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Location Congo, The Democratic Republic of the, Orientale
Central coordinates 30o 42.12' East  2o 3.90' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 410,000 ha
Altitude 1,700 - 2,455m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description The Lendu plateau is a large area of high ground on the west side of Lake Albert in north-eastern DR Congo, bordered in the north by the Ugandan frontier. The altitude of the plateau varies between 1,700 m and 2,000 m rising, along its eastern edge, to some cone-shaped mountains, the highest of which is Mount Aboro (2,455 m). The plateau is mainly grassy, with relatively few trees except Erythrina sp. Formerly, some patches of montane forest occurred above 1,500 m and on the higher mountains, but these have mostly been destroyed. The forest near Djugu, in the valley of the Nizi river, is perhaps the most important remaining site.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Heuglin's Francolin Francolinus icterorhynchus resident  2000    Least Concern 
Handsome Francolin Francolinus nobilis resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Fox Kestrel Falco alopex resident  2000    Least Concern 
White-spotted Flufftail Sarothrura pulchra resident  2000  unknown [units unknown]    Least Concern 
Afep Pigeon Columba unicincta resident  2000    Least Concern 
White-naped Pigeon Columba albinucha resident  present [units unknown]  A1  Near Threatened 
Black-shouldered Nightjar Caprimulgus nigriscapularis resident  2000  unknown [units unknown]    Least Concern 
Bar-tailed Trogon Apaloderma vittatum resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black Bee-eater Merops gularis resident  2000    Least Concern 
Red-throated Bee-eater Merops bulocki resident  2000  unknown [units unknown]    Least Concern 
Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater Merops oreobates resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
African Pied Hornbill Tockus fasciatus resident  2000    Least Concern 
Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill Bycanistes subcylindricus resident  2000  unknown [units unknown]    Least Concern 
Tullberg's Woodpecker Campethera tullbergi resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-eyed Puffback Dryoscopus senegalensis resident  2000    Least Concern 
Large-billed Puffback Dryoscopus sabini resident  2000    Least Concern 
Grauer's Cuckooshrike Coracina graueri resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Petit's Cuckooshrike Campephaga petiti resident  2000    Least Concern 
Emin's Shrike Lanius gubernator resident  2000    Least Concern 
Black-winged Oriole Oriolus nigripennis resident  2000    Least Concern 
Bedford's Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone bedfordi resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A1  Near Threatened 
White-bellied Crested-flycatcher Elminia albiventris resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Chubb's Cisticola Cisticola chubbi resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Carruthers's Cisticola Cisticola carruthersi resident  2000    Least Concern 
Black-collared Apalis Oreolais pulchra resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black-faced Apalis Apalis personata resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Eastern Mountain Greenbul Andropadus nigriceps resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Honeyguide Greenbul Baeopogon indicator resident  2000    Least Concern 
Joyful Greenbul Chlorocichla laetissima resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Prigogine's Greenbul Chlorocichla prigoginei resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Endangered 
Bamboo Warbler Bradypterus alfredi resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-faced Woodland-warbler Phylloscopus laetus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A2, A3  Least Concern 
White-browed Crombec Sylvietta leucophrys resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Mountain Illadopsis Illadopsis pyrrhoptera resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Chapin's Mountain-babbler Kupeornis chapini resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
Sharpe's Starling Cinnyricinclus sharpii resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Waller's Starling Onychognathus walleri resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Stuhlmann's Starling Poeoptera stuhlmanni resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Zoothera piaggiae resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Not Recognised 
Equatorial Akalat Sheppardia aequatorialis resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher Dioptrornis fischeri resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Sooty Flycatcher Muscicapa infuscata resident  2000    Least Concern 
Chapin's Flycatcher Muscicapa lendu resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Cassin's Grey Flycatcher Muscicapa cassini resident  2000    Least Concern 
Blue-headed Sunbird Nectarinia alinae resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Green-throated Sunbird Nectarinia rubescens resident  2000    Least Concern 
Northern Double-collared Sunbird Nectarinia preussi resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Bronze Sunbird Nectarinia kilimensis resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Golden-winged Sunbird Nectarinia reichenowi resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Baglafecht Weaver Ploceus baglafecht resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black-billed Weaver Ploceus melanogaster resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Vieillot's Black Weaver Ploceus nigerrimus resident  2000    Least Concern 
Brown-capped Weaver Ploceus insignis resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Jameson's Antpecker Parmoptila jamesoni resident  2000    Least Concern 
Dusky Crimson-wing Cryptospiza jacksoni resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Dybowski's Twinspot Euschistospiza dybowskii resident  2000    Least Concern 
Black-bellied Firefinch Lagonosticta rara resident  2000    Least Concern 
Black-rumped Waxbill Estrilda troglodytes resident  2000    Least Concern 
Yellow-browed Citril Serinus frontalis resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Serinus striolatus resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Not Recognised 
Thick-billed Seedeater Serinus burtoni resident  2000  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   1%
Savanna   20%
Grassland   36%
Forest   41%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

Other biodiversity The highland area is densely settled and little mammal fauna remains. The lowland forest transition probably still contains some areas with important populations of primates and ungulates.

References Pedersen (1997), Prigogine (1985), Vrijdagh (1949).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lendu Plateau. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/04/2014

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