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Location Nigeria, Edo
Central coordinates 6o 41.00' East  7o 7.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 13,200 ha
Altitude 50 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Nigerian Conservation Foundation



Site description Sunvit Farm is a private farm that has been turned into an agricultural training school, located between the towns of Fugar and Agenebode in the centre-south of the country, about 5 km from the western bank of the Niger river. The Ogbudu and Obe rivers form, respectively, the northern and eastern boundaries of the farm. Several other small rivers run through the farm with the result that large areas of it are usually seasonally flooded and three small seasonal lakes are created annually by retreating flood water. The vegetation is a mix of southern Guinea Savanna, riparian vegetation with Guinea–Congo Forest affiliations and open, cultivated or fallow, fields.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Hartlaub's Duck Pteronetta hartlaubii resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-spotted Flufftail Sarothrura pulchra resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-headed Wood-dove Turtur brehmeri resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Psittacus erithacus resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Senegal Parrot Poicephalus senegalus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Guinea Turaco Tauraco persa resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Violet Turaco Musophaga violacea resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Vermiculated Fishing-owl Scotopelia bouvieri resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-shouldered Nightjar Caprimulgus nigriscapularis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-bellied Roller Coracias cyanogaster resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-throated Bee-eater Merops bulocki 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 
Piping Hornbill Bycanistes fistulator resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Hairy-breasted Barbet Tricholaema hirsuta resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bearded Barbet Lybius dubius resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Shrike Corvinella corvina resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone rufiventer resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Piapiac Ptilostomus afer resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fanti Saw-wing Psalidoprocne obscura resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Oriole Warbler Hypergerus atriceps resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Leaf-love Pyrrhurus scandens resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-spotted Nicator Nicator chloris resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Senegal Eremomela Eremomela pusilla resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Crombec Sylvietta virens resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown Illadopsis Illadopsis fulvescens resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Purple Glossy-starling Lamprotornis purpureus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-browed Forest Flycatcher Fraseria cinerascens resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Mouse-brown Sunbird Anthreptes gabonicus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-throated Sunbird Nectarinia adelberti resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Splendid Sunbird Nectarinia coccinigaster resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser superciliosus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bush Petronia Petronia dentata resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-winged Pytilia Pytilia phoenicoptera resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-bellied Firefinch Lagonosticta rara resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Firefinch Lagonosticta larvata resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-rumped Waxbill Estrilda troglodytes resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Long-tailed Paradise-whydah Vidua interjecta resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Sunvit Farm Private Reserve 0 is identical to site 13,200  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   28%
Shrubland   24%
Grassland   3%
Forest   43%

Land use

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

Other biodiversity The farm and adjoining areas are believed to support a small population of Syncerus caffer (LR/cd).

References Manu (undated), Turk (2000).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sunvit Farm. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/07/2014

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