Nyanje Hills

IBA Justification

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2005

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population at site IBA criteria triggered
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni LC non-breeding - - A1
Rufous-bellied Tit Melaniparus rufiventris LC - - - A3
Stierling's Wren-warbler Calamonastes stierlingi LC - - - A3
White-breasted Sunbird Cinnyris talatala LC resident - - A3
Eastern Miombo Sunbird Cinnyris manoensis LC resident - - A3
Broad-tailed Paradise-whydah Vidua obtusa LC resident - - A3
Black-eared Seedeater Crithagra mennelli LC resident - - A3

Note: The current IUCN Red List category may differ from the category that was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment.

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IBA Conservation

IBA conservation status - summary
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2005 medium near favourable negligible
Was the whole site assessed? no Condition (state) assessed by habitat
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Biological resource use gathering terrestrial plants - unintentional effects (species being assessed is not 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 happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Condition of the site (state), by habitat
Habitat Habitat detail Reference area (ha) Actual area (ha) Habitat quantity (% remaining) Habitat quality (carrying capacity) Result
Forest 0 0 moderate (70-90%) good (> 90%) near favourable

Conservation actions taken at the site (response)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Little/none of site covered (<10%) Unknown Very little or no conservation action taking place negligible
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IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Siinda Forest Reserve 3,790 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Nchembwe Forest Reserve 654 protected area contained by site 0
Chilowe Forest Reserve 622 protected area contained by site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Inselbergs, kopjes & inland cliffs -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Nyanje Hills. Downloaded from on 28/05/2023.