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Location Guinea, Nzérékoré
Central coordinates 8o 55.00' West  7o 30.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 59,000 ha
Altitude 400 - 595m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description Diécké Forest Reserve is situated in the extreme south-east of Guinea, south of Nzérékoré and immediately north of the town of Diécké, close to the Liberian border. It is an area of lowland rainforest near the north-western limit of its distribution. Representative tree species include Parkia bicolor and Piptadeniastrum africanum. Although parts of the north-east of the reserve have been logged, much of the remainder is mature forest. The reserve also includes areas of swamp-forest dominated by Raphia palms, which makes access for commercial timber exploitation difficult or impossible in places. Annual rainfall is in the range 1,900–2,000 mm.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Gymnobucco calvus resident  1997  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Speckled Tinkerbird Pogoniulus scolopaceus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-rumped Tinkerbird Pogoniulus atroflavus resident  1997  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-spotted Barbet Buccanodon duchaillui resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Forest Francolin Peliperdix lathami resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Ahanta Francolin Pternistis ahantensis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Hartlaub's Duck Pteronetta hartlaubii resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-spotted Flufftail Sarothrura pulchra resident  1997  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Nkulengu Rail Himantornis haematopus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Western Bronze-naped Pigeon Columba iriditorques resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-headed Wood-dove Turtur brehmeri resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Psittacus erithacus resident  1997  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Green Turaco Tauraco persa resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Turaco Tauraco macrorhynchus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous Fishing-owl Scotopelia ussheri resident  1997  unknown  A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Blue-throated Roller Eurystomus gularis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher Halcyon badia resident  1997  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
White-bellied Kingfisher Corythornis leucogaster resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black Bee-eater Merops gularis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Merops muelleri resident  1997  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Forest Scimitarbill Rhinopomastus castaneiceps resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bycanistes fistulator resident  1997  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Tropicranus albocristatus resident  1997  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Tockus fasciatus resident  1997  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Black-casqued Hornbill Ceratogymna atrata resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-casqued Hornbill Ceratogymna elata resident  1997  present  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Cassin's Honeybird Prodotiscus insignis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Little Green Woodpecker Campethera maculosa resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-eared Woodpecker Campethera caroli resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fire-bellied Woodpecker Dendropicos pyrrhogaster resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
African Shrike-flycatcher Megabyas flammulatus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut Wattle-eye Platysteira castanea resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-cheeked Wattle-eye Platysteira blissetti resident  1997  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-bellied Helmet-shrike Prionops caniceps resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sooty Boubou Laniarius leucorhynchus resident  1997  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Blue Cuckooshrike Coracina azurea resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Western Black-headed Oriole Oriolus brachyrhynchus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-winged Oriole Oriolus nigripennis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Shining Drongo Dicrurus atripennis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone rufiventer resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-capped Flycatcher Erythrocercus mccallii resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-necked Picathartes Picathartes gymnocephalus resident  1997  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Tit-hylia Pholidornis rushiae resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Square-tailed Saw-wing Psalidoprocne nitens resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Honeyguide Greenbul Baeopogon indicator resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Swamp Greenbul Thescelocichla leucopleura resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Leaf-love Pyrrhurus scandens resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Common Bristlebill Bleda syndactylus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green-tailed Bristlebill Bleda eximius resident  1997  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Bearded Bulbul Criniger barbatus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-tailed Bulbul Criniger calurus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-bearded Greenbul Criniger olivaceus resident  1997  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Yellow-spotted Nicator Nicator chloris resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Violet-backed Hyliota Hyliota violacea resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Hylia Hylia prasina resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-crowned Eremomela Eremomela badiceps resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Crombec Sylvietta virens resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blackcap Illadopsis Illadopsis cleaveri resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown Illadopsis Illadopsis fulvescens resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Capuchin Babbler Phyllanthus atripennis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Copper-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis cupreocauda resident  1997  unknown  A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Chestnut-winged Starling Onychognathus fulgidus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-tailed Ant-thrush Neocossyphus poensis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous Flycatcher-thrush Stizorhina fraseri resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Forest Robin Stiphrornis erythrothorax resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
African Forest Flycatcher Fraseria ocreata resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Ussher's Flycatcher Muscicapa ussheri resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Scarlet-tufted Sunbird Anthreptes fraseri resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Sunbird Anthreptes rectirostris resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-throated Sunbird Nectarinia adelberti resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Johanna's Sunbird Nectarinia johannae resident  1997  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Superb Sunbird Nectarinia superba resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Vieillot's Black Weaver Ploceus nigerrimus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-mantled Weaver Ploceus tricolor resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Maxwell's Black Weaver Ploceus albinucha resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Preuss's Weaver Ploceus preussi resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-vented Malimbe Malimbus scutatus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Gray's Malimbe Malimbus nitens resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Crested Malimbe Malimbus malimbicus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-headed Malimbe Malimbus rubricollis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch Nigrita bicolor resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Western Bluebill Spermophaga haematina resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Diécké Classified Forest 64,000 protected area contains site 59,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   2%
Unknown   4%
Forest   92%

Land use

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

Other biodiversity The frog Phryobatrachus tokba is known only from its type-locality, close to Diécké. Fauna of conservation concern include the crocodile Osteolaemis tetraspis (VU) and the mammals Cercopithecus diana (VU), Procolobus badius (LR/nt), Colobus polykomos (LR/nt), Cercocebus atys (LR/nt), Pan troglodytes (EN), Cephalophus dorsalis (LR/nt), C. jentincki (VU), C. niger (LR/nt), C. sylvicultor (LR/nt), C. zebra (VU), Neotragus pygmaeus (LR/nt), Hexaprotodon liberiensis (VU), Hyemoschus aquaticus (DD), Tragelaphus euryceros (LR/nt) and Hylochoerus meinertzhageni (VU).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Diécké. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/08/2014

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