Country/territory: Zambia

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A3, A4ii (2001)
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Area: 477,000 ha

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Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2014 not assessed not assessed not assessed
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Site description
An area dominated by mopane woodland, with some grassland, flood-plain, thicket, mutemwa forest and munga. It covers sections of the mid-Machile, Simatanga, Sichifulo and Sala rivers, though there are very few permanent sources of surface water. The area is bisected by the Livingstone–Mulobezi railway line and there are small villages scattered throughout.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. This is the stronghold of Agapornis nigrigenis and supports c.5,500 individuals (over half the known population). Among other species of global conservation concern, Falco naumanni is a passage migrant and non-breeding visitor, while Grus carunculatus is a breeding visitor. One species of the Kalahari–Highveld biome (A11), Lamprotornis australis, occurs at this site.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals known to occur include Pedetes capensis (VU).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Machile. Downloaded from on 03/10/2022.