ET067
Lake Chew Bahir


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 1996

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Vulturine Guineafowl Acryllium vulturinum LC resident 1996 present A3
Yellow-necked Francolin Pternistis leucoscepus LC resident 1996 present A3
Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor NT non-breeding 1969-1974 20,000-49,999 individuals A1, A4i
Sombre Nightjar Caprimulgus fraenatus LC resident 1996 present A3
Donaldson-Smith's Nightjar Caprimulgus donaldsoni LC resident 1996 present A3
Star-spotted Nightjar Caprimulgus stellatus LC resident 1996 present A3
Heuglin's Bustard Neotis heuglinii LC resident 1996 present A3
Buff-crested Bustard Lophotis gindiana LC resident 1996 present A3
White-bellied Go-away-bird Criniferoides leucogaster LC resident 1996 present A3
African Openbill Anastomus lamelligerus LC non-breeding 1974 1,000-2,499 individuals A4i
Eastern Chanting-goshawk Melierax poliopterus LC resident 1996 present A3
Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill Tockus flavirostris LC resident 1996 present A3
Von der Decken's Hornbill Tockus deckeni LC resident 1996 present A3
Abyssinian Scimitarbill Rhinopomastus minor LC resident 1996 present A3
Somali Bee-eater Merops revoilii LC resident 1996 present A3
D'Arnaud's Barbet Trachyphonus darnaudii LC resident 1996 present A3
Black-throated Barbet Tricholaema melanocephala LC resident 1996 present A3
Red-bellied Parrot Poicephalus rufiventris LC resident 1996 present A3
Rosy-patched Bush-shrike Rhodophoneus cruentus LC resident 1996 present A3
Taita Fiscal Lanius dorsalis LC resident 1996 present A3
Chestnut-headed Sparrow-lark Eremopterix signatus LC resident 1996 present A3
Pink-breasted Lark Calendulauda poecilosterna LC resident 1996 present A3
Grey Wren-warbler Calamonastes simplex LC resident 1996 present A3
Pale Prinia Prinia somalica LC resident 1996 present A3
Scaly Chatterer Argya aylmeri LC resident 1996 present A3
White-rumped Babbler Turdoides leucopygia LC resident 1996 present A3
Magpie Starling Speculipastor bicolor LC resident 1996 present A3
Shelley's Starling Lamprotornis shelleyi LC resident 1996 present A3
Golden-breasted Starling Lamprotornis regius LC resident 1996 present A3
African Grey Flycatcher Bradornis microrhynchus LC resident 1996 present A3
Brown-tailed Chat Oenanthe scotocerca LC resident 1996 present A3
Hunter's Sunbird Chalcomitra hunteri LC resident 1996 present A3
White-headed Buffalo-weaver Dinemellia dinemelli LC resident 1996 present A3
Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow-weaver Plocepasser donaldsoni LC resident 1996 present A3
Steel-blue Whydah Vidua hypocherina LC resident 1996 present A3
Parrot-billed Sparrow Passer gongonensis LC resident 1996 present A3
Somali Bunting Emberiza poliopleura LC resident 1996 present A3
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a non-breeding 1969-1974 20,000-49,999 individuals A4iii

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
1996 low favourable low
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Habitat
Accuracy of information poor

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
No known threats no known threats happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Savanna 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable
Wetlands (inland) 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation No management planning has taken place Very little or no conservation action taking place low
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Chew Bahir Wildlife Reserve 273,000 protected area contains site 112,500
Chelbi Wildlife Reserve 421,200 protected area overlaps with site 0

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Savanna Bushland & thicket - deciduous, Bushland & thicket - evergreen, Wooded grassland -
Wetlands (inland) Permanent herbaceous swamps and bogs, Geothermal springs, Ephemeral pools and wetlands, Riverine floodplains, Rivers & streams, Saline lakes, Salt marshes, Saltpans -
Grassland Grassland - edaphic, dry, Grassland - Semi-desert -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
hunting -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake Chew Bahir. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/01/2022.