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Location Angola, Lunda Norte
Central coordinates 20o 50.00' East  7o 22.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 2,000 ha
Altitude 870 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description The site lies in the valley of the Luachimo river, near the town of Dundo (specific area not identified by Huntley 1974b). The area lies within the 1,400 mm isohyet, with markedly summer rainfall. The vegetation is gallery forest along the river, surrounded by extensive grassy plains and open woodland. Canopy height of the gallery forest is 20–40 m, and the tree species composition of this habitat includes Piptadeniastrum africanum, Chlorophora excelsa, Ceiba pentandra, Musanga cecropioides, Allanblackia floribunda and Entandophragma angolensis. Trees and shrubs are scattered through the extensive tall grassland that edges the gallery forests. Huntley and Matos (1994) suggest that this woodland contains a selected subset of fire-resistant or fire-tolerant tree species that includes Hymenocardia acida, Erythrina abyssinica, Piliostigma thonningii and Cussonia angolensis.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Lybius minor resident  1998  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Trachyphonus purpuratus resident  1998  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Anchieta's Barbet Stactolaema anchietae resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Speckled Tinkerbird Pogoniulus scolopaceus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Hairy-breasted Barbet Tricholaema hirsuta resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Miombo Pied Barbet Tricholaema frontata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Finsch's Francolin Scleroptila finschi resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Hartlaub's Duck Pteronetta hartlaubii resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Spot-breasted Ibis Bostrychia rara resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-crested Tiger-heron Tigriornis leucolopha resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Congo Serpent-eagle Dryotriorchis spectabilis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-spotted Flufftail Sarothrura pulchra resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Afep Pigeon Columba unicincta resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Western Bronze-naped Pigeon Columba iriditorques resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Psittacus erithacus resident  1998  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo Cercococcyx mechowi resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Roller Eurystomus gularis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chocolate-backed Kingfisher Halcyon badia resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black Bee-eater Merops gularis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Tropicranus albocristatus resident  1998  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Tockus fasciatus resident  1998  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Pale-billed Hornbill Lophoceros pallidirostris resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-cheeked Hornbill Bycanistes subcylindricus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-casqued Hornbill Ceratogymna atrata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Cassin's Honeybird Prodotiscus insignis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
African Piculet Verreauxia africana resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-spotted Woodpecker Campethera nivosa resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown-eared Woodpecker Campethera caroli resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
African Shrike-flycatcher Megabyas flammulatus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut Wattle-eye Platysteira castanea resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-eyed Puffback Dryoscopus senegalensis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Large-billed Puffback Dryoscopus sabini resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sooty Boubou Laniarius leucorhynchus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-headed Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone rufiventer resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-headed Crested-flycatcher Trochocercus nitens resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-vented Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone rufocinerea resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-bellied Tit Parus rufiventris resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Miombo Tit Parus griseiventris resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brazza's Martin Phedina brazzae resident  1998  present  A1, A3  Least Concern 
White-throated Blue Swallow Hirundo nigrita resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Apalis rufogularis resident  1998  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Gosling's Apalis Apalis goslingi resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Greenbul Andropadus gracilis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Plain Greenbul Andropadus curvirostris resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Honeyguide Greenbul Baeopogon indicator resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Simple Greenbul Chlorocichla simplex resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Swamp Greenbul Thescelocichla leucopleura resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Common Bristlebill Bleda syndactylus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-tailed Bulbul Criniger calurus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-spotted Nicator Nicator chloris resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Longbill Macrosphenus concolor resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Hylia Hylia prasina resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-necked Eremomela Eremomela atricollis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green Crombec Sylvietta virens resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Lemon-bellied Crombec Sylvietta denti resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-capped Crombec Sylvietta ruficapilla resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown Illadopsis Illadopsis fulvescens resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Angola Babbler Turdoides hartlaubii resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-winged Starling Onychognathus fulgidus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous Flycatcher-thrush Stizorhina fraseri resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Alethe diademata resident  1998  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Miombo Rock-thrush Monticola angolensis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
African Forest Flycatcher Fraseria ocreata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-browed Forest Flycatcher Fraseria cinerascens resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Cassin's Grey Flycatcher Muscicapa cassini resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-throated Tit-flycatcher Myioparus griseigularis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Violet-tailed Sunbird Anthreptes aurantium resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Little Green Sunbird Nectarinia seimundi resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Blue-throated Brown Sunbird Nectarinia cyanolaema resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Green-throated Sunbird Nectarinia rubescens resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Superb Sunbird Nectarinia superba resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Vieillot's Black Weaver Ploceus nigerrimus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Gray's Malimbe Malimbus nitens resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Woodhouse's Antpecker Parmoptila woodhousei resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-breasted Negrofinch Nigrita fusconotus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Broad-tailed Paradise-whydah Vidua obtusa resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   8%
Savanna   5%
Forest   85%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
urban/industrial/transport -
other -
Notes: Firewood collection.

Other biodiversity Dundo is the type-locality of the rare bat Micropterus grandis (Cabral 1989), and other rare bats that occur in gallery forest along the Luachimo river include Megaloglossus woermanni and Hypsignathus monstrosus (Cabral 1989). Larger mammals that have been recorded include Aonyx congicus (DD) and Lycaon pictus (EN) (Cabral 1987; Cabral and Simões 1988).

References Huntley (1974a), Huntley and Matos (1994).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Luachimo River (Chitato). Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/10/2014

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