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Location Angola, Cunene
Central coordinates 15o 45.00' East  16o 11.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 660,000 ha
Altitude 1,150 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description 

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 
Racquet-tailed Roller Coracias spatulatus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bradfield's Hornbill Lophoceros bradfieldi resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Pale-billed Hornbill Lophoceros pallidirostris 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 
Miombo Wren-warbler Camaroptera undosa resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-lored Babbler Turdoides melanops 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 
Meves's Glossy-starling Lamprotornis mevesii resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Babbling Starling Neocichla gutturalis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-headed Black-chat Myrmecocichla arnoti resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-breasted Sunbird Nectarinia talatala resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-backed Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser rufoscapulatus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Mupa National Park 660,000 is identical to site 660,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   62%
Shrubland   11%
Grassland   25%
Forest   1%

Land use

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

Other biodiversity The park was established as a reserve in 1938 to protect a population of the mammal Giraffa camelopardalis angolensis, and was raised to National Park status in 1964, but by the early 1970s the resident giraffe population had apparently been exterminated (Huntley 1974a). Large herbivores present in the park include Aepyceros melampus petersi (Huntley 1974a), and carnivores include Panthera leo (VU) (Cabral 1987; Cabral and Simões 1988). Bats collected in the general area include Epomophorus angolensis (LR/nt) (Cabral 1989).

References Huntley (1974a).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mupa National Park. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/07/2014

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