IBA criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2001)
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Area: 30,000 ha
Site description (baseline)
The Boorama (Buramo) plains lie on the border with Ethiopia, between Hargeysa, Boorama and the frontier town of Tog Wajaale (Togo Chale). The principal habitat consists of undulating plains covered with short, open grasses and Acacia scrub interrupted by rocky outcrops.
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. This is the only known locality for Heteromirafra archeri and one of two for Onychognathus salvadorii.
Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals which occur, or that used to do so, include Oryx beisa (LR/cd), Tragelaphus imberbis (LR/cd), Litocranius walleri (LR/cd), Gazella soemmerringii (VU), Dorcatragus megalotis (VU), and Oreotragus oreotragus (LR/cd).
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Boorama plains. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/6863 on 07/06/2023.