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Location Zambia, Northern
Central coordinates 30o 20.34' East  8o 43.56' South
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i
Area 260,300 ha
Altitude 773 - 1,433m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Zambian Ornithological Society (Partner Designate)



Site description The park sits at the southern end of Lake Tanganyika and includes about 100km of its shoreline.This is a typical Rift valley lake with dramatic steep sides for much of its lenght and a maximum depth of 1470m. In most places the shore is rocky but there are also sandy strecthes. Other features of the Lake shore are two promontories known as Cape Nundo and the Inangu Penisula. The park is bisected by from south-west to north-east by the Lufubu River in what's known as the Yendwe valley. Where this and other similar valleys broaden and meet the Lake there are groves of riparian trees such as Acacia albida and Trichillia emetica. Elsewhere in the river valleys there is pteleopsis anisoptera woodland and the remainder of the park comprises variuos woodland types (including miombo and area dominated by Pteleocarpus angolensis) and large stretches of Itigi thicket. Itigi thicket is also found in small pockets in DRC and more extensively in Tanzania and characteristic plants include Bussea masaiensis subsp. floribunda (Casesalpinioideae), Pseudoprosopsis fischeri ( Mimosoidae) and Burttia prunoides (Connaracea). Tondwa GMA (No 29) lies immediately to the west of the park. It acts as a buffer zone and is also a relatively popular hunting area. At its heart is a very large pan which supports an abundance of wildlife and rich diversity of aquatic vegetation. there is a samll fishing settlemet beside the pan.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-backed Duck Thalassornis leuconotus resident  1999  300 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor A1  Near Threatened 
Madagascar Pond-heron Ardeola idae non-breeding  2004  present  A1  Endangered 
Shoebill Balaeniceps rex non-breeding  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotos resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Denham's Bustard Neotis denhami A1  Near Threatened 
Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata resident  2004  present  A4i  Least Concern 
Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus non-breeding  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Lesser Jacana Microparra capensis resident  1999  1,000-2,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
African Skimmer Rynchops flavirostris A1  Near Threatened 
Coppery-tailed Coucal Centropus cupreicaudus A3  Least Concern 
Racquet-tailed Roller Coracias spatulatus A3  Least Concern 
Böhm's Bee-eater Merops boehmi A3  Least Concern 
Chirping Cisticola Cisticola pipiens A3  Least Concern 
Cabanis's Greenbul Phyllastrephus cabanisi A3  Least Concern 
Eastern Nicator Nicator gularis A3  Least Concern 
Sharp-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis acuticaudus A3  Least Concern 
Miombo Scrub-robin Erythropygia barbata A3  Least Concern 
White-headed Black-chat Myrmecocichla arnoti A3  Least Concern 
Boehm's Flycatcher Muscicapa boehmi A3  Least Concern 
Oustalet's Sunbird Nectarinia oustaleti A3  Least Concern 
Katanga Masked-weaver Ploceus katangae A3  Least Concern 
Peters's Twinspot Hypargos niveoguttatus A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Nsumbu National Park 206,300 protected area contained by site 206,300  
Tondwa Game Management Area 54,000 protected area contained by site 54,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   major
Forest   minor

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sumbu National Park and Tondwa Game Management Area. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/07/2014

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