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Location Togo, Centrale
Central coordinates 0o 43.00' East  8o 40.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 192,000 ha
Altitude 250 - 848m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description Fazao-Malfakassa National Park is situated in the centre-west of the country, near, and at one point against, the international border with Ghana. The park holds the most extensive area of undisturbed vegetation in Togo. The terrain is rugged and includes the Monts de Malfakassa in the north and the Monts du Fazao in the centre with a precipitous cliff-face, the Falaise de Boulowou, along its western edge. It is the only National Park with such characteristics in West Africa. The habitat is varied and includes savanna woodland (Afzelia africana, Anogeisseus leiocarpus and Isoberlinia doka communities and Monotes kerstingiiUapaca togoensis communities), good stands of gallery forest (Dialium guineensis, Antiaris africana, Berlinia grandiflora), submontane forest and grass-covered hilltops.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Forest Francolin Peliperdix lathami resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Ahanta Francolin Pternistis ahantensis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-crested Tiger-heron Tigriornis leucolopha resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fox Kestrel Falco alopex resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Cassin's Hawk-eagle Aquila africana resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Psittacus erithacus resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Senegal Parrot Poicephalus senegalus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Turaco Tauraco persa resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Violet Turaco Musophaga violacea 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 
Bycanistes fistulator resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Tockus fasciatus resident  1999  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Yellow-casqued Hornbill Ceratogymna elata resident  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Spotted Honeyguide Indicator maculatus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sooty Boubou Laniarius leucorhynchus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-headed Crested-flycatcher Trochocercus nitens resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fanti Saw-wing Psalidoprocne obscura resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Swamp Greenbul Thescelocichla leucopleura resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Senegal Eremomela Eremomela pusilla resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-tailed Ant-thrush Neocossyphus poensis resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Dusky-blue Flycatcher Muscicapa comitata resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Splendid Sunbird Nectarinia coccinigaster resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-faced Pytilia Pytilia hypogrammica resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-bellied Firefinch Lagonosticta rara resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Fazao-Malfakassa National Park 192,000 is identical to site 192,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   1%
Forest   97%

Land use

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

Other biodiversity Mammals of global conservation concern include Panthera leo (VU), Loxodonta africana (EN) and Cephalopus dorsalis (LR/nt). In addition, Pan troglodytes (EN) is reputed to occur.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Fazao-Malfakassa National Park. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/10/2014

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