ET028
Awash National Park


IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 1996 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
Yellow-necked Francolin Pternistis leucoscepus LC resident 1996 present A3
Black-faced Sandgrouse Pterocles decoratus LC resident 1996 present A3
Sombre Nightjar Caprimulgus fraenatus LC resident 1996 present A3
Star-spotted Nightjar Caprimulgus stellatus LC resident 1996 present A3
Heuglin's Bustard Neotis heuglinii LC resident 1996 present A3
Buff-crested Bustard Lophotis gindiana LC resident 1996 present A3
White-bellied Go-away-bird Criniferoides leucogaster LC resident 1996 present A3
Eastern Chanting-goshawk Melierax poliopterus LC resident 1996 present A3
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus NT passage 1996 9 individuals A1
Hemprich's Hornbill Lophoceros hemprichii LC resident 1996 present A3
Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill Tockus flavirostris LC resident 1996 present A3
Von der Decken's Hornbill Tockus deckeni LC resident 1996 present A3
Black-billed Woodhoopoe Phoeniculus somaliensis LC resident 1996 present A3
Abyssinian Scimitarbill Rhinopomastus minor LC resident 1996 present A3
Somali Bee-eater Merops revoilii LC resident 1996 present A3
D'Arnaud's Barbet Trachyphonus darnaudii LC resident 1996 present A3
Red-and-yellow Barbet Trachyphonus erythrocephalus LC resident 1996 present A3
Black-throated Barbet Tricholaema melanocephala LC resident 1996 present A3
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni LC passage 1996 present A1
Red-bellied Parrot Poicephalus rufiventris LC resident 1996 present A3
Rosy-patched Bush-shrike Rhodophoneus cruentus LC resident 1996 present A3
Somali Fiscal Lanius somalicus LC resident 1996 present A3
Mouse-coloured Penduline-tit Anthoscopus musculus LC resident 1996 present A3
Chestnut-headed Sparrow-lark Eremopterix signatus LC resident 1996 present A3
Red-winged Lark Mirafra hypermetra LC resident 1996 present A3
Gillett's Lark Calendulauda gilletti LC resident 1996 present A3
Yellow-vented Eremomela Eremomela flavicrissalis LC resident 1996 present A3
Grey Wren-warbler Calamonastes simplex LC resident 1996 present A3
Boran Cisticola Cisticola bodessa LC resident 1996 present A3
Ashy Cisticola Cisticola cinereolus LC resident 1996 present A3
Abyssinian White-eye Zosterops abyssinicus LC resident 1996 present A3
Rufous Chatterer Argya rubiginosa LC resident 1996 present A3
Scaly Chatterer Argya aylmeri LC resident 1996 present A3
White-rumped Babbler Turdoides leucopygia LC resident 1996 present A3
Bristle-crowned Starling Onychognathus salvadorii LC resident 1996 present A3
Somali Starling Onychognathus blythii LC resident 1996 present A3
Shelley's Starling Lamprotornis shelleyi LC resident 1996 present A3
Golden-breasted Starling Lamprotornis regius LC resident 1996 present A3
White-crowned Starling Lamprotornis albicapillus LC resident 1996 present A3
African Grey Flycatcher Bradornis microrhynchus LC resident 1996 present A3
Brown-tailed Chat Oenanthe scotocerca LC resident 1996 present A3
Sombre Rockchat Oenanthe dubia DD resident 1996 present A1, A2, A3
Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird Anthreptes orientalis LC resident 1996 present A3
Shining Sunbird Cinnyris habessinicus LC resident 1996 present A3
White-headed Buffalo-weaver Dinemellia dinemelli LC resident 1996 present A3
Rüppell's Weaver Ploceus galbula LC resident 1996 present A3
Speke's Weaver Ploceus spekei LC resident 1996 present A3
Purple Grenadier Granatina ianthinogaster LC resident 1996 present A3
Steel-blue Whydah Vidua hypocherina LC resident 1996 present A3
Straw-tailed Whydah Vidua fischeri LC resident 1996 present A3
Yellow-throated Seedeater Crithagra flavigula EN resident 1996 present A1, A2, A3
White-bellied Canary Crithagra dorsostriata LC resident 1996 present A3
Somali Bunting Emberiza poliopleura LC resident 1996 present A3

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (1996).


IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2013 not assessed very high medium
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes unset unknown

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - unintentional effects (species is not the target) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - unspecified species happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution domestic & urban waste water - type unknown/unrecorded happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

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 A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Some limited conservation initiatives are in place medium
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)
Awash West Wildlife Reserve 178,100 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Awash West Controlled Hunting Area 913,600 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Awash National Park 58,177 protected area overlaps with site 75,240

Habitats

Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial -
Wetlands (inland) -
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 -


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Awash National Park. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/awash-national-park-iba-ethiopia on 30/09/2023.