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Location Somalia, Woqooyi Galbeed
Central coordinates 43o 47.00' East  9o 36.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 30,000 ha
Altitude 1,500 - 1,662m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description The Boorama (Buramo) plains lie on the border with Ethiopia, between Hargeysa, Boorama and the frontier town of Tog Wajaale (Togo Chale). The principal habitat consists of undulating plains covered with short, open grasses and Acacia scrub interrupted by rocky outcrops.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black-throated Barbet Tricholaema melanocephala resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-necked Francolin Pternistis leucoscepus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Eastern Chanting-goshawk Melierax poliopterus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-crested Bustard Lophotis gindiana resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sombre Nightjar Caprimulgus fraenatus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Donaldson-Smith's Nightjar Caprimulgus donaldsoni resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Forbes-Watson's Swift Apus berliozi breeding  1997  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Black-billed Woodhoopoe Phoeniculus somaliensis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Abyssinian Scimitarbill Rhinopomastus minor resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Hemprich's Hornbill Lophoceros hemprichii resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rosy-patched Bush-shrike Rhodophoneus cruentus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Somali Fiscal Lanius somalicus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Somali Tit Parus thruppi resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Gillett's Lark Mirafra gilletti resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Archer's Lark Heteromirafra archeri resident  1997  present  A1, A2, A3  Critically Endangered 
Rufous Short-toed Lark Calandrella somalica resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Banded Warbler Sylvia boehmi resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-rumped Babbler Turdoides leucopygia resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-breasted White-eye Zosterops abyssinicus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-crowned Starling Spreo albicapillus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bristle-crowned Starling Onychognathus salvadorii resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Somali Wheatear Oenanthe phillipsi resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
African Grey Flycatcher Bradornis microrhynchus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Shining Sunbird Nectarinia habessinica resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-headed Buffalo-weaver Dinemellia dinemelli resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rueppell's Weaver Ploceus galbula resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Speke's Weaver Ploceus spekei resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Purple Grenadier Uraeginthus ianthinogaster resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-rumped Waxbill Estrilda charmosyna resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Straw-tailed Whydah Vidua fischeri resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Golden Pipit Tmetothylacus tenellus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Somali Grosbeak Rhynchostruthus louisae resident  1997  present  A3  Near Threatened 
White-bellied Canary Serinus dorsostriatus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Somali Golden-breasted Bunting Emberiza poliopleura resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

Other biodiversity Mammals which occur, or that used to do so, include Oryx beisa (LR/cd), Tragelaphus imberbis (LR/cd), Litocranius walleri (LR/cd), Gazella soemmerringii (VU), Dorcatragus megalotis (VU), and Oreotragus oreotragus (LR/cd).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Boorama plains. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/10/2014

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