ZM008
Liuwa Plain National Park


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
Coppery-tailed Coucal Centropus cupreicaudus LC resident 1998 present A3
Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus VU non-breeding - 1,000 individuals A1, A4i
African Spoonbill Platalea alba LC non-breeding - 150 individuals A4i
Slaty Egret Egretta vinaceigula VU non-breeding - 80 individuals A1, A4i
Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus LC winter - 250 individuals A4i
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni NT passage - 20,000-100,000 individuals A1, A4i
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida LC non-breeding - 150 individuals A4i
Racquet-tailed Roller Coracias spatulatus LC resident 1998 present A3
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni LC winter - present A1
Dickinson's Kestrel Falco dickinsoni LC resident 1998 present A3
Souza's Shrike Lanius souzae LC resident 1998 present A3
Miombo Tit Melaniparus griseiventris LC resident 1998 present A3
Rufous-bellied Tit Melaniparus rufiventris LC resident 1998 present A3
Red-capped Crombec Sylvietta ruficapilla LC resident 1998 present A3
Chirping Cisticola Cisticola pipiens LC resident 1998 present A3
Hartlaub's Babbler Turdoides hartlaubii LC resident 1998 present A3
Sharp-tailed Starling Lamprotornis acuticaudus LC resident 1998 present A3
White-breasted Sunbird Cinnyris talatala LC resident 1998 present A3
Brown Firefinch Lagonosticta nitidula LC resident 1998 present A3
Fülleborn's Longclaw Macronyx fuelleborni LC resident 1998 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)
2005 favourable medium low
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes habitat good

State (condition of the trigger species' habitats)
Habitat Habitat detail Reference area (ha) Actual area (ha) Habitat quantity (% remaining) Habitat quality (carrying capacity) Result
Grassland 0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Biological resource use gathering terrestrial plants - unintentional effects (species being assessed is not the target) likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Climate change and severe weather storms and floods happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity 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 Unknown Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity 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)
West Zambezi Game Management Area 3,807,000 protected area overlaps with site 0
Liuwa Plain National Park 366,000 protected area overlaps with site 366,000
Kuuli Forest Reserve 3,530 protected area contained by site 0
Forest Reserve Name Unknown (ZMB) No.70 Forest Reserve 3,804 protected area overlaps with site 0

Habitats

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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
water management -


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Liuwa Plain National Park. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/liuwa-plain-national-park-iba-zambia on 25/02/2024.