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Location Burkina Faso, Kadiogo
Central coordinates 1o 30.00' West  12o 22.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 230 ha
Altitude 300 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Fondation des Amis de la Nature (NATURAMA)



Site description Ouagadougou Forest or the Forêt Classée du Barrage, commonly known as the Bois de Boulogne, lies to the north-east of the capital city. It is bounded in the west and north by the Ouagadougou to Kaya road and is contiguous there with the Ouagadougou No. 3 Barrage while to the south it is bounded by the Ouagadougou–Niamey road and is adjacent to the botanic garden of the national research centre (CNRST). To the east it is bounded by an east-north-easterly flowing tributary (draining most of the site) of the Massili stream, which itself flows south-eastwards into the Nakambé river. The site is low-lying with the central area (c.50 ha) consisting of seasonally open water and swampy grassland surrounded by Mimosa pigra and Mitragyna inermis thickets and dense riverine woodland. To the north and south c.120 ha consists of well-grown native woodland with an abundance of Vitellaria paradoxa, Balanites aegyptiaca, Combretum micranthum, C. glutinosum, C. nigricans, Piliostigma reticulatum, Terminalia avicennioides, Parkia biglobosa, Acacia seyal and A. macrostachya. Other tree species include Anogeissus leiocarpus, Bombax costatum, Combretum paniculatum and Pterocarpus erinaceus. The remainder of the site (c.60 ha) consists of plantations of exotic trees, especially Azadirachta indica, Eucalyptus spp. and Gmelina arborea, together with open areas along the eastern border. The site is a virtual oasis being set in a densely populated countryside where the natural vegetation has been almost totally eliminated.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bearded Barbet Pogonornis dubius resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Senegal Parrot Poicephalus senegalus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Shrike Corvinella corvina resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Piapiac Ptilostomus afer resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Pied-winged Swallow Hirundo leucosoma resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Oriole Warbler Hypergerus atriceps resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Senegal Eremomela Eremomela pusilla resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blackcap Babbler Turdoides reinwardii resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Purple Glossy-starling Lamprotornis purpureus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bronze-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis chalcurus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Splendid Sunbird Nectarinia coccinigaster resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bush Petronia Petronia dentata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-winged Pytilia Pytilia phoenicoptera resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Firefinch Lagonosticta larvata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Lavender Waxbill Estrilda caerulescens resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-rumped Waxbill Estrilda troglodytes resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-rumped Bunting Emberiza affinis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Barrage Classified Forest 260 protected area contains site 230  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Lowland forest - mixed swamp; Lowland forest - riparian  90%
Grassland Grassland - edaphic, wet  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
water management -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Thonnerieux et al. (1989).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ouagadougou forest. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/09/2014

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