Lake Langano

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
Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor NT non-breeding 1996 present A1
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus NT passage 1974-1975 5 individuals A1
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni LC passage 1974-1975 5-6 individuals A1

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

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Munesa-Shashemene National Forest Priority Area 96,822 protected area overlaps with site 0
Abijatta-Shalla National Park 91,751 protected area is adjacent to site 0


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 -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lake Langano. Downloaded from on 21/09/2023.