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Location Congo, The Democratic Republic of the, Katanga
Central coordinates 27o 56.00' East  10o 35.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 760,000 ha
Altitude 1,200 - 1,700m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description The park, located in south-eastern DR Congo, comprises two parts. The original, eastern, part (213,000 ha) is situated on a plateau between 1,200 m to 1,700 m, characteristic of the Katanga region, on which the habitat consists of grassland and open woodland, with some gallery forest along the drainage lines. The slopes are covered in dense Brachystegia woodland. The western limit is formed by cliffs of up to 400 m high which fall perpendicularly to the Lufira river valley. The waterfalls of the Lofoi river, a tributary of the Lufira in the north of the park, are said to be the highest in Africa, with a 342 m drop. The western section of the park, west and north-west of the Kiéngé road, encompasses a large swampy area.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Dickinson's Kestrel Falco dickinsoni resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus resident  frequent  A1  Vulnerable 
Coppery-tailed Coucal Centropus cupreicaudus resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Racquet-tailed Roller Coracias spatulatus resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Böhm's Bee-eater Merops boehmi resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Pale-billed Hornbill Lophoceros pallidirostris resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Souza's Shrike Lanius souzae resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Miombo Tit Parus griseiventris resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-and-rufous Swallow Hirundo nigrorufa resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Angola Lark Mirafra angolensis resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Chirping Cisticola Cisticola pipiens resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Laura's Woodland-warbler Phylloscopus laurae resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Red-capped Crombec Sylvietta ruficapilla resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Sharp-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis acuticaudus resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Miombo Scrub-robin Erythropygia barbata resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
White-headed Black-chat Myrmecocichla arnoti resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Miombo Rock-thrush Monticola angolensis resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Bannerman's Sunbird Nectarinia bannermani resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Miombo Double-collared Sunbird Nectarinia manoensis resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Brown Firefinch Lagonosticta nitidula resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Broad-tailed Paradise-whydah Vidua obtusa resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Black-eared Seedeater Serinus mennelli resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Lybius minor resident  2000  unknown  A3  Not Recognised 
Anchieta's Barbet Stactolaema anchietae resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Parc National de Kundelungu Parc National 823,636 is identical to site 760,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland)   2%
Shrubland   36%
Grassland   29%
Forest   31%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -

Other biodiversity Mammals of global conservation concern include Acinonyx jubatus (VU), Loxodonta africana (EN) and Tragelaphus derbianus (LR/nt).

References Davis et al. (1994), Lippens and Wille (1976), Luard (1985), Verschuren (1978).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kundelungu National Park. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/07/2014

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