NG020
Amurum woodlands (Taboru)


Country/territory: Nigeria

IBA Criteria met: A3 (2001)
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Area: 300 ha

Protection status:

Nigerian Conservation Foundation
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2009 high not assessed medium
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Site description
The Amurum woodlands are located 15 km north-east of Jos and comprise a small area of granitic outcrops in dry scrub savanna, interspersed with gallery forests, patches of grassland and cultivated farmlands on the Jos Plateau. Common tree species include Danielia oliveri, Parkia biglobosa, Lophira lanceolata, Khaya senegalensis, Vitex doniana, Piliostigma thonningii and Ficus spp. Average annual rainfall is around 1,400 mm.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Table 3 for key species. In addition, the site also holds the recently described, and apparently nationally endemic, Lagonosticta sanguinodorsalis and its brood-parasite Vidua maryae, which may also prove to be both globally threatened and of restricted-range. Gallinago media may occur as it has been recorded from other parts of the Jos Plateau on migration. Motacilla flava winters in large numbers in the area.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Amurum woodlands (Taboru). Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/07/2019.