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Location Gabon, Haut-Ogooué
Central coordinates 14o 10.00' East  2o 0.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 110,000 ha
Altitude 350 - 830m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description The site is located in south-east of the country, east of the town of Franceville, near the border with the Republic of Congo and represents the northern part of the vast Batéké Plateau, which extends south through both Congos into northern Angola. It consists of Loudetia simplex-dominated short-grass savannas, either as tree-less prairies or as wooded grasslands, characterized by Hymenocardia acida, Maprounea africana, Dialium sp. and Annona senegalensis shrubs. Other common grass species include Ctenium newtoni and Trachypogon thollonii. Patches of dense woodland occur on the tops of some hills. Associated with the rivers and lakes in the area are a number of erosion cirques. Swamp-forests, often with Raphia palms, grow on the banks of these lakes and rivers, with associated permanent herbaceous swamps.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Gymnobucco calvus resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Speckled Tinkerbird Pogoniulus scolopaceus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-throated Tinkerbird Pogoniulus subsulphureus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-spotted Barbet Buccanodon duchaillui resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Finsch's Francolin Scleroptila finschi resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-spotted Flufftail Sarothrura pulchra resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Western Bronze-naped Pigeon Columba iriditorques resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Turaco Tauraco persa resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo Cercococcyx olivinus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Roller Eurystomus gularis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black Bee-eater Merops gularis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Bee-eater Merops breweri resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rosy Bee-eater Merops malimbicus breeding  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-green Bush-shrike Telophorus bocagei resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-eyed Puffback Dryoscopus senegalensis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sooty Boubou Laniarius leucorhynchus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Petit's Cuckooshrike Campephaga petiti resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Western Black-headed Oriole Oriolus brachyrhynchus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-headed Crested-flycatcher Trochocercus nitens resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Square-tailed Saw-wing Psalidoprocne nitens resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Blue Swallow Hirundo nigrita resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Olive-green Camaroptera Camaroptera chloronota resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Greenbul Andropadus gracilis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Honeyguide Greenbul Baeopogon indicator resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Simple Greenbul Chlorocichla simplex resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Swamp Greenbul Thescelocichla leucopleura resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-throated Nicator Nicator vireo resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Hylia Hylia prasina resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-crowned Eremomela Eremomela badiceps resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Crombec Sylvietta virens resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blackcap Illadopsis Illadopsis cleaveri resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown Illadopsis Illadopsis fulvescens resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Purple-headed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis purpureiceps resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sooty Flycatcher Muscicapa infuscata resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Cassin's Grey Flycatcher Muscicapa cassini resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Sunbird Anthreptes rectirostris resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green-throated Sunbird Nectarinia rubescens resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Johanna's Sunbird Nectarinia johannae resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Superb Sunbird Nectarinia superba resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-chinned Weaver Ploceus nigrimentus resident  present  A1  Least Concern 
Black-throated Malimbe Malimbus cassini resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-breasted Negrofinch Nigrita fusconotus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Pale-fronted Negrofinch Nigrita luteifrons resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Long-legged Pipit Anthus pallidiventris resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   1%
Unknown   2%
Shrubland   29%
Grassland   31%
Forest   34%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Léconi grasslands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/10/2014

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