Site description (2001 baseline):

Site location and context
This site lies on the Shabeelle river to the west of the town of Buulobarde (Buuloburti). Fringing the river are some patches of thick bush and gallery forest, the latter dominated by Mimusops degan, Garcinia ferrandi, Acacia stenocarpa, Terminalia brevipes, Tamarindus indica, Ficus spp. and Diospyros mespiliformis. Emergent trees reach 15–25 m and there is a dense understorey. The width of these galleries is only 10–50 m. Outside of the riverine belt the dominant vegetation is Acacia nilotica woodland, rich in climbing cucurbits, legumes and composites.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. The site includes the type-locality for Laniarius liberatus, the only place from which it is known.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals that have been recorded include Panthera leo (VU), Acinonyx jubatus (VU), Tragelaphus imberbis (LR/cd), Litocranius walleri (LR/cd) and Ammodorcas clarkei (VU).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
In 1988 the area was sprayed with endosulphan in an attempt to eradicate tsetse flies. Although not entirely successful, control operations reduced tsetse populations sufficiently to allow the grazing of livestock in the area and an increase in cultivation. This has led to the destruction of significant areas of Acacia woodland and riverine forest in the area.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Buulobarde. Downloaded from on 27/02/2024.