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Location Namibia, Kunene
Central coordinates 14o 0.00' East  19o 15.00' South
IBA criteria A2, A3
Area 222,000 ha
Altitude 1,200 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description This site is one of the best areas for bird species that are endemic or near-endemic to the Namibian escarpment. Its identification as an IBA arose directly from research coordinated by the Ministry of Environment’s Ornithology Section, aimed at identifying the most important areas for Namibia’s near-endemic birds. The Namibian escarpment forms the interface between the interior plateau and the coastal plain, varying in altitude from 400 to 2,500 m. The most important node within this broad zone is the area surrounding Hobatere tourist lodge, immediately west of the western boundary of Etosha National Park. This east–west oriented block falls in communal farmland, just to the west of commercial farmland in the Sesfontein-Kamanjab area. The IBA is part of the western catchment of the Ombonde/Hoanib river, one of the largest ephemeral rivers in north-western Namibia.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Hartlaub's Francolin Pternistis hartlaubi resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Burchell's Sandgrouse Pterocles burchelli resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rüppell's Parrot Poicephalus rueppellii resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Monteiro's Hornbill Tockus monteiri resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chatshrike Lanioturdus torquatus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Barred Wren-warbler Camaroptera fasciolata resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rockrunner Achaetops pycnopygius resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bare-cheeked Babbler Turdoides gymnogenys resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Burchell's Glossy-starling Lamprotornis australis resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Kalahari Scrub-robin Erythropygia paena resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Herero Chat Namibornis herero resident  1998  present  A2  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Rocky areas   5%
Grassland   89%
Desert   4%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
tourism/recreation -
other -
Notes: Trapping of parrots Poicephalus rueppellii for wild bird trade.

Other biodiversity Threatened mammals include Diceros bicornis (CR), Loxodonta africana (EN) and Panthera leo (VU), the latter two being common in this region and possibly coming into conflict with commercial farmers. The area is extremely rich in endemic species of frog, reptile, mammal and plant.

References Clinning and Tarboton (1972), du Plessis (1997), Jarvis and Robertson (1999), Jensen and Jensen (1971), Robertson (1993), Robertson et al. (1995, 1998), Selman (1998), Simmons et al. (1998).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hobatere. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/10/2014

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