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Location South Sudan, Lakes,Warap,West Bahr-al-Ghazal,West Equatoria
Central coordinates 28o 25.00' East  6o 25.00' North
IBA criteria A3
Area 2,300,000 ha
Altitude 800 - 1,000m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description Southern National Park is situated on an ironstone plateau in the south-west of the country, south of the town of Wau and west of Bor. The park is bounded to the west by the Sue river and to the east by the Maridi river, while the Ibba river bisects it north–south. It consists of gently undulating country with low ranges of hills separated by the three parallel northward-flowing rivers and mostly covered with savanna woodland. It is in an area of low human population, poor soils and a high incidence of tsetse fly.

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 
Fox Kestrel Falco alopex resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-crested Turaco Tauraco leucolophus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-throated Bee-eater Merops bulocki resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-billed Shrike Corvinella corvina resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Piapiac Ptilostomus afer resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sun Lark Galerida modesta resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Foxy Cisticola Cisticola troglodytes resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bronze-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis chalcurus resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-fronted Black-chat Myrmecocichla albifrons 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 
Heuglin's Masked-weaver Ploceus heuglini resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-rumped Waxbill Estrilda troglodytes resident  1999  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Southern National Park 2,300,000 is identical to site 2,300,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   8%
Forest   91%

Land use

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

Other biodiversity The following mammals of global conservation concern occur, or used to do so: Loxodonta africana (EN), Panthera leo (VU), Lycaon pictus (EN), Syncerus caffer (LR/cd), Giraffa camelopardalis (LR/cd), Alcelaphus buselaphus (LR/cd), Kobus ellipsiprymnus (LR/cd), K. kob (LR/cd), Redunca redunca (LR/cd), Damaliscus lunatus (LR/cd), Hippotragus equinus (LR/cd), Tragelaphus derbianus (LR/nt), T. spekii (LR/nt) and Cephalophus rufilatus (LR/cd).

References IUCN/UNEP (1987), UNDP/FAO (1977).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Southern National Park. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/09/2014

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