|Location||Cameroon, Far North Province|
|Central coordinates||13o 43.00' East 10o 43.00' North|
|Altitude||730 - 900m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Ornithological information See Box and Table 3 for key species. The area has only been briefly surveyed and, to date, 147 species have been recorded. The site lies at the northern edge of the Sudan–Guinea Savanna biome in Cameroon (and Grafisia torquata appears to reach the northern limit of its range here). Some large raptor species breed in the reserve, including Aquila rapax. Rhinoptilus chalcopterus occurs and probably breeds.
Site description Mayo-Louti Forest Reserve lies about 10 km west of the town of Mokolo and east of the Mandara mountains in the north-west of the country, near the border with Nigeria. The area is relatively flat and is crossed by three main rivers which run south–north through the reserve. The northern edge of the triangular-shaped reserve is bounded by the road between Mokolo and the village of Rumsiki, while the western and eastern borders are formed, respectively, by the Mayo-Louti and Mayo-Wanday rivers. The vegetation is dry savanna woodland with Isoberlinia, Piliostigma, Crossopteryx and Cussonia spp. trees, together with some Khaya senegalensis in places along watercourses. The soil is sandy with many rocky outcrops.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Fox Kestrel Falco alopex||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Senegal Parrot Poicephalus senegalus||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Red-throated Bee-eater Merops bulocki||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Bearded Barbet Lybius dubius||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Yellow-billed Shrike Corvinella corvina||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Yellow Penduline-tit Anthoscopus parvulus||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Sun Lark Galerida modesta||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Senegal Eremomela Eremomela pusilla||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Purple Glossy-starling Lamprotornis purpureus||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Bronze-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis chalcurus||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|White-collared Starling Grafisia torquata||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Gambaga Flycatcher Muscicapa gambagae||breeding||2000||unknown [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser superciliosus||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Bush Petronia Petronia dentata||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Red-winged Pytilia Pytilia phoenicoptera||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Black-throated Firefinch Lagonosticta larvata||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Lavender Waxbill Estrilda caerulescens||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Black-rumped Waxbill Estrilda troglodytes||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Mayo-Louti||Forest Reserve||3,000||protected area contained by site||3,000|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||100%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
|Notes: Fuelwood collection.|
Other biodiversity The mammal Gazella rufifrons (VU) used to be common, and still occurs.
Management considerations The site holds one of the last areas of Sudanian woodland in Cameroon north of Garoua. Although formally protected, the site is under severe human pressure. Surrounding villages rely heavily on the woodland for fuelwood-collection, a significant part of which is being sold to nearby Mokolo. Hunting pressure is high and the few remaining large mammals are under severe threat.
References Languy (2000).
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