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Location Central African Republic, Haut-Mbomou
Central coordinates 25o 30.00' East  6o 30.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 1,010,000 ha
Altitude 650 - 865m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description Zémongo, in the east of the country, bordering the Sudan, is essentially Sudan–Guinea savanna with gallery forest lining many of the watercourses that traverse the area, but no vegetation survey appears to have been undertaken.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Blue-headed Wood-dove Turtur brehmeri resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo Cercococcyx mechowi resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher Halcyon badia resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
African Dwarf-kingfisher Ispidina lecontei resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-bellied Kingfisher Corythornis leucogaster resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Tockus hartlaubi resident  1998  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Zenker's Honeyguide Melignomon zenkeri resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Spotted Honeyguide Indicator maculatus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Lyre-tailed Honeyguide Melichneutes robustus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-spotted Woodpecker Campethera nivosa resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-eared Woodpecker Campethera caroli resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-crested Woodpecker Dendropicos xantholophus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut Wattle-eye Platysteira castanea resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fiery-breasted Bush-shrike Malaconotus cruentus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Shining Drongo Dicrurus atripennis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone rufiventer resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Dusky Crested-flycatcher Elminia nigromitrata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-browed Camaroptera Camaroptera superciliaris resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Olive-green Camaroptera Camaroptera chloronota resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Plain Greenbul Andropadus curvirostris resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Honeyguide Greenbul Baeopogon indicator resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Leaf-love Pyrrhurus scandens 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 
Lesser Bristlebill Bleda notatus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-tailed Bulbul Criniger calurus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-spotted Nicator Nicator chloris resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow Longbill Macrosphenus flavicans resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Hylia Hylia prasina resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Scaly-breasted Illadopsis Illadopsis albipectus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown Illadopsis Illadopsis fulvescens resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Capuchin Babbler Phyllanthus atripennis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-tailed Ant-thrush Neocossyphus poensis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous Flycatcher-thrush Stizorhina fraseri resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Alethe diademata resident  1998  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Forest Robin Stiphrornis erythrothorax resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Forest Scrub-robin Erythropygia leucosticta resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-browed Forest Flycatcher Fraseria cinerascens resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-throated Tit-flycatcher Myioparus griseigularis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Sunbird Anthreptes rectirostris resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Little Green Sunbird Nectarinia seimundi resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Brown Sunbird Nectarinia cyanolaema resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Superb Sunbird Nectarinia superba resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Gray's Malimbe Malimbus nitens resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Crested Malimbe Malimbus malimbicus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Woodhouse's Antpecker Parmoptila woodhousei resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch Nigrita bicolor resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Trachyphonus purpuratus resident  1998  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Speckled Tinkerbird Pogoniulus scolopaceus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-rumped Tinkerbird Pogoniulus atroflavus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-throated Tinkerbird Pogoniulus subsulphureus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Zemongo Faunal Reserve 1,367,449 protected area contains site 1,010,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Savanna   29%
Forest   70%

Land use

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

Other biodiversity The situation within the Faunal Reserve is incompletely known, but the tremendous poaching pressure on large mammals in the safari-operated buffer zones (Haut Chinko: 1,400,000 ha) is all too well-documented. Much of this poaching is from across the Sudan border.

References Blom et al. (1995), Friedmann (1978).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Zémongo Faunal Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/07/2014

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