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Location Zambia, Northern
Central coordinates 31o 40.00' East  8o 58.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 4,000 ha
Altitude 1,525 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Zambian Ornithological Society (Partner Designate)

Site description Just east of Mbala, the river and its immediate tributaries constitute the only system which drains from Zambia into Tanzania. The site covers the stretch adjacent to the border where there is papyrus swamp, a small flood-plain and rich termitaria. Villages are scattered throughout the surrounding area, cattle are grazed on the flood-plain and the river is heavily fished.

Key Biodiversity See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. A poorly known area, apparently visited for the first and only time by ornithologists in 1996, when Ploceus reichardi was discovered in considerable numbers—it probably breeds in the area. Gallinago media occurs, and other birds found included Rallus caerulescens, Sarothrura rufa, Gallinago gallinago, G. nigripennis, Corythaixoides personatus, Tricholaema lacrymosa, Saxicola rubetra, Nectarinia mariquensis and Quelea erythrops.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Snipe Gallinago media winter  1998  unknown  A1  Near Threatened 
Coppery-tailed Coucal Centropus cupreicaudus resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Chirping Cisticola Cisticola pipiens resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Tanzania Masked-weaver Ploceus reichardi resident  1998  present  A2, A3  Least Concern 
Brown Firefinch Lagonosticta nitidula resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 
Fuelleborn's Longclaw Macronyx fuellebornii resident  1998  present  A3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2005 medium favourable negligible
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Shrubland   0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  Unknown  Very little or no conservation action taking place  negligible 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial - terrestrial   52%
Shrubland   32%
Forest   16%

Land use

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

References Leonard and Beel (1996a, 1999).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Saise River. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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