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Location Togo, Savanes
Central coordinates 0o 40.00' East  10o 35.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 147,840 ha
Altitude 109 - 167m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description The site consists of an extensive area of savanna and seasonally flooded grassland on either side of the Oti river, stretching from the north-east corner of the country, against the international frontiers with Benin and Burkina Faso, south to adjoin Kéran National Park (IBA TG002), immediately east of the town of Sansanné-Mango. The main habitats include riverine woodland with Diospyros mespiliformis and Anogeissus leiocarpus, riverine scrub with Mimosa pigra and Mitragyna inermis and grasslands of Andropogon spp., Hyparrhenia spp. and Heteropogon spp. with scattered Borassus aethiopum palms. Some isolated patches of Sudan savanna also occur, with Acacia spp., Combretum spp., Tamarindus indica and Balanites aegyptiaca. The site is immediately adjacent to both Pendjari National Park (IBA BJ002) in Benin and the Arli–W–Singou complex (IBA BF008) in Burkina Faso.

Key Biodiversity See Box and Table 2 for key species. In addition, Circus macrourus and Gallinago media have been recorded, including a count of 20 of the latter on one occasion, thought to have been birds on passage. One species of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome has also been recorded; see Table 2. The Oti valley is also nationally important for concentrations of wetland species e.g., up to 250 Balearica pavonina, 250 Ardea cinerea, 200 Ciconia ciconia, 300 Plectropterus gambensis and 100 Glareola pratincola. Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis breeds and Gorsachius leuconotus has been collected.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals of global conservation concern include Gazella rufifrons (VU).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bearded Barbet Pogonornis dubius resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fox Kestrel Falco alopex resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Senegal Parrot Poicephalus senegalus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Violet Turaco Musophaga violacea resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-throated Bee-eater Merops bulocki resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Shrike Corvinella corvina resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Piapiac Ptilostomus afer resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sun Lark Galerida modesta resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Oriole Warbler Hypergerus atriceps resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Senegal Eremomela Eremomela pusilla resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blackcap Babbler Turdoides reinwardii resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Purple Glossy-starling Lamprotornis purpureus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Splendid Sunbird Nectarinia coccinigaster resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bush Petronia Petronia dentata resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Heuglin's Masked-weaver Ploceus heuglini resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-rumped Waxbill Estrilda troglodytes resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Oti-Mandouri Faunal Reserve 1,447,840 protected area contains site 147,840  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   3%
Shrubland   61%
Forest   35%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
nature conservation and research -
other -
Notes: Firewood collection.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Oti Valley Faunal Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/12/2014

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