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Location Côte d'Ivoire, Abidjan
Central coordinates 5o 0.00' West  6o 13.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 2,500 ha
Altitude 50 - 100m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

SOS-FORETS (Affiliate)



Site description The Station Ecologique de Lamto is situated 170 km north-west of Abidjan on the eastern bank of the Bandama river, just downstream of the hydroelectric dam at Taabo. It is located at the zone of transition between forest and savanna woodland at the southernmost point of the ‘V Baoulé’, the V-shaped incursion of savanna woodland into the forest belt in central Côte d’Ivoire. Lamto is an ecological research station of the University of Abidjan and is run as a nature reserve. The main habitats are riparian gallery forests, often with dense undergrowth, of between 10 and several hundred metres width that fringe both the Bandama river and a number of its small affluents that traverse the reserve. These forest fingers permeate the savanna woodland which occupies the majority of the site. A conspicuous and common element of the savanna is the Borassus palm Borassus aethiopum which dominates the open shrubby woodland; Lamto is one of the few places in the country where mature Borassus palm-savanna still exists. Typical grasses include Loudetia simplex and Hyparrhenia spp. The woodland is often better-developed on and around the numerous rocky outcroppings that punctuate the savanna, while along and beside the watercourses, particularly the Bandama, there are numerous large boulders. Average annual rainfall is 1,200 mm.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Forest Francolin Peliperdix lathami resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Ahanta Francolin Pternistis ahantensis resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Spot-breasted Ibis Bostrychia rara resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-crested Tiger-heron Tigriornis leucolopha 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 
Cassin's Hawk-eagle Aquila africana resident  1999  unknown  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 
Green Turaco Tauraco persa resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Turaco Tauraco macrorhynchus resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo Cercococcyx mechowi resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Coucal Centropus leucogaster resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bubo poensis resident  1999  unknown  A3  Not Recognised 
Rufous Fishing-owl Scotopelia ussheri resident  1999  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Sabine's Spinetail Rhaphidura sabini resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Roller Eurystomus gularis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher Halcyon badia resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
African Dwarf-kingfisher Ispidina lecontei resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
White-bellied Kingfisher Corythornis leucogaster resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Black Bee-eater Merops gularis 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 
Cassin's Honeybird Prodotiscus insignis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Spotted Honeyguide Indicator maculatus resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Willcocks's Honeyguide Indicator willcocksi resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Dendropicos gabonensis resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Little Green Woodpecker Campethera maculosa resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-spotted Woodpecker Campethera nivosa resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-eared Woodpecker Campethera caroli resident  1999  unknown  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 
West African Batis Batis occulta resident  1999  unknown  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 
Large-billed Puffback Dryoscopus sabini resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sooty Boubou Laniarius leucorhynchus resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Blue Cuckooshrike Coracina azurea resident  1999  unknown  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  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-capped Flycatcher Erythrocercus mccallii resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-necked Picathartes Picathartes gymnocephalus resident  1999  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Tit-hylia Pholidornis rushiae resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Blue Swallow Hirundo nigrita resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-capped Apalis Apalis nigriceps resident  1999  unknown  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 
Plain Greenbul Andropadus curvirostris resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Golden Greenbul Calyptocichla serina resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Honeyguide Greenbul Baeopogon indicator resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Spotted Greenbul Ixonotus guttatus resident  1999  unknown  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 
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  unknown  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 
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 
Blackcap Illadopsis Illadopsis cleaveri resident  1999  unknown  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 
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 
Grey Ground-thrush Zoothera princei resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Alethe diademata resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Forest Robin Stiphrornis erythrothorax resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-shouldered Robin-chat Cossypha cyanocampter resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Forest Scrub-robin Erythropygia leucosticta resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
African Forest Flycatcher Fraseria ocreata resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-browed Forest Flycatcher Fraseria cinerascens resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Ussher's Flycatcher Muscicapa ussheri resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Olivaceous Flycatcher Muscicapa olivascens resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Little Grey Flycatcher Muscicapa epulata resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Dusky-blue Flycatcher Muscicapa comitata resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Tessmann's Flycatcher Muscicapa tessmanni resident  1999  unknown  A3  Data Deficient 
Cassin's Grey Flycatcher Muscicapa cassini resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-throated Tit-flycatcher Myioparus griseigularis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Mouse-brown Sunbird Anthreptes gabonicus 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 
Johanna's Sunbird Nectarinia johannae 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  unknown  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 
Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch Nigrita bicolor resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Western Bluebill Spermophaga haematina resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
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 
Yellow-throated Tinkerbird Pogoniulus subsulphureus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Hairy-breasted Barbet Tricholaema hirsuta resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Lamto Strict Nature Reserve 2,500 is identical to site 2,500  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   25%
Unknown   50%
Forest   25%

Land use

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

Other biodiversity Among mammals, a small herd of Syncerus caffer (LR/cd) and a few Kobus kob kob (LR/cd) still persist.

References Demey and Fishpool (1991), Thiollay (1970, 1972, 1998).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lamto Ecological Research Station. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/07/2014

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