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Location Zambia, North Western
Central coordinates 24o 23.00' East  11o 30.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 10,000 ha
Altitude 1,360 - 1,400m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Zambian Ornithological Society (Partner Designate)



Site description The site lies about 30 km north of Mwinilunga and comprises the lower half of the Chitunta river and a section of the Luakera, at the confluence of the two. Both flow through wide grasslands that are a mixture of dambo, flood-plain and dry plain. There are doubtless many similar sites in the district but this remains the best-known and most studied due to its accessibility. It is bisected by the Mwinilunga–Ikelenge road.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Dickinson's Kestrel Falco dickinsoni resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Great Snipe Gallinago media winter  present [units unknown]  A1  Near Threatened 
Coppery-tailed Coucal Centropus cupreicaudus resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Pale-billed Hornbill Tockus pallidirostris resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Souza's Shrike Lanius souzae resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-bellied Tit Parus rufiventris resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Miombo Tit Parus griseiventris resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black-and-rufous Swallow Hirundo nigrorufa resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-throated Swallow Hirundo rufigula resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Angola Lark Mirafra angolensis resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Chirping Cisticola Cisticola pipiens resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Black-tailed Cisticola Cisticola dambo resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Miombo Wren-warbler Camaroptera undosa resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Red-capped Crombec Sylvietta ruficapilla resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Angola Babbler Turdoides hartlaubii resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Kurrichane Thrush Turdus libonyanus resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Miombo Scrub-robin Erythropygia barbata resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Bocage's Weaver Ploceus temporalis resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Broad-tailed Paradise-whydah Vidua obtusa resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Fuelleborn's Longclaw Macronyx fuellebornii resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 
Grimwood's Longclaw Macronyx grimwoodi resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A1, A3  Data Deficient 
Black-eared Seedeater Serinus mennelli resident  1998  present [units unknown]  A3  Least Concern 

Habitats

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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -

Other biodiversity The butterfly Eicochrysops pinheyi, a Zambian endemic, and the endemic dragonfly

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Chitunta Plain. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/04/2014

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