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Location Côte d'Ivoire, Abidjan
Central coordinates 4o 6.00' West  5o 42.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 18,062 ha
Altitude 75 - 100m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

SOS-FORETS (Affiliate)



Site description The site is located 55 km north of Abidjan and comprises two Forest Reserves, separated by the Abidjan–Agboville road and the railway line linking Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, but known collectively as Yapo. The area is largely flat, cut by a number of small streams with a few swampy areas, and is covered almost entirely by evergreen forest in which typical species include Diospyros spp., Dacryodes klaineana, Piptadeniastrum africanum, Heritiera utilis, Anopyxis klaineana and Scottellia chevalieri. Yapo was established as a Forest Reserve in 1930 and has been selectively managed since as an experimental site for the sustainable extraction of indigenous forest timber. Initially, mature specimens of non-commercial tree species were selectively poisoned (but not removed) over large areas and subsequently replanted with commercially valuable native species such as Khaya ivorensis. More recently, the selective poisoning has not been followed by replanting, but the forest left to regenerate in the hope that marketable species, released from competition, would put on extra growth. Selective logging recommenced in 1989; 400 ha have been planted with trials of exotic tree species. Average annual rainfall is 1,750 mm.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Forest Francolin Francolinus lathami resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Ahanta Francolin Francolinus ahantensis resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Hartlaub's Duck Pteronetta hartlaubii resident  1999  unknown [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
White-crested Tiger-heron Tigriornis leucolopha resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Congo Serpent-eagle Dryotriorchis spectabilis resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-thighed Sparrowhawk Accipiter erythropus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Long-tailed Hawk Urotriorchis macrourus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Cassin's Hawk-eagle Aquila africanus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
White-spotted Flufftail Sarothrura pulchra resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Nkulengu Rail Himantornis haematopus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-throated Rail Canirallus oculeus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Western Bronze-naped Pigeon Columba iriditorques resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-headed Wood-dove Turtur brehmeri resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black-collared Lovebird Agapornis swindernianus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Psittacus erithacus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Not Recognised 
Yellow-billed Turaco Tauraco macrorhynchus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo Cercococcyx mechowi resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo Cercococcyx olivinus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Coucal Centropus leucogaster resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Sandy Scops-owl Otus icterorhynchus resident  1999  unknown [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Fraser's Eagle-owl Bubo poensis resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Akun Eagle-owl Bubo leucostictus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-chested Owlet Glaucidium tephronotum resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Brown Nightjar Caprimulgus binotatus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black Spinetail Telacanthura melanopygia resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Sabine's Spinetail Rhaphidura sabini resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Cassin's Spinetail Neafrapus cassini resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Roller Eurystomus gularis resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher Halcyon badia resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
African Dwarf-kingfisher Ceyx lecontei resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
White-bellied Kingfisher Alcedo leucogaster resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black Bee-eater Merops gularis resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Merops muelleri resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Not Recognised 
Forest Woodhoopoe Phoeniculus castaneiceps resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black Dwarf Hornbill Tockus hartlaubi resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill Tockus camurus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
African Pied Hornbill Tockus fasciatus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
White-crested Hornbill Tropicranus albocristatus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Piping Hornbill Bycanistes fistulator resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-cheeked Hornbill Bycanistes cylindricus resident  1999  unknown [units unknown]  A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Black-casqued Hornbill Ceratogymna atrata resident  1999  unknown [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Naked-faced Barbet Gymnobucco calvus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Bristle-nosed Barbet Gymnobucco peli resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Speckled Tinkerbird Pogoniulus scolopaceus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-rumped Tinkerbird Pogoniulus atroflavus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-throated Tinkerbird Pogoniulus subsulphureus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-spotted Barbet Buccanodon duchaillui resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Hairy-breasted Barbet Tricholaema hirsuta resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Barbet Trachyphonus purpuratus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Cassin's Honeyguide Prodotiscus insignis resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Spotted Honeyguide Indicator maculatus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Willcocks's Honeyguide Indicator willcocksi resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
African Piculet Sasia africana resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Little Green Woodpecker Campethera maculosa resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-spotted Woodpecker Campethera nivosa resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-eared Woodpecker Campethera caroli resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Gabon Woodpecker Dendropicos gabonensis resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Fire-bellied Woodpecker Thripias pyrrhogaster resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-sided Broadbill Smithornis rufolateralis resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
African Shrike-flycatcher Megabyas flammulatus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
West African Batis Batis occulta resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut Wattle-eye Platysteira castanea resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-bellied Helmet-shrike Prionops caniceps resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Lagden's Bush-shrike Malaconotus lagdeni resident  present [units unknown]  A1  Near Threatened 
Large-billed Puffback Dryoscopus sabini resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Sooty Boubou Laniarius leucorhynchus resident  1999  unknown [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Blue Cuckooshrike Coracina azurea resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Western Black-headed Oriole Oriolus brachyrhynchus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Shining Drongo Dicrurus atripennis resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone rufiventer resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-headed Crested-flycatcher Trochocercus nitens resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Dusky Crested-flycatcher Elminia nigromitrata resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-capped Flycatcher Erythrocercus mccallii resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Forest Penduline-tit Anthoscopus flavifrons resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Tit-hylia Pholidornis rushiae resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Square-tailed Saw-wing Psalidoprocne nitens resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Fanti Saw-wing Psalidoprocne obscura resident  1999  unknown [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black-capped Apalis Apalis nigriceps resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Sharpe's Apalis Apalis sharpii resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-browed Camaroptera Camaroptera superciliaris resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Olive-green Camaroptera Camaroptera chloronota resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Greenbul Andropadus gracilis resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Ansorge's Greenbul Andropadus ansorgei resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Plain Greenbul Andropadus curvirostris resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Golden Greenbul Calyptocichla serina resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Honeyguide Greenbul Baeopogon indicator resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Spotted Greenbul Ixonotus guttatus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Simple Greenbul Chlorocichla simplex resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Swamp Greenbul Thescelocichla leucopleura resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Icterine Greenbul Phyllastrephus icterinus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Common Bristlebill Bleda syndactylus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Green-tailed Bristlebill Bleda eximius resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Grey-headed Bristlebill Bleda canicapillus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Bearded Bulbul Criniger barbatus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-tailed Bulbul Criniger calurus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-bearded Greenbul Criniger olivaceus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Yellow-spotted Nicator Nicator chloris resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Kemp's Longbill Macrosphenus kempi resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Longbill Macrosphenus concolor resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Violet-backed Hyliota Hyliota violacea resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Green Hylia Hylia prasina resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-crowned Eremomela Eremomela badiceps resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Green Crombec Sylvietta virens resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Lemon-bellied Crombec Sylvietta denti resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Blackcap Illadopsis Illadopsis cleaveri resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-winged Illadopsis Illadopsis rufescens resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Brown Illadopsis Illadopsis fulvescens resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Copper-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis cupreocauda resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Chestnut-winged Starling Onychognathus fulgidus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Narrow-tailed Starling Poeoptera lugubris resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
White-tailed Ant-thrush Neocossyphus poensis resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous Flycatcher-thrush Stizorhina fraseri resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Ground-thrush Zoothera princei resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Alethe diademata resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Not Recognised 
Forest Robin Stiphrornis erythrothorax resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Lowland Akalat Sheppardia cyornithopsis resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Forest Scrub-robin Erythropygia leucosticta resident  1999  unknown [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
African Forest Flycatcher Fraseria ocreata resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Ussher's Flycatcher Muscicapa ussheri resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Olivaceous Flycatcher Muscicapa olivascens resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Little Grey Flycatcher Muscicapa epulata resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Dusky-blue Flycatcher Muscicapa comitata resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-throated Tit-flycatcher Myioparus griseigularis resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Scarlet-tufted Sunbird Anthreptes fraseri resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Green Sunbird Anthreptes rectirostris resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Little Green Sunbird Nectarinia seimundi resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Bates's Sunbird Nectarinia batesi resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Brown Sunbird Nectarinia cyanolaema resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-throated Sunbird Nectarinia adelberti resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Tiny Sunbird Nectarinia minulla resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Johanna's Sunbird Nectarinia johannae resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Superb Sunbird Nectarinia superba resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Vieillot's Black Weaver Ploceus nigerrimus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-mantled Weaver Ploceus tricolor resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Maxwell's Black Weaver Ploceus albinucha resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Preuss's Weaver Ploceus preussi resident  1999  unknown [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-vented Malimbe Malimbus scutatus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Gray's Malimbe Malimbus nitens resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Crested Malimbe Malimbus malimbicus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-headed Malimbe Malimbus rubricollis resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-fronted Antpecker Parmoptila rubrifrons resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Near Threatened 
White-breasted Negrofinch Nigrita fusconotus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch Nigrita bicolor resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Crimson Seedcracker Pyrenestes sanguineus resident  1999  unknown [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Western Bluebill Spermophaga haematina resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Yapo Botanical Reserve 37,300 protected area contains site 18,062  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   3%
Unknown   7%
Forest   89%

Land use

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

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Demey and Fishpool (1994).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Yapo and Mambo Forest Reserves. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/04/2014

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