SL010
Gola Forests


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2001

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
White-breasted Guineafowl Agelastes meleagrides VU resident 2000 present A1, A2, A3
Ahanta Francolin Pternistis ahantensis LC resident 2000 present A3
Forest Francolin Peliperdix lathami LC resident 2000 present A3
Hartlaub's Duck Pteronetta hartlaubii LC resident 2000 present A3
Afep Pigeon Columba unicincta LC resident 2000 present A3
Western Bronze-naped Pigeon Columba iriditorques LC resident 2000 present A3
Blue-headed Wood-dove Turtur brehmeri LC resident 2000 present A3
Black Spinetail Telacanthura melanopygia LC resident 2000 present A3
Sabine's Spinetail Rhaphidura sabini LC resident 2000 present A3
Cassin's Spinetail Neafrapus cassini LC resident 2000 present A3
Black-throated Coucal Centropus leucogaster LC resident 2000 present A3
Yellow-throated Cuckoo Chrysococcyx flavigularis LC resident 2000 present A3
Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo Cercococcyx mechowi LC resident 2000 present A3
Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo Cercococcyx olivinus LC resident 2000 present A3
White-spotted Flufftail Sarothrura pulchra LC resident 2000 present A3
Nkulengu Rail Himantornis haematopus LC resident 2000 present A3
Grey-throated Rail Canirallus oculeus LC resident 2000 present A3
Green Turaco Tauraco persa LC resident 2000 present A3
Yellow-billed Turaco Tauraco macrorhynchus LC resident 2000 present A3
White-crested Tiger-heron Tigriornis leucolopha LC resident 2000 present A3
Red-chested Owlet Glaucidium tephronotum LC resident 2000 present A3
Shelley's Eagle-owl Bubo shelleyi VU resident 2000 present A3
Akun Eagle-owl Bubo leucostictus LC resident 2000 present A3
Bubo poensis NR resident 2000 present A3
Rufous Fishing-owl Scotopelia ussheri VU resident 2000 present A1, A2, A3
Congo Serpent-eagle Dryotriorchis spectabilis LC resident 2000 present A3
Cassin's Hawk-eagle Aquila africana LC resident 2000 present A3
Long-tailed Hawk Urotriorchis macrourus LC resident 2000 present A3
Dwarf Hornbill Lophoceros camurus LC resident 2000 present A3
Tockus hartlaubi NR resident 2000 present A3
Tockus fasciatus NR resident 2000 present A3
Yellow-casqued Hornbill Ceratogymna elata VU resident 2000 present A1, A3
Black-casqued Hornbill Ceratogymna atrata LC resident 2000 present A3
Brown-cheeked Hornbill Bycanistes cylindricus VU resident 2000 present A1, A2, A3
Bycanistes fistulator NR resident 2000 present A3
Tropicranus albocristatus NR resident 2000 present A3
Black Bee-eater Merops gularis LC resident 2000 present A3
Merops muelleri NR resident 2000 present A3
Blue-throated Roller Eurystomus gularis LC resident 2000 present A3
African Dwarf-kingfisher Ispidina lecontei LC resident 2000 present A3
White-bellied Kingfisher Corythornis leucogaster LC resident 2000 present A3
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher Halcyon badia LC resident 2000 present A3
Yellow-spotted Barbet Buccanodon duchaillui LC resident 2000 present A3
Bristle-nosed Barbet Gymnobucco peli LC resident 2000 present A3
Gymnobucco calvus NR resident 2000 present A3
Speckled Tinkerbird Pogoniulus scolopaceus LC resident 2000 present A3
Red-rumped Tinkerbird Pogoniulus atroflavus LC resident 2000 present A3
Yellow-throated Tinkerbird Pogoniulus subsulphureus LC resident 2000 present A3
Hairy-breasted Barbet Tricholaema hirsuta LC resident 2000 present A3
Cassin's Honeybird Prodotiscus insignis LC resident 2000 present A3
Yellow-footed Honeyguide Melignomon eisentrauti NT resident 2000 present A1, A3
Willcocks's Honeyguide Indicator willcocksi LC resident 2000 present A3
Spotted Honeyguide Indicator maculatus LC resident 2000 present A3
Lyre-tailed Honeyguide Melichneutes robustus LC resident 2000 present A3
Little Green Woodpecker Campethera maculosa LC resident 2000 present A3
Buff-spotted Woodpecker Campethera nivosa LC resident 2000 present A3
Brown-eared Woodpecker Campethera caroli LC resident 2000 present A3
Fire-bellied Woodpecker Dendropicos pyrrhogaster LC resident 2000 present A3
Dendropicos gabonensis NR resident 2000 present A3
Psittacus erithacus NR resident 2000 present A3
Rufous-sided Broadbill Smithornis rufolateralis LC resident 2000 present A3
Western Black-headed Oriole Oriolus brachyrynchus LC resident 2000 present A3
Black-winged Oriole Oriolus nigripennis LC resident 2000 present A3
Western Wattled Cuckooshrike Lobotos lobatus VU resident 2000 present A1, A2, A3
Blue Cuckooshrike Cyanograucalus azureus LC resident 2000 present A3
African Shrike-flycatcher Megabyas flammulatus LC resident 2000 present A3
West African Batis Batis occulta LC resident 2000 present A3
Red-cheeked Wattle-eye Dyaphorophyia blissetti LC resident 2000 present A3
Fiery-breasted Bush-shrike Malaconotus cruentus LC resident 2000 present A3
Lagden's Bush-shrike Malaconotus lagdeni NT resident 2000 present A1
Sabine's Puffback Dryoscopus sabini LC resident 2000 present A3
Shining Drongo Dicrurus atripennis LC resident 2000 present A3
Western Crested-flycatcher Trochocercus nitens LC resident 2000 present A3
Red-bellied Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone rufiventer LC resident 2000 present A3
White-necked Rockfowl Picathartes gymnocephalus VU resident 2000 present A1, A2, A3
Dusky Crested-flycatcher Elminia nigromitrata LC resident 2000 present A3
Dusky Tit Melaniparus funereus LC resident 2000 present A3
Western Nicator Nicator chloris LC resident 2000 present A3
Green Crombec Sylvietta virens LC resident 2000 present A3
Lemon-bellied Crombec Sylvietta denti LC resident 2000 present A3
Kemp's Longbill Macrosphenus kempi LC resident 2000 present A3
Grey Longbill Macrosphenus concolor LC resident 2000 present A3
Sharpe's Apalis Apalis sharpii LC resident 2000 present A2, A3
Yellow-browed Camaroptera Camaroptera superciliaris LC resident 2000 present A3
Camaroptera chloronota NR resident 2000 present A3
Chattering Cisticola Cisticola anonymus LC resident 2000 present A3
Square-tailed Saw-wing Psalidoprocne nitens LC resident 2000 present A3
White-bibbed Swallow Hirundo nigrita LC resident 2000 present A3
Golden Greenbul Calyptocichla serinus LC resident 2000 present A3
Red-tailed Bristlebill Bleda syndactylus LC resident 2000 present A3
Green-tailed Bristlebill Bleda eximius NT resident 2000 present A1, A2, A3
Grey-headed Bristlebill Bleda canicapillus LC resident 2000 present A3
Spotted Greenbul Ixonotus guttatus LC resident 2000 present A3
Swamp Palm Bulbul Thescelocichla leucopleura LC resident 2000 present A3
Honeyguide Greenbul Baeopogon indicator LC resident 2000 present A3
Simple Greenbul Chlorocichla simplex LC resident 2000 present A3
Grey Greenbul Eurillas gracilis LC resident 2000 present A3
Ansorge's Greenbul Eurillas ansorgei LC resident 2000 present A3
Plain Greenbul Eurillas curvirostris LC resident 2000 present A3
Red-tailed Greenbul Criniger calurus LC resident 2000 present A3
Yellow-bearded Greenbul Criniger olivaceus VU resident 2000 present A1, A2, A3
Phyllastrephus albigularis NR resident 2000 present A3
Phyllastrephus icterinus NR resident 2000 present A3
Chestnut-capped Flycatcher Erythrocercus mccallii LC resident 2000 present A3
Green Hylia Hylia prasina LC resident 2000 present A3
Tit-hylia Pholidornis rushiae LC resident 2000 present A3
Brown Illadopsis Illadopsis fulvescens LC resident 2000 present A3
Black-capped Illadopsis Illadopsis cleaveri LC resident 2000 present A3
Puvel's Illadopsis Illadopsis puveli LC resident 2000 present A3
Rufous-winged Illadopsis Illadopsis rufescens NT resident 2000 present A1, A2, A3
Phyllanthus atripennis NR resident 2000 present A3
Chestnut-winged Starling Onychognathus fulgidus LC resident 2000 present A3
Narrow-tailed Starling Poeoptera lugubris LC resident 2000 present A3
Copper-tailed Starling Hylopsar cupreocauda NT resident 2000 present A1, A2, A3
White-tailed Ant-thrush Neocossyphus poensis LC resident 2000 present A3
Stizorhina fraseri NR resident 2000 present A3
Grey Ground-thrush Geokichla princei LC resident 2000 present A3
Alethe diademata NR resident 2000 present A3
Little Grey Flycatcher Muscicapa epulata LC resident 2000 present A3
Cassin's Flycatcher Muscicapa cassini LC resident 2000 present A3
Ussher's Flycatcher Bradornis ussheri LC resident 2000 present A3
White-browed Forest-flycatcher Fraseria cinerascens LC resident 2000 present A3
African Forest-flycatcher Fraseria ocreata LC resident 2000 present A3
Grey-throated Tit-flycatcher Fraseria griseigularis LC resident 2000 present A3
Tessmann's Flycatcher Fraseria tessmanni LC resident 2000 present A3
Olivaceous Flycatcher Fraseria olivascens LC resident 2000 present A3
Nimba Flycatcher Melaenornis annamarulae VU resident 2000 present A1, A2, A3
Stiphrornis erythrothorax NR resident 2000 present A3
Lowland Akalat Sheppardia cyornithopsis LC resident 2000 present A3
Deleornis fraseri NR resident 2000 present A3
Little Green Sunbird Anthreptes seimundi LC resident 2000 present A3
Blue-throated Brown Sunbird Cyanomitra cyanolaema LC resident 2000 present A3
Buff-throated Sunbird Chalcomitra adelberti LC resident 2000 present A3
Tiny Sunbird Cinnyris minullus LC resident 2000 present A3
Johanna's Sunbird Cinnyris johannae LC resident 2000 present A3
Superb Sunbird Cinnyris superbus LC resident 2000 present A3
Yellow-mantled Weaver Ploceus tricolor LC resident 2000 present A3
Maxwell's Black Weaver Ploceus albinucha LC resident 2000 present A3
Preuss's Weaver Ploceus preussi LC resident 2000 present A3
Ploceus nigerrimus NR resident 2000 present A3
Gola Malimbe Malimbus ballmanni EN resident 2000 present A1, A2, A3
Red-vented Malimbe Malimbus scutatus LC resident 2000 present A3
Blue-billed Malimbe Malimbus nitens LC resident 2000 present A3
Red-headed Malimbe Malimbus rubricollis LC resident 2000 present A3
Crested Malimbe Malimbus malimbicus LC resident 2000 present A3
Western Bluebill Spermophaga haematina LC resident 2000 present A3
Crimson Seedcracker Pyrenestes sanguineus LC resident 2000 present A3
White-breasted Nigrita Nigrita fusconotus LC resident 2000 present A3
Chestnut-breasted Nigrita Nigrita bicolor LC resident 2000 present A3
Pale-fronted Nigrita Nigrita luteifrons LC resident 2000 present A3
Parmoptila rubrifrons NR resident 2000 present A3

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here


IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 medium not assessed high
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information unknown

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity high
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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Tiwai Island Sanctuary Game Sanctuary / Non-hunting Forest Reserve 1,200 protected area contained by site 1,200
Gola West Forest Reserve 6,200 protected area contained by site 6,200
Gola Rainforest National Park National Park 71,070 protected area contained by site 71,070
Gola North Strict Nature Reserve 4,000 protected area contained by site 4,000
Gola East Forest Reserve 22,800 protected area contained by site 22,800

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Lowland forest - mixed moist evgn & semi-evgn -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
urban/industrial/transport -
water management -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gola Forests. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/08/2019.