IBA criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2001)
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Area: 55,000 ha
Site description (baseline)
Gacan Libaax (Ga’an Libah) is situated in the western part of the northern mountains, south of the coastal town of Berbera, extending westwards along the escarpment from near the village of Shiikh. Included also is Mount Wagar, immediately to the north of Shiikh. The vegetation of the site comprises c.30,000 ha of Afromontane vegetation and 20,000 ha of Buxus hildebrandtii-dominated evergreen and semi-evergreen bushland and thicket.
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. This is the only locality known in the country for Cercomela dubia (and Muscicapa gambagae), while several of the other Somali–Masai biome species, including Rhynchostruthus socotranus, are known from few other IBAs nationally.
Non-bird biodiversity: Among mammals, Papio hamadryas (LR/nt), Oreotragus oreotragus (LR/cd), Dorcotragus megalotis (VU) and Gazella dorcas pelzelni (VU) have been recorded.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Gacan Libaax. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/6862 on 07/06/2023.