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Location Guinea, Kindia
Central coordinates 12o 52.00' West  9o 32.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 5,032 ha
Altitude 50 - 1,094m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description Kounounkan Forest Reserve, also known as Kamalayah, is located 90 km south-east of Conakry, north of the town of Moussaya, on the southern tip of the Fouta Djalon. The forest sits on a massif of Devonian sandstone, rising to 1,094 m above the coastal plain. The massif is dissected into several steep-sided plateaux. The vegetation is mainly old-growth (more than 150 years) secondary, closed canopy, semi-evergreen rainforest, mostly confined to the ravines. Representative tree species include Afzelia africana, Aningeria altissima, Cola gigantea and Morus mesozygia. Savanna woodland occurs on the ridge tops with areas of farmbush on the lower slopes.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ahanta Francolin Francolinus ahantensis resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-thighed Sparrowhawk Accipiter erythropus resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Nkulengu Rail Himantornis haematopus resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Western Bronze-naped Pigeon Columba iriditorques resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Guinea Turaco Tauraco persa resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Coucal Centropus leucogaster resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
White-bellied Kingfisher Alcedo leucogaster resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
African Pied Hornbill Tockus fasciatus resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-casqued Hornbill Ceratogymna elata resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Naked-faced Barbet Gymnobucco calvus resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-rumped Tinkerbird Pogoniulus atroflavus resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-spotted Woodpecker Campethera nivosa resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Fire-bellied Woodpecker Thripias pyrrhogaster resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut Wattle-eye Platysteira castanea resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-cheeked Wattle-eye Platysteira blissetti resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-bellied Helmet-shrike Prionops caniceps resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Western Black-headed Oriole Oriolus brachyrhynchus resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Shining Drongo Dicrurus atripennis resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone rufiventer resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
White-necked Picathartes Picathartes gymnocephalus resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Fanti Saw-wing Psalidoprocne obscura resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Sharpe's Apalis Apalis sharpii resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Ansorge's Greenbul Andropadus ansorgei resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Honeyguide Greenbul Baeopogon indicator resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Simple Greenbul Chlorocichla simplex resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-headed Bristlebill Bleda canicapillus resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Bearded Bulbul Criniger barbatus resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-tailed Bulbul Criniger calurus resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-spotted Nicator Nicator chloris resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Longbill Macrosphenus concolor resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Green Hylia Hylia prasina resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Puvel's Illadopsis Illadopsis puveli resident  1997  unknown [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Brown Illadopsis Illadopsis fulvescens resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Capuchin Babbler Phyllanthus atripennis resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
White-tailed Ant-thrush Neocossyphus poensis resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous Flycatcher-thrush Stizorhina fraseri resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Alethe diademata resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Not Recognised 
Lowland Akalat Sheppardia cyornithopsis resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
African Forest Flycatcher Fraseria ocreata resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Scarlet-tufted Sunbird Anthreptes fraseri resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-headed Malimbe Malimbus rubricollis resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Western Bluebill Spermophaga haematina resident  1997  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kamalaya (Kounounkan) Strict Nature Reserve 5,032 is identical to site 5,032  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   25%
Unknown   50%
Forest   25%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
nature conservation and research -
water management -
other -
Notes: Firewood collection.

Other biodiversity The primates Cercopithecus diana (VU) and Pan troglodytes (EN) are known to occur.

References Barnett et al. (1994), Hayman et al. (1995).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kounounkan. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/04/2014

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