|Location||Central African Republic, Vakaga|
|Central coordinates||23o 20.00' East 9o 30.00' North|
|Altitude||470 - 1,330m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Ornithological information 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.
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.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Heuglin's Francolin Francolinus icterorhynchus||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Fox Kestrel Falco alopex||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Red-throated Bee-eater Merops bulocki||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Black-breasted Barbet Lybius rolleti||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|
|Senegal Eremomela Eremomela pusilla||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Purple Glossy-starling Lamprotornis purpureus||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser superciliosus||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Red-winged Pytilia Pytilia phoenicoptera||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)|
|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|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
Other 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).
Management considerations Large-scale poaching, often across international frontiers, has made access to, and administration of, this area very difficult.
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References Bretagnolle (1993), Fay et al. (1990).
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