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Location South Sudan, West Bahr-al-Ghazal
Central coordinates 24o 0.00' East  9o 10.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 1,250,970 ha
Altitude 450 - 1,000m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description Radom National Park is located to the south-west of Lake Kundi (site SD010) on the border with the Central African Republic, in the south-western corner of Southern Darfur. The park consists of an area of broken hilly country lying between two main rivers, the Adda and the Umbelasha, which form the park’s northern and southern boundaries. The hills in the park are part of the range which forms the watershed that separates the Nile and Congo river systems. The vegetation is principally savanna woodland dominated by Terminalia brownii, Combretum spp., Anogeissus leiocarpus and Isoberlinia doka. Wet meadows (dahls) form in low-lying basins and hold water into the dry season, providing water and fodder for wildlife. Average annual rainfall varies from 630 mm in the north to 900 mm in the south, falling mainly between April and November. The site is contiguous with the reserve complex of the Parc Nationale d’André Felix (IBA CF001) in the Central African Republic.

Key Biodiversity See Box and Table 2 for key species. There is little information on the birds of Radom. However, given the size of the park and the relatively undegraded nature of much of the habitat, it is likely that many species characteristic of the Sudan–Guinea Savanna biome (A04) occur, although only a modest number are currently known to do so.

Non-bird biodiversity: The following mammals of global conservation concern occur, or used to do so: Loxodonta africana (EN), Panthera leo (VU), Acinonyx jubatus (VU), Lycaon pictus (EN), Giraffa camelopardalis (LR/cd), Alcelaphus busephalus (LR/cd), Kobus ellipsiprymnus (LR/cd) and K. kob (LR/cd).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-breasted Barbet Pogonornis rolleti resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Heuglin's Francolin Pternistis icterorhynchus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-throated Bee-eater Merops bulocki resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Foxy Cisticola Cisticola troglodytes resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Senegal Eremomela Eremomela pusilla resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bronze-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis chalcurus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser superciliosus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bush Petronia Petronia dentata resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-bellied Firefinch Lagonosticta rara resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-throated Firefinch Lagonosticta larvata resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2001 medium not assessed low
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Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  Unknown  Unknown  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Radom National Park 1,250,000 protected area contained by site 1,250,000  
Radom National Park UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 1,250,000 is identical to site 1,250,970  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   90%
Forest   9%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -

References IUCN (1986b), IUCN/UNEP (1987).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Radom. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/12/2014

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