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Location Zambia, North Western
Central coordinates 22o 15.00' East  13o 8.00' South
IBA criteria  
Area 50,000 ha
Altitude 1,070 m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Zambian Ornithological Society (Partner Designate)

Site description A vast area of rather flat grassy plains that can be broadly divided into wetter and drier types, depending on slight differences in elevation (Aspinwall 1979). There are scattered pockets of scrub and in the depresions small clumps of Syzgium forest.Bordering the plains are stretches of rather open Kalahari woodland and Burkea savanna. There is very little surface water in the dry season and much of the area is sparsely populated. The site is poorly defined at present and further work is required to establish a suitable boundary.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus   Vulnerable 
Coppery-tailed Coucal Centropus cupreicaudus   Least Concern 
Anchieta's Barbet Stactolaema anchietae   Least Concern 
Miombo Barbet Tricholaema frontata   Least Concern 
Black-backed Barbet Lybius minor   Least Concern 
Souza's Shrike Lanius souzae   Least Concern 
White-tailed Blue-flycatcher Elminia albicauda   Least Concern 
Rufous-bellied Tit Parus rufiventris   Least Concern 
Miombo Tit Parus griseiventris   Least Concern 
Angola Lark Mirafra angolensis   Least Concern 
Chirping Cisticola Cisticola pipiens   Least Concern 
Levaillant's Cisticola Cisticola tinniens   Least Concern 
Red-capped Crombec Sylvietta ruficapilla   Least Concern 
Sharp-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis acuticaudus   Least Concern 
Miombo Scrub-robin Erythropygia barbata   Least Concern 
White-breasted Sunbird Nectarinia talatala   Least Concern 
Chestnut-backed Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser rufoscapulatus   Least Concern 
Fuelleborn's Longclaw Macronyx fuellebornii   Least Concern 
Black-eared Seedeater Serinus mennelli   Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Grassland - edaphic, dry; Grassland - edaphic, wet  major
Shrubland Scrub - woodland  minor

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised major
Notes: Area is sparsely populated and not particularly suitable for agriculture, so human disturbance is currently minimal (Leonard 2005).

Other biodiversity Not known

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Minyanya Plain. Downloaded from on 19/04/2014

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