|Central coordinates||33o 37.00' East 8o 20.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i, A4iii|
|Altitude||400 - 850m|
|Year of IBA assessment||1996|
Site description The site is the course and flood-zone of the 448 km Baro river. Along with its tributaries, the river dominates Gambella Region. The Baro is the only navigable river in the country: during the rainy season traders used to travel by boat between Gambella town and Khartoum in the Sudan. The Baro meets the Pibor river to the west of Jikawo. During the rainy season the river floods to form the huge inundated area to the east and south of Jikawo, previously penetrating as far as Abobo and Gog to the east and south-east.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|African Openbill Anastomus lamelligerus||winter||-||1,000 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Shoebill Balaeniceps rex||resident||-||present||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni||winter||1970||500 individuals||-||A1||Near Threatened|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||winter||-||20,000 individuals||unknown||A4iii|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||23%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.
References Duckworth (1974a, b), Ethiopian Valleys Development Authority (1988, 1990), Urban (1967).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Baro river. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/09/2014
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