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Location Guinea, Labé
Central coordinates 13o 19.00' West  12o 37.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 38,200 ha
Altitude 50 - 100m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Site description Badiar National Park is situated in the north-west of the country, immediately north of the town of Koundara on the international frontier with Senegal, where it is contiguous with Niokolo-Koba National Park (IBA SN016). The park incorporates a mosaic of savanna types and gallery forest. The principal rivers, the Koulountou and the Mitji plus their tributaries are bordered by depressions, some of them extensive, which support savanna grassland and which are occasionally inundated. In the eastern, drier part of the park the habitat is scrub woodland dominated by Combretum, Terminalia and Gardenia spp., Hymenocardia acida, Piliostigma thonningii, Burkea africana, Parinari sp., Bombax costatum, Hexalobus sp. and Pterocarpus erinaceus. Bowé are found throughout but are particularly common in the east, where they are often associated with bamboo thickets and dense stands of Afzelia africana and Anthonotha sp. Wooded savanna and open forest characterize western parts, where the soils are better. The dominant trees are Pterocarpus erinaceus, Afzelia africana, Danniellia oliveri, Burkea africana, Lannea acida and Terminalia laxiflora. There are also patches of Acacia seyal on areas of hydromorphic soils, giving a more Sahelian appearance. Palms occur along some of the watercourses while along the Koulountou river there are patches of gallery forest, extremely dense in places. There are a number of permanent wetlands in depressions. The average annual rainfall is 1,000–1,500 mm, mostly falling from June to October.

Key Biodiversity See Box and Table 3 for key species. The park has yet to be thoroughly surveyed.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals which occur, or used to do so, include Loxodonta africana (EN) (estimated population 1,000), Tragelaphus derbianus (LR/nt), Lycaon pictus (EN) and Papio papio (LR/nt).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Senegal Parrot Poicephalus senegalus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Violet Turaco Musophaga violacea resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-bellied Roller Coracias cyanogaster resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-throated Bee-eater Merops bulocki resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Piapiac Ptilostomus afer resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blackcap Babbler Turdoides reinwardii resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Purple Glossy-starling Lamprotornis purpureus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-crowned Robin-chat Cossypha albicapilla resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bush Petronia Petronia dentata resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bar-breasted Firefinch Lagonosticta rufopicta resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Badiar National Park 38,200 is identical to site 38,200  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   3%
Shrubland   22%
Forest   74%

Land use

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

References Bousquet and Gautier (1994).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Badiar. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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