|Location||Eritrea, Northern Red Sea Zone|
|Central coordinates||39o 1.86' East 15o 36.78' North|
|Altitude||900 - 1,200m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description The site lies on the slopes of the Eastern Escarpment running down from the Central Plateau eastwards to the Red Sea. Only a general area of habitat can be identified without more detailed survey work, but there is an area of about 78,000 ha of wet woodland north of the town of Ghinda, the lower slopes of which appear to qualify as an IBA. Further survey work within this general area will be needed to define the boundaries. The area lies about 13 km north-east of Arboroba escarpment (ER008) and about 30 km south-east of Semenawi Bahri (ER003), of which it can be considered an extension in terms of habitat. The habitat is Combretum sp. woodland, but due to higher rainfall in the area (possible in every month other than June and September), the flora is generally richer than in other areas along the Eastern Escarpment. Dominant trees and bushes include Capparis tomentosa, Cordia abyssinica, Rhus abyssinica and Ficus sp. and dense undergrowth includes ferns, Adiantum spp. Coffee was cultivated extensively on terraces in the regions by the Italians and citrus fruits and bananas are grown in the valleys, especially around the town of Ghinda. At the base of the slopes lies Gahtelay Lake (behind Sabarguma Dam), which is important as one of the few areas of open water between the coast and the Central Plateau.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Black-throated Barbet Tricholaema melanocephala||resident||2000||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill Tockus flavirostris||resident||2000||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|White-rumped Babbler Turdoides leucopygia||resident||2000||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|White-breasted White-eye Zosterops abyssinicus||resident||2000||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Somali Starling Onychognathus blythii||resident||2000||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Shining Sunbird Nectarinia habessinica||resident||2000||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Rueppell's Weaver Ploceus galbula||resident||2000||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||70%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.
References EAE (1995), DOE (1999), Murdoch (1998), Smith (1951b), Zinner et al.(1999).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ghinda. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/09/2014
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