Gashiga - Demsa

Country/territory: Cameroon

IBA criteria met: A3 (2001)
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Area: 5,000 ha

Site description (2001 baseline)
The site is located some 30 km north-west of the town Garoua, between the villages of Gashiga and Demsa, near the border with Nigeria. The site is bisected by the road from Garoua to Demsa, on the international border, which is intensively used for fuel traffic. The soils are sandy and the vegetation is wooded Sudanian savanna with the herbaceous layer dominated by Hyparrhenia rufa, Panicum spp. and Pennisetum spp. grasslands.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Table 3 for key species. To date, 144 species have been recorded. These include Musophaga violacea, Galerida modesta, Anthoscopus parvulus, Pytilia phoenicoptera and Euschistospiza dybowskii. In addition, one species of the Sahel biome (A03) occurs (see Table 3).

Non-bird biodiversity: The mammal Gazella rufifrons (VU) occurs.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Gashiga - Demsa. Downloaded from on 03/12/2023.