TL15
Subaun


Year of compilation: 2007

Site description
An area of steep to moderately steep hills rising from sea level to more than 1,300 m on the isolated peak of Mount Curi, with a fine example of near pristine Eucalyptus savanna woodland extending from sea level to the steep hill slopes. The dominant vegetation below c.400 m is Eucalyptus alba savanna woodland with a tall grassy understorey (mostly Heteropogon and Themeda), with Eucalyptus urophylla dominant above c.400 m. Topographically protected tropical dry forest (or riparian semi-evergreen forest) occurs in gullies and on isolated hill slopes but is nowhere extensive (all patches <1 km2). The grassy understorey is burnt regularly (1–3 year periodicity) maintaining the open woodland. Locally, closed forest and savanna woodland is converted to small shifting agriculture plots to grow corn and other vegetables.

Key biodiversity
Fourteen restricted-range species have been recorded in this IBA, including during a brief visit to the Weoadolak area in April 2003 by Trainor et al. (2004), who considered that this IBA should be a priority for further field survey work.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats to habitat integrity in this IBA include regular burning and limited shifting agriculture. There is interest in the recommencement of marble mining which represents a significant threat to this site and its habitats.

Protected areas
This IBA has not previously been identified as a site of significant conservation value.

Habitat and land use
An area of steep to moderately steep hills rising from sea level to more than 1,300 m on the isolated peak of Mount Curi, with a fine example of near pristine Eucalyptus savanna woodland extending from sea level to the steep hill slopes. The dominant vegetation below c.400 m is Eucalyptus alba savanna woodland with a tall grassy understorey (mostly Heteropogon and Themeda), with Eucalyptus urophylla dominant above c.400 m. Topographically protected tropical dry forest (or riparian semi-evergreen forest) occurs in gullies and on isolated hill slopes but is nowhere extensive (all patches <1 km2). The grassy understorey is burnt regularly (1–3 year periodicity) maintaining the open woodland. Locally, closed forest and savanna woodland is converted to small shifting agriculture plots to grow corn and other vegetables.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Subaun. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 14/11/2019.