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Location Eritrea, Southern
Central coordinates 38o 52.68' East  15o 0.96' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 3,200 ha
Altitude 1,800 - 2,000m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description The site lies in the Central Plateau about 40 km south of Asmara and 12 km west of the town of Dekemhare. It also lies c.40 km north of Mareb escarpment (ER012) and contains similar habitat to that site, but lies at slightly higher altitude (1,800 m and over). It consists of open Acacia spp. woodland with Aloe sp. and Ficus sp. in riverine areas. During the rains, parts of the area become flooded.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Erckel's Francolin Pternistis erckelii resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Dusky Turtle-dove Streptopelia lugens resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-cheeked Turaco Tauraco leucotis resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Abyssinian Woodpecker Dendropicos abyssinicus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Montane White-eye Zosterops poliogastrus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rueppell's Robin-chat Cossypha semirufa resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Little Rock-thrush Monticola rufocinereus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Swainson's Sparrow Passer swainsonii resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   83%
Grassland   16%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Zinner (in press).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Southern Plateau: Furrus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/08/2014

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