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Location Côte d'Ivoire, Abidjan
Central coordinates 3o 33.00' West  5o 56.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 50,712 ha
Altitude 50 - 150m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

SOS-FORETS (Affiliate)



Site description These contiguous forest reserves are located some 100 km north-east of Abidjan and south of the town of Bettié near the border with Ghana. They are bordered to the east by the Comoé river. Mabi (59,800 ha), to the north, contains one village enclave and associated areas of cultivation in the west, but much of the forest adjacent to the Comoé is in excellent condition. Yaya (24,100 ha) is surrounded by fewer villages than Mabi and, especially in the north where it merges with Mabi, the forest is relatively undisturbed. The vegetation of both reserves is predominantly moist lowland evergreen forest.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-breasted Guineafowl Agelastes meleagrides resident  1999  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Western Bronze-naped Pigeon Columba iriditorques resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Turaco Tauraco macrorhynchus 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 
White-bellied Kingfisher Corythornis leucogaster resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Dwarf Hornbill Lophoceros camurus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-casqued Hornbill Ceratogymna atrata resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-spotted Woodpecker Campethera nivosa resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-sided Broadbill Smithornis rufolateralis 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 Crested-flycatcher Elminia nigromitrata 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 
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 
Yellow-bearded Greenbul Criniger olivaceus resident  1999  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Green Hylia Hylia prasina 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 
White-tailed Ant-thrush Neocossyphus poensis 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 
Scarlet-tufted Sunbird Anthreptes fraseri 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 
Western Bluebill Spermophaga haematina resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Mabi/Yaya Classified Forest 29,400 protected area contained by site 29,400  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   1%
Unknown   2%
Forest   96%

Land use

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

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References McGraw et al. (1997–1998), Waltert et al. (1999).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mabi Forest reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/07/2014

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