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Location Somalia, Hiiraan
Central coordinates 45o 24.00' East  3o 51.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 0 ha
Altitude 135 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description This site lies on the Shabeelle river to the west of the town of Buulobarde (Buuloburti). Fringing the river are some patches of thick bush and gallery forest, the latter dominated by Mimusops degan, Garcinia ferrandi, Acacia stenocarpa, Terminalia brevipes, Tamarindus indica, Ficus spp. and Diospyros mespiliformis. Emergent trees reach 15–25 m and there is a dense understorey. The width of these galleries is only 10–50 m. Outside of the riverine belt the dominant vegetation is Acacia nilotica woodland, rich in climbing cucurbits, legumes and composites.

Key Biodiversity See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. The site includes the type-locality for Laniarius liberatus, the only place from which it is known.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals that have been recorded include Panthera leo (VU), Acinonyx jubatus (VU), Tragelaphus imberbis (LR/cd), Litocranius walleri (LR/cd) and Ammodorcas clarkei (VU).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Trachyphonus darnaudii resident  1997  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Vulturine Guineafowl Acryllium vulturinum 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 
Heuglin's Bustard Neotis heuglinii resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-crested Bustard Lophotis gindiana resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-faced Sandgrouse Pterocles decoratus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-winged Collared-dove Streptopelia reichenowi resident  1997  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Red-bellied Parrot Poicephalus rufiventris resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-bellied Go-away-bird Criniferoides leucogaster resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Donaldson-Smith's Nightjar Caprimulgus donaldsoni resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-headed Mousebird Colius leucocephalus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Somali Bee-eater Merops revoilii resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Von der Decken's Hornbill Tockus deckeni resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rosy-patched Bush-shrike Rhodophoneus cruentus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Three-streaked Tchagra Tchagra jamesi resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Ethiopian Boubou Laniarius aethiopicus resident  1997  present  A1, A2, A3  Least Concern 
Taita Fiscal Lanius dorsalis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-headed Sparrow-lark Eremopterix signatus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey Wren-warbler Camaroptera simplex resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Short-billed Crombec Sylvietta philippae resident  1997  present  A1, A3  Data Deficient 
Rufous Chatterer Turdoides rubiginosa resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Shelley's Starling Lamprotornis shelleyi resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-crowned Starling Spreo albicapillus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Kenya Violet-backed Sunbird Anthreptes orientalis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-capped Social-weaver Pseudonigrita cabanisi resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Parrot-billed Sparrow Passer gongonensis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Golden Palm Weaver Ploceus bojeri resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Purple Grenadier Uraeginthus ianthinogaster resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Malindi Pipit Anthus melindae resident  present  A1  Least Concern 
Golden Pipit Tmetothylacus tenellus 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 -
Notes: Firewood collection.

Further web sources of information 

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) species/site profile. This site has been identified as an AZE due to it containing a Critically Endangered or Endangered species with a limited range.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Buulobarde. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/11/2014

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