KE005
Mount Kenya


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2001

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Francolinus psilolaemus NR resident 1999 present A3
Jackson's Francolin Pternistis jacksoni LC resident 1999 present A2, A3
Caprimulgus poliocephalus NR resident 1999 present A3
Scarce Swift Schoutedenapus myoptilus LC resident 1999 present A3
Nyanza Swift Apus niansae LC resident 1999 present A3
Striped Flufftail Sarothrura affinis LC resident 1999 present A3
Hartlaub's Turaco Tauraco hartlaubi LC resident 1999 present A3
African Long-eared Owl Asio abyssinicus LC resident 1999 present A3
Buteo oreophilus NR resident 1999 present A3
Bar-tailed Trogon Apaloderma vittatum LC resident 1999 present A3
Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater Merops oreobates LC resident 1999 present A3
Moustached Green Tinkerbird Pogoniulus leucomystax LC resident 1999 present A3
Campethera tullbergi NR resident 1999 present A3
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni LC passage 2010 present A1
Mountain Oriole Oriolus percivali LC resident 1999 present A3
Grey Cuckoo-shrike Ceblepyris caesius LC resident 1999 present A3
Doherty's Bush-shrike Telophorus dohertyi LC resident 1999 present A3
White-tailed Crested-flycatcher Elminia albonotata LC resident 1999 present A3
White-browed Crombec Sylvietta leucophrys LC resident 1999 present A3
Black-collared Apalis Oreolais pulcher LC resident 1999 present A3
Chestnut-throated Apalis Apalis porphyrolaema LC resident 1999 present A3
Hunter's Cisticola Cisticola hunteri LC resident 1999 present A2, A3
Mountain Yellow Warbler Iduna similis LC resident 1999 present A3
Cinnamon Bracken-warbler Bradypterus cinnamomeus LC resident 1999 present A3
Andropadus nigriceps NR resident 1999 present A3
Brown Woodland-warbler Phylloscopus umbrovirens LC resident 1999 present A3
Sylvia abyssinica NR resident 1999 present A3
Zosterops poliogastrus NR resident 1999 present A3
Slender-billed Starling Onychognathus tenuirostris LC resident 1999 present A3
Waller's Starling Onychognathus walleri LC resident 1999 present A3
Sharpe's Starling Pholia sharpii LC resident 1999 present A3
Kenrick's Starling Poeoptera kenricki LC resident 1999 present A2, A3
Abbott's Starling Poeoptera femoralis VU resident 1999 present A1, A2, A3
Geokichla piaggiae NR resident 1999 present A3
Orange Ground-thrush Geokichla gurneyi LC resident 1999 present A3
White-eyed Slaty-flycatcher Melaenornis fischeri LC resident 1999 present A3
White-starred Robin Pogonocichla stellata LC resident 1999 present A3
Rüppell's Robin-Chat Cossypha semirufa LC resident 1999 present A3
Little Rock-thrush Monticola rufocinereus LC resident 1999 present A3
Moorland Chat Pinarochroa sordida LC resident 1999 present A3
Nectarinia mediocris NR resident 1999 present A3
Tacazze Sunbird Nectarinia tacazze LC resident 1999 present A3
Bronze Sunbird Nectarinia kilimensis LC resident 1999 present A3
Red-tufted Sunbird Nectarinia johnstoni LC resident 1999 present A3
Golden-winged Sunbird Drepanorhynchus reichenowi LC resident 1999 present A3
Northern Double-collared Sunbird Cinnyris reichenowi LC resident 1999 present A3
Jackson's Widowbird Euplectes jacksoni NT resident 1999 present A1, A2, A3
Baglafecht Weaver Ploceus baglafecht LC resident 1999 present A3
Brown-capped Weaver Ploceus insignis LC resident 1999 present A3
Abyssinian Crimsonwing Cryptospiza salvadorii LC resident 1999 present A3
Sharpe's Longclaw Macronyx sharpei EN resident 1999 present A1, A2, A3
Serinus striolatus NR resident 1999 present A3
Oriole Finch Linurgus olivaceus LC resident 1999 present A3
Yellow-browed Citril Crithagra frontalis LC resident 1999 present A3
Thick-billed Seedeater Crithagra burtoni LC resident 1999 present A3

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)
2009 high unfavourable medium
Was the whole site covered? No State assessed by Habitat
Accuracy of information -

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - nomadic grazing happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Biological resource use logging & wood harvesting - unintentional effects: subsistence/small scale happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Climate change and severe weather drought happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Climate change and severe weather habitat shifting and alteration happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of surface water (unknown use) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas 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
Forest 0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable

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 plan exists but the management planning process has begun Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity medium
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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest World Heritage Site 202,334 protected area contained by site 142,020
Mount Kenya National Park 58,967 protected area contained by site 58,967
Mount Kenya UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 71,759 protected area contained by site 71,759
Mount Kenya Forest Reserve 200,974 protected area contained by site 200,974

Local conservation groups

The local conservation groups below are working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Mt Kenya Biodiversity Conservation Group 1999
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Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Montane forest - undifferentiated -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2017) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mount Kenya. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/10/2017.