Linyanti swamp/Chobe river

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2001

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Burchell's Sandgrouse Pterocles burchelli LC resident 1998 present A3
Coppery-tailed Coucal Centropus cupreicaudus LC resident 1998 present A3
Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus VU resident - uncommon A1
African Openbill Anastomus lamelligerus LC non-breeding - 3,000 individuals A4i
African Spoonbill Platalea alba LC non-breeding - 356 individuals A4i
Rufous-bellied Heron Ardeola rufiventris LC non-breeding - 250 individuals A4i
Slaty Egret Egretta vinaceigula VU non-breeding - present A1
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni NT winter - 100-300 individuals A1, A4i
Bradfield's Hornbill Lophoceros bradfieldi LC resident 1998 present A3
Racquet-tailed Roller Coracias spatulatus LC resident 1998 present A3
Dickinson's Kestrel Falco dickinsoni LC resident 1998 present A3
Barred Wren-warbler Calamonastes fasciolatus LC resident 1998 present A3
Stierling's Wren-warbler Calamonastes stierlingi LC resident 1998 present A3
Chirping Cisticola Cisticola pipiens LC resident 1998 present A3
Hartlaub's Babbler Turdoides hartlaubii LC resident 1998 present A3
Burchell's Starling Lamprotornis australis LC resident 1998 present A3
Meves's Long-tailed Starling Lamprotornis mevesii LC resident 1998 present A3
Kurrichane Thrush Turdus libonyana LC resident 1998 present A3
Kalahari Scrub-robin Cercotrichas paena LC resident 1998 present A3
Miombo Rock-thrush Monticola angolensis LC resident 1998 present A3
Arnot's Chat Myrmecocichla arnotti LC resident 1998 present A3
White-breasted Sunbird Cinnyris talatala LC resident 1998 present A3
Brown Firefinch Lagonosticta nitidula LC resident 1998 present A3
Broad-tailed Paradise-whydah Vidua obtusa LC resident 1998 present A3

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2012 medium near favourable medium
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Population
Accuracy of information medium

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Invasive and other problematic species and genes problematic native species/diseases - unspecified species happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Platalea alba African Spoonbill 346 299 unknown 87 near favourable
Egretta vinaceigula Slaty Egret 567 536 individuals 95 favourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Some of site covered (10-49%) A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity medium
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Okavango Delta System Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 5,537,400 protected area contains site 20,000
Okavango Delta World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 2,023,590 protected area overlaps with site 0
Chobe National Park 1,100,000 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Chobe Forest Reserve 143,200 protected area is adjacent to site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial -
Shrubland -
Grassland -
Forest -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
water management -
other -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Linyanti swamp/Chobe river. Downloaded from on 06/02/2023.