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Location Ghana, Western
Central coordinates 2o 17.00' West  5o 22.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 15,800 ha
Altitude 75 - 260m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Ghana Wildlife Society



Site description The Fure River Forest Reserve is situated 11 km south-west of Prestea town and is bisected by the Prestea–Nkwanta road. The terrain comprises steep-sided hills and deep valleys that become flooded in the rainy season. Parts of this forest have been heavily degraded as a result of timber exploitation; 3,004 ha is under logging concessions while 641 ha are Cedrela odorata plantation, which was established in 1971–198. Areas in both the north and the south are still intact. Average annual rainfall is c.1,750 mm.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Forest Francolin Francolinus lathami resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Ahanta Francolin Francolinus ahantensis resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Long-tailed Hawk Urotriorchis macrourus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
White-spotted Flufftail Sarothrura pulchra resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-headed Wood-dove Turtur brehmeri resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Psittacus erithacus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Not Recognised 
Yellow-throated Cuckoo Chrysococcyx flavigularis resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Roller Eurystomus gularis resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher Halcyon badia resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
African Dwarf-kingfisher Ceyx lecontei resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
White-bellied Kingfisher Alcedo leucogaster resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Forest Woodhoopoe Phoeniculus castaneiceps resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black Dwarf Hornbill Tockus hartlaubi resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill Tockus camurus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
African Pied Hornbill Tockus fasciatus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
White-crested Hornbill Tropicranus albocristatus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-casqued Hornbill Ceratogymna elata resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Naked-faced Barbet Gymnobucco calvus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Bristle-nosed Barbet Gymnobucco peli resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Speckled Tinkerbird Pogoniulus scolopaceus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-rumped Tinkerbird Pogoniulus atroflavus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-throated Tinkerbird Pogoniulus subsulphureus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Hairy-breasted Barbet Tricholaema hirsuta resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Barbet Trachyphonus purpuratus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Spotted Honeyguide Indicator maculatus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-spotted Woodpecker Campethera nivosa resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-eared Woodpecker Campethera caroli resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Gabon Woodpecker Dendropicos gabonensis resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Fire-bellied Woodpecker Thripias pyrrhogaster resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-sided Broadbill Smithornis rufolateralis resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut Wattle-eye Platysteira castanea resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-bellied Helmet-shrike Prionops caniceps resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Large-billed Puffback Dryoscopus sabini resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Western Black-headed Oriole Oriolus brachyrhynchus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Shining Drongo Dicrurus atripennis resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone rufiventer resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-headed Crested-flycatcher Trochocercus nitens resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Blue Swallow Hirundo nigrita resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black-capped Apalis Apalis nigriceps resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Sharpe's Apalis Apalis sharpii resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Grey Greenbul Andropadus gracilis resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Plain Greenbul Andropadus curvirostris resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Golden Greenbul Calyptocichla serina resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Honeyguide Greenbul Baeopogon indicator resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Spotted Greenbul Ixonotus guttatus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Simple Greenbul Chlorocichla simplex resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Swamp Greenbul Thescelocichla leucopleura resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Icterine Greenbul Phyllastrephus icterinus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Common Bristlebill Bleda syndactylus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Green-tailed Bristlebill Bleda eximius resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Grey-headed Bristlebill Bleda canicapillus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Bearded Bulbul Criniger barbatus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-tailed Bulbul Criniger calurus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-bearded Greenbul Criniger olivaceus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Yellow-spotted Nicator Nicator chloris resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Longbill Macrosphenus concolor resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Green Hylia Hylia prasina resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Green Crombec Sylvietta virens resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Blackcap Illadopsis Illadopsis cleaveri resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-winged Illadopsis Illadopsis rufescens resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Brown Illadopsis Illadopsis fulvescens resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Copper-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis cupreocauda resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
White-tailed Ant-thrush Neocossyphus poensis resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous Flycatcher-thrush Stizorhina fraseri resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Alethe diademata resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Not Recognised 
Forest Robin Stiphrornis erythrothorax resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
African Forest Flycatcher Fraseria ocreata resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Little Grey Flycatcher Muscicapa epulata resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-throated Tit-flycatcher Myioparus griseigularis resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Scarlet-tufted Sunbird Anthreptes fraseri resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Brown Sunbird Nectarinia cyanolaema resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-throated Sunbird Nectarinia adelberti resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-vented Malimbe Malimbus scutatus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Gray's Malimbe Malimbus nitens resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-headed Malimbe Malimbus rubricollis resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Western Bluebill Spermophaga haematina resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Fure River Forest Reserve 15,825 protected area contains site 15,800  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   4%
Unknown   9%
Forest   85%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
water management -
other -
Notes: Collection of forest products.

Other biodiversity Cercopithecus diana roloway (CR) occurs and Tragelaphus euryceros (LR/nt) is thought to do so.

References Hawthorne and Abu-Juam (1995), Holbech (1996).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Fure River Forest Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/04/2014

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