|Central coordinates||12o 40.00' West 11o 45.00' North|
|Altitude||250 - 900m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description The site is located in the north-west Fouta Djalon, south-west of the town of Linsan, north-west of Lélouma and comprises principally the Nialama (Nyalama) Forest Reserve (10,000 ha), but also includes neighbouring parts of the valleys of the Ouésséguélé river and its affluent, the Koundou (Kuundu). The area includes bowé, cliffs and escarpments, hills, a low-lying plain of gently undulating terrain and lowland seasonal swamps. The site is a mosaic of sparse forest, denser gallery forest, open savanna woodland and grassland and patches of bamboo Oxytenanthera abyssinica. The dominant forest species are Parkia biglobosa and Pterocarpus erinaceus, while Afzelia africana and Elaeis guineensis are characteristic savanna species. Average annual rainfall is 1,145 mm. The precise limits of the site have yet to be determined.
Key Biodiversity See Box and Table 3 for key species. The area has yet to be thoroughly surveyed.
Non-bird biodiversity: A troop of at least 30 Pan troglodytes (EN) occurs within the forest reserve. The site is within the Fouta Djalon centre of plant endemism; some of the endemics may therefore occur.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Fox Kestrel Falco alopex||resident||1997||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|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|
|White-crowned Robin-chat Cossypha albicapilla||resident||1997||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser superciliosus||resident||1997||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Bush Petronia Petronia dentata||resident||1997||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Bearded Barbet Pogonornis dubius||resident||1997||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Nialama (or Nyalama)||Classified Forest||10,000||protected area contains site||10,000|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
|Notes: Collection of natural products for medicines, food, dyes and building materials.|
References Bourque (1996).
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