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Location Tanzania, Arusha
Central coordinates 35o 50.00' East  3o 50.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 4,000 ha
Altitude 940 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description This relatively small lake lies 11 km south-east of Lake Manyara (TZ004) and close to the western border of Tarangire National Park (TZ010). It is a closed lake and so becomes increasingly alkaline during the dry season. It is fed principally by the Tarangire river which rises to the south-east and feeds into the northern end of the lake. The shoreline is heavily grazed and cultivated in some areas, especially on the western boundary. There are no significant trees.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus winter  1994  4,500 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor winter  1994  34,161 individuals  A1, A4i  Near Threatened 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1994  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   9%
Wetlands (inland)   35%
Grassland   54%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
other -
Notes: Trapping of birds for international trade.

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Dodman and Taylor (1995).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Burungi. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/08/2014

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