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Location Djibouti, Obock,Tadjoura
Central coordinates 43o 0.00' East  11o 58.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 4,300 ha
Altitude 371 - 1,247m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Djibouti Nature (Affiliate)

Site description The site comprises a wooded area on the Mabla mountain massif, c.25 km west of Obock. The site is little-known biologically, partly because security problems have restricted visits since c.1990. The area consists of mountains and plateaus, intersected by numerous narrow wadis. Some remnants of Juniperus woodland reportedly exist, but most of the woodland is degraded, with signs of significant human disturbance. The secondary woodland is dominated by Acacia seyal (characteristic of disturbed areas) and Buxus hildebranti, with Acacia etbaica locally dominant and B. hildebranti the main species in the densely vegetated wadis. Several villages occur within the IBA or just outside, and the area is used for grazing livestock and firewood-collection.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-throated Barbet Tricholaema melanocephala resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Djibouti Francolin Pternistis ochropectus resident  present  A1, A2  Critically Endangered 
Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill Tockus flavirostris resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Hemprich's Hornbill Lophoceros hemprichii resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-breasted White-eye Zosterops abyssinicus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Somali Starling Onychognathus blythii resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Shining Sunbird Nectarinia habessinica resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   48%
Grassland   52%

Land use

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

Other biodiversity A few remnant trees of Juniperus procera (LR/nt) occur. The mammal Papio hamadryas (LR/nt) is reasonably common and Oreotragus oreotragus (LR/cd) has been recorded.

References Blot (1985), Welch and Welch (1985).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mabla. Downloaded from on 24/10/2014

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