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Location Somalia, Mudug
Central coordinates 48o 37.00' East  5o 46.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 250,000 ha
Altitude 50 - 200m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description The site lies to the north of the coastal town of Hobyo (Obbia), a little way inland from the Indian Ocean, and consists principally of semi-desert grassland and shrubland. It also includes some areas of coastal dunes which are fixed, vegetated and mostly 20–60 m high.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Vulturine Guineafowl Acryllium vulturinum resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Heuglin's Bustard Neotis heuglinii resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Forbes-Watson's Swift Apus berliozi resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Somali Bee-eater Merops revoilii resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Somali Fiscal Lanius somalicus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Somali Lark Mirafra somalica resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Collared Lark Mirafra collaris resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Obbia Lark Spizocorys obbiensis resident  1997  present  A1, A2, A3  Data Deficient 
Somali Wheatear Oenanthe phillipsi resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Kenya Violet-backed Sunbird Anthreptes orientalis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-headed Buffalo-weaver Dinemellia dinemelli resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
other -
Notes: Firewood collection.

Other biodiversity Mammals of conservation concern that occur, or which used to do so, include Panthera leo (VU), Acinonyx jubatus (VU), Hyaena hyaena (LR/nt), Oryx beisa (LR/cd), Ammodorcas clarkei (VU), Madoqua piacentinii (VU), Gazella soemmerringii (VU) and G. spekei (VU). The area is also important for a number of the plants endemic to the coastal strip.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hobyo. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/08/2014

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