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Location Ghana, Volta
Central coordinates 0o 25.00' East  6o 25.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 32,000 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Ghana Wildlife Society

Site description It lies within the forest/savanna transition zone. The dominant vegetation is a rather uniform type of dry Borassus-Combretum woodland; several rocky hills in the west bear some dry deciduous forest or transition woodland. There are several broad galleries of dry semi-evergreen rain forest crossing the reserve from north to south.

Key Biodiversity While savanna woodlands are rather poor (with only seven Sudanian biome endemics), the forest avifauna is surprisingly rich, with at least 36 Guineo-Congolian endemics (Appendix 1). Some of these were previously unknown from Ghana east of the Volta, e.g. Dryotriorchis spectabilis and the rail Himantornis haematopus (both discovered later in 2005 at Kyabobo), the latter being unexpectedly common in dry Diospyros mespiliformis forest. The bee-eater Merops malimbicus is a localized Guineo-Congolian species which is particularly common at Kalakpa; it is not yet known to breed in Ghana but there is circumstantial evidence that it might do so in the Kalakpa area. Further investigation is needed.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ahanta Francolin Pternistis ahantensis A3  Least Concern 
Congo Serpent-eagle Dryotriorchis spectabilis A3  Least Concern 
Nkulengu Rail Himantornis haematopus A3  Least Concern 
Senegal Parrot Poicephalus senegalus 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 
Caprimulgus nigriscapularis A3  Not Recognised 
Blue-bellied Roller Coracias cyanogaster A3  Least Concern 
Rosy Bee-eater Merops malimbicus A3  Least Concern 
Tropicranus albocristatus A3  Not Recognised 
Tockus fasciatus A3  Not Recognised 
Buff-spotted Woodpecker Campethera nivosa 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-headed Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone rufiventer A3  Least Concern 
Blue-headed Crested-flycatcher Trochocercus nitens A3  Least Concern 
Grey Greenbul Andropadus gracilis A3  Least Concern 
Plain Greenbul Andropadus curvirostris A3  Least Concern 
Honeyguide Greenbul Baeopogon indicator 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 
Grey-headed Bristlebill Bleda canicapillus A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-spotted Nicator Nicator chloris A3  Least Concern 
Kemp's Longbill Macrosphenus kempi 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 
Alethe diademata A3  Not Recognised 
Forest Robin Stiphrornis erythrothorax A3  Least Concern 
Blue-shouldered Robin-chat Cossypha cyanocampter A3  Least Concern 
Little Green Sunbird Nectarinia seimundi A3  Least Concern 
Superb Sunbird Nectarinia superba A3  Least Concern 
Bush Petronia Petronia dentata A3  Least Concern 
Gray's Malimbe Malimbus nitens A3  Least Concern 
Black-bellied Firefinch Lagonosticta rara A3  Least Concern 
Speckled Tinkerbird Pogoniulus scolopaceus A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kalakpa Game Production Reserve 32,020 is identical to site 32,000  


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Kalakpa Resource Reserve. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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