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Location Côte d'Ivoire, Daloa
Central coordinates 6o 0.00' West  7o 5.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 101,000 ha
Altitude 90 - 320m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

SOS-FORETS (Affiliate)



Site description Marahoué is situated in south-central Côte d’Ivoire, immediately west of the town of Bouaflé. The Marahoué or Bandama Rouge river forms part of the eastern boundary of the park, but flows through its northern section. Part of the south-western boundary is formed by the main Yamassoukro–Daloa road. The terrain consists of a series of hills and valleys. The park is located on the ecotone between the forest zone and savanna woodland. It is therefore a mosaic of gallery forest and semi-deciduous forest patches, in which tree species such as Triplochiton scleroxylon, Celtis spp., Khaya grandifolia, Erythrophleum ivorense and Terminalia superba commonly occur and, particularly in the eastern half, savanna woodland, where Diospyros mespiliformis, Afzelia africana, Lophira lanceolata and Daniellia oliveri are common. The Marahoué river and a number of pools provide a variety of wetland habitats. Average annual rainfall is 1,100 mm.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Gymnobucco calvus resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Speckled Tinkerbird Pogoniulus scolopaceus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-rumped Tinkerbird Pogoniulus atroflavus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-throated Tinkerbird Pogoniulus subsulphureus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Hairy-breasted Barbet Tricholaema hirsuta resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-breasted Guineafowl Agelastes meleagrides resident  1999  unknown  A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Forest Francolin Peliperdix lathami resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Ahanta Francolin Pternistis ahantensis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Hartlaub's Duck Pteronetta hartlaubii resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Long-tailed Hawk Urotriorchis macrourus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Cassin's Hawk-eagle Aquila africana resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Afep Pigeon Columba unicincta resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Western Bronze-naped Pigeon Columba iriditorques resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-headed Wood-dove Turtur brehmeri resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Senegal Parrot Poicephalus senegalus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Turaco Tauraco persa resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Turaco Tauraco macrorhynchus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Violet Turaco Musophaga violacea resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo Cercococcyx olivinus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Coucal Centropus leucogaster resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bubo poensis resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Akun Eagle-owl Bubo leucostictus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Caprimulgus nigriscapularis resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Sabine's Spinetail Rhaphidura sabini resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-bellied Roller Coracias cyanogaster resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Roller Eurystomus gularis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
African Dwarf-kingfisher Ispidina lecontei resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-bellied Kingfisher Corythornis leucogaster resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black Bee-eater Merops gularis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Bee-eater Merops breweri resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Forest Scimitarbill Rhinopomastus castaneiceps resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bycanistes fistulator resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Tropicranus albocristatus resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Tockus fasciatus resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Tockus hartlaubi resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Dwarf Hornbill Lophoceros camurus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-cheeked Hornbill Bycanistes subcylindricus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-cheeked Hornbill Bycanistes cylindricus resident  1999  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Black-casqued Hornbill Ceratogymna atrata resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-casqued Hornbill Ceratogymna elata resident  1999  present  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Yellow-footed Honeyguide Melignomon eisentrauti resident  1999  present  A1, A3  Data Deficient 
Spotted Honeyguide Indicator maculatus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Lyre-tailed Honeyguide Melichneutes robustus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Dendropicos gabonensis resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Little Green Woodpecker Campethera maculosa resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-eared Woodpecker Campethera caroli resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fire-bellied Woodpecker Dendropicos pyrrhogaster resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
African Shrike-flycatcher Megabyas flammulatus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut Wattle-eye Platysteira castanea resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-cheeked Wattle-eye Platysteira blissetti resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-bellied Helmet-shrike Prionops caniceps resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fiery-breasted Bush-shrike Malaconotus cruentus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Large-billed Puffback Dryoscopus sabini resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sooty Boubou Laniarius leucorhynchus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Western Wattled Cuckooshrike Campephaga lobata resident  1999  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Western Black-headed Oriole Oriolus brachyrhynchus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-winged Oriole Oriolus nigripennis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Shining Drongo Dicrurus atripennis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone rufiventer resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-headed Crested-flycatcher Trochocercus nitens resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Dusky Tit Parus funereus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Tit-hylia Pholidornis rushiae resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fanti Saw-wing Psalidoprocne obscura resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Blue Swallow Hirundo nigrita resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sun Lark Galerida modesta resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-capped Apalis Apalis nigriceps resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sharpe's Apalis Apalis sharpii resident  1999  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Oriole Warbler Hypergerus atriceps resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Olive-green Camaroptera Camaroptera chloronota resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Greenbul Andropadus gracilis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Plain Greenbul Andropadus curvirostris resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Golden Greenbul Calyptocichla serina resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Honeyguide Greenbul Baeopogon indicator resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Simple Greenbul Chlorocichla simplex resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Swamp Greenbul Thescelocichla leucopleura resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Leaf-love Pyrrhurus scandens resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Greenbul Phyllastrephus albigularis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Icterine Greenbul Phyllastrephus icterinus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Common Bristlebill Bleda syndactylus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-headed Bristlebill Bleda canicapillus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bearded Bulbul Criniger barbatus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-tailed Bulbul Criniger calurus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-spotted Nicator Nicator chloris resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Rufous Warbler Bathmocercus cerviniventris resident  1999  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Grey Longbill Macrosphenus concolor resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Violet-backed Hyliota Hyliota violacea resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Hylia Hylia prasina resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Senegal Eremomela Eremomela pusilla resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-crowned Eremomela Eremomela badiceps resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Crombec Sylvietta virens resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Lemon-bellied Crombec Sylvietta denti resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-winged Illadopsis Illadopsis rufescens resident  1999  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Puvel's Illadopsis Illadopsis puveli resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown Illadopsis Illadopsis fulvescens resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Capuchin Babbler Phyllanthus atripennis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Copper-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis cupreocauda resident  1999  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Bronze-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis chalcurus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Emerald Starling Coccycolius iris resident  1999  present  A3  Data Deficient 
Chestnut-winged Starling Onychognathus fulgidus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Narrow-tailed Starling Poeoptera lugubris resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-tailed Ant-thrush Neocossyphus poensis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous Flycatcher-thrush Stizorhina fraseri resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Alethe diademata resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Forest Robin Stiphrornis erythrothorax resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Forest Scrub-robin Erythropygia leucosticta resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-browed Forest Flycatcher Fraseria cinerascens resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Nimba Flycatcher Melaenornis annamarulae resident  1999  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Ussher's Flycatcher Muscicapa ussheri resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Little Grey Flycatcher Muscicapa epulata resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Dusky-blue Flycatcher Muscicapa comitata resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-throated Tit-flycatcher Myioparus griseigularis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Sunbird Anthreptes rectirostris resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Little Green Sunbird Nectarinia seimundi resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Brown Sunbird Nectarinia cyanolaema resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-throated Sunbird Nectarinia adelberti resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Tiny Sunbird Nectarinia minulla resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Splendid Sunbird Nectarinia coccinigaster resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Johanna's Sunbird Nectarinia johannae resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Superb Sunbird Nectarinia superba resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Vieillot's Black Weaver Ploceus nigerrimus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-mantled Weaver Ploceus tricolor resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Maxwell's Black Weaver Ploceus albinucha resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-vented Malimbe Malimbus scutatus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Gray's Malimbe Malimbus nitens resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Crested Malimbe Malimbus malimbicus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-headed Malimbe Malimbus rubricollis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-breasted Negrofinch Nigrita fusconotus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch Nigrita bicolor resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Togo Paradise-whydah Vidua togoensis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Marahoue National Park 101,000 is identical to site 101,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   8%
Unknown   16%
Shrubland   1%
Forest   73%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -

Other biodiversity Mammals of conservation concern include Pan troglodytes verus (EN), Piliocolobus badius (VU), Loxodonta africana africana (EN) (100–150 individuals), Syncerus caffer (LR/cd), Tragelaphus euryceros (LR/nt) Cephalophus maxwellii (LR/nt), C. rufilatus (LR/cd), C. sylvicultor (LR/nt), C. dorsalis (LR/nt), Kobus kob kob (LR/cd), Kobus ellipsiprymnus defassa (LR/cd) and Alcelaphus buselaphus major (LR/cd).

References Christy and Schulenberg (1998), Lauginie et al. (1996), WCMC (1991).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Marahoue National Park. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/10/2014

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