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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).

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 [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus resident  present [units unknown]  A1  Vulnerable 
Coppery-tailed Coucal Centropus cupreicaudus resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Racket-tailed Roller Coracias spatulatus resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Pale-billed Hornbill Tockus pallidirostris resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Souza's Shrike Lanius souzae resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black-and-rufous Swallow Hirundo nigrorufa resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Angola Lark Mirafra angolensis resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Sharp-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis acuticaudus resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Babbling Starling Neocichla gutturalis resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Kurrichane Thrush Turdus libonyanus resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Miombo Scrub-robin Erythropygia barbata resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
White-headed Black-chat Myrmecocichla arnoti resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Grimwood's Longclaw Macronyx grimwoodi resident  1998  present [units unknown]  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 -

Other biodiversity The large carnivores Acinonyx jubatus (VU) and Panthera leo (VU) have been recorded (Cabral and Simões 1988).

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 20/04/2014

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