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Location Nigeria, Bauchi,Kano
Central coordinates 8o 55.00' East  10o 50.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 297,900 ha
Altitude 95 - 185m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Nigerian Conservation Foundation



Site description Falgore Game Reserve (92,000 ha), formerly Kogin Kano Forest Reserve, is located some 110 km south of Kano on the Jos–Kano road. The vegetation is open Northern Guinea Savanna woodland with elements of the Sudan Savanna in the north. Tree heights reach 9–14 m. The northern boundary is formed by the artificial Lake Tiga which, when full, submerges the north-western tip of the reserve. The reserve is bisected by the Kano river which, together with its tributaries, the Maiwa, Kumbo and Randa, drain the reserve. To the south-east of Falgore lies Lame Burra Game Reserve (205,900 ha) in Bauchi State. Here also the vegetation is typical Northern Guinea Savanna with, in the north, areas of transition to Sudan Savanna. The 50 km wide strip of thinly inhabited, unprotected savanna woodland that separates the reserves is included in the IBA.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Fox Kestrel Falco alopex resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Adamawa Turtle-dove Streptopelia hypopyrrha resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Senegal Parrot Poicephalus senegalus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Violet Turaco Musophaga violacea resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-bellied Roller Coracias cyanogaster resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-throated Bee-eater Merops bulocki resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Bearded Barbet Lybius dubius resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Shrike Corvinella corvina resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Piapiac Ptilostomus afer resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow Penduline-tit Anthoscopus parvulus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Pied-winged Swallow Hirundo leucosoma resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Sun Lark Galerida modesta resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-pate Cisticola Cisticola ruficeps resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Senegal Eremomela Eremomela pusilla resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Blackcap Babbler Turdoides reinwardii resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Purple Glossy-starling Lamprotornis purpureus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Bronze-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis chalcurus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
White-fronted Black-chat Myrmecocichla albifrons resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser superciliosus resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Bush Petronia Petronia dentata resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Heuglin's Masked-weaver Ploceus heuglini resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
White-cheeked Oliveback Nesocharis capistrata resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-winged Pytilia Pytilia phoenicoptera resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Bar-breasted Firefinch Lagonosticta rufopicta resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black-bellied Firefinch Lagonosticta rara resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Lavender Waxbill Estrilda caerulescens resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black-rumped Waxbill Estrilda troglodytes resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-rumped Bunting Emberiza affinis resident  1999  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Falgore (Kogin Kano) Game Reserve 92,000 protected area contained by site 92,000  
Lame-Burra Game Reserve 205,767 protected area contained by site 205,767  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   76%
Shrubland   22%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
water management -

Other biodiversity The following mammals of global conservation concern occur, or used to do so; Hippotragus equinus (LR/cd), Alcelapus buselaphus (LR/cd), Syncerus caffer (LR/cd), Cephalophus rufilatus (LR/cd), Gazella rufifrons (VU) and Panthera leo (VU). Populations of all are very low and some may have been extirpated.

References Anadu (1987), Ebin (1983), Sharland and Wilkinson (1981), WCMC (1988), Wilkinson and Beecroft (1985).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Falgore and Lame Burra Game Reserves. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/04/2014

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