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Location Cameroon, North Province
Central coordinates 12o 40.00' East  8o 10.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 300,000 ha
Altitude 250 - 1,010m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Cameroon Biodiversity Conservation Society (Affiliate)



Site description Faro National Park is a large block of Sudanian savanna on gently undulating terrain at 250–500 m. It lies close to the Nigerian border to the west and is surrounded on the eastern side by Hunting Reserves. A few rocky hills or massifs rise to 700–1,000 m. The park is enclosed between two large sandy, perennial rivers, the Faro on the north-east and the Déo along the western side, which flows into the Faro in the extreme north. Vegetation-types include tall Isoberlinia woodland in the south, shorter, more open, mixed woodland or wooded grassland in the north and dry deciduous riparian forest or woodland interspersed with patches of semi-evergreen forest and thickets (best developed along the Faro). The level of the Déo and Faro rivers undergoes much seasonal variation and numerous sandbars become uncovered in the dry season.

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 
Senegal Parrot Poicephalus senegalus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-crested Turaco Tauraco leucolophus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Violet Turaco Musophaga violacea resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-bellied Roller Coracias cyanogaster 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 
Dorst's Cisticola Cisticola guinea resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-winged Grey Warbler Drymocichla incana resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Oriole Warbler Hypergerus atriceps resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Senegal Eremomela Eremomela pusilla resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blackcap Babbler Turdoides reinwardii 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-crowned Robin-chat Cossypha albicapilla resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-fronted Black-chat Myrmecocichla albifrons resident  2000  present  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 
Bar-breasted Firefinch Lagonosticta rufopicta resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-bellied Firefinch Lagonosticta rara resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Firefinch Lagonosticta larvata 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 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Faro National Park 341,823 protected area contains site 300,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   19%
Forest   80%

Land use

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

Other biodiversity Mammals include Taurotragus derbianus (LR/nt) and Damaliscus lunatus korrigum (VU), reported to exist in small numbers, and quite a few Loxodonta africana (EN).

References Dowsett-Lemaire and Dowsett (1999b).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Faro National Park. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/10/2014

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