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Location Zambia, Western
Central coordinates 22o 37.00' East  14o 32.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i
Area 366,000 ha
Altitude 1,000 - 1,050m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Zambian Ornithological Society (Partner Designate)



Site description Vast plains cover most of the area which remains comparatively poorly known. During and after the rains much of this area floods or becomes partially inundated and as the dry season progresses this water recedes leaving numerous small pans. There are also small stretches of Diplorhynchus scrub, woodland of various formations (including types dominated by Burkea africana and Baikiaea plurijuga) and patches of riparian forest. The entire park is situated just north of Kalabo, between the Luambimba and Luanginga rivers.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
African Spoonbill Platalea alba winter  150 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Slaty Egret Egretta vinaceigula winter  80 individuals  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni winter  present  A1  Least Concern 
Dickinson's Kestrel Falco dickinsoni resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus winter  1,000 individuals  A1, A4i  Vulnerable 
Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus winter  250 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni passage  20,000-100,000 individuals  A1, A4i  Near Threatened 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida winter  150 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Coppery-tailed Coucal Centropus cupreicaudus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Racquet-tailed Roller Coracias spatulatus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Souza's Shrike Lanius souzae resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Rufous-bellied Tit Parus rufiventris resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Miombo Tit Parus griseiventris resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chirping Cisticola Cisticola pipiens resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Red-capped Crombec Sylvietta ruficapilla resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Angola Babbler Turdoides hartlaubii resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Sharp-tailed Glossy-starling Lamprotornis acuticaudus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-breasted Sunbird Nectarinia talatala resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Brown Firefinch Lagonosticta nitidula resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fuelleborn's Longclaw Macronyx fuellebornii resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Liuwa Plain National Park 366,000 is identical to site 366,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland   3%
Grassland   96%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
water management -

Other biodiversity A wide variety of mammals occur, including Panthera leo (VU), Lycaon pictus (EN), Acinonyx jubatus (VU) and, in particularly large numbers, Connochaetes taurinus—the largest protected population in Zambia (Jeffery et al. 1989, 1996).

References Clarke and Loe (1974), Osborne (1978).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Liuwa Plain National Park. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/10/2014

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