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Location Central African Republic, Vakaga
Central coordinates 23o 20.00' East  9o 30.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 590,000 ha
Altitude 470 - 1,330m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description The IBA covers the André Félix National Park in the broad sense, i.e. the National Park (170,000 ha) and surrounding buffer zone of Yata-Ngaya Faunal Reserve (420,000 ha). This area of the Sudan–Guinea Savanna biome is situated in the north-east of the country, south-east of the town of Birao and against the international frontier with Sudan where it is contiguous with Radom National Park (SD012). It consists of a low-lying, fairly open woodland in the northern half, with a more thickly wooded, elevated southern sector.

Key Biodiversity See Box and Table 3 for key species. No bird observations are available specifically from the National Park itself, but some 228 species have been recorded from the adjacent Birao area (the result of four months’ survey). Of these, 180 species can be expected to breed.

Non-bird biodiversity: There is a small, isolated population of the mammal Tragelaphus strepsiceros (LR/cd) just outside the IBA, to the north-west (the only population in the Central African Republic).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-breasted Barbet Pogonornis rolleti resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Heuglin's Francolin Pternistis icterorhynchus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fox Kestrel Falco alopex resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-throated Bee-eater Merops bulocki 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 
Senegal Eremomela Eremomela pusilla resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Purple Glossy-starling Lamprotornis purpureus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser superciliosus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-winged Pytilia Pytilia phoenicoptera 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)  
Andre Felix National Park 95,193 protected area contained by site 95,193  
Yata-Ngaya Faunal Reserve 540,486 protected area contained by site 540,486  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   47%
Forest   51%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -

References Bretagnolle (1993), Fay et al. (1990).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: André Félix National Park complex. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/11/2014

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