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Location Zambia, Southern
Central coordinates 28o 44.00' East  16o 15.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 28,000 ha
Altitude 400 - 700m
Year of IBA assessment 2011

Zambian Ornithological Society (Partner Designate)

Site description Probably the largest remaining block of undisturbed lowland decidous thicket in zambia. The site straddles the Chirundu-Siavonga road and is defined , in part by the Mutulanganga Local Forest 9No 183). Further work is requiredd to define the southern and eastern boundaries. The area is drained by the highly seasonal Mutulanganag and Mbendele rivers which flow eastwards into the Zambezi after heavy rain. There are strecthes of mopane and other types of dry woodland with baobabs , but most of the area is cloaked in dense decidous thicket. here the core dominant tree is probably Xylia torreana (Mimosoidae), a species typical of only the least disturbed thickets. the human population is patchy and only dense in some places such as Lusitu, a somewhat dysfunctional settlement which houses many of the families moved from the area flooded by Lake kariba in the late 1950s.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni rare  A1  Least Concern 
Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotos present  A1  Vulnerable 
Nyasa Lovebird Agapornis lilianae present  A3  Near Threatened 
Livingstone's Flycatcher Erythrocercus livingstonei present  A3  Least Concern 
Sombre Greenbul Andropadus importunus present  A3  Least Concern 
Eastern Nicator Nicator gularis present  A3  Least Concern 
Kurrichane Thrush Turdus libonyanus present  A3  Least Concern 
Miombo Scrub-robin Erythropygia barbata present  A3  Least Concern 
White-breasted Sunbird Nectarinia talatala present  A3  Least Concern 
Broad-tailed Paradise-whydah Vidua obtusa present  A3  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Lowland forest - dry deciduous  major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research major

Other biodiversity There are few large mammals in the area, but African Elephants Loxodonta africana (EN) wander through the area from time to time. The egg-eating snake Dasypetalis medici occurs here at the very western end of its range.

References Important Bird Areas in Zambia.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mutulanganga. Downloaded from on 25/10/2014

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