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Location Central African Republic, Ouham-Pendé
Central coordinates 16o 23.00' East  6o 19.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 500,000 ha
Altitude 675 - 1,410m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description Situated in the west of the country, towards the international frontier with Cameroon, west of the town of Bozoum, the area is essentially comprised of Sudan–Guinea savanna. It also includes, however, the Monts Karé, while the topography becomes increasingly broken at higher altitude towards the Cameroon border and the Massif du Yadé. In theory, there could be some evergreen forest at higher levels, but this and the possible presence of a montane avifauna have not been investigated.

Key Biodiversity See Box and Table 3 for key species. Some 244 species are known from this IBA. The area is important as the southern limit of many Sudan–Guinea Savanna biome birds. The most interesting species known from this little-explored region is the submontane sunbird Nectarinia preussi of the Afrotropical Highlands biome (A07). In addition, six species of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome (A05) occur (see Table 3). The only bird of global conservation concern reported is Circus macrourus.

Non-bird biodiversity: The Massif du Yadé is one of only two known sites in the Central African Republic for Oreotragus oreotragus (LR/cd), while Redunca fulvorufula (LR/cd), known hitherto in West Africa only by a small population in the neighbouring highlands of Cameroon, ought to be looked for.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bearded Barbet Pogonornis dubius 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 
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 
Yellow-billed Shrike Corvinella corvina resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Emin's Shrike Lanius gubernator resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow Penduline-tit Anthoscopus parvulus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sun Lark Galerida modesta resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous Cisticola Cisticola rufus 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 
Blackcap Babbler Turdoides reinwardii 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-fronted Black-chat Myrmecocichla albifrons resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Splendid Sunbird Nectarinia coccinigaster resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser superciliosus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-cheeked Oliveback Nesocharis capistrata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-faced Pytilia Pytilia hypogrammica resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Dybowski's Twinspot Euschistospiza dybowskii 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 
Long-tailed Paradise-whydah Vidua interjecta resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-rumped Bunting Emberiza affinis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Savanna   18%
Forest   81%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

References Blancou (1938–1939).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bozoum. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/11/2014

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