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Location Nigeria, Bayelsa
Central coordinates 5o 59.00' East  4o 21.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i
Area 7,900 ha
Altitude 0 - 2m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Nigerian Conservation Foundation



Site description The Akassa forests are located in the Niger Delta in the extreme south of the country. The site comprises three low-lying blocks of lowland forest, much of which is seasonally flooded. In addition, there are large tracts of mangrove, mainly Rhizophora racemosa and Avicennia africana. The soils are alluvial, but the coastline, included within the IBA, has some stretches of sandy beaches. Expanding areas of Raphia palms and oil-palms Elaeis guineensis are evidence of anthropogenic pressures on the forests. The area receives over 4,500 mm of rain annually.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Gymnobucco calvus resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Red-rumped Tinkerbird Pogoniulus atroflavus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-throated Tinkerbird Pogoniulus subsulphureus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-spotted Flufftail Sarothrura pulchra resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Damara Tern Sternula balaenarum winter  100-130 individuals  A1, A4i  Near Threatened 
Blue-headed Wood-dove Turtur brehmeri resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Psittacus erithacus resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Green Turaco Tauraco persa resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Cassin's Spinetail Neafrapus cassini resident  1999  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher Halcyon badia resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bycanistes fistulator resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Tockus fasciatus resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Buff-spotted Woodpecker Campethera nivosa 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 
Blue Cuckooshrike Coracina azurea resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Western Black-headed Oriole Oriolus brachyrhynchus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Shining Drongo Dicrurus atripennis 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 
Yellow-browed Camaroptera Camaroptera superciliaris resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Olive-green Camaroptera Camaroptera chloronota resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Leaf-love Pyrrhurus scandens 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 
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 
Blackcap Illadopsis Illadopsis cleaveri resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Purple-headed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis purpureiceps resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Alethe diademata resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Sooty Flycatcher Muscicapa infuscata resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Mouse-brown Sunbird Anthreptes gabonicus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Reichenbach's Sunbird Nectarinia reichenbachii resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Brown Sunbird Nectarinia cyanolaema resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-vented Malimbe Malimbus scutatus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Gray's Malimbe Malimbus nitens resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   98%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry -
nature conservation and research -
other -
Notes: Taking of nestling parrots Psittacus erithacus for wild bird trade.

Other biodiversity The turtles Demochelys coriacea (EN), Chelonia mydas (EN) and Lepidochelys olivacea (EN) have been recorded on the Akassa beaches.

References Powell (1993, 1995, 1997), Weeks and Claude-Eze (1997).

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

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