Least Concern 
Hairy-breasted Barbet Tricholaema hirsuta A3  Least Concern 
Bearded Barbet Pogonornis dubius A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kyabobo National Park 35,980 unknown 0  


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Kyabobo (proposed) National Park. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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