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Location Ghana, Northern
Central coordinates 1o 40.00' West  9o 30.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 484,000 ha
Altitude 120 - 490m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Ghana Wildlife Society



Site description Mole National Park lies c.146 km north-west of Tamale. The terrain is undulating with low scarps. The vegetation is predominantly open Guinea Savanna woodland with an average tree height of 11 m and individuals reaching up to 22 m. Common tree species include Isoberlinia doka, Butyrospermum paradoxum, Burkea africana, Combretum spp. and Terminalia avicenniodes. Watercourses are lined with species-rich riparian forest, with a dense undergrowth and a closed canopy, from which emergents reach 38 m. There are also areas of grassland and swamps in the flood-plain of rivers and around water-holes.

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 
Blue-bellied Roller Coracias cyanogaster resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-throated Bee-eater Merops bulocki resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Shrike Corvinella corvina resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Piapiac Ptilostomus afer resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow Penduline-tit Anthoscopus parvulus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Pied-winged Swallow Hirundo leucosoma resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-pate Cisticola Cisticola ruficeps resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous Cisticola Cisticola rufus resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Oriole Warbler Hypergerus atriceps resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Senegal Eremomela Eremomela pusilla resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blackcap Babbler Turdoides reinwardii resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Purple Glossy-starling Lamprotornis purpureus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bronze-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis chalcurus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-crowned Robin-chat Cossypha albicapilla resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-fronted Black-chat Myrmecocichla albifrons resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Splendid Sunbird Nectarinia coccinigaster resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser superciliosus 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 
White-cheeked Oliveback Nesocharis capistrata resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-winged Pytilia Pytilia phoenicoptera resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-faced Pytilia Pytilia hypogrammica resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bar-breasted Firefinch Lagonosticta rufopicta resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-bellied Firefinch Lagonosticta rara resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Firefinch Lagonosticta larvata resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Lavender Waxbill Estrilda caerulescens resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-rumped Bunting Emberiza affinis resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Mole National Park 484,040 protected area contains site 484,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   11%
Forest   88%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -

Other biodiversity Some 90 mammal species have been recorded, including Loxodonta africana africana (EN), Panthera leo (VU) and Colobus polykomos (LR/nt). Four plant taxa Aneilema setiferum var. pallidiciliatum, Gongronema obscurum, Kyllinga echinata and Rhinopterys angustifolia are considered endemic to the area.

References Greig-Smith (1976), Grimes (1987), Rijksen et al. (1998), Schmitt and Adu-Nsiah (1993), Taylor and Macdonald (1978).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mole National Park. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/09/2014

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