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Location Tanzania, Morogoro
Central coordinates 36o 55.00' East  7o 32.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 30,000 ha
Altitude 300 - 1,860m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description The Uvidunda mountains form the wedge of high ground between the northern end of the Udzungwa mountains (TZ011 and TZ066) and the southern edge of the Rubeho mountains (TZ064). A single raised block with three distinct peaks, the plateau drains in all directions into tributaries of the Great Ruaha river which flows eastwards along the southern edge of the mountains. The forest appears to be now largely confined to valleys, probably as a result of extensive burning and land clearance for agriculture. The term ‘vestigial forest’ was used for the area close to Chonwe as early as 1935. None of the forests in these mountains are listed as having reserve status, but Chonwe is listed as a ‘suggested’ Forest Reserve, but no details are available. Since there are no mapped forests, the IBA provisionally covers the whole plateau, but this includes villages and agricultural land.

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  unknown  A3  Not Recognised 
Scarce Swift Schoutedenapus myoptilus resident  2000  unknown  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 
White-tailed Crested-flycatcher Elminia albonotata resident  2000  present  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 
African Tailorbird Artisornis metopias resident  2000  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Bracken Warbler Bradypterus cinnamomeus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Yellow-throated Woodland-warbler Phylloscopus ruficapilla resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
African Hill Babbler Pseudoalcippe abyssinica resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Waller's Starling Onychognathus walleri resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Slender-billed Starling Onychognathus tenuirostris resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Kenrick's Starling Poeoptera kenricki resident  2000  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Orange Ground-thrush Zoothera gurneyi resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Spot-throat Modulatrix stictigula resident  2000  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
White-starred Robin Pogonocichla stellata resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Sharpe's Akalat Sheppardia sharpei resident  2000  unknown  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Iringa Akalat Sheppardia lowei resident  2000  unknown  A2, A3  Vulnerable 
White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher Dioptrornis fischeri resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Moreau's Sunbird Nectarinia moreaui resident  2000  present  A1, A2, A3  Near Threatened 
Bertrand's Weaver Ploceus bertrandi resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Red-faced Crimson-wing Cryptospiza reichenovii resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Swee Waxbill Estrilda melanotis resident  2000  unknown  A3  Least Concern 
Grey-faced Citril Serinus hypostictus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 
Oriole Finch Linurgus olivaceus resident  2000  present  A3  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   4%
Shrubland   45%
Forest   50%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -

Other biodiversity Little information is available, but heavy hunting pressure has been reported, including of a surviving group of the primate Procolobus gordonorum (VU).

References Fottland (1996), Fuggles-Couchman (1984), Lovett and Wasser (1993).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Uvidunda Mountains. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/09/2014

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