|Central coordinates||48o 37.00' East 5o 46.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, A3|
|Altitude||50 - 200m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Ornithological information See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. The site incorporates the type-locality of Spizocorys obbiensis. Although, to date, only a relatively small number of Somali–Masai biome species has been recorded, these include some, such as Mirafra collaris, which occur at few other IBAs in Somalia; and the list is undoubtedly incomplete.
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.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Vulturine Guineafowl Acryllium vulturinum||resident||1997||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Heuglin's Bustard Neotis heuglinii||resident||1997||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Forbes-Watson's Swift Apus berliozi||resident||1997||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Somali Bee-eater Merops revoilii||resident||1997||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Somali Fiscal Lanius somalicus||resident||1997||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Somali Lark Mirafra somalica||resident||1997||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Collared Lark Mirafra collaris||resident||1997||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Obbia Lark Spizocorys obbiensis||resident||1997||present [units unknown]||-||A1, A2, A3||Data Deficient|
|Somali Wheatear Oenanthe phillipsi||resident||1997||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Kenya Violet-backed Sunbird Anthreptes orientalis||resident||1997||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|White-headed Buffalo-weaver Dinemellia dinemelli||resident||1997||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|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.
Management considerations The site has been proposed as a Wildlife Reserve. The area is subject to heavy seasonal grazing by domestic stock. Fuelwood-cutting is also a threat to woody vegetation.
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