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Location Zambia, Luapula
Central coordinates 29o 11.00' East  9o 24.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 88,000 ha
Altitude 980 - 1,374m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Zambian Ornithological Society (Partner Designate)



Site description This remote and somewhat forgotten park lies on the north-western corner of the Northen Province plateu and its eastern boundary is the kalungwishi River.The plain after which the park is named is in the south-western corner;it is oval-shaped and measures about 7km x 5km. It was formed by the weathering of an old volcanic plug dome.The grasland of the plain is typical of upland dambos in northern Zambia and towards the centre there are some very wet, swampy areas. Along the small drainage lines entering the plain are patches of mushitu and set back from the plain are` scattered patches of dry evergreen Marquesia forest. many of the park's rivers support strips of rich gallery mushitu but the majority of the area is covered by woodland.This is predominantly miombo of various formations ranging from tall, dense types on flatter terrain, to more open sometimes stunted types on the steep and rocky ground. On alluvial soils there are patches of Pteleopsis anisoptera and at lower altitudes the woodland is somewhat drier. The kalungwishi is a sizeable river with a variety of waterfalls and rocky rapids as well as quiet backwaters lined with riparian forest.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotos non-breeding  2001  unknown [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 
Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus resident  2001  rare [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 
Coppery-tailed Coucal Centropus cupreicaudus resident  2001  uncommon [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Pale-billed Hornbill Tockus pallidirostris resident  2001  uncommon [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Whyte's Barbet Stactolaema whytii resident  2001  uncommon [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black-backed Barbet Lybius minor resident  2001  uncommon [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-bellied Tit Parus rufiventris resident  2001  frequent [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Apalis Apalis cinerea resident  2001  frequent [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Miombo Wren-warbler Camaroptera undosa resident  2001  frequent [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Cabanis's Greenbul Phyllastrephus cabanisi resident  2001  frequent [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-olive Greenbul Phyllastrephus cerviniventris resident  2001  frequent [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Cameroon Scrub-warbler Bradypterus lopezi resident  2001  frequent [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Laura's Woodland-warbler Phylloscopus laurae resident  2001  uncommon [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black-necked Eremomela Eremomela atricollis resident  2001  frequent [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-capped Crombec Sylvietta ruficapilla resident  2001  frequent [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Kurrichane Thrush Turdus libonyanus resident  2001  frequent [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Bocage's Akalat Sheppardia bocagei resident  2001  frequent [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
White-headed Black-chat Myrmecocichla arnoti resident  2001  rare [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Miombo Rock-thrush Monticola angolensis resident  2001  uncommon [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Cassin's Grey Flycatcher Muscicapa cassini resident  2001  rare [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Anchieta's Sunbird Anthreptes anchietae resident  2001  common [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Miombo Double-collared Sunbird Nectarinia manoensis resident  2001  common [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-backed Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser rufoscapulatus resident  2001  unknown [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Peters's Twinspot Hypargos niveoguttatus resident  2001  frequent [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black-eared Seedeater Serinus mennelli resident  2001  rare [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Lusenga Plain National Park 88,000 is identical to site 88,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Grassland - edaphic, wet  minor
Forest Lowland forest - riparian; Woodland - monodominant  major

Land use

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

Other biodiversity Although clearly depleted, a number of large mammals remain. Species found on the recent survey include Yellow Baboon, Vervet and Gentle (Blue) Monkey, Gambian Sun Squirel, Greater Galago, Bush Pig and Southern Reedbuck. Other tracks found were indintified as Bushbuck, duikers,Hartebeest, and Roan Antelope. The discovery of the recently described Brachystegia astlei from the southern border of the park leaves little doubt that ther is more to be discoverd in the flora of this corner of the country.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lusenga Plain National Park. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/04/2014

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