|Central coordinates||34o 18.00' East 4o 6.00' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i, A4iii|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description This rather shallow lake occupies a depression along the Wembere river, at the extreme western end of the Mbulu Highlands and north of the small town of Sekenke, where the seasonal Manonga river flows in from the west. At high water the eastern edge of the lake abuts the foothills of the highlands, which rise to 1,587 m within a few kilometres of the lake. To the north, the lake overflows into the Sibiti river which enters Lake Eyasi (TZ023), 35 km to the north-east. The eastern shoreline shelves very gently with shallow water, exposed mud and short vegetation. There are stands of Aeschynomene, the extent of which is unclear. Belts of dense sedge that skirt the eastern shoreline are used for thatching and grazing and are extensively burnt each dry season. No information is available for the western side of the lake.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus||winter||1995||3,000 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor||winter||1995||357,000 individuals||-||A1, A4i||Near Threatened|
|Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis||winter||1995||1,160 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta||winter||1995||4,000 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola||winter||1995||1,500 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Sterna nilotica||winter||1995||2,000 individuals||-||A4i||Not Recognised|
|White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus||winter||1995||20,000 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||winter||1995||100,000-499,999 individuals||unknown||A4iii|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||23%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Cutting sedge for thatching.|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.
References Baker (1997), Stronach (1968).
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