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Location Tanzania, Iringa
Central coordinates 34o 50.70' East  9o 24.78' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 180 ha
Altitude 1,850 - 2,050m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description The highlands around the town of Njombe were originally grasslands, much of which have now been converted to agriculture. South and south-west of Njombe the land is more rugged, with rolling hills cut by deep valleys. Here, there are a few remaining small patches of isolated forest. Of the 14 Forest Reserves listed for Njombe District, it only proved possible to trace any information for four, of which one is a plantation and a second scheduled for timber production. The other two are Litoni (200 ha) and Mpala (69 ha). In addition, there are four forest patches, each less than 100 ha, shown on the map to the south and east of Uwemba while there is some privately-owned forest near the village of Nundu. These forests comprise the provisional extent of this IBA. Surveys are required to identify remaining forest patches and define site boundaries.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Moustached Green Tinkerbird Pogoniulus leucomystax resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Buteo oreophilus resident  2000  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Dusky Turtle-dove Streptopelia lugens resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Caprimulgus poliocephalus resident  2000  present  A3  Not Recognised 
Scarce Swift Schoutedenapus myoptilus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bar-tailed Trogon Apaloderma vittatum resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fuelleborn's Boubou Laniarius fuelleborni resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Uhehe Fiscal Lanius marwitzi resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Blue Swallow Hirundo atrocaerulea breeding  2000  present  A1, A3  Vulnerable 
Black-lored Cisticola Cisticola nigriloris resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Churring Cisticola Cisticola njombe resident  2000  present  A1, A2, A3  Least Concern 
Chapin's Apalis Apalis chapini resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Eastern Mountain Greenbul Andropadus nigriceps resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Shelley's Greenbul Andropadus masukuensis resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Stripe-cheeked Greenbul Andropadus milanjensis resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
African Tailorbird Artisornis metopias resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Bracken Warbler Bradypterus cinnamomeus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Mountain Flycatcher-warbler Chloropeta similis resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
African Hill Babbler Pseudoalcippe abyssinica resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Waller's Starling Onychognathus walleri resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Slender-billed Starling Onychognathus tenuirostris resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Kenrick's Starling Poeoptera kenricki resident  2000  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Orange Ground-thrush Zoothera gurneyi resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
White-chested Alethe Alethe fuelleborni resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Spot-throat Modulatrix stictigula resident  2000  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
White-starred Robin Pogonocichla stellata resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sharpe's Akalat Sheppardia sharpei resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Iringa Akalat Sheppardia lowei resident  2000  present  A1, A2, A3  Vulnerable 
Olive-flanked Robin-chat Cossypha anomala resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher Dioptrornis fischeri resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Olive-bellied Double-collared Sunbird Nectarinia fuelleborni resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bronze Sunbird Nectarinia kilimensis resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Baglafecht Weaver Ploceus baglafecht resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Bertrand's Weaver Ploceus bertrandi resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Buff-shouldered Widowbird Euplectes psammocromius resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Red-faced Crimson-wing Cryptospiza reichenovii resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Swee Waxbill Estrilda melanotis resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-faced Citril Serinus hypostictus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Serinus whytii resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Not Recognised 
Kipengere Seedeater Serinus melanochrous resident  2000  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Njombe State Forest Reserve 69,462 protected area contains site 669  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
water management -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Britton (1980), Fottland (1996), Haldane (1956), Lynes (1934).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Njombe forests. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/09/2014

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