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Location Nigeria, Oyo
Central coordinates 3o 55.00' East  7o 30.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 150 ha
Altitude 227 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Nigerian Conservation Foundation



Site description The reserve is an area of secondary forest within the 1,000 ha concession of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), located on the outskirts of Ibadan. Regeneration following protection since 1965 has resulted in forest now showing few signs of human disturbance. Areas now resemble mature Guinea–Congo lowland rainforest with scattered emergents which include Ceiba, Milicia and Terminalia spp. Large clumps of bamboo Bambusa vulgaris are common; stands of Raphia vinifera are found along watercourses while scattered oil-palms Elaeis guineensis grow in both low-lying and the relatively better-drained upland areas. Thickets of climbers grow in openings where the secondary nature of the forest is most apparent. Outside the forest is an extensive area of derived savanna supporting fallow fields and experimental agricultural plots. The wet season extends from March to October and annual rainfall is 1,500–2,000 mm.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ahanta Francolin Francolinus ahantensis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Hartlaub's Duck Pteronetta hartlaubii resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-thighed Sparrowhawk Accipiter erythropus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Long-tailed Hawk Urotriorchis macrourus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-headed Wood-dove Turtur brehmeri resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Guinea Turaco Tauraco persa resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Coucal Centropus leucogaster resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-shouldered Nightjar Caprimulgus nigriscapularis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Roller Eurystomus gularis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rosy Bee-eater Merops malimbicus breeding  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
African Pied Hornbill Tockus fasciatus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-crested Hornbill Tropicranus albocristatus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Naked-faced Barbet Gymnobucco calvus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bristle-nosed Barbet Gymnobucco peli resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Speckled Tinkerbird Pogoniulus scolopaceus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-throated Tinkerbird Pogoniulus subsulphureus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Hairy-breasted Barbet Tricholaema hirsuta resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Barbet Trachyphonus purpuratus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Lyre-tailed Honeyguide Melichneutes robustus resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Gabon Woodpecker Dendropicos gabonensis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fire-bellied Woodpecker Thripias pyrrhogaster resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut Wattle-eye Platysteira castanea resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-cheeked Wattle-eye Platysteira blissetti resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-bellied Helmet-shrike Prionops caniceps resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fiery-breasted Bush-shrike Malaconotus cruentus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Large-billed Puffback Dryoscopus sabini resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue Cuckooshrike Coracina azurea resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Black-winged Oriole Oriolus nigripennis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone rufiventer resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-headed Crested-flycatcher Trochocercus nitens resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chattering Cisticola Cisticola anonymus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-browed Camaroptera Camaroptera superciliaris resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Olive-green Camaroptera Camaroptera chloronota resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Plain Greenbul Andropadus curvirostris resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Honeyguide Greenbul Baeopogon indicator resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Spotted Greenbul Ixonotus guttatus resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Simple Greenbul Chlorocichla simplex resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Swamp Greenbul Thescelocichla leucopleura resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Leaf-love Pyrrhurus scandens resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Baumann's Greenbul Phyllastrephus baumanni resident  1999  present  A1, A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Greenbul Phyllastrephus albigularis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Icterine Greenbul Phyllastrephus icterinus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-headed Bristlebill Bleda canicapillus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bearded Bulbul Criniger barbatus resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Red-tailed Bulbul Criniger calurus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-bearded Bulbul Criniger ndussumensis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-spotted Nicator Nicator chloris resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Hylia Hylia prasina resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Crombec Sylvietta virens resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown Illadopsis Illadopsis fulvescens resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Capuchin Babbler Phyllanthus atripennis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-winged Starling Onychognathus fulgidus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Forest Robin Stiphrornis erythrothorax resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Dusky-blue Flycatcher Muscicapa comitata resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Tessmann's Flycatcher Muscicapa tessmanni resident  1999  present  A3  Data Deficient 
Blue-throated Brown Sunbird Nectarinia cyanolaema resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-throated Sunbird Nectarinia adelberti resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Superb Sunbird Nectarinia superba resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Vieillot's Black Weaver Ploceus nigerrimus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-mantled Weaver Ploceus tricolor resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-vented Malimbe Malimbus scutatus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Ibadan Malimbe Malimbus ibadanensis resident  1999  present  A1, A2, A3  Endangered 
Gray's Malimbe Malimbus nitens resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Crested Malimbe Malimbus malimbicus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-headed Malimbe Malimbus rubricollis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch Nigrita bicolor resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Western Bluebill Spermophaga haematina resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ibadan Forest Reserve 329 protected area contains site 150  

Land use

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

Other biodiversity Some 15 species of plant of conservation concern (including an Entada species which produces the longest fruit of any plant in West Africa) occur in the reserve.

Further web sources of information 

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) species/site profile. This site has been identified as an AZE due to it containing a Critically Endangered or Endangered species with a limited range.

References Ash (1991), Bosque-Perez and Bock (1996), Elgood and Sibley (1964), Fishpool (2000), Zachmann et al. (1995).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: IITA Forest Reserve, Ibadan. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/07/2014

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