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Location Liberia, Grand Cape Mount,Lofa
Central coordinates 10o 30.00' West  7o 47.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 210,650 ha
Altitude 150 - 800m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Society for the Conservation of Nature of Liberia (Affiliate)



Site description This proposed National Park includes part of Gola National Forest. It is situated in western Liberia between the Lofa and Mano rivers which, with their tributaries, drain the park. The international frontier with Sierra Leone forms the western boundary of the site, where it is contiguous with the Gola Forest Reserves IBA in Sierra Leone (SL010). The proposed park covers a large area of rainforest, evergreen in the south, becoming progressively more semi-deciduous to the north. The park also includes large patches of low bush, marshes and some savanna on lateritic soil. The region consists of a series of ridges of rounded hillocks with, in places, steep, bare, rocky slopes and river valleys. The rivers are characterized by spectacular rapids and waterfalls and are usually unfordable. The human population within the park is very low and the vegetation remains largely unmodified.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-breasted Guineafowl Agelastes meleagrides resident  1997  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Forest Francolin Peliperdix lathami resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Hartlaub's Duck Pteronetta hartlaubii resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Congo Serpent-eagle Dryotriorchis spectabilis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-legged Sparrowhawk Accipiter erythropus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Long-tailed Hawk Urotriorchis macrourus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Cassin's Hawk-eagle Aquila africana resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-spotted Flufftail Sarothrura pulchra resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-throated Rail Canirallus oculeus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Afep Pigeon Columba unicincta 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 
Yellow-billed Turaco Tauraco macrorhynchus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo Cercococcyx mechowi resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo Cercococcyx olivinus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Coucal Centropus leucogaster resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bubo poensis resident  1997  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Shelley's Eagle-owl Bubo shelleyi resident  1997  present  A3  Near Threatened 
Sabine's Spinetail Rhaphidura sabini resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Cassin's Spinetail Neafrapus cassini resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Roller Eurystomus gularis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher Halcyon badia resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
African Dwarf-kingfisher Ispidina lecontei resident  1997  present  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 
Bycanistes fistulator resident  1997  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Tropicranus albocristatus resident  1997  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Tockus fasciatus resident  1997  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Tockus hartlaubi resident  1997  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Dwarf Hornbill Lophoceros camurus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-cheeked Hornbill Bycanistes cylindricus resident  1997  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Black-casqued Hornbill Ceratogymna atrata resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-casqued Hornbill Ceratogymna elata resident  1997  present  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Lyre-tailed Honeyguide Melichneutes robustus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-spotted Woodpecker Campethera nivosa 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-bellied Helmet-shrike Prionops caniceps resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fiery-breasted Bush-shrike Malaconotus cruentus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue Cuckooshrike Coracina azurea resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Western Wattled Cuckooshrike Campephaga lobata resident  1997  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
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 
Blue-headed Crested-flycatcher Trochocercus nitens 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 
White-throated Blue Swallow Hirundo nigrita resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sharpe's Apalis Apalis sharpii resident  1997  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-browed Camaroptera Camaroptera superciliaris resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Greenbul Andropadus gracilis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Plain Greenbul Andropadus curvirostris resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Honeyguide Greenbul Baeopogon indicator resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Spotted Greenbul Ixonotus guttatus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Simple Greenbul Chlorocichla simplex resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Swamp Greenbul Thescelocichla leucopleura resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Icterine Greenbul Phyllastrephus icterinus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Common Bristlebill Bleda syndactylus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-headed Bristlebill Bleda canicapillus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
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 
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 
Rufous-winged Illadopsis Illadopsis rufescens resident  1997  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
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  present  A1, 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 
Alethe diademata resident  1997  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Forest Robin Stiphrornis erythrothorax resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
African Forest Flycatcher Fraseria ocreata resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-browed Forest Flycatcher Fraseria cinerascens resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Ussher's Flycatcher Muscicapa ussheri resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Little Grey Flycatcher Muscicapa epulata resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Scarlet-tufted Sunbird Anthreptes fraseri resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Mouse-brown Sunbird Anthreptes gabonicus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Sunbird Anthreptes rectirostris resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Tiny Sunbird Nectarinia minulla 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 
Gymnobucco calvus resident  1997  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Trachyphonus purpuratus resident  1997  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Speckled Tinkerbird Pogoniulus scolopaceus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-rumped Tinkerbird Pogoniulus atroflavus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-throated Tinkerbird Pogoniulus subsulphureus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-spotted Barbet Buccanodon duchaillui resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   3%
Unknown   7%
Forest   88%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

Other biodiversity Mammals recorded include Loxodonta africana (EN), Hexaprotodon liberiensis (VU), Pan troglodytes (EN) and Cercopithecus diana (VU).

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References Gatter (1997), Verschuren (1983).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lofa-Gola-Mano Complex. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/07/2014

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