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Location Côte d'Ivoire, Abengourou
Central coordinates 3o 33.00' West  6o 31.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 22,848 ha
Altitude 140 - 240m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

SOS-FORETS (Affiliate)



Site description The site is located 40 km south of Abengourou in the semi-deciduous forest zone and, although bordered to the south by the Comoé river and to the west by the small Bossematié river, the forest is in effect entirely surrounded by farmland. The topography is gently undulating with a series of ridges and valleys; the site is traversed by a number of small seasonal streams, but there is no permanent water. Characteristic tree species include Triplochiton scleroxylon, Khaya ivorensis, Piptadeniastrum africanum and Celtis spp. The site was selectively logged up to six times between 1960 and 1990 when exploitation stopped, leaving a canopy cover of about 40%, and in many places, particularly the valley bottoms, the understorey has been invaded by the introduced weed Chromoleana odorata. Average annual rainfall is 1,400 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 
Trachyphonus purpuratus resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Bristle-nosed Barbet Gymnobucco peli resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
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 
Forest Francolin Peliperdix lathami resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Ahanta Francolin Pternistis ahantensis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-legged Sparrowhawk Accipiter erythropus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Long-tailed Hawk Urotriorchis macrourus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-spotted Flufftail Sarothrura pulchra resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Nkulengu Rail Himantornis haematopus 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 
Psittacus erithacus resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Yellow-billed Turaco Tauraco macrorhynchus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo Cercococcyx mechowi 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 
Sandy Scops-owl Otus icterorhynchus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-chested Owlet Glaucidium tephronotum resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black Spinetail Telacanthura melanopygia resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Cassin's Spinetail Neafrapus cassini resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Roller Eurystomus gularis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher Halcyon badia resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
African Dwarf-kingfisher Ispidina lecontei resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black Bee-eater Merops gularis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Merops muelleri resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
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  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-casqued Hornbill Ceratogymna elata resident  1999  present  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Dendropicos gabonensis resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Buff-spotted Woodpecker Campethera nivosa resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fire-bellied Woodpecker Dendropicos pyrrhogaster resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-sided Broadbill Smithornis rufolateralis 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  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-bellied Helmet-shrike Prionops caniceps resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Large-billed Puffback Dryoscopus sabini resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue Cuckooshrike Coracina azurea resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
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 
Chestnut-capped Flycatcher Erythrocercus mccallii 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 
White-throated Blue Swallow Hirundo nigrita resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sharpe's Apalis Apalis sharpii resident  1999  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-browed Camaroptera Camaroptera superciliaris 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 
Ansorge's Greenbul Andropadus ansorgei 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 
Spotted Greenbul Ixonotus guttatus 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 
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 
Green-tailed Bristlebill Bleda eximius resident  1999  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
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 
Kemp's Longbill Macrosphenus kempi resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
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 
Rufous-crowned Eremomela Eremomela badiceps resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Crombec Sylvietta virens resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blackcap Illadopsis Illadopsis cleaveri resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-winged Illadopsis Illadopsis rufescens resident  1999  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Brown Illadopsis Illadopsis fulvescens resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
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 
African Forest Flycatcher Fraseria ocreata resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Ussher's Flycatcher Muscicapa ussheri resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Little Grey Flycatcher Muscicapa epulata resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Scarlet-tufted Sunbird Anthreptes fraseri 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 
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 
Preuss's Weaver Ploceus preussi 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 
Crimson Seedcracker Pyrenestes sanguineus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Western Bluebill Spermophaga haematina resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Beki Bosse Matie Classified Forest 38,900 protected area contains site 22,848  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   16%
Unknown   32%
Forest   50%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
water management -

Other biodiversity The mammals Loxodonta africana cyclotis (EN) and Pan troglodytes verus (EN) occur. Some 300 species of butterfly (Lepidoptera) have been recorded.

References Waltert et al. (1999).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bossematie Forest Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/09/2014

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