|Central coordinates||38o 27.00' East 8o 53.00' North|
|Year of IBA assessment||1996|
Site description Dilu Meda is east of the Addis–Woliso road, 35 km south-west of Addis Ababa in the Becho plains, West Shewa Zone. The Zonal capital is Ambo, 125 km due west of Addis Ababa. Tefki is a village on a small raised area next to the road that crosses the plains. Dilu Meda and an adjacent area, the Geber Meda, are basins within the wider Becho plains. They comprise flat, seasonally inundated land crossed by the Awash river and surrounded by volcanic hills. Two peaks, Wato Dalecha (2,505 m) and Debel (2,421 m) are situated to north and south respectively of Dilu Meda. Two small rivers, the Sendafa and Dulolo Dilu, feed directly into Dilu Meda. Flood water from the Awash and Holeta rivers covers a large area of the basin from July to September. There are no sizeable beds of bulrush or tall sedges, but a variety of smaller sedges have been found in flooded areas along with Potamogeton spp. and Persicaria spp. Uncultivated grassland around the flooded areas is rich in species, including a number of endemic Trifolium spp. The farming community has developed a sophisticatedsystem for using this difficult area. The soils, with the annual enrichment of silt and alluvium, are rich and can be cropped year after year with cereals, particularly teff and durum wheat. Other crops well adapted to grow on residual moisture are chickpea and grass-pea.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus||passage||-||frequent [units unknown]||-||A1||Near Threatened|
|Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus||winter||1996||4-8 individuals||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Abyssinian Longclaw Macronyx flavicollis||resident||-||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Near Threatened|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dilu Meda (Tefki). Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/03/2014
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