These classified forests occupy much of the highlands between the town of Man and Mount Nimba (IBA CI003). The terrain is extremely rugged, with several peaks reaching over 1,000 m. The vegetation is a mixture of lowland deciduous forest, forest with montane elements at higher elevations, and savanna-like vegetation with grasses and deciduous trees on the exposed slopes of the inselbergs.
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. These forest reserves have been only very briefly surveyed and unquestionably more species remain to be discovered. From the number of inselbergs in the area, Picathartes gymnocephalus is likely to be present in good numbers, while at higher altitudes Prinia leontica probably occurs. Tables 2 and 3 also include some species, indicated by ‘?’, known from the immediate vicinity of these reserves but, as yet, unconfirmed within them.
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
These forests are under considerable pressure from the surrounding large and increasing human population. Encroachment is widespread; forest clearance for agriculture and poaching are serious threats to the integrity of these forests. Sangouiné seems to have suffered particularly, but good forest remains in Mont Glo and Guéoulé at least.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gueoule and Glo Mountain Forest Reserves. Downloaded from
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