|Central coordinates||28o 44.00' East 16o 15.00' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A3|
|Altitude||400 - 700m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2011|
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.
|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||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 http://www.birdlife.org on 28/07/2014
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