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Location Ethiopia, Afar,Amhara
Central coordinates 39o 49.62' East  9o 34.62' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 7,000 ha
Altitude 1,050 - 1,680m
Year of IBA assessment 1996

Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society

Site description This area is on the western edge of the Afar depression at the bottom of the Ankober escarpment. Aliyu Amba is a small town situated in Ankober Wereda. Dulecha is the Wereda capital of Zone 3 in Afar, 38 km from Ankober. The Melka Jebdu river flows between the two towns, 3 km from Aliyu Amba, with the area of importance being where the river runs alongside and then crosses the road. The Gachani and Dulecha rivers also cross this area. The main vegetation should be Acacia-dominated woodland, but the site is highly degraded with only a few bushes, strips of grass and farm plots. Even the riverine forest has been reduced to patches.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Yellow-throated Seedeater Serinus flavigula resident  1996  present  A1, A2  Endangered 

Land use

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

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Ash and Gullick (1990a).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Aliyu Amba - Dulecha. Downloaded from on 01/10/2014

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