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Location Angola, Lunda Norte
Central coordinates 21o 33.00' East  8o 10.00' South
IBA criteria A3
Area 300,000 ha
Altitude 850 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Site description The site lies to the west of the town of Luia, in the Luembe river valley, within the 1,400 mm isohyet. The vegetation is a mosaic of gallery forest along the rivers, open tall grasslands, miombo woodlands and Cryptosepalum dry evergreen forest.

Key Biodiversity See Box and Table 3 for key species. The avifauna is poorly known—only 109 species have been collected in the area. Given the wide range of habitats, the species-richness, particularly of birds of the Guinea–Congo Forests and Zambezian biomes, should certainly be higher. Poorly known species of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome that occur include Tigriornis leucolophus, and more widespread species include Tockus fasciatus, Neocossyphus fraseri and Trochocercus nitens. Elminia albicauda, a species of the Afrotropical Highlands biome, has also been recorded.

Non-bird biodiversity: Lutra maculicollis (VU) has been recorded from the Luembe river (Cabral 1987), but there are no other available data on mammals.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Pale-billed Hornbill Lophoceros pallidirostris resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-bellied Tit Parus rufiventris resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Slender-tailed Cisticola Cisticola melanurus resident  1998  present  A3  Data Deficient 
Black-tailed Cisticola Cisticola dambo resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-necked Eremomela Eremomela atricollis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Kurrichane Thrush Turdus libonyanus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Oustalet's Sunbird Nectarinia oustaleti resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Lybius minor resident  1998  present  A3  Not Recognised 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   39%
Savanna   1%
Forest   58%

Land use

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

References Huntley (1974a).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Luia. Downloaded from on 23/10/2016

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