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Location Côte d'Ivoire, Abidjan
Central coordinates 4o 53.00' West  5o 13.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 19,400 ha
Altitude 0 - 50m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

SOS-FORETS (Affiliate)



Site description Azagny National Park is situated 100 km due west of Abidjan, at the western end of the Ebrié lagoon, separated from the beach by the canal that links the lagoon with the Bandama river, which forms the western boundary of the site, and adjacent to the town of Grand Lahou. The vegetation of the park is varied and mostly comprises swamps of various types which cover two-thirds of the park, swamp-forest, in which Raphia palms are common, inundated riverine forest, relatively small amounts of moist evergreen forest on areas of higher ground, mangrove (principally Rhizophora racemosa and Avicennia africana) and, depending upon water-level, some limited areas of mudflat fringing the lagoon and canal. There is also some littoral savanna woodland in which the palm Borassus aethiopum is a conspicuous element. Average annual rainfall is 1,650 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 
Yellow-throated Tinkerbird Pogoniulus subsulphureus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-spotted Barbet Buccanodon duchaillui 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 
Hartlaub's Duck Pteronetta hartlaubii 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 
Nkulengu Rail Himantornis haematopus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-throated Rail Canirallus oculeus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-headed Wood-dove Turtur brehmeri resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-collared Lovebird Agapornis swindernianus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Psittacus erithacus resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Green Turaco Tauraco persa 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 
Rufous Fishing-owl Scotopelia ussheri resident  1999  unknown  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Cassin's Spinetail Neafrapus cassini resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Roller Eurystomus 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 
Dwarf Hornbill Lophoceros camurus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-cheeked Hornbill Bycanistes cylindricus resident  1999  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Yellow-casqued Hornbill Ceratogymna elata resident  1999  present  A3  Vulnerable 
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 
Chestnut-bellied Helmet-shrike Prionops caniceps resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fiery-breasted Bush-shrike Malaconotus cruentus 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 
Shining Drongo Dicrurus atripennis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone rufiventer resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-capped Flycatcher Erythrocercus mccallii 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 
Grey Greenbul Andropadus gracilis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Plain Greenbul Andropadus curvirostris 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 
White-throated Greenbul Phyllastrephus albigularis resident  1999  unknown  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 
Yellow-spotted Nicator Nicator chloris resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Longbill Macrosphenus concolor resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Hylia Hylia prasina 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 
Copper-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis cupreocauda resident  1999  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Chestnut-winged Starling Onychognathus fulgidus 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 
Ussher's Flycatcher Muscicapa ussheri resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Cassin's Grey Flycatcher Muscicapa cassini resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Scarlet-tufted Sunbird Anthreptes fraseri resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Mouse-brown Sunbird Anthreptes gabonicus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Little Green Sunbird Nectarinia seimundi resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Reichenbach's Sunbird Nectarinia reichenbachii resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Brown Sunbird Nectarinia cyanolaema resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Carmelite Sunbird Nectarinia fuliginosa 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 
Orange Weaver Ploceus aurantius resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Vieillot's Black Weaver Ploceus nigerrimus 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 
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)  
Azagny National Park 19,000 protected area contained by site 19,000  
Parc national d'Azagny Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 19,400 is identical to site 19,400  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   7%
Unknown   15%
Forest   76%

Land use

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

Other biodiversity Azagny was originally created a protected area in part for the conservation of Loxodonta africana cyclotis (EN) and Syncerus caffer (LR/cd), both of which occur in good numbers, benefiting from the protection of the swamps. Other mammals of global conservation concern include Pan trogolodytes verus (EN), Procolobus verus (EN), Colobus vellerosus (VU), Cercocebus atys lunulatus (EN), Cercopithecus diana roloway (EN), Hexaprotodon l. liberiensis (VU) at the eastern extremity of its range, Hyemoschus aquaticus (LR/nt), Tragelaphus euryceros (LR/nt), Cephalophus maxwellii (LR/nt), C. rufilatus (LR/cd), C. niger (LR/nt), C. sylvicultor (LR/nt), C. dorsalis (LR/nt) and Neotragus pygmaeus (LR/nt); Trichechus senegalensis (VU) occurs in the waters of the lagoon. The crocodile Crocodylus cataphractus (DD) also occurs.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Azagny National Park. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/11/2014

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