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Location Angola, Malanje
Central coordinates 17o 22.00' East  10o 41.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 828,000 ha
Altitude 1,100 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description This is an extensive area between the Cuanza and Luando rivers and within the 1,200 mm isohyet. The topography is gently undulating, and the both the major rivers on the edge of the park have extensive seasonally inundated flood-plains. The vegetation is typical miombo woodland dominated by Brachystegia and Julbernardia, usually with a poorly developed understorey of grasses and shrubs, and structurally diverse mixed woodlands, with Brachystegia boehmii, B. spiciformis, B. floribunda and Julbernardia paniculata as co-dominants. Poorly developed to well-developed gallery forest occurs along some of the perennial streams and rivers. There are thickets on termitaria, and drainage lines of open grassland, indicating seasonally waterlogged soils, break up the woodland. Scattered trees (of Uapaca, Piliostigma, Annona, Entadopsis and Erythrina) occur in the ecotone between the grassland and woodland. Fairly extensive swamps of Cyperus papyrus are present in permanently flooded patches.

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  frequent  A1  Vulnerable 
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni passage  common  A1  Near Threatened 
Coppery-tailed Coucal Centropus cupreicaudus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-backed Mousebird Colius castanotus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Racket-tailed Roller Coracias spatulatus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Pale-billed Hornbill Tockus pallidirostris resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Anchieta's Barbet Stactolaema anchietae resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Miombo Barbet Tricholaema frontata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-backed Barbet Lybius minor resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Souza's Shrike Lanius souzae 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 
Angola Lark Mirafra angolensis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Miombo Wren-warbler Camaroptera undosa resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-necked Eremomela Eremomela atricollis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-capped Crombec Sylvietta ruficapilla resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Angola Babbler Turdoides hartlaubii resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sharp-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis acuticaudus 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 
Miombo Rock-thrush Monticola angolensis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Boehm's Flycatcher Muscicapa boehmi resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Anchieta's Sunbird Anthreptes anchietae resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-breasted Sunbird Nectarinia talatala resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Oustalet's Sunbird Nectarinia oustaleti resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bocage's Sunbird Nectarinia bocagii resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bronze Sunbird Nectarinia kilimensis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-backed Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser rufoscapulatus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bocage's Weaver Ploceus temporalis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bar-winged Weaver Ploceus angolensis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Dusky Twinspot Euschistospiza cinereovinacea resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Swee Waxbill Estrilda melanotis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Broad-tailed Paradise-whydah Vidua obtusa resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fuelleborn's Longclaw Macronyx fuellebornii resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Luando Integral Nature Reserve 828,000 is identical to site 828,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   17%
Forest   82%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
other -
Notes: Firewood collection.

Other biodiversity The reserve was initially set up to protect about 90% of the population of the endemic ungulate subspecies Hippotragus niger variani (CR). Other antelope of importance in the area include Tragelaphus spekei (LR/nt) (Huntley 1974a). Other mammals that occur include Lycaon pictus (EN) and Panthera leo (VU) (Cabral 1987; Cabral and Simões 1988).

References Huntley (1974a).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Luando Strict Nature Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 14/07/2014

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