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Location Mali, Mopti
Central coordinates 4o 32.00' West  14o 12.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 8,000 ha
Altitude 269 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Site description Kouakourou is situated in the southern part of the Inner Delta of the Niger, approximately 50 km south-west of Mopti. The site includes a seasonally flooded woodland of Acacia and Zizyphus spp., surrounded by seasonally flooded areas of mixed agricultural land and pasture. The site is defined as a circle of 10 km diameter centred on the middle of the woodland.

Key Biodiversity See Box for key species. This site holds a major heron breeding colony which, in 1986, consisted of 15,191 pairs of seven species. Thus, the total number of birds at the site during the breeding season is in excess of 30,000 individuals. The site is also likely to be used by significant numbers of Palearctic migrant waterbirds, but there is no information.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis breeding  1986  12,500 breeding pairs  A4i  Least Concern 
Great White Egret Ardea alba breeding  1986  290 breeding pairs  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  1986  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   94%
Wetlands (inland)   5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
other -
Notes: Firewood collection.

References Skinner et al. (1987).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Kouakourou. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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