Site description (2001 baseline)
This site lies on the Shabeelle river to the west of the town of Buulobarde (Buuloburti). Fringing the river are some patches of thick bush and gallery forest, the latter dominated by Mimusops degan, Garcinia ferrandi, Acacia stenocarpa, Terminalia brevipes, Tamarindus indica, Ficus spp. and Diospyros mespiliformis. Emergent trees reach 15–25 m and there is a dense understorey. The width of these galleries is only 10–50 m. Outside of the riverine belt the dominant vegetation is Acacia nilotica woodland, rich in climbing cucurbits, legumes and composites.
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. The site includes the type-locality for Laniarius liberatus, the only place from which it is known.
Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals that have been recorded include Panthera leo (VU), Acinonyx jubatus (VU), Tragelaphus imberbis (LR/cd), Litocranius walleri (LR/cd) and Ammodorcas clarkei (VU).
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Buulobarde. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/buulobarde-iba-somalia on 06/12/2023.