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Location Somalia, Jubbada Hoose
Central coordinates 42o 16.00' East  0o 24.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3, A4i, A4iii
Area 140,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 100m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description Far Waamo, also known as Dhesheeg Waamo, principally comprises a forest–savanna mosaic surrounding a semi-perennial, shallow, freshwater wetland. The site is located to the south-east of Laag Dheere (site SO022) in the triangular-shaped area of land between the Jubba river to the east and the valley of the lower reaches of Laag Dheere, immediately north of their (intermittent) confluence. Near either end of the base of this inverted triangle lie the towns of Jilib and Afmadow. The wetland area covers c.10,000 ha at its maximum extent and is supplied by Laag Dheere and also occasionally by floodwaters from the river Jubba. Following periods of flooding, water recedes to leave large areas of exposed mud which are particularly attractive to waders. The shoreline is bordered by bushland, some areas of cultivation and Typha beds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Brown-breasted Barbet Pogonornis melanopterus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Vulturine Guineafowl Acryllium vulturinum resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-necked Francolin Pternistis leucoscepus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Southern Banded Snake-eagle Circaetus fasciolatus resident  1997  present  A1, A3  Near Threatened 
Eastern Chanting-goshawk Melierax poliopterus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-crested Bustard Lophotis gindiana resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Ruff Calidris pugnax winter  1984  20,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Black-faced Sandgrouse Pterocles decoratus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-bellied Parrot Poicephalus rufiventris resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fischer's Turaco Tauraco fischeri resident  1997  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
White-bellied Go-away-bird Criniferoides leucogaster resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-headed Mousebird Colius leucocephalus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Mangrove Kingfisher Halcyon senegaloides resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-billed Woodhoopoe Phoeniculus somaliensis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill Tockus flavirostris resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Von der Decken's Hornbill Tockus deckeni resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Trachyphonus darnaudii resident  1997  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Black-throated Barbet Tricholaema melanocephala resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Mombasa Woodpecker Campethera mombassica resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Pygmy Batis Batis perkeo resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Three-streaked Tchagra Tchagra jamesi resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Long-tailed Fiscal Lanius cabanisi resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Taita Fiscal Lanius dorsalis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow Flycatcher Erythrocercus holochlorus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-winged Lark Mirafra hypermetra resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chestnut-headed Sparrow-lark Eremopterix signatus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Ashy Cisticola Cisticola cinereolus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fischer's Greenbul Phyllastrephus fischeri resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Scaly Chatterer Turdoides aylmeri resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous Chatterer Turdoides rubiginosa resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Scaly Babbler Turdoides squamulata resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-breasted White-eye Zosterops abyssinicus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Black-bellied Glossy-starling Lamprotornis corruscus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Golden-breasted Starling Cosmopsarus regius resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fischer's Starling Spreo fischeri resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
African Grey Flycatcher Bradornis microrhynchus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Kenya Violet-backed Sunbird Anthreptes orientalis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Hunter's Sunbird Nectarinia hunteri resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Violet-breasted Sunbird Nectarinia chalcomelas resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser donaldsoni resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Parrot-billed Sparrow Passer gongonensis resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-headed Buffalo-weaver Dinemellia dinemelli resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Golden Palm Weaver Ploceus bojeri resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Salvadori's Weaver Ploceus dichrocephalus resident  1997  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Fire-fronted Bishop Euplectes diadematus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-rumped Waxbill Estrilda charmosyna resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Steel-blue Whydah Vidua hypocherina resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Straw-tailed Whydah Vidua fischeri resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Malindi Pipit Anthus melindae resident  1997  present  A1, A3  Least Concern 
Golden Pipit Tmetothylacus tenellus resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
Pangani Longclaw Macronyx aurantiigula resident  1997  present  A3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1984  20,000 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

Other biodiversity The mammals Loxodonta africana (EN), Diceros bicornis (CR) and Giraffa camelopardalis (LR/cd) occur, or used to do so.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Far Waamo. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/07/2014

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