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Location Zambia, North Western
Central coordinates 22o 50.00' East  13o 13.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 500 ha
Altitude 1,000 - 1,050m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Zambian Ornithological Society (Partner Designate)



Site description A large an extremely rich mushitu just west of the Zambezi river, between Lukolwe and Luzu. Such forests are uncommon in this District and Mbulo is a particularly fine example. It is between 1 and 2 km long and as much as 0.5km wide in places. Much of the sorrounding habitat is thin Miombo, but to the north the mushitu is bordered by a small swampy stream. The Kamunoka plain ilies to the west and this grassland is included in the site.The general area is very sparsely populated and the forest very undisturbed. Further more, some local residents appear to have supertitious fears of the forest.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lybius minor A3  Not Recognised 
Anchieta's Barbet Stactolaema anchietae A3  Least Concern 
Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotos A1  Vulnerable 
Lemon Dove Aplopelia larvata A3  Least Concern 
African Crested-flycatcher Trochocercus cyanomelas A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-bellied Tit Parus rufiventris A3  Least Concern 
Grey Apalis Apalis cinerea A3  Least Concern 
Cabanis's Greenbul Phyllastrephus cabanisi A3  Least Concern 
Red-capped Crombec Sylvietta ruficapilla A3  Least Concern 
Kurrichane Thrush Turdus libonyanus A3  Least Concern 
Bannerman's Sunbird Nectarinia bannermani A3  Least Concern 
Grimwood's Longclaw Macronyx grimwoodi A3  Data Deficient 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   major
Grassland   20%

Other biodiversity Poorly known, although the flora is likely to have Guineo-Congolian elements. The Hairy bat Myotis welwitschii has been recorded.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mbulo Forest. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/09/2014

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