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Location Guinea, Kindia
Central coordinates 13o 35.00' West  9o 56.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 4,900 ha
Altitude 300 - 630m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description Kabitaï (Khabitaye) Forest Reserve is located south-east of the town of Wassou and north of Dubréka on the south-western edge of the Fouta Djalon, some 20 km from the sea and only a short distance from Konkouré (IBA GN013). The habitat is mixed wooded savanna and grassland, although some areas are cultivated.

Key Biodiversity See Box and Table 3 for key species. In addition, 10 species of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome have been recorded; see Table 3. The area has yet to be properly surveyed.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

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 
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 
Senegal Eremomela Eremomela pusilla resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blackcap Babbler Turdoides reinwardii resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-crowned Robin-chat Cossypha albicapilla resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Splendid Sunbird Nectarinia coccinigaster resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bush Petronia Petronia dentata resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Dybowski's Twinspot Euschistospiza dybowskii resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-bellied Firefinch Lagonosticta rara resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Lavender Waxbill Estrilda caerulescens resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Khabitaye Classified Forest 4,900 is identical to site 4,900  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   15%
Unknown   31%
Shrubland   7%
Forest   45%

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kabitaï. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/12/2014

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