Year of compilation: 2001

Site description
This reserve, comprising Juba Nature Reserve and Jebel Kujur Forest Reserve, lies immediately south-west of the town of Juba in southern Sudan. The terrain is hilly, dominated by the rocky outcrops and sheer cliffs of Jebel Kujur. The vegetation is wooded grassland in which common tree species include Balanites aegyptiaca, Combretum molle and Acacia hockii, while common grasses comprise Themeda triandra, Chrysopogon aucheri, Sporobolus, Andropogon and Hyparrhenia spp.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Table 2 for key species. In addition, there are records of Gallinago media and Glareola nordmanni on passage, and one species characteristic of the Sahel biome (A03) and eight of the Somali–Masai biome (A08) have also been recorded (see Table 2).

Non-bird biodiversity: Few, if any, large mammals remain.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats to the site are severe, due to its proximity to Juba town. They include tree-felling for charcoal production, overgrazing, clearance of land for agriculture and quarrying.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Juba. Downloaded from on 05/12/2022.