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Location Gambia, Upper River Division
Central coordinates 14o 12.00' West  13o 20.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 2,500 ha
Altitude 30 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description The area on either side of the Gambia River, immediately east of the divisional capital Basse Santa Su, 350 km from the coast, is a modified but representative example of typical habitat originally found in the Upper River Division. Prufu swamp is a seasonal, rain-fed freshwater marsh. Prufu Bolon, a tributary of the Gambia River, flows through the marsh. There are patches of riverine woodland and thicket along the bolon and on the riverbank just east of Basse. On the north bank of the river there are further areas of seasonal marsh and degraded savanna, some of it cleared for agriculture, on thin soils above a low laterite escarpment close to the village of Darsilami, which is on the main north bank road.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bearded Barbet Pogonornis dubius resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Adamawa Turtle-dove Streptopelia hypopyrrha resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Senegal Parrot Poicephalus senegalus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Violet Turaco Musophaga violacea resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-bellied Roller Coracias cyanogaster resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-throated Bee-eater Merops bulocki resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Shrike Corvinella corvina resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Piapiac Ptilostomus afer resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow Penduline-tit Anthoscopus parvulus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Oriole Warbler Hypergerus atriceps resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Senegal Eremomela Eremomela pusilla resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blackcap Babbler Turdoides reinwardii resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Purple Glossy-starling Lamprotornis purpureus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bronze-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis chalcurus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-crowned Robin-chat Cossypha albicapilla resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser superciliosus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bush Petronia Petronia dentata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-winged Pytilia Pytilia phoenicoptera resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bar-breasted Firefinch Lagonosticta rufopicta resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Firefinch Lagonosticta larvata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Lavender Waxbill Estrilda caerulescens resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-rumped Waxbill Estrilda troglodytes resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
other -
Notes: Firewood collection.

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Prufu - Darsilami area. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/08/2014

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