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Location Liberia, Grand Cape Mount
Central coordinates 11o 21.00' West  6o 45.00' North
IBA criteria A3, A4i
Area 4,560 ha
Altitude 0 - 322m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Society for the Conservation of Nature of Liberia (Affiliate)



Site description The proposed Nature Reserve of Cape Mount lies on the coast of Liberia, to the north-east of Monrovia at the end of a spit of land which separates the lake from the Atlantic. The town of Robertsport lies at the tip of this spit. The site includes part of the lagoon, mangroves, rocky and sandy shorelines together with a small area of lowland forest. The site lies within Liberia’s maximum rainfall zone and receives up to 6,000 mm annually.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
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 
Hairy-breasted Barbet Tricholaema hirsuta resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-crested Tiger-heron Tigriornis leucolopha resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-legged Sparrowhawk Accipiter erythropus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus winter  1986  500 individuals  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
Black Tern Chlidonias niger winter  1986  3,900 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Blue-headed Wood-dove Turtur brehmeri resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Turaco Tauraco macrorhynchus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Coucal Centropus leucogaster resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black Bee-eater Merops gularis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bycanistes fistulator resident  1997  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Dendropicos gabonensis resident  1997  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Buff-spotted Woodpecker Campethera nivosa 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  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sooty Boubou Laniarius leucorhynchus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Western Black-headed Oriole Oriolus brachyrhynchus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone rufiventer resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Olive-green Camaroptera Camaroptera chloronota resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Plain Greenbul Andropadus curvirostris 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 
White-throated Greenbul Phyllastrephus albigularis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Icterine Greenbul Phyllastrephus icterinus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-spotted Nicator Nicator chloris resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Kemp's Longbill Macrosphenus kempi resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Longbill Macrosphenus concolor resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Hylia Hylia prasina resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Crombec Sylvietta virens 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  present  A3  Near Threatened 
White-tailed Ant-thrush Neocossyphus poensis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-shouldered Robin-chat Cossypha cyanocampter resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Cassin's Grey Flycatcher Muscicapa cassini 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 
Reichenbach's Sunbird Nectarinia reichenbachii resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Brown Sunbird Nectarinia cyanolaema resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Carmelite Sunbird Nectarinia fuliginosa resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-throated Sunbird Nectarinia adelberti resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Superb Sunbird Nectarinia superba resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Orange Weaver Ploceus aurantius resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Vieillot's Black Weaver Ploceus nigerrimus 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 
Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch Nigrita bicolor resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Crimson Seedcracker Pyrenestes sanguineus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 

Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Piso Conservation Forum 2006

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   15%
Unknown   31%
Wetlands (inland)   30%
Forest   22%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
other -
Notes: Collection of firewood.

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Gatter (1988, 1997).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cape Mount. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/09/2014

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