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Location Benin
Central coordinates 2o 8.00' East  6o 57.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 16,250 ha
Altitude 50 - 60m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description The Forêt Classée de la Lama (also known as the Forêt de Ko), in the centre-south of the country, south of the city of Abomey, used to comprise 16,000 ha of natural forest but by 1986, when a core area was designated for special protection, the amount of intact forest had been reduced to 2,400 ha. This core area of 4,500 ha, known as the Noyau Central, includes within it the remaining dense forest (now only 1,800 ha) with Afzelia africana, Bombax buonopozense, Ceiba pentandra and Parinari excelsa. Lama forest lies in an east–west oriented depression, the clay soils of which permit flooding of extensive areas in the wet season. This flooding is inimical to some tree species and their absence may account for a scarcity of frugivorous bird species in the forest. The Noyau Central is an ecological island surrounded by degraded forest, plantations of teak (Tectonia grandis), tree-less bush dominated by Chromolaena odorata and farmland.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ahanta Francolin Pternistis ahantensis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-spotted Flufftail Sarothrura pulchra resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Western Bronze-naped Pigeon Columba iriditorques resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Turaco Tauraco persa resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Roller Eurystomus gularis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rosy Bee-eater Merops malimbicus breeding  1998  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Tropicranus albocristatus resident  1998  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Tockus fasciatus resident  1998  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Fire-bellied Woodpecker Dendropicos pyrrhogaster resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
African Shrike-flycatcher Megabyas flammulatus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut Wattle-eye Platysteira castanea resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-bellied Helmet-shrike Prionops caniceps resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Western Black-headed Oriole Oriolus brachyrhynchus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone rufiventer resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Apalis rufogularis resident  1998  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Olive-green Camaroptera Camaroptera chloronota resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Plain Greenbul Andropadus curvirostris resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Simple Greenbul Chlorocichla simplex resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Greenbul Phyllastrephus albigularis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Common Bristlebill Bleda syndactylus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-headed Bristlebill Bleda canicapillus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-spotted Nicator Nicator chloris resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Hylia Hylia prasina resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Crombec Sylvietta virens resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Puvel's Illadopsis Illadopsis puveli resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown Illadopsis Illadopsis fulvescens resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Purple-headed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis purpureiceps resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Forest Robin Stiphrornis erythrothorax resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
African Forest Flycatcher Fraseria ocreata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Vieillot's Black Weaver Ploceus nigerrimus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-mantled Weaver Ploceus tricolor resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Gray's Malimbe Malimbus nitens resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-headed Malimbe Malimbus rubricollis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Western Bluebill Spermophaga haematina resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
La Lama Nord Classified Forest 6,500 protected area contained by site 6,500  
La Lama-Sud Classified Forest 9,750 protected area contained by site 9,750  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   3%
Unknown   6%
Shrubland   53%
Forest   36%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
nature conservation and research -
water management -
other -
Notes: Firewood collection.

Other biodiversity Cephalophus silvicultor (LR/cd) has been recorded.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lama Forest. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/09/2014

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