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Kilombero floodplain

Country/Territory Tanzania
Area 0 km2
Altitude 0 - 0m
Priority -
Habitat loss -
Knowledge -

General characteristics

The geographically isolated wetlands in the Kilombero floodplain in Tanzania (see map, p. 358) constitute a Secondary Area, defined by the range of the threatened Kilombero Weaver Ploceus burnieri (classified as Vulnerable). This recently described species breeds in extensive riverine swamp fringed with Phragmites mauritianus (Baker and Baker 1990) and is locally common, but recent road-building has destroyed several colony sites. An undescribed cisticola Cisticola collected at the same locality may prove to be a full species (N. E. Baker verbally 1994), in which case the Kilombero floodplain would qualify as an EBA. There are currently no protected areas in this region (IUCN 1992b).

Restricted-range species


Species IUCN Category
Kilombero Weaver (Ploceus burnieri) VU

Important Bird Areas (IBAs)
IBA Code Site Name Country
TZ018 Selous Game Reserve Tanzania
TZ025 Kilombero Valley Tanzania

Threat and conservation


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Endemic Bird Areas factsheet: Kilombero floodplain. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/10/2019.