|Central coordinates||31o 50.00' East 6o 45.00' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A3, A4i|
|Altitude||500 - 1,250m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description Katavi lies south-east of Mahali Mountain National Park (TZ005), 40 km east of Lake Tanganyika at Karema, and extends eastwards around the northern shoulder of the Ufipa plateau towards Lake Rukwa (TZ033). The original National Park covered an area of seasonally inundated flood-plain grassland with an associated series of small lakes and swamps, and areas of miombo woodland to the south and west. The park has recently been doubled in size to incorporate more of the wide Kafufu river valley to the west and south-west. It now abuts Mlele Game Controlled Area, which is contiguous with Lukwati Game Reserve, which in turn meets Lake Rukwa. The north-eastern boundary of the park runs along the Mulele Hills which rise (outside the park) to over 1,500 m. The western area of the park forms the eastern boundary of the Karema Gap, a zoogeographical boundary between the Tanzania–Malawi mountains Endemic Bird Area (EBA 105) and the Albertine Rift mountains (EBA 106) to the north-west.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Dickinson's Kestrel Falco dickinsoni||resident||2000||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|African Skimmer Rynchops flavirostris||winter||1998||300 individuals||-||A1, A4i||Near Threatened|
|Racquet-tailed Roller Coracias spatulatus||resident||2000||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Stierling's Woodpecker Dendropicos stierlingi||resident||2000||unknown||-||A3||Near Threatened|
|Tabora Cisticola Cisticola angusticauda||resident||2000||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Kurrichane Thrush Turdus libonyanus||resident||2000||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|White-headed Black-chat Myrmecocichla arnoti||resident||2000||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Miombo Rock-thrush Monticola angolensis||resident||2000||unknown||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Tanzania Masked-weaver Ploceus reichardi||resident||2000||unknown||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Broad-tailed Paradise-whydah Vidua obtusa||resident||2000||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Katavi||Forest Reserve||44,710,000||protected area contains site||323,000|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||10%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
Other biodiversity Among mammals, Loxodonta africana (EN) occur in reasonable numbers and Panthera leo (VU) are found throughout the area.
References Campbell (1989), Moreau (1943, 1947), Rodgers (1982).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Katavi National Park. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/07/2014
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