North Kenyan short grass plains

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

General characteristics

This area is defined by the range of Williams's Lark Mirafra williamsi which has two disjunct populations in northern Kenya (see map, p. 380), in the Didi Galgalla desert near Marsabit, and between Isiolo and Garba Tula, where it is found in arid or semi-arid short-grass plains on black lava soils at 600-1,350 m, and well-grazed, grassy areas with scattered bushes on sandy soil (Britton 1980, Keith et al. 1992). It is generally rare, but locally common in the Didi Galgalla desert (Zimmerman et al. 1996), and is probably not threatened (Collar and Stuart 1985).

Restricted-range species

Species IUCN Red List category
Williams's Lark (Mirafra williamsi) LC

Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
Country IBA Name IBA Book Code
Kenya Dida Galgalu desert KE027
Kenya Shaba National Reserve KE034

Threat and conservation

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Endemic Bird Areas factsheet: North Kenyan short grass plains. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/eba/factsheet/360 on 22/09/2023.