IITA Ibadan as Important Bird Area

The headquarters of IITA in Ibadan is known throughout Nigeria for its beautiful campus with forest, lakes, and landscaped grounds. Perhaps less well known is its status as an Important Bird Area (IBA) where 269 bird species have been recorded. In September the IITA-Ibadan campus was re-registered with BirdLife International as an IBA. Deni Bown completed the necessary forms with assistance from Dr Manu Shiiwua, Director of the A.P. Leventis Ornithological Institute (APLORI), University of Jos, who visited the Forest Project 8-10 September to carry out the required surveys of birds and their habitats. During his visit a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between IITA and APLORI was signed. This agreement will facilitate collaboration between the two institutes, especially in terms of research.

IITA-Ibadan as Important Bird Area


African whitewood (Triplochiton scleroxylon)

The African whitewood (Triplochiton scleroxylon), known as arere in Yoruba and obeche in Bini, is a large fast-growing tree, reaching 65 m (213 ft), usually with a straight trunk and buttresses up to about 8 m (26 ft) high. It belongs to the family Sterculiaceae and is common in semi-deciduous rainforests from Sierra Leone to Gabon and Congo, including secondary forests where it may fill gaps as a pioneer species.

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