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Location Central African Republic, Bamingui-Bangoran,Vakaga
Central coordinates 21o 30.00' East  9o 30.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 2,550,000 ha
Altitude 400 - 940m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description The area consists of the National Park (1,740,000 ha) and adjacent buffer zones of Ouandjia–Vakaga and Aouk–Aoukalé Faunal Reserves (480,000 ha and 330,000 ha, respectively). The park is mainly Sudan–Guinea Savanna woodland, on relatively flat ground and is located in the north-east of the country, where the western edge of the Aouk–Aoukalé Faunal Reserve abuts the international border with Chad. Dominant trees include Terminalia spp., Isoberlinia doka and Anogeissus sp. Along watercourses there is a narrow riparian forest/thicket community, which broadens out in places and even spreads as dryland forest on higher ground. This is of considerable interest, containing as it does a number of southern Guinea–Congo forest species. The low-lying northern part contains extensive flood-plains.

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 
Brown-chested Lapwing Vanellus superciliosus breeding  1998  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Senegal Parrot Poicephalus senegalus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Niam-niam Parrot Poicephalus crassus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-crested Turaco Tauraco leucolophus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-bellied Roller Coracias cyanogaster resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-throated Bee-eater Merops bulocki resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Speckle-breasted Woodpecker Dendropicos poecilolaemus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Shrike Corvinella corvina resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Emin's Shrike Lanius gubernator resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Piapiac Ptilostomus afer resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sun Lark Galerida modesta resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-pate Cisticola Cisticola ruficeps resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Foxy Cisticola Cisticola troglodytes resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-winged Grey Warbler Drymocichla incana 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 
Purple Glossy-starling Lamprotornis purpureus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bronze-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis chalcurus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-collared Starling Grafisia torquata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-crowned Robin-chat Cossypha albicapilla resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-fronted Black-chat Myrmecocichla albifrons resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser superciliosus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bush Petronia Petronia dentata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Heuglin's Masked-weaver Ploceus heuglini resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-cheeked Oliveback Nesocharis capistrata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-winged Pytilia Pytilia phoenicoptera resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bar-breasted Firefinch Lagonosticta rufopicta resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-bellied Firefinch Lagonosticta rara 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 
Long-tailed Paradise-whydah Vidua interjecta 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)  
Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park World Heritage Site 1,740,000 protected area contained by site 1,740,000  
Manovo-Gounda-Saint Floris National Park 1,890,868 protected area contained by site 1,890,868  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   62%
Savanna   2%
Grassland   1%
Forest   34%

Land use

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

Other biodiversity The area is important for a number of mammal species including Panthera leo (VU), Acinonyx jubatus (VU), Gazella rufifrons (VU) and Damaliscus lunatus (LR/cd).

References Blancou (1938–1939), Carroll (1988), Christy and Dowsett (in prep.), Fay et al. (1990), Ruggiero (1991).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Manovo - Gounda - St Floris National Park complex. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/10/2014

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