Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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Lavushi Manda National Park
30o 50.00' East 12o 18.00' South
1,100 - 1,808m
Year of IBA assessment
Zambian Ornithological Society (Partner Designate)
Site description Situated to the west of the Great North Road between Serenje and Mpika, the park lies mainly between 1,200–1,400 m, although the Lavushi Manda Hills exceed 1,800 m in places. It is bisected by a single dirt road and thus access to most of the area is very difficult and much of it remains poorly known. The terrain is dominated by mature miombo woodland, but the park encompasses the headwaters of numerous small rivers along which run strips of forest or dambos. In the hills are canyons and rock-faces. There are no tourist facilities.
Key Biodiversity See Box and Table 3 for key species. In and around the riparian forest are Accipiter melanoleucus, Scotopelia peli, Merops boehmi and Apalisthoracica, whilst the dambos hold Euplecteshartlaubi and Ortygospiza locustella. Neotis denhami has been recorded. The miombo supports a wide variety of birds typical of this habitat, such as Stactolaema anchietae, Anthus caffer and Anthreptes anchietae, and Ficedula albicollis is a common wintering visitor. Inhabiting the rocky areas are Buteo augur, Aquila verreauxii, Caprimulgus tristigma, Anthus lineiventris, Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventris and Onychognathus morio.
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.