|Location||Eritrea, Northern Red Sea Zone|
|Central coordinates||39o 5.00' East 15o 27.00' North|
|Altitude||900 - 1,200m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Ornithological information See Box and Table 2 for key species. Species restricted to the Somali–Masai biome include Tockus flavirostris, recorded from only two other IBAs in Eritrea. The site also has records of one Sahara–Sindian biome species, three Sahel biome species and four Afrotropical Highland biome species (Table 2). It is also reported as being ‘outstanding’ for Palearctic migrants, including Falco concolor, Anthus cervinus, Monticola saxatilis, Acrocephalus arundinaceus and Emberiza hortulana. Other records (Palearctic migrants and residents) include Ciconia nigra, C. ciconia, Plegadis falcinellus, Anas clypeata, A. acuta, Burhinus oedicnemus, Milvus migrans, Coturnix coturnix, Jynx torquilla, Motacilla cinerea and Phoenicurus phoenicurus.
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|
|Sooty Falcon Falco concolor||breeding||2000||-||-||Near Threatened|
|White-cheeked Turaco Tauraco leucotis||resident||2000||-||-||Least Concern|
|Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill Tockus flavirostris||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Black-throated Barbet Tricholaema melanocephala||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Banded Barbet Lybius undatus||resident||2000||-||-||Least Concern|
|Yellow-breasted Barbet Trachyphonus margaritatus||resident||2000||-||-||Least Concern|
|Dark-headed Oriole Oriolus monacha||resident||2000||-||-||Least Concern|
|White-rumped Babbler Turdoides leucopygia||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|White-breasted White-eye Zosterops abyssinicus||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Chestnut-bellied Starling Lamprotornis pulcher||resident||2000||-||-||Least Concern|
|Somali Starling Onychognathus blythii||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Black Scrub-robin Cercotrichas podobe||resident||2000||-||-||Least Concern|
|Shining Sunbird Nectarinia habessinica||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Rueppell's Weaver Ploceus galbula||resident||2000||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Swee Waxbill Estrilda melanotis||resident||2000||-||-||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||70%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.
Management considerations It is possible that this site will be included as part of a new National Park in the Semenawi Bahri area (see ER003), as proposed in the National Environmental Management Plan for Eritrea (EAE 1995, DOE 1999). Particularly high densities of baboons Papio hamadryas (LR/nt) were found in this area in 1997/98 (Zinner et al. 1999).
References EAE (1995), DOE (1999), Murdoch (1998), Smith (1951b), Zinner et al.(1999).
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