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Amboseli National Park


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2001

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Yellow-necked Francolin Pternistis leucoscepus LC resident 1999 present A3
Black-faced Sandgrouse Pterocles decoratus LC resident 1999 present A3
Sombre Nightjar Caprimulgus fraenatus LC resident 1999 present A3
White-bellied Go-away-bird Criniferoides leucogaster LC resident 1999 present A3
Eastern Chanting-goshawk Melierax poliopterus LC resident 1999 present A3
White-headed Mousebird Colius leucocephalus LC resident 1999 present A3
Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill Tockus flavirostris LC resident 1999 present A3
Von der Decken's Hornbill Tockus deckeni LC resident 1999 present A3
Abyssinian Scimitarbill Rhinopomastus minor LC resident 1999 present A3
Red-and-yellow Barbet Trachyphonus erythrocephalus LC resident 1999 present A3
D'Arnaud's Barbet Trachyphonus darnaudii LC resident 1999 present A3
Black-throated Barbet Tricholaema melanocephala LC resident 1999 present A3
Red-bellied Parrot Poicephalus rufiventris LC resident 1999 present A3
Rosy-patched Bush-shrike Rhodophoneus cruentus LC resident 1999 present A3
Long-tailed Fiscal Lanius cabanisi LC resident 1999 present A3
Taita Fiscal Lanius dorsalis LC resident 1999 present A3
Somali Tit Melaniparus thruppi LC resident 1999 present A3
Red-throated Tit Melaniparus fringillinus LC resident 1999 present A3
Pink-breasted Lark Calendulauda poecilosterna LC resident 1999 present A3
Grey Wren-warbler Calamonastes simplex LC resident 1999 present A3
Tiny Cisticola Cisticola nana LC resident 1999 present A3
Banded Warbler Sylvia boehmi LC resident 1999 present A3
Kenya White-eye Zosterops flavilateralis LC resident 1999 present A3
Rufous Chatterer Argya rubiginosa LC resident 1999 present A3
Northern Pied Babbler Turdoides hypoleuca LC resident 1999 present A3
Hildebrandt's Starling Lamprotornis hildebrandti LC resident 1999 present A3
Fischer's Starling Lamprotornis fischeri LC resident 1999 present A3
Bare-eyed Thrush Turdus tephronotus LC resident 1999 present A3
African Grey Flycatcher Bradornis microrhynchus LC resident 1999 present A3
Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird Anthreptes orientalis LC resident 1999 present A3
Hunter's Sunbird Chalcomitra hunteri LC resident 1999 present A3
Black-bellied Sunbird Cinnyris nectarinioides LC resident 1999 present A3
White-headed Buffalo-weaver Dinemellia dinemelli LC resident 1999 present A3
Taveta Golden Weaver Ploceus castaneiceps LC resident 1999 present A3
Speke's Weaver Ploceus spekei LC resident 1999 present A3
Purple Grenadier Granatina ianthinogaster LC resident 1999 present A3
Blue-capped Cordon-bleu Uraeginthus cyanocephalus LC resident 1999 present A3
Grey-headed Silverbill Odontospiza griseicapilla LC resident 1999 present A3
Steel-blue Whydah Vidua hypocherina LC resident 1999 present A3
Straw-tailed Whydah Vidua fischeri LC resident 1999 present A3
Southern Grosbeak-canary Crithagra buchanani LC resident 1999 present A3
White-bellied Canary Crithagra dorsostriata LC resident 1999 present A3

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2020 very high unfavourable high
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Habitat
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - shifting agriculture happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - agro-industry grazing, ranching or farmin happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - nomadic grazing happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Agricultural expansion and intensification wood and pulp plantations (includes afforestation) - agro-industry plantations happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Agricultural expansion and intensification wood and pulp plantations (includes afforestation) - small-holder plantations happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Biological resource use gathering terrestrial plants - persecution/control happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Biological resource use gathering terrestrial plants - unintentional effects (species being assessed is not the target) happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high
Biological resource use logging & wood harvesting - unintentional effects: subsistence/small scale happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Climate change and severe weather habitat shifting and alteration happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Energy production and mining mining and quarrying likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities 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
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - named species happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - dams (size unknown) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Pollution agricultural & forestry effluents - herbicides and pesticides happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Pollution domestic & urban waste water - type unknown/unrecorded happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Pollution garbage & solid waste happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Residential and commercial development commercial and industrial development likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Transportation and service corridors flight paths happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Transportation and service corridors roads and railroads happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high

Condition of habitat (state)
Habitat Habitat Detail Reference Area (ha) Actual Area (ha) % of habitat remaining % of carrying capacity (overall) Result
Savanna Wooded grassland 0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity high
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Amboseli National Park UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 483,206 protected area contains site 39,200
Amboseli National Park 39,200 protected area overlaps with site 39,206

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Woodland - mixed -
Savanna Wooded grassland -
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes and pools, Permanent herbaceous swamps and bogs -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
other -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Amboseli National Park. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/10/2021.