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Location Zambia, Northern
Central coordinates 31o 22.00' East  8o 55.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i
Area 1,000 ha
Altitude 1,800 m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Zambian Ornithological Society (Partner Designate)



Site description The site comprises two large pans separated by a narrow strip of land. The more westerly lies adjacent to the main Kasama-Mbala road, about 10km south of Mbala. They represent an unusual plateu habitat and hold a wide variety of aquatic vegetation.The water levels fluctuate greatly and when high, the pans support a large rafts of water lilies and patches of swamp dominated by reed mace and variuos sedges. In drier periods the pan bases revert to grassland and occasionally one pan will dry out completely, but it is rare for both to do so. Fringing the pans are areas of scrub and degraded miombo, some farmland and a few patches of evergreen thicket. The area was once a part of the now abandoned Mbala state ranch.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus non-breeding  1972  42 individuals  good  A4i  Least Concern 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni passage  2004  frequent  A1  Least Concern 
Dickinson's Kestrel Falco dickinsoni resident  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Corncrake Crex crex non-breeding  2004  uncommon  A1  Least Concern 
Great Snipe Gallinago media non-breeding  2004  frequent  A1  Near Threatened 
Coppery-tailed Coucal Centropus cupreicaudus resident  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-headed Saw-wing Psalidoprocne albiceps resident  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Miombo Wren-warbler Camaroptera undosa resident  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Kurrichane Thrush Turdus libonyanus resident  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Miombo Scrub-robin Erythropygia barbata resident  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Anchieta's Sunbird Anthreptes anchietae resident  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Oustalet's Sunbird Nectarinia oustaleti resident  2004  common  A3  Least Concern 
Miombo Double-collared Sunbird Nectarinia manoensis resident  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Shelley's Sunbird Nectarinia shelleyi resident  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fuelleborn's Longclaw Macronyx fuellebornii resident  2004  present  A3  Least Concern 
Lybius minor resident  2004  present  A3  Not Recognised 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Ephemeral pools and wetlands; Freshwater lakes and pools  major

Land use

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

Other biodiversity Not known.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Uningi Pans. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/07/2014

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