Mabi Forest reserve

Country/territory: Côte d'Ivoire

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2001)
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Area: 50,712 ha


Site description
These contiguous forest reserves are located some 100 km north-east of Abidjan and south of the town of Bettié near the border with Ghana. They are bordered to the east by the Comoé river. Mabi (59,800 ha), to the north, contains one village enclave and associated areas of cultivation in the west, but much of the forest adjacent to the Comoé is in excellent condition. Yaya (24,100 ha) is surrounded by fewer villages than Mabi and, especially in the north where it merges with Mabi, the forest is relatively undisturbed. The vegetation of both reserves is predominantly moist lowland evergreen forest.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Although the avifauna of the site is very little-studied, significantly, Agelastes meleagrides is known still to occur. The site will unquestionably be found to hold many more species of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mabi Forest reserve. Downloaded from on 31/03/2023.