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Location Congo, The Democratic Republic of the, Katanga,Sud-Kivu
Central coordinates 29o 3.24' East  5o 9.36' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 250,000 ha
Altitude 2,100 - 2,701m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description The site is part of the mountain range to the west of the northern half of Lake Tanganyika in eastern DR Congo, between the towns of Fizi and Kalemie. This mountain range, defined as the area above 1,500 m, is some 150 km in length and from about 10 km to 30 km wide. The site identified here comprises the central part of this range, lying above 2,100 m and culminating in Mt Kabobo (2,701 m) and contains virtually all the montane forest in the area. It is separated from the southernmost outliers of Itombwe (IBA CD014) by some 50 km of savanna. Average annual rainfall is estimated at c.1,500 mm, with a dry season of about five months, from May to October.

Key Biodiversity See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Apalis kaboboensis is confined to this site. In addition, five species of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome and one of the Zambezian biome have been recorded at this site (see Table 3).

Non-bird biodiversity: No recent information is available. Mammals of global conservation concern reported in the past include Colobus polykomos prigoginei (endemic subspecies, LR/nt), Cercopithecus l’hoesti (LR/nt), Loxodonta africana (EN) and Tragelaphus euryceros (LR/nt).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Handsome Francolin Pternistis nobilis resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Ruwenzori Turaco Gallirex johnstoni resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
African Long-eared Owl Asio abyssinicus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Caprimulgus ruwenzorii resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Not Recognised 
Scarce Swift Schoutedenapus myoptilus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bar-tailed Trogon Apaloderma vittatum resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater Merops oreobates resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Campethera tullbergi resident  2000  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Ruwenzori Batis Batis diops resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-crested Helmet-shrike Prionops alberti resident  2000  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Doherty's Bush-shrike Telophorus dohertyi resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Mountain Boubou Laniarius poensis resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Cuckooshrike Coracina caesia resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-tailed Oriole Oriolus percivali resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-tailed Crested-flycatcher Elminia albonotata resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Stripe-breasted Tit Parus fasciiventer resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Chubb's Cisticola Cisticola chubbi resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Collared Apalis Oreolais ruwenzorii resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Black-faced Apalis Apalis personata resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-throated Apalis Apalis porphyrolaema resident  2000  present  A1, A2, A3  Least Concern 
Eastern Mountain Greenbul Andropadus nigriceps resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Shelley's Greenbul Andropadus masukuensis resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Neumann's Warbler Hemitesia neumanni resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Mountain Flycatcher-warbler Chloropeta similis resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-faced Woodland-warbler Phylloscopus laetus resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
White-browed Crombec Sylvietta leucophrys resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-collared Mountain-babbler Kupeornis rufocinctus resident  2000  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Mountain Illadopsis Illadopsis pyrrhoptera resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-chested Babbler Kakamega poliothorax resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
African Hill Babbler Pseudoalcippe abyssinica resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Waller's Starling Onychognathus walleri resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Slender-billed Starling Onychognathus tenuirostris resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Zoothera tanganjicae resident  2000  present  A1, A2, A3  Not Recognised 
Red-throated Alethe Alethe poliophrys resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
White-starred Robin Pogonocichla stellata resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Archer's Robin-chat Cossypha archeri resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Blue-headed Sunbird Nectarinia alinae resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Regal Sunbird Nectarinia regia resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Golden-winged Sunbird Nectarinia reichenowi resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Baglafecht Weaver Ploceus baglafecht resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Strange Weaver Ploceus alienus resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Abyssinian Crimson-wing Cryptospiza salvadorii resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Dusky Crimson-wing Cryptospiza jacksoni resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Shelley's Crimson-wing Cryptospiza shelleyi resident  2000  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Yellow-browed Citril Serinus frontalis resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Serinus striolatus resident  2000  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Thick-billed Seedeater Serinus burtoni resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   17%
Savanna   15%
Forest   65%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

References Collar and Stuart (1988), IUCN (1990), Prigogine (1960, 1985).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: LaLuama - Katanga - Mount Kabobo. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/12/2014

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