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Location Guinea, Kindia
Central coordinates 12o 35.00' West  10o 27.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 2,800 ha
Altitude 400 - 920m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description Balandougou Forest Reserve is situated in the south-west of the Fouta Djalon, north-east of the town of Kindia and to the west of Mamou. It is drained by the headwaters of the Konkouré river and some of its tributaries. The habitat is savanna woodland and dry forest, with gallery forest along the watercourses.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Blue-bellied Roller Coracias cyanogaster resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Shrike Corvinella corvina resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Pied-winged Swallow Hirundo leucosoma resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sun Lark Galerida modesta resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Oriole Warbler Hypergerus atriceps resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blackcap Babbler Turdoides reinwardii resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bronze-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis chalcurus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Emerald Starling Coccycolius iris resident  1997  present  A3  Data Deficient 
White-crowned Robin-chat Cossypha albicapilla resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-faced Pytilia Pytilia hypogrammica resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Dybowski's Twinspot Euschistospiza dybowskii resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bar-breasted Firefinch Lagonosticta rufopicta resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-bellied Firefinch Lagonosticta rara resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Mt. Balandougou Classified Forest 2,800 is identical to site 2,800  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   8%
Unknown   17%
Shrubland   56%
Forest   17%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
nature conservation and research -
water management -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Balandougou. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 10/07/2014

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