Site description (2020 baseline)
The proposed KBA is situated in the highland areas in northern Lichinga, Niassa Province to the north-west Mozambique, and includes three key mountains namely Njesi plateau, Mount Chitagal and Mount Sanga, covering an area about 1996 Km2. Being within the least populated province across all provinces of Mozambique, this area has not been settled and there are no signs of recent clearing for agriculture. However, Jones et al. (2017) noted presence of hunters with numerous snares of different sizes targeting all kind of animals. The vegetation is mainly of Afromontane grassland with sparsely distributed rocky outcrops, forest patches together gallery forests (Osborne et al., 2019). Jones et al. (2017) suggest that the forest patches on Mt Sanga and Mt Chitagal presents a closed canopy forest whereas, in the Njesi vegetation patches showed low hight with an open canopy wooded vegetation. The lower areas of the mountains are dominated by extensive miombo woodland with occasional intergrade zones of mixed woodland types at higher altitudes.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Njesi plateau. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/njesi-plateau-iba-mozambique on 03/12/2023.