|Location||Burkina Faso, Kadiogo|
|Central coordinates||1o 30.00' West 12o 22.00' North|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Ornithological information See Box and Table 2 for key species. Well over 200 species of birds have been recorded in the forest and on the adjacent barrages.
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.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Senegal Parrot Poicephalus senegalus||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Bearded Barbet Lybius dubius||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Yellow-billed Shrike Corvinella corvina||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Piapiac Ptilostomus afer||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Pied-winged Swallow Hirundo leucosoma||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Oriole Warbler Hypergerus atriceps||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Senegal Eremomela Eremomela pusilla||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Blackcap Babbler Turdoides reinwardii||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Purple Glossy-starling Lamprotornis purpureus||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Bronze-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis chalcurus||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Splendid Sunbird Nectarinia coccinigaster||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Bush Petronia Petronia dentata||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Red-winged Pytilia Pytilia phoenicoptera||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Black-throated Firefinch Lagonosticta larvata||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Lavender Waxbill Estrilda caerulescens||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Black-rumped Waxbill Estrilda troglodytes||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Brown-rumped Bunting Emberiza affinis||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Barrage||Classified Forest||260||protected area contains site||230|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Lowland forest - mixed swamp; Lowland forest - riparian||90%|
|Grassland||Grassland - edaphic, wet||10%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.
Management considerations The site is currently the object of considerable effort by the government to establish it as a recreational nature centre. The significance of the site is augmented by the presence of several other locally important ones including three dams in Ouagadougou and others in the nearby towns of Pabré, Gonsé, Koubri and Loumbila. The adjacent botanic garden extends the habitat and protection from human disturbance, harbouring local bird species of dry woodland.
References Thonnerieux et al. (1989).
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