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Mau forest complex This is an IBA in danger! 


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
Jackson's Francolin Pternistis jacksoni LC resident 1999 present A3
Francolinus psilolaemus NR resident 1999 present 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
Hartlaub's Turaco Tauraco hartlaubi 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
Mountain Oriole Oriolus percivali LC resident 1999 present A3
Grey Cuckooshrike 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 A3
Cisticola chubbi NR resident 1999 present 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
Joyful Greenbul Chlorocichla laetissima LC resident 1999 present A3
Shelley's Greenbul Arizelocichla masukuensis LC resident 1999 present A3
Brown Woodland-warbler Phylloscopus umbrovirens LC resident 1999 present A3
Sylvia abyssinica NR resident 1999 present A3
Mountain Illadopsis Illadopsis pyrrhoptera LC 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
Stuhlmann's Starling Poeoptera stuhlmanni LC resident 1999 present A3
Geokichla piaggiae NR 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
Equatorial Akalat Sheppardia aequatorialis LC resident 1999 present A3
Tacazze Sunbird Nectarinia tacazze LC resident 1999 present A3
Bronze Sunbird Nectarinia kilimensis LC resident 1999 present A3
Nectarinia mediocris NR 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 unknown 1999 unknown A3
Baglafecht Weaver Ploceus baglafecht LC resident 1999 present A3
Black-billed Weaver Ploceus melanogaster LC resident 1999 present A3
Brown-capped Weaver Ploceus insignis LC resident 1999 present A3
Abyssinian Crimsonwing Cryptospiza salvadorii LC 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
Serinus striolatus NR 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)
2018 very high not assessed medium
Was the whole site covered? No State assessed by unset
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 - agro-industry farming happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - shifting agriculture happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - agro-industry grazing, ranching or farmin likely in short term (within 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming likely in short term (within 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Agricultural expansion and intensification marine and freshwater aquaculture - industrial aquaculture likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Agricultural expansion and intensification marine and freshwater aquaculture - subsistence/artisinal aquaculture likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Agricultural expansion and intensification wood and pulp plantations (includes afforestation) - agro-industry plantations happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Agricultural expansion and intensification wood and pulp plantations (includes afforestation) - small-holder plantations happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Biological resource use fishing & harvesting aquatic resources - unintentional effects: subsistence/small scale likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Biological resource use gathering terrestrial plants - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) likely in short term (within 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - persecution/control likely in short term (within 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Biological resource use logging & wood harvesting - intentional use: large scale likely in short term (within 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Climate change and severe weather habitat shifting and alteration likely in short term (within 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - unspecified species likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Invasive and other problematic species and genes problematic native species/diseases - unspecified species likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - small dams likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution agricultural & forestry effluents - herbicides and pesticides likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution domestic & urban waste water - type unknown/unrecorded likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution excess energy - noise pollution likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution garbage & solid waste likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Residential and commercial development commercial and industrial development likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Transportation and service corridors roads and railroads likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Forest 0 0 poor (40-69%) poor (40-69%) very unfavourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species) A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive 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)
Western Mau Forest Reserve 22,748 protected area contained by site 22,748
Trans-Mara Forest Reserve Forest Reserve 34,400 protected area contained by site 34,400
South-Western Mau Nature Reserve 43,032 protected area contained by site 43,032
Ol Pusimoru Forest Reserve Forest Reserve 17,200 protected area contained by site 17,200
Maasai Mau Forest Reserve 46,373 protected area contained by site 46,373
Eastern Mau Forest Reserve 66,067 protected area contained by site 66,067

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Montane forest - undifferentiated -
Savanna Bamboo - Montane -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
forestry -
agriculture -
other -
urban/industrial/transport -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mau forest complex. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/11/2019.