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Location Cameroon, North Province
Central coordinates 13o 17.00' East  9o 30.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 5,000 ha
Altitude 250 - 550m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Cameroon Biodiversity Conservation Society (Affiliate)



Site description The site is located some 30 km north-west of the town Garoua, between the villages of Gashiga and Demsa, near the border with Nigeria. The site is bisected by the road from Garoua to Demsa, on the international border, which is intensively used for fuel traffic. The soils are sandy and the vegetation is wooded Sudanian savanna with the herbaceous layer dominated by Hyparrhenia rufa, Panicum spp. and Pennisetum spp. grasslands.

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 
Violet Turaco Musophaga violacea 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 
Piapiac Ptilostomus afer 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 
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 
Heuglin's Masked-weaver Ploceus heuglini resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-winged Pytilia Pytilia phoenicoptera resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Dybowski's Twinspot Euschistospiza dybowskii 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 
Brown-rumped Bunting Emberiza affinis resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Grassland - secondary  -
Savanna Wooded grassland  -
Artificial - terrestrial   91%
Shrubland   8%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

Other biodiversity The mammal Gazella rufifrons (VU) occurs.

References COC (2000a).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gashiga - Demsa. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/09/2014

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