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Location Ghana, Central
Central coordinates 1o 32.00' West  5o 16.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 8,200 ha
Altitude 45 - 200m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Ghana Wildlife Society



Site description The Pra-Sushien Forest Reserve forms an irregular-shaped block stretching from south-west to north-east, from the Pra river near Hemang village to the Cape-Coast–Praso road near Abrafo Odumase, and is separated from Kakum National Park (GH014) by a road. The terrain of the reserve is very undulating with hilly slopes and narrow valleys, making access difficult. The area is drained by tributaries of the Pra river. The vegetation is moist evergreen forest, and areas of primary and mature secondary forest well represented. Records, however, show continuous logging between 1975 and 1991. Southern parts of the reserve, heavily disturbed, but good forest persists in the areas near Kakum

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
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 
Afep Pigeon Columba unicincta 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 
Guinea Turaco Tauraco persa resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Turaco Tauraco macrorhynchus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo Cercococcyx mechowi resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo Cercococcyx olivinus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Coucal Centropus leucogaster resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher Halcyon badia resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
White-bellied Kingfisher Alcedo leucogaster resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black Dwarf Hornbill Tockus hartlaubi 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 
Piping Hornbill Bycanistes fistulator resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill Bycanistes subcylindricus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-cheeked Hornbill Bycanistes cylindricus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Black-casqued Hornbill Ceratogymna atrata 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 
Yellow-spotted Barbet Buccanodon duchaillui 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 
Brown-eared Woodpecker Campethera caroli 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 
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 
Sharpe's Apalis Apalis sharpii resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-browed Camaroptera Camaroptera superciliaris resident  2000  present [units unknown]  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 
Honeyguide Greenbul Baeopogon indicator resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Simple Greenbul Chlorocichla simplex resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Greenbul Phyllastrephus albigularis 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-spotted Nicator Nicator chloris resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Kemp's Longbill Macrosphenus kempi 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 
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 
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 
Dusky-blue Flycatcher Muscicapa comitata resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-throated Sunbird Nectarinia adelberti resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Vieillot's Black Weaver Ploceus nigerrimus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-mantled Weaver Ploceus tricolor resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Gray's Malimbe Malimbus nitens resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Crested Malimbe Malimbus malimbicus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-headed Malimbe Malimbus rubricollis resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
White-breasted Negrofinch Nigrita fusconotus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch Nigrita bicolor 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)  
Pra Suhyien Blk I Forest Reserve 8,310 protected area contains site 8,200  

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
water management -

Other biodiversity Mammals reported to occur at the site include Procolobus verus (LR/nt), Cephalophus dorsalis (LR/nt) and Neotragus pygmaeus (LR/nt).

References Ghana Wildlife Society (1998), Hawthorne and Abu-Juam (1995).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pra-Sushien Forest Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/04/2014

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