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Location Guinea, Kindia
Central coordinates 14o 33.00' West  10o 29.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 20,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Site description The site is located on the north-west coast, to the south of the town of Kamsar, at the mouth of Rio Kapatchez. It extends between Pointe Gonzalez to the north-west and the Koumba river to the south-east, just to the north of Cap Verga. The site includes a large expanse of mudflats as well as mangroves, sand-dunes, freshwater marsh and rice-fields. Mangroves are well-developed along the Kaliki river and, at its mouth, c.3 km east of Pointe Gonzalez, is a sandy islet known as Khôni Benki.

Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. The mudflats are used by both Phoenicopterus minor (counts of 5,000–10,000) and P. ruber. Several waterbird species nest in the mangroves including Scopus umbretta, Ciconia episcopus and, perhaps, Mycteria ibis. In addition, large numbers of wintering waders use the mudflats, including several hundred Recurvirostra avosetta. Khôni Benki is an important high-tide roost for waders. The freshwater marshes and rice-fields are used by numerous nesting Phalacrocorax africanus, Anhinga rufa, Casmerodius albus, Dendrocygna viduata and, probably, Ardeola ralloides. Although there have been no complete counts, available data suggest that the site is regularly used by more than 20,000 waterbirds and it is likely that further counts would reveal that some species exceed 1% thresholds.

Non-bird biodiversity: The dolphin Sousa teuszii (DD) has been recorded near Khôni Benki.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor winter  5,000-10,000 individuals  A1  Near Threatened 
Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus winter  1998  1,470 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons winter  1998  1,800 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2001 high not assessed not assessed
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Agriculture and aquaculture annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration high
Biological resource use logging & wood harvesting - unintentional effects: large scale happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Rio Kapatchez Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 20,000 is identical to site 20,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   9%
Unknown   5%
Shrubland   4%
Forest   80%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
nature conservation and research -

References Altenburg and van der Kamp (1991a, b), Jones (1993).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Rio Kapatchez. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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