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Location Ghana, Upper East
Central coordinates 0o 30.00' West  10o 32.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 12,753 ha
Altitude 150 - 450m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Ghana Wildlife Society



Site description The reserve is located in the far north-east of the country and is bisected by the Walewale–Gambaga–Nalerigu road. The topography is hilly with a sharp escarpment running north-eastwards for several kilometres, to the village of Nakpanduri and extending eastwards to the border with Togo. The vegetation is a mixture of open Guinea Savanna woodland intergrading to Sudan Savanna, with trees reaching 10–12 m. The soil is generally sandy interspersed with large boulders.

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 
Violet Turaco Musophaga violacea resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Shrike Corvinella corvina resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Senegal Eremomela Eremomela pusilla resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Gambaga Flycatcher Muscicapa gambagae breeding  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Splendid Sunbird Nectarinia coccinigaster resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bush Petronia Petronia dentata resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Heuglin's Masked-weaver Ploceus heuglini resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Gambaga East Forest Reserve 12,753 is identical to site 12,753  

Land use

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

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gambaga Scarp (East) Forest Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/08/2014

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