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Location Cameroon, Far North Province
Central coordinates 13o 43.00' East  10o 43.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 6,000 ha
Altitude 730 - 900m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Cameroon Biodiversity Conservation Society (Affiliate)



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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bearded Barbet Pogonornis dubius resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fox Kestrel Falco alopex resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Senegal Parrot Poicephalus senegalus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-throated Bee-eater Merops bulocki resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Shrike Corvinella corvina resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow Penduline-tit Anthoscopus parvulus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sun Lark Galerida modesta resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Senegal Eremomela Eremomela pusilla resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Purple Glossy-starling Lamprotornis purpureus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bronze-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis chalcurus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-collared Starling Grafisia torquata resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Gambaga Flycatcher Muscicapa gambagae breeding  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser superciliosus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bush Petronia Petronia dentata resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-winged Pytilia Pytilia phoenicoptera resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Firefinch Lagonosticta larvata resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Lavender Waxbill Estrilda caerulescens resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-rumped Waxbill Estrilda troglodytes resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

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  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
water management -
other -
Notes: Fuelwood collection.

Other biodiversity The mammal Gazella rufifrons (VU) used to be common, and still occurs.

References Languy (2000).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mayo-Louti Forest Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/07/2014

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