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Location Angola, Cuando Cubango
Central coordinates 17o 27.00' East  15o 42.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 450,000 ha
Altitude 1,100 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description The site lies along the Cubango river, from just south of Menongue to south of Caiundo (boundaries not specified by Huntley (1974b)) and includes the Cuchi and Cuebe rivers. It is within the 600 mm isohyet. The vegetation is mainly miombo (Brachystegia) woodland, and there are other broadleaved dry woodlands, dry thickets and riverine woodland (Huntley 1974b).

Key Biodiversity See Box and Table 3 for key species. The avifauna is virtually unstudied and only 65 species have been recorded from the area. The total species list, given the diversity of habitat, is likely to be much higher. The importance of the site is in the two globally threatened species, both of which are known to breed here, and the relative richness of species of the Zambezian biome. The general area is at the southern limit for Stactolaema anchietae, and is one of the few places in Angola where Myrmecocichla tholloni and M. nigra overlap in distribution. One of the isolated populations of Mirafra angolensis occurs in this area. Wetlands along the Cubango, Cuchi and Cuebe rivers offer a range of habitats for waterbirds, of which 30 species (21% of the Angolan list) have been recorded here, some in numbers considered at least nationally significant.

Non-bird biodiversity: The large carnivores Acinonyx jubatus (VU) and Panthera leo (VU) have been recorded (Cabral and Simões 1988).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Dickinson's Kestrel Falco dickinsoni resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus resident  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Coppery-tailed Coucal Centropus cupreicaudus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Racquet-tailed Roller Coracias spatulatus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Pale-billed Hornbill Lophoceros pallidirostris resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Souza's Shrike Lanius souzae resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-and-rufous Swallow Hirundo nigrorufa resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Angola Lark Mirafra angolensis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sharp-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis acuticaudus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Babbling Starling Neocichla gutturalis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Kurrichane Thrush Turdus libonyanus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Miombo Scrub-robin Erythropygia barbata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-headed Black-chat Myrmecocichla arnoti resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grimwood's Longclaw Macronyx grimwoodi resident  1998  present  A1, A3  Data Deficient 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   53%
Shrubland   14%
Forest   31%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

References Huntley and Matos (1994).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cuelei. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/12/2014

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