Ntokou Pikounda Reserve

Site description (2007 baseline):

Site location and context
The Ntokou Pikounda reserve constitutes a forest area that encompasses dense and rain partially flooded forests, gallery forests and savanna. The site, located in the Likouala –Mossaka and the Lengoué basin, lies mainly in a permanent or temporally swamps (Moutsamboté and Nsongola, 2007). A mixed forest developed on terra firma occupies only 11% of the total area. The main forested area is located in the western side and is covered widely by a mosaic of forest and savanna intersected by gallery forest along the river course way. Gallery swamp forest is mainly located eastwards.

Key biodiversity
The bird check list provided is a list made during a ten days surveys carried out by Jerome Mokoko Ikonga in 2008 along the rivers Lengoué-Bokiba and Kandeko, department of the Sangha. A total count of more than 100 bird species was recorded. More interesting is the record of the species Podica senegalensis with the largest population in Central Africa.

Non-bird biodiversity: The site is believed to be hosting a very important fish resources.

Habitat and land use
The area is still a natural with small scale use by the population

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threats the site is facing to are hunting and poaching of large mammals and horns.

Conservation responses/actions for key biodiversity
Conservation efforts are being carried out by “the Ministère de l’Economie Forestière et de l’Environnement” (MEFE) as well as WCS Congo. Participative management is the key approach that these different stakeholders are trying to develop and strengthen in the area.

Protected areas
This area is under a process of being gazetted as a Protected Area.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ntokou Pikounda Reserve. Downloaded from on 02/12/2023.