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Liwonde Hills Forest Reserve


IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2001 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Pale-billed Hornbill Lophoceros pallidirostris LC resident 1999 present A3
Böhm's Bee-eater Merops boehmi LC resident 1999 present A3
Racquet-tailed Roller Coracias spatulatus LC resident 1999 present A3
Whyte's Barbet Stactolaema whytii LC resident 1999 present A3
Stierling's Woodpecker Dendropicos stierlingi NT resident 1999 present A1, A3
Green-headed Oriole Oriolus chlorocephalus LC resident 1999 present A3
East Coast Batis Batis soror LC resident 1999 present A3
White-tailed Crested-flycatcher Elminia albonotata LC resident 1999 present A3
Rufous-bellied Tit Melaniparus rufiventris LC resident 1999 present A3
White-winged Apalis Apalis chariessa NT resident 1999 present A1, A2, A3
Stierling's Wren-warbler Calamonastes stierlingi LC resident 1999 present A3
Olive-headed Bulbul Arizelocichla striifacies LC resident 1999 present A3
Yellow-throated Woodland-warbler Phylloscopus ruficapilla LC resident 1999 present A3
Orange Ground-thrush Geokichla gurneyi LC resident 1999 present A3
Kurrichane Thrush Turdus libonyana LC resident 1999 present A3
White-starred Robin Pogonocichla stellata LC resident 1999 present A3
Thyolo Alethe Chamaetylas choloensis VU resident 1999 present A1, A2, A3
Miombo Rock-thrush Monticola angolensis LC resident 1999 present A3
Arnot's Chat Myrmecocichla arnotti LC resident 1999 present A3
Eastern Miombo Sunbird Cinnyris manoensis LC resident 1999 present A3
Olive-headed Weaver Ploceus olivaceiceps NT resident 1999 present A3
Yellow-bellied Waxbill Coccopygia quartinia LC resident 1999 present A3
East African Citril Crithagra hyposticta LC resident 1999 present A3
Black-eared Seedeater Crithagra mennelli LC resident 1999 present A3

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2001).


IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2013 not assessed medium low
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes unset unknown

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Very little or no conservation action taking place low
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Zomba (CGP) Forest Reserve 3,222 protected area overlaps with site 0
Liwonde Forest Reserve 29,473 is identical to site 29,473
Lake Chilwa Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 224,800 protected area overlaps with site 0

Habitats

Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial -
Shrubland -
Forest -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
water management -


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Liwonde Hills Forest Reserve. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/liwonde-hills-forest-reserve-iba-malawi on 04/03/2024.