|Central coordinates||42o 41.00' East 11o 48.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, A3|
|Altitude||182 - 1,783m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description The site consists of woodland habitat on the Goda mountain massif c.30 km west of Tadjoura. Although the name Forêt de Day generally refers only to the high-altitude juniper forest in the area, the lower-altitude wooded areas to the north and east also contain important avifauna and have been included. At upper altitudes, the landscape is rugged, with high plateaus, cliffs and steep mountain slopes, intersected by many wadis. Above c.950 m, the vegetation is dominated by trees of Juniperus procera, with some Olea africana, and an understorey dominated by Buxus hildebranti and/or Tarchonanthus camphoratus. However, the junipers are in regression and B. hildebranti is becoming increasingly dominant, with Acacia seyal also invading. The woodland is interspersed with wooded Acacia grassland and grassland. Below c.950 m, the woodland is dominated by Buxus hildebranti or (particularly at lower altitudes or on better-watered slopes) Terminalia brownii, both mixed with Acacia spp. The wadis are more densely vegetated, with large Ficus spp. and, in a few areas, palm trees. There are several villages within the IBA. The area is used for grazing cattle, camels and goats, and supplies building poles, palm fronds for furniture, and, from the lower slopes, firewood; a number of small market gardens have been created. It is also popular with visitors from Djibouti-ville, and there are three tourist camps and one hotel within the IBA.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Djibouti Francolin Francolinus ochropectus||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A2||Critically Endangered|
|Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse Pterocles lichtensteinii||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Black-billed Woodhoopoe Phoeniculus somaliensis||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill Tockus flavirostris||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Hemprich's Hornbill Tockus hemprichii||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Black-throated Barbet Tricholaema melanocephala||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Yellow-breasted Barbet Trachyphonus margaritatus||resident||1999||-||-||Least Concern|
|Rosy-patched Bush-shrike Rhodophoneus cruentus||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Desert Lark Ammomanes deserti||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|White-breasted White-eye Zosterops abyssinicus||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Somali Starling Onychognathus blythii||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Black Scrub-robin Cercotrichas podobe||resident||1999||-||-||Least Concern|
|White-tailed Wheatear Oenanthe leucopyga||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Blackstart Cercomela melanura||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Shining Sunbird Nectarinia habessinica||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Rueppell's Weaver Ploceus galbula||resident||1999||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||17%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Extraction of poles for building and palm fronds for furniture; firewood collection.|
Other biodiversity The most important known site for Livistona carinensis (VU) in Djibouti is at Bankoualé, within the IBA. This palm, the sole Livistona species found in Africa and Arabia, is only known to occur in around a dozen sites in Yemen, Somalia and Djibouti. Scattered trees of Dracaena ombet (EN) occur on steep slopes, and Juniperus procera (LR/nt) is common, though declining. The mammals Papio hamadryas (LR/nt), Oreotragus oreotragus (LR/cd), Phacochoerus africanus aeliani (EN) and Otomops martiensseni (VU) also occur.
References Blot (1985, 1986), FAO (1987), Welch and Welch (1984, 1998, 1999), Welch et al. (1986).
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