Mount Kabobo

Country/territory: Congo, The Democratic Republic of the

IBA criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2001)
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Area: 250,000 ha

Site description (2001 baseline)
The site is part of the mountain range to the west of the northern half of Lake Tanganyika in eastern DR Congo, between the towns of Fizi and Kalemie. This mountain range, defined as the area above 1,500 m, is some 150 km in length and from about 10 km to 30 km wide. The site identified here comprises the central part of this range, lying above 2,100 m and culminating in Mt Kabobo (2,701 m) and contains virtually all the montane forest in the area. It is separated from the southernmost outliers of Itombwe (IBA CD014) by some 50 km of savanna. Average annual rainfall is estimated at c.1,500 mm, with a dry season of about five months, from May to October.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Apalis kaboboensis is confined to this site. In addition, five species of the Guinea–Congo Forests biome and one of the Zambezian biome have been recorded at this site (see Table 3).

Non-bird biodiversity: No recent information is available. Mammals of global conservation concern reported in the past include Colobus polykomos prigoginei (endemic subspecies, LR/nt), Cercopithecus l’hoesti (LR/nt), Loxodonta africana (EN) and Tragelaphus euryceros (LR/nt).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Mount Kabobo. Downloaded from on 04/03/2024.