|Central coordinates||16o 20.00' West 12o 10.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A3|
|Altitude||0 - 10m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description The Parque Natural dos Tarrefes do Rio Cacheu or Rio Cacheu Mangroves Natural Park is located on the northernmost of the rivers which dissect Guinea-Bissau. The area of the National Park includes land on both banks of the river. On the southern side, the site includes stretches from the town of Cacheu eastwards to opposite the village of Apilho, on the northern bank. The northern part of the park is situated nearer the coast and so overlaps only partially with the southern half. It extends from a point some 10 km east of Cacheu, on the opposite bank, to the Rio de Elia, near the estuary mouth, and inland almost as far as the town of São Domingos. The area includes 30,000 ha of mangroves as well as tanne, mud- and sandbanks, semi-dry woodland, palm forest, savanna and agricultural land.
Key Biodiversity See Box and Table 2 for key species. To date 140 bird species have been recorded including, in addition to those listed below, seven species of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome (A05); see Table 2. Few count data are available but, given the habitat, it is probable that the area seasonally holds significant numbers of waterbirds; 2,000 Phoenicopterus minor were recorded in May 2000.
Non-bird biodiversity: The mammal Trichechus senegalensis (VU) occurs.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor||winter||2000||2,000 individuals||-||A1||Near Threatened|
|Senegal Parrot Poicephalus senegalus||resident||1997||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Violet Turaco Musophaga violacea||resident||1997||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Blue-bellied Roller Coracias cyanogaster||resident||1997||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Red-throated Bee-eater Merops bulocki||resident||1997||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Turati's Boubou Laniarius turatii||resident||1997||present||-||A1||Least Concern|
|Blackcap Babbler Turdoides reinwardii||resident||1997||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Purple Glossy-starling Lamprotornis purpureus||resident||1997||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Bronze-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis chalcurus||resident||1997||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Splendid Sunbird Nectarinia coccinigaster||resident||1997||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Lavender Waxbill Estrilda caerulescens||resident||1997||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Rio Cacheu Mangroves||Natural Park||88,615||protected area contains site||54,000|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||4%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
|Notes: Collection of natural products, palm oil and palm wine.|
References Ledant (1985), Maretti and Sales (1994), Orlandi et al. (1994).
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