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Location Zambia, Southern
Central coordinates 26o 4.00' East  17o 56.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i
Area 8,600 ha
Altitude 600 - 900m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Zambian Ornithological Society (Partner Designate)



Site description The site comprises the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and the adjacent Batoka Gorge which extends downstream as far as the confluence of the Zambezi with the Kalomo river. At 6,600 ha, the park is Zambia’s smallest, but it is the most popular as it flanks a stretch of the Zambezi river just south of Livingstone that includes the Victoria Falls. As well as riparian habitats such as sandbars and fringing forest, there is woodland (mainly mopane) and the immense basalt gorge below the falls (much of which is over 100 m deep).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra resident  7 breeding pairs  A4i  Least Concern 
Black Stork Ciconia nigra winter  20 individuals  medium  A4i  Least Concern 
Taita Falcon Falco fasciinucha resident  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Rock Pratincole Glareola nuchalis winter  300 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 
Kurrichane Thrush Turdus libonyanus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
White-headed Black-chat Myrmecocichla arnoti resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Miombo Rock-thrush Monticola angolensis 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 
Broad-tailed Paradise-whydah Vidua obtusa resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park 6,600 protected area contained by site 6,600  
Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls World Heritage Site 6,860 protected area contained by site 3,779  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   49%
Shrubland   43%
Forest   6%

Land use

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

Other biodiversity A wide variety of mammals occur, including Loxodonta africana (EN).

References Clarke and Loe (1974), Dowsett (1975), Hartley (1993).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park and Batoka Gorge. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/09/2014

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